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Story of Guhasura and Harihar

Demon Guhasura ruled over the region known as Guharanya. He performed intense penance and propitiated Lord Brahma. He attained the boon from Brahma that he should be invincible to humans, Devas, Shiva and Vishnu. He began to harass all the living beings after getting the boon.

Humans and Devas soon approached Vishnu and Shiva to find a solution.

Vishnu and Shiva agreed to annihilate the demon.

To overcome the power of boon, Shiva and Vishnu took the combined form of Harihar or Harihara.
In this combined form, Shiva and Vishnu annihilated the demon.
Harihar Worship Hari and Hara in combined form is worshipped in India, Nepal and Combodia.

In the beginning the combined form of Vishnu and Shiva was worshiped by people who had accepted both the Vaishnava and Shaiva teachings. Today all Hindus worship Harihar.

The most famous legend associated with Harihar is in South India. Lord Ayyappa of Sabarimala is also known as Hariharasuthan - son of Hari and Hara. The belief is that Vishnu, in th…

Chaitra Navratri Kanjak Ashtami Puja – Young Girls worshipped as Goddess

Kanjak Ashtami puja is an important ritual during the Chaitra Navratri or Vasant Navratras. It falls on the eighth day – the Ashtami day – of the nine-day Navratri festival. A young girl child (Kanjaks) is worshipped on this day in North India. In 2018, the date of Kanjak Ashtami is marked on March 25. The puja is to be performed before 8:02 AM.

On the day people invite young girls to their homes and wash their feet and tie red color thread on their wrists. A tika is applied on the girl child’s forehead and worship them as Mother Goddess. The family members take blessing from the young child by touching their feet. The children are given ‘prasad,’ gifts and some money.
Why is Kanjak Puja Performed? It is believed that performing Kanjak Puja will help in the removal of poverty. It ushers in peace and prosperity. It is also performed for overcoming enemies. It is also performed to overcome Vastu Dosh. The belief is that feeding five kanya on Chaitra Ashtami or Navami will remove all ty…

Rama Navami Festival at Tirupati Balaji Temple

Sri Rama Navami Festival observed on Chaitra Shudda Navami in Tirupati Balaji Temple is of great importance to devotees. The asthanam performed on the auspicious occasion in the presence of Tirumala Venkateswara Swami is spread over two days. Sri Rama Navami Festival in Tirupati Balaji Temple is on April 5, 2017 and April 6, 2017.

Bhagavan Sri Rama was born in Treta Yuga on Chaitra Shukla Navami when the star Punarvasu was in Karkataka Lagna. The avatar was to get rid of Adharma and usher in Dharma. Hanumadvahanam On the first day, that is the Sri Rama Navami day, Hanumadvahanam will be performed to Lord Sri Rama in the four Mada streets in the evening. Utsava murti of Bhagavan Sri Ram will be taken around the mada streets atop the Hanuman Vahana. Musicians move along with the procession playing traditional musical instruments. Asthana Utsavam on Sri Rama Navami in Tirupati Balaji Temple On the day evening, Utsava murtis of Lord Rama, his consort Sita Devi, and his brother Lakshman a…

In the entire picture of life, troubles form but a tiny spot - Maha Periyava Kanchi Paramacharya

A mother may tie the hands of her child who has the propensity to pick up and eat mud. This seeming cruelty of the mother is for the good of the child. Similarly troubles are verily God’s grace to save us.

In the entire picture of life, troubles form but a tiny spot.

In our inability to visualize the past and the future, we complain when we suffer in the present.
A proper perspective will enable us to understand our present plight in its proper setting.

While desire fulfilled leads to further desire, desire frustrated turns into anger, like the rebound of a ball thrown at a wall. A person in the grip of desire are anger loses his reasoning power and consequently all his actions will be in the wrong direction. When desires become subordinate to the mind, the mind begins to dwell upon the Atman undisturbed and a person steeped in the contemplation of the Atman realizes the Supreme.
Maha Periyava Kanchi Paramacharya (20 May 1894 – 8 January 1994), or the Sage of Kanchi or Maha Periyavar,…

Hindu Calendar Today – April 3, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, today, on Monday, April 3, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 4:52 PM on April 3. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:44 PM on April 4. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 3, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good date till 1:00 PM. Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 4:14 AM on April 3. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatram till 3:27 AM on April 4.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 1:14 AM on April 3. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatram till 11:59 PM on April 4. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Ra…