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Sabarimala Darshan Online Booking Information – Fake or Real?

Lot of Ayyappa devotees want to get information regarding online booking of Sabarimala Darshan especially during the Mandala Makaravilakku period (November – December – January). Let me make it clear that there is No Sabarimala Darshan Online Booking for the world famous Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala in 2017 - 2018. If anyone is offering you online darshan booking then it is fake.

All devotees have to stand in the queue to have darshan at the hill shrine.

Then, you might be wondering what is this Sabarimala darshan online booking that people are talking about?

There is an online booking system but that is for the queue at Nadapanthal (the spot before entering the temple) not for darshan.

Online queue system at Sabarimala is to avoid overcrowding, congestion and stampede at the famous Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala. Kerala Police has started online registration for Darshan at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple.

Devotees can register online and join a separate queue at Nadapanthal at…

Auspicious Dates in 2018 For Moving House – Hindu Calendar and Panchang

Below are the auspicious dates in 2018 for moving house as per Hindu Calendar and Panchang.

January 2018 – There is no auspicious

February 2018 – February 5, 7, 9, 12 and Feb 24

March 2018 - March 3, 12, and March 14

April 2018 – April 23, 26, 27, 28 and April 30

May 2018 – May 2, 4, 7, 10, 11, 12, 20, 22 and May 25

June 2018 – June 16, 20, 22, 23, 25, 28 and June 30

July 2018 – July 5, 6, 28 and July 30

August 2018 – August 6, 8, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27 and August 29

September 2018 – September 3 and September 6

October 2018 – No Vastu Shanti Muhurat in October 2018

November 2018 – November 9

December 2018 – December 1, 3, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 24, 29 and December 31
Note – Dates before January 15, dates from March 15 to April 15 and dates from December 15 are not good in North India as there is Kharmas. If you are not following Kharmas then the dates are good for you.

Narayan Sarovar Kartik Purnima Festival and Fair in Kutch – Gujarat

Narayan Sarovar is located on Kori Creek in Lakhpat taluka of Kutch district, Gujarat, India. The international border with Pakistan is very close to the shrine. Narayan Sarovar Kartik Purnima Festival 2017 date is October 31 to November 4. An annual fair and festival is observed Narayan Sarovar in Kartik Month. The rituals begin on Karik Shukla Paksha Ekadasi and ends on Kartik Purnima. Narayan is one among the names of Vishnu and Sarovar means lake. The five-day Narayan Sarovar festival Shradh – rituals dedicated to dead ancestors in the family are performed during the period.Conglomeration of several Sadhus and holy persons happen here.It is a good place to meet Sanyasis and Sadhus – as many of them rarely appear in public. Importance of Narayan Sarovar It is one among the five holy lakes in Hinduism.Legend has it that there was severe drought in the entire region. Saints prayed to Lord Vishnu to show mercy. The merciful Bhagavan Srihari put touched the land with his toe and a lake …

How was Arjuna able to become a woman during the One Year Incognito Exile Period in the Mahabharata?

Arjuna became Brihannala, the eunuch, during the one-year incognito exile period in the Mahabharata. He was able to take the form of a napunsak due to a curse. There is a wrong notion that Arjuna became a woman. She did not become a woman but a shemale or transsexual.

During the exile period, Arjuna once went to meet Indra. Here Urvashi, the celestial woman or Apsara, happens to see Arjuna. She is attracted to the handsome man and proposes to him.

But Arjuna declines saying that she was the wife of Pururava, his ancestor and therefore she is like a mother to him.

Urvashi states that the rules of humans do not apply in heaven and she is above human laws and morality.

 Arjuna still refuses and Urvashi is unable to bear the rejection and she curses him to become a napunsak or eunuch.
Indra intervenes and reduces the curse to a year and asks him to use it to his advantage during the one year incognito exile period.

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Shani Vedic Mantra

Shani Vedic Mantra is a powerful Shani Bhagavan mantra for those people having Shani trouble in their horoscope (Janam Kundali) and suffering from Sade sati. Below is the Shani Vedic Mantra text in Hindi.

For the mantra to be effective, and to overcome troubles, the mantra should be chanted 108 times as per astrologers and jyothish books. On the day, black color food items should be donated like sesame oil, sesame or whole urad. श्रीनीलांजनसमाभासं, रविपुत्रंयमाग्रजम।छायामार्तण्डसम्भूतं, तंनमामिशनैश्चरम।। The manta should be only chanted on Saturday.
This mantra is an effective method to overcome the effects of Sade Sati.

Important Trees Mentioned in the Vedas

Trees have been regarded as sacred in the Sanatana Dharma. Here are some of the important trees mentioned in the Vedas.
Pipal – Ficus ReligiosaGular – Ficus GlomerataNeemBelBargad or Banyan – Ficus bengalensisAshoka – Sereca IndiaAmalaArjuna Pipal tree, as per Atharva Veda, is found in the heaven and Devas, or demigods, sat under its shade.

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Realizing the Atman is the height of Advaitic Realization

Awareness is of two types—awareness of the objects and awareness of the subject. Awareness of objects is created by sense organs when they come into contact with their particular objects. This awareness is perishable because anything that is created, as a rule, dies a natural death in time.

On the other hand, awareness of the subject or contentless awareness is eternal as it is not created. This eternal awareness, the Chaitanyam as it is called in Sanskrit, is the Atman or the Self. Realizing the Atman is the height of Advaitic Realization.
SourceVedanta Kesari January 2017 issue page 7

Ego Is Like A Bamboo Plant Which Has Five Defects (earlier from the same source)

Sincerity it is which keeps our inner balance intact through praise and blame, success and failure, heat and cold, happiness and misery – in the midst of all pairs of the opposite. (few thoughts from Vedanta Kesari)

Avoid Relationships Turing into Bondage – Swami Visharadananda

God is visibly present in the pure heart o…

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:54 PM on November 1.Then onward it isShukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:08 PM on November 2. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is November 1, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – An average day – neither good nor bad. Nakshatra – Purva Bhadrapada or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 4:55 AM on November 1. Then onward it is Uttara Bhadrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatram till 5:33 AM on November 2.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Purva Bhadrapada or Pooruruttathi Nakshatram till 7:41 AM on November 1. Then onward it is Uttara Bhadrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatram till 6:56 AM on November 2.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Ra…