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Snakes as Protectors of Wealth in Hinduism

Serpents, Nagas, are considered as protectors of wealth in Hinduism. It is also believed that snakes know where wealth and treasures are hidden and they protect it. Thus, snakes who are protectors of wealth and prosperity are honored and worshiped during Nag Panchami. A person who worships Nagas also gets the blessings of Dhanalakshmi.

As per Ravan Samhita, ancestors born in Dev Yoni take rebirth as Nagas and protect the wealth of his/her descendents. Thus there is always a Nag protecting your wealth. This is the reason why many people perform pujas and feed snakes on Nag Panchami.
As per Varah Samhita, white-colored snakes are protectors of hidden treasures and wealth.

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,…

Garuda Panchami 2018 - Importance of Garuda Panchami Puja and Vrat

Garuda Panchami is dedicated to Garuda, the vehicle or Vahana of God Vishnu. It is observed on the fifth day of the waxing phase of the moon (Shukla Paksha) in Shravan month and is of great importance to many Hindu communities. Garuda Panchami 2018 date is August 15. The puja and vrat associated with Garuda Panchami observed by women for the welfare and good health of their children. Naga Panchami is also observed on the day.

Legend has it that the day remembers Garuda’s love and devotion for his mother Vinita. Thus the day celebrates mother – son relationship. In some regions, married women observe it for a happy married life.
Garuda Panchami Puja is mainly observed by certain Hindu communities in Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Garuda, the eagle, is the vehicle of Lord Vishnu and occupies an important position of Dwarapalaka and subsidiary deity in most Vishnu temples.

You may also like to read Symbolism in Garuda as Vahana of Lord Vishnu

How to Offer Coconut to Hanuman?

One of the important offerings to Lord Hanuman is coconut. The offering is made by devotees for fulfillment of wishes and to overcome troubles in life. Below is a brief description on how to offer coconut to Hanuman.

Items needed Coconut Thread red or yellow colorSindhoorUncooked riceHow the offering is made? The coconut should be smeared with sindhoor. The thread should be kept on top of the coconut. Rice should be sprinkled on the coconut.You should say your prayers and then offer it to Hanuman Ji. Benefits All troubles will be removed.Job securityFinancial improvement.

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

Hindu Calendar Today – July 26, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:31 AM on July 26.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:39 AM on July 27.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 26, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good time till 7:30 PM. Nakshatra – Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 8:03 AM on July 26. Then onward it is Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatram till 7:53 AM on July 27.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 4:52 AM on July 26. Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatram till 4:23 AM on July 27.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 1:57 PM on July 27.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Simha Rashi till …