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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…

Shani Mantra While and Before Wearing Neelam – Blue Sapphire

Neelam – Blue Sapphire – stone is worn by many people to overcome the bad effects of Sade Sati and the bad positioning of Shani Bhagavan in the horoscope (Janam Kundali). The mantra to be chanted while and before wearing the neelam gemstone is given below:

ॐनमोभगवतेशनिश्चरायसूर्यपुत्रायनम:

The mantra should be chanted after taking bath.
For best result perform it on Saturday.

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 …