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Uttar Pradesh Lunar Eclipse Time on July 27, 2018 – Chandra Grahan time in Lucknow - Allahabad on July 27, 2018

A Total lunar eclipse, or Poorna Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Uttar Pradesh on July 27, 2018. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur, Noida, Agra, Moradabad, Gorakhpur,  Rampur, Meerut, Aligarh, Mathura, Unnao, Allahabad and other towns from 11:54 PM on July 27 to 3:49 AM on July 28 – as per Indian standard time.
The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.
Detail Timing of Lunar Eclipse in Uttar Pradesh Eclipse begins 11:54 PM on July 27Mid Eclipse is at 1:52 AM on July 28, 2018Eclipse ends at  3:49 AM on July 28 The moon will be covered entirely from 1:00 AM to 2:43 AM on July 28 (early hours)

Telangana Lunar Eclipse Time on July 27, 2018 – Chandra Grahanam time in Hyderabad on July 27, 2018

A total lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahanam, will be visible in Telangana on July 27, 2018. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Warangal, Nizamabad, Khammam and other towns from 11:54 PM on July 27 to 3:49 AM on July 28 – as per Indian standard time.

The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals. Detail Timing of Total Lunar Eclipse in Telangana Eclipse begins 11:54 PM on July 27Mid Eclipse is at 1:52 AM on July 28, 2018Eclipse ends at  3:49 AM on July 28 The moon will be covered entirely from 1:00 AM to 2:43 AM on July 28 (early hours)

Panchamakara Form of Worship in Tantrism – Symbolic Meaning of Wine – Meat – Fish – Coin – Sex

Tantra describes five elements, known as panchamakara, for sadhana. The five elements have symbolic meaning in Tantism. The five elements are: madya, wine;mamsa, meat;matsya, fish;mudra, silver coin; andmaithuna, sexual union. These five categories have different meanings for different classes of worshippers — but in all cases it is important to understand that what one is required to offer is the principle or essence, not the article itself.



It is impossible to think that Shiva would have advised people to have all five experiences and assured them illumination. Many people enjoy these things. Are they illumined? People don’t need to practice tantric rituals to have sex and enjoy wine. Some people with animal nature want to spiritualize their self-indulgence, and Westerners sometimes portray tantric rituals in this way.
The panchamakara should be understood from a spiritual perspective. Symbolic Meaning of Wine – Meat – Fish – Coin – Sex in Tantric WorshipMadya (Wine) — When we medit…

Death Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda – Mahasamadhi

Death anniversary of Swami Vivekananda is annually observed on July 4. In 2019, it is the 117th death anniversary of Swami Vivekananda – Punyatithi or Mahasamadhi. He was the messenger who uplifted the dying spirit of Indians. He reminded them of their past glory, and their present wretched condition and what bright future hold for them.  "Arise! Awake! And stop not until the goal is reached."


Swami Vivekananda died at an early age of 39 on July 4, 1902.
Swami Vivekananda, known in his pre-monastic life as Narendra Nath Datta, revived Vedanta and took it to the world.
His mentor and Guru Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa guided him on the spiritual path.
After the passing away of Sri Ramakrishna, under the leadership of Swami Vivekananda, disciples of Sri Ramakrishna formed a new monastic brotherhood. Swamiji was not happy with a settled monastic life. He wanted to take the teachings of his Guru to the world. For this, he set out on a discovery of real India.
Travels all over Indi…

Rajasthan Lunar Eclipse Time on July 27, 2018 – Chandra Grahanam time in Jaipur – Jodhpur on July 27, 2018

A total lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Rajasthan on July 27, 2018. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Jaisalmer, Sikar, Sirohi, Pali, Banswara, Baran, Barmer, Bikaner and other towns from 11:54 PM on July 27 to 3:49 AM on July 28 – as per Indian standard time.

The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.
Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.
Detail Timing of Total Lunar Eclipse in Rajasthan Eclipse begins 11:54 PM on July 27Mid Eclipse is at 1:52 AM on July 28, 2018Eclipse ends at  3:49 AM on July 28 The moon will be covered entirely from 1:00 AM to 2:43 AM on July 28 (early hours)


Story of Sundar Narayan Temple in Nashik – Vishnu was cursed by Vrinda

Sundar Narayan Temple in Nashik is situated at the corner of Ahillyabai Holkar Bridge near Ramkund, This is an ancient shrine famous for its antiquity, holiness, architecture, intricate carvings, sculptures and unique event of sunrays falling in the sanctum sanctorum. The story of Sundarnarayan Mandir is associated with Vrinda (Tulsi Plant) cursing Vishnu.

