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Janai Purnima 2018 in Nepal – Sacred Thread Festival in Nepal in 2018

Janai Purnima is the sacred thread changing ceremony observed in Nepal. Janai Purnima 2018 date is August 26. 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…

Jhulan Yatra 2018 date – Importance of Swing festival of Krishna and Jagannath in Sawan Month

Jhulan Yatra is a swing festival observed in the month of Shravan Month (July – August) and is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Lord Jagannath. Jhulan Yatra 2018 date is from August 22 to August 26. It is of great importance in Vrindavan, LordJagannathTemples, ISKCON and Mayapur. The festival begins on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Shravan month and ends on Shravan Poornima (full moon).
Story and History Jhulan Yatra festival is inspired from Lord Krishna’s pastimes in Vrindavan. It is believed that Lord Krishna, Radha and other Gopis and Gopas used to swing in the monsoon season in Vrindavan.
How is it Observed? Jhulan Yatra is Lord Krishna’s swing festival and on this day devotees place an idol of Krishna or Lord Jagannath on a lavishly decorated swing. The swinging of the Lord is accompanied by dance and music. In Vrindavan and in ISKCON temples, an idol of Goddess Radha is also placed along with Krishna.
Jhulan Yatra festival is observed only for a day …

Narali Purnima 2018 date in Maharashtra - Nariyal Purnima 2018

Narali Purnima is an important festival and ritual observed on full moon day in Shravan Mahina, especially in coastal Maharashtra. Narali Purnima 2018 date is August 25. 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.

Narli 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 Narli 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 Ramayan.

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 in…

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…

Pavitra Baras - Significance of Pavitra Baras in Gujarat and Rajasthan

Pavitra Baras is a ritual associated with Vaishnava Sect. It is a ritual honoring the Guru with Pavitra – a garland made of pure cotton thread with 365 loops. In 2018, the date of Pavitra Baras is August 4. Vaishnavas also present Pavitra garland to elders and also to other Vaishnava devotees. It is a way of recognizing the divine in all.

Pavitra Baras is observed on the 12th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Shravan month.

 The pavitra garland consists of 365 loops of pure cotton thread tied together with a knot.

The ritual is essentially meant to respect Guru. Prasad are distributed after the ritual.

This is an important with Lord Krishna worshippers in Gujarat and parts of Rajasthan.

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 Calendar Today – July 31, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Monday, July 31, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:08 AM on July 31.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:41 PM on August 1.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 31, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time till 8:35 AM. Nakshatra – Swati or Chothi Nakshatra till 12:06 PM on July 31. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram till 2:16 PM on August 1.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Swati or Chothi Nakshatra till 9:40 AM on July 31. Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram till 12:21 PM on August 1.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi till 7:44 AM on August 1.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Tula R…

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…

Hindu Calendar Today – July 30, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Sunday, July 30, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:03 AM on July 30.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:08 AM on July 31.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 30, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time till 8:05 AM. Nakshatra – Chitra or Chithira or Chithirai Nakshatra till 10:19 AM on July 30. Then onward it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatram till 12:06 PM on July 31.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Chitra or Chithira or Chithirai Nakshatra till 7:23 AM on July 30. Swati or Chothi Nakshatram till 9:40 AM on July 31.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi till 7:44 AM on August 1.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and…

Story of Varalakshmi Vratam – Varamahalakshmi Vrat Katha

Varalakshmi Vratam is a popular ritual observed by married women in South India and Maharashtra. Pujas and prayers are offered to Goddess Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity on the day. There a couple of popular stories associated with Varalakshmi Vratam. The most important among them are story of Charumati and that of Shyamabala.
Story of Charumati and Varamahalakshmi According to Skanda Purana, once Goddess Parvati asked Lord Shiva about a vrata that will be beneficial to women. Lord Shiva then mentioned the importance of Varalakshmi Vrata, which is most beneficial Vrata for women.
To illustrate the importance of the Varamahalakshmi Vrat, Lord Shiva narrated the story of Charumati. Pleased with Charumati’s devotion to her husband and family, Goddess Lakshmi appeared in her dream and asked her to perform the Varalakshmi Vratha. She explained to her the procedures of the Vrata.
The pious Charumati invited all her neighbors, friends and relatives and performed the Varalaksh…

Tulsidas Jayanti 2018 Date - Birth Anniversary of Goswami Tulsidas

Tulsidas Jayanti celebrates the birthday of Goswami Tulsidas who is the author of the Ramcharitmanas. Goswami Tulsidas Jayanti 2018 date is August 17. The original Valmiki Ramayana in Sanskrit was only understood by scholars and it was Tulisdas’s Ram-charit-manas in Hindi that popularized the epic in Hindi heartland in India. Ramcharitmanas was written by Tulsidas in Awadhi, a dialect of Hindi.
When is it Observed? Tulsidas Jayanti is observed seven days after Shravan Amavasi as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India. Shravan Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Sawan month.
Miracles in the life of Tulsidas The life of Tulsidas is noted for numerous miracles, which includes his meeting with Lord Hanuman and the subsequent darshan of Lord Ram with the help of Hanuman. It is widely believed that Lord Hanuman helped Tulsidas in composing the Ramcharitmanas. There are also people who believe that he is an incarnation of S…

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.

www.hindu-bog.com Abhilash

Hindu Calendar Today – July 29, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Saturday, July 29, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:23 AM on July 29.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:03 AM on July 30.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 29, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatra till 9:00 AM on July 29. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithira or Chithirai Nakshatram till 10:19 AM on July 30.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatra till 4:41 AM on July 29. Chitra or Chithira or Chithirai Nakshatram till 7:23 AM on July 30.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 9:39 PM on July 29. Then onward it is Tula Rashi till 7:44 …

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.

