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If you fear falling down then it is impossible to taste success

Stop giving undue importance to things, which are not under your control. To achieve success focus on those things that are in your control.

Key to success is to know your strengths and weakness and giving up excuses.

No one can become successful overnight. Success is the result of continuous hard work and perseverance.

If you fear falling down then it is impossible to taste success.
It is ok to say no when your priorities are in danger.

Know your truth and do not mock another person’s truth

Story of Goddess Kali Standing on Shiva

Goddess Kali standing on Shiva is a popular image in Hindu tradition. The popular story states that after defeating Mahishasura and other demons, Goddess Kali was still outraged at the Adharma on earth. She continued destroying everything before her. All living beings were foreseeing eternal doom. To escape from the wrath of Goddess Kali they approached Shiva.
To stop Goddess Kali from destroying the cosmos, Shiva went into the battlefield and lied down motionless among the corpses of demons.
Goddess Kali moved across the corpses destroying and cutting them into pieces, suddenly she found herself standing on top of a beautiful male body. For a moment she stood still and then she looked down at the body and saw it was Shiva, her husband.
When she realized she was touching her husband with her feet, Goddess Kali stretched out her tongue in shame and the destruction came to an end.
Shiva then pacified the Goddess and danced with her. Together they started creation again and made the wo…

Why People Distribute Apta Tree Leaves on Dussehra and Vijayadasami day?

In North and Western parts of India people distribute leaves of Apta, or Apati, tree leaves on Dussehra and Vijayadasami day. In this ritual, Apta tree leaves symbolically represents gold or sona. People present Apta tree leaves to friends, relatives and neighbors and wish happy Dasara. There is an interesting story on why Apati tree leaves are presented on Dussehra.

The English name of it is bidi-leaf tree.

Scientific name is  Bauhinia Racemosa

Medicinal use:
Fresh paste of the bark is used to cure swellings. Bark extract helps in curing indigestion. Leaf paste is used to cure headache by applying on forehead. Fresh flower bud is used to cure cough.Drink prepared using dried leaves is used to cure diarrhea, internal bleeding, and hemorrhages. In Hinduism - symbol of gold, peace, prosperity and good health. Offer to friends, neighbors and relatives as sign of prosperity. Worshipped for good health and wealth.
Names in Indian Languages
Hindi: kathmauli / jhinjheriMarathi: apta, sona,Malayal…

Know your truth and do not mock another person’s truth

The way in which Supreme Truth is understood differs from person to person. This diversity should be respected. When it is not respected, we have problems in the human world.

A group that has a similar idea of Supreme Truth are blind followers. They have not realized the Supreme Truth. They are being directed by an individual who has a selfish motive.

Supreme Truth is never at wrong but it is followers who are wrong.

Importance should be given to one’s personal truth – a person has to do the search and arrive at conclusion on what the person wants to believe.

Once a person starts believing in a particular Truth that he/she has discovered, he/she should not mock, or criticize another person’s truth.

A healthy human relationship is only possible when the different truths are respected.

There is nothing absolutely right or wrong. In this eternal universe, our lifespan is limited to 100 years. We can never know all that is there in the universe. But we can constantly keep expanding ou…

Education is the kindling of knowledge

Education is the kindling of knowledge. It is the journey from the known to the unknown. It encompasses all the spheres of life and all aspects of one’s personality, external and internal. To educate oneself is to equip oneself to face the struggles of life and the vagaries of the world. And so, every attempt at education should have the balance of external expertise and inner poise. The pull of the manifest world should be withstood by the anchor of the inner self.

An education that focuses only on the external would invariably lead to a discontented personality and a disturbed society.

Without an anchoring in a plane of one’s personality that is unaffected by the mundane realities of the world, the slightest tremor in one’s happy world would shatter one’s very being.

While it is undoubtedly necessary to educate oneself in the art of creating, acquiring, and developing, human experience of millennia is testimony to the fact that the wisdom of refrain, relinquishment, and silence h…

Weapons Held By Durga in Her Ten Arms

Durga with 10-arms is a very popular form of Goddess Durga. This form is widely seen during Durga Puja and Navratri. Here is a list of 10 weapons held by Durga in her 10 arms.

TridentDiscusScimitar (Kharga)SnakeConchMaceBow/arrowHookLotusThunderbolt The overall image of Goddess Durga annihilating demon Mahishasura does not change. But sometimes instead of a human head, the demon is depicted as having a buffalo head.

Majority of times two hands of Goddess Durga will be in blessing posture. Then two weapons are not depicted.

It must be noted that there is no rule regarding the number of arms. It depends on the artist who is making the murti. The hands are in even in numbers.

Earlier on the same topic Symbolism of the Weapons in the Hands of Goddess Durga

Dhunuchi Dance at Durga Puja and During Visarjan

Dhunuchi Dance is a ritualistic dance performed during Durga Puja, Kali Puja and Jagadhatri Puja. It is an important part of Navami and Durga Visarjan rituals. The dance is performed by both men and women.

The main dancer carries a lamp with smoldering incense. The dance is accompanied by chanting of mantras and traditional musical instruments. The dance usually happens after the nightfall in sacred places, Durga Puja pandals and in ancestral homes that perform Durga Puja. Dhunuchi – The Earthen Container The dance form takes its name from the earthen container with a handle (or a long base) and an open top, which the dancer holds. The earthen container is known as Dhunuchi. It is filled with aromatic resins and coconut fiber. It is then burned to produce a fragrant smoke.

