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Hindu Festivals in February 2017 – Hindu Vrat – Fasting – Rituals in February 2017

Dates of important festivals and fasting associated with Hinduism in February 2017 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST).

February 1, 2017 – Vasant Panchami. Saraswati Puja February 2 – Muruga Sashti Fasting – Sheetala Sashti February 3 – Ratha Saptami. Acchala Saptami. Narmada Jayanti February 4 – Bhishma Ashtami February 7 – Jaya Ekadasi Vrat February 8 – Pradosh Vrat. Bhishma Dwadasi. February 9 – Thaipusam (In some regions it is on Feb 10) February 9 – Vishwakarma Jayanti in western parts of India February 9 – Guru Pushya Amrtu Yoga after 10:50 AM February 10 – Purnima – Full moon day
February 10 – Guru Ravidas Jayanti February 11 – Phalgun month begins in North India calendars February 11 – Guru Pratipada February 14 – Sankashti Chaturthi – Angarak Ganesh Chaturthi February 14 – Kumbha Masam begins in Malayalam calendar in Kerala February 14 – Maasi Masam begins in Tamil Calendar …

Basant Panchami – Dedicated to Lovers – Long Before Valentine's Day Was Born

Basant Panchami heralds the arrival of spring season after the harsh winter and it used to be the celebration of love and friendship in Hindu tradition. Basant Panchami to Holi was the season of love – dedicated to lovers. Even today for many Hindu communities, Basant Panchami is an occasion for worshipping the Hindu God of Love, Kamadeva, and his companion Rati along with goddess Saraswati — the deity of knowledge.

Basant ritu (spring) finds a mention in renowned Sanskrit poet Kalidasa's romantic play — Abhijnanasakuntalam — and poems like Ritusamhara. Other literary works — like Banabhatta's Kadambari and Harshacharita that were written in the 7th century AD — address the subject of spring as a season of love in an exquisite manner. Sri Krishna is believed to have played Holi during this season - all fun and frolicking of Sri Krishna happened during this period.
Professor of Sanskrit at PU Shankarji Jha says, "Spring, which brings vitality and vigour, is undoubtedly the …

Meaning and Significance of Atithi Devo Bhava

Atithi Devo Bhava is an ancient Sanskrit phrase from Hindu scriptures that equates guests with God. Meaning and significance of Atithi Devo Bhava is hidden in the Sanskrit term ‘Atithi.’

Atithi is a combination of two words – A + tithi – it means one who arrives without prior notice of a day. Atithi is an unexpected guest. Tithi is the term used for a day as per Hindu calendar and panchang.

Meaning and significance of the phrase is that even an unexpected guest should be treated like God. So imagine how we should be treating an expected guest.
All guests should be treated with love and respect. They should be invited with a broad smile. If we are unable to prepare an elaborate meal, we should share what is at home with courtesy and warmth.

Vagishwari Jayanti

Vagishwari Jayanti is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of knowledge, art and learning. It is observed annually during the Magh Shukla Paksha Panchami day. Vagishwari Jayanti 2019 date is February 10. This festival is of great importance in North India. The day is also observed as Basant Panchami, Saraswati Puja and Saraswathi Jayanti.

Vagishwari is one of the twelve names of Goddess Saraswati mentioned in the Suta Samhita of Skanda Purana. Devotees praying for knowledge invoke these twelve names of Goddess Saraswati.
Yellow color is given importance on the day. Murti of Goddess Saraswati is decorated with yellow dress and flowers. All people invoke Goddess Saraswati for her blessings.
Young children also begin to learn the art of writing on the day.

Sri Panchami 2019 date – dedicated to Goddess Saraswati in Magh month

Sri Panchami is dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi, the Hindu Goddess of Learning and it is also known as Saraswati Puja. Sri Panchami 2019 date is February 10. It is observed as the birthday or Jayanti of Goddess Saraswati in North and Eastern parts of India and Nepal in Magha Mahina (January – February). The day is popularly observed as Basant Panchami.

Note in some regions it is also observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Panchami. In 2019, it is on April 11.

In some regions it is also observed on Chaitra Krishna Paksha Panchami and this is on March 25, 2019.

Shri Panchami is observed on the fifth day during the Shukla Paksha of Magh month (January – February) as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar.

The popular belief is that Goddess Saraswati made her appearance for the good of the human beings on the day.

Goddess Saraswati is worshipped using yellow followers and yellow colored clothes on the day. Yellow color symbolically represents spiritual knowledge. Hindus also wear yellow garments …

Uttaraphalguni Nakshatra Tree – Which is the tree associated with Uttara Phalguni birth star Born People?

There are trees associated with each 27 nakshatrams or birth stars. Uttaraphalguni Nakshatra also has a particular tree dedicated to it. People born on each nakshatra should worship the particular tree. The tree associated and worshipped by Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra Born People is dye fig or Ficus tinctoria.

Hindi name of the Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra Tree is Paker Telugu name is Malayalam name is Ithi Tamil Name is  Kaliatthi Kannada name is Gudumittemara In Marathi it is known as Datir  Bengali name is 
Uttaraphalguni Nakshatra born people should plant the dye fig. Water it. They should also protect the tree.

Chandika Devi Temple at Bageshwar in Uttarakhand

Chandika Devi Temple is a popular Shakti shrine in Uttarakhand. It is located around a kilometer from Bageshwar, a town popular for Shiva temples. The murti of Maa Chandika is carved out of white granite stone.