Vrinda was the wife of demon king Jalandhar. He had got a boon from Shiva that he would be invincible as long as his wife was chaste. The character of Jalandhar turned upside down after getting the boon. He became cruel, evil and vicious and harassed all the living beings in the universe.

Adharma prospered and now it was the duty of Vishnu to protect Dharma.

Once, when Jalandhar was on a mission, Vishnu took the form of the demon king and copulated with Vrinda.

Chastity of Vrinda was broken and soon her husband was killed by the Devas.

When Vrinda Devi came to know about the treachery, she cursed Vishnu to become deformed and ugly.

Om Sahana Vavatu – Prayer Meaning

The Shanti Mantra “Om Sahana Vavatu” is quite familiar to many people and is chanted at the beginning of study classes or any venture undertaken for learning.
The mantra Om Sahana Vavatu. Sahanau bhunaktu. Saha veeryam karavaavahai Tejasvinaa vadhee tamastu maa vidvishavahai Om Shaanti Shaanti Shaantih
Meaning Om, may He protect us both (teacher and the taught). May He look after us both to enjoy (the fruits of scriptural study). May we both exert together (to find the true meaning of the sacred text). May our studies be fruitful so that we acquire lustre. May we never quarrel with each other. Om Peace! Peace!! Peace!!!
Word Meaning Om – Symbol of the Pure Brahman, Saha – together, Nau – us both, Avatu – may he protect, Bhunaktu – may He look after (the fruits of spiritual study), Viryam – put in effort with enthusiasm, Karvavahai – exert together (to find the true meaning of sacred texts), Tejasvi – Lustrous, Adhiram – study, Astu – may be, Ma – never, Vidvishavahai – (may we …

Santoshi Mata Vrat – How to Perform Santoshi Ma Vrat and Udyapan

Santoshi Mata Vrat is one of the popular Vrats in North India. It is observed mainly on Friday. Here is a brief description on how to perform Santoshi Mata Vrat and Udyapan.

The Vrat is observed for 16 consecutive Fridays.It can be started at any time of the year.You can perform the vrat during monthly periods.On the first Friday of the vrat, a devotee has to take a yellow color thread. Tie twenty-one knots on it and wear it around the neck during the vrat period.Men tie the thread on the right wrist.No sour food is to be consumed or offered by the person performing the Vrat. How to Perform Santoshi Mata Vrat? After taking bath on Friday morning, the devotee has to wear the thread. Perform simple puja and prayer to Santoshi Mata. Fast on an entire day. In the evening, the devotee reads or listens to the Santoshi Mata Vrat Katha. The devotee breaks the fast by eating a handful of baked horse gram (Chane kid al) and jaggery.
You should water plants on all the 16 Fridays.After every three…

Punjab Lunar Eclipse Time on July 27, 2018 – Chandra Grahan time in Amritsar – Ludhiana – Jalandar on July 27, 2018

A total lunar eclipse,, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Punjab on July 27, 2018. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala, Bathinda and other towns from 11:54 PM on July 27 to 3:49 AM on July 28 – as per Indian standard time.
The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.

Detail Timing of Lunar Eclipse in Punjab Eclipse begins 11:54 PM on July 27Mid Eclipse is at 1:52 AM on July 28, 2018Eclipse ends at 3:49 AM on July 28 The moon will be covered entirely from 1:00 AM to 2:43 AM on July 28 (early hours)

Kharchi Puja 2019 Date – Kharchi Pooja at Chaturdas Devata Temple in Tripura in 2019

Kharchi Puja is observed at the ChaturdasDevataTemple at Old Agartala or Purana Haveli in Tripura. Kharchi Puja 2019 date is July 9. The highlight of the festival is the bathing ritual of 14 deities worshiped at the temple. The deities are originally tribal and were later adapted into the Hindu fold. All the deities have names in Kok-barok, the tribal language. It is observed on the Shukla Paksha Ashtami day in Ashad Month.