The smoke creates patterns in air based on the movements of the dancer. A Frenzied Dance The dance is performed in front of Goddess Durga and Goddess Kali.

This is a frenzied dance. The dance is well animated with…

Kangra Devi Mandir – Nagarkot Dham – Kot Kangra in Himachal Pradesh

Kangra Devi, also known as Brajeshwari Devi, is a powerful deity worshipped in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. The shrine is also referred as Nagarkot Dham – Kot Kangra The shrine is located in the Nagarkot area of Kangra town and therefore the deity is known as Nagarkot ki Rani. The temple is around 1.5 km from Bus Station and around 4 km from Kangra Railway Station. Kangra Devi one of 51 Shaktipeetahs Kangra Devi is a Shaktipeetah. It is believed that the left breast of Goddess Sati fell here after Lord Vishnu cut the body of the Goddess into 51 pieces with his Sudarshana Chakra. Shiva was roaming in the universe with the body of Goddess Sati and this led to havoc and imbalance in the universe. The places where body parts of Sati fell came to be known as Shaktipeetahs. There are 51 such temples in the world. Butter – Makhan on the Pindi The pindi of Mother Goddess worshipped here is covered in butter. It is believed that Mother Goddess Durga applied Makhan on the wounds on her body. The …

Wish Fulfillment Mantra from Ramcharitmanas

Numerous mantras help in wish fulfillment. The one from the Ramcharitmanas is considered highly beneficial. The mantra should be chanted 108 times. Before chanting the mantra it is highly beneficial to read the Hanuman Chalisa.

The mala used for chanting the mantra should be made of Tulsi Beads and it should contain 108 beads. The mantra should be chanted daily.

Wish Fulfillment Mantra कवनसोकाजकठिनजगमाही। जोनहींहोइताततुमपाहीं॥

Do Puja of This Shivling for Begetting Children

Shiva is Bholenath and he blesses his devotees easily and fulfills their desires. Those couples and people wishing to have children can do the following puja for desire fulfillment. Doing puja of a particular type of Shivling helps in begetting children.

The puja should be done Monday in the morning and during Pradosh period – just after sunset.

The Shivling to which puja should be offered should be made of Parad or mercury.
Offering water to Parad Shivling helps in all difficulties associated with having children.

Great things happen from the inside

If an egg is broken by an outside force, life ends. If broken by an inside force, then life begins. Great things happen from the inside.
A beautiful saying – universal truth – core of Hindu Teaching

I actually wanted to end this post with the above quote as it explains everything but I cannot because short articles are considered thin content by search engines. 

We always complain about problems and obstacles in life. Patience, empathy, earnestness, and single-mind focus can blow away even the biggest problems in life.
Sandgrouse — pointy-tailed relatives of pigeons — live in some of the most parched environments on earth in Africa. To satisfy the thirst of newly hatched chicks, male sandgrouse bring water back to the nest by carrying it in their feathers. They travel nearly 200 kilometers daily to get water for the young ones. They have to overcome the intense heat and predators. Sometimes it is even difficult to find a water hole. But still they succeed in getting water to the young …

Symbolic Meaning of Things and Weapons Held by Goddess Durga

Goddess Durga can be depicted with 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16 or 18 arms. Each of her arms holds auspicious things and weapons. Her hands will show a particular mudra. Here are the symbolic meaning of things and weapons held by Goddess Durga. Shankh or Conch – It symbolizes the sound Aum. The first sound that appeared which led to creation. Bow and Arrow – It represents single-minded focus.Vajra or Lightening – It symbolizes unparalleled energy and strength.Lotus – Success can be only achieved through nonattachment.Sudarshana Chakra – Invokes fear in the mind of those who follow Adharma.Sword – Symbolically represents sharp knowledge, which can cut asunder any form of ignorance.Abhaya Mudra – It gives confidence to a devotee to remove all forms of fear and to move ahead – Mother Durga is always with you. As per some interpretation, lion represents couragered color of the dress of Durga represents passion,abhya mudra represents forgiveness and blessing,gada or club represents loyalty,sword…

Ashta Shakti – Eight Goddess Forms Worshipped During Durga Puja

Ashta Shakti, eight shaktis, are the various forms of Goddess Durga worshipped during Durga Puja.

The Ashta Shaktis are BrahmaniMaheshwariKoumariVaishnabiAindriJoggobarahiNarshinghiChandrika Brahmani is calm like Lord Brahma. Maheshwari is powerful like Shiva. Koumari is pure as a virgin. Vaishnabi has the power of Vishnu. Oindri or Aindri is the master of senses.  Joggobarahi has the power of Varahi avatar of Vishnu. Naroshinghi is the female version of Narasimha. Chandrika is a fighter like Chandi who annihilated demon Chamunda.