Goddess Chandika is depicted as sitting on a lion. A kind and motherly form of Maa Chandika is worshipped in the temple. She has four hands and two of her hands are in blessing posture. One hand holds a raised weapon and another a pot.


The main sanctum sanctorum is conical in shape.
Navratri and Dura Puja are the important festivals observed here.

Senses are the Villains – Sathya Sai Baba

Evil qualities and unrighteous conduct of man are responsible for the injustice, untruth, unrighteousness that prevail in the world today.

You have to develop virtues and follow the righteous path if you want to enjoy peace and happiness.

The pains and sorrows that come during one’s daily life must be forgotten and you must leave them behind. Only when you make an attempt to lead such a life will it become fruitful.

The senses are the villains. They instill the delusion that you are the body.
Mental agitation can be calmed by the thought that ‘this will not last.’
– Sathya Sai Baba

Trivishtapeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Trivishtapeshwar Form of Shiva – 7th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Trivishtapeshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Trivishtapeshwar Mahadev will attain peace and prosperity.

The temple dedicated to Trivishtapeshwar Mahadev is located at in the Mahakaleshwar Temple complex.

This form of Shiva is associated with Indra, the king of Devas.

Trivishtapeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 7th temple visited during the parikrama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Trivishtapeshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain

Once, Sage Narada visited Swarga Loka. Indra and other Devas present there asked Sage Narada about the greatness of Mahkaal Vana.

Sage Narada told the Devas that Shiva resided here with his Ganas. The place is filled with Shivlings and people are unable to count the number of Shivling present here.

Indra and Devas decided to visit Mahkaal Vana.

When they reached the place, a voice from the sky asked them to construct a…

Magha Nakshatra Tree – Which is the tree associated with Magha birth star Born People?

There are trees associated with each 27 nakshatrams or birth stars. Magha Nakshatra also has a particular tree dedicated to it. People born on each nakshatra should worship the particular tree. The tree associated and worshipped by Magha Nakshatra Born People is Banyan or Ficus Bengalensis.

Hindi name of the Magha Nakshatra Tree is Bargad Telugu name is marri chettu  Malayalam name is Peraal  Tamil Name is aalamaram Kannada name is aalada mara In Marathi it is known as Vada Bengali name is bat

Magha Nakshatra born people should plant the Banyan. Water it. They should also protect the tree.

Ma Katyayani Temple at Khagaria – Goddess Katyayani Mandir at Khagaria in Bihar

Ma Katyayani Temple at Khagaria is considered a Shaktipeetah. Legend has it that the right arm of Goddess Sati fell here. The best way to reach the shrine is by train. Badal Railway Station is located nearby.

The temple is located between the Kosi and Baghmati rivers.

The most important festival observed here are Navratri and Durga Puja. Monday and Friday are the auspicious dates in a week.

Hundreds of earthern pots of different color can be seen in vicinity of the shrine. The pots are offerings made by devotees. Animal sacrifice is no more practiced here. Instead symbolic offering of coconuts are done here.

A small temple of Shri Pad is also situated in the temple courtyard.

Story of why crocodiles have rough and tough skin in Hindu Tradition

There is an interesting story in the Hindu tradition that narrates why crocodiles and chameleons have rough and tough skin. The story is found in the Rig Veda. The story is associated with Apala, a ugly woman and Indra, the king of devas.

Apala was not a good looking woman. She had coarse and dry skin. Her husband rejected her due to her ugly skin.

She left home and reached a jungle. Here she made a hut and started a life away from the society. One day while searching for fruits and vegetables, she came across a strange plant. She picked up the tender part of the plant and started chewing it. It was the Soma plant.

Soma plant was considered highly precious by Devas and Indra, the king of gods, had a special liking for it. The accidental extraction of the Soma juice by Apala caught the attention of Indra.

He appeared before her and told her that she had extracted the Soma juice and offered her a boon for not sharing the secret.

Apala only had on thing to ask as boon and she asked In…

Rath Saptami Katha – The story associated with Ratha Saptami

Rath Saptami is dedicated to Lord Surya or Hindu Sun God and is observed on the Magh Shukla Saptami (seventh day during Waxing phase of moon in Magh month). The popular belief is that Lord Surya rode a chariot tied with seven horses to annihilate demons Mandeha. This is the popular story associated with Ratha Saptami and this Katha is listened to by people on the day.
Some stories suggest that Mandeha a group of demons tried to overpower Surya. But he was able to kill them with his light. It is believed that Surya rode the chariot and annihilated the demons on Magh Shukla Saptami day.

(Please note that there are numerous version to the above story and one story suggest that the demons try to block Surya daily but he fights them and moves forward with the strength of ‘argya’ performed early morning by humans on earth.)
Another popular story indicates that Vishwakarma – the divine architect – had built the Chariot of Surya on the day. This story suggests that the chariot was built for…

Purvaphalguni Nakshatra Tree – Which is the tree associated with Purva Phalguni birth star Born People?

There are trees associated with each 27 nakshatrams or birth stars. Purvaphalguni Nakshatra also has a particular tree dedicated to it. People born on each nakshatra should worship the particular tree. The tree associated and worshipped by Purva Phalguni Nakshatra Born People is flame of the forest or Butea monosperma.



Hindi name of the Purvaphalguni Nakshatra Tree is Palash or Tesu Telugu name is Modugu Malayalam name is Shamata Tamil Name is  Porasum, Parasu Kannada name is Muthuga In Marathi it is known as Palas Bengali name is Polash
Purvaphalguni Nakshatra born people should plant the flame of the forest. Water it. They should also protect the tree.

Learn to let go and relax

The offering of a true devotee is dearer to God than all external forms of worship.

How can we judge the sins of others when our sins are looming over our heads?

Learn to let go and relax. This will help in overcoming many tough situations in life.

Never give a thought about benefit. Help people whenever you can.

Love and forgiveness are the pillars of any relationship.

Possessions and power should make us more humble. They are like sifting sands.

Abhilash www.hindu-blog.com

Story of Shiva and Demon Adi

Demon Adi was the son of Andhaka. It was Shiva who had put an end to the tyranny of Andhaka by killing the demon. To avenge his father’s death, Adi offered prayers to Brahma. He performed intense austerities and did penance to please Brahma. Finally, Brahma relented and gave him the boon that he will only die if left his present form and took another form.

Demon Adi after receiving the boon thought of plans to enter Kailasa, the abode of Shiva. He did not want to fight the Shiva Ganas and alert Shiva about his presence.
He also knew that he did not have the power to over come Virabhadra, the main Shiva Gana.
To avoid being sighted, Adi was forced to take the form of snake to slip into Kailasa without the Ganas noticing.
Then Adi took the form of Goddess Parvati and went near Shiva. But Shiva immediately realized the demon in disguise and overpowered and killed him.
This story is mentioned in the Padma Purana and Matsya Purana.
Related Shiva and Jalandhara, the story

Sarva Karya Siddhi Kavach

Sarva Karya Siddhi Kavach is recommended in Hindu astrology for those people who are unable to achieve success despite hard work. It is believed that by wearing Sarva Karya Siddhi Kavach one attains prosperity and removes the bad influences of the Navgrahas. This Kavach is recommended for those people who are having trouble and loss in business and those that are facing problem in finding new jobs. It is also suggested for solving career related issues.

Certain Sarva Karya Siddhi Kavach comes along with Sarvajan Vashikaran Kavach (to influence other people successfully), Ashta Lakshmi Kavach (blessings of Goddess Lakshmi), Tantra Raksha Kavach and Shatru Vijaya Kavach (both helps in defeating the activities of enemies).
Kavach is worn by those people who believe in astrology. Such people firmly believe that wearing it brings positive results.

Ashlesha Nakshatra Tree – Which is the tree associated with Aslesha birth star Born People?

There are trees associated with each 27 nakshatrams or birth stars. Ashlesha Nakshatra also has a particular tree dedicated to it. People born on each nakshatra should worship the particular tree. The tree associated and worshipped by Aslesha Nakshatra Born People is Alexandrian Laurel or Calophyllum indophyllum.


Hindi name of the Ashlesha Nakshatra Tree is Sultan Champa Telugu name is Punnaga Malayalam name is punna Tamil Name is  Punnai  Kannada name is surhonne In Marathi it is known as Surangi  Bengali name is 
Aslesha Nakshatra born people should plant the Alexandrian Laurel . Water it. They should also protect the tree.

Who is Vitthal God? – Which God in Hinduism is known as Vittal?

Vitthal, or Vittal or Vittala, is a very popular God worshipped in Hinduism. So who is Lord Vitthal? Which God is worshipped as Panduranga Vittala in Hindu religion? Vitthal is the manifestation of Lord Krishna. Vitth or Veetha means brick and Vitthal is one who stands on a brick. Lord Krishna is worshipped as Vitthal.

Panduranga, an ardent devotee of Vishnu, was so immersed in taking care of his parents that when Krishna knocked on his doors, he asked the God to wait and gave him a brick to stand on.
Krishna was so impressed by Panduranga’s devotion for his parents that he stood on the brick waiting for his devotee.
God Vitthal is worshipped along with Goddess Rukmini at the famous Pandarpur Temple in Maharashtra.
Read more… Story of Lord Vithal at Pandarpur – Story of PandurangaVittala Ekadasi Food – What food can be eaten during Ekadashi fasting Importance of Ekadasi

He who is content with what he has is the richest man

Give out love, kindness, help, sympathy and service to the world. What we gift to the world comes back to us.

True detachment can overcome stormy waves in the world.

He who is content with what he has is the richest man.

We are truly free when we are free from fear, lust and anger.

Trials and tribulations are an opportunity to draw out the best in us.

More than money what people need is love and sympathy.

Abhilash
www.hindu-blog.com

The Story of the Dog that followed Pandavas in the Pilgrimage of Death in the Mahabharata

After the great Mahabharat war, the Pandavas ruled the kingdom for 36 years. Then they decided to relinquish their kingdom and go on their last journey – Sanyasa and Vanaprastham. The five Pandava brothers – Yudhishtira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva –and their wife Draupadi left for the Himalayas. They were followed by a Dog.

They started climbing the Himalayan mountains and soon one by one starting with Draupadi they fell down and fainted and died. Now only Yudhishtira, the eldest of Pandavas, was left and keeping him company was the dog. Without looking back the two continued their journey.
Then one day suddenly Indra appeared before Yudhishtira in his chariot. Indra wanted to take Yudhishtira to heaven in the human form as he was the most pious among Pandavas and he was the one who had never strayed from the path of Dharma.
Yudhishtira refuses to enter the chariot without his brothers and Draupadi. Indra assures him that he will meet with them in heaven as they have alrea…

Pushya Nakshatra Tree – Which is the tree associated with Pushya birth star Born People?

There are trees associated with each 27 nakshatrams or birth stars. Pushya Nakshatra also has a particular tree dedicated to it. People born on each nakshatra should worship the particular tree. The tree associated and worshipped by Pushya Nakshatra Born People is Pipal or Ficus Religiosa.



Hindi name of the Pushya Nakshatra Tree is Pipal Telugu name is Bodhi-drumamu Malayalam name is Arayal Tamil Name is Aracu Kannada name is Arali In Marathi it is known as Pimpal Bengali name is Asbattha
Pushya Nakshatra born people should plant the Bamboo. Water it. They should also protect the tree.

Kodanda Rama – About Hindu God Kodandarama

Kodanda Rama is a popular name of Bhagavan Sri Ram in South India. Temples dedicated to Hindu God Kodandarama are found in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The Rama with bow is referred to as Kodanda Rama.


Kodanda Rama is always represented as a royal personage of bewitching beauty, well developed body, having broad eyes, long arms, curly tresses, and auspicious marks.
When represented as the consecrated deity within a temple, Rama is generally seen standing with queen Sita on the left and faithful brother Lakshmana on the right. Ram and Lakshman hold bows and arrows. The bow is called Kodanda.

Related
Story of the Birth of Sri Rama

Bengali Marriages Dates 2018 – Bengali Hindu Marriage Dates in 2018

Bengali Hindu calendar is different from the calendars followed in other regions in India especially in North India. Marriages dates in West Bengal in 2018 are given below based on Panchika 1424 - 1425. This dates based on Panchang and calendar are to give an idea. The dates are from January 2018 to December 2018.

Bengali Marriage Dates 2018 English Calendar Dates

January 2018 – January 21, 22, 23, 24, and Jan 26. February 2018 – February 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 18, 19, 20, and Feb 24. March 2018 – March 1, 3, 5, and March 6 April 2018 – April 19, 20, 26, 27, 28, and April 29 May 2018 – May 11 and May 12 June 2018 – June 18 and June 29 July 2018 – July 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 15 and July 8  August 2018 – August 1, 3, 6, 12, 13 15, and August 16 September 2018 – no dates October 2018 – no dates November 2018 – November 18, 19 and November 24 December 2018 – December 2 and December 15

Please note that sometimes the marriage time on a day might be at night or before sunrise.

Also when it is mentioned th…

Charchika Temple at Banki in Cuttack District, Odisha

Located on the banks of Renuka River, Charchika Temple at Banki is an important Shakti shrine in the region. The temple is around 53 km from Cuttack in Odisha. Goddess Charchika is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti.



Charchika Temple is one of the eight important Shakti shrines in Odisha. Goddess Chamunda is known as Charchika in this part of Odisha.

The murti worshipped in the shrine is that of the fierce form of Chamunda. She has eight arms. She is seated on a prostrate human body and wearing a garland of human skulls. She displays khadga, shula, katari and varadamudra in her four right hands whereas the four left hands represent severed head, blood-cup, damru and leaving a finger of the remaining hand soaked in blood.

The celings, walls and pillars of the temple are noted for its carvings from stories in the Puranas and motifs.
The most important festivals observed here are Durga Puja and Kumar Purnima.

Life of harmony can be lived by rising above our limited egocentric view of things – Swami Chinmayananda

After carefully analyzing our weaknesses, the masters in the religious fields advise us to grow in strength and gain mastery over situations in life by living in harmony with them.

The life of harmony can be lived by rising above our limited egocentric view of things and happenings, and expanding our mind to accommodate a constant awareness of the totality of the world, the entirety of mankind and the vastness and wholeness of the universal problems.

When this total and consummate perception is developed and maintained, man’s individual problems sink into insignificance and absurdity.
When man views his problems from a purely egocentric and individual angle without this vision of totality, problems assume exaggerated and enormous proportions and crush him.
– Swami Chinmayananda 

Story of Origin of Krishna River

Story of origin of Krishna River is associated with a curse by Goddess Saraswati. Legend has it that Brahma was ready to perform a yajna. Vishnu and Shiva arrived to witness the yajna. But Brahma could not start the yajna as his wife Saraswati did not turn up.

As the auspicious time was passing over, at the instance of Vishnu, Brahma started the yajna with his second wife Gayatri.

But soon Goddess Saraswati arrived at the yajna and got angry for not waiting for her.

She cursed the gods present there to take the form of rivers.

Thus Lord Vishnu was cursed by Goddess Saraswati to take the form of Krishna River.

Krishna River flows through Srisailam, Guntur and Krishna districts of Andhra Pradesh.

Punarvasu Nakshatra Tree – Which is the tree associated with Punarvasu birth star Born People?

There are trees associated with each 27 nakshatrams or birth stars. Punarvasu Nakshatra also has a particular tree dedicated to it. People born on each nakshatra should worship the particular tree. The tree associated and worshipped by Punarvasu Nakshatra Born People is Bamboo.

Hindi name of the Punarvasu Nakshatra Tree is baans Telugu name is bongu-veduru Malayalam name is Mula Tamil Name is kulay-munkil Kannada name is bidiru In Marathi it is known as Bamboo Bengali name is baansha
Punarvasu Nakshatra born people should plant the Bamboo. Water it. They should also protect the tree.