The fourteen deities worshipped at the temple are Lord Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Kartikeya, Ganesha, Earth, Ganga, Agni, Kama, Himavan (lord of mountains) and Varuna (god of ocean). The popular and local names of the Fourteen Gods are Hara, Uma, Hari, Ma, Vani, Kumara, Ganapa, Bidhi, Kha, Abdi, Ganga, Sikhi, Kama and Himadri.


Numerous stories about the worship of the fourteen deities can be found in the Rajmala - the archives of the kings of Tripura.

A Story about Kharchi Puja

Legend has it that King Dakshin sensing defeat in a battle with …

Visha Tithi in Hindu Astrology

Visha Tithi in Hindu astrology is considered bad. Auspicious activities are avoided in this yog. The tithi is the result of a combination of certain days and tithi.

Following are the Visha Tithis

Sunday – Chaturthi (fourth day of fortnight) Monday – Sashti (sixth day of a fortnight) Tuesday – Saptami (seventh day of a fortnight) Wednesday – Dwitiya (second day of a fortnight) Thursday – Ashtami (eighth day of a fortnight) Friday – Navami (ninth day of a fortnight) Saturday – Saptami (seventh day of fortnight)

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

Dates of important festivals and fasting associated with Hinduism in July 2017 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST).

July 1 – Monthly Durga Ashtami fasting
July 1 - Kharchi Puja in Tripura July 4 – Ekadasi Fasting – Devasayani Ekadasi July 4 – Ashadi Ekadasi July 4 – Pandarpur Yatra ends July 4 – Chaturmaas Begins July 4 – Gauri Vrat begins in Gujarat July 6 – Pradosh July 7 – Jayaparvati vrat begins in Gujarat July 9 – Purnima Fasting July 9 – Guru Purnima July 9 – Gauri Vrat ends in Gujarat July 10 – Shravan month begins in North India July 10 – Shravan somvar vrat in North India July 11 – Jayaparvati Jagran July 12 – Sankashti Chaturthi Fasting July 16 – Kalashtami July 16 – Bhanu Saptami July 17 – Shravan somvar vrat in North India July 17 – Karkidaka Masam begins in Kerala (Ramayana Masam) July 17 – Aadi Masam begins in Tamil Calendars July 18 – Shraban month begins in Bengali Ca…

Himachal Pradesh Lunar Eclipse Time on July 27, 2018 – Chandra Grahan time in Shimla – Kangara – Kullu on July 27, 2018

A total lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Himachal Pradesh on July 27, 2018. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Shimla, Kangra, Chamba, Kullu, Manali and other towns from 11:54 PM on July 27 to 3:49 AM on July 28 – as per Indian standard time.
The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.
Detail Timing of Total Lunar Eclipse in Himachal Pradesh Eclipse begins 11:54 PM on July 27Mid Eclipse is at 1:52 AM on July 28, 2018Eclipse ends at  3:49 AM on July 28 The moon will be covered entirely from 1:00 AM to 2:43 AM on July 28 (early hours)

Like the python one should be content with what comes unsought – Bhagavatam

Realizing the universe as one in the aspect of Purusha and Prakriti, never praise or blame the action of others.

Desire eclipses all that is good and noble in one’s heart and desirelessness is the gateway to liberation.

Like the python one should be content with what comes unsought.
A man of renunciation should be peaceful, calm, unfathomable, impenetrable and as unaffected by the currents of likes and dislikes as the sea.
– Bhagavatam

Jharkhand Lunar Eclipse Time on July 27, 2018 – Chandra Grahan time in Ranchi on July 27, 2018

A total lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Jharkhand on July 27, 2018. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Bokar, Deoghar, Giridih and other towns from 11:54 PM on July 27 to 3:49 AM on July 28 – as per Indian standard time. Detail Timing of Lunar Eclipse in Jharkhand Eclipse begins 11:54 PM on July 27Mid Eclipse is at 1:52 AM on July 28, 2018Eclipse ends at 3:49 AM on July 28 The moon will be covered entirely from 1:00 AM to 2:43 AM on July 28 (early hours)
The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.

Uttarakhand Lunar Eclipse Time on July 27, 2018 – Chandra Grahan time in Dehradun – Haridwar – Rishikesh on July 27, 2018

A total lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Uttarakhand on July 27, 2018. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Dehradun, Haridwar, Roorkee, Rudrapur, Rishikesh and other towns from 11:54 PM on July 27 to 3:49 AM on July 28 – as per Indian standard time.

The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.
Detail Timing of Lunar Eclipse in Uttarakhand Eclipse begins 11:54 PM on July 27Mid Eclipse is at 1:52 AM on July 28, 2018Eclipse ends at  3:49 AM on July 28 The moon will be covered entirely from 1:00 AM to 2:43 AM on July 28 (early hours)

Kanya Rashi Navratri Mantra

Chanting of the Kanya Rashi Navratri Mantra helps, Kanya 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
टोपापीपूषणठपेपो.......ॐक्लींऐंसो: 
The mantra should be chanted 21 times.

Chanting of the mantra also helps in overcoming your enemies.

Haryana Lunar Eclipse Time on July 27, 2018 – Chandra Grahan time in Gurgaon – Panipat – Hisar on July 27, 2018

Total lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Haryana on July 27, 2018. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Faridabad, Gurgaon, Panipat, Ambala. Rohtak, Hisar, Yamunanagar and other towns from 11:54 PM on July 27 to 3:49 AM on July 28 – as per Indian standard time.
The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.
Detail Timing of Lunar Eclipse in Haryana Eclipse begins 11:54 PM on July 27Mid Eclipse is at 1:52 AM on July 28, 2018Eclipse ends at  3:49 AM on July 28 The moon will be covered entirely from 1:00 AM to 2:43 AM on July 28 (early hours)

Chandigarh Lunar Eclipse Time on July 27, 2018 – Chandra Grahan time in Chandigarh on July 27

A total lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Chandigarh on July 27, 2018. The Chandra Grahan time in Chandigarh is from 11:54 PM on July 27 to 3:49 AM on July 28 – as per Indian standard time.

The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.

Detail Timing of Lunar Eclipse in Chandigarh on July 27, 2018 Eclipse begins 11:54 PM on July 27Mid Eclipse is at 1:52 AM on July 28, 2018Eclipse ends at  3:49 AM on July 28 The moon will be covered entirely from 1:00 AM to 2:43 AM on July 28 (early hours)

Amarnath Trivia – Amarnath Yatra in Numbers

Thousands of Hindus undertake one of the toughest pilgrimages on earth to have darshan of the naturally formed ice Shivling in the  Amarnath Cave in Jammu and Kashmir, India. Here is a trivia on the yatra mainly focusing on the numbers.
More than 200,000 people participate in the annual Amarnath Yatra.Amarnath Cave is located around 145 kilometers from Srinagar.It is a 5-day trek to reach the cave.The cave is located at an altitude of 3,978 meter from sea level.The cave is around 160 feet in length and 100 feet in breadth.The size of the naturally formed Ice Shivling varies from 10 feet to 19 feet.The cave is used for worship for more than 5000 years.Apart from the naturally formed Ice Shivling, there is also a naturally formed Ganesh Peetah and Parvati Peetah in the cave. Some people believe that a Bhairav peetah is also formed naturally in the cave.It is believed that having darshan of Amarnath Shivling is equal to visiting 23 teerth or sacred places.There are five holy spots on the…

Freedom from desire is total happiness

Freedom from desire is total happiness.

Whatever is done by a human being is prompted by some desire.

Desires are not satiated by their fulfillment; the more one tries to satisfy them, the more they grow. Attempts to fulfill a desire give rise to more desires.

The more desires a person has, the more agitated his or her mind will be.
It is impossible to give up all our desires. Therefore, we must have proper discrimination. We must not be driven by desires. Instead, we must be the master and take proper control over which desires need to be fulfilled and in such a manner that they do not give rise to new desires.

Wise words from various scriptures on desire.

Andhra Pradesh Lunar Eclipse Time on July 27, 2018 – Chandra Grahanam time in Vijayawada, Tirupati on July 27, 2018

A total lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahanam, will be visible in Andhra Pradesh on July 27, 2018. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Vijayawada, Tirupati, Vishakapatanam, Kurnool, Guntur, Kakinad and other towns from 11:54 PM on July 27 to 3:49 AM on July 28 – as per Indian standard time. The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals. Detail Timing of Lunar Eclipse in Andhra Pradesh Eclipse begins 11:54 PM on July 27Mid Eclipse is at 1:52 AM on July 28, 2018Eclipse ends at  3:49 AM on July 28 The moon will be covered entirely from 1:00 AM to 2:43 AM on July 28 (early hours)

