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Why is Sri Krishna known as Ranchor?

Ranchor is a popular name of Bhagavan Sri Krishna especially in Gujarat and parts of Rajasthan. Ranchor means ‘one who walked away from battle.’ The name is not used mockingly or sarcastically. It is uttered with devotion and piety. The name indicates that Bhagavan Sri Krishna was not interested in war and he avoided unnecessary bloodshed. Story of Ranchor Jarasandha, ruler of Magadha, tried to avenge the slaying of Kamsa, his son-in-law by Sri Krishna. He attacked Mathura 17 times. Each time, Sri Krishna and Balarama successfully defended their kingdom.

But Sri Krishna soon realized that if Yadavas were to progress as a community then they had to make a strategic withdrawal from the war.

All the wealth and energy of the Yadavas were being used to defend against the attacks of Jarasandha. Sri Krishna thus decided to shift their capital to Dwaraka southwest of Mathura, out of reach of Jarasandha’s army.
It was this wise decision that resulted in Sri Krishna being called Ranchor.

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Laxmi Narayan Mandir in Rourkela

Laxmi Narayan Mandir at Rourkela is located atop a small hill amidst sylvan surroundings. The temple has murtis of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. The shrine is situated in sector 24 of Rourkela city.

Constructed in the year 1966, the temple is noted for its architecture. Three domes of the shrine are typical to temples found in other parts of Odisha.
Special pujas are performed during Sankranti.
Several devotees participate in the evening aarati - this is the most auspicious occasion here.

Another Small but Important Shrine

Panchu Mahadeva Temple at Budhakhol near Buguda in Odisha

Panchu Mahadeva Temple is a cluster of five temples dedicated to Lord Shiva (know more about the shrine here)

Another shrine dedicated to Ma Bhadrakali

Ma Bhadrakali Mandir at Itkhori near Chatra in Jharkhand - it is widely believed that Sri Ram, Lakshman and Mata Sita resided in the area during their exile period in the Ramayana. (know more about the shrine here)

Do Not Expect God to Take Your Functions – Story

Once, there lived a sage on the banks of a river. There was a village nearby on the bank of the river and the villagers came to the sage for advice.

One day a shepherd from the village came to the sage and told him that the people in the village did not respect him and they treated him badly. He did not know how to protect himself.

The sage consoled him and told him not to worry and to depend on God and everything will be all right.

A few days later, there was torrential rain in the region and the surging waters of the river flooded the village. Majority of the people escaped to safety except for the shepherd who had taken refuge in the roof of his home. He kept praying and did nothing to escape from the surging waters.

A villager who saw him stuck on the rooftop swam near him and offered to save him.

He told the villager that he did not trust him and he only trusted God who will come to rescue him.

A few hours later, a boat came through the area and people in it offered to help but…

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Tuesday, October 31, 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 till 3:11 PM on October 31.Then onward it isShukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:54 PM on November 1. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 31, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time after 7:10 AM. Nakshatra – Shathabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatra till 4:55 AM on October 31. Then onward it is Purva Bhadrapada or Pooruruttathi Nakshatram till 5:29 AM on November 1.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Shathabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram till 7:38 AM on October 31. Then onward it is Purva Bhadrapada or Pooruruttathi Nakshatram till 7:41 AM on November 1.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumb…

How to do or perform Tulsi Vivah Ritual? - A Complete Guide to Tulsi Puja Procedure and Tulsi Kalyanam?

Tulsi Vivah, or Tulsi Shaligram Wedding, is a popular Hindu ritual observed in the month of Kartik (October – November). Tulasi, or Tulsi, is holy basil and is an important religious symbol in Hinduism. Tulsi Vivah Puja is observed on different dates in Kartik month in different parts of India. The method of performing Tulsi Vivah Pooja also varies from community to community and depends mainly how the usual marriage ceremony is performed. Here is a step by step guide on How Tulsi Vivah is performed.
Please note that this is just to give a rough idea and the methods vary from region to region. Tulsi Vivah Dates Tulsi Vivah is observed on the Ekadasi that falls after Diwali. Some communities perform it on the day after Ekadasi – that is the Dwadashi day. In some regions it is performed on the Kartik Purnima day or full moon day after Ekadasi. For some communities, the Tulsi Vivah rituals begin on the Ekadasi day and end on Poornima day. Or it is observed on any one of the days during th…

Story of Little Namdev Feeding Milk to Lord Vitthal of Pandarpur

Sant Shiromani Shree Namdev Maharaj was born in a family who were staunch followers of the Lord Vitthal of Pandarpur. This incarnation of Sri Krishna Bhagavan is responsible for the bhakti cult in India during the middle ages. Bhakti, or devotion, can perform the impossible and little Namdev showed it when Lord Vitthal appeared to drink the milk he offered.

Sant Namdev was five years old when his father had to leave the town of Pandarpur for some business. He instructed the little Namdev to offer naivedya to Lord Vitthal at the Pandarpur temple.

Little Namdev carried milk as naivedya to Lord Vitthal.

He offered the milk; went outside and waited for the Lord to have the milk.

He returned after a while and saw that the glass of milk remained the same.

He then started pleading with Lord Vitthal to drink the milk. He told Vitthal that he would not move from the spot until Lord drank the milk.

Hours passed. Little Namdev did not move from the spot.

The innocent and untainted devotion of l…

Life History of Bhakta Kanakadasa

Bhakta Kanakadasa (1508 AD to 1606 AD) is a mystic poet in the Haridasa tradition of Karnataka. The life history of this great leader of the Bhakti tradition is filled with adventures and miracles. He was also a revolutionary who led socio-religious movement against the caste system. But today he is famous for his Kirtanas, short songs, that unmask the hypocrisy in society. Birth He was born in the Dasa tribe at Kaginele in Dharward District, Karnataka. Kuruba community also claims him as their ancestor. Village Chief The popular belief is that he was the village chief of Bada and renounced worldly comforts because of losses in family and humiliation in battle. Education – Bhakti Vyasaraya, a contemporary of Purandaradasa, initiated him into neo-Vaishanavism.He was the greatest exponent of the Haridasa tradition in poetry and song, which characterized the medieval Kannada literature.He was a wandering mendicant and visited popular shrine of his period in Tirupati, Hampi, Udupi etc. Mi…

How to overcome obstacles to contemplative life – Swami Atmasthananda

The usual complaint is that it is very difficult to lead an inward life of contemplation amidst the rush and bustle of everyday life. But with earnestness and unshakable determination one is sure to succeed.

Spiritual practice – japa, prayer and meditation – should play a very vital role in the lives of all. This is a sure way to peace despite all the hindrances that one has to face in daily life.

Sri Ramakrishna has said that a devotee should hold on to the feet of the Lord with the right hand and clear the obstacles of everyday life with the other.
There are two primary obstacles to contemplative life. The first one is posed by personal internal weaknesses. One must have unswerving determination to surmount these. The second one consists of external problems. These we have to keep out, knowing them to be harmful impediments to our goal.

– Swami Atmasthananda - was the 15th President of the Ramakrishna Mission

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Monday, October 30, 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 Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:16 PM on October 30.Then onward it isShukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:11 PM on October 31. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 30, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Dhanishta or Avittam Nakshatra till 3:52 AM on October 30. Then onward it is Shathabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram till 4:55 AM on October 31.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Dhanishta or Avittam Nakshatram till 6:44 AM on October 30. Then onward it is Shathabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram till 7:38 AM on October 31.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rashi till 11:21 PM on Oct …

Success in Life Depends On Self-Discipline

We are surrounded by such comforts and gadgets that even the greatest emperor of the ancient world would be jealous of us. We have made a lot of materialistic progress and we have gadgets that have made our lives easy. But are we happy? Are we content? Do we make good use of the resources available with us? If the answer is no, then we are not disciplined. Self-discipline is necessary for success in life. Discipline is necessary to have a peaceful, healthy and happy life. It is essential to make good use of all resources available to us.

Waking up early in morning makes life a whole lot easy. It gives us the extra time in the morning to prepare for the job and office. We can also find the extra time to exercise, meditate and to keep our house neat and clean. Wake up half an hour before sunrise, and you will notice several changes in your life – you will be punctual, you will feel healthier and you will find your house more appealing as you will be investing time to make it look pretty…

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Sunday, October 29, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth 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 2:08 PM on October 29.Then onward it isShukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:16 PM on October 30. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 29, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatra till 2:19 AM on October 29. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Avittam Nakshatram till 3:52 AM on October 30.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatram till 5:03 AM on October 29. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Avittam Nakshatram till 6:44 AM on October 30.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi till 3:06 PM on October 29. Then onw…

Kumbh Mela 2019 Allahabad – True Meaning – Information and Importance of Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019

The Ardh Kumbh Mela at Allahabad – known as Prayag, Prayagraj, Sangam and Teertharaj – begins on January 14, 2019 and culminates on March 4, 2019. Detail information regarding Kumbh Mela 2019 Allahabad can be read below. In importance Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 is next to the main Kumbh Mela (2025).
What is Ardh Kumbh Mela? Kumbh Mela is an important sacred holy pilgrimage in Hindu religion that takes in four important locations in India. The pilgrimage takes place once in twelve years in Allahabad, Nasik, Ujjain and Haridwar. Ardh Kumbh Mela or Half-Kumbh Mela takes place in these four locations during the sixth year of the twelve-year cycle. The most important bathing ritual dates during Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019: Monday, 15 January 2019 – Makar Sankranti (1st Shahi Snan)Monday, 21 January 2019 – Paush PurnimaMonday, 04 February 2019 – Mauni Amavasya (2nd Shahi Snan)Sunday, 10 February 2019 – Basant Panchami (3rd Shahi Snan)Tuesday, 19 February 2019 – Maghi PurnimaMonday, 4 March 2019 – Maha S…

Tulsi Puja 2018 date – Tulsi Shaligram Puja - Tulsi Vivah Puja in 2018

Tulsi Puja, also known as Tulsi Shaligram Puja, is observed during the waxing phase of the moon in Kartik month as per traditional lunar calendar. Tulsi, Holy Basil, is associated with Lord Krishna and is found in the majority of Hindu homes and is worshiped daily. Tulsi Puja 2018 date – the date of Tulsi Puja is November 19 for those observing it on Uthana Ekadasi. November 20 for those communities observing it on Karthika Shuddha Dwadashi or the day after Ekadasi. Some communities observe it on Kartik Purnima, which is on November 23.

Please note that the ritual can be observed on any date between November 19 and November 23.

Tulsi Puja is usually performed between Karthik Shuddh Ekadasi and Kartik Purnima.

The main ritual involves the wedding of Tulsi Plant to Lord Vishnu in the form of Shaligram.

Tulsi Pooja also marks the end of Diwali fortnight for many communities.

Greatness of Tulsi Puja

It is believed in Hinduism that Lord Vishnu goes to sleep on Ashada Shukla Paksha Ekadasi …

Sabarimala Room Booking 2017 - 2018 - Accommodation Online Reservation Details at Sabarimala

If you are looking to stay at Sabarimala in 2017 - 2018, then the best option is the room provided by Travancore Devaswom Board – that manages the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. You will need to register online at the official website for accommodation. Payments too can be made online. You will need to upload your photo and details of id proof while registering.
You can get more details here at the official website of Travancore Devaswom Board.

If the above link is not working you can try the new TDB link here.

The problems

It takes tons of patience to register online.
You will need to make several attempts before you will succeed.
The connection will be reset number of times.
Attempt during early morning hours or around midnight for easy access.

If you wish to chase your dream, you need to have…

If you want to achieve your dream, you need to break the natural order of things. Dreams are never achieved when you follow a set pattern or by staying in the comfort zone.

Following your dream means, you will walk a path that is not followed by the majority. To walk a different path you need courage and conviction.

As no one has walked before in the path, there will be difficulties and problems. You might fall and break a bone or two in the process. This is natural when you follow your dream.

You will face stiff resistance from people who are used to set pattern. There will be pressure from family to follow the order. Relationships will come under strain.

The path will never be an easy one. You need to be prepared for conflict and disruption.

Never take the path if you are not prepared to face the difficulties.

One needs to be prepared to face and overcome bitter opposition, loneliness, accusations, mockery, financial difficulties, abandonment…

Your friends, relatives, family m…

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Saturday, October 28, 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 12:54 PM on October 28.Then onward it isShukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:08 PM on October 29. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 28, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – A good and auspicious day. Nakshatra – Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 12:20 AM on October 28. Then onward it is Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatram till 2:19 AM on October 29.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatram till 2:42 AM on October 28. Then onward it is Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatram till 5:03 AM on October 29.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi till 3:06 PM on October 29.
In west…

Sanjaya in the Mahabharata

Sanjaya was Dhritarashtra's charioteer in the Mahabharata. He was endowed with divine vision by Vyasa, which helped him narrate the incidents in the Kurukshetra to the blind king Dhritarashtra.

Sanjaya was also lucky to have darshan of the Vishwaroopam of Vishnu, which he displayed to Arjuna while delivering the Bhagavad Gita.

Sanjaya went on behalf of Dhritarashtra to find out about the welfare of Pandavas during their exile period.

He also visited the Pandavas as a messenger just before the beginning of the Kurukshetra war.

Sanjaya was not a mere charioteer, he was respected by all the characters in the Mahabharata. He used to warn Dhritarashtra about the consequences of endorsing the wicked deeds of Duryodhana.

Sanjaya never abandoned Dhritarashtra. When the blind king went to the forest after the Great War in the Mahabharata, he followed his master.

When forest fire engulfed them, Sanjaya did not leave the king. But when Dhritarashtra, pleaded with him to get out of the fire …

Lotus in the Vedas

Lotus in Hindu religion symbolizes creative power, fertility and abundance, prosperity and wisdom and much more. The symbolism of Lotus is Hindu in its origin. In Vedas, Lotus finds mention in the Sri Suktam in the Rig Veda.

Pundarika and Pushkara, the white and blue varieties of Lotus, are mentioned in the Rig Veda.

Lotus is equated with Sri, glory and beauty. It is also associated with Agni, Lakshmi and auspiciousness.

The divine source of Lotus is found in the Brahmanas.

Atharva Veda calls lotus a heart.

Krishna Yajur Veda mentions the Lord in a divine slumber wearing lotus garland.

Taittiriya Aranyaka narrates about the popular symbolism of Lotus appearing from the navel of Vishnu and Brahma sitting on it.
Lotus is equated with ovary by the Garbhopanishad.

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Loving God without any expectation is true devotion – Yudhishtira

During their exile period in the Mahabharata, the Pandavas reached the mighty Himalayas. They made their dwelling in the forest in the Himalayas. In spite of bad fortune, Yudhishtira continued with his prayers and worship. He never complained about his bad fortune neither did he blame God for it.

Draupadi wanted to know from Yudhishthira as to how he could love God after suffering so much of misery.

Yudhishthira answered:

Look at the Himalayas. They are breathtaking. I love them. They do not give be back anything. My nature is to love the grand and the beautiful therefore I love them.

Similarly, I love God. He is the source of all beauty, of all sublimity. He is the only One to be loved. My nature is to love Him.

I do not pray for anything. I do not ask for anything. Let him place me wherever He likes. I love Him for love’s sake.
Loving God without any expectation is true devotion and love.

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Conquer falsehood by truth – Mahabharat

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, October 27, 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 11:14 AM on October 27.Then onward it isShukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:54 PM on October 28. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 27, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – A good and auspicious day till 2:40 PM. Nakshatra – Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatra on the entire day on October 27 and till 12:20 AM on October 28.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatram on the entire day on October 27 and till 2:42 AM on October 28.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 4:35 AM on October 27. Then onward it is Makar Rashi till 3:06 PM on October 29.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra,…

Gujarati Calendar 2018 Online – Download Traditional Calendar of Gujarat 2018 - Vikram Samvat 2074 - 2075

This Gujarati Calendar 2018 followed in Gujarat in India is provided for free by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. The 2018 Gujarati Calendar contains important festivals in Gujarat and uses Gujarati language to mention tithi, fasting, festival details and Sud and Vad Paksha in a traditional Gujarati Month. This Gujarat calendar of 2018 is not in pdf format. But you can save the webpage and use it.
Please note that this calendar is as per Gujarat Vikram Samvat 2074 – 2075.


You can download it here at the official website of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.

The Death of Queen Satyavati – How Satyavati Died in the Mahabharata?

Satyavati was the wife of King Shantanu and the Queen of Hastinapura. She was the great matriarch of a great dynasty. The death of Queen Satyavati is mentioned in the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata.

She wanted her children to be the rulers of Hastinapura. So she got Bhishma to relinquish his rightful claim to the throne of Hastinapura. She also made him promise that he will be a celibate.

However, she gave birth to two sons who could not take over the kingdom. Chitranganda died in a duel and Vichitravirya was a weakling. He even could not find a wife. Bhishma had to abduct the three princesses of Kashi – Amba, Ambika, and Ambalika – for him to get married. However, he died before fathering her children.

With no heir, the kingdom of Hastinapur was on the verge of disintegrating. Bhishma was not ready to break his vow of celibacy.

She then took the help of her firstborn son, Sage Vyasa, who fathered Dhritarashtra in Ambika and Pandu in Ambalika.

Again, her ambition of having a powerful d…

Why picture of chariot should not be placed in a Hindu home? – Another Superstition

Picture, photos or sculpture of chariots should not be placed in a Hindu home. This is a belief prevalent among certain Hindu communities. However, it is ignored by majority of Hindus as most Hindu homes do have the picture of Bhagavad Gita with Sri Krishna riding the chariot with Arjuna on it. So is it just another superstition.

What is the reason for the belief? It is based on the belief that chariot or ratha was used for war from ancient times. Anything associated with war has negative energy. Therefore it is believed that such pictures, photos or sculptures will create rift in the family. There will be constant fights among family members and relatives and there will be no peace in the home.

How far the belief is true? It is not true at all. Firstly, the chariot in Hinduism is a symbol. The symbol is used in Katha Upanishad in the Krishna Yajur Veda. The human personality is itself a ratha, which is on a yatra from beginningless time.  Imagine yourself to be the master of a chari…

Quotes on Lord Vishnu from Srimad Bhagavad Purana and Vishnu Purana

Nobody knows your essence, worship forms which appear as your incarnations. (Vishnu Purana 1. 4. 17)
Just as from an inexhaustible lake thousands of streams flow on all sides so also from Hari, sum of all reality, come forth countless incarnations. The seers, lawgivers, the gods, the human races, the lord of progeny all are parts of him. (Srimad Bhagavad Purana 1.3.26-27).

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I bow down to that Pure Consciousness Divine – a shoreless ocean of happiness, which is All-pervading (Vishnu), the Beloved of Shri, the all-knowing Lord of the Universe, assuming endless forms and yet ever-free, having an inscrutable power to become (apparently) the Cause of creation, maintenance, and dissolution of the universe. (Vakya Vritti)

Desire is never satiated by enjoyment as fire, fed with oil, becomes the more intense. (Vishnu Purana)

Those who do not know this entire world as consciousness in reality see it as material and drift in the ocean of delusion. (Vishnu Purana, 1.4.40)

The earth is uphe…

Hindu Calendar Today – October 26, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Thursday, October 26, 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 9:17 AM on October 26.Then onward it isShukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:14 AM on October 27. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 26, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – An average day – neither good nor bad. Nakshatra – Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 10:00 PM on October 26. Then onward it is Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatram on the entire day on October 27 and till 12:20 AM on October 28.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatram till 11:52 PM on October 26. Then onward it is Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatram on the entire day on October 27 and till 2:42 AM on October 28…

Gokuldham Temple Goregaon East | Timings | Importance

Gokuldham Temple at Goregaon East in Mumbai, Maharashtra is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna and the name of the mandir is Krishna Vatika Devasthan. Detail temple timings is given below.

The main murti worshipped in the temple are that of Bhagavan Sri Krishna and Radha Rani.

The temple has murtis of numerous gods and goddesses in Hinduism.

Tirupati Balaji and Goddess Padmavati shrine in the temple hosts a numerous rituals and festivals based on Tirumala Tirupati Calendar.

