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Holy Book in Hinduism

If you are looking for a single Hinduism Holy Book like the Quran or the Bible you will be disappointed. Hinduism is not a scripture based religion. It is not a religion in the conventional sense. It is a way of life. Hindu religion too has innumerable holy books. The essence of it all can be summed up in ‘Tat Tvam Asi’ – Thou Art That.

Holy Books in Hinduism are

The Vedas – Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda, and Atharva Veda (Teachings from Vedas)

Upanishads, which are part of the Vedas, contain the core teachings of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) (Teachings from Upanishads)
Bhagavad Gita, the most popular scripture in Hindu Religion. (Bhagavad Gita Lessons)

Ramayana and the Mahabharata – How to follow Dharma? – the Hindu way of life is explained in these scriptures.

Puranas – Hindu teachings narrated through stories and incidents in them. (Teachings from Puranas)

Yoga Vasishta – Conversation between Lord Ram and Sage Vasishta. (Gems of wisdom from Yoga Vasishta).

All these scriptures tog…

Surya Grahan in February 2018 in India – Suryagrahan Time – Solar Eclipse Feb in India

A Surya Grahan, Partial Solar Eclipse, will take place on Febaruary 15, 2018. It is not visible in India. According to NASA, the Surya Grahan is a partial solar eclipse and is visible in Antartica and South America. The greatest eclipse will be taking place in  mainland USA. The Suryagrahan will be taking place as per India time between 2:00 AM on February 16, 2018 and ends at Feb 3:20 AM on Feb 16. It takes place during midnight in India. Please note that the eclipse is not visible in India.

Note - Pregnant women need not worry about the eclipse. No need of any tension. It is just another normal day. Don't believe in all hearsay and superstitions. If you still have doubts and lack of confidence then just stay at home on the day.
The following map shows the detail view of the Surya Grahan on February 15, 2018 around the world:

Surya Grahan Rituals and Fasting in Hinduism If you follow any rituals and observe fasting during this Grahan, then it should be followed.

Hindu Temples will…

Four Mathas of Adi Shankaracharya

The four mathas (monasteries or mutts) established by Adi Shankaracharya in the four corners of India were meant to uphold Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). It was also meant to propagate Vedanta. The four mathas of Adi Shankara are:

Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetam in Chikmaglur in Karnataka Jyotir Matha in the Garhwal region in Uttarakhand. Kalika Matha in Dwarka in Gujarat. Govardhana Matha in Puri in Odisha.

Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetam in Chikmaglur in Karnataka Deities worshiped here – Malahanikara Linga, Varaha, – Goddess – Sharada Holy River – Tungabhadra River Veda – Yajur Veda Sampradaya – Bhurivala Mahavakya – Aham Brahmasmi Titles followed – Saraswati, Puri, Bharati, Aranya, Tirtha, Giri, Ashrama First Acharya of Peetah – Sri Sureshwaracharya (direct disciple of Adi Shankara)

Kalika Matha in Dwarka in Gujarat Deities worshiped here – Siddheshwara – Goddess – Bhadra Kali Holy River – Gomati River Veda – Sama Veda Sampradaya – Kitavala Mahavakya –Tattvamasi Titles followed – Tirtha /As…

Anala – About Hindu God Anala

Anala is a minor deity mentioned in various Hindu scriptures especially the puranas. As a deity, Anala is associated with Agni or fire. He is also an attendant god. He had prominence during the Vedic period.

Anala is one among the eight Vasus. He answered to Indra.

He is worshipped for attaining wealth and prosperity.

Anala was also one among the seven children that Ganga threw away into the river.

Related Vasus in Hinduism

Vishnu Mantra in Hindi – Various Bhagavan Vishnu Mantras in Hindi

Below are various Vishnu mantra in Hindi language. You should read the Bhagavan Vishnu mantras on Purnima and Ekadasi. It can also be chanted during daily prayers.

सुख-शांति, सफलदांपत्यकेलिएइसमंत्रका 51 बारपाठकरें


सर्वकामनासिद्धिकेलिएइसमंत्रका 21 बारपाठकरें

शान्ताकारंभुजगशयनंपद्मनाभंसुरेशंविश्वाधारंमगगनसदृशंमेधवर्णंशुभांगम्। लक्ष्मीकान्तंकमलनयनंयोगिभिध्र्यानगम्यंवन्देविष्णुंभवभयहरंसर्वलोकैकनाथम्।।


शशंकचक्रंकिरीटकुंडलंसपीतवस्त्रंसरसिरूहेक्षणं। सहस्त्राक्षवक्षस्थलकौस्तुभश्रियंनमामिविष्णुंशिरसाचतुर्भुजम्।।

Crocodile at the Ananthapura Lake Temple in Kasargod in Kerala

Ananthapura Lake Temple in Kasargod in Kerala is the only lake temple in Kerala and it is equally famous for a crocodile in the temple pond. The temple is located in the middle of a pond and the sanctum sanctorum of temple is reachable only by a bridge. The crocodile named ‘Babia’ lives in the pond.

There is only a single crocodile in the lake. Elders in the region state that it is the third crocodile in the temple pond.
When one crocodile dies, another one appears magically in the lake.

There is no river or pond nearby where there is a crocodile population.

How the crocodile came to the pond? From where the new one appears, remains a mystery.

The crocodile survives on the rice provided by the temple. It is harmless to human beings.

Some people are of the view that the crocodile is here to remind people about Gajendra Moksha.

Ananthapura Lake Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is the moolasthanam (original abode) of Ananthapadmanabha, the deity of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in T…

Force can never be neutralized by force - Sri M

The mind has to be conditioned in childhood itself. After conditioning our mind, nothing adverse will happen when we come to the field of spirituality.
One must live in the worldly life, then only we can say we have become truly matured. No use running away.
After all our duties and responsibilities are carried out, our children carry these responsibilities forward. At that stage, comes Sanyasa. No use running away from life before that stage.
When the mind has ceased to move, when it returns to its original state of absolute stillness, then, something takes place, which we may call the ‘understanding of the reality’.
It is not because of religion that we have strife but because we have forgotten the essence of it. Force can never be neutralized by force. You need affection and love. - Sri M

Only one thing has never been defiled by the tongue ofmankind, and that is Brahman itself – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Hindu Calendar Today – February 21, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, today, on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon till 5:06 PM on Feb 21. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon till 6:43 PM on Feb 22. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is February 21, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date after 6:45 PM. Nakshatra – Mool or Moolam Nakshatra on the entire day on Feb 21 and till 1:56 AM on Feb 22. Then onward it is Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram on the entire day on Feb 21 and till 3:17 AM on Feb 22. Then onward it is Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and sout…