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Puja in Hinduism is Incomplete without These Five Items

In Hinduism, people often complain about pujas being not effective. The real reason for this is that in pujas they do not make the offering of five important items. The five items are:
MilkCurdGheeHoneyMisri (Rock Candy or Kalkandam) (instead of misri you can use sugarcane juice). The five items are together known as Panchamrit.

It is widely believed that the puja is incomplete if the five items are not part of the offering.

The reason is that three items– milk, curd, and ghee – are provided by the cow, which is the abode of various gods and goddesses. Honey is a natural and pure offering. So too is rock candy or sugarcane juice.

When these five combine, it becomes Amrit – elixir, that which can purify and give rebirth.

Not just the above said five items, all puja ingredients should be natural. Unnatural items should not be part of puja.

Related Diyas using Ghee – Importance of lighting lamp using Ghee in Hindu Religion

Brahmadanda - The Stick of Brahma

Brahmadanda is a staff (stick) which belongs to Lord Brahma. A Brahmastra can only be stopped by a Brahmadanda. It must be noted that the term Brahmadanda is also used to refer to the staff in the hands of an ascetic or a Sage. The power and strength of the Sage is concentrated in the staff.

Legend has it that Vishwamitra had used several arrows against Sage Vasishta including the famous Brahmastra. But all the arrows were destroyed by the Brahmadanda.
Brahmadanda has the power to stop any weapon.

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Why Kinnar or Hijra Visiting Home is Considered Auspicious in Hindu Religion?

Transgender, Kinnar or Hijra, visiting home is considered auspicious in Hindu Religion. Here are the religious reasons for this: Budh Graha is a transgender planet. Budh Grah has lot of influence on the intellect, education and fortune of a person. Kinnar, or Hijra, has the blessing of Budh. So such people visiting home brings the blessing of the Navgraha.When a transgender arrives at home, it means the people living in the home will get relief from illness, court matters and other difficulties.If you wish to have peace in the house then transgender should not be allowed to go empty-handed. They should be given money, food, cloth or anything valuable.Those people having trouble in horoscope due to the bad positioning of Budh Grah will get relief when transgender visits their home and blesses them.Related Story of Aravan - Transgender Son of Arjun

Gaja Kesari Yoga in Horoscope as per Hindu Astrology

Gaja Kesari Yoga is one of the powerful yogas or combination of planets in a person’s horoscope as per Hindu astrology. This yoga happens when Jupiter (Guru or Brihaspati) is in the first, fourth, seventh or tenth house from the moon in a person’s horoscope.

A person born in Gaja Kesari Yoga will have relations with powerful and rich people.

The person born in the yoga will be polite and generous.
The person will be of philanthropic nature and his reputation will last even after his death.

Kamika Ekadashi

Kamika Ekadasi is observed during the waning phase of moon in the month July or early August. In 2017, the date of Kamika Ekadasi is July 19. In some regions it is marked on July 20. The importance of this Ekadashi was narrated by Lord Krishna to Yudhisthira and is found in the Brahmavaivarta Purana. Originally, it was narrated by Lord Brahma to Narada Maharishi. It is believed that observing this Ekadashi is equal to bathing in sacred rivers on auspicious days.
Offering Tulsi leaves to Lord Vishnu on this day is considered highly auspicious. Another important offering made is lighting ghee or sesame oil filled lamps at Sri Krishna Temples. Observing this Ekadasi is also equal to reading all the scriptures dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
It is believed that all the sins and remorse will be washed away if a devotee strictly observes the Kamika Ekadashi fast. It is mentioned in scriptures that those devotees fasting on this day wins the favor of Yamraj, the lord of death. For fasting the u…

He who has no attachments can really love others – Bhagavad Gita

Whoever offers Me with love a leaf, a flower…I appear in person before that selfless devotee of sinless mind, and delightfully partake of that article offered by him with love.

The secret to eternal happiness and freedom is to work well without attachment to the results.

Fill your mind with me; love me; serve me; worship me always. Seeing me in your heart, you will at last be united with me.

To the realized person, a piece of dirt, a stone and gold are the same.
He who has no attachments can really love others, for his love is pure and divine.
– Bhagavad Gita

Hindu Calendar Today – July 19, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It isKrishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon till 3:27 AM on July 19. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon till 1:03 AM on July 20.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 19, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – There is no good and auspicious time on the day. Nakshatra – Karthigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakshatram till 5:11 PM on July 19. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram till 3:34 PM on July 20.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Karthigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakshatra till 7:45 PM on July 19. Rohini Nakshatram till 5:25 PM on July 20.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi till 12:20 AM. Then onward it is Vrishabha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharash…