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Prajapati in Hinduism - Who is Prajapati?

Prajapati is the ‘lord of creatures’ in Hinduism and is mentioned in the Vedas, Puranas and the two epics - Mahabharata and Ramayana. In the Vedas, Prajapati had individuality but gradually the term is applied to Indra and other important deities. In the later Vedic period, especially in certain Puranas and other literature associated with Hinduism, the term Prajapati is applied to Lord Brahma. In Vedas It seems that in the Vedic period, Prajapati occupied an important place. The Vedas mention him as the creator of earth.
Ka is one of the names of Prajapati, a Vedic God. The reference to the deity is found in the famous Hiranyagarphasukta (Rig Veda X.121)
In the beginning, he arose as Hiranyagarbha.
When born, he was the one Lord of all that exists.
He supported the earth and this heaven.
What God with our offering shall we worship?
O Prajapati, you alone have encompassed all these created things:
May that for which with longing we have called upon you be ours;
May we become lords of we…

Kojagari Lakshmi Puja 2018 date - Importance of Bengali Laxmi - Lokkhi Puja

Kojagari Lakshmi Puja, also known as Kojagori Lokkhi Puja, is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi and is observed in Bengal, Orissa, and other parts of eastern India and also in some regions in western India. Kojagari Lakshmi Puja 2018 date is October 23. The puja is also popularly known as Bengali Laxmi Puja. Special method, or paddhati, is followed for the puja in eastern parts of India.
When is it Observed? It is observed on the Purnima (full moon day) after Durga Puja.
Importance of Bengali Laxmi Puja In Hinduism, Goddess Lakshmi symbolizes prosperity and wealth and it is believed that on Kojagiri Poornima night in Aashin month she visits the homes of devotees and blesses them.  Therefore special Lakshmi Puja is held in the evening on the day in homes. Alpana On the day women draw Alpana or Alpona patterns (something similar to Rangoli) at homes. Most preferred Alpana is that of Goddess Lakshmi’s feet.
How is it Observed? In Bengal and other parts of Eastern India, Goddess Lakshmi is beli…

Shri Padmavati Ammavari Kartika Brahmotsavam at Tiruchanur Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple near Tirupati

Shri Padmavati Ammavaru Kartika Brahmotsavam is observed in Kartik Month. SriPadmavathiAmmavariTemple at Triuchanur is dedicated to Sri Padmavathi Devi, the consort of Lord Sri Venkateswara.  In 2018, Tiruchanur Brahmotsavan is from December 4 to December 12. The temple is around 5 km from TirupatiBalajiTemple. Goddess Padmavati is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi.
Schedule of Tiruchanur Sri Padmavatidevi Brahmotsavams Day 1
Morning - DwajarohanamNight - Chinnaseshavahanam Day 2 Morning -PeddaseshavahanamNight - Hamsavahanam Day 3 Morning - MuthyapupandirivahanamNight - Simhavahanam Day 4 Morning - KalpavrukshavahanamNight -Hanumadvahanam Day 5 Morning - Pallaki UtsavamNight -Gajavahanam Day 6 Morning - SarvabhupalavahanamNight -Garudavahanam Day 7 Morning - SuryaprabhavahanamNight -Chandraprabhavahanam Day 8 Morning - RathotsavamNight -Aswavahanam Day 9 Morning - PanchamitheerthamNight -Dwajavarohanam The important rituals during the Brahmotsavam are Gaja Vahanam, Golden Chariot, and Rathots…

Pasankusa Ekadasi - Pashamkusha Ekadashi

Pasankusa Ekadasi is observed during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in the Hindu month of Ashwin (September – October). Pasankusa Ekadashi 2018 date is October 20. The significance of this Ekadasi is mentioned in the Brahmavaivarta Purana and was narrated to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna. The Ekadasi is also known as Pashamkusha and Pashankusha.

Also known as Papankusa Ekadasi because observing it is believed to destroy all the sins.

It is believed that observing Pasankusa Ekadasi will help in realizing one’s dreams. It is also said that observing Pashankusha fasting is equal to making numerous offerings.
On Pasankusa Ekadasi, Lord Vishnu is worshipped in the form of Ananta Padmanabha – reclining on Snake Ananta in the milky ocean.

Some of the other results obtained by observing Pashankusha Ekadashi include Mokasha, freedom from vices and diseases. Doing community service and helping the poor on the day is considered to help in realizing one’s true nature.
All the usual rules…

Hindu Festivals in October 2017 – Hindu Vrat – Fasting – Rituals in October 2017

Dates of important festivals and fasting associated with Hinduism in October 2017 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST).

October 1, 2017 – Ekadasi Fasting October 3 – Pradosh Puja October 5 – Sharad Purnima October 5 – Kojagari Poornima October 5 – Purnima or full moon day October 5 – Kartik Snan Begins October 6 – Kartik month begins in North India October 8 – Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat October 8 – Karva Chouth Vrat October 12 – Ahoi Ashtami October 13 – Radha Ashtami October 15 – Rama Ekadasi Vrat October 17 – Dhanvantri Jayanti October 17 – Dhanteras October 17 – Pradosh Vrat October 17 – Yama Deepdan October 17 – Aippasi month begins in Tamil Calendar October 17 – Thulam Month begins in Malayalam Calendar October 18 – Kartik Month begins in Bengali Calendar October 18 – Roop Chaudas October 18 – Hanuman Jayanti, Kali Chaudash October 18 – Narak Chaturdasi – Diwali in South India Oct…

Every living being in the universe works hard for the essential

A steady income, clean water, and food, a small but neat place to live are part of the essential and we all should work hard for the essential. Then be content with what we have. Not working hard for the essential, finding reason and excuse in philosophy is nothing but laziness.

Rejoice in the way things are but only after attaining the necessary. The philosopher who said to rejoice in the way things are did not mean to live in filth and without working or by cheating. What he meant was not to be greedy – not to run madly after possessions.

Some people have this uncanny knack of distorting philosophy and religious teachings for their own purpose. People who are lazy, afraid of failure, not ready to work hard or be committed or be dedicated or disciplined or experiment distort philosophy and find refuge in them.

Every living being in the universe works hard for the essential. It is only human beings who have an issue with working. We are either lazy or we use unscrupulous methods to a…

Hindu Calendar Today – October 1, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Sunday, October 1, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon on the entire day on October 1 and till 12:12 AM on October 2.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 1, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – It is an auspicious and good day till 2:10 PM. Nakshatra – Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatra till 6:56 PM on October 1. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Avittam Nakshatram till 8:44 PM on October 2.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatram till 8:10 PM on October 1. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Avittam Nakshatram till 9:23 PM on October 2.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi till 7:50 AM on October 2.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Makar Rashi til…