Bala Sundari Temple at Deoband in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh

Bala Sundari Temple is dedicated to Goddess Shakti. The shrine is located at Deoband in Uttar Pradesh and is around 87 km from Saharanpur. Bala Sundari is a child form of Goddess Durga.

The small but beautifully maintained shrine is noted for its vibrant colors and dome.

The shrine is a Tantric temple. Various prayers and pujas associated with Shakti worship are performed here.
The most important festival observed here is the Navratri and Durga Puja.

One Is Freed When the False Thought Becomes Extinct – Yoga Vasishta

Immutable, unchanging, consciousness is the reality and nothing else exists. One becomes bound by one’s own false thought and one is freed when the false thought becomes extinct.

You have attained with all your mind that which is to be attained. O seer! You crave not for any objective matter. You are liberated. Abandon the delusion.

That all these sense pleasures cannot entice the mind is the distinguishing characteristic of the enlightened persons.
The contemplation of objects intensifies the bondage though it is unreal; with the desire for objects decreasing, the bondage in the world is weakened.
– Yoga Vasishta

How King Nala was able to cook delicious food?

King Nala, of the famous Nala Damayanti story, was a great cook. It is said that he was able to cook delicious and mouthwatering food. But how was he able to cook such delicacies that made everyone fall in love with his cooking.

Legend has it that King Nala of Vidarbha, a Surya Vamshi, used to worship Goddess Hingula. As per Sarala Mahabharata from Odisha, with the blessings of Goddess Hingula anyone can prepare delicious foods. The king had the blessings of the Goddess and that is the reason why anything prepared by the king tasted delicious.

It is said that after getting his food prepared, King Nala would wave his hand over the food he had prepared. This wave would impart special taste and flavor to the food.
Even today in some regions a very good cook is referred to as Nala – thus we have the term Nala Pachakam.

Athalanallur Temple – Gajendra Varadan Temple at Athalanallur in Tirunelveli District

Athalanallur Temple, popularly known as Gajendra Varadan Temple, is located at Athalanallur village near Veeravanallur (near Ambasamudram) in Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu. The temple is associated with the famous Gajendra Moksha incident mentioned in Hindu puranas. The shrine is also known as Arulmigu Gajendravaradaswamy Temple and Sri Bhoomi Nila Samedha Aadhimoola Perumal Temple.



The sanctum sanctorum has the murti of Srihari Vishnu who is worshipped here as Aadi Moolam. He has four arms and is in standing posture. His two consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi are found in standing posture on either side. Murtis of Sage Markandeya and Sage Bhrigu are also found in the main temple.
The processional murti of Gajendra Varadan along with his two consorts is also found in the main sanctum sanctorum.

Sculptures of two huge dwaraplakas are found at the entrance of the Arda Mandapa.

The shrine of Garuda, flag staff and bali peetha faces the main sanctum sanctorum. Chakrathalwar with Narasimha c…

Ardra Nakshatra Tree – Which is the tree associated with Ardra birth star Born People?

There are trees associated with each 27 nakshatrams or birth stars. Ardra Nakshatra also has a particular tree dedicated to it. People born on each nakshatra should worship the particular tree. The tree associated and worshipped by Ardra Nakshatra Born People is Coromandel Ebony or East Indian Ebony or Diospyros melanoxylon.


Hindi name of the Ardra Nakshatra Tree is Abnus or Tendu or Kendu Telugu name is Tuniki Malayalam name is Kari Tamil Name is Karai Kannada name is Abanasi In Marathi it is known as Tendu. Bengali name is Kendu 
Ardra Nakshatra born people should plant the East Indian Ebony tree. Water it. They should also protect the tree.

Baigarh Ganesh Temple near Amarkantak in Madhya Pradesh

Baigarh Ganesh Temple is located at Baigarh near Amarkantak in Madhya Pradesh. It is a kilometer off the Rajendragam – Amarkantak road. A big murti of Ganesha blessing devotees is the main attraction of Baigarh Ganesh Temple.

The murti of Ganesha is lavishly decorated and attracts scores of devotees.


The temple is located amidst lush green forest. Springs can be found near the shrine.

A temple believed to have been built by the Pandavas is located behind the shrine.
Most important festival observed here is the Ganesh Chaturthi.

Yoga Is Perfect Evenness of Mind – Bhagavad Gita

They for whom I am the supreme goal, who do all work renouncing self for me and meditate on me with single-hearted devotion, these I will swiftly rescue from the fragment’s of cycle of birth and death, for their consciousness has entered into me.

When the senses contact sense objects, a person experiences cold or heat, pleasure or pain. These experiences are fleeting; they come and go. Bear them patiently, Arjuna. Those who are not affected by these changes, who are the same in pleasure and pain, are truly wise and fit for immortality.

In the still mind, in the depths of meditation, the Self reveals itself. Beholding the Self by means of the Self, an aspirant knows the joy and peace of complete fulfillment.

Perform work in this world, Arjuna, as a man established within himself – without selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat. For yoga is perfect evenness of mind.
– Bhagavad Gita

Ratha Saptami Kolam Designs – Pictures of Ratha Kolam or Chariot Rangoli

A single-wheeled chariot in red and white which represents Lord Surya’s chariot is drawn on the Ratha Saptami day. The Rath or Ratha Saptami Kolam is drawn in front of the Puja happening space. Usually, the puja is conducted near the chariot Kolam. Some people prefer to draw a small Rath Kolam on a wooden piece and place it outdoors and perform the pooja. Here are examples of a few Ratha Saptami Kolams. These are only examples to give an idea.
You may also like to read How to do Rath Saptami Pooja?