Kitchen in a Hindu Home – Remember These Things While Cooking to Get Blessing of Goddess Annapurna and Lakshmi

As per Hindu religious belief, Goddess Annapurna, the goddess of food, and Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, resides together in the kitchen.
Remember These Things While Cooking to Get Blessing of Goddess Annapurna and Lakshmi The kitchen should never face the main road or main gate of the house.
Milk should not boil over. It is believed that this will result in misunderstanding among family members. Some Hindu communities believe that it will cause mental illness in the family. It is also believed that boiling over of milk and spreading in kitchen results in financial damage and fights with relatives.
(Please note that in South India, milk is deliberately allowed to boil over when the first cooking is done in a new home – this is considered auspicious and a sign of bounty.)
Chapatti, poori and other similar items should be made only on rolling board (chakala). The best rolling board is one made from stone. If the board has legs then there should be three legs. Roti should not …

Bhagavad Gita Chapter II Verse 64

A disciplined person, moving among objects with the senses under control and free from attraction and aversion, gains in tranquility. (Bhagavad Gita Chapter II Verse 64)

The senses are extrovert by nature. They ramble in fields external. Those objects that are pleasing to them are hugged while those others that are displeasing are shunned. A closer study reveals that these senses are themselves instruments in the hands of the mind. As goaded on by the mind they indulge in attraction and aversion.
He is a yogi who has conquered the mind. He makes it revel in Atman. If it ever goes outward, it does so being untainted by attraction and aversion. There is purity as well as innocence in its contacting the external objects, with the result that the tranquility of the mind is not disturbed. On the other hand, calmness and clarity increase. It is a form of Samadhi for the mind to be fixed in purity and calmness while making benign use of the senses.

Source - The Bhagavad Gita by Swami Chidbha…

Bastar Dussehra - Importance - Rituals - Pujas and Worship

Unlike in other regions of India, Dasara in Bastar has nothing to do with victory of Rama over Ravana. The Dussehra festival in Bastar in Chhattisgarh is associated with Goddess Danteshwari, the main goddess of the tribals of the region. Bastar Dussehra is on October 8. The rituals are spread over nearly two months. The important rituals are held for a fortnight from October 8 (Mahalaya Amavasya).
Bastar Dussehra Trivia75-day Tribal festivalMain worship dedicated to nature and Devi Danteshwari - the presiding deity of Bastar.Observed from the 13th centuryThousands of tribals from surrounding villages and jungles gather here to pay homage to Devi DanteshwariThe murti of Goddess is taken out of the ancient Danteshwari temple and then taken around the city in an elaborate procession. Important Rituals - Pujas and WorshipKalash Sthapana,Pata Jatra (worship of wood), Lighting Jyoti KalashDeri Gadhai (posting of the pillars)Kachan Gaadi (throne installation for Devi Kachan), Nisha Jatra (n…

Be a person seeking truth do not attach oneself to any ism

Be a person seeking truth do not attach oneself to any ism.

Well have to find our own way, teachers only give hints.

Keep an open mind to make the most of this journey called life.

The best teachings are those that inspire us to have a good relationship with all living beings.
It is ok to slow down, pause and refresh. We often do not enjoy the labor of our fruits when we are always rushing madly. 


All relationships have its share of troubles
What Happens After Death in Hinduism?

Fifth Day Navratri Bhog – Food Offering on the Fifth Day of Navratri

Bhog, prasad, or naivedya is the food offering to Gods and Goddesses in Hinduism. The fifth day Navratri bhog is offered to Goddess Skanda Mata. The food that is offered on day five of Navratri should be banana or a food prepared using banana.

If the food is prepared using banana then the person offering the bhog will get blessed with good wisdom by Maa Skandamata.

Donating banana to poor people on the day is considered highly virtuous.

Related Navratri Day 5 Mantra Fifth day of Navratri Dedicated to Goddess Skandamata 

Deal with the situation at hand in the best way possible

Deal with the situation at hand in the best way possible – it is the best way to lead a happy and meaningful life.

Be flexible. Accept changes and new things. There may be something nice waiting to happen.

Enjoy what you do. If you are not enjoying it, then it is time, to be honest, and look out for what you really love.

Do not ruin life for silly things; life is much much bigger than many silly things that we worry about.
Think more about how to get the inner beauty right than the external beauty.

Suppression and Overindulgence are Equally Bad 
Learn from the tree

Fourth Day Navratri Food Offering – Fourth Day Navratri Festival Bhog or Prasad

Food offering, known as bhog, prasad, or naivedya, is an essential part of Navratri vrat and festival. The fourth day Navratri bhog is offered to Goddess Kushmanda. The food that is offered on day four of Navratri is malpua.

If malpua is offered, then the person will get relief from diseases and problems in life with the blessing of Maa Kushmanda. Mother also blesses a devotee with strength, fame, and long life.

Malpua is a small pancake made with Khoya and all-purpose flour. It is then fried in oil, dunked in sugar syrup, and garnished with dry fruits and offered to Goddess Kushmanda on the fourth day.

Related Navratri Day 4 Mantra The fourth day of Navratri Dedicated to Goddess Khushmanda

Why Do Idols of Certain Hindu Gods Have Big Eyes?

You must have noticed that murtis (idols) of Shrinathji and Jagannath having big eyes. Several murtis (pindis) of Mother Goddess Shakti also have eyes that are not proportionate to the main idol. So why do idols of certain Hindu Gods have big eyes?

Vedas (especially Upanishads) teach us about self-realization through contemplation. A person realizes that he/she is the supreme truth through wisdom, knowledge, and contemplation. But common man was not able to digest this form of worship. He needed a form. Thus Puranas, which were composed several years after the Vedas, gave importance to the concept of murti worship. External worship became more important.

Puranas gave murti form to that Supreme Truth. Murtis came into being depending on the way in which devotees wanted to see God. Thus we have big eyes for certain murtis worshipped in Hindu temples.

