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Hindu Festivals in May 2017 – Hindu Vrat – Fasting – Rituals in May 2017

Dates of important festivals and fasting associated with Hinduism in May 2017 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST). May 1, 2017 – Muruga Sashti Fasting May 2 – Ganga Saptami May 3 – Monthly Durga Ashtami Vrat – Budha Ashtami May 4 – Sita Navami May 6 – Ekadasi Fasting May 7 – Parashuram Dwadasi – Rukmini Dwadasi May 8 – Pradosh fasting – Som Pradosh as it is Monday May 9 – Narasimha Chaturdashi May 10 – Purnima or full moon day – Purnima Vrat
May 11 - Jyeshta month begins in North Indian calendars
May 11 - Narada Jayanti May 14 – Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat
May 15 – Malayalam Edava Masam begins May 15 – Tamil Vaikasi Masam begins May 16 – Jyeshta Month begins in Bengali Calendars May 18 – Kalashtami May 22 – Ekadasi Fasting May 22 – Bhadrakali Gyaras May 23 – Pradosh Vrat May 25 – Vat Savitri Vrat May 25 – Amavasya
May 26 - Jyeshta month begins in calendars followed in Maharashtra…

Simha Rashi Navratri Mantra

Chanting of the Simha Rashi Navratri Mantra helps, Simha Rashi born person to attain wealth, prosperity, property, job and desire fulfillments. The mantra should be chanted after taking bath in the morning. You should sit in your pooja room or in a quiet place and chant the mantra.
The mantra is मामीमूमेमोटाटीटूटे.........ॐह्रींश्रींसो:

Another mantra

ऊॅं शिवदूती नमः
The mantra should be chanted 21 times. You can chant anyone mantra.
Chanting of the mantra also helps in overcoming your enemies.

Problems arise due to the ignorance of our true nature

It is true we do not have the power to change the course of nature. However, a majority of our problems are not related to nature. They arise due to our ignorance of our true nature.

Contentment is having a heart, which is filled with non-duality.

The right way to enrich our life is by closing all those doors and windows through which we are seeking happiness outside.

Be genuine in all relationships. There will be no problems then.
If you think happiness is further and further away from you then you have not understood the true concept of happiness. Realize …Happiness is within you.

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Hindu Calendar Today – April 30, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Sunday, April 30, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 8:13 AM on April 30. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 5:53 AM on May 1. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 30, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good day. Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 1:07 PM on April 30. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatram till 11:35 AM on May 1.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatram till 8:33 AM on April 30. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatram till 6:37 AM on May 1.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi till 1:56 AM. Then onward it is Mithuna Rashi.
In western …

Matangi Jayanti - Matangi Mahavidya Jayanti

Goddess Matangi is one of the Dasa Mahavidyas. She is a manifestation of Goddess Parvati. Matangi Jayanti is believed to be the day when she made her appearance on earth. Matangi Jayanti 2019 date is May 7. It is observed on the Vaishakh Shukla Paksha Tritiya – third day during the waxing phase of moon in Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu calendar in North India.


The skin color of Goddess Matangi is greenish blue. She is associated with Tantra Kriyas. She is associated with magic and Indrajal. She is the custodian of the complete knowledge of Tantra.  She is the goddess associated with all forms of sound, music and fine arts. She is also associated with Sidh Vidya.
With her sound, she controls all living beings and keeps a check on those who are inclined towards Adharma.
She is also associated with Vashikaran and Sammohan Vidya.
On earth, Goddess Matangi is the daughter of Matang Muni.
She is also known as Ucchishta Chandalini.
She has three eyes and four arms. She wears cres…

When you are feeling lonely

When you are feeling lonely, enjoy the moment by doing what you like the most.

When you are lonely, explore yourself. Stop thinking of what went wrong or regretting.

When you are lonely, it is an opportunity to put the house in order. (your emotions and yes your living space too)

When you are lonely, if you keep thinking about the past or the reasons for loneliness then soon you will become a victim of depression or might need psychiatric help. 
Everything in this world is temporary, even your loneliness.

If we can make Bhagavan our companion then we will never be lonely. God is the only companion who is always with us. God is within us. So instead of searching for a companion outside realize the who is always within us.

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Hindu Calendar Today – April 29, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Saturday, April 29, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:39 AM on April 29. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 8:13 AM on April 30. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 29, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good day till 10:39 AM. Nakshatra – Rohini Nakshatra till 2:45 PM on April 29. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatram till 1:07 PM on April 30.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Rohini Nakshatram till 10:56 AM on April 29. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatram till 8:33 AM on April 30.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Vrishabh…

Madurai Meenakshi Temple Chithirai Festival 2017 Live Telecast Online – Watch Thirukalyanam Live Streaming

Chithirai Festival is one of the most important festivals at the MaduraiMeenakshiTemple. The celestial wedding of Goddess Meenakshi with Lord Sundareswar known as Thirukalyanam (May 6, 2017) is one of the most important events during the Chithirai festival at the MaduraiMeenakshiTemple and in 2017 it will be telecast live online from 10:00 AM to 11:10 AM.
You can watch the live streaming of Pattabishegam on May 6, 2017, from 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM in the evening.

Flag hoisting ceremony will also be aired live on April 24, 2017, from 10:30 AM to 11:40 AM.

The live telecast and other details can be found here at the official website of Madurai Meenakshi temple. (Please note that in some years they only show the recording of the event)

Hindu Temples Where Women are Denied Entry – Hope Such a List Do Not Exist in Near Future

Couple of Hindu Temples in India denies entry to women – this is mostly associated with the menstruation cycle of women and some due to superstition. It must be noted here that majority of the South Indian temples do not allow devotees inside the sanctum sanctorum – touching the murti is not allowed. This is applicable to all devotees irrespective of gender. But there are some temples that do not permit women even inside the temple premises and this article is about those temples. Below is the list and hope such a list never exists in near future.

Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala Women between 10 and 50 years of age are not allowed to enter the temple complex. The reason sighted is that Lord Ayyappa is a Brahmachari or celibate. Another reason is that women cannot perform the 41 day Vratam - women between the age of 10 and 50 will not be physically capable of observing `vratham' for 41 days on physiological grounds (menstruation cycle).

The matter is presently under the consid…

Bhartrihari Caves near Ujjain

Bhartrihari caves, near Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, are dedicated to Raja Bhatrihari, who renounced his throne and became one of the greatest philosophers and teachers of ancient India. The caves are located on the banks of Shipra River and are around 5 km from Ujjain Railway Station.


It is believed that after realizing the futility of worldly life, Raja Bhatrihari decided to give away his kingly status. He gave his crown to his younger brother, the legendary King Vikramaditya.

It is believed that Bhartrihari spend his ascetic life in these caves.
He wrote Shringarshataka, Vairagya shatak, and Nitishatakam in these caves. The walls of the natural caves are noted for its sculptures.

Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari Quotes

Man does not value what he has, but once he loses something, he goes all out to get it back.

How can you perceive what is real happiness unless you are ready to experience the opposite – that is pain and unhappiness.

Any gift that comes free is not valued in this world.
It is only on the blackboard of pain and suffering that you can write with the white, the story of true joy in life.
Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari

Hindu Calendar Today – April 28, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, April 28, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:06 PM on April 28. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:39 AM on April 29. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 28, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good date. Nakshatra – Karthigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakshatra till 4:26 PM on April 28. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram till 2:45 PM on April 29.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Karthigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakshatram till 1:39 PM on April 28. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram till 10:56 AM on April 29.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Vris…

Dhungri Mela 2019 in Himachal Pradesh at Hadimba Devi Temple

Dhungri Mela is annually observed during the Vrishabha Sankranti in the famous Hadimba Devi Temple in Himachal Pradesh. Dhungri Mela 2019 is from May 14 to May 16. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Hidimbi – wife of Bhima, the second of the Pandava brothers. The fair and festival is observed for three days.