Ganesh and Ladoo – Why Ganesha is offered Laddu?

Laddu is an important offering to Lord Ganesha. But why is Ladoo offered to Ganesh. The story associated with Ganesh and Ladoo begins with Kubera, the treasure of Gods, trying to show off his wealth.

Kuber once invited Shiva with the intention to show off his newly built palace made of gold. Shiva, who realized the arrogance of Kubera, offered to send his son, Ganesha, on the occasion.

When Ganesha reached the palace, Kubera tried to show his precious things but he was not interested. He was only interested in the food.

Kubera boasted that he had prepared dishes to serve thousands of guests.

Soon Ganesh started relishing the food served. Soon all the cooked food was finished. But his hunger could not be satisfied.

Ganesha then started eating the raw vegetables and other raw food in the kitchen. Soon the raw food got over. Ganesha then started eating the gold plates and gold utensils in the kitchen.

Kubera was clueless. He realized that Ganesh would eat up all his wealth.

Kubera th…

Mrigashira Nakshatra Tree – Which is the tree associated with Mrigasira birth star Born People?

There are trees associated with each 27 nakshatrams or birth stars. Mrigashira Nakshatra also has a particular tree dedicated to it. People born on each nakshatra should worship the particular tree. The tree associated and worshipped by Mrigasira Nakshatra Born People is cutch tree or Acacia catechu.



Hindi name of the Mrigasira Nakshatra Tree is Khair Telugu name is khadiramu Malayalam name is Karingali Tamil Name is Karunkaali Kannada name is kaachu In Marathi it is known as khair. Bengali name is khayer
Mrigasira Nakshatra born people should plant the cutch tree. Water it. They should also protect the tree.

Gangolighat Mahakali Temple – Mahakali Mandir at Gangolighat in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand

Mahakali Temple at Gangolighat was established by Adi Shankaracharya. The mandir is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is located around 77 from Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand. Gangolighat Mahakali Temple is a Shaktipeetah.


The murti of Goddess Mahakali is a fierce one. She is shown as conquering a demon.
The shrine is small and settled amidst beautiful surroundings.

The fierce murti is offered animal sacrifice even today.

The temple is also closely associated with the Kumaun Regiment of the Indian army.
Another important shrine, a Chamunda Temple, is located around 2 km from the temple.

Mandar Saptami Vrat

Mandar Saptami Vrat is observed in Magh month (January – February) as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Mandar Saptami Vrat 2019 date is February 12. The fasting and ritual is dedicated to Surya, the sun god.
The vrat is a three day affair. On Panchami, two days before, the person observing the vrat only eats vegetarian food. The previous Sashti day it is complete fasting. The devotee sleeps on the day after eating Mandhar flowers. On the Saptami day, pujas dedicated to Surya are performed in the morning and the fast is broken.
The greatness of the vrat is mentioned in the Padma Puran and Matsya Puran.
Mandar Sashti is observed on the Magh Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi – the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh Month.
On the same day, the famous Ratha Saptami puja dedicated to Surya is observed.

Ratha Saptami Mantra – Prayers dedicated to Surya on Rath Saptami

On the Ratha Saptami day, a kolam or figure of Chariot Surya with 7 horses is drawn in front of the house, or in the puja area, early morning and pooja is offered to Bhagavan Suryanarayana. The mantra that is chanted on the day is Gayatri mantra, Surya Ashtottara Shatanamavali, Aditya Hridayam etc. Below is a particular mantra chanted on Ratha Saptami and this was provided to us by Narahari Sumadhwa.

Kapaleshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Kapaleshwar Form of Shiva – 8th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Kapaleshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Kapaleshwar Mahadev will have their wishes fulfilled. The temple dedicated to Kapaleshwar Mahadev is located at Anantapeth in Bilotipura in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with Kapali form of Shiva.

Kapaleshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 8th temple visited during the parikrama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Kapaleshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain

Shiva was roaming as Kapali when he came across a yajna. Kapli is the form of Shiva after he cut off the fifth head of Brahma. The head was stuck in his hand and he roamed over the earth to get rid of it.

People who were conducting the yajna were not happy with the presence of Kapali. So they attempted to throw him out of the yajna area.

Suddenly people saw thousands of Kapali in the yajna area. People realized that this was caused by Mahadev Shiva…

Baba Mahendranath Temple at Siwan in Bihar

Baba Mahendranath Temple at Siwan in Bihar is famous throughout the region as people get relief from diseases after offering prayers here. People offer bells to the temple and bells of various size and shapes can be found in the temple premises. The shrine was built more than 500 years ago by King Mahendra Veer of Nepal.

Legend has it that King Mahendra Veer of Nepal who was suffering from leprosy was on his way to Varanasi. He rested for a night at Siwan. Lord Shiva came in his dream and told that water in a nearby pond can cure him. The king bathed with the water from the pond and was cured.

Next night he had another dream in which Shiva told him about a Shivling under a peepal tree.

The king got the Shivling retrieved and he built a beautiful temple which is now known as the Baba Mahendranath Temple.

The temple is built using Lakhori blocks and surkhi chuna. The sanctum sanctorum is carved out of a single rock.

The main sanctum has a big dome with a gold kalasha and trishul. There…

Bondage is caused in the mind due to our likes and dislikes – Swami Tejomayananda

To appreciate the meaning of freedom we have to understand the meaning of bondage.

