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Bhog During Navratri – Prasad Prepared During The Nine Days of Navratri

The food items prepared and offered to nine goddesses is known as the Bhog during Navratri. It is considered highly meritorious to offer nine different types of Prasad to the nine goddesses of Navratri. Each bhog carries special significance.

On the first day, Goddess Shailaputri is offered white colored food like kheer, chaval etc. If the food is prepared using cow ghee then the person offering the bhog will get relief from illness.

On the second day, Goddess Brhamacharini is offered food prepared using rock sugar (mishri), sugar and panchamrut. The person offering such a food will be blessed with long life.

On the third day, Goddess Chandraghanta is offered food made using milk. One has to perform food donation also on the day. A person will be blessed with happiness and all forms of unhappiness will be destroyed.

On the fourth day, Goddess Khushmanda is offered ‘mal pua’ (मालपुए ). The food should be then offered to poor children. By doing the bhog a person is blessed with intellig…

Meenakshi Temple Bangalore – Timings and Details

Meenakshi Sundareshwara Temple in Bangalore is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Siva is worshipped here as Sundareshwara and Ma Parvati as Meenakshi. The shrine is located on Bannerghatta Road. Temple details and timings are given below in detail

Meenakshi Sundareshwara Temple Bangalore The shrine is small but very well maintained. The architecture of the temple is typical of temples in Tamil Nadu. A compound wall and tall gopuram with beautiful sculptures of murtis on it welcome a devotee.
On entering the temple, we have the darshan of Dwajasthama and Nandi. Then we have the view of the temple open hall. It has beautiful carvings of marriage of Shiva and Parvati and of Hindu deities and incidents from Puranas.

Mother Meenakshi and Sundershwara have separate sanctum sanctorum. The outer walls of both the sanctum have sculptures.

The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Venkateswara, Ganesha, Subrahmanya, Ayyappa and Kala Bhairava. There is a separate beautiful …

Story – How Arjuna Received the Brahmasiras Weapon in the Mahabharata?

The story as to how Arjuna received the Brahmasiras weapon took place when young Arjuna was taking lessons in archery from Dronacharya. Guru Drona became the Acharya, or Teacher, of Pandavas and Kauravas after he showed his expertise with bow and arrow.

One day Guru Drona went with his students to take bath in the Ganga. When Drona plunged into the water, a huge and powerful crocodile grabbed him by the shin.

Dronacharya could have easily saved him but he wanted to use the occasion to test his students.

He ordered his students to kill the crocodile and save him.

While the students were in great confusion, Arjuna killed the crocodile with five arrows.
Drona was pleased with the alertness and quickness of Arjuna and blessed him with the Brahmasiras weapon. Dronacharya taught him how to release and return it. Arjuna was told to use the arrow only against a superhuman foe.

Brahmasiras is like a modern day missile it can be released using a mantra and also from a bow.

Brahamstra and Brah…

Vontimitta Temple in Andhra Pradesh – Sri Rama – Sita and Lakshmana Worshipped on a Single Stone

The life-size murtis (idol)s of Sita, Rama and Lakshmana worshipped in the ancient Vontimitta Temple in Andhra Pradesh are carved from a single stone. The murtis worshipped in the Kodanda Rama temple is also known Ekasila Nagaram. The shrine is at a distance of 26 km from Kadapa and is located on the Kadapa – Rajampet road. The shrine is peculiar for various reasons including the absence of Hanuman murti in the main sanctum sanctorum.

History of Vontimitta Temple Lord Hanuman and Jambavan (the elderly bear in Ramayana) carved the murtis worshiped in the temple and they founded the first temple, which was later renovated to its full glory in the 16th century during the rule of Vijayanagara Emperor,  Sada Siva Rayalu. As the murtis were installed by Jambavan, it is also known as Jambavantha Pratishta. (Jambavan and Hanuman are Chiranjeevis in Hinduism)

Another legend has it that Lord Ram and Lakshman arrived here and killed the demons that were harassing and causing disturbance to the …

Saint Poet Annamacharya eulogizes Lord Sri Rama as Archavatara Murti

Oh! Sri Rama! You emerged from the boon inherent in ‘Paramanna Prasadam’ during the sacrifice called ‘Putra Kameshti’ done by the royal couple Dasaratha and Kausalya as ‘Paradevata Murti.’

You are the sole monarch in your Suryavamsam who ruled the entire universe as Parabrahma Murty.

You are the incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the magnificent embodiment punishing the wicked and protecting the innocent and the good.

You are the concrete form of Rama Mantra for meditation that always resides in the hearts of ‘Yogiswaras.’

You are the ‘Omkara Pranava Murti’ inherent in the Vedas, the Vedangas and the philosophical science.

You are residing on Sri Venktadri.

You are the first and the foremost entity in the entire creation.

Oh! Lord Sri Rama! Bless Us All with Peace and Prosperity
Sankeerthana – 169 
Saint Poet Annamacharya

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 5, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:51 PM on April 5. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:18 AM on April 6. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 5, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date. Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 2:11 AM on April 5. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatram till 1:13 AM on April 6.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam till 10:52 PM on April 5. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayilyam Nakshatra till 11:00 PM on April 6.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it …