Big eyes symbolically represent the all-seeing Supreme Truth. The God with the big eyes sees everything. Nothing escapes the gaze of God.…

Ayudha Puja 2019 date during Durga Puja and Navratri

Ayudha Puja is observed on the ninth day of Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Ashwin month during Durga Puja and Navratri. In Tamil Nadu, Ayudha Pooja is in Puratasi month and in Kerala it is in the Kanni month. Ayudha Puja 2019 date is October 7. Literally, Ayudha Puja means the worship of weapons. On the day, books, tools, and objects used for making a living are worshipped and ritual purification is performed. The day is also known as Shastra Puja.
Legend has it that the weapons used by Goddess Durga were worshipped on the day. The day is known as Astra Puja in Bengal and is observed on Durga Ashtami day.

Goddess Durga carries numerous weapons which were given to her by various male deities. Therefore there is a belief that the weapons carried by Durga represent the various forces in Nature – Durga’s energy rests in these weapons.
Symbolism Ayudha Pooja is a worship of whatever implements, one may use in our day to day life. If one can make a conscious effort to see the divi…

Jwalaji Temple in Himachal Pradesh – Nine Flames Burning In Jwalamukhi Temple

Jwalaji Temple, located in Kangra District in Himachal Pradesh, is one among the 51 Shaktipeeths. This unique temple is known as Jwalaji as it does not have an idol instead there are nine flames burning continuously from the fissures in the temple. Since the Goddess is worshipped in the form of celestial flame, she is known as Jwalamukhi or Jwalaji. Nobody has been able to recognize the fuel source of the sacred flame. Story of Jwalaji Temple The main belief is that the eternal flame present in the shrine is the one created by Goddess Sati to perform self-immolation at Daksha Yajna.

Legend has it that the tongue of Sati (Shakti) fell here when Lord Vishnu cut the dead body of Sati into pieces to pacify Lord Shiva. Thus it is one among the 51 Shaktipeeths.

Another legend has Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva concentrated at a point on earth and from it appeared a huge flame. A young girl appeared from the flame and she then destroyed the demons that were spreading Adharma. History of Jwalaji T…

Third Day Navratri Food Offering – Third Day Navratri Festival Bhog or Prasad

Food offering, known as bhog, prasad, or naivedya, is an essential part of Navratri vrat and festival. The third day Navratri bhog is offered to Goddess Chandraghanta. The food that is offered on day three of Navratri should be prepared using milk.

If the food is prepared using milk, then the person will be blessed with happiness by Maa Chandraghanta.

Kheer and chaval cooked in rice are offered to Goddess Chandraghanta on the third day.

Related Navratri Day 3 Mantra Third day of Navratri Dedicated to Goddess Chandraghanta

Tallest Goddess Durga Idol Made During Durga Puja

The tallest Goddess Durga Idol (Sculpture) was made during Durga Puja 2015 by Deshapriya Park Durga Puja Committee in Kolkata in West Bengal. The Durga Idol was 88 feet tall. The sculpture was made using iron and fiber.

An attempt was made in 2017 by Guwahati's Bishnupur Durga Puja Committee to break the record by making a 100-feet idol using bamboo. But unfortunately the structure collapsed in a storm.

Navratri Thoughts from Hindu Blog

Navratri is an opportunity for us to remove the demons of ego, anger, jealousy, greed and whole lot of negative emotions from us with the help of Mother Goddess Durga. The demons that Goddess Durga appeared to slay are present in all of us in one form or another. Apart from the above mentioned demons, lack of energy, fear, surrendering to disappointments, depression and failures are enemies that we pamper.

Mother Durga provides us with the opportunity to eliminate all sort of negativity in our life. She provides the energy but are we ready to receive the energy. She is ready to slay the demons of fear, anger, frustration, jealousy and greed. But are we ready to surrender them before her.
Quite often instead of praying to remove the darkness in us, we pray for fulfillment of our desires. Each desire fulfilled unknowingly adds to the darkness. Our desires never end and thus we are never able to receive the light provided by Mother Goddess.
Use this Navratri to contemplate. Surrender al…

Why Dhyan is of Greatest Importance Today?

Dhyan means to think or to contemplate. It also means to drop all the thoughts and sit in meditation by focusing between the eyebrows. Dhyan is of greatest importance today because we are surrounded by lot of misinformation. We can get swayed and cheated and surrender our soul and body.

Dhyan is important to a believer and non-believer.

You need to be mindful about the information that you hear, read and watch. There is lot of propaganda going on. We are constantly bombarded with breaking news. There is a constant attempt of one-upmanship.

Stop following, reading and listening to the verbal diarrhea of news anchors, politicians, fake gurus, preachers, liberals and other people who have an hidden agenda.

Think before you reply and never get involved in unwanted arguments. Never be a follower of people, political party, ideology or a sect. When you are a follower, you are forced to defend what you are following even if it is wrong.

Dhyan should be used to stay away from all those fa…

What Gifts Are Given to Young Girls During Navratri?

Giving presents to young girls during Navratri is considered highly meritorious. Inviting young girls to home and feeding them and giving gifts are known as Kanya Puja. Some people give gifts on all nine days of Navratri. Here are gifts that can be given to young girls during Navratri. First day – Flowers. Makeup items.Second day – Red and yellow color fruits. Another offering is coconut.Third day – Kheer, Halwa and rice mixed with kesar.Fourth day – Colorful dress.Fifth day – Five different types of makeup like bindi, bangle, mehandi, clip for hair, kajal etc should be offered.Sixth day – ToysSeventh day – Study materials.Eighth day – makeup items or study materials or toys. The feet of the young girl should be worshipped with uncooked rice, flowers and kumkum. The girl should be given a good meal. She should also be given a token amount of money.Ninth day – Study materials. The feet of the young girl should be worshipped with uncooked rice, flowers and kumkum. The girl should be giv…

Akhand Jyoti during Navratri – Keeping Lamp Lit for Nine Days during Navratri

Akhand Jyoti during Navratri is the lamp, which is kept lit for nine days during Navratri by many families. Here are some important information and significance of the Akhand Jyoti. There are many rules, dos, and don’ts while keeping the lamp lit for nine days.

The Lamp Dedicated to Durga and her Nine Forms Akhand Jyoti is dedicated to Mother Goddess Durga and here nine forms worshipped during the nine days of Navratri.

Why is Akhand Jyoti Kept During Navratri It is kept to seek blessing and pardon for sins committed. It is widely believed that houses in which Akhand Jyoti is lit will be blessed with peace, prosperity and good health. Some devotees keep it for getting job, early marriage and for desire fulfillment.

Rules - Dos - Don'ts and How to Keep Akhand Jyoti during Navratri 
A devotee should take a vow to keep the lamp lit for nine days before Mother Goddess and then the person should make sure that the lamp burns continuously for the entire Navratri period.Ghee should be used…

Navratri Vahana in Which Mother Goddess Arrives

In Hindu astrology, the yearly prediction based on Navratri depends on the Vahana in which Mother Goddess Arrives for the nine-day festival. Each day of a week has a particular vehicle. Depending on the vehicle, astrologers predict how good the next year will be.

For example if it is horse, then it is auspicious for common person as it is a symbol of speed and intelligence. However, it also indicates war.

If the Navratri starts on: Monday – Mother Goddess Arrives on ElephantTuesday – HorseWednesday – BoatThursday – Doli or palanquinFriday – Doli or palanquinSaturday – HorseSunday – ElephantRelated Navratri Colors during nine days Bhog or Food during Navratri

Second Day Navratri Food Offering – Bhog or Prasad on the Second Day of Navratri Festival

Food offering, known as bhog, prasad, or naivedya, is an essential part of Navratri vrat and festival. The second day Navratri bhog is offered to Goddess Brahmacharini. The food that is offered on day two of Navratri should be prepared using jaggery (गुड़ ), rock sugar (mishri), sugar or panchamrut.

If the food is prepared using jaggery, then person will be blessed with long life by Maa Brahmacharini.

Jaggery mixed with wheat or any food containing jaggery or the above said sugar items are considered good.

Related Navratri Day 2 Mantra Second day of Navratri Dedicated to Ma Brahmacharini

A cleansing process is essential before embarking on a spiritual journey

Who can teach me spirituality? Who can take me to god? The answer is no one. You alone can make you spiritual. You alone can reach god and know god. Gurus, books, guides etc are just signposts. They just give you direction. You need to do the walking. Finally, you need to experience it.

A cleansing process is essential before embarking on a spiritual journey. The cleansing process involves keeping the mind and senses in control. You cannot correct the past mistakes but you can stop from repeating the mistakes.

Ignorant and evil-minded people are all around. But they should not scare you away from seeing progress and hope. Such people are just difficulties and obstacles that we need to overcome. Wisdom, common sense and street smartness should be used to overcome such people.
You are not defenseless. It is that you have been made in such a way by parents, education and society. Fight for Dharma. Dying for what you hold true is better than living a subservient life.

Jealousy is W…

First Day Navratri Bhog – Food Offering on the First Day of Navratri

Bhog, prasad, or naivedya is the food offering to Gods and Goddesses in Hinduism. The first day Navratri bhog is offered to Goddess Shailputri. The food that is offered on day one of Navratri should be prepared using ghee and white in color. A devotee can also offer simple cow ghee or food prepared using ghee which is white in color.

If the food is prepared using cow ghee then the person offering the bhog will get relief from illness with the blessing of Maa Shailputri.

White colored food like kheer, chaval should be mixed with Ghee and offered to Goddess Shailputri.

Related Navratri Day 1 Mantra First day of Navratri Dedicated to Goddess Durga Shailputri 

Navratri at Mata Vaishno Devi Mandir

Navratri at Mata Vaishno Devi Mandir is huge. Thousands of devotees arrive during nine days and nights to the Mata Vaishno Devi Temple to have darshan of the powerful Mother Goddess. The temple and the premises are decorated with fresh flowers, which are brought from various states of India and from foreign countries.

The pindi of the Mother Goddess, the entrance of the old cave, and pathway leading the cave are aesthetically decorated.

Shath Chandi Mahayajna is performed during the period.

Nine forms of Mother Goddess are worshipped during the period. The first day is dedicated to Maa Shialaputri.
Special haven, pujas and rituals are held on Saptami, Ashtami and Navami – the seventh, eighth and ninth day of Navratri.

On an average more than 50,000 devotees have darshan of Mata Vaishno Devi on the Trikuta Mountain. The number increases on Ashtami and Navami. During the 9-day Navratri period, more than 500,000 devotees have darshan of Mother Goddess here.

