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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 Chalisas. 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.
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. The list grows as we dig into scriptures.

Apart from this the distance between the earth and the sun equals about 108 times the sun’s diameter.

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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.

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Bhaang and Shivratri – Intoxicating Drink made during Shivratri

Bhang is an edible form of Cannabis and a drink is prepared from it during Shivratri. Bhaang 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 Bhaang It is believed that Shiva drank Bhaang after the Samdura 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 churning of oce…

Goddess Dhumavati – About Mahavidya Dhumavati

Goddess Dhumavati is the seventh Mahavidya among the 10 Mahavidyas and is a fearsome aspect of Goddess Shakti. Dhumavati is depicted as widow. She has a banner with a crow and sometimes carries a broom.

Goddess Dhumavati is considered as a protective deity by some Hindu communities. Tantric worshippers propitiate her for materialistic gains.

Dhumavati is associated with all things that are inauspicious. She is also constantly hungry and thirsty. She causes quarrels and has a bad temper.
She is believed to appear during cosmic dissolution. Some scholars are of the view that she is the void that is there before creation and after destruction.

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.

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Offerings to Lord Shiva

The most important offering to Lord Shiva is bilva or bel leaves (Belpatra) and clean water. Other offerings include white color flowers especially Dhatura flower.


Some other offerings to Shiva and their benefits are:

Offering uncooked rice to Shiva helps in material gains – money and wealth.

Til or Sesame helps in sin redemption.

Wheat helps in healthy children.

Jowar helps in attaining happiness and comfort.

Offering water helps in alleviating various diseases.

Offering milk helps in improvement of mental health and intelligence.

Sugarcane juice for enjoying various pleasures in life.

Water from Ganga River to attain moksha.

Honey is offered for early cure of diseases.

Ghee to overcome bad health and to have good immunity.

Jasmine flower helps in getting vehicles and beautiful or handsome partner. It is believed that those who offer jasmine lower will never have to go hungry.

Leaves of shami tree to attain moksha.

Oleander, or Kaner flower, offering helps in attaining good clothes.

Calculating the time of birth as per Hindu Astrology

Calculating the time of birth as per Hindu astrology is known as Janma Kala. Birth time is the basis for fixing the planetary positions. There are three types of recognized method of finding the time of birth. Baby coming into earth – coming of head from womb. (In some traditions it is the whole body out of the womb).Cutting of umbilical chord.Baby’s first cry. Among the three the first cry of baby is considered as the ideal choice. This is because the child starts breathing in the world and confirms the first living stage.

Bhim Agiyaras

Bhim Agiyaras is very popular Ekadasi fasting and it is performed by many Hindus without even drinking water. Bhim Agiyaras 2018 date is May 25. 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 Ekadasi 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. There is a popular story associated with Bhim Ekadasi. 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 th…

Mind remains agitated as long as it has unfulfilled desires – Swami Parthasarathy

The Supreme Self, the Godhead in you, is enveloped, obscured by innumerable desires. Spiritual disciplines have been prescribed from time immemorial to eliminate desires and reach the ultimate Goal.

When a person gains the knowledge of the Self, he becomes liberated from all desires.

The pursuit of happiness would not cease until you reach your original being of peace and bliss. To get yourself free from desires and gain absolute libration you must return to your original State, attain Self-Realisation.

As long as the mind contains unfulfilled desires it will remain agitated, frustrated, stressed out. Hence religion has personified desire as the devil obstructing the divinity in human beings.
Source – The Holocaust of Attachment By A. Parthasarathy

Hindu Calendar Today – February 22, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, today, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon till 6:43 PM on Feb 22. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon till 7:51 PM on Feb 23. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is February 22, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good date. Nakshatra – Mool or Moolam Nakshatra till 1:56 AM on Feb 22. Then onward it is Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatram till 3:55 AM on Feb 23.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram till 3:17 AM on Feb 22. Then onward it is Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatram till 5:11 AM on Feb 23.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is…