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Seven Earth like Planets Discovered – Saptarishis in Hindu Religion

Seven earth-size exoplanets were discovered by NASA scientists. As per scientists, some or all of which could harbor water and possibly life. Now there is a concept of Saptarishis in Hinduism – they are seven divine beings who reside in the sky. In Hindu religion, they are the mind born sons of Brahma and creation is carried out through them. Those are not seven earth like planets but far superior than earth.

The cycle of creation and destruction goes on, and at each new beginning the saptrarishis appear from the Supreme Truth (Vishnu or Shiva or Devi) to continue the process of creation.
If you are a follower of Hinduism, or a person having keen interest in the religion, you might be aware that Hinduism strongly believes that there are far more superior beings outside in the universe than the human beings are.

Scriptures of Hinduism are full of hints of inferior and superior beings out in the universe.

There are millions and millions of life forms out there in the vast universe.

Chana Dal and Jaggery Offering to Vishnu

Certain Hindu communities offer Chana Dal and Jaggery to Lord Vishnu. It is considered highly meritorious to make the offering.

It is believed that offering Chana Dal and Jaggery helps in overcoming all forms of financial difficulties. It also helps in overcoming other difficulties.
Chana Dal is slight yellow in color and so is jaggery in some regions. Making yellow color offerings to Lord Vishnu helps in desire fulfillment.

Ghee Lamp Wicks – Number of Wicks While Lighting Ghee Lamp in Hindu Puja

Number of Wicks While Lighting Ghee Lamp in Hindu Puja various from region to region. There are numerous theories regarding the number of wicks. Traditionally and widely accepted ghee lamp wicks are 1 or 2 or 5 or 7.

One wick indicates good health; Two wicks indicate prosperity; Five wicks indicate auspiciousness and peace and Seven wicks indicate success.

Saptarishis in Hinduism

Saptarishis are the seven great seers in Hinduism. They are believed to have existed even before the Vedic period. They are divine beings and they are stars. They reside in the sky. The saptarishis are – Brhaspati, Kashyapa, Gautama, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagni and Vasishta.

Saptarishis are seven in number and are possessed of seven virtues. They are all long-lived and composers of Vedic mantras or hymns possessed of divine powers and transcendent vision and senior in merits, learning and age. They are credited with an intuitive or direct perception of Dharma or the divine law. (Vayu Purana)

Sri Krishna mentions about them in the Mahabharata and they were born of His will.

All these Seven Seers are Prajapatis, possessing uncommon spiritual glow and wisdom. Being creators of beings, they are known as the Seven Brahmas. (Mahabharata, Shanti Parva)

Ursa Major constellation or Great Bear constellation is known as Saptarishi in Hinduism.

Saptarishis live for a Kalpa or day of Brahma – i…

Ghantakarna – Story of Ghantakarna

Ghantakarna was created by Lord Shiva to help Goddess Bhadrakali overcome smallpox. He had the power to lick smallpox out a person’s body. The demon wore bells in his ears hence the name Ghantakarna.

Ghantakarna wrongly believed that Lord Vishnu was his enemy. Here therefore put bells (ghanta) in his ears (karnas) to not to hear the name Vishnu. However, Shiva revealed to Ghantakarna that all manifestations are the essence of the Suprme.

He then became a devotee of Vishnu and chanted the name of the Lord to attain salvation.

Ghantakarna is believed to have met Sri Krishna at Badaryasrama and here he witnessed the Vishwaroopa. After this incident, Ghantakarna attained moksha and entered Vaikunta.
Some Vaishnava temples have the image of Ghantakarna. In the sculptures, he has eighteen hands. He is offered prayers for cure of diseases.

Ekadashi March 2017 dates – Monthly Fasting Dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu in March 2017

Ekadashi fasting is observed on the eleventh day of a fortnight in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Ekadashi March 2017 dates are March 8 and March 24, 2017. The fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Fasting on Ekadasi is considered highly meritorious, especially for redemption of sin, and is observed by millions of Hindus.

March 8, 2017 Ekadasi is known as Amalaki Ekadashi. It is also known as Rangbari Ekadasi as it is associated with Holi festival. Numerous rituals associated with Holi Festival begin on the day in North India.

March 8, 2017 –  Thirunavaya Ekadasi in Kerala
March 8, 2017 – Pankoddhar Ekadashi in Orissa March 8, 2017 – Rangbari Ekadasi during Holi

March 24, 2017 - Ekadasi - Papamochini Ekadasi

The preparation for Ekadashi Vrat begins on the Dasami day (10th day in a lunar calendar) – the day before Ekadasi.

On the Ekadashi day (11th day), devotees observe complete fast. The day is meant for hearing religious discourses, performing pujas and spending time in temples.

Jagamohana Ramayana – Odia version of Ramayana

Jagamohana Ramayana is the Odia (Oriya) version of Ramayana and it was composed by Balarama Dasa. It was composed during the 16th century in Odisha (Orissa). The text is known as Jagamohana because Balarama Dasa was inspired by Lord Jagannath of Puri to write the text. Jagamohana is one among the numerous names of lord Jagannath.

The text is also referred as Mahanataka or Daskhini Ramayana by some communities in Orissa.
It is also one of the earliest attempts to translate Sanskrit Ramayana into a regional language in India.

Which God is Worshipped in Badrinath?

Badrinath is one of the most important temples in Hindu religion. So, which Hindu God is worshipped in Badrinath? Bhagvan Vishnu is worshipped here in meditative posture. It is believed that Vishnu chose this spot to mediate as it was covered by berry plant. ‘Badri’ means berry and thus Badrinath is Lord Vishnu.
The temple is located in Uttarakhand and is part of the famous Chardham Yatra. The temple is also associated with Adi Shankaracharya.

The temple remains open from April/May to October/November.

Badrinath along with Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are part of the Char Dham Yatra to the Himalayas.

You may also like to read Char Dham of Vishnu – four most sacred places associated with Lord Vishnu Teerthayatra – Holy Pilgrimage in Hinduism
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Hindu Calendar Today – February 23, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, today, on Thursday, February 23, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon till 7:51 PM on Feb 23. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 8:32 PM on Feb 24. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is February 23, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 3:55 AM on Feb 23. Then onward it is Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatram till 5:26 AM on Feb 24.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 5:11 AM on Feb 23. Then onward it is Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatram till 6:30 AM on Feb 24.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 10:17 AM. Then onward it is Makar Rashi.
In western parts o…