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Upavayu – Subordinate Airs in Human Body

As per Yoga and Samkhya there are five upavayu, or subordinate airs, in the human body. Vayu means air. The five upavayus are naga, korma, krikara or krukala, davadatta and dhananjaya. They are located in bones, skin, face, throat etc.

The functions of Upavayu are mentioned in Trishikhibrahmana Upanishad (86-87); Yoga Yajnavalkya (Chapter IV 64-72) and in Vedantasara.

Functions of Upavayu Naga Vayu – responsible for vomiting, spitting and emitting.
Korma Vayu – Winking, opening and closure of the eyelids.

Krikara or Krukala Vayu – responsible for sneezing.

Devadatta – responsible for yawning and sleep.

Dhananjaya – keeps tissues, skin and body parts in good condition and good appearance. This Vayu keeps the face fresh for a while, even after one’s demise.

Concept of Prana or Vital Air in Hinduism As per Hindu scriptures, the life activity of a human being us derived from prana (vital air).
The functions of a living organism depends on the vital air or prana (Yoga Vasishta V.78. 10-12…

Pithori Amavasya – Pitori Amavasya Vrat Puja Vidhi and 2018 date

Pithori Amavasi is observed on the Amavas (No moon) day in the month of Bhadrapad (August – September) as per North Indian calendar. The corresponding month in other regions is the Shravan month. Goddess Durga is worshipped on Pitori Amavasya. Pithori Amavasi 2018 is September 9.
Story of Pithori Amavasya Legend has it that the importance Pithori Amavasi Vrat was narrated to the wife of Lord Indra by Goddess Parvati. It is believed that performing this Vrata will help in attaining healthy and brave sons.
Pithori Amavasya Puja Vidhi Married women observe Pithori Amavasi for the good health and well being of their children.

In some regions, Goddess Durga, 64 Yoginis and Saptamatrikas are worshipped on the day.
Pitha means flour and women make idols of Goddess Durga using the flour.
Some communities make 64 small shapes using flour representing the deities.

Manimahesh Yatra - Importance - Route - Dates in 2018

Manimahesh Yatra is a pilgrimage to the sacred ManimaheshLake in the Bharmaur Region of Chamba District in Himachal Pradesh. Manimahesh Yatra 2018 begins on September 2, 2018, ends on September 17. The holy KailashPeak – the abode of Lord Shiva – is reflected on the still waters of the oval-shaped ManimaheshLake. A four-faced marble Shivling is worshipped here.

When is Manimahesh Yatra Observed?
The pilgrimage is undertaken annually on the Sri Krishna Janmashtami and ends on Radhashtami. The official yatra commences with the start of ‘Chhari’ from the LakshaminarayanTemple in Chamba town. The state government of Himachal Pradesh conducts the yatra.

Many devotees undertake the pilgrimage during July to September. Those devotees who prefer to avoid the crowd undertake the journey in May, June and October. But this does not have the government support.

Importance of the Yatra The first rays of the sun in the early morning hours reflect on the Kailash peak here. The brilliant brightness e…

Chant This Goddess Annapurna Mantra Daily Before Cooking

Goddess Annapurna is that form of Mother Goddess Shakti (Parvati) which nourishes all living beings in the universe. Without her blessing no living being can survive. Here is a popular Goddess Annapurna Mantra that should be chanted daily before cooking.

The mantra: ह्रींनम: भगवतिमाहेश्वरिअन्नपूर्णेस्वाहा।। Hrim Namah: Bhagawati Maheshwari Annapurna Swaha

How to chant the mantra? The mantra should be chanted 5 times before beginning the cooking in a day. Chanting this mantra helps in keeping the Navgrahas happy. The person chanting the mantra with devotion will be blessed with food, wealth, fame, and happiness. Luck of the person changes once the mantra is chanted. Whenever possible do food donation this brings in the blessing of Maa Annapurna.

Sphatik Mala Benefits and Rules in Hinduism

Sphatik Mala is a Japa Mala counter made using crystal, glass or pearls. Sphatik mala in Hinduism is associated with peace, beauty and auspiciousness. Below are the rules and benefits of Sphatik Mala:

Sphatik Mala Benefits Very good for married women and men as chanting mantras dedicated to Chandra and Shiva using the mala helps in having a happy and peaceful married life.For getting good life partner. Unmarried men and women can get good spouse by chanting mantras with the Sphatik mala.Those facing trouble in romantic life get relief after using the mala to chant mantras.Helps in alleviating all forms of difficulties.It is ideal for changing luck.Good in overcoming emotional problems, depression etc.Those facing trouble in horoscope due to bad positioning of Chandra and Shukra can get relief by chanting mantras using the mala.For an incident free longlife.  Sphatik Mala Rules
The mala should have 108 beads.All beads should be of same size.It should be only used to chant mantras dedicate…

Nandotsav Importance and 2018 Date – Nanda Mahotsav after Janmashtami at Vrindavan in India

Nandotsav is dedicated to Sri Krishna and is observed on the day after Janmashtami in North India especially at Vrindavan and Mathura. In 2018, the date of Nandotsav festival is September 4. All Krishna Temples in North India celebrate Nandotsav. Nanda Mahotsav is a continuation of the birthday celebrations of Sri Krishna.

There is also a belief that celebrations on the day try to emulate the festivities organized by Nanda Maharaj in Nandagaon on the day.

Some legends suggest that the festival is associated with the rituals and celebrations performed by Nanda Maharaj the foster father of Lord Krishna. He distributed sweets, fruits and clothes to all the people in Nandagaon to celebrate the arrival of Lord Krishna. It is said that on hearing the arrival of Lord Krishna the people of the village went into ecstasy and started singing and dancing.

Nandotsav is celebrated on the ninth day or navami day of the Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapad month.
Priests perform special pujas on the day. Pe…

Mundane world crowds into our life and elbows out our spiritual aspirations - Story

The story of the Arab and his Camel teaches us that it is better at the very outset to say ‘No’ to our animalistic desires.

One cold night, as an Arab sat in his tent, a camel thrust the flap of the tent aside, and looked in. ‘I pray thee, master,’ he said, ‘let me put my nose within the tent, for it is cold without.’

‘By all means, and welcome,’ said the Arab; and the camel put his nose into the tent.

‘If I might but warm my head, also…,’ he said, presently.

‘Put your head inside,’ said the Arab.

Then the camel requested and put its forelegs within the tent, and very soon asked to stand wholly within.

‘Yes, yes,’ said the Arab. ‘I will have pity on you. Come wholly inside.’

So the camel crowded into the tent. But the tent was too small for both. And the camel soon pushed the Arab out.

Like the Arab, we are often ‘overtaken by misplaced love and compassion and also perplexity’ as to what is dharma and what is adharma. Consequently, the mundane world crowds into our life and e…

Hindu Calendar Today – August 16, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon till 1:04 PM on August 16. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon till 10:38 AM on August 17.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 16, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Krittika or Karthigai or Kartika Nakshatra till 1:27 AM on August 16. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram till 11:50 PM on August 16. Then onward it is Mrigasira Nakshatram till 10:09 PM on August 17.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Krittika or Karthigai or Kartika Nakshatra till 2:31 AM on August 16. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram till 12:50 AM on August 17.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrisha…