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India Live - Watch Lunar Eclipse Live Online

The rare lunar eclipse taking place on India on January 31, 2018 is currently live on the official website of NASA. You can watch the live streaming on mobile, desktop and tablet. Link - Watch live Nasa Lunar Eclipse  (from armstrong flight) Other Options You can watch the live event here from Griffith Observatory You can watch it on PBS News here. Weather permitting, the NASA TV broadcast will feature views from the varying vantage points of telescopes at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California; Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles; and the University of Arizona’s Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory. The January 31, 2018  full moon is special for three reasons: It is the third in a series of “supermoons,” when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit -- known as perigee -- and about 14 percent brighter than usual.  It’s also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon.” The super blue moon will pass through Earth’s

Why Srikalahasti Temple is Open during Grahan or Eclipse?

When there is Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse) or Chandra Grahan (Lunar Eclipse) majority of Hindu Temples remain closed. But the famous Srikalahasti Temple in Andhra Pradesh remain open during the period. Why is that Srikalahasti Temple remains open? From times immemorial, Srikalahasti Temple has remained aloof from the practice of closing the shrine during grahanam. As per Hindu beliefs, Rahu and Ketu are believed to cast their evil effects over the sun and moon respectively during solar and lunar eclipse. But Rahu and ketu is worshipped in the temple. This forms the backdrop for the firm belief that the bad rays, if any from eclipse, will be effectively countered by Rahu and Ketu. The temple is known for the ‘ Rahu Ketu Puja ’ and ‘Sarpadosha Puja’ performed by hundreds of devotees everyday to ward off astrological effects and also death from poisonous creatures. Related Story of Srikalahasti Shivling and Spider

Lizard in Dream – Meaning of Seeing Lizard in Dream

Seeing Lizard in dream is considered bad and inauspicious as per those who believe in dream interpretation. In Hindu religion there is an ancient scripture known as Swapna Shastra which gives interpretation and meaning of various dreams. Meaning of Lizard in Dream Lizard in dream means you will experience fear. You will feel unexplainable horror as if something wrong is going to happen to you. You can expect something that you like very much to be spoiled. There is also possibility of misunderstanding among family members and friends. If you see lizard catching a prey, then it means you need to be careful about your surroundings. Avoid journey during nighttime and in lonely places. Do not go alone with people in whom you have no confidence. Your modesty will be under attack. Seeing white color lizard is associated with death. It means accidents or death in family or of friends. Blue color lizard in dream is associated with progress and new relationships. Visit to unsee

Tiger in Dream – Meaning of Seeing Tiger in Dream

Seeing tiger, leopard and jaguar in dream is considered bad as per those who believe in dream interpretation. In Hindu religion there is an ancient scripture known as Swapna Shastra which gives interpretation and meaning of various dreams. Meaning of Seeing Tiger in Dream Tiger in dream means you can accept attack from an unexpected source. It will be sudden and you will not get time to react. It also means that someone is conspiring against you. You need to be careful about your career and wealth.

Tiladeshwar Mahadev Temple at Tilwara Ghat in Jabalpur

Tiladeshwar Mahadev Temple is located at Tilwara Ghat in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. The Swayambhu Shivling worshipped in the temple finds mention in the Puranas. This is an important Shivling on the banks of Narmada River. Legend has it that the Shivling was discovered by Sage Jabali. He used to make Til or Sesame offerings to the Shivling. Some scriptures also indicate that Sage Jabali did intense penance here. He only used to consume Til during the penance. Pleased with his devotion, Shiva is believed to have given darshan to Sage Jabali here. The antiquity of the Shivling is not known. Offering prayers to the Shivling helps in attaining knowledge and moksha.

Yes – Everything is God

Yes – Everything is God – is an excerpt from, the book titled - When the Many Become One by Swami Ashokananda (Kolkata: Advaita Ashrama, 1997), 45-77. Yes, everything is God and not less than God, anywhere. Everything is Brahman, everything is Spirit… You can reach a state in which you look at things with these very eyes but you see something different from what you ordinarily see. The sense forms stand aside and the true Reality – the spiritual Reality which everything is – becomes at once self-evident, directly perceived… You will say, ‘You mean to say that if I change my ideas about a person, then instead of seeing that person I shall begin to see God?’ That is exactly what I mean. It can be done, it has to be done… Beyond this body and beyond this mind there is an unlimited consciousness. If I cannot give any limit to this consciousness, then it becomes the infinite conscious Being. Form is made up of body and mind. But beyond this form is the real Be

What Precaution Pregnant Women Should Take During Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse?

