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Raksha Bandhan Muhurat – Good Time to Tie Rakhi on Raksha Dandhan Day

Some devout Hindus tie the Rakhi on Raksha Bandhan day in 2018 after looking Muhurat or auspicious time. But this is not followed by majority of the people. Raksha Bandhan Muhurat or good time according to some Panchangs and Hindu calendar is from 6:30 AM to 4:55 PM on August 26, Sunday. (Indian Standard Time). It is believed by some people that the period is highly auspicious and beneficial.

6:30 AM to 4:55 PM on August 26, Sunday is considered highly auspicious.

Please note that the concept of auspicious time is not followed by majority of people and they tie the Rakhi in the morning or when brothers and sisters meet.

You may also like to read How to arrange Rakshabandhan Rakhi Plate? The Reason for celebrating Raksha Bandhan

Number of Strokes of Temple Bells in Hinduism

Rules for the number of strokes of bells in Hindu temples and homes are well established. In Hinduism, one stroke of bell indicates moksha or salvation.

Two strokes suggest enjoyment.

Three strokes suggest achievement of desires.

When incense is offered, lamps are waved, and food is offered, there must be two strokes.

If lamp alone is waved there must be only one stroke.
Three strokes are required during the propitiation of gods and goddesses.

Onam Pookalam 2015 Prize Winners

Onam Pookalam 2015 photos published in various newspapers and other websites – first and second prize winners. Talk about Onam in Kerala and one of the first images that come to mind is that of the flower bed or floral (designs) arrangements known as Pookalam or Athapookalam. Onam Pookalam 2015 designs are given below. The traditional Onapookalam usually consists of ten rings indicating the ten day ritual during the ten day celebrations of Onam which begins on Atham and ends on Thiru Onam in the month of Chingam (August – September). 

These above images are from an Athapookalam competition held in Kerala 2015. The first three were prize winners.
Related Onam Pookalam 2014

For Success in Job Interview Worship Ganesha - Prayers and Mantras

In spite of hard work quiet often we are not able to get the desired job. Success eludes us in job interview due to bad luck. As per Hinduism, offer prayers to Ganesha while preparing for the interview and while going to give a test or interview. Break a coconut before Ganesha and take his blessings before any important event in life.

Ganesha provides intelligence, awareness, consciousness and luck.

He has control over all the navgrahas as he is a combined form of all grahas. Therefore, any trouble related to bad positioning of planets or grahas in horoscope will be removed. He also alleviates bad luck and negative energy.

When Ganesha is worshipped, you get the blessing of all deities.

Above all, he is Vigneshwara, the one who removes all forms of difficulties.

Therefore, for success in interview and jobs one should offer prayers to Ganesha.

Prayers and Offerings to Ganesha for Success in Job Interview Offer sweet made of moong dal like Moong ladoo to Ganesha.Offer durva grass.Wear Ga…

Symbolism of Broom in Hinduism - Dos and Don'ts While Using Broom in Hindu Home

A broom is a symbol of Goddess Lakshmi in Hindu Tradition. Goddess Lakshmi is associated with cleanliness. It is believed that she resides only in places that are neat and clean. Dirty places invite Alakshmi who brings trouble, insecurity, debt, anger and creates financial loss. Dos and don'ts while using broom in Hindu home is given below in detail
Symbolically the broom is also used to clear ego, greed, avarice, and anger from the mind. When ego, greed, and anger are kept out, a man prospers.
The popular belief is that Brooms should be kept in a place not frequented by people. It should be taken out only for cleaning.
It is also considered inauspicious to stamp on a broom.

It is believed that the broom removes dirt, which is the home of Alakshmi, who ushers in poverty.

Broom has the power to remove all forms of negative energy from a house.
Dos and don'ts while using a broom in Hindu home:
One should not stamp on the broom.Broom should not be kept in the kitchen, as it will b…

Meaning of the term Bhagat

Bhagat is a Punjabi word and is the equivalent of the Sanskrit term Bhakta – a devotee. The bhagat never questions the will of the Lord (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Asa M3). He is a man of faith and remains unperturbed by pleasure of pain and life. The path of devotion is sharper than the double-edged sword.

In Sanskrit, the term ‘bhakta’ is derived from the root ‘bhaj’ and it means to serve, honor, love, revere, to share. In religion, bhakta is one who has fervent devotion to the ishta devata (personal deity) like Sant Tukram for Vithal; Meera Bhai for Sri Krishna; Bhakta Ramdas for Bhagavan Sri Ram.

In Kali Yuga, Bhakti is superior to all forms of worship – Narada Bhakti Sutra.

The concept of Bhakti can be traced to the Vedas especially the Upanishads. There we get to read about self-surrender. Bhagavad and the Srimad Bhagavad Purana takes the concept to common people.

The concept of Bhakti was popularized during the earlier centuries of the first millennium by Alwars and Nayanmars in …

Strange And Confused Ideas About Liberation – Parama Karuna Devi

Many people have strange and confused ideas about liberation (moksha). They tend to believe that moksha is some kind of ticket for a journey from a particular place (the material world) to another particular place (the spiritual world), that can be won in a lottery, purchased or received as a gift, or through bribery.

This idea mostly comes from the abrahamic concept of salvation (a word that is sometimes incorrectly used to translate the Sanskrit term ‘moksha’, in which allegiance to a particular religious affiliation gives the immediate and automatic right to go to heaven even to the most unevolved and gross materialist.

But such an idea is very foolish, and those who entertain it are in the terrible danger of wasting the valuable opportunity of the human birth, because they will refuse to make any effort in personal development, believing that they are already ‘saved.’

The true facts are very different. As Bhagavad Gita (8.6) clearly explains, at the time of death we will only be …

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Thursday, August 31, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 4:32 AM on August 31. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:36 AM on September 1.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 31, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – There is no good and auspicious time.

Nakshatra – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 2:32 AM on August 31. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram till 5:09 AM on September 1.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 1:54 AM on August 31. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram till 4:47 AM on September 1.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi till 2:32 AM on August 31. Then onward it is Dhanu Ra…