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Importance of the number 108 in Hinduism

What is the importance of 108 in Hinduism. Most of us might have heard about the 108 names of Lord Ganesh and Lord Shiva , and some people recite certain mantra 108 times like the Hanuman Chalisa. Numerous gods and sages in Hindu religion have 108 names. The importance of the number is also found in other religions and cultures. So what is the significance of 108? There are numerous explanations given in scriptures to this. Vamana Avatar of Vishnu The Vedic system believes that 108 represent the universe or supreme. Lord Krishna had 108 gopis,  There are 108 beads in Hindu rosary, There are 108 Upanishads, There are 108 holy places associated with Lord Vishnu (Divyadesams) and Sati’s body split into 108 pieces on hearing Daksha insulting her husband Lord Shiva.  Diameter of sun is 108 times the diameter of earth Distance from sun to earth is 108 times diameter of sun The average distance from moon to earth is 108 times diameter of the moon Ayurveda talks about 108 mar

Ghee Lamp for Hanuman

Lighting Ghee lamp for Hanuman is considered highly meritorious in Hinduism. Ghee lamp with one wick is lighted before Hanuman for good health. For success in life, ghee lamps with seven wicks are lighted before Hanuman. It is considered highly meritorious to light Ghee lamp before Hanuman on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Offering prayers to Hanuman with ghee lamp on Saturday help in overcoming all troubles associated with Shani in horoscope. Related Each Day of a Week Dedicated to a Particular Hindu God

Bhaang And Shivratri – Intoxicating Drink Made During Shivratri

Bhang is an edible form of Cannabis and a drink is prepared from it during Shivratri. Bhang is made from the leaves of Hemp and is considered the least intoxicating of the cannabis preparations in India. But is capable of giving a high for the entire day and is sold openly during Shivratri and Holi festival. The drink is made by grinding the leaves and various spices are added to it. It is also known as Cannabis Sativa, Ganga or weed or pot. The dried plant or leaves is soaked in water and then it is cleaned and finally grounded on a stone slab to get the paste which is taken along with Badam milk or any sweet preparation. Bhang is considered as a medical preparation in North India. Some people consider it as an auspicious plant. Story of Shiva and Bhang It is believed that Shiva drank Bhang after the Samudra Manthan episode mentioned in the scriptures. Shiva had to consume the poison Halahala, to save the universe – Halahala was the poison that came out during the c

Which God is known as Giridhar?

Giridhar is the name of one of Gods in Hindu religion. So which God is known as Giridhar? Giri means mountain. Giridhar is one who lifted the mountain. Yes, Giridhar is Lord Krishna. Krishna got the name Giridhar after lifting the mountain Govardhan . The story of Krishna lifting Govardhan Mountain is found in the Harivamsha, Srimad Bhagavad Purana and numerous other scriptures. Related Story How Sri Krishna Got the Name Giridhar

Bhim Agiyaras

Bhim Agiyaras is very popular Ekadasi fasting and it is performed by many Hindus without even drinking water. Bhim Agiyaras 2023 date is May 31. Bhim Agiyaras fasting is very tough and different from the usual ekadasi fasting method. Devotees do not drink water on the day. Neither do they eat anything for the entire day. The fasting is from sunrise to next day (Dwadasi) morning sunrise. This particular name for the Ekadasi is famous in Gujarat. The popular belief is that observing Bhim Agiyaras is equal to observing all the 24 Ekadasis in a year. Bhim Agiyaras Story Bhim Agiyaras is associated with Bhima, the second of the five Pandava brothers. Bhima was always hungry and he could not fast during Ekadasi. Therefore he wanted to find a solution to fast on Ekadasi by consuming food and he went to Sage Vyasa to find a solution Veda Vyasa advised Bhima to observe Nirjala Ekadasi falling in the Shukla Paksha of Jyeshta Month. It has the benefits of observing all the 24 Ekadasis in