Other deities worshipped in the temple are Navgrahas, Goddess Durga, Khatu Shyam, Shirdi Sai Baba, Khatushyam, Shiva and Parvati.

It is a well-maintained and neat temple. It is a good place to find some peace in the crowded and busy city like Mumbai. Gokuldham Temple Timings Morning Darshan time is from 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Darshan time is from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Story – Hanuman Appearing in the Form of Parrot to Help Tulsidas

Tulsidas, the saint poet and author of Ramacharitamanas, had vision, or darshan, of Hanuman at Benaras (Kashi – Varanasi). Tulsidas only wanted one boon from Hanuman that was to have darshan of Bhagavan Sri Ram. To help Tulsidas have darshan of Bhagavan Sri Ram, Hanuman took the form of a parrot. You can read the story below:

Tulsidas was promised darshan of Bhagavan Sri Ram by Hanuman. To have the darshan, Hanuman asked the poet to visit Chitrakoot. However, when Bhagavan appeared before him, the great saint poet was unable to recognize him.

During a fair at Chitrakoot, Acharya Tulsidasji was seated on the riverfront grinding sandalwood. He applied Tilak on the forehead of the devotees who came to the riverfront to worship and take holy dip.

Bhagavan Sri Ram approached Tulsidas in the form of a young boy. The poet applied tilak on the forehead of the boy but did not recognize it was Bhagavan.

The boy then takes some sandalwood paste and applies on the Tusidas’s forehead.

Hanuman who…

Hanuman Puja for Shani Shanti – Ideal Remedy for Sade Sati

Hanuman Puja is the best option for Shani shanti and the ideal upay (remedy) for Sade Sati. The puja should be performed on all Tuesdays and Saturdays. The puja can be performed by any person suffering in life due to the bad position of Shani Navgrah in their horoscope.
Top ten ways to please Hanuman and escape from the bad effects of Sade Sati. Chant Rama Raksha Stotra in a Hanuman temple.Offer jaggery and channa to Hanuman.Do the japa of the name of Ram – Ram naam jap at home or in a Hanuman temple.Offer food to monkeys and other animals.Wear a mala made using black thread in a Hanuman Temple.Wear a Lal Chandan mala after puja performed on it in a Hanuman Temple.Chant the mantra ‘श्रीहनुमतेनमः’ 108 times using a Rudraksha Mala.Offer sindhoor on the feet of Hanuman and then wear it on the forehead.Make a mala using the leaves of Tulsi and then offer it to Hanuman.Planting fruit bearing trees on Tuesdays and Saturdays is highly beneficial.Earlier Importance of Kadali or Banana in Hindu…

Soorasamharam - Importance - Story of Muruga Soorasamharam Festival and Date in 2017

Soorasamharam date based on Tamil Calendar. Soorasamharam, or Surasamharam, is the penultimate day of Skanda Shasti fasting. Soorasamharam 2018 date is November 13. The popular belief is that Lord Muruga killed Soorapadman with his ‘Vel’ and this divine act is known as Soorasamharam. On the day, devotees celebrate this victory of good over evil and restoration of Dharma. The next day is observed as Thirukalyanam - the divine marriage of Muruga and Devasena.
Story of Soorasamharam According to Skanda Purana, the demons under the leadership of Surapadma, Simhamukha and Tarakasura defeated the Devas and took over the earth. They started harassing the human beings and there was Adharma all around.

Lord Brahma, the demi-gods and humans prayed to Lord Shiva to intervene and to put an end to the demons Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati gave birth to Lord Muruga – the most handsome god and the commander of the Devas.

Lord Muraga then appeared to fight the demons and the fight continued for six…

Man is Never Alone – Mahabharata

You think that I am single and alone, But you are forgetting the supreme truth who dwells within you. Whatever wrong is being performed by you, he sees and notes it all.
Heaven, earth, and sea, sun moon and wind and fire Day, night, the twilights, and the judge of souls The god of justice and the heart itself All see and note the conduct of a man. (Mahabharata)
We think that we are alone in this world. This is a wrong notion. No one can be alone. We all are connected by that Supreme Truth. Whatever we do in this life will reflect in our subsequent life.

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