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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)

Nimba Saptami - Nimb Saptami dedicated to Neem Tree

Nimba Saptami, also known as Nimb or Neemba, is dedicated to Neem Tree. It is observed on the seventh day during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase) of Margashirsha month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Nimba Saptami 2019 date is December 3. Nimba or Neemba is widely used in Hindu culture as a medicine.
Pujas are offered to Nimba tree on the day.
Such rituals in Hindu tradition are part of respecting nature and valuing each plant and animal in Nature.

The ritual is mainly observed on the day in North India. Neem Tree is of great significance in Hindu culture.
People chew the leaves of the tree on the day. It is bitter but is believed to be a treasure house of medicines.
Some people believe that observe the day is sort of a preparation to face the upcoming winter season.

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…

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…

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.

Earlier
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,…

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…

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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Hindu Calendar Today – October 25, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:09 AM on October 25.Then onward it isShukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:17 AM on October 26. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 25, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – An average day – neither good nor bad. Nakshatra – Mool or Moolam Nakshatra till 7:27 PM on October 25. Then onward it is Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatram till 10:00 PM on October 26.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Mool or Moolam Nakshatram till 8:49 PM on October 25. Then onward it is Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatram till 11:52 PM on October 26.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 4:35 AM on October 27.
In western parts of India (Mahar…

Chhath Katha – Story Associated with Chhath Puja

Story of Chhath Puja is mainly associated with Mahabharata and Ramayana. Here is some of the popular Chhath Katha: Chhath Story Associated with Bhagavan Sri Ram and Mata Sita There is a belief that Bhagavan Sri Ram and Mata Sita observed Chhath puja on returning to Ayodhya after their exile period in the Ramayana. This is the reason why it is observed on the sixth day after Diwali. The popular legend is that Bhagavan Sri Ram returned to Ayodhya from Lanka on the Diwali day. Bhagavan Sri Ram belongs to the Suryavanshi dynasty (Sun dynasty). Therefore, it is natural for him to have invoked Surya (the sun god). Observed by Karna There is a popular belief that Chhath worship was started by the great warrior Karna of the Mahabharata. Karna is the son of Lord Surya and Kunti. Draupadi Observed Chhath to Get Back the Lost Kingdom Chhath Vrata and Puja find mention in the Mahabharata. It is believed that Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas, had performed the Chhath Puja. She performed it du…

Surya Grahan 2018 in India – Solar Eclipse dates in 2018 in India – Surya Grahanam

Surya Grahan 2018 in India (Solar Eclipse dates) based on Hindu calendar and panchang – India Standard Time. There are three partial solar eclipses in 2018 - Surya Grahanam. But they are not visible in India. Detail dates of Surya Grahan in 2018 are given below: Solar Eclipse on February 15, 2018  Surya Grahan on February 15, 2018 is not visible in India.It is only visible in South America and Antarctica.As it is not visible in India, the Grahan is not followed by panchangs and temples in India.Hindu temples will not be closed.There is no need to follow any rituals and fasting. Solar Eclipse on July 13, 2018  It is not visible in India.It is only visible in South Australia.Panchangs and Hindu calendars have ignored the Grahan.No fasting and other rituals. Solar Eclipse on August 11, 2018 It is not visible in India.It is only visible in north Europe and North East Asia.Hindu temples and calendars have ignored the Grahan.There is no need to follow any rituals. You need to follow the Graha…

Chhath Puja Prasad – Bhog – Food Offered and Eaten During Chhath Puja

Chhath Puja is spread over four days and different types of food are offered as Prasad or bhog to the deity. Special food is eaten during the Chhath puja by the devotee undertaking the fasting. Thekua is a special food prepared during the vrat. Here is a list of food prepared on the four days.

Garlic and Onions are not used during Chhath period in many homes where the ritual is observed. First day of Chhath Arwa chawal (parboiled rice)dal made using Chanasabji made using Kaddu (pumpkin) are offered as Prasad.sabji or curry made using green lauki is a must on the day for many familiesIn some regions, the dal for the day is made using chana and kaddu. It is consumed by the person undertaking the fasting and by family members. Second day Fasting is observed from from sunrise to sunset on the day. The Prasad offered and consumed after evening puja are: Kheer made using jaggery.Roti prepared using gheeBananaSabji made of Kaddu (pumpkin) is consumed on the day in many regions. Third Day – the…

Shani Grah Changing Its House or Rashi on October 26, 2017

Shani Grah will be changing its house or Rashi on October 26, 2017. It will be leaving Vrischika Rashi and entering Dhanu Rashi. This change is good for people born in Mesha, Simha and Tula Rashi. People in these rashi can expect happy days. Some can expect gains in financial matters. The change is not good for Kanya and Vrishabha Rashi.

Sade Sati will begin for Makar Rashi born people from October 26, 2017.

The change is generally good for MeshaSimhaTula The change is bad for VrishabhaKanyaDhanuMakar The change is neither good nor bad for MithunaKarkaVrischikaKumbhaMeena

Ayilyam Ootu in Kerala Temples

Ayilyam Ootu is observed on the Ayilyam Nakshatra day (Aslesha Nakshatra) in a traditional Malayalam month in temples in Kerala. The puja is dedicated to Nagas or Snakes.

Nagas are propitiated on the day for curing skin diseases and for childbirth in the family.

It is also performed for removing various Naga Dosha.
The ritual is also known as Valliya Ayilyam.

The ritual is performed in all important Naga Temples and also in temples that have Nagas as important subsidiary deity.

Ayilyam Ootu is gaining popularity these days as many people are suffering from infertility and they find relief after performing the ritual.

Why Rest is Equally Important as Work? - 10 Thoughts on Rest

Resting is not laziness or idling away. It is recuperation. Rest is equally important as work because it recharges our energy. It is the way to refresh our life – make it fresh and bright. Few thoughts on the importance of rest: There should be enough sleep and rest during a day. It should not be less or more. Both overindulgence and deprivation are harmful.Night is for sleeping and day is for working.Rest is a gift after a great labor not for sloth.The hours of sleep needed varies from person to person. One needs to find out the exact time needed for recuperation.Going to bed early and getting up early should be the mantra. The best time to do important works, study, write…etc is early morning hours.Those who sleep daily for more than eight hours should attempt to reduce it. The easiest way is to reduce it by minutes. Wake up 5 minute early daily and soon you will be able to adjust the number of hours.During daytime, take small breaks as this will energize you. Drink lots of water du…

Story of Dhanurdasa and Sri Ramanujacharya – Fascination for Physical Beauty

The story of Dhanurdasa and Sri Ramanujacharya is associated with the famous Sri Ranganatha temple at Srirangam in Tamil Nadu. The story narrates about the futility of the fascination of physical beauty.

It was the Brahmotsavam festival at Srirangam Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple. Hundreds of men and women had gathered to see Sri Ranganatha go on a procession seated on the shoulders of Garuda, his ratha.

The Lord came out led by priests chanting the mantras, devotees singing His glories and musicians creating a wonderful melody. In the vast gathering, everyone had their eyes focused on the Lord and His consort Mother Lakshmi.

But amidst them walked a handsome, strong man holding a big umbrella over the head of a beautiful, large-eyed young lady, Hemamba. Sri Ramanujacharya noticed the young man who had eyes for nothing but the beauty of his woman.

The Acharya sent for him and asked what he saw in the woman that made him forget the world and walk happily without shame or fear of public c…

Chandra Grahan 2018 in India – Lunar Eclipse dates in 2018 in India – Chandra Grahanam

Chandra Grahan 2018 dates based on Hindu calendar – India Standard Time. There are two lunar eclipses – Chandra Grahan – in 2018. The Chandra Grahan on January 31, 2018, and July 27, 2018 (ends early morning hours on July 28) are visible in India. Detail dates of all Chandra Grahanam in 2018 are given below: Chandra Grahan on January 31, 2018 - Total Lunar Eclipse  It is visible during moonrise.Time in India is from 5:18 PM to 8:41 PM.As it is during evening hours, the Grahan is followed in India by panchangs and temples.Hindu temples will remain closed as per tradition.It is a Total Lunar Eclipse – Purna Chandra Grahan The earth shadow will completely cover the moon from 6:22 PM to 7:38 PMMid Eclipse is at 7:00 PMThose Hindus who perform fasting need to start it before 9 hours of the beginning of the eclipse.You need to follow the rituals only if you are staying in the place where the grahan is taking place. Chandra Grahan on July 27 - 28, 2018  - Total Lunar Eclipse (early hours on …

Kankabhisheka in Hinduism – Showering of God Coins

Kankabhisheka in Hinduism literally means showering of gold coins on an individual as an honor or as a part of a religious rite. The ritual is performed either by directly showering gold coins over a person or by pour water over the coins placed in a sieve above the head of the person. When is it performed? It is mainly performed with Shatabhishekam – a ceremony observed when person has witnessed one thousand full moons. Some communities observe it when a person completes his/her 80th birthday.

Kankabhisheka ritual is also performed by disciples to honor pontiffs, teachers and scholars. The coins used in the ritual are used for educational and charitable purposes. Why is it performed and the benefits? It is believed that the ritual confers prosperity and longevity on the recipient.

The ritual is equal to taking holy dip in Ganga River, visit teerthas, practicing chandrayana or giving alms.

The rite has the capability for elevating ten generations of ancestors in the past and descen…

Importance of Chanting the Name of God – Acharya Gaurav Krishna Goswami

The one who takes shelter in chanting the name of Pradhu will never have anything to fear. The name you chant will manifest miracles in your life. Be it Rama, Krishna, Radhey, Durga or Shiva there is no difference in any of these entities. It totally depends upon which name allures you.

Reciting any name that enchants you will lead you to your goal.

The fact is that whatever name you choose with sincere dedication, it is bound to yield the same results.

Bhakta Prahlada proclaimed to his father Hiranyakashipu, “What fear will I have when I have taken shelter in the name of Rama?” And this is the ultimate truth, there is nothing to fear when you take shelter in recitation of God’s name.

There are some requirements that need to be fulfilled to be able to truly surrender. Most important one is that the devotee should accept those things that are favorable for bhakti and reject those that are unfavorable.
The unflinching faith that Krishna is our only protector should always be kept ablaz…

Labh Pancham 2019 - Importance and Why Labh Panchami is Observed in Gujarat

Labh Pancham is observed on the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Kartik Month as per traditional Gujarati Calendar. Labh Pancham 2019 date is November 1. It is a festival associated with Diwali especially in Gujarat. People who could not perform Lakshmi Puja and Sharada puja on the Diwali day observe it on the day.

In some regions business establishments and shops are opened on the day after Diwali holidays.

The day is also known as Lakheni Panchami and Saubhagya Panchami.

Prayers are on the day offered to Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi for a prosperous year. In some regions people donate money or clothes or food to the poor on the day.

The first business done on the day is also considered highly auspicious.

The day is also observed as Pandav Panchami in many regions.