The main mela begins at the Dhungri ground with the arrival of palanquin of Goddess Hidimbi from the Dhungri Temple and Manu Rishi from Manu Temple in Old Manali Village.

The palanquins of local deities also arrive at the ground to participate in the festival. Why is Dhungri Mela Observed? It celebrates the birthday of Goddess Hidimbi – she is the guardian deity of tribals and travelers. She protects those who venture into forests and travels through forests and mountains. Hidimbi is also the mother of Ghatothkach.


Dhungri Mela Rituals Pujas and worship of all the important deities of the region in a single place. Other deities honoring Hidimbi Devi. Animal sacrifices are performe…

Where to Place Hanuman Photo in Home?

Placing picture, or murti (idol or statue), of Hanuman in home is considered highly beneficial. But there is a confusion regarding position or placement of Hanuman photo in house. When it comes to question of where to place the statue of Bajrang Bali at home, remember the stories from Ramayana.
Hanuman is a Baal Brahmachari, or celibate, therefore his picture should not be placed in the bedroom or in a room that is used by couples for sleeping.

Taking intoxicating drinks and sex should be avoided in the room in which there is a portrait of Anjaneya.

The ideal place to keep the murti is puja room.

Hanuman should face south. All paintings of Anjaneya and those made from metal, plastic, clay, or wood having face of Bajrang Bali should face south.

Why South Facing? When we read the Ramayana we find that the adventures of Hanuman in the epic happened in South like Lanka is in south, he went in search of Mata Sita towards south, He burned Lanka in south, and the battle of Ramayana took pl…

Jyeshta Nakshatra – Information – Importance of Jyeshta Birth Star

Jyeshta nakshatra is the eighteenth of the twenty-seven nakshatras or birth star in Hindu astrology. The nakshatram is also known as Kettai or Triketta or Ketri.

Longitude – 213°20 to 226°0

Shape – circular earring. Some imagine it to be in the form spear.

All four quadrants of Jyeshta Nakshatra are in Scorpio Zodiac or Vrishicka Rashi.

Presiding deity – Indra

Ruling planet – Mercury (Budha)

A person born in the star will be a leader. He/she will be blessed with many children. The person will also be humorous.

It is a daruna nakshatra or misery causing birth start and is avoided for auspicious functions like marriage, entering a new house, grah pravesh, to start learning, and other similar beginnings.

The birth star is considered ideal for performing black magic, for cheating, for use of poison and fire and for attacking enemies.

Jyeshta was the birth star of Vali of Ramayana, the Vanara king who was killed by Bhagavan Sri Ram to help Sugriva.

Indra was coroneted as the king of Devas o…

Grace is that gratitude which can remain all the time – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

When gratitude in you stays, that very gratitude flows out of you as grace.

When there is gratitude complaints disappear.

The mind seeks more and more. And in every wanting of more and more, it forgets the past very easily.

Grace is that gratitude which can remain all the time.

Wherever you see divine grace flowing, there you will find gratitude. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Don’t go to God as a beggar. Prayer is not necessarily asking for something. Prayer is gratefulness; a recognition of the huge tidal waves of love that God is showering on you every moment. (Sri Sri Ravi Shankar)

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Dispassion or vairagya

Hindu Calendar Today – April 27, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Thursday, April 27, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Pratipada  Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:30 PM on April 27. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:06 PM on April 28. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 27, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good date till 4:30 PM. Nakshatra – Bharani Nakshatra till 6:04 PM on April 27. Then onward it is Karthigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakshatram till 4:26 PM on April 28.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Bharani Nakshatra till 4:31 PM on April 27. Then onward it is Karthigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakshatram till 1:39 PM on April 28.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi till 11:40 PM. Then onward it is Vrishabha Rashi.
In western parts of In…

Mythology and Legend: Why is Akshaya Tritiya Celebrated?

