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Why is Diwali Celebrated?

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is the most widely observed Hindu festival. Here are the reasons as to why is Diwali celebrated? Apart from Hindus, the festival is also observed by Sikhs and Jains.
Victory Over Ignorance Diwali is known as the ‘Festival of Lights’ - it refers to the rows of earthen lamps celebrants place around their homes. Diwali light symbolizes the victory of knowledge over ignorance, and goodness over evil. It further represents an awareness of God in our lives. Victory of Good over EvilThe popular legend in Hinduism associated with Diwali marks the day when Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya, the capital of his kingdom, from a forced exile after defeating Ravana, the ultimate force of evil, in His time. His return symbolically represents the return of Dharma – peace, goodness, prosperity and happiness. In South India, Diwali is also believed to be the day when Lord Krishna annihilated Demon Narakasura and restored Dharma. Sikhs In addition to Hindus, Sikhs celebrate Diw…

Story of Chaste Damayanti – Wife of Nala

Queen Damayanti was the wife of King Nala. She is renowned for her chastity and noble thoughts. It is mentioned in the Mahabharata that Damayanti was able to annihilate a womanizer through her chastity.

King Nala lost a game of dice and both he and Damayanti are banished to spend twelve years in the forest.

Nala only had a single piece of cloth on this body. In the forest, once he attempted to catch a few birds with golden wings and lost his only garment.

King Nala and Damayanti were sleeping under a tree and they covered their body with what Damayanti had worn. Nala was worried about Damayanti in the dense forest and he knew she would not willingly leave him.

Therefore, he decided to abandon Damayanti thinking that upon not seeing him she will return to her father.

When Damayanti woke up Nala was not to be seen. While searching for her husband, she came across a tiger. She panicked and started running, with the tiger back on her trail.

Soon a hunter rescued her. However, he was a …

Lingam Puja – How to Worship Shivling at Home? - Rules of Worshiping Shiva Lingam

Shivling connects a devotee with the Supreme Being – Lord Shiva. Here is a brief idea on how to worship the Shivling at home? There are no fixed rules of worship. You can be always flexible while performing the Shiva Lingam Puja.
Essential ItemsShivling (small)WaterFive liquids (milk, honey, sugarcane juice, water, rose water or any other that is available locally)FlowersRegular puja items like diya, camphor, incense, agarbatti. The Shivling The lingam is the symbol of Lord Shiva and the lingam puja helps the devotee in understanding Lord Shiva. The Lord cannot be described but still we say he is without a beginning and an end and is without a form. It is difficult for a devotee to understand this formless nature. Therefore Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Jyotirlinga before Brahma and Vishnu. The Lingam thus is a symbol of Lord Shiva. Each Lingam puja, step by step, takes the devotee to the eternal truth – that he/she is part of the Supreme Being.

Worshipping Shivling at Home  Befo…

Why worship of Shiva can help in overcoming all the problems in life – Ten Reasons

If you are a follower of Hindu astrology, you might have realized that worship of Shiva is mentioned as a solution for all problems in life including the bad position of planets in the horoscope. Here are 10 reasons why worship of Shiva helps in overcoming all troubles in life.
Shiva is considered as the father of all knowledge. He is the beginning and end of Tantra to Mantra, from Yog to Samadhi. All knowledge rise and fall in him.He is the god among gods – Mahadev. He is Pashupati - the Lord of All Living Beings.Kaal or time is under his control and therefore he is Mahakaal.He is the Guru, or Teacher, of Devas (demigods) and Asuras (demons).He is the father of Ganapati who is worshipped first in the universe.He is the husband of Mother Goddess Jagadamba.He burned Kamdev into ashes and therefore he is Kameshwar. He carries Ganga and Chandra (moon) on his head. Poison does not affect him as he is Neelkantha. Snakes play on his body.Hanuman is his amsha avatar and thus he has the bless…

Wealth is the cause strife and pleasure is pursued by fool alone - Mahabharata

Sri Krishna talks to Duryodhana as Shantidoota or messenger of peace in Hastinapura court in the Mahabharata. The activity of wise is directed towards virtue, wealth, and pleasure.When not all of them are attainable, the wise aim for virtue and wealth.Again if it is impossible to achieve the two, the wise aim for Virtue.Wealth is the cause strife and pleasure and it is pursued by fool alone.The man who abandons virtue by being a slave of senses never attains happiness on earth.Desiring to secure profit and pleasure, through improper means, the foolish person abandon virtue.The one who practices virtue alone achieves true pleasure and true wealth.Virtue alone is the means of obtaining everything in this world.He who has the power of virtue flourishes like a flame in the forest. Related
Conquer falsehood by truth – Mahabharat

Hindu Calendar Today – October 11, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon till 12:35 PM on October 11. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon till 10:11 AM on October 12.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 11, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time till 9:05 AM. Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 2:32 PM on October 11. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatram till 12:53 PM on October 12.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatram till 10:26 AM on October 11. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatram till 8:57 AM on October 12.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi till 3:21 AM on…