Jammu and Kashmir Lunar Eclipse Time on July 27, 2018 – Chandra Grahan time in Kashmir – Jammu - Katra on July 27, 2018

Total lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Jammu and Kashmir on July 27, 2018. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Kashmir, Jammu, Katra - time is from 11:54 PM on July 27 to 3:49 AM on July 28 – as per Indian standard time.
The grahan takes place during night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.
Detail Timing of Total  Lunar Eclipse in Jammu and Kashmir Eclipse begins 11:54 PM on July 27Mid Eclipse is at 1:52 AM on July 28, 2018Eclipse ends at  3:49 AM on July 28 The moon will be covered entirely from 1:00 AM to 2:43 AM on July 28 (early hours)

Ruling God of Mercury – Budh Grah Devta

Budh or Mercury is one among the Navgraha or nine planets in Hindu Vedic astrology. In this ancient system of astrology, each graham or planet has a ruling god or Grah Devta.

The god associated with Mercury or Budh Grah is Goddess Durga. The Grah Devta of Budh is Durga Devi.

The color associated with Budh is Green. The number is 5 The direction is North. Ratna or stone is Panna.

Hanuman Mantra for Job

For those people looking for new job, success in work and career improvement, there is an ideal Hanuman mantra. It should be chanted on Tuesday morning and evening.

The person chanting the mantra should take bath early morning on Tuesday. He should then visit a Hanuman temple and offer his prayers. Return and sit in a silent place on red color cloth or blanket.



He should then chant the mantra.

ॐहुंहुंहनुमतयेफट्
ॐपवननन्दनायस्वाहा
ॐहंहनुमतेरुद्रात्मकायहुंफट
ॐनमोहनुमतेरुद्रावतारायविश्वरूपायअमितविक्रमायप्रकटपराक्रमायमहाबलायसूर्यकोटिसमप्रभायरामदूतायस्वाहा।

ॐनमोहनुमतेरुद्रावतारायसर्वशत्रुसहांरणायसर्वरोगायसर्ववशीकरणायरामदूतायस्वाहा।

ॐनमोहनुमतेरुद्रावतरायवज्रदेहायवज्रनखायवज्रसुखायवज्ररोम्णेवज्रनेत्रायवज्रदंतायवज्रकरायवज्रभक्तायरामदूतायस्वाहा।

Kottuvallikavu Sree Bhagavathy Temple in Ernakulum District in Kerala

Kottuvallikavu Sree Bhagavathy Temple is dedicated to Mother Goddess Bhadrakali. The temple is located at Kottuvally Village near Paravur in Ernakulum District, Kerala. This shrine is about 15 km from Aluva Railway Station. The age of the shrine is unknown. But it is more than 1000 years old.


The murti worshipped in the temple was discovered by a woman in an open field. It was first worshipped under an Elanji Tree and the tree is still located near the temple. The famous Azhvanchery Thamprakal conducted the tantric pujas and rituals associated with the shrine.
The annual festival in the temple coincides with the famous Kumbha Bharani (February – March) in Kerala. The main rituas on the Kumbha Bharani day includes Ayiram Thiri Pooja and Ayiram Thiri Ottam. Aal Thookam is also observed in the temple.
The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple include Shiva, Sastha, Nagaraja, Brahmarakshas, Yakshi, Ghandakarnan Swami and Pithrukkal.

Story of Shiva and Panchtarni on the way to Amarnath Cave

Panchtarni is located in Anantnag District in Jammu and Kashmir in India. It is an important holy spot on the way to Amarnath Cave. The story of origin of Panchtarni Sarovar is associated with Shiva.

Legend has it that Goddess Parvati wanted to know the secret of immortality of Shiva. Shiva chose the Amarnath Cave to reveal the secret. On his way to the cave with Goddess Parvati, Shiva left five elements here. The place where Shiva left the five elements later came to be known as Panchtarni.

Symbolically dropping of five elements is dropping the body which is made of earth, water, air, fire and sky.
On this way to the cave, Shiva had first abandoned Nandi, then his matted locks and Chandra, thirdly his Nagas, fourthly Ganesha and finally the five elements.