Akshaya Tritiya is one of the most auspicious days in the Hindu calendar and is considered ideal for new beginning and investment. One of the most important legends associated with observing Akshaya Trithiya is that of Lord Krishna and Kuchela. Another significant mythology is that of the Pandavas receiving the Akshay Patra from Krishna. Interestingly, Lord Krishna plays and important part in the stories associated with Trittiya.

Kuchela (Sudama) Visited Krishna on Akshaya Tritiya

In the most famous story associated Akshaya Tritiya, Kuchela, a poor Brahmin and schoolmate of Sri Krishna, visited Krishna with the intention of asking some financial favor. Kuchela, also known as Sudama, carried with him handful of poha or aval (beaten rice). On reaching, the palace of Krishna at Dwarka, Kuchela was ashamed to give the ‘poha’ to Krishna.
But the ever playful Krishna noticed the small bag in the hand of his schoolmate and soon grabbed it and ate a handful of ‘poha’. Kuchela could not beli…

Simple Tantric Puja on Akshaya Tritiya to Get Blessings of Goddess Lakshmi

It is believed that those devotees who perform Tantric puja on Akshaya Tritiya will be blessed with wealth, peace and prosperity. Many devotees think that Tantric puja is complex but it is not. As per scriptures Akshaya Tritiya is known as the most auspicious day in a Hindu calendar –  अनंतअक्षयअक्षुण्णफलदायक Some simple tantric pujas as per scriptures to be performed on Akshaya Tritiya On the morning of Akshaya Tritiya, offer prayers to Lakshmi Narayan with yellow and white color flowers. If you do not have a picture of Vishnu and Lakshmi together, then you can create the image in the mind and make the offerings in thought. Mental worship with true devotion is more powerful than showy pujas.

Light Lamp in Northeast Corner In the evening, one should light lamp at the Ishan corner (northeast) in the house. The lamp should be lit using ghee and instead of the normal white color thread one should use a red color wick. Putting a pinch of kesar is also advised.

Yellow color cowry In the even…

For Success Eat These Food While Going Out of Home

There are numerous religious rituals performed by people before leaving home for job, exams, signing documents, participating in important events etc. Some communities believe that eating a particular kind of food before leaving home will assure success. It is also considered lucky.

Sunday – You can chew betel leaves. If you are not in the habit of chewing paan or betel leaves. Then you can carry it with you and while returning home offer it in a temple or under a tree.

Monday – You can eat kheer or any white color food before leaving the house. Carrying bilva leaves is also meritorious. Looking in the mirror before leaving is also auspicious.

Tuesday – You can eat jaggery (ghud or sharkara or Vellam) and leave the house. Another option is to carry durva leaves.

Wednesday – You can chew Dhaniya or Coriander. It is also auspicious to carry mango leaf with you.

Thursday – You can eat jeera or fennel and venture out. Keeping a few Tulsi leaves with you helps in reaching your goal.

Friday – Yo…

Swami Tejomayananda On Various Forms Of Worship

Worship of the Lord may be of a physical nature like puja, or serving the society as a service to the Lord. At the level of speech, one worships by singing the glories of the Lord. At the mental level, by thinking of His divine form, qualities and sports.

Repetition of the name of the Lord, either loudly, softly or mentally is called Japa. The chanting may be of various names or a single name of the Lord.
The above practices are meant to make the mind pure, subtle and concentrated and strong; as well as prepare the mind for meditation and should be practiced diligently.

If you do not have puja materials to do the worship, you can conceive them in your mind and in your thought; you offer it to the Lord.
Swami Tejomayananda

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Hindu Calendar Today – April 26, 2017 – Amavasya Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day till 5:44 PM on April 26. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:30 PM on April 27. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 26, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 7:32 PM on April 26. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram till 6:04 PM on April 27.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 7:20 PM on April 26. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram till 4:31 PM on April 27.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mesha Rashi.
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Temples in Uttar Pradesh Visited by Ashwathama of Mahabharata

Several temples in Uttar Pradesh narrate tales of the spotting of Ashwathama of Mahabharata. Famous among them are a Kali Temple in Etawah, Baba Liloti Nath Mandir in Lakhimpur Kheri and Khereshwar Mandir near Kanpur.

