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Janai Purnima 2019 in Nepal – Sacred Thread Festival in Nepal in 2019

Janai Purnima is the sacred thread changing ceremony observed in Nepal. Janai Purnima 2019 date is August 15. Male members of Nepali Brahmin community and Chettri community change the sacred thread worn by them known as Janai. The changing of the thread takes place after a long ceremony involving chanting of mantras.

Janai Purnima is observed on the full moon day in Shravan month. A person wearing the Janai thread should have control over body, speech and mind.

On the day before Janai Purnima, male members of the Brahmin and Chettri community cut their hair and do a clean shaving. A partial fast is observed on the day – non-vegetarian food is avoided and also food made from onion and garlic.

The Janai Purnima is performed by a priest. Verses from holy book are chanted and the new thread is sanctified. At the end of the ceremony the thread is placed worn by all male members.

On the same day, Rakshabandhan is observed in Nepal. In Nepal, Rakshabandhan Rakhi is tied by all people and is…

Narali Purnima 2019 date in Maharashtra - Nariyal Purnima 2019

Narali Purnima is an important festival and ritual observed on full moon day in Shravan Mahina, especially in coastal Maharashtra. Narali Purnima 2019 date is August 14. On Nariyal Purnima day, Narials, or coconuts, are thrown into the sea to propitiate Varuna, the sea-god. The festival is popular along the Konkan and Maharashtra coast.

Narali Purnima is mainly observed by Kolis, the fishing community on the West Coast of India.

The day marks the gradual retreat of the monsoon winds and this helps the fishermen to venture into the sea.

A legend associated with Narali Purnima suggests that the ritual is a sort of thanksgiving to Lord Varuna for holding aloft the bridge that enabled Lord Ram to go to Lanka in epic Ramayana.

Popular belief is that the ritual of throwing coconuts is to seek the blessing of Varuna, the sea god, for a good catch and happy life.

Coconut is offered to Varuna because it is believed to be the purest offering that is available on earth. The water and the kernel…

Story of Gora Kumbhar and Namdev

Story Gora Kumbhar and Namdev is part of Marathi Bhakti cult.

Once the potter-saint Gora Kumbhar tapped the heads of his guests with his potter’s stick. They were no ordinary guests. Sitting with a peaceful smile and submitting to the gentle tapping on their heads were Nivritti, Jnanadev, Sopan, Namdev, Muktabai and others. They were great devotees of the Lord and revered as saints even in their own lifetime.

On Jnanadev’s request, Gora Kumbhar was testing them (tapping the heads) to see which of them had sound or perfect knowledge.

But Namdev was strongly offended that his spiritual attainment should be put to test.

Gora then humbly declared Namdev as half-baked and not established in the final truth.

Namdev was the dearest devotee of Lord Vitthal of Pandarpur. He would speak with the Lord whenever he wished. His world began and ended with Vithoba. He did not recognize any other form of God.

But this fanatical devotion was hindering his progress into the higher and deeper exper…

Nelliakkattu Sree Bhadrakali Temple at Koothattukulam – Famous for treating Eye Diseases and Oushadhaseva

Nelliakkattu Sree Bhadrakali Temple is an ancient shrine dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakli and Lord Dhanwantri at Koothattukulam in Ernakulam District, Kerala. The temple is associated with the Nelliakkattu Brahmin family – famous for curing eye ailments. Oushadhaseva and Oushadha Pongala during Ramayana Masam attracts a large number of devotees to the temple.

Goddess Bhadrakli is the paradevata of the Nelliakkattu family.

Legend has it that Lord Dhanwantri himself appeared in the form of saint and gave the knowledge of treating eye diseases to the family.

Medicines are given to people suffering from eye diseases after taking the blessings of Goddess Bhadrakli.

The main deities worshipped in the temple are Goddess Bhadrakali and Lord Dhanwantri.

The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple include Ganapati, Nagas, Panchamurtis and Lord Ayyappa.

Three pujas are performed daily – morning, noon and evening.

The temple is located around 1.5 km west of Koothattukulam Junction.

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Shravan Month and Shiva – Why Shravan Month is dedicated to Shiva?

Shravan Month (July – August) in Hindu calendars is dedicated to Shiva. Here are the reasons why Shravan month is dedicated to Shiva. The main rituals in the month include bathing Shivling with water and observing Shravan somvar vrat
1)Shiva saved the earth and living beings by drinking Halahala poison in the Shravan month. Halahala poison appeared during the Churning of Ocean or Samudra Manthan. People observe various vrats and bath Shivling with water in memory of this divine event.
2)Young Markandeya was saved from Yama by Shiva in Shravan month. Markandeya was destined to die on his 16th birthday. When Yama arrives to take him away, he hugs on to a Shivling. Shiva then appears and rescues Markandeya. (Read full story of Shiva and Markandeya here)
3)Shiva is believed to have narrated the glory of Amarnath Pilgrimage in this month to Goddess Parvati.
4)Shiva gives darshan to devotees as Baba Barfani in AmarnathCave in this month.

Gandhari Quotes from Mahabharata

One who is not in control of his senses does not keep his kingdom for long.

Greed and anger drag a man away from his profits; defeating these two enemies a king conquers earth.