Related
Story of Shiva and Mahaganesh Hill or Mahagunas Parvat on the way to Amarnath Cave

Annie Besant Thoughts

The breadth of Hinduism must not be narrowed, nor its wide extent be lessened. All aspects of truth are necessary, and all the coloured rays combine to make the one white beam of truth; therefore each should try to learn from others those aspects of truth that his own vision does not easily distinguish, and thus enrich and widen his knowledge.
If truth is to rule the minds of men, differing in temperaments, differing in type, differing in the stage of evolution reached, it must be presented in different ways.

India and Hinduism are one…make no mistake. Without Hinduism India has no future. Hinduism is the soil into which India’s roots are struck, and torn out of that she will inevitably wither, as a tree torn out from its place. Annie Besant

Orissa Lunar Eclipse Time on July 27, 2018 – Chandra Grahan time in Bhubaneswar, Puri, Cuttack on July 27, 2018

A total lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Orissa on July 27, 2018. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Bhubaneswar, Puri, Cuttack and other towns from 11:54 PM on July 27 to 3:49 AM on July 28  – as per Indian standard time.
July 27, 2018 Detail Timing of  Total Lunar Eclipse in Orissa Eclipse begins 11:54 PM on July 27Mid Eclipse is at 1:52 AM on July 28, 2018Eclipse ends at  3:49 AM on July 28 The moon will be covered entirely from 1:00 AM to 2:43 AM on July 28 (early hours) The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.

21 Names of Mangal Dev – For Relief Chant 21 names of Mars

If you are having trouble in horoscope of related to Mangal or Mars in Kundali or horoscope, then chant the 21 names of Mangal Dev. It is considered highly meritorious. The person finds relief to all mars related troubles in horoscope. The names should be chanted on Tuesday morning and evening.
21 Names of Mangal Dev
ॐ मंगलायनमःॐ भूमिपुत्रायनमःॐ ऋणहर्त्रेनमःॐ धनप्रदायनमःॐ स्थिरआसनायनमःॐ महाकायायनमःॐ सर्वकामार्थसाधकायनमःॐ लोहितायनमःॐ लोहिताक्षायनमःॐ सामगानामकृपाकरेनमःॐ धरात्मजायनमःॐ भुजायनमःॐ भौमायनमःॐ भुमिजायनमःॐ भूमिनन्दनायनमःॐ अंगारकायनमःॐ यमायनमःॐ सर्वरोगप्रहाराकायनमःॐ वृष्टिकर्तेनमःॐ वृष्टिहरातेनमःॐ सर्वकामाफलप्रदायनमः

Sanatana – one of the four Manasputras of Brahma

As per Hindu scriptures, Brahma created four sons – Sanaka, Sanatana, Sanandana and Sanat Kumara. These sons were born to Brahma when his wisdom was pure and pristine, devoid of any attachment. Sanatana was supremely wise person and he like his brothers remain like a five-year-old boy in eternal communion with Lord Vishnu.

His name his always mentioned along with four brothers. There is no detailed account of his exploits and teachings.

Related Sanat Sujata – one of the four Manasaputras of Brahma

West Bengal Lunar Eclipse Time on July 27, 2018 – Chandra Grahan time in Kolkata on July 27, 2018

A total lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in West Bengal on July 27, 2018. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Kolkata, Asansol, Siliguri, Durgapur, Bardhaman Jalpaiguri and other towns from 11:54 PM on July 27 to 3:49 AM on July 28  – as per Indian standard time. The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.
Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.
All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.
Detail Timing of Lunar Eclipse in West Bengal on July 27, 2018 Eclipse begins 11:54 PM on July 27Mid Eclipse is at 1:52 AM on July 28, 2018Eclipse ends at 3:49 AM on July 28The moon will be covered entirely from 1:00 AM to 2:43 AM on July 28 (early hours)

Bipattarini Puja 2019 Performed in Ashar Month in Bengal – Bipattarini Brata

Bipattarini Brata is dedicated to Goddess Bipattarini – a manifestation of Mother Goddess Kali. Bipattarini Puja 2019 dates are July 5 and July 9. The Brata is observed on Tuesday and Saturday in the month of Ashar in Bengal after Rath Yatra and before Ulto Rath.
The popular belief is that those who observe the Brata gets the blessings of Goddess Bipattarini and will be able to protect the family from all types of danger.
On the previous day of the Bipattarini Brata, the person only opts for vegetarian food.
On the day of the brata, the person undertaking the fast does not eat any food. This fast is broken on the next day morning after offering prayers.
Nine different types of fruits are offered to the Goddess.
The person fasting ties fourteen types of knots on the hand. The women tie knot on left hand and the men tie knot on the right hand.

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Story of Bipattarini Puja

What is Tantra in Hinduism?

Today there is lot of confusion and wrong meaning attributed to Tantra in Hinduism. Today tantra is considered a license to indulge in the sensual but tantra is anything but that. Tantra is not sex or a license to wanton lifestyle. Tantra is the channeling of human weaknesses by directing them towards God.

Sri Ramakrishna used to say that if you want to cry, cry for God; if you want to desire something, desire God; and if you want to love, love God.

Channelise or direct your impulses and instincts towards God. That is tantra. Tantra has various streams, but the goal of all the streams is to channelize all desires towards God. The basic philosophy of tantra is the divinization of desire — albeit in a different way — not by acceding to desires but by superseding them, by divinizing them.

Desire creates problems. You take this desire away and channelise it towards something divine, something godly, something ennobling, and something that will elevate you. That is tantra.

But what are pe…

Assam Lunar Eclipse Time on July 27, 2018 – Chandra Grahan time in Guwahati – Silchar - Dibrugarh on July 27, 2018

Total lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Assam on July 27, 2018. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Guwahati, Silchar, Dibrugarh and Tezpur  - time is from  11:54 PM on July 27 to 3:49 AM on July 28 – as per Indian standard time.

The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.
Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.

January 31, 2018 Detail Timing of Lunar Eclipse in Assam Eclipse begins 11:54 PM on July 27Mid Eclipse is at 1:52 AM on July 28, 2018Eclipse ends at 3:49 AM on July 28 The moon will be covered entirely from 1:00 AM to 2:43 AM on July 28 (early hours)

Dialogue Between Mughal Emperor Jahangir and Bengali Brahmin on Idol Worship

Mughal Emperor Jahangir argues with a Bengali Brahmin about the usefulness of idolatry. The emperor says that “Hindus make idols of clay, wood and stone, and by infusing life into these by means of spells, only worship evil spirits.
The Brahmin retorts: Clay, wood or stone, all things movable or immovable contain God according to the Puranas as well as the Quran. He who makes images of Him with these only makes the intangible God tangible. He who contemplates only the intangible without the help of the tangible drops the gold and only ties an empty knot in this scarf.
Nirad C. Chaudari - Hinduism (page 91 - 92)

Kerala Lunar Eclipse Time on July 27, 2018 – Chandra Grahanam time in Trivandrum, Kochi and Kerala on July 27, 2018

A Total lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahanam, will be visible vis Trivandrum, Kochi and other parts of Kerala on July 27, 2018. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Thiruvananthapuram, Cochin, Kannur, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode (Calicut) and Kottayam from 11:54 PM on July 27 to 3:49 AM on July 28 – as per Indian standard time.

The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.
Detail Timing of Total Lunar Eclipse in Kerala on July 27, 2018 Eclipse begins 11:54 PM on July 27Mid Eclipse is at 1:52 AM on July 28, 2018Eclipse ends at 3:49 AM on July 28 The moon will be covered entirely from 1:00 AM to 2:43 AM on July 28 (early hours)

Madhya Pradesh Lunar Eclipse Time on July 27, 2018 – Chandra Grahan time in Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Gwalior on July 27, 2018

A total lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Madhya Pradesh on July 27, 2018. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Gwalior and other towns from 11:54 PM on July 27 to 3:49 AM on July 28 – as per Indian standard time. Detail Timing of Lunar Eclipse in Madhya Pradesh on July 27 Eclipse begins 11:54 PM on July 27Mid Eclipse is at 1:52 AM on July 28, 2018Eclipse ends at 3:49 AM on July 28 The moon will be covered entirely from 1:00 AM to 2:43 AM on July 28 (early hours)
The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.
Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.
All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.

Story of Rath Yatra – The Story of the Origin of Jagannath Ratha Yatra

Today, Jagannath Ratha Yatra is held around the world – the most famous being the one held at Puri in Odisha, India. Devotees find ecstasy in pulling the chariots of Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra. But have you ever wondered about the origin of Rath Yatra? There is a story regarding the origin of Jagannath Ratha Yatra and it is associated with Radha.