Varalakshmi Puja 2017 date – Varamahalakshmi Festival and Vratam in 2017 date

Varalakshmi Puja is observed by married women in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and other parts of South India. Varamahalakshmi Festival 2017 date based on Hindu calendar and panchang with details is given below. Varalakshmi Puja 2017 date is August 4Goddess Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity – is worshipped on the day. Varamahalakshmi literally means the boon granting goddess.

The Friday before the Full Moon, or Pournami day, of Tamil Month Aadi is chosen to perform Varalakshmi Puja. The corresponding month in the Kannada, Marathi and Telugu Calendar is the Shravan month.

Worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on Varalakshmi Vrata day is equivalent to worshipping Ashtalaksmi – the eight goddesses of Wealth, Earth, Learning, Love, Fame, Peace, Pleasure, and Strength.

The importance of Varalakshmi Puja is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. It is believed that importance of Varalakshmi Puja was narrated to Goddess Parvati by Lord Shiva.

Goddess Parvat…

Janmashtami 2018 date – Sri Krishna Janmashtami Date in 2018

Sri Krishna Janmashtami celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna. Sri Krishna Janmashtami 2018 date based on calendars and panchang in India is given below. It is observed on the eighth day of the Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapad month as per traditional calendar followed in North India. The corresponding months in other region is the Shravan month. In 2018, the date of Janmashtami is September 2 in southern, western and eastern parts of India. In North India, it is on September 3, 2018.



Tamil Nadu and Kerala follow solar calendars and the festival is observed annually in Tamil month Aavani and Malayalam Chingam month in Kerala. Once in three years there is a difference in dates in calendars followed in other regions (which is lunar calendar) with the calendars followed in these two states.
Detail 2018 dates of Sri Krishna JanmashtamiMaharashtra, Goa, certain communities in Gujarat, Assam, Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and those people that follow Smarta Tradition - September 2No…

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.

Hindu Calendar Today – July 28, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, July 28, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:15 AM on July 28.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:23 AM on July 29.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 28, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 8:11 AM on July 28. Then onward it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram till 9:00 AM on July 29.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 4:40 AM on July 28. Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram till 4:41 AM on July 29.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 9:39 PM on July 29.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa a…

Jara Jivantika Puja in Maharashtra – Gujarat - Importance of Jara Jeevantika Vrata in Shravan Month

Jara Jivantika Puja is mainly observed on Fridays in the Shravan Month in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Jara Jivantika Puja 2018 dates are August 17, August 24, August 31, and September 7. The vrata is dedicated to Goddess Ma Jivantika – Hindu goddess who is the protector of children. She is also believed in helping couples to get children. Goddess Jeevantika is worshipped on all Fridays in Shravan month. The mantra that is chanted on the day is "Om Shri Jivantikayai Namah."
Importance The significance of Ma Jivantika and Jara Jivantika Vrat is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. She is the protector of children. Earlier many children used to die before reaching the age of five.

The death was more common during the rainy season. Shravan is the peak of rainy season in western parts of India.

Mothers therefore kept the vrat for protecting their children.
Who and How to Observe the Vrat Married women observe the Jara Jivantika Puja for the welfare of their children and to get healthy babi…

Story of the birth of Shuka

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.

Kalki Jayanti 2018 Date- The Expected Avatar of Hindu God Vishnu

Kalki Jayanti celebrates the expected arrival of Kalki, the tenth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Kalki Jayanti 2018 date is August 16 in India. It is believed that in Kali Yuga, the present Era, Lord Vishnu will appear for the total annihilation of evil and the establishment of ‘Dharma.’
When is it observed? Vishnu devotees believe it will take place on the sixth day in the bright fortnight of Shravan month - Shravan Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar.
What will Kalki Do? The Kalki Jyanti is a unique observance as it celebrates the arrival of Lord Vishnu in future. It is also believed that Kalki Avatar will totally destroy the present world.
Since the world has gone utterly corrupt with adharmic activities, it is believed the Kalki Avtar will bring an end to the present cycle of the universe and after a span of darkness creation will begin once again.
Where and How He Will Appear? Kalki Purana narrates about the Kalki incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is sai…

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 2017 date is July 27. 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 jack fruit 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 Santana 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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Nag Panchami Thoughts and Quotes by Hindu Blog

Snakes (Nagas or Sarpam) are an intricate part of Hindu tradition. The teachers of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) saw Earth as a large family and knew the importance of each animate and inanimate in Nature. They realized that for human beings to exist peacefully and prosper on earth it is necessary to respect and give space to plants and animals. Nag Panchami is dedicated to showing respect to snakes, the guardians of Earth.

Today, Nag Panchami is reduced to a ritual. We no longer value snakes and their important role in nature. We have occupied their space at will and find them to be the most unwelcome creature. But on Nag Panchami we pray to them for miracles. To solve issues and fulfill desires.
The greatest miracle that Snakes performed was that they played a crucial role in the ecosystem. They protected the grains that are the main source of food for human beings by keeping the population of rodents in check.
Nag Panchami in Hindu tradition is dedicated to the importance of the coe…

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

Hindu Calendar Today – July 27, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Thursday, July 27, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:39 AM on July 27.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:15 AM on July 28.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 27, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good time till 7:25 PM. Nakshatra – Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 7:53 AM on July 27. Then onward it is Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram till 8:11 AM on July 28.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 4:23 AM on July 27. Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram till 4:40 AM on July 28.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 1:57 PM on July 27. Then onward it is Kanya Rashi till 9:39 PM on July 29.
In western pa…

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 …