He who desires greatness should subject his senses to Law and Profit.

A man’s spirit grows when he subdues his senses, as a fire grows by burning kindling wood.

When senses are not firmly ruled the lead easily to ruin, as unruly, unchecked horses lead an inept charioteer astray.

Lust and anger in the body rip reason to pieces, like two big fish caught in a fine-meshed net.
The king who knows how to conquer lust, anger, greed bombast and pride conquers the earth.

Gandhari's advice to his son Duryodhana in the Mahabharat

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

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

August 3 – Ekadasi Fasting – Putrada Ekadashi August 4 – Varalakshmi Vritham August 5 – Pradosh Fasting – Shani Pradosh as it is Saturday August 7 – Shravan Purnima – Full moon day August 7 – Raksha Bandhan August 7 – Nariyali Purnima August 7 – Rig Upakarma August 7 – Avani Avittam August 7 – Hayagriva Jayanti August 8 – Yajur Upakarma August 8 – Gayatri Japam August 8 – Bhadrapad Month begins in North India August 9 – Ashunya Shayan Vrat August 10 – Kajari Teej August 11 – Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat August 13 – Hal Sashti August 14 – Sri Krishna Jayanti in South and Western parts of India August 15 – Sri Krishna Janmashtami in North India August 15 – Dahi Handi and Gopala Kala August 16 – Goga Navami August 17 – Chinga Masam begins in Kerala Malayalam Calendar …

Like our body, the mind also needs regular cleansing

Like our body, the mind also needs regular cleansing.

Our mind gets dirty as it constantly moves through happiness, sadness, anger, frustration and many other positive and negative emotions.

If the mind is not regularly cleansed, it becomes dirty and it begins to stink. The stink comes out in the form of anger, depression, and frustration. It spoils relationships, family, and life.

Contemplation, long walks, cycling, meditation, bhajans, and prayers are good cleansers of the mind.

Discrimination and the supreme truth that ‘I am pure consciousness’ should be used to fight jealousy, hatred, unwanted desires, ego, and anger.

The mind is swayed by guilt. The feeling of guilt pulls us down. We get angry and frustrated when this happens. Emotions then overpower the mind and we do things, which we normally would not even think of doing.

Firstly, we need to realize that we are not perfect, as we have not achieved self-realization. Desires rule us and we are bound to make mistakes. The best w…

Our burdens grow lighter as we are exposed to the truth

Passion, aversion and delusion kills a human being innumerable times.

The light of truth is indescribable. It sweeps, cleans, and clears all forms of ignorance.

Our burdens grow lighter as we are exposed to the truth.

Uncontrolled desires convert us to worms that live in filth and are happy to stay and die in the filth.

Gaining control over desire and mental wandering is true success.

Attachments only brings suffering and stress. Abhilash

Kanyakubja – Story of the city of hunchbacked maidens

Kanyakubja means the city of hunchbacked maidens. The story of this sad city is associated with a curse of Vayu.

Kushanabh was the king of Mahodayapur. He married Ghritachi, an apsara or heavenly damsel.

They had several daughters. They were as beautiful as their heavenly maiden mother.

The beautiful maidens were proud of their beauty. And this pride led to their downfall.

Vayu, the Hindu God of wind, approached the maidens for marriage. But they refused the proposal by saying that He was not of their standards.

An angry Vayu cursed them to become hunchbacks or Kubja.
From then onwards the capital city of King Kushanabh came to be known as Kanyakubja.

Ambalpady Temple – Ambalpady Sri Mahakali Temple in Udupi – Karnataka

Ambalpady Sri Mahakali Temple is located at Ambalpady near Udupi in Karnataka. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mahakali and Lord Janardhana (Lord Vishnu). The temple is located around 3 km from Udupi town.

Legend has it that Goddess Mahakali appeared here to protect the devotees from Adharma. Lord Vishnu descended to help Goddess Mahakali to defeat Adharma and he now resides in the temple along with Mother Goddess. The shrine is also known as Ambalpady Mahakali Janardhana Temple.

The sacred temple pond is known as Janardhana Pushkarni.

The temple compound has separate shrines for Lord Janardhana and Goddess Mahakali.

A devotee should first offer prayers to Goddess Mahakali.

The murti of Goddess Mahakali worshipped is carved out of wood and is 6 feet tall. There is also an original stone murti of Motehr Goddess in the sanctum sanctorum.

The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Lord Ayyappa, Mukhyaprana Anjaneeya and Navgrahas.

The Janardhana Temple is a big structure wi…

Nine Principal Doctrines in Shastras According To Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

The Shastras according to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu  teach nine principal doctrines:

Hari is one without a second.

He is always vested with infinite power.

He is the ocean of Rasa or enjoyable spiritual feelings.

The soul is His separated part.

Certain souls are engrossed by Prakriti or His illusory energy.

Certain souls are released from the grasp of Prakriti.

Devotion is the only means of attaining the final, object of spiritual existence.

Overflowing love for Krishna is alone the final object of spiritual significance.
All spiritual and material phenomena are manifestations of Hari, the manifestation, which can neither be said to be different from nor identical with the Almighty.

Story Of The Birth Of Shuka - Son of Vyasa

Shuka was the son of Sage Vyasa. Story of the birth of Shuka is mentioned in the Mahabharata. Sage Vyasa was one day engaged in rubbing the sticks for making fire.

When the sage was engaged in producing fire for yajna, apsara Ghritachi appeared there. He was bewitched by the beauty of the heavenly maiden. He was smitten with desire.

Ghritachi then took the form of a parrot and came near the sage.

Vyasa tried to control his desire but he was unsuccessful. The seed came out from this body and fell into the sticks that were being rubbed for making fire.
From it was born Shuka deva or Suka.

Mauna Panchami Vrat and Puja in Shravan Month Dedicated to Snakes

Mauna Panchami is observed on the fifth day during the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in the month of Shravan (July – August). Mauna Panchami 2019 date is July 22. The ritual is associated with the worship of Snake God in some regions. The day is of great importance at the DeogharShivaTemple – Baba Baidyanath Dham. It is observed during the famous Shravani Mela.

Khir and Ghorjaur are offered to the snake gods on the day. Dry vegetables and fruits like mangoes and jackfruit are also offered to the Snake Gods or Nagas.

Some people also chew neem leaves along with lemon, mango seed and pomegranate on the day. This is believed to help in removing poison from the body.

Mauna, or Moun, means silence. In Sanatana Dharma, silence is given great importance. It is considered an essential quality of a seeker of Truth.

Sawan or Shravan is one of the holiest months in a traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Numerous observances and rituals are held in the month.
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Do Gods Really Eat Food or Bhog in Hindu Religion?

Food – Bhog, Naivedya or Prasad – is an important offering in Hindu religion. Many skeptics ask do gods really eat food. Yes, God really eats food. What is the proof? For a religious person, the proof is his/her experience and scriptures. Sri Krishna has clearly stated in the Bhagavad Gita that He partakes anything that is offered with devotion. It is not the food item that matters but the devotion and love of God. Lord Vitthal of Pandarpur used to come to eat the food offered by Sant Namdev. There are numerous such examples in Hinduism where Bhagavan takes numerous forms to eat what the devotee has offered.
He who offers to me with devotion a leaf, a flower, a fruit, or water, that gift of love I accept as an offering of the pure of heart. (Gita Chapter 9 verse 26)
Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer, whatever you give away, whatever austerities thou do practice, let it all be done, O Arjuna, as an offering to me. (Gita Chapter 9 verse 27) Our body is made of five …

Eight Barriers to our Progress

Truly, the greatest barriers to our progress lie not in the world outside but in our own minds. The scriptures speak of eight such bondages or anchors that bear us down.
They are: Hatred, Fear, Shame, Aversion, Egoism, Vanity, Pride of noble descent, and obsession with formal good conduct.

Any one of them can hinder our progress.
Vedanta Kesari Editorial March 2017

Story of Vaitala, Son of Shiva

Story of Vaitala, son of Shiva, is found in the Shiva Purana. The story begins with a game of dice. Shiva is defeated by Goddess Parvati in a game of dice. Unable to fathom the defeat, Shiva retires to the forest. Goddess Parvati taunts Shiva by appearing before him in the guise of a voluptuous woman.

Shiva is overpowered by lust and requests to marry him. But she refuses and disappears.

Shiva now roams around the forest searching for the woman. She meets an ordinary woman named Savitri and mistakes her for the voluptuous woman. He requests her to marry him. However, Savitri scolds him and curses him to be born as an ordinary man on earth.

A king, an ardent devotee of Shiva, was childless. He did intense penance to have a child. Shiva blessed him with a child. He himself was born as his son.

He was named Chandrashekhara. When he grew up, he got married to Goddess Taravati, who was a manifestation of Mother Goddess Parvati.

They had three children.

Once while Taravati was taking bath,…

Going forward is most important in life

One moonlit night, a drunken man decided to cross a river. At the river bank he stepped into an empty boat, sat down at the oars and started rowing. He rowed and rowed all through the night. At dawn a great surprise awaited him. Despite rowing with all his might, the boat had not moved an inch!

He had forgotten to raise the anchor!!

Many of us similarly seek to sail across the ocean of samsara unaware of the anchors weighing us down and hindering our progress.

Going forward is most important in life. Every moment we either evolve or degenerate. Every day, we either go forward or go backward. There is no station of rest.
Vedanta Kesari Editorial March 2017

Brihaspati Puja in Shravan Month

Brihaspati Puja is a special puja and ritual performed by some Hindu communities on Thursdays in the month of Shravan in Maharashtra. In 2019, Shravan month in Marathi calendar begins on August 1 and ends on August 30.

Brihaspati Puja 2019 dates in Shravan month are:
August 1,August 8, August 15,August 22August 29  Brihaspati, known as Jupiter, is the Guru of the Devas and is also the presiding deity of Thursday. Brihaspati Puja is performed for wisdom and knowledge.

Some people observe fast on all the Thursday's in a month or year to appease Brihaspati. This is usually based on horoscope – to avoid the bad effects of Brihaspati Graha.

Please note that the Shravan month in North India begins on July 17 and ends on August 1.

You may also like to read Brihaspativar Vrat – Thursday Fasting

Gupteshwar Mahadev Mandir at Gupteshwar in Jabalpur

Gupteshwar Mahadev Mandir is an ancient Shiva temple on the banks of Narmada River at Gupteshwar in Jabalpur. The Shivling worshipped in the temple finds mention in Puranas.

The Shivling worshipped here is also known as the Upling, or the second Shivling, worshipped by Lord Ram at Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu.
The temple attracts maximum crowd during Shivratri and Shravan month. Mondays in a week is the most auspicious day here.

Sixteen Names of Ganesha for Chanting

Sixteen Important Names of Lord Ganesha, which should be remembered and chanted daily, are: Om Sumukaya namahaOm Ekadhanthaya namahaOm Ganapathi namahaOm Gaja Karnakaya namahaOm Lambodharaya namahaOm Vikataya namahaOm Vigneshwaraya namahaOm Vignarajaya namahaOm Ganadhithapathaye namahaOm Dhoomakethave namahaOm Ganadhyakshaya namahaOm Balachandraya namahaOm Gajananaya namahaOm Vakrathundaya namahaOm Soorpakarnaya namahaOm Herambaya namaha Chanting them daily will help in keeping the mind calm and stress free.

Footwear Offering at Lakamma Temple at Gola in Gulbarga District in Karnataka

Lakamma Temple at Gola Village, Alanda Taluka, in Gulbarga District in Karnataka is unique for several reasons. An important offering here is footwear (chappals). People tie garlands made of footwear on a neem tree in front of the temple.

Another unique aspect of the temple is that the priest in the temple is from the Muslim community.

People get their wishes fulfilled after offering chappals to the deity.

People of the region believe that Goddess Lakamma move around the village wearing footwear and protect them.
Yet another unique aspect of the temple is that the head of the deity worshipped in the temple is hidden underground. Devotees can only see the backside and the legs of the Goddess.

Vishnudharmottara Purana Quotes

King Vajra asks his teacher Sage Markandeya, “how can one depict in an image, the Supreme Being who is devoid of form, smell and emotion; and destitute of sound and touch?”
Sage Markandeya explains, “the entire universe should be understood as the modification (vikriti) of the formless (prakriti). The worship and meditation of the Supreme is possible for an ordinary being only when the formless is endowed with a form; and that form is full of significance”

“The qualities that we admire in a divine being are within us. And, when we worship the images that personify such attributes, we awaken those divine aspects latent in us. When we are filled by that grace, there is no space left for base desires and pain; we have become that deity.”
Quotes from Vishnu Purana on the Purity of River Ganga

Chitalagi Amavasya – Chitau Amavasya 2019

Chitalagi Amavasya is observed in the Shraban or Shravan month in Orissa. Chitalagi Amavasya 2019 date is August 1. It is associated with the Jagannath worship in this eastern state of India. Amavasya (referred as no moon day or new moon day) is the darkest month in a Hindu lunar calendar is considered apt for performing pujas and rituals associated with the Dead.

On the Chitalagi Amavasya day, a special ritual is held at Puri Jagannath temple. The forehead of the murti of Jagannath is adorned with a golden mark known as Chitta.

A special delicacy known as Chitau Pitha is prepared on the day at homes.

Dreaming is good but to realize them we have to work hard

Dreaming is good but to realize them we have to work hard.

Want to see change in life. Just stop complaining.

Instead of trying to impress others, try to impress ourselves.

If you constantly try to satisfy others; then your life will be constantly under stress.

The easiest way to become rich is to be satisfied with what we have.

Find sometime to unlock the treasures of life. The treasure hidden in each one of us will help us to realize eternal happiness.
To enjoy every moment of life, stop giving importance to what other people think or talk about us.

Positive attitude can make a great difference in life

Gokulashtami Information - Importance and Date in 2019

Gokula Ashtami, or Gokulashtami, celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and one of the most widely worshipped gods in Hinduism. Gokulashtami 2019 date is August 24 in West, East and Southern parts of India. In North India it is on August 25. The festival is also known as Sri Krishna Jayanti. The Gokulashtami festival is observed on two different days in different parts of India and this is due to the different calculations in the time of the birth of Krishna in various regional calendars.

In Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Gokula Ashtami date is August 24.

In North India, Gokulashtami is observed on the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in the month of Bhadrapada (August – September). In South India and western parts of India, the festival is observed on the eighth day after full moon in the month of Shravan (August – September).

Gokulashtami is observed as Dahi Handi and Gopalkala in Maharashtra, noted for the formation of the huge hu…

Problems in life and solutions

Problems in life often give us the opportunity to pause and look at the bigger picture.

Some problems save us from bigger troubles.

Some problems are like cancer. The only solution to it is complete removal. Practice detachment to get rid of them. Such problems trouble us due to attachment.

The majority of our problems are due to wrong thoughts. Get our thoughts correct and problems will disappear.

Problems are not gifts. We invent them or invite them into our lives. Then cry for help. So stop inventing problems and inviting them. Control over our desires will help in not inventing and inviting problems.  
We are taught to believe that God gives us problems to test us. Nope, it is not so. Our ignorance and lack of understanding of Truth (God) create problems.

Dahikala during Sri Krishna Jayanti - Dahi Kala 2019 Date and Importance

Dahikala is another name of Dahi Handi festival in Maharashtra and is great importance to Hindu devotees. It is also the name of a popular dish prepared in the many parts of India and offered to Lord Krishna. In 2019, the date of Dahikala is August 25. Dahi Kala is observed during the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Shravan month. The day falls after the Sri Krishna Jayanti day in Maharashtra.

The Dahikala name for Dahi Handi festival comes from a dish prepared on the festival day. The dish is a mixture of yoghurt, pounded rice and jaggery, which is offered to Krishna on the day.

The Dahikala mixture is placed in the Dahi Handi pot and young men and women compete against each other to break open the pot placed high above the ground.
In Maharashtra, group of men and women form human pyramids to break the Dahi Kala pot.

Where to Keep Money Plant inside the House? – Money Plant Direction in Home as Per Vastu

Money Plant, Epipremnum aureum, is associated with Vastu in Hinduism. Even though the plant is not a native of India, people believe it helps in improving the financial situation. So, where to keep money plant inside the house? The direction in home as per Vastu is southeast.

Southeast corner is the Agneya disha – the direction associated with Ganesha.

The plant should never be kept in the northeast corner.

If you believe in Vastu, then the plant is better kept inside the house and not outside. It can be kept in a pot or bottle.

The old and yellow leaves of the plant should be removed before falling on the ground.

The plant should not be pulled out and thrown. It should be only trimmed.
No idea whether the plant can change financial luck of a home; but it sure can remove indoor pollutants.

How to Keep Goddess Lakshmi Idol at Home?

Today many people keep Goddess Lakshmi idol in their homes. Goddess Lakshmi idol in clay, porcelain, gold, silver and other metals are widely worshiped in Hindu homes. Here are few tips on how to keep Goddess Lakshmi idol at home in the correct way and get the blessings of Maa Laxmi.

Cleanliness is must if you are bringing Goddess Lakshmi home. You cannot leave the house unclean. There should not be any junk. The house should always be neat and tidy.At a time, there should be only one murti (idol) of Goddess Lakshmi in the home. There should never be more than one form of the Goddess.The murti of Goddess Laxmi should not be kept facing other deities. Other deities should be on the sides.The backside of Goddess should not be exposed. While offering worship, we should only have darshan of the front side.Broken idol should not be worshiped.A single lamp should be lit in the morning or evening. If possible at morning and evening.Do not start an elaborate daily puja and then stop in abrupt…

10 Names of Shani Bhagavan to Find Instant Relief from Shani Dosh

People who are of the belief that troubles in their life are due to Shani Grah are increasing. Such people are always on the lookout for a relief from Shani Dosh. An instant relief to Shani related horoscope problems is to chant the 10 names of Shani Bhagavan. The names should be chanted on Saturday. It should be chanted 51 times. 
The 10 names are Konasth (कोणस्थ)Pingal (पिंगल)Babru (बभ्रु)Krishna (कृष्ण)Roudrantak (रौद्रान्तक)Yam (यम)Souri (सौरि)Shanishwara (शनैश्चर)Mandh (मंद)Pippilad (पिप्पलाद) The sholka containing the 10 name is

कोणस्थपिंगलोबभ्रु: कृष्णोरौद्रोन्तकोयम:। सौरि: शनैश्चरोमंद: पिप्पलादेनसंस्तुत:।।

Goddess Pranashakti – About Goddess Prana Sakti

Goddess Pranashakti in Hinduism is the primal goddess ruling the centers of physical life. She is associated with healing. Prana Shakti is the power of prana and she is a personification of prana (life force energy).  

There are thousands of forms of life-force energy and all this is controlled by Goddess Pranashakti. She can be as small as invisible to the eye and as big as the cosmos.

Her color is the color of dawn and wears red color dress. She is ferocious and has six hands. She holds a head, trident, bow, five arrows, noose and gourd in her hands.
She is depicted as standing upon a lotus in the cosmic ocean.

Refuse to think of yourself in terms of this or that – Nisargadatta Maharaj

A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part.

You do not want to give up either worldly knowledge or so called spiritual knowledge and yet, through these worldly concepts, you want to understand the riddle of your existence, and that is precisely why you are not able to understand.

Fight with all the strength at your disposal against the idea that you are nameable and describable. You are not. Refuse to think of yourself in terms of this or that.
Once you know with absolute certainty that nothing can trouble you but your own imagination, you come to disregard your desires and fears, concepts and ideas and live by truth alone.
– Nisargadatta Maharaj

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

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

Peepal Leaf Offering to Hanuman with Name of Sri Ram

Some of us might have come across peepal leaf garland on Hanuman in many Hindu temples in North India. This is an important offering and people write the name ‘Sri Ram’ on the leaves with kumkum. The garland is then put on Hanuman.

Number of peepal leaves used to make the garland is 11.

The leaves are first cleaned with water.

Then the name of Sri Ram is written using chandan or kumkum.

The leaves are woven into a garland using thread.

This is then offered to Lord Hanuman.
It is believed that all forms of sufferings and unhappiness will disappear from life after making the peepal leaf garland offering which has the name of Bhagavan Sri Ram.

Remaining light is the key to happiness – Brahma Kumaris

A burdened mind may snatch some fleeting moments of pleasure, but it cannot experience true happiness. Remaining light is the key to happiness.

Creating quality thoughts brings happiness and lightness.

Any love, or happiness, given to anyone always comes back. Unfortunately, we expect it from the same person.

The quality of your thoughts and the feeling behind those thoughts have much more impact than your words.
Happiness stays in the life of the one who has faith in the self.
– Brahma Kumaris

Aadi Chevvai – Importance of Tuesday in the Tamil Month Aadi

Aadi Chevvai, or Sevvai, is the Tuesdays in the Tamil Month Aadi and it is considered highly auspicious for the worship of Goddess Shakti. The month is considered inauspicious by many Hindus as the Dakshinayana begins in this month. But the month is also of great significance to Shakti worshippers. Fridays (Aadi Velli) and Tuesdays (Aadi Chevvai) are considered highly auspicious and women in large numbers visits shrines dedicated to Amman, Durga, Parvati, Shakti and other Goddesses.
In South India, Tuesday and Friday is dedicated to Shakti worship in many places. It becomes even more auspicious in Tamil Nadu during the month of Aadi.
Unmarried women visit shrines of Shakti (female goddess) on Aadi Chevvai day in the month make different vows. Some women observe partial or full fast on the day. It is widely believed that worshipping of any form of Goddess Shakti in Aadi month will help unmarried women find ideal husbands or life partners.
Special dishes like the Thalagam Kuzhambu, a …

Tamil Month Aadi Inauspicious Or Auspicious

Aadi (mid July to mid August), the fourth month in Tamil calendar, is generally considered as inauspicious like the Karkitaka Masam in the neighboring state Kerala. It is believed that Lord Surya (Sun god) changes his direction from north to south in the Aadi month. The next six months from Aadi to Margazhi is the Dakshinayana punyakalam – symbolically the night time of the Devas. In 2019, Aadi month begins on July 17th ends on August 16th.

Traditionally, most people avoid auspicious ceremonies during this period. It is believed that the ceremonies held during this period will not have the blessings of the gods. But a few important celebrations and rituals take place in the Aadi month.

The new moon day in Aadi month is celebrated as ‘Aadi pooram.’ The day is also celebrated as the birthday of Aandal – Saint Poet who wrote Tiruppaavai and is also considered as a manifestation of the mother Goddess. Many people celebrate Aadi as the month of the Goddess and women partake in several rit…

Nalambalam Darshan in Thrissur District in Kerala – Visiting Four Temples Dedicated to Lord Rama and his Brothers

Nalambalam Yatra, or the darshan of four temples, is an important pilgrimage done in Kerala in the Karikidakam month, also known as the Ramayana Masam. The four temples are dedicated to Lord Ram, Bharatha, Lakshman, and Shatrughan – the four brothers in the Ramayana epic. Most people begin the journey of the four temples from the famous SriKrishnaTemple in Guruvayur, Thrissur District, as temples are within 60 km from here.

SreeRamaTemple at Triprayar is dedicated to Lord Ram

Triprayar Sri Rama Temple is an ancient Shrine dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Ram at Triprayar near Guruvayur in Kerala.
During Ramayana Masam the shrine opens at 3:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The temple then reopens at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Special offering during the period are:
Kathina vedi (fire work), meenoottu (feeding fish) and Avil Naivedyam.KoodalmanickamBharathaTemple at Irinjalakuda is dedicated to Bharatha, the second brother

This ancient temple is located at Irinjalakuda around 24 km from Triprayar. The shrine is ope…

Ananthapura Temple in Kasargod in Kerala – Ananthapura Lake Temple at Kumble

Ananthapura Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is the moolasthanam (original abode) of Ananthapadmanabha, the deity of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. The temple is located at Kumble in Kasargod in Kerala. The shrine is around 5 km from Kumbla on Kasargod – Mangalore National Highway 66.

The murtis worshipped in the temple are not made of metal nor stone, but of a combination of about 108 materials collected from various parts of India and combined to form the murtis through a process known as Kadusharkara yogam.
In the main sanctum sanctorum, Ananthapadmanabha, the form of Maha Vishnu worshipped here, is depicted as seated on the divine serpent Anantha. The main murti is flanged on both sides by Bhudevi, the Goddess of earth, and Sridevi, the Goddess of prosperity.

Garuda and Hanuman is depicted as praying with folded hands. Jaya and Vijaya, Lord Vishnu’s attendants, stand in guard at the entrance.

The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Goshala K…

Do all your duties in the world, but keep your mind on God – Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa

Children! Never fight in the name of religion. All of these are true. There is complete harmony in their soul. All of them are based on certain noble principles.

The religions are complementary and not supplementary, different paths leading to the same goal.

Destroy the evil tendencies in man like lust, greed and anger and not the man. These tendencies are the real kafirs and not the man.

In the scriptures you will find the way to realize God. But after getting all the information about the path, you must begin to work, only then can you attain your goal.
Do all your duties in the world, but keep your mind on God.
– Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa

Children should be made to realize that they cannot be happy all the time

There is no eternal happiness or endless cheerfulness. Children should be made to realize that they cannot be happy all the time. They need to learn to deal with other emotions. They should have better control over all emotions. Parents who always keep children in comfort zones are in reality damaging their future life. One fine day they are pushed out of the comfort zone and asked to deal with all forms of negative emotions. This is when they become depressed or go wayward.

To achieve deeper happiness we need to go through all emotions – sadness, disgust, fear, anger and frustration. We need to accept them and deal with them.

For well-being throughout life, children should be allowed to face all forms of emotions. They should be made to realize that not everything is wonderful.
They should be prepared to identify, understand, interpret and respond constructively to all forms of situations and emotions. Such children will be empathetic, capable of having good relationships and capab…

When emotions are untamed, they get out of control

Each of our emotions – joy – anger – fear – sadness – disgust – have an important role in our life.

They should not be suppressed. We should learn to tame them and make them help us. Troubles begin when emotions are untamed and they get out of control.

We cannot all be always happy. Life is full of twists and turns. It is like a rollercoaster ride. Learn to keep our balance and stay on the track.

There is no quick fix. It takes time to heal.

Many a time a fall helps us to see things more clearly. It wakes us up from slumber. It wakes us up to reality.
We often go great lengths to avoid painful, difficult and confusing situations. But the reality is that we all have to face them in our life. So instead of going for quick fixes and avoiding them, it is better to get ourselves prepared to face situations.

Ashtamangalyam Items in Kerala

Ashtamangalyam is a set of eight items widely found in Hindu homes in Kerala. It symbolically represents auspiciousness and prosperity. Ashta means ‘eight’ and Mangalyam means ‘that which gives happiness’. Ashtamangalyam is not the eight miniature vessels but it can be any eight auspicious items.
Ashtamangalyam was earlier associated with marriage. However, today miniature set of it is kept in homes as a decorative item.

Ashtamangalyam Confusion
There is no one opinion regarding the eight items among scholars, pundits and priests. In reality, any eight auspicious items that are readily available can become Ashtamangalyam. However, today importance is given to objects (decorative piece) and not for the content.
Again, the eight items vary depending on the auspicious occasion. The eight items are different for marriage; it is different for Vishu.
Ashtamangalyam is used during MarriageVishuThiruvathiraDuring Ramayana Masam (Karkidakam) All vessels are made using bronze. Traditional Nirapar…


Vedagarbha is a name used to refer to Bhagavan Sri Krishna. As Vedagarbha He is the source and abode of the Vedas. The name is found in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana – second Canto.9.12.

The term is also used to refer to a person who is well versed in the Vedas. The word then translates as one who has the depth of all Vedic wisdom. Lord Brahma is the one who has the depth of all Vedic wisdom. This reference is found in the third canto of Srimad Bhagavad Purana – verse 9.29.
Vedagarbha is also one among the numerous names of Vaishnavi Mahamaya or Goddess Maya.

Karkidaka Masam – Karkidakam Month in Kerala

Karkidaka Masam, or Karkidakam Month, is the last month in the traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Karkidakam 1, 2019 is on July 17. The month is also known as the Ramayana Masam – the epic Ramayan is read in the month in homes and temples. The monsoon rains are at its peak in Karkidakam month. In 2019, Karkidaka Masam begins on July 17 and ends on August 16.

Karkidaka Vavu Bali a ritual dedicated to the dead ancestors and relatives is performed on the Amavasya or no moon day in the Karkidaka Masam. Thousands of people visit the seashores and riverbanks to perform the ritual.

Two decades ago, Karkidaka Masam used to be one of the difficult months due to heavy rains and floods. Majority of the people depended on agriculture and this month used to be the month of scarcity. With the farm fields flooded, there used to be no work and the economy used to come to a stand still. In some places, due to the rains, it was even hard to venture outside the house. To ward off nature’…

Flowers Offered to Hanuman

Each deity in Hindu religion likes a particular flower. The flower offered is usually based on stories associated with the deity. Here are the flowers that are offered to Lord Hanuman while doing worship and puja.

Hanuman likes yellow and red color flowers. Lotus (कमल )Red rose (लाल गुलाब)Marigold flower (गेंदा फूल )Sunflower  (सूर्यमुखी Arka Flowers (अर्का ) Leaves offered to Hanuman include
Arka LeavesPeepal Leaves

Why do you search in vain for happiness outside? – Swami Chidananda

The sages, being filled with universal love for all beings, did not want to keep their enlightenment to themselves.

They declared to all: “O mortals, striving and struggling upon this Earth plane, weeping, wailing, buffeted by the vicissitudes of life: we have come upon a great discovery.”

“ There is something beyond these appearances, these vanishing names and forms that go to make up this universe.”

“There is something beyond which is the very source and support of all these objects of the phenomenal world.”

Why do you search in vain for happiness outside? Come, come, happiness resides within.”
Swami Chidananda (1916-2008) president of Divine Life Society

Shoe Flower in Hinduism

Shoe flower is an important offering in Hinduism. Here are the benefits of keeping shoe flower plant as per Hindu religion.
Shoe flower is associated with Goddess Bhagavati and Goddess Kali. Keeping the plant at home gets the blessing of the goddess.The flower is also associated with Lord Ganesha.Having the plant at home helps in getting relief in legal matters.The plant is also a sign of auspiciousness.The plant should be kept in the north or east side of the house.

Mesha Rashi Home – Mesha Rashi People Should Have These Things at Home for Luck

Mesha Rashi people should have following things at home to have good luck. Keeping these things at home will attract wealth and auspiciousness. Here are what Mesha Rashi people should have in their home, office or room.

Red, orange or rose color curtains.Clothes, blankets and other clothe related materials should be of red, orange or rose.Photo of Hanuman or Ganesha should be part of the puja room.The Southwest corner of the house should always be kept clean.Paintings of animals should be avoided.Keep paintings or photographs of roses, shoe flower etc.Keep bamboo plant inside the house.

Why Should the Main Gate of the House Not Be in the South?

There is a belief that the main gate of the house should not be in the south. You should not be daily leaving and entering the house from the south side. Here are the reasons as to why the main gate of the house should not be on the southern side. The lord and deity of South is Yama, the Hindu god of death. Therefore it is inauspicious.The representative of the direction is Mangal, the fiery planet. Attracts negative energyDifficulties and threat to life and wealth.Constant accidents and bad luck.There will be no peace and prosperity. Gate is South Side is Good for These People Makar and Mesha Rashi (For those people in who Mangal is in Uccha Rashi)For Politicians. If it is impossible to change the south side gate? Then what? The only option is to offer prayers to Hanuman daily.Keep the image of Dakshina Mukhi Hanuman facing the gate.Related Mangal Mangalik Yog Solution and Shanti

Lunar Eclipse Time in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on January 31, 2018 – Chandra Grahan Timing in UAE in January 2018

A Total lunar eclipse, Chandra Grahan, will be visible on January 31, 2018 in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other places in United Arab Emirates (UAE) during the evening time. The time of the eclipse in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on January 31, 2018 is from 3:48 PM to 6:08 PM.  
Hindu Panchangs have marked this eclipse and those following rituals should follow it.
Lunar Eclipse January 31, 2018 Time in Dubai and Abu Dhabi Grahan begins - Total Eclipse begins at 3:48 PM on Jan 31 Mid Eclipse begins at 5:30 PM on January 31 Grahan ends – Total Eclipse ends at 6:08 PM on January 31.
This post is the answer to queries send on Lunar Eclipse Time in Dubai and Abu Dhabi by Kartik, Ramesh Kumar, Seema Nair and Bhavani
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Adoor Mahalingeshwara Temple in Kasargod in Kerala

Adoor Mahalingeshwara Temple, located at Adoor in Kasargod in Kerala, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was founded by Arjuna of Mahabharata. The temple is associated with the Kiratha Yudham – disguised Shiva as hunter taking on Arjuna and blessing him with arrows. This story is carved on the valiya bali kallu in the temple premises.
Shiva is worshipped here in the form of a Shivling. The Nandi in the temple is in standing posture. The murti of Nandi is found in the namaskara mandapa.

The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Mahavishnu, Ganapathy, Sastha, Kinimani, Poomani, and Raktheswary.

The architecture of the temple is unique – it is a three-tier temple and the temple resembles the backside of an elephant.
The temple is a Mahakshetra, (big temple with all essentials) – it has a namaskara mandapa, tidappally, valiya ambalam, agrasala, pond and flag post made of copper.

The walls of the ancient temple are adorned with colorful paintings of Ganapati and Shasta and …

Can Garuda Purana Be Kept at Home? – Can We Read Garud Puran At Home?

There are certain superstitions in Hinduism spread by people who have no knowledge about the religion and one such strange superstition is related to Garuda Purana. There is a belief among some Hindus that Garud Puran should not be read at home and the book should be kept in house. It should be read only when there is a death in the family.

Can Garuda Purana Be Kept at Home? Yes, it can be kept at home. Can We Read Garud Puran at home? Yes, it should be read and properly understood. Garuda Purana has two parts;
The first part is dedicated to Vishnu BhaktiThe second part is dedicated to the journey of the dead and the rituals that have to be performed by relatives. The advantage of reading the Garuda Purana:

It gives complete information about sin and virtueThe results of our activities on earth.It is a complete guide to the Hindu concept of hell and heaven.The basic knowledge required to perform Shradh and other rituals towards the dead is found in the purana.  

Garuda Purana was compose…

Gauri Udiyar – Cave Temple near Bageshwar in Uttarakhand

Gauri udiyar is a cave temple located around 8 km from Bageshwar in Uttarakhand. This large caves shrine is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. Numerous idols of Shiva are placed in the cave measuring 20 X95 Sq Mts.

The shrine attracts scores of devotees throughout the year.

Special pujas are performed here during Shivratri, Shravan month and the Navratras.
In Shravan month, Kanwarias visit the shrine in large numbers.

The one is real; the many are mere names and forms – Ramana Maharishi

The mind turned inwards is the Self; turned outwards, it becomes the ego and all the world.

Cotton made into various clothes we call by various names. Gold made into various ornaments we call by various names. But all the clothes are cotton and all the ornaments gold.

The one is real; the many are mere names and forms.
Association with sages should be made because thoughts are so persistent. The sage has already overcome the mind and remains in peace. Being in his proximity helps to bring about this condition in others, otherwise there is no meaning in seeking his company. The guru provides the needed strength for this, unseen by others.

 – Ramana Maharishi