Bondage is dependence on things without which one feels one cannot function.

Bondage is also caused in the mind due to our likes and dislikes.

Beautiful, ugly, joy, sorrow…are nothing but our own mental projections.

Bondage at the subtlest level is to identify ourselves with something that is not our true nature.
Ego is a sense of individuality arising from one’s identification with one thing or the other.
– Swami Tejomayananda

Tekdi Mandir Nagpur – Tekdi Ganpati Temple in Nagpur in Maharashtra

Dedicated to Hindu God Ganesha, Tekdi Mandir in Nagpur is a very popular shrine in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. The TekdiGanpatiTemple is located atop a hill and is near Nagpur Railway Station. Meaning of the term Tekdi in Marathis is ‘a hill.’
The temple is more 250 years old and was constructed by the Bhonsle Kings.



Tekdi Mandir is famous for a monolithic red color swayambhu murti (that which appeared on its own) of Ganpati. The murti is adorned with a mukt or crown.
The temple also has murtis of Goddess Lakshmi, Hanuman, Kal Bhairav, Radha Krishna and Mahadev Shiva.
The small temple attracts thousands of devotees daily. The numbers increase manifold during Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganesh Jayanti, Tuesdays and during Angarak Sankashti Chaturthi days.

Nimishambha Temple in Ganjam near Sriranapatna in Mandya District in Karnataka

Nimishambha Temple is located on the banks of Cauvery River at Ganjam Village in Mandya District in Karnataka. The temple is around 2.5 km from Srirangapatna. This a Shivapanchayathan Temple. It has murtis dedicated to – Sri Nimishambhadevi with Sreechakra, Sri Moukthikeshwara Swamy, Sri Lakshminarayana Swamy, Hanuman, Surya and Ganapati.



Raja Wodeyar of Mysore constructed the temple during the latter half of the 16th century. The temple is around 19 km from Mysore city and around 128 km from Bangalore.
Story of Nimishambha Temple Sri Nimishambha Devi is Goddess Parvati. Legend has it that once Shiva decided to conduct a yajna for the welfare of the living beings in the universe.
Shiva took the form of Sri Moukthikeshwara Swamy to conduct the yajna. He was also known as Mukthaka Rishi.

Demons Janu and Sumandala were against the yajna as they thought it would destroy their rule on earth.

The demons send armies after armies to destroy the yajna but Shiva defeated them all. Armed with …

Best way to measure a man’s worth is in crisis

Acceptance and understanding helps in having healthy relationships.

Replace greed with gratitude. Be happy for what we have and what we are.

Best way to measure a man’s worth is in crisis.

Every day strive to do our very best. Then go and have a good rest.

Never do that you do not love. You will never be giving your hundred percent. It reduces efficiency, creates tension and bad result.
Give without expectation. Only such charity reaps peace.

Abhilash
www.hindu-blog.com

Havan – Vedic Havans and its Scientific Importance

Havan, or sacred fire, is an indispensable part of Vedic rituals.  In a Havan, ingredients such as guggle, loban, shakkar, giloye, and rice are offered to fire along with ghee and wood, amidst chanting of sacred Vedic mantras, which are set to a particular note, rhythm and sound vibration. It has been proved that the havans have scientific importance and helps in removing airborne diseases and viruses.
Times of India reportsThe fumes that rise out of the sacred fires of the havan kund are known to reduce bacteria, and to kill fungi and pathogens in the atmosphere that increase after the monsoon. These are known to cause eye infections and viral fevers. According to a research study by Mamta Saksena, the fumes emanating from this sacred fire reduce the level of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulphur dioxide (SO2) in the atmosphere. You can conduct this ritual once a month to keep your home and surroundings pure. Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati of the Bihar School of Yoga, says: "The ya…

Magha Maasa 2019 in Telugu Calendar – Magh Month in 2019 in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

Magha Masa is the 11th month in a traditional Hindu Telugu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Magh Masa 2019 starts on  February 5 to March 6, 2019. Vasant Panchami, Shri Panchami, Ratha Saptami, and Shivratri are observed in the Magha month.

Sankatahara Chavithi dedicated to Vinayaka in Magh Masa Magh Masa 2019 is on February 22, 2019  – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 9:16 PM – Indian Standard Time.

Telugu Magha Masa Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Magha Masa 2019 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from February 5 to Feb 19, 2019. Telugu Magh Maasa 2019 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from February 20 to March 6, 2019

Ekadasi Fasting Dates in Telugu Magh Masa are: Jaya Ekadasi – February 16 Vijaya Ekadasi – March 2
Pradosha Fasting Dates in Telugu Magh Masa 2016 are: Pradosh – February 17 Pradosha – March 3
Purnima in Telugu Magha Masa Magh Purnima or Full moon day is on February 19, 2019.
The Purnima begins at 1:12 AM on Feb 19 to 9:23 PM on  February 19.
P…

Best adjustment in life is to convert negative emotions into positive emotions

Life can be difficult. Life can be easy. It all depends on how one adjusts to situations.

When proper adjustments are made in our mind, we are ready to face people and situations.

The best adjustment in life is to convert negative emotions into positive emotions.

Emotions like anger and resentment should be turned into thoughts of compassion and empathy.
Replace jealousy with abundance. Bless the one you are jealous with abundance.