Related About Devi Mahatmya – S…

10 Things to Remember During Navratri Puja at Home

Puja of Mother Goddess can be performed on any day during the year. But it is considered highly meritorious to perform it during the Navratri. Here are 10 things to remember during Navratri puja at home.
You need to wake up early in the morning. Clean the house. Take Bath and then perform the puja.Smoking, chewing pan, drinking alcohol, having sexual intercourse and getting a massage should be avoided during the nine days.Before beginning the puja write swastika symbol using haldi or kumkum in the designated puja area.Puja should be performed daily in the morning and evening.Puja should be performed facing south. It is believed that Maa arrives from the south.Puja should be performed with complete attention. Unwanted thoughts and talks should be avoided during puja. Anger, hatred and intolerance should not be present while performing puja. Before starting the puja family members should resolve all the problems.Devi Mahatmya and stories…

Symbolism in Arjuna’s name Gudakesha

Gudakesha means ‘the conqueror of sleep’. All beings fall victim to sleep when it overtakes them. Such is the power of this factor in life. But this ‘bull among men’ (Arjuna) has disciplined himself in such a way that sleep would come to him only when he made a decision to sleep.
When, where are and how long to sleep were all at his will.
In addition to the self-mastery of this type, he is always a terror to the foes; he is the subduer of baseness within and without.
A man of his caliber is not likely to beat a retreat.
The name was used by Sanjay to describe Arjuna in Chapter II verse 9.
After addressing the Lord of the senses (Hrishikesha – Bhagavan Sri Krishna) thus, Gudakesha, the terror of the foes, submitted to Govinda, ‘I shall not fight; and held silence.

Source - The Bhagavad Gita by Swami Chidbhavananda

Arjuna and Krishna as Nara and Narayana – Symbolism and Meaning

Which is the direction to do Navratri Prayers and Puja?

Many devotees have doubt regarding the direction to do Navratri prayers and pujas. So, which is the ideal direction for Navratri puja? The direction associated with Mother Goddess Durga is south.

While offering Navratri prayers and puja our face should face south side.

Another favorable direction is east. Our face should face east while offering puja to Mother Goddess Shakti.

It is believed that a devotee attains peace and prosperity by offering pujas facing south.

Related Navratri Offering of Sari and Coconut to Goddess Durga

Vastu Tip to Keep Mind Focused While Doing Puja in Home

Many people are not able to concentrate while doing pujas at home. Mind wanders here and there and thus many devotees are not satisfied with the puja. There is a vastu tip to keep mind focused while doing puja.

Keep a sculpture in the northeast corner of the house. The sculpture should be hollow in the inside.

Another option is to keep a pyramid in the northeast corner of the house. The pyramid should also be hollow in the inside.
Keeping an indoor plant in the northeast corner is also believed to be beneficial.

What is Shiva Yoga in Hindu Astrology? – Shiv Yog Meaning

Shiv Temple in Dream – Meaning and Interpretation of Shiva Temple in Dream

As per Hindu religion, seeing Shiva temple in dream will bring positive changes in life. The meaning of seeing Shiv temple is that the person will get relief from a major health problem.  In Hinduism there is an ancient scripture known as Swapna Shastra, which gives interpretation and meaning of various dreams.

Those who have dream of Shiva Temple should visit a temple and make offering of water to Shiva. Seeing Snake of Shiva is also auspicious as it is a sign of future prosperity.
Seeing the dream of Shiva and snake together means that, the person has the blessing of Nag Devata.

Real conquest is the conquest of the senses

Real conquest is the conquest of the senses. This victory leads to permanent happiness. It can never be taken away.

Mind can never be controlled in the first, second or 100th attempt. None of these attempts are failures. But they make you more and more powerful. Finally, all these attempts will make you conquer the mind.

The door to excellence is unlocked by those who did not give up trying. Why blame god, fate and bad luck when you never kept trying. Continuous fall of raindrops makes a hole in the hard rock. Never give up keep trying.

We are tormented by desires daily. We are disillusioned when desires are not fulfilled. There is one desire that we give up easily and are not even disillusioned after giving up. That is the desire to succeed and the desire to reach our full potential.

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Sabudana as Vrat Food during Navratri – Health Benefits

Sabudana is an important food consumed by those devotees undertaking Navratri Vrat. The important health benefit of Sabudana is that it is a pure source of carbohydrate. It gives a quick dose of energy to people who are fasting. Other health benefits are:
It prevents gas.Sabudana helps in boosting metabolism.It can help in curing indigestion.It helps in alleviating common stomach ailments.Sabudana Kheer helps in neutralizing body temperature. It must be noted that Sabudana does not have any nutritional value.

Sabudana is extracted from the roots of cassava plant (tapioca). The tapioca root is dried and it is then powdered and converted into white pearls.

It is widely used during various fasting in Hinduism. It is also an important ingredient in kheer and payasam.

Related What Are The Food That Can Be Eaten During Navratri Fasting?

Supreme Peace Reside Within Us

Supreme Peace resides within us but unfortunately, we are unable to realize this and therefore we search for it externally here and there. And because of this external search we never get peace.

Good and bad fortune in this world cannot be changed by us.

But our attitude towards good and bad fortune can be changed.

Irrespective of what be our outside circumstances, the Supreme Truth is ever present us.

This Supreme Truth is present in all of us. It constantly keeps changing forms. Death and birth are constant play of That Supreme Truth.
When we are able to realize this, we achieve Supreme Peace.