Ashwathama, the son of Drona and a great warrior in the Mahabharata, is one among the seven Chiranjeevis (without death) mentioned in the Puranas – as a result of curse by Sri Krishna he still alive and roams on earth with a body full of oozing warts. If he is alive, then he will be more than 5000 years old.

Ashwathama at Kali Temple in Etawah It is believed that he visits a Kali Temple near Etawah in Uttar Pradesh daily to offer prayers. Located on the banks of Yamuna River, this Goddess Kali temple is around 5 km from Etawah. The people of the region believe that Ashwathama arrives here in an invisible form and offers first worship daily. The Shivling is always offered water before opening of the usual temple by some unknown force.
Mother Goddess Kali of this temple i…

Time to take bath as per Hindu Scriptures

The ideal time to take bath as per Hindu scriptures is during the morning hours – especially before sunrise. One should not take bath after taking food.

As per Hindu scriptures, one should first pour water on the head and then on the body. It is said that pouring water on the head and then on the body helps in removing heat present in the body through the legs.

Taking bath before sunrise is considered ideal. Mixing water with black sesame (til) and taking bath with it helps in alleviating bad luck. Taking bath in the early morning hours helps in keeping away bad luck, alakshmi and other evils.

Taking bath in room temperature water removes tiredness and tension. It helps in getting a pleasant mood.

Chanting mantras while taking bath is meritorious.

Different types Snan mentioned in Hindu Scriptures

Brahma Snan – Taking bath between 4:00 AM and 5:00 AM in the morning is referred as Brahma Snan. One should chant mantra like ‘om namah shivaya’ or ‘om namo narayana’ or other mantras while …

Watch Thrissur Pooram 2019 Live Online on May 13

There is no news about any official website on the internet providing live webcasting of Thrissur Pooram 2019. But most of television channels in Kerala will be telecasting live the Thrissur Pooram on May 13, 2019. So the best option is to look for the live streaming of television channels. Referred as the Mother of all Poorams, Thrissur Pooram is annually observed in the Malayalam month of Medam (April – May). Poorams are festivals held in Hindu temples in Kerala and the highlights being caparisoned elephants and Panchavadyam – a classical performance of five musical instruments (know more about Thrissur Pooram in this article).




You can watch pooram live here on the Youtube Channel

Television Channels Which might Show Pooram Live Online

You can watch Asianet News live here. This channel usually shows Thrissur Pooram live.
Another good option is to watch Mathurbhumi News Live it also telecasts the live proceeding of Pooram.

Another good option is Janam TV.

Newspapers with Thrissur Poor…

Lead your life with divine thoughts – Sathya Sai Baba

People think that they enjoy sense objects. But in fact, objects enjoy them. Indulging in pleasures of the senses turns people into weaklings.

Worldly enjoyments are not permanent.

You may have worldly enjoyments but you should always have God as your aim and goal of life.
Lead your life with divine thoughts. When you live like that, you achieve victory in all of life’s endeavors.
– Sathya Sai Baba

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Hindu Calendar Today – April 25, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 7:45 PM on April 25. Then onward it isAmavasya Tithi or the no moon day till 5:44 PM on April 26. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 25, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Revati Nakshatra till 8:49 PM on April 25. Then onward it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatram till 7:32 PM on April 26.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Uttarabhadrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatra till 12:05 AM on April 25. Then onward it is Revati Nakshatra till 9:55 PM on April 25. Then onward it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatram till 7:20 PM on April 26.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi till 8:49 PM. Then onward it is Mesha Rashi.
In wester…