Abhilash
www.hindu-blog.com

Sharvari Devi – Hindu Goddess Sharvari

Sharvari Devi is an incarnation of Hindu Goddess Shakti (Parvathi). In this form she is worshiped mainly in the Himalayan region, especially in Himachal Pradesh. She is considered as a manifestation of Goddess Parvati and is worshiped as the consort of Shiva. The popular belief is that she blesses and heals her devotees.

In villages in Himachal Pradesh there is a popular belief that proper worship of her will help in healing of various diseases. She is also believed to help devotees in attaining prosperity.

Oracles, known as Gur, acts as an intermediator between devotees and Sharvari Devi. They claim She possesses them and provides solutions to problems of devotees. Devotees ask questions to Sharvari Devi through the ‘Gur.’ Such practices are very much vogue in many rural villages in Himalayan regions.

Geometric Symbol and Diagram for creation principle in Hinduism

There are particular symbols for male, female, creation etc in Hinduism. The symbol for creation principle in Hinduism depicts union. These geometric symbol and diagram explains the aspect of creation in Hindu religion and is of great importance in tantrism.
The above sent of geometric symbols explains the union of male and female principle – Shiva and Shakti.


C - Section Good Dates in October 2018 – Hindu Auspicious dates for cesarean delivery in Oct 2018

No Hindu panchang or calendar or astrologer prepares good dates for cesarean delivery. But you can choose date and that is not bad or inauspicious in a month. These are the auspicious dates for cesarean delivery in October 2018.

October 1 – good time after 6:00 PM October 3 October 12 – good time from 10:50 AM to 5:05 PM October 17 October 18 October 19 October 23 October 24 – good time after 10:30 AM October 25 October 27 – good time after 6:40 PM October 28 October 30 – good time till 1:00 PM October 31
Please note that the good date of birth of baby does not mean that everything will be auspicious. Horoscope etc is prepared after looking into numerous considerations.

Jabalpur in Hinduism – How is Jabalpur Associated with Hindu Religion?

Jabalpur is one of the central districts in Madhya Pradesh, India, and is name after Jabali an ancient sage in Hinduism. One of the holy rivers in Hindu religion, Narmada flows through Jabalpur.
The earliest inhabitants of Jabalpur arrived in the Paleolithic era. Traces of their settlement can be found in Bheraghat, Tilwarghat, and Lametaghat. Early inhabitants have also left a few engravings on rocks, which indicate their artistic efforts. A few bronze implements have been discovered in Jabalpur.
The place is mentioned in the Skanda Purana and it finds mention in the Mahabharata.
Tripuri mentioned in Hindu scriptures and associated with Lord Shiva is believed to be the modern Tewar in Jabalpur. Tripuri is mentioned in coins assigned to the latter half of the 3rd century BC.


Punch-marked coins found at Karachula and Tewar belong to the Mauryan Period.
Northern black polished ware firmly dated to 300 BC has been found at Tewar.
These archeological discoveries prove that the region …

Patmeswari Temple and Someswar Siva Temple at Patnagarh in Balangir in Odisha

Patmeswari Temple is an ancient shrine dedicated to Maa Patmeswari at Patnagarh in Odisha. Another ancient temple located nearby is the Someswar Siva Temple. The two shrines are located at a distance of 40 km from Balangir.

Maa Patmeswari was worshipped by the Chalukyas. The architecture of the temple is an example of early Chalukyan architecture. The main murti worshipped in the temple is that of Goddess Shakti. Most important festival is the Durga Puja.

Someswar Siva Temple is a 12th century shrine at Patnagarh. This shrine is also noted for its medieval architecture.

Shivling is worshipped in the temple.

The most important festival observed here is the Shivratri.
The shrine also attracts hundreds of devotees during the Shravan month.

Marathi Magh Month in 2019 – Magha Mahina 2019 in Maharashtra Calendar

Magh month or Magha Mahina is the 11th month in a traditional Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra. Magh Month 2019 in Marathi calendar is from February 5 to March 6, 2019. The important festivals in the month include Ganesh Jayanti (February 9), Vasant Panchami (February 10), Ratha Saptami (February 12) and Shivratri on March 4, 2019.

Sankashti Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Ganesha in Magh Mahina is on February 22, 2019  – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 9:16 PM – Indian Standard Time.

Magh Mahina Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Magh Mahina 2019 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from February 5 to Feb 19, 2019.
Magh Month 2019 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from February 20 to March 6, 2019.

Purnima or full moon in Marathi Magh Mahina in 2019 Magh Pournima or Full moon day is on February 19, 2019.
The Purnima begins at 1:12 AM on Feb 19 to 9:23 PM on  February 19.
Purnima Vrat is on February 19.

Amavasi in Magh Mahina 2019 in Marathi Calendar Magh Amavasya or…

God is within everyone – Anandamayi Ma - Collection of Wisdom

There is a great book of life. To one who has dived deep into it all truths of Science, philosophy and allied subjects never remain unexplored.

God is within everyone, but man goes out in search of Him. This is what constitutes God's Play and God's Creation.

I am ever present with you all, but you have little yearning to see me. What am I to do? Know it for certain I have my eyes fixed on what you do or fail to do.
You all love this body so much that you often come to see me, unmindful of the long distance that many of you have to travel. Yet, it is true that this body has no relationship with any of you except the kinship of the Atma which this body enjoys equally not only with each of you but even with all trees, creepers and the foliage around, as well as with rocks, mountains, and everything else.

It is but the self that calls itself, and none other than the self that realizes itself.
Relative happiness, that is to say, happiness depending on the fulfillment of any worldl…