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Pancha Vriksha – Five Trees in the Garden of Indra

In Hinduism, it is believed that there are five trees in the garden of Indra, the king of Devas, with numerous medicinal properties. A couple of them are also believed to be wish fulfilling trees. The five trees in heave or swarga are together known as Pancha Vriksha. They are:
Mandara – Erythrina Stricta This tree is believed to cure physical ailments and it also reduces mental stress.

Parijata – Nyctanthes Arbor Tristis Believed to have appeared during the churning of the ocean. This tree was brought to Dwarka by Sri Krishna at the insistence of his wife, Satyabhama.

Samtanaka (not yet identified) Associated with fertility.
Hari Chandana – Sandalwood Known for fragrance and cooling effects.
Kalpa Vriksha or Kalpataru – (not yet identified) This is known as a wish fulfilling tree in Hindu scriptures. Indra took it to heaven when it appeared during the Samdudra Manthan (churning of ocean).

Symbolism in the Six Heads of Muruga

Vetala in Hinduism – About Vetalas in Hindu Religion

Vetala is a very powerful semi-demonic being in Hinduism. In Hindu religion, they are also worshipped in some temples. As per Hindu scriptures, Vetalas are attendants of Virabhadra – the fierce being that was created by Shiva. They have numerous magical powers.
It is also believed that Vetalas are subordinates to Hindu deities like Goddess Kali, Hanuman, Ganesha and Virabhadra.
Some scriptures mention that Vetalas fought along with Mother Goddess Durga against the demons. They help the numerous manifestations of the Goddess Shakti in their fight against the demons.
It is believed that Vetalas reside in corpse and they are offered wine, meat, and similar food items.
Some people propitiate Vetala to find hidden treasures and to cause harm to enemies. It is believed that Vetalas can find treasures and they can also possess the mind and body of a person and cause harm.
The most popular stories of Vetala are found in the Pancavismati Katha – stories of Vikramaditya and Vetala. In these…

Kanum Pongal or Kari Nal – Importance of Fourth Day of Pongal in Tamil Nadu - How is Kanum Pongal Observed?

Kanum Pongal, or Karu Nal or Kari Nal, is the fourth day of the Pongal Festival in Tamil Nadu. In 2019, the date of Kari Nal Pongal is January 17. Kanum literally means ‘to see’ and it is essentially a day of relaxation and socializing and people either visit relatives or go out on a picnic. Numerous sports activities like bull fight, cart race etc are held on the day in rural areas.
How is Kanum Pongal Observed? One of the most important events on the day is the visit to the banks of KaveriRiver or other major rivers in the state. Many people pack their lunch and a have a picnic lunch on the riverbank. In many regions special prayers are offered to Mother Kaveri.
In certain parts of rural Tamil Nadu, people use the opportunity provided by Karu Nal to perform the ritual ‘Kummippatu’ or ‘Kumi Patu.’ This is a ritual performed for the speedy marriage of girls whose marriages are unduly delayed. The girl whose marriage is delayed is made to sit in the center of a circle formed by women …

Mukkanuma – Fourth day of Sankranti festival in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

The Sankranti festival in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is spread over four days. Sankranthi, also known as Makar Sankranti, is a harvest festival dedicated to Lord Surya and is an important festival in Telugu culture. The festival which begins with Bhogi culminates on the fourth day with Mukkanuma. In 2019, the date of Mukkanuma is January 17.

Mukkanuma is observed on the day after Kanuma festival and is dedicated to feasting and merry making. No major rituals or pujas are held on the day. It is fun filled and is the last day of Sankranti celebrations.

Today, the day is also skipped by many people. In some regions, people visit distant relatives and friends on the day.

To be filled with desire is not a very desirable state

Why to be filled with desire is not a very desirable state?

When we are filled with desire, there will be:

Restlessness Fear Anxiety Constant worry Negative emotions Frustration. Fear of losing what we have achieved.

All the above said makes our life a living hell. Life becomes a cruel joke.
Solution – Realizing that all forms of external happiness have only a very short lifespan. Search for that happiness which is constant. It is within us.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 15, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, January 15, 2017 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon till 2:07 PM on January 15. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 15, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatra till 1:16 AM on January 15. Then onward it is Magha or Makam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 10:43 PM on January 15. Then onward it is Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi till 1:16 AM. Then onward it is Simha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Simha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat …