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Eight forms of Ganesha Conquering Eight Human Weaknesses

Mudgala Purana narrates eight forms of Ganesha. The eight forms annihilate eight different demons. The eight demons symbolically represent eight human weaknesses.

Ekadanta form of Ganesha conquers arrogance. Dhumravarna overcomes pride. Vakratunda conquers jealousy. Mahodara vanquishes infatuation. Gajanana conquers greed. Lambodara conquers anger. Vikata vanquishes lust. Vighnaraja prevails over ego.


Dhumraketu, also referred as Dhumravarna, is the incarnation of Hindu God Ganesha that will appear at the end of the Kali Yuga. You can read about this avatar of Ganesha here.

As per Mudgala Purana, Ganesh took the form of Vakratunda to annihilate demon Matsaryasura. You can read about this avatar of Ganesh here.

 It is stated in the Mudgala Purana that one of the mission of the Gajanana Avatar was to annihilate Lobhasura – the demon greed. you can read the story here.

If you have gone through the Bhagavad Gita, it is clearly mentioned in it that anger, lust and greed are the three gates t…

Ugadi 2017 Predictions – Hevilambi Nama Samvatsara 2017 Predictions – Shaka year 1939

One of the important aspects of Hindu New year is the annual predictions. Below are the Ugadi 2017 predictions for 12 Rashis for Hevilambi Nama Samvatsara – Shaka year 1939. Mesha, Vrishabha, Mithuna, Karka, Simha, Kanya, Tula, Vrischika, Dhanu, Makar, Kumbha and Meena Rashi Ugadi predictions 2017 can be read below: In 2017, Ugadi is on March 29. Panchanga Sravanam will be held on the day in important temples like Tirupati Balaji Temple.

Mesha Rashi Ugadi 2017 – Career will see some reversal. Financially a good period. Romance will flourish. Good period for those looking for a new job. Business people will have a stagnant year. Marriage as per desire will be decided. Health will be fine. Students, artists and sports persons will have a good year. Health will be fine.

Vrishabha Rashi – Gains in career and at workplace. New business opportunities. People might attempt to cheat you. Lack of interest and lethargy will cause damage. Financial damage for some. Trouble in married life. Delay …

Sant Eknath Shasthi – Ekanath Sashti

Eknath Shasthi is believed to be the day when Sant Eknath Swami left for heavenly abode by voluntarily laying down his life. In 2018, the date of Eknath Shasti is March 7. Ekanath Maharaj is one of the most important saints among the Bhakti Saints in Maharashtra. He was also a prolific writer and social reformer. He is believed to have lived during the sixteenth century.

Eknath Shasthi is observed on the sixth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) of Phalgun month as per traditional lunar Marathi calendar.

On this day, he is believed to have performed Jalsamadhi in the sacred GodavariRiver and left his body and merged with the Supreme Soul.

Sant Eknath is credited with bringing out the first authentic edition of Sant Jnaneshwar’s magnum opus Jnanesvari, the famous commentary of Bhagavad Gita in Marathi. Another major work associated with Sant Eknath is a commentary in 18,800 verses on the eleventh skanda of the Shrimad Bhagavad Purana known as Ekanatha Bhagavatam.

Ekanath …

Asthi Sanchaya - Hindu Ritual of Collecting Bones after Cremation

Asthi Sanchaya is the rite of picking up the charred bones of a dead person after cremation in Hindu religion. It is collected on the fourth day after cremation. This is an important ritual after cremation.

The performer of the rites walk thrice around the spot where the body is cremated, with his/her left side turned towards the spot, sprinkles milk mixed with water with shami branch. The person mutters the Vedic mantra sittike (Rig Veda 10.16.14).

After this, with the thumb and fourth finger of the left hand, the person picks and puts each bone, with closed eyes into an earthen pot, without making a rattling noise.

The bones of feet are taken first and those of head last.

It is then put in a pit, or kept at the root of a tree, or hung from the branch of a tree.
The bones are immersed in the sacred river or sea.

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Renounce All Material Objects as Poison to Attain Liberation – Sage Ashtavakra

Sage Ashtavakra tells Janaka that if he desires to obtain liberation, he should renounce all material objects as poison, and cultivate the qualities of mercy, straightforwardness, compassion, contentment and truthfulness as if they were nectar.

The seeker must understand that the individual self is distinct from all material objects and is identical with the supreme self, the Brahman which is pure consciousness.

The common man gets trapped in the mire of baser feelings and emotions. It is therefore necessary that he should understand the distinctness of the Self from the baser passions.
For this one should realize that the world is nothing more than the wrong identification of the rope with snake due to darkness and that the appearances in the world are a juggler’s trick. Sage Ashtavakra

Hindu Calendar Today – March 17, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, March 17, 2017 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon on the entire day on March 17 and till 1:30 AM on March 18. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 17, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra on the entire day on March 17 and till 1:38 AM on March 18.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 12:35 AM on March 17. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram till 3:19 AM on March 18.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi till 7:00 PM. Then onward it is Vrischika Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Tula Rashi till 8:36 PM. Then onward it is Vrischika Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and…