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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…

Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti 2018 date

Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti is observed on the 5th day during waxing of moon in the month of Vaisakha (April – May). In 2018, the date of Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti is April 20. Scholars differ regarding the period in which Adi Shankara lived but his birthday is celeberated annually on the same day – on the 5th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Vaisakha.

Adi Shankaracharya, who brought out Santana Dharma, from the clutches of rituals, is also considered as an incarnation of Lord Shiva by many people. It was Shankaracharya who had revived the teachings of Upanishads.

One of India’s greatest philosopher and saint, Shankaracharya arrived on the scene when there was complete destruction of truth, culture and morality. There was utter chaos and confusion and Shankaracharya set the house in order with his peaceful message of Vedanta.

He established the four Mathas in four corners of India to propagate Vedanta.
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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

Spiritual ignorance is not related to one’s educational background – Swami Tejomayananda
Key to Success – Swami Tejomayananda 

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.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Amavasya
Kali Yuga Year – 5119
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