Those who act to satisfy society will never reach their destination

Navratri Jackets – Shrug or Koti Jacket

During the festival of Navratri (September – October), special multipurpose jackets are available in the market for babies, children, boys, girls, men and women. They are noted for its Kutch embroidery. The jacket for ladies and men are known as Navratri special shrug or koti.

The Navratri jackets are like a waistcoat. It gives a designer traditional look and is mostly available in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra.

Kutchi hand-made jackets are noted for its mirror works.

The price of the Shrug or Koti depends on the material and embroidery work.

The price of the kurti can range from 200 to 10,000/-.

Related Navratri Chaniya Choli Dress

Thoughts are not beyond our control

Thoughts are not beyond our control.

We must understand that we are the creators of our thoughts and therefore we can change them for the good.

We should be more aware of our thoughts especially about their rise.

We should also be aware about the quality of the thought and whether it nourishes us or diminishes us.
Inspiring, positive and enlightening thoughts only should be encouraged.


Life does not always serve tasty dishes

Navratri Ashtami 2019 Date

Navratri Ashtami is the third day of Durga Puja celebrations and the eighth day of the Navratri festival. Navratri Ashtami 2019 date is October 6. The Chaitra/Vasant Navratri (March - April) Ashtami date is April 13.

A fast is undertaken on the day majority of devotees. The day is also known as Virashtami and Maha Ashtami. Other important rituals on the day include: Mahanisha Puja,Astra Puja,Sandhi Puja andKumari Puja. Legend has it that Goddess Kali appeared from the forehead of Goddess Durga to kill Chanda and Munda and Raktabija on the Ashtami day. On the day, 64 Yoginis and Ashta Nayikas – the eight consorts – of Durga are also worshipped.

On the Navratri Ashtami day, Goddess Maha Gowri form of the Nav Durga is worshipped.

The day also marks the beginning of Ayudha Puja – books and implements are kept for puja on the day.

Itagi Mahadeva Temple in Karnataka

Itgai is a small village located in northern part of Karnataka and is famous for temples of the 12th and 13th century AD built by the Chalukyas of Kalyana. The most outstanding among the temples is the Mahadeva Temple built by Mahadeva, a minister of Vikramaditya VI in 1112 AD. The famous tourist center Hampi is around 70 km south. Badami is 80 km north of Itagi.

The temple is dedicated to the Mahadeva form of Lord Shiva. The deity is worshipped in the form of a Shivling.
The Mahadeva Temple is 36.60 m long and 20 m wide, with an only opening to the east. The temple has a sanctum sanctorum, passage, navaranga and an open mandapa.

The navranga, which has entrances from north and south, has 26 pillars turned on a lathe. The pillars are noted for its intricate carvings.

The outer mandapa has a set of 42 pillars.

The ceilings have geometric designs and the doorways are noted for its floral designs.

The niches on the outer walls have a miniature tower. The kirtikukha carvings here are …

Indira Ekadasi

Indira Ekadashi occurs during the waning phase of moon in the month of Ashwin (September – October) in traditional North Indian calendar. In 2018, Indira Ekadasi is on October 5. The importance of Indira Ekadasi is described in the Brahmavaivarta Purana and was described by Lord Krishna to Yudhisthira. It is believed that observing this Ekadasi will help in removing the sins committed by oneself and one’s forefathers. The Ekadasi falls during the Pitru Paksh Shradh period in North India. Ekadashi fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Legend has it that King Indrasena on Narada Muni’s advice observed Indira Ekadasi and saved his father from the remorse of sins committed during earthly life.
Indira Ekadasi falls during the Pitru Paksh Shradh period in North India.
Prayers and rituals are performed in the name of forefathers and dead relatives on the day before Indira Ekadasi. A single meal is only eaten on the day before Ekadashi. A complete fast is observed on the Indira Ekadashi day …

Three Advices Given by Ravana to Lakshman for a successful life

Ravana was waiting for his death after he was mortally wounded by the arrow of Bhagavan Sri Ram. Then, Bhagavan Sri Ram asked Lakshman to approach Ravana and take his advice on leading a successful life.
An arrogant Lakshman first approached Ravana, stood near his head, and demanded that he share his knowledge with the victors, as they will use it for the good of his people. But Ravana did not speak. Lakshman returned to Bhagavan Sri Ram and informed what had happened.
Bhagavan Sri Ram reprimanded Lakshman by saying that when you to learn something from someone you should always take your place near the feet of the person.
Lakshman then went and stood near the feet of Ravana and asked him to share the wisdom required for leading a successful life.
Ravana then gave three advices: Never delay in doing a good thing. There is no need to look for good time etc. When you have decided to do good works do it immediately.Never underestimate any being in this world. Talk and give respect to al…

Navratri and Story of Both Bhagavan Sri Ram and Ravana invoking the Chandi Devi form of Goddess Durga

A famous story about the origin of Navratri is associated with Bhagavan Sri Ram invoking Goddess Durga. To emerge victorious in the battle against Ravana, Lord Brahma advised Bhagavan Sri Ram to invoke the fierce Chandi Devi form of Goddess Durga. During the same time, demon King Ravana started invoking Goddess Chandi to attain immortality and victory of Bhagavan Sri Ram and his Vanarsena (monkey army).

When it was time for a crucial ritual in Bhagavan Sri Ram’s puja, Ravana used his magic and stole all the puja items including the havan kund.

All those present for the puja got scared as the puja sankalp was broken and Goddess Durga would become angry.

Then Bhagavan Sri Ram realized that Goddess Durga is also known as कमल-नयननवकंजलोचन – the lotus eyed one with a light shade of red. Bhagavan Sri Ram himself was lotus-eyed and therefore he decided to offer an eye of his to Goddess Durga as offering.

When he was getting ready to do the sacrifice, Goddess Durga appeared before Sri Ram a…

Maa Durga Bengali Prayer – Simple Prayer Dedicated to Goddess Durga in Bengali

This Maa Durga Bengali Prayer begins with Om sarbamongal mongolaye Shivvey. It is a simple and very popular prayer dedicated to Goddess Durga. You can read the prayer in Bengali with English transliteration and English meaning. The prayer is chanted daily during the worship of Goddess Durga and during festivals like Basanti Puja, Navratri and the famous Durga Puja.

Five Natural Magical Things in Hindu Scriptures That Can Do the Impossible

When we read Hindu scriptures, we get to know about natural magical things that can perform the impossible task. It can change the life of a person forever. Here are five magical things mentioned in Hindu scriptures, which might or might not exist in real.

Paras Mani – It is believed that Paras Mani has the power to turn anything into gold. Humans have never seen it. Legends have it that crows can recognize Paras Mani. Many believe it is a rare kind of stone. It is believed that Paras Mani is found in the Himalayan region.

Somras – The wine made using soma plant and other natural ingredients are mentioned in the Vedas. Somras is mentioned in Rig Veda, Atharva Veda, Mahabharata, Ramayana, and Puranas. It is believed that drinking the wine will make a person immortal.

Nagmani – Nagmani is in the possession of certain snakes. The person who has the possession of Nagmani will have all his wishes fulfilled. No one has ever seen it. It is said that no material on earth has a glow like that of…

To reach the rose you need to go through the thorns

Never label a person because labels rarely stick for a long period. They always peel off. No person is eternally good or eternally bad. Situations force people to behave in a particular manner. An atheist can burn a believer tomorrow. An ordinary person can become a rebel. Instead of labeling a person, empathize with the person.

Life today can be summed up as regular doses of happiness and regular doses of misery. Both these doses of happiness and misery depend on external factors. Change the direction in which you seek happiness. Instead of the external direction, take the internal direction. If the search is genuine, then you will find something, which is better than temporary happiness.

Leaving a secure but boring environment or job in search of an exciting one often ends in tragedy. This is because when you were in the boring environment, you always thought the exciting one was a bed of roses. But roses have thorns too. To reach the rose you need to go through the thorns. And som…

Nimbu Mirchi In Front Of Homes And Shops – Is Nimbu Mirchi Superstition?

Nimbu Mirchi tied on the doorways of shops, business establishments and Hindu homes is a common sight in India. But why is it hung on the door? Is Nimbu Mirchi Superstition? Nimbu Mirchi tied on a thread are hung outside the door to keep away Alakshmi, or Jyestha, who is considered inauspicious. Alakshmi is the sister of Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of fortune and prosperity. But Alakshmi brings poverty and misery.

Alakshmi likes sour, pungent and hot things. Therefore shopkeepers, merchants and people tie nimbu mirchi on the doorways of their shops and homes so that Alakshmi will only come up to the door and eat her favorite food and satisfy her hunger and leave without entering the shop or house.

It is believed that after consuming nimbu and mirchi, Alakshmi loses her urge to enter the house or shop. She will turn around without casting her malevolent eye.

Is Nimbu Mirchi Superstition?

Yes, it is a superstition if you are non-believer. For a believer it gives hope and confiden…

Jwalaji Temple Timings in Himachal Pradesh – Opening Darshan and Closing Time at Jwalamukhi Temple

Jwalaji Temple at Kangara in Himachal Pradesh is famous for the eternal burning of flames. Opening Darshan and Closing Time at Jwalamukhi Temple in detail is given below. Please not that there will change in timings during Chaitra Navratri (March – April) and Sharad Navratri (September – October) and other important temple festivals. The temple will remain closed during eclipse or graham.

The temple is open from 4:30 AM to 10:30 PM without a break.

Important Aartis are at Mangal Aarti – 5:00 AM
Noon Aarti – 12:00 PM
Evening Aarti – 7:00 PM
Last Aarti - Evening 10.00 PM

12 names of Hanuman ji in English and Hindi – Chant It for Change of Fortune

Hanuman is known by numerous names but there are 12 names of Hanuman, which are considered highly auspicious. Below is the 12 names of Hanuman ji in English and Hindi with meaning and explanation. Chanting the names helps in attaining peace and prosperity. Those who regularly chant it have seen change in their fortune.

A person should chant the mantra after waking up from sleep and before going to bed.

The 12 names are together known as Dwadasha Namavali. It is mentioned in several Puranas.

12 names of Hanuman ji in English HanumanAnjanisunu (son of Anjani)Vayuputra (son of Vayu)Mahabal (blessed with unimaginable strength)Rameshta (favorite of Sri Ram)Phalguna-sakha (Friend of Arjuna of Mahabharata)Pingaksho (he whose eyes are brown)Amitavikram (one who performs incredible feats)Udadhikramana (the ocean crosser)Seetashokavinashini (one who alleviated the sadness of Mata Sita)Lakshmanprandata (One who saved the life of Lakshmana)Dashgriv-Darpaha (One who destroyed the pride of Ravana) 12…