Sri Krishna had shifted to Dwarka and had happily settled there with his followers. Years later a Surya Grahan, or Total Solar Eclipse, was to take place. Sri Krishna decided to visit the Panchak Tirth in Kurukshetra and perform Snan (holy bath), Upvas (fasting) and Daan (charity).
The news of the arrival of Sri Krishna at Kurukshetra reached the ears of Radha. She along with other residents of Vrindavan decided to visit Kurukshetra and have darshan of Sri Krishna.

Radha and the Gopis were emotionally overwhelmed on meeting Krishna. They invited him to visit Vrindavan.

Krishna accepted the invitation and sat on his chariot along wit…

Do Not Negate Pleasure From Physical Intimacy – Sex is Natural and Not a Sin in Hinduism

Sex thoughts are natural and do not try to suppress them in the name of religion and spirituality. Sanatana Dharma does not negate pleasure from physical intimacy. Sex is an important aspect of life on earth as per Hinduism. Hindu religion does not consider sex as sin. And stop taking permission and advice from religion regarding sex.

There are some Gurus who give this teaching – look only at the feet of a woman. Guess, these Gurus have not heard about foot fetish. No idea as to what advice they give to a woman regarding where to look.

Please do not listen to such Gurus because they are asking you to suppress a natural urge. You will either become depressed or a sex addict or end in the mental asylum.

The most beautiful thing in this world is falling in love and making love to your partner. You become complete then. You are becoming Shiva and Shakti – Krishna and Radha. In the heights of natural lovemaking, you become totally unaware of duality. You merge in the Supreme.

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Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra Chariots in Numbers - Height - Length - Wood

The three chariots (Raths) used for the annual Puri Jagannath Ratha Yatra are newly constructed each year. A particular family of carpenters owns the hereditary right to construct the chariots. The construction of the chariots begins on the Akashya Tritiya day, which is around three months before the actual Ratha Yatra day. Each chariot used in the Rath Yatra has specific size and dimensions. The chariots are a classic example on indigenous engineering marvel. Sal wood is used for the construction of the chariots.The wood is brought from the forests of Daspalla and Ranapur. Around 2,188 pieces of wood are needed for the construction of the chariotsThese are chiseled out by around 125 carpenters.They work for 58 days at the Mahakhala – the front portion of the Palace located near the JagannathTemple.Iron nails, brackets, clamps and other miscellaneous items needed for the chariots are prepared by the native blacksmiths.The structure above the wheels contains eighteen pillars and roofs …

Tahia of Lord Jagannath – The Crown of Jagannath during Puri Jagannath yatra

When the murti (idol) of Hindu God Jagannath is taken from the temple to the Ratha for the Puri Rath Yatra ritual, he wears an ornamental crown on his head. This decorative piece which Jagannath wears is known as Tahia and is an important part of the Ratha Jatra ritual.
The crown known as Tahiais made out of cane, bamboo sticks, solapith, flowers and colors (minimal, red and zinc, are used).
Tahia is placed on the head of the murti while He is being taken from the temple to the chariot and it remains till the end of the Ratha Yatra. Only skilled artisans are entrusted to prepare the tahia.

The tahia is shaped like a betel leaf. The crown is more than six feet in height and 8.5 ft in circumference.
A lot of raw bamboo sticks (altogether 37 sticks) are held together with cotton strings to give the tahia its shape. Cane is also used at specific places. Flowers, made of solapith, are also used, apart from jasmine. But the row of kadamba flowers at the top of tahia, made of solapith, enh…

Quotes on the Greatness and Importance of Bhagavad Gita

In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial. The reader is nowhere raised into and sustained in a bigger, purer, or rarer region of thought than in the Bhagavad Gita. The Gita's 'sanity and sublimity' have impressed the minds even of soldiers and merchants. Henry David Thoreau on Bhagavad Gita
Sri Aurobindo on the Bhagavad Gita The Gita is not a weapon for dialectical warfare; it is a gate opening on the whole world of spiritual truth and experience and the view it gives us embraces all the provinces of that supreme region. It maps out, but it does not cut up or build walls or hedges to confine our vision.
Bhagavad Gita – Solutions for the Problems of the Human Mind It is in a mental civilization that we live today – and so the fundamental problem of our age is indeed the Problem of the Mind. How is the mind to be freed from tensions a…