Significance of Akshaya Tritiya

Every moment is auspicious on the Akshaya Tritiya day, which falls on the third day of the bright half of Hindu month Vaishakh. ‘Akshaya’ in Sanskrit means ‘that which never diminishes.’ It is also the birthday of Parashurama, Lord Vishnu’s Sixth incarnation. In 2019, Akshaya Tritiya is on May 7. Today, Akshaya Tritiya has become the ‘Hindu gold rush’ day.
Astrologically, it is believed that the sun and the moon are most radiant and best placed on the Askhaya Tritiya day. Many devout Hindus choose the day to conduct auspicious functions. There is no need to select a ‘muhurat’ on this day as the entire day is devoid of malefic influences. Large number of marriages and several new beginnings take place on the day.
There are numerous legends associated with Akshaya Tritiya. According to the Puranas, the day marks the beginning to Treta Yuga. On this day, Veda Vyasa began the composition of the Mahabharata. Another myth is that Kuchela visited Lord Krishna on this day.
In the Mahabharata…

Story of Shukracharya and Demoness Kritya

To please Lord Shiva and learn the science of immortality, Shukracharya performed intense austerities. Shiva told Shukracharya that all that is born will perish one day. Guru Shukra was the Guru of demons or Asuras.

The Maharishi then demanded Shiva to teach him the Sanjivani Vidya, which can cure any diseases, wounds, and thus bring back a dead person to life.

Shiva, who is the lord of herbs and medicine, taught Shukracharya the Sanjivani Vidya.

Shukracharya then used the science to revive dead demons who were killed in battle with the demigods. Thus, Devas, or demigods, lost all battles against the demons. There was chaos in the universe. Adharma was propagated by the demons.

Lord Brahma then complained to Shiva about the cosmic imbalance.

Shiva promised to find a solution.

In the next battle between the Devas and Asuras, a strange looking creature appeared on the battlefield. It was the demoness Kritya. She sucked Shukracharya into her body.
Shukracharya remained in the stomach o…

King Janaka in Hindu Scriptures and Ramayana

King Janaka is a philosopher king mentioned in Hindu scriptures. He is the foster-father of Sita in the Ramayana. But all these Janaka are not the same. ‘Janak’ means ‘pitha’ or ‘father’ or ‘fatherly figure’ and those dutiful rules who won the heart of his subjects were called as Janak. Thus, Janaka is a term used in Hindu scriptures to refer to an ideal monarch – an ascetic king – rajarishi. King Janaka was liberated though he lived amongst passions. He had immense properties and wealth, position and power. He had everything, but he was calm. (Swami Satyananda Saraswati 1923 – 2009) As per Satapatha Brahmana, Janaka was the name assumed by the kings of Videha Kingdom.

King Janaka in Brhadaranyaka Upanishad Brhadaranyaka Upanishad mentions about a King Janaka performing a yajna involving gifts to find out the greatest philosopher in the land. He offered a thousand cows with ten pieces of gold tied to the horns of each cow and informed the assembly that the greatest philosopher among t…

Religion and spirituality are keys meant to open our hearts – Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

Today the phase of human life known as youth is disappearing. We jump straight from childhood into old age. In fact, youth is the bindu – the center point of life. It is a time when we are neither child nor adult. It is a time for living in the moment as well as the ideal stage for training the mind. But is the present generation properly making use of this period.

Religion and spirituality are keys meant to open our hearts, enabling us to view everyone with compassion. Due to our lack of discrimination, the very keys meant to open our hearts are locking them shut.

The foundation of all positive change is true education.
We should eliminate the egoistic notion that our life will become fruitful through human effort alone. We should bow down. Only then will the power supporting the cosmos flow into us.
– Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

Hindu Calendar Today – April 24, 2017 – Tithi, Pradosh Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Monday, April 24, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 9:28 PM on April 24. Then onward it isKrishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 7:45 PM on April 25. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 24, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Uttarabhadrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatra till 9:48 PM on April 24. Then onward it is Revati Nakshatram till 8:49 PM on April 25.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Purvabhadrapada or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 1:40 AM on April 24. Then onward it is Uttarabhadrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatra till 12:05 AM on April 25.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, G…