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Kalubai Yatra and Festival 2020 date at Kalubai Devi Temple

Kalubai Yatra and Pilgrimage to the famous KalubaiDeviTemple at Mandradev in Satara District in Maharashtra is held during the Paush Purnima (December – January) period as per traditional Marathi Hindu Calendar. Kalubai Yatra 2020 on Shakambari Purnima is on January 10. The festival attracts thousands of people.


Kalubai Devi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and is a hugely popular deity in this region of Maharashtra. The Yatra and the festival is held for two weeks and the most important days are the Paush month full moon day or Shakambari Purnima. On the previous day of Purnima, there is a jagran during which a procession with the Kalubai Devi's idol sitting in a silver palkhi goes through Mandradev village and culminates at the temple.

On Paush Purnima nearly 300,000 people gather at the temple. Devotees offer green colored sari to Kalubai Devi on the day.

KalubaiTemple is about 18 km from Wai and 120 km south of Mumbai. The temple is located atop a mountain of 1200 m high.

Practice Contemplation to Have Control over Feelings

We are constantly bombarded with feelings – happy, sad, angry, fear, irritation, passion, desire, sexual… There is no end to our feelings. They are either pleasant or unpleasant. They keep coming and going. Until and unless we are aware of each feeling, we will not be able to have control over them. If we do not have control over them, our life becomes a complete mess. To become aware of each feeling we need to practice contemplation.

Someone says ‘you are smart and you did an excellent work.’ You become happy. This same person on another day says ‘you are useless.’ You become sad and depressed.

Whether good or bad we should not become the slave of our feelings. We should have total control over it.

We need to know about the source of each feeling, and what is triggering it.

We should be totally aware of what is happening within us. Our mind should be in our control.

Our aim should be to overcome this classification of pleasant and unpleasant. We should not be emotionally disturbed…

Hindu Calendar Today – December 31, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Sunday, December 31, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:22 PM on December 31 Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:03 AM on January 1, 2018.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 31, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Rohini Nakshatra till 4:29 PM on December 31. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatram till 2:57 PM on January 1.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Rohini Nakshatra till 5:54 PM on December 31. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatram till 2:53 PM on January 1.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi till 3:41 AM on January 1, 2018.
In western p…

We are not puppets controlled by a higher destiny

We are not puppets controlled by a higher destiny. This very thought that there is someone who controls our life is a wrong notion. It is ignorance. Our never-ending desires, fear and attachment are the reason for us becoming puppets. We are controlled by our desires, fear and attachments. When we realize this and take the necessary steps, we are no longer puppets.

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We all get emotionally unbalanced; there is nothing to be ashamed of it. However, if we are not able to regain our balance quickly then we have a problem. When we live in the world, we are sure to be emotionally disturbed. There are innumerable ways in which a person can be disturbed mentally. The moment this happens, we need to tune our mind towards the spiritual channel in us. An angry and emotional mind takes only wrong decisions, it only utters words that hurt and cause harm, and it only does those physical actions that are to be never performed. Breathe in and out. Close the eyes and remember the people …

Hindu Calendar Today – December 30, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Saturday, December 30, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:29 PM on December 30. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:22 PM on December 31.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 30, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time only after 8:40 PM night. Nakshatra – Karthigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakshatra till 5:57 PM on December 30. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram till 4:29 PM on December 31.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Karthigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakshatra till 8:38 PM on December 30. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram till 5:54 PM on December 31.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi till 12:53 AM on December 30. T…

Panchdhatu Benefits

Panchdhatu includes various religious items that are made using five metals. Panchdhatu composition (original) is gold, silver, copper, iron and zinc. It symbolizes strength and power. Panchdhatu benefits are detailed below.
Today, utensils, murtis and ornaments made of any five metals are referred as Panchadhatu. Thus there is Panchdhatu made using copper, brass, aluminium, iron and zinc. Panchdhatu SwastikKeeping Swastik made of Panchdhatu on the front door of the house will help in ushering peace and prosperity. All kinds of fights and diseases will be kept out from the family. Panchdhatu KadaWearing Panchdhatu Kada will help a person in attaining strength and power to overcome physical difficulties. It helps in strengthening the mind and will power. Panchdhatu RingPanchdhatu ring helps in overcoming weakness especially sexual. It also ushers in peace and prosperity. It helps in early marriage. It also keeps out heart ailments. Panchdhatu Ganesh MurtiWorshiping Panchdhatu Ganesh m…

Teachings from Shukra Niti

Some people lie for selfish gains. Such people do not realize that their falsehood will cause immense trouble in future to them and to their family.

People should respect the elders in the family. Such people will be responsible for the destruction of the family. People should respect their family lineage and follow their family traditions.

Illicit relationships and approaching women with bad intention are sins. Such people will be tormented in the afterlife. People indulging in such behavior will cause the destruction of their family.

Those people who harm other living beings will never be pardoned by God. Such people will not find relief after prayers and puja. People who do not follow Ahimsa will constantly face problems in their life.

The above said four behaviors will only cause trouble in a person’s life.

