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Thursday Puja – Rituals – and Fasting in Hindu Religion for Having Children

Thursday, Guruvar or Brihaspativar, is associated with Brihaspati and Lord Vishnu. Those couple not having children finds relief after observing puja and fasting dedicated to Navgraha Brihaspati and Vishnu on Thursday. Brihaspati is also known as Guru and is a highly beneficial graha or planet as per Hindu astrology.

On a Thursday, during the waxing phase of the moon, one should wash leaf of the banyan tree and make a swastika symbol using kumkum powder. A small amount of rice and an areca nut should be placed on top of it. This should be given at a nearby temple.

Fasting from sunrise to sunset dedicated to Vishnu and Brihaspati on Thursday is highly meritorious. Simple puja and a yellow color naivedya or Prasad should be prepared.

Wearing yellow color clothes on Thursday and donating yellow color clothes, food items or dal (lentils) on the day earns merit.

Feeding a cow with two roti (chapati) along with channa and a pinch of turmeric helps in alleviating the misfortune of not havin…

Mace of Hanuman – Symbolism and Significance of the Gada or Club of Hanuman

Mace of Hanuman is a symbol of authority and physical strength. It is also a symbol of destroyer of evil. It smashes and removes Adharma and ushers in Dharma. The main significance of Hanuman’s mace is that it symbolizes power, which protects Dharma. Mace is also referred to as Gada or Club. It is made using wood, stone, iron, or other metals.

There is also deep symbolism in the positioning of Mace.

When Hanuman stands or sits holding the mace upright in his hand above his shoulders, he is unhappy with the current situation. Adharma is being practiced. He will use the mace to set the house in order and usher in peace and prosperity. It is also a warning sign to practitioners of evil.

When the mace is lowered with the tip pointing downwards, it means there is order on earth. Hanuman has defeated Adharma.
When the mace is resting by the side and Hanuman is meditating on Bhagavan Sri Ram, it means there is peace and prosperity all around. Dharma is being followed.

Self-expansion should be the end and aim of true education – Swami Ramakrishnananda

Self-expansion should be the end and aim of true education and that can only come when it enables us to disentangle ourselves completely from the meshes of the body. What is it that binds, limits and weakens us? Desire, and not the body which is rooted in it. … by controlling the senses alone, we can control desires and controlling the latter again we can get rid of them and thus expand ourselves in all ways, so that the whole universe may form part of us, instead of our being mere insignificant particles of it.
We require a strong desire to control our desires for seeing, touching, tasting, hearing, smelling, thinking, feeling and willing. As a thorn is required to extricate the thorn that gets into the body and causes trouble to it, so an intense desire is necessary to extricate all those desires that have rooted themselves in the man to cause him various miseries, says Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna and when thus one desire extricates other desires, he should throw away both of them, li…

Hindu Calendar Today – May 18, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Thursday, May 18, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon till 12:40 PM on May 18. Then onward it isKrishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon till 12:42 PM on May 19. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is May 18, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatra till 5:18 AM on May 18. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Avittam Nakshatram till 6:09 AM on May 19.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatra till 9:26 AM on May 18. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Avittam Nakshatram till 10:48 AM on May 19.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi till 5:40 PM. Then onward it is Kumbha Rashi.