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Nine Goddesses of Navratri – The Nine Goddess worshipped during Navaratri

Nine Goddesses of Navratri are collectively known as Navadurga and are mentioned in the Devi Mahatmya and Durga Saptashati. The Nine Goddesses worshipped on each of the nine days of Navaratri are incarnations of Goddess Shakti. The nine goddess worshipped are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kala Ratri (Kaalratri), Maha Gowri and Siddhidayini.

Maa Shailaputri – Goddess Worshipped on the first day of Navratri ‘Shail’ means mountains and ‘Putri’ means daughter. She is also known as Parvati or Hemavati Shailaputri is believed to be the rebirth of Sati, the daughter of Daksha and the wife of Lord Shiva. In her second birth she is Parvati, the daughter of Himalaya and later she became the consort of Shiva. This is one of the very first forms of Shakti and is closely associated with Lord Shiva.

You can read complete information about Maa Shailputri here.

Maa Brahmacharini – Goddess Worshipped on the second day of Navratri Here Brahma means ‘one w…

Ananda Ramayan

Ananda Ramayan is the story of Bhagavan Sri Ram. The book is the form of a conversation between Hindu God Shiva and Goddess Parvati. There is no single answer to the question as to who is the author of Ananda Ramayan. Scholars have numerous opinions on the authorship of Ananda Ramayan. The book got the name Ananda Ramayan because it is said that the reader experiences bliss when he/she reads the book.

There are nine main chapters in the book. There are 109 chapters under the nine main chapters. There are a total of 12, 252 verses. The nine chapters are Sarakanda, Yatrakanda, Yagakanda, Vilasakanda, Janmakanda, Vivahakanda, Rajyakanda, Manoharakanda and Purvakanda.
There are some striking differences between Valmiki Ramayan and Ananda Ramayan.
Ananda Ramayan begins with the marriage proposal of Dasharath and Koushalya, mother of Sri Ram.
Kaikeyi is the third wife of King Dasharath in Ananda Ramayana. In Valmiki Ramayan, she is the second wife.
Two portions of the sweet that was obtain…

Chausath Yogini Mantra – A Powerful Mantra dedicated to 64 Yoginis Worshipped in Tantric Hinduism

As per Tantric Hinduism tradition, the 64 Yoginis (Chausath Yogini) served Goddess Kali and the Bhairav form of Shiva. Yoginis were part of the battles waged by Goddess Kali to restore Dharma. You can a powerful mantra associated with Chausath Yogini below: ॐ ऐंह्रींश्रींश्रीकालीनित्यसिद्धमातास्वाहा।ॐ ऐंह्रींश्रींश्रीकपलिनीनागलक्ष्मीस्वाहा।ॐ ऐंह्रींश्रींश्रीकुलादेवीस्वर्णदेहास्वाहा।ॐ ऐंह्रींश्रींश्रीकुरुकुल्लारसनाथास्वाहा।ॐ ऐंह्रींश्रींश्रीविरोधिनीविलासिनीस्वाहा।ॐ ऐंह्रींश्रींश्रीविप्रचित्तारक्तप्रियास्वाहा।ॐ ऐंह्रींश्रींश्रीउग्ररक्तभोगरूपास्वाहा।ॐ ऐंह्रींश्रींश्रीउग्रप्रभाशुक्रनाथास्वाहा।ॐ ऐंह्रींश्रींश्रीदीपामुक्तिःरक्तादेहास्वाहा।ॐ ऐंह्रींश्रींश्रीनीलाभुक्तिरक्तस्पर्शास्वाहा।ॐ ऐंह्रींश्रींश्रीघनामहाजगदम्बास्वाहा।ॐ ऐंह्रींश्रींश्रीबलाकाकामसेवितास्वाहा।ॐ ऐंह्रींश्रींश्रीमातृदेवीआत्मविद्यास्वाहा।ॐ ऐंह्रींश्रींश्रीमुद्रापूर्णारजतकृपास्वाहा।ॐ ऐंह्रींश्रींश्रीमितातंत्रकौलादीक्षास्वाहा।ॐ ऐंह्रींश्रींश्रीमहाकालीसिद्धेश्वरीस्वाहा।ॐ

Tila Tarpan – Shradh Tarpan Ritual using Til or Sesame Seeds

Tila, or Sesame seeds (Til or Ellu in South India), is an important puja item while performing Shradh and Tarpan – rituals and rites for dead ancestors, parents and relatives. According to Hindu scriptures, Tila or Black Sesame is one of the favorite items offered to the dead. Another popular belief is that there will be no obstruction to the Shraddh rituals if sesame is offered.
In Tila Tarpan, black sesame seeds are mixed with water and are offered to the ancestors. Each ancestor is offered separate Tila Tarpan.

In most regions, Tila Tarpan is performed after offering the annual Shradh. In some regions, if it is performed while performing annual Shradh or Pitru Paksha Shraddh then Tila Tarpan is performed the next day after Shradh rituals.

Til contains fire, water and earth. Only Til has the correct combination of the three elements. Pitrus come down and enter Til during the Shradh ceremony. Pancha Bhutas which form the body is represented through Til.
Til is also distributed o…

Look within to become immortal – Kathopanishad

Wild horses and incompetent charioteer (Kathopanishad 2.410) – a man with uncontrolled senses.

Controlled horses and competent charioteer – a man who is the master of his senses.

Incompetent charioteer leads to the worldly – a miserable existence in the world.

Competent charioteer leads to emancipation – attains bliss while living on earth.

Fine perception: A prerequisite – only a purified mind can escape from the web of Maya.

Know Him and be free – To be free means to known That Supreme Truth – The One which is beyond words and description.

Look within to become immortal – To attain moksha here on earth search for the truth inside not outside.
Infinite not to be found in the finite – do not limit the Supreme Truth.

Hindu Calendar Today – September 7, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Thursday, September 7, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon till 11:46 AM on September 7. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon till 10:57 AM on September 8.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 7, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – An average day – neither good nor bad. Nakshatra – Purvabhadra or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 2:02 PM on September 7. Then onward it is Uttarabhadra or Uthrittathi Nakshatram till 1:52 PM on September 8.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Purvabhadra or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 12:58 PM on September 7. Then onward it is Uttarabhadra or Uthrittathi Nakshatram till 12:31 PM on September 8.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rashi till 7:…