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Hindu Calendar Today – December 29, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, December 29, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 5:24 PM on December 29. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:29 PM on December 30.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 29, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – An average day till 11:10 PM. Nakshatra – Bharani Nakshatra till 7:13 PM on December 29. Then onward it is Karthigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakshatram till 5:57 PM on December 30.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 12:38 AM on December 29. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram till 10:57 PM on December 29. Then onward it is Karthigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakshatram till 8:38 PM on December 30.
Rashi or…

Bagalamukhi Devi Puja – How to perform Bagalamukhi Devi Puja?

The puja of Goddess Bagalamukhi Devi is performed to attain victory over enemies, to talk properly, to win in debates, improve public speaking, to avoid stage fear, and to overcome various difficulties in life. He is a brief idea on how to perform Bagalamukhi Devi puja at home. Things needed for Bagalamukhi Devi Puja Yellow color clothYellow color bhog or PrasadYellow color flowersRegular puja materials.Turmeric The puja can be performed on Tuesday, Thursday, Chaturdashi (14th day of a fortnight) and when Sun is on Makar Rashi.


How to perform Bagalamukhi Devi Puja?After cleaning the house and taking bath, the person performing puja needs to sit facing north.The person should wear a yellow color dress.Make a small line using Turmeric and place the picture of Bagalamukhi behind. Light a lamp and place it on the turmeric line.Put a yellow color cloth on the picture of Bagalamukhi Maa.Offer yellow color flowers and fruits to the Goddess.Prasad offered should be yellow in color.Mantra dedic…

Magh Mela 2019 dates at Sangam in Allahabad – Prayag - Importance of Magha Mela in Uttar Pradesh

Magh Mela is an important annual Hindu ritual held on the banks of Sangam (Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati) in Prayag (modern day Allahabad), Uttar Pradesh. In 2019, Magh Mela begins on January 15 and ends on March 4. Ardh Kumbh Mela will be held in 2019. Magh Mela is also known as mini Kumbh Mela and is held in Magh month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. The main ritual involves taking a holy dip (bathing) at Sangam on auspicious dates. It must be noted here that Magh Mela is not confined to the Magh month and the important bathing dates are spread over a period of 45 days. The important dates during Magh Mela 2019 are: January 15 (Makar Sankranti)
January 21 (Paush Purnima)
February 4 (Mauni Amavasya)
February 10 (Basant Panchami)
February 19 (Maghi Poornima)
and March 4 (Maha Shivratri)
Why is Magh Mela Held? It is widely believed that taking a holy dip at the Sangam on the auspicious days during the period will wash away the sins and will lead to Moksha (mer…

Shivling in Dream – Meaning and Interpretation of Shivling in Dream

As per Hindu religion, seeing Shivling in dream will bring positive changes in life. The meaning of seeing Shivling is that the person will find relief to ongoing problems.  In Hinduism there is an ancient scripture known as Swapna Shastra, which gives interpretation and meaning of various dreams.

Those who have dream of Shivling should make offering of water or milk to Shivling in a nearby temple.
Seeing Shivling and snake together is also auspicious. This indicates fertility. The person will soon get married and will have healthy children.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10 verse 9 to 11 and Chapter 12 verse 6 to 7 – a study

Gita says that if a person develops the three virtues – equanimity in situations, seeking the welfare of all living beings and control of the sense, action, organs and mind then the Lord will give knowledge and save the person from Samsara. When we read this carefully, we can understand that we wrongly interpret the experiences of life because of lack of equanimity caused by biases and desires that cloud the intellect. (Vedanta Kesari August 2017) With these three virtues, our intellect will be clear and we will be able to see things as they are. Knowledge will shine from within says the Gita.
Their thoughts are fixed on Me, their lives absorbed in Me, enlightening each other and ever speaking of Me, they are content and full of joy. (Chapter 10 Verse 9)

To these, who ever dwell at one with Me and worship Me in Love, I give the yoga of discrimination by which they come unto Me. (Chapter 10 Verse 10)

Out of pure compassion for them, I dwell within their hearts, and dispel the darkness…

Makar Rashi Dates in 2018 – Time and Dates of Makara Rashi 2018 as Per Hindu Calendar

Makar Rashi, or Capricorn Zodiac, is the tenth rashi or zodiac sign in Hindu astrology. Makar Rashi dates in 2018 for the 12 months are given below: The Lord of Makara is Saturn or Shani, its guna is Tamas and symbol is crocodile (sea monster). The element associated with Capricorn is earth. Please note that the time and dates are as per Hindu lunar calendar followed in India. IST time is followed.
Makar Rashi Dates in 2018 January 2018 1:52 AM on January 17 to 12:54 PM on January 19, 2018 February 2018 8:57 AM on February 13 to 8:10 PM on February 15 March 2018 4:09 PM on March 12 to 3:29 AM on March 15 April 2018 11:23 PM on April 8 to 10:49 AM on April 11 May 2018 6:38 AM on May 6 to 6:12 PM on May 8 June 2018 1:59 PM on June 2 to 1:38 AM on June 5 June 2018 9:19 PM on June 29 to 8:59 AM on July 2 July 2018 4:35 AM on July 27 to 4:21 PM on July 29 August 2018 11:50 AM on August 23 to 11:38 PM on August 25 September 2018 7:00 PM on September 19 to 6:48 AM on September 22 October 20…

Benefits of Namaskar Mudra – Atmanjali Mudra

Namaskar Mudra, also known as Atmanjali Mudra, is one of the important mudras. Practicing mudras have numerous benefits especially health related. They are good for both body and mind.


Namaskar Mudra is performed by joining the two palms and bringing them close to the chest.

This mudra is also a popular symbol associated with Hinduism. It symbolically expresses reverence and gratitude. Hindus pray and greet using this mudra.

It also symbolically represents the merging of the individual soul with the universal soul. When we do Namaskar to another individual, we symbolically state that we both are one. Again, it means am one with Brahman.
The most important health benefit of the Namaskar Mudra is that it activates and harmonizes the left and right brain hemispheres. It assures in peace and stability.

Anantheshwar Temple at Manjeshwar in Kasargod – Kerala

Anantheshwar Temple at Manjeshwar in Kasargod is dedicated to Narasimha, Lord Shiva and Subramanian. This is one of the oldest temples associated with the Gowda Saraswat Brahmins. The temple is around 1.5 kilometers from the Manjeshwar Railway Station and around 23 km from Mangalore.


The main deities worshipped in the temple are Lord Shiva in Shivling form, Narasimha and Subramanian.
The Shivling is Swayambhu.

The Subrahmanya murti here is associated with nagas and is known as Nagaroopi Subrahmanya.

Narasimha is worshipped here as Sri Bhadranarasimha. The murti is flanked by Bhudevi and Sridevi.

The subsidiary deities worshipped in the shrine are Sri Vittala, Sri Vedavyasa, Sri Laxminarasimha, Keshava, Sri Krishna, Karalanarasimha, Hanuman, Ganapati and Garuda.

A unique aspect of the shrine is anthill Ruvvani or Rohini. It is believed to be the abode of Snake Vasuki. The main murtis worshipped in the temple are on the top the anthill.

The sacred temple pond is known as Shesha teerth…

Shukra Ast 2020 – Shukra Astha months in 2020 in Hindu Calendar

Shukra Ast is a specific period in Hindu calendars. During these period auspicious ceremonies like marriages, grah pravesh etc are not held in North India. Shukra Astha 2020 time and date is given below:

Shukra Ast is from May 29, 2020 to June 10, 2020.

Marriages are not performed during the period. Thus you will not find Marriage dates and other auspicious function dates in June 2020.

The total numbers of days in a Shukra Ast are 73 to 74 days. It is roughly two months and a fortnight.
In some years, there will be only a week or so and in some years it will be 90 days.

Story of Menaka, Mother of Goddess Parvati

Menaka was the wife of Himavan, the king of mountains. The story as to how Menaka became the mother of Goddess Parvati is mentioned in the Puranas.

In her previous birth, Menaka was the mind-born daughter of Swadha and Vairajas, a pitr. Once, during a visit to Vaikunta she did not show respect to Brahma’s manasaputras – Sanaka, Sanadana, Sanatana and Sanatkumara.

Sanaka cursed Menaka that she would be born as human being on earth.

A devastated Menaka begged for mercy.

Sanadana told Menaka that the curse could not be taken back. However, on earth she will marry Himavan, the lord of mountains, and she will be the mother of Goddess Shakti, when she incarnates as Goddess Parvati on earth.
As a result, she would earn untold merits and will get back her position in heaven.

Aurva Rishi – Vedic Seer

Aurva Rishi is known as Aurva Bhrigu in the Rig Veda. There is confusion among scholars as the Aurva and Bhrigu are two different Rishis or one Rishi. Sayana, the famous commentator of Vedas, consider Aurva Bhrigu as one name.

Aurva, meaning “descendant of Uru or Urva”, seems to be a patronymic name of Bhrigu himself. Aitareya Brahmana (VI. 33) also indicates that it is a single name.

Bhrugu was the son of Varuna.


As per Taittirya Samhita, Aurava Rishi had no sons and he prayed to Sage ATri with a desire to have a son. Atri granted him an offspring.

There is also another belief that Aurva was the nickname of Rchika, son of Apnavana and Ruchi. Nothing much is known about the mantras that the sage had written.
Most studies concentrate on finding his ancestry.

People who are enslaved to the senses seek to control those around them

People who are enslaved to the senses and mind seek to control those around them. Being in bondage themselves, they cannot recognize the freedom of other people. This exercising of control over others, even in the name of love or discipline, is just another way of clinging to life.
But one cannot limit the freedom of another, without in some way limiting oneself.
Everyone in this world is, as Swami Vivekananda puts it, moving from lower truth to higher truth.
In this journey of life, each will travel in his own way and his own pace. Giving space for this is a sign of one’s own freedom. Vedanta Kesari August 2017 issue.

Guru Ast 2020 – Guru Astha months in 2020 in Hindu Calendar

Guru asta is a specific period in Hindu calendars. During this period no auspicious ceremonies are held in North India. Guru Astha 2020 time and date is given below:
Guru Ast is from December 15, 2019 to January 10, 2020.
There is no Guru Ast in other months in the year 2020.
Marriages are not performed during the period. Thus you will not find marriage dates and other auspicious function dates in January 2020.

The total number of days in a Guru Asta are 28 days. Roughly a month.

Shukra Ast 2019 – Shukra Astha months in 2019 in Hindu Calendar

Shukra Ast is a specific period in Hindu calendars. During these period auspicious ceremonies like marriages, grah pravesh etc are not held in North India. Shukra Astha 2019 time and date is given below:

Shukra Ast is from July 10, 2019 to September 19, 2019.

Marriages are not performed during the period. Thus you will not find Marriage dates and other auspicious function dates in July 2019, August 2019 and September 2019.
The total numbers of days in a Shukra Ast are 73 to 74 days. It is roughly two months and a fortnight.

Four Female Companions of Goddess Lakshmi

As per Lakshmi Tantra, Goddess Lakshmi has four female companions. They are Riddhi, Vriddhi, Samriddhi and Vibhuti.

All four companions have two arms. They are beautiful and have the color of the inside of a lotus. In their hands they carry branch of a wood apple tree and a fly –whisk.

The four companions are seated in lotus posture and they gaze at the face of Goddess Lakshmi. The Bija Mantra associated with Riddhi is Om Rim Tam Riddyai Swaha The mantra associated with Vriddhi is Om Vrm Tam Vriddhayai Swaha. The mantra associated with Samriddhi is Om Sim Tam Samriddhyai Swaha. The mantra associated with Vibhuti is Om Vim Tam Vibhutyai Swaha.

In discovering the inner freedom lies our true manliness – Vedanta Kesari

Self-discipline is the way to overcome the compelling force of the senses and their impressions.

This man is strong in body, but weak in mind. He can lift a stone weighing 1000 kgs, but cannot bear the weight of a single unpleasant word.

Blaming others or fate or God for our actions and circumstances in life is a sign of weakness and slavery.

Restraining our senses, disciplining our thoughts, sublimating our emotions and expanding our ego to embrace the whole world are essential steps in the path to freedom.

To be free from all forms of misery, we should take full responsibility for our lives.

When we accept the fact that we are the makers of our own destiny, we shall rise to our highest and best and our character will be transformed.

Self-faith and self-dependence will awaken our inner divinity, our true nature.

In discovering the inner freedom lies our true manliness.
Vedanta Kesari August 2017 issue

Guru Ast 2019 – Guru Astha months in 2019 in Hindu Calendar

Guru asta is a specific period in Hindu calendars. During this period no auspicious ceremonies are held in North India. Guru Astha 2019 time and date is given below:
Guru Ast is from December 15, 2019 to January 10, 2020.
Marriages are not performed during the period. Thus you will not find marriage dates and other auspicious function dates in December 2019 and January 2020.

The total number of days in a Guru Asta are 28 days. Roughly a month.

Too much analysis takes the zest out of life - Quotes and Quips

Quotes and Quips on various aspects of life.
There is no great war in life. However, there are these frequent little battles. If we can win these little battles, then life becomes a success. Those who run away from the little battles of life never make it to the podium happiness.  Too much analysis takes the zest out of life. It is fine to listen to the heart even if it is illogical. We will need to evolve constantly to reach the goal of self-realization. Never stop learning. When we stop learning, we are opening the door to the unreal. If we need to know the real, keep learning.  Peace is possible when we are ready to accept diversity.  The moment we are ready to drop desire and attachment, the mind will become calm and relaxed.The goal of every person is happiness. But sadly, the majority of us do not know what is happiness. We think the wave to be happiness. But it disappears in a split of a second. Then we go after another wave. But some of us go to the ocean, the source of the wave. T…

Quotes on Satisfaction

If you are satisfied with your life then that is more important than worldly success.

Satisfaction is more important than success because success is always measured by others. We need the certificate of others to be successful. For satisfaction, we do not anyone’s approval.

You will never be satisfied if you always desire for what others have.

Satisfaction is when you are content and happy with what you have.

Many a times we fail to appreciate what we have as we are too busy bothering about what we do not have.
Many people work hard to be someone else just to impress others. And they daily go to bed dissatisfied. Why? Because they are not honest to themselves and they clearly know they are not where they should be.

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Aravukad Sreedevi Temple near Alappuzha in Kerala

Aravukad Sreedevi Temple is ancient shrine dedicated to Mother Goddess Devi. The murti here is the fierce form of Mother Goddess Bhadrakali just after annihilating Demon Daruka. The popular belief is that the Goddess washed her sword filled with blood of the demon in the pond located here. The temple is located at Punnapra, which is around 8 km from Alappuzha on the way to Kayamkulam (National Highway 48).

Although the main murti present here is of the fierce form of goddess, she takes the motherly form Saraswathi, Lakshmi and Parvati to bless her children.

The murti of Shiva worshipped in the shrine is carved out of Krishna Shila.

The pond in which Goddess Kali washed her sword is part of the temple complex.

The main festival in the temple is observed in the Malayalam Meenam month from Bharani Nakashatra to Pooram Nakshatram. The most important event during the festival is the Thiripidutham – holding lighted lamp.

Pongala is observed on Makayiram nakshatram day in Makaram month.

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We act based on what we believe to be true

All danger is perceived. Ever walked cautiously so that no insect gets on your feet? No, at least, not in human habitations. One might do that in a forest with no defined pathways. Generally, we do not care about the numerous insects that surround us. Because, we do not perceive any threat. 
However, that may not be the case with the person we confront while on a walk. For all we know, that person could pose a larger threat to our lives and property than a miniscule member of our ecosystem. So, that is decided. 
Yes, most of our threats are perceived. That is why most people are more afraid of air travel than walking on a road with busy traffic. Though statistics tell us that travel by air is the safest mode of transport and that a large number of accidents happen every year on our roads, most of us feel jittery in an aircraft. That is because of perception.
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We act based on what we believe to be true. The end of our life is u…

Dhanu Rashi Dates in 2018 – Time and Dates of Dhanu Rashi 2018 as Per Hindu Calendar

Dhanu Rashi, or Sagittarius Zodiac, is the ninth rashi or zodiac sign in Hindu astrology. Dhanu Rashi dates in 2018 for the 12 months are given below: The Lord of Dhanu is Jupiter of Shukra, its guna is Rajas and symbol is bow or centaur. The element associated with Sagittarius is fire. Please note that the time and dates are as per Hindu lunar calendar followed in India. IST time is followed. Dhanu Rashi Dates in 2018 January 2018 2:03 PM on January 14 to 1:52 AM on January 17, 2018 February 2018 9:10 PM on February 10 to 8:57 AM on February 13 March 2018 4:25 AM on March 10 to 4:09 PM on March 12 April 2018 11:41 AM on April 6 to 11:23 PM on April 8 May 2018 7:02 PM on May 3 to 6:38 AM on May 6 May – June 2018 2:28 AM on May 31 to 1:59 PM on June 2 June 2018 9:52 AM on June 27  to 9:19 PM on June 29 July 2018 5:17 PM on July 24 to 4:35 AM on July 27 August 2018 12:42 AM on August 21 to 11:50 AM on August 23 September 2018 8:01 AM on September 17 to 7:00 PM on September 19 October 2…

Brahmeshwar Temple at Bamhani Village in Mahasamund, Chhattisgarh

Brahmeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located at Bamhani Village in Mahasamund, Chhattisgarh. The temple is around 11 km from Mahasamund. The temple is famous because it is believed that after offering prayers here couples are blessed with healthy children.

The shivling worshipped in the temple is believed to be swayambhu.

Legend has it that once an attempt was made to shift the Shivling to a big temple. When people tried to remove the Shivling, they could not find its end. The attempt was dropped.
There is a pond in the temple complex. It is believed the pond is filled with water from Ganga River. The pond is known as Shwethganga kund. Taking bath in the pond is believed to cure skin diseases.

Bhakti is the nectar that destroys all suffering and creates constant bliss

Bhakti is the process of giving a concrete shape to the divinity immanent in all aspects of this universe.

The connecting of what one perceives through the senses with the highest divine principle, which could be seen as the highest reality, is the path of bhakti.

A complete self-abnegation is the goal of bhakti and true bhakti can be achieved only by complete annihilation of the petty ego, the ego that stresses on the individuality of a person.

The discipline of bhakti is practised at three levels: the stage of the aspirant, the stage of the divine mood, and the stage of becoming one with the chosen ideal.

Bhakti is the nectar that destroys all suffering and creates constant bliss.

Bhakti brings spiritual maturity to the aspirant and weakens one’s ego.
Supreme bhakti eschews all desires and the only desire of a bhakta is to be immersed in the thought and essence of God.

Source – Prabuddha Bharata magazine July 2017 page 14

Panchamrit Mantra – Panchamrut Abhishek Mantra

Panchamrit abhishek is an important ritual performed especially during elaborate puja. Panchamrit mantra is given below. This Panchamrut abhishek mantra should be chanted before offering the five items – milk, curd, cow ghee, honey and sugar.

Panchamrit Mantra पयोदधिघृतंमधुचैवचशर्करायुतम्।
पंचामृतंमयानीतंस्नानार्थप्रतिगृह्यताम्।।

The mantra can be also chanted before consuming Panchamrit as food or Prasad.

It is believed that consuming Panchamrut helps in attaining peace, prosperity and good health.

Kuchela Dinam at Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple in Kerala – Kuchela Day

Kuchela Dinam, Kuchela day, is observed on the first Wednesday of Dhanu Masam (December – January) as per traditional Hindu calendar followed at GuruvayurSriKrishnaTemple in Kerala. Kuchela Dinam 2019 date is December 18. The day commemorates the meeting of Kuchela, a friend and schoolmate, and Sri Krishna.

Kuchela visits Krishna after several years when Sri Krishna is the ruler of Dwarka. Kuchela, also known as Sudama, was poor and he was visiting Krishna to ask some financial help to overcome his poverty. He carried with him handful of aval or poha (beaten rice). This beaten rice was of poor quality and it was filled with mud and stones.

On reaching, the palace of Krishna at Dwarka, Kuchela was warmly welcomed by Sri Krishna. It is said ‘Athiti Devo Bhava’ (Guest are equal to God) and Krishna treated Kuchela like a God.

Kuchela was ashamed to give the ‘aval’ to Krishna as it contained stones and mud and now it was also soaked in his sweat.

But the ever playful Krishna noticed the …

Sarpa Dosha Remedies

A person, or family, suffers from Sarpa Dosha when a family member has hurt a snake or naga intentionally. The curse of the Sarpa (serpent) constantly haunts the family. Here are some important Sarpa dosha remedies.  The most effective solution to Sarpa Dosha is the worship and puja of peepal tree.On Ayiliyam or Aslesha Nakshatra day, after taking bath visit a peepal tree located in a temple or in a sacred place.  Offer milk to the roots. Mix petals of rose flower, white til, chandan and black til in water and offer it to the roots of the peepal tree.Perform annadanam or food donation on an auspicious day.Feed animals. Feed fishesDistribute dress to poor children.Distribute books to poor children.Plant trees. Protect sacred groves.

The pure heart is the best mirror for the reflection of truth – Swami Vivekananda

A sage once told me, ‘To teach others, much intellect and learning are necessary, but not so for your own self illumination.’ Are you pure? If you are pure, you will reach God.

‘Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.’

If you are not pure, and you know all the sciences in the world, that will not help you at all; you may be buried in all the books you read, but that will not be of much use. It is the heart that reaches the goal. Follow the heart. A pure heart sees beyond the intellect; it gets inspired; it knows things that reason can never know, and whenever there is conflict between the pure heart and the intellect, always side with the pure heart, even if you think what your heart is doing is unreasonable.

When it is desirous of doing good to others, your brain may tell you that it is not politic to do so, but follow your heart, and you will find that you make less mistakes than by following your intellect.

The pure heart is the best mirror for the reflection of trut…

Vrischika Rashi Dates in 2018 – Time and Dates of Vrischika Rashi 2018 as Per Hindu Calendar

Vrischika Rashi, or Scorpio Zodiac, is the eighth rashi or zodiac sign in Hindu astrology. Vrischika Rashi dates in 2018 for the 12 months are given below: The Lord of Vrischika is Mars or Anagark, its guna is Tamas and symbol is Scorpio. The element associated with Scorpio is water. Please note that the time and dates are as per Hindu lunar calendar followed in India. IST time is followed. Vrischika Rashi Dates in 2018 January 2018 3:19 AM on January 12 to 2:03 PM on January 14, 2018 February 2018 10:19 AM on February 8 to 9:10 PM on February 10 March 2018 6:04 PM on March 7 to 4:25 AM on March 10 April 2018 1:31 AM on April 4 to 11:41 AM on April 6 May 2018 9:03 AM on May 1 to 7:02 PM on May 3 May 2018 4:40 PM on May 28 to 2:28 AM on May 31 June 2018 12:19 AM on June 25 to 9:52 AM on June 27 July 2018 7:58 AM on July 22 to 5:17 PM on July 24 August 2018 3:39 PM on August 18 to 12:42 AM on August 21 September 2018 11:15 PM on September 14 to 8:01 AM on September 17 October 2018 6:53…

Upside Down Hanuman Idol at Sanwer near Indore in Madhya Pradesh

The unique upside down Hanuman Idol is located at Sanwer near Indore in Madhya Pradesh. The temple is located around 25 km from Indore city. The Hanuman murti worshipped here is also known as Patal Vijayi Hanuman. The story of the temple is associated with Mahiravana, also known as Patalravana or Patal Ravan.


Mahiravana kidnapping Sri Ram and Lakshman and Hanuman rescuing them is a famous story found in Puranas and local traditions.

It is believed that Hanuman entered Patala or the underworld from this spot. Therefore the murti of Hanuman is depicted with head below and feet up.

Visiting on five Tuesdays in the temple is considered highly meritorious. It is believed to help in desire fulfillment.
The temple complex also has a separate shrine dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Ram.

On Overcoming Desires

The first and the most important step in transcending desires is to become aware of one’s true nature, which is beyond the body and the mind. However, one might argue that the desire to know God or Brahman is also a desire.

However, such a desire is not really a desire, because such a desire becomes the nemesis of all desires. It is a desire to kill the mind, which is the source of all desires.

This desire to realize one’s true nature is the beginning of the path to attain a never-ending bliss and the only way to get liberation.

Transcending desires is possible only by abstention from fresh desires and the eradication of old desires. This can be achieved only by a process of continuous introspection and discernment.

Dispassion towards sense-objects and the withdrawal of the senses from such sense-objects would result in a detached attitude in all day-today dealings and this practice would eventually lead to desirelessness.
SourcePrabuddha Bharata magazine July 2017 page 14

Indra Astra

Indra Astra is a powerful arrow mentioned in Epics and Hindu Puranas. It is associated with Indra, the king of Devas. The person who has the knowledge of Indra Astra can summon it when required.

The arrow brings shower of arrows from the sky. It can be used against an army or against and individual.

In the Ramayana, Sri Ram used the Indra Astra against Kumbakarna. It killed Kumbakarna.

Indra Astra was terribly sharp and it had wings. It could move like the wind.

In the Mahabharata, Indra had blessed Karna with Indra Astra. Karna had given earring and armor to Indra in charity. Indra was moved the Karna’s charitable nature and blessed him with Indra Astra.
Karna saved the Indra Astra to kill Arjuna. But he was forced to use it against Ghatotkach during the night battle in the Mahabharat.

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Adhyayana Utsavam

Adhyayana Utsavam, also known as Vaikunta Utsava or Prasanna Utsava or Moksha Utsava, is observed in the famous Tirupati Venkateswara Temple and Srirangam Ranganatha Swamy Temple. It is the day when Sri Nammalwar merged with Srihari Vishnu. The Divya Prabhandas are chanted during the period.

It begins on the first day of the waxing phase of moon in Dhanur Masam and ends on the following Krishna Paksha Dasami – 10th day during the waning phase of moon. It is chanted for nearly 22 days.

It coincides with the famous Vaikunta Ekadasi festival.

Divya Prabandhas are the recitals composed in Tamil dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It contains 4000 verses. All the important Vishnu temples chant the Divya Prabandhas. The place where it is recited is treated as Divya Desams.

Divya Prabandhas are divided into 4 parts as Mudhal Ayiram,Periya Thirumozhi,IyarpaThiruvaaymozhi The first 2000 verses are chanted before Vaikunta Ekadasi and the next 2000 verses are chanted after the Vaikunta Ekadasi.
The popula…

Yellu Amavasi 2019 in Karnataka – Ellu Amavasya

Yellu Amavasya, also known as Ellamavasya, is observed on the no moon day in the Margashirsh month (November – December) in Karnataka and parts of Andhra Pradesh. Yellu Amavasya 2019 date is January 5. Ellu means Sesame or Til and Amavasya is the no moon day. Ellu Amavasya festival is observed by farmers and is form a thanksgiving to Mother Earth for a good harvest.

An important ceremony on Yellu Amavasya day is the spraying of sesame and jaggery in agricultural lands. There is a belief that the sesame and jaggery are food for the worms in the farmland.

Some people also observe pujas dedicated to Lord Shani – especially those who have trouble with Shani Graha or Saturn in their horoscope.

Special vegetarian dishes using pulses and green leaves are prepared for the day, especially by farmers. Some of the dishes prepared include bajje, pundi, chikki, palak, menthe, rajgiri, bartha, jowar kadubu and sajje kadubu.

All the agricultural laborers gather on the farmland and the food is consu…

Guru Moodam 2019 – Guru Moudhya 2019 – When is Guru Moudyami in 2019

Guru Moodam, or Guru Moudhya, is a specific period in Hindu calendars. During this period no auspicious ceremonies are held. Guru Moudhya 2019 time and date is given below: It is also known as Guru Moudyami.

Guru Moodam is from December 15, 2019 to January 10, 2020.

Marriages are not performed during the period. Thus you will not find Marriage dates and other auspicious function dates in November.
The total number of days in a Guru Moodam are 28 days. Roughly a month.

Simple life means wedding the essential and divorcing the non-essential

A simple life means wedding the essential and divorcing all the non-essential in life. When we decide to marry simple life, we are parting with chaos. We have zeroed in on what is important to us in life. We have decided to be with people we love and do things that we love and make us happy.

Definition of a simple life varies from person to person. What is clutter and what is of value is different for different person.

The definition of simplifying life is easy. It means to accept only what is important and eliminate the rest. But becoming simple is not as easy as the definition.

Learning to say no to oneself and to others is an important task when we want to adopt a simple life. This is very crucial.

Avoid unwanted communication. Stop interfering in other people’s life. Avoid listening to each and everything. Limit all forms of media to the essential.

Instead of buying new things recycle and make use of what you have already invested in.

Decide to do what you love and to spend more …

Do Not Kill the Present with Good Old Days

There are so many things out there to lift our spirits if only we notice them. But we never look in the right place and instead start living in the good old days. We complain about everything in the present. Actually, the present is not bad; it is just that we are miserable and we try to hide this truth by glorifying the past.

Every age has its positive and negative. If we focus only on negatives then we will miss the positives.

A warm smile can light up the day. The smile is always present. All we have to learn is to drop the ego and let go. Love has not changed. It is the same as in the good old days. It is just that we forgot to love.

There are many things in this world, which are beyond our control, and this is what makes the old days good. But what we do not realize is that there are a lot of things which we can do to make our lives happier today.

Quite often, we want to be part of the crowd and then complain about the same crowd. Instead of going after the crowd find what makes…

Pavai Nombu during Margazhi Month - Margali Nombu in Tamil Margazhi Month or Margali Masam

Pavai Nombu, also known as Margali Nonbu, is observed in Tamil Nadu during Margazhi masam or Margali month. It is said that Andal performed Pavai Nonbu to merge with Sri Ranganatha (Lord Vishnu). Pavai Nombu is performed by women for prosperity and to get good husbands. The history of Pavai Nonbu is more than 2000 years old and is mentioned in the early Tamil scriptures. In 2018, Margali month begins on December 16 and ends on January 14, 2019.
Importance of Margali NombuThe history of Pavai Nonbu is more than 2000 years old and is mentioned in the early Tamil scriptures. The ritual is observed on all the days in the Margazhi Masam.The popular belief is that Andal performed Pavai Nonbu to merge with Sri Ranganatha (Lord Vishnu). Pavai Nonbu is performed by women to get good husbands and for peace and prosperity. Why is Pavai Nombu Observed? - The Story and Reason The general belief is that the Pavai Nombu was observed for Katyayani (a form of Durga). It is said that Gopis first obser…

Swami Pushkarini – The Sacred Pond in Tirupati Balaji Temple – Importance and Holiness

Swami Pushkarini is the sacred pond at Tirupati Balaji Temple and is of great importance to Vishnu devotees. The greatness and holinesss of it is mentioned in the Brahmanda, Vamana, Brahma, Skanda, Padma and Bhavishyotara Purana.
Srihari Vishnu having left his abode Vaikunta settled on the southern side of Swami Pushkarini, in the form of Sri Venkateswara along with his beloved divine spouse Goddess Rama Devi enjoying the serenity of its surroundings. (Brahmanda Purana) Three things are highly recommended while visiting Tirupati Balaji Temple, first is taking holy dip in the Swami Pushkarini. The next is having darshan of Lord in the sanctum sanctorum and the final is having the Prasad of Lord.
Among the 1008 Tirthas in Tirumala, Swami Pushkarini is one among the seven tirthas that can grant moksha.

As per an account in the Brahma Purana, Saraswati River who performed intense austerities to become the greatest river in the universe got the blessing from Lord Vishnu that she would bec…

Liberation is only possible through self-realization – Vivekachudamani

A father has got his sons and others to free him from his debts, but he has got none but himself to remove his bondage.

The trouble such as that caused by a load on the head can be removed by others, but none but one's own self can put a stop to the pain which is caused by hunger and the like.

The patient who takes diet and medicine is alone seen to recover completely,—not through work done by others.

The true nature of things is to be known personally through the eye of clear illumination, and not through a sage: what the moon exactly is, is to be known with one's own eyes; can others make him know it?

Who but one's own self can get rid of the bondage caused by the fetters of ignorance, desire, action and the like, aye, even in a hundred crore of cycles?

Neither by Yoga, nor by Sankhya, nor by work, nor by learning, but by the realization of one's identity with Brahman is liberation possible, and by no other means.
Vivekachudamani (51 to 56) of Adi Shankaracharya

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Story of Kappe Chennigaraya Temple – How the Temple Got Associated With Frog?

Chennigaraya Temple, located to the south of the world famous Chennakeshava Temple at Belur in Hassan District, Karnataka, is associated with Kappe - frog. Here is the story as to how the temple got associated with frog.

Jakkanacharya, a famous sculpture who lived during the 14th century AD, was given the work of the Chennigaraya temple.

He completed the main murti of Chennigaraya and it was about to be consecrated and installed in the temple.

However, Dankana, Jakkanacharya’s son, came in search of his father and objected to the consecration of the murti as he considered it unfit for worship.

Jakkanacharya challenged his son and took an oath to cut off his right hand if the sculpture was defective.

Soon sandal paste was applied all over the murti of Chennigaraya and the portion near the belly did not dry up at all.

When a flake was taken out of that portion, a frog jumped out.

Accepting defeat, Jakkanacharya is said to have cut off his right hand.
This temple is now known as Kappe…

Sheetala Devi Temple at Agam Kuan – Goddess Shitala Mandir at Agam Kuan near Patna, Bihar

Sheetala Devi Temple at Agam Kuan is dedicated to Goddess Shitala Mata. The mandir is located near the famous archeological site of Agam Kuan near Patna, Bihar. The shrine is located around 8 km from Patna Junction Railway Station.

The murti of Mother Sheetala worshipped in the temple is carved out of black granite stone. The vehicle of mata is an ass and the murti rides on it. Mother holds broom in one hand and khappar in another.

Goddess Goriya, sevika of the deity is on her right side of the main murti, while on the left is the marble murti of Angar Mata, sister of Sheetla Mata.

Unique offering – Devotees release pigeons for fulfillment of desires.

Women assist in performing Solah Shringar on the murti of Sheetala Devi worshipped in the temple.

Childless couples offer prayers and seek the blessings of Mother.

Newlywed couples perform Chauthari Puja by offering cold and stale food.

The temple attracts maximum devotees in the month of Ashada (June – July).

Tuesday is the important d…

Hindu Concept of Moksha Has Nothing To Do With Death

Moksha (liberation, salvation or Mukti) is an important concept in Hinduism. But many people associate it with death and afterlife. This is a wrong notion. Moksha has nothing to do with death and afterlife. It has to happen when you are living on earth.

Moksha is realizing the oneness of all living beings. It is understanding that all animate and inanimate is part of that Supreme Truth – that there is no second here.

Dropping all forms of fear, incompleteness, anxiety, anger, sorrow…and all other negative energy and replacing them with positive energy like joy, contentment, love, and goodwill… is the path to moksha.

We chase worldly happiness and we enjoy them, but soon the same happiness becomes the reason for sorrow. Moksha is achieving that happiness on earth, which is eternal. This happiness does not convert into unhappiness in future.

The term Mukti in this context means achieving freedom from ignorance that is enveloping us.

We do not search for moksha outside. It is within eac…