Hindu Blog receives numerous queries regarding what precaution pregnant women should take during Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse? This is because many devout Hindus have numerous fears regarding Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse. There is a belief that pregnant women will be affected by Chandra Grahan but this has not been scientifically proved. The safe option adopted by most Hindus is to remain indoors during the period of Grahan. Pregnant women chant the Santana Gopala Mantra during Grahan. The Santana Gopala Mantra is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is chanted for an easy and safe pregnancy and to get a healthy baby. The Santana Gopala Mantra is Om Devaki Sudha Govinda Vasudeva Jagath Pathe Dehimey Thanayam Krishna Thwamaham Saranam Kadhahaa Deva Deva Jagannatha Gothra Vridhi Karap Prabho Dehimey Thanayam Sheegram Ayushmandham Yashashreenam! Ayurveda indicates that pregnant women should sit or lie down on a mat containing Darbha grass or Kusha Grass d

Story of Surya Grahan and Chandra Grahanam in Hindu Religion - Lunar Eclipse and Solar Eclipse Story in Hinduism

Surya Grahan, solar eclipse, and Chandra Grahan, Lunar Eclipse, is widely mentioned in the Holy Scriptures of Hinduism. There is also an interesting story regarding the occurrence of Surya Grahan and Chandra Grahanam. It happened during the Samdura Manthan (churning of ocean) episode in the Puranas. Rahu (Demon) and Mohini, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, are the main characters in the incident. The Amrit (elixir) that was obtained from churning the ocean was cunningly stolen by Ausras (Demons). Lord Vishnu took the form of Mohini, a beautiful damsel, to win back the Amrit. She achieved her mission by enamoring the Asuras, they fell for her beauty and handed over the Amrit to her. Mohini returned to the Devas and started distributing it. Devas sat in a line and mohini gave a portion to each one of them. Rahu, an Asura, who found out that they were tricked took the form a Deva and sat in the line between Chandra (Moon God) and Surya (Sun God). When Mohini approach

Dagdha Yoga in Hindu Astrology

Dagdha Yoga is a bad and inauspicious period in Hindu astrology. It should be avoided for journey. Auspicious functions are forbidden during Dagdha Yog. The following combination of tithis and days makes Dagha Yoga Monday and Ekadasi or the 11 th day of a fortnight Tuesday and Panchami or the 5 th day of a fortnight Wednesday and Tritiya or the 3 rd day of a fortnight Thursday and Sashti or the sixth day of a fortnight Friday and Ashtami or the eighth day of a fortnight Saturday and Navami or the ninth day of a fortnight Sunday and Dwadasi or the 12 th day of a fortnight Related Gaja Kesari Yoga in Horoscope as per Hindu Astrology - Gajakesari Yoga

Sankashti Chaturthi Story - Story Read on Sankashti Chaturti Fasting Day

Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat is dedicated to Ganesh Bhagavan. Here is the Sankashti Chaturthi story. The story is read especially by those observing the Sankashti Chaturti fasting which falls on the fourth day after full moon day in a Hindu lunar calendar. Once, the demigods (Devas) faced several reversals and difficulties. They approached Mahadev Shiva and asked for a solution. When the Devas reached Kailash, the abode of Shiva, he was playing with his two sons Kartik and Ganesha. After listening to the problems faced by Devas, Shiva asked his two sons as to who would like to solve the problems of Devas. Both Kartik and Ganesha told their father that they would solve the problem. Shiva then decided to test the ability of both of his sons. He told his sons he who travels around the world and returns first would get the opportunity to help the Devas. Kartik immediately left to complete the travel around the world. Ganesha instead of racing with his brothe

Everyone Seeks Something Everlasting And Eternally Enduring

We live surrounded by something impermanent though everyone seeks something everlasting and eternally enduring. Once, Holy Mother (Sarada Devi wife of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa) was seated on the porch of her house in Jairambati. Suddenly Kalikumar and Barada, Mother’s brothers, began to quarrel about a fence put up by Kalikumar. Soon they were about to come to blows. Their sister tried her utmost to calm them down, blaming both for the quarrel. After a while, some of her disciples intervened and persuaded the brothers to stop arguing. Still abusing each other they went away. In an excited mood, Holy Mother entered her own house. All of a sudden she burst into laughter and said: ‘What an illusion Mahamaya has conjured up! Here is this infinite world, and what one claims as his possession will be left behind at death. Still, men cannot understand this simple truth.’ As she uttered these words, she was convulsed with laughter which continued for some time. Source – Vedant

Hanuman Puja at Night – Benefits and How to Do the Puja?

Hanuman Puja at Night is beneficial for those who are unable to get proper sleep due to various reasons including fear. There are numerous other benefits of the puja. Below are the benefits of the pooja and how to perform Hanuman puja at night. Benefits of Hanuman Puja at Night It helps in overcoming fear of ghosts and other harmful celestial beings. The puja is ideal for those who are unable to get sleep at night. It helps in defeating enemies. Ideal option for those who believe that bad things are happening in life due to evil eye or due to evil pujas of enemies or due to activities of jealous people. It is best option to keep out all forms of negative energy from house. How to Do Hanuman Puja at Night? The puja should be performed at night after 10:30 PM on the south side of the house. A red color cloth should be kept on the south side and painting or murti (sculpture or idol) of Hanuman should be placed on it. Light lamp using chameli oil (jasmine oil) mixed

Shri Gajanan Maharaj Prakat Din Utsav – Appearance Anniversary Festival of Shri Gajanan Maharaj

Shri Gajanan Maharaj Prakat Din Utsav is observed in Magh month. It is not the birth anniversary but appearance anniversary festival of the great saint from Maharashtra, Shri Gajanan Maharaj. The most important activities on the day are held at the temple dedicated to the saint at Shegaon. Shri Gajanan Maharaj Prakat Din Utsav 2023 date is February 13. Shri Gajanan Maharaj Prakat Din is the day when the great saint appeared at Shegaon. As per Gregorian calendar this happened on February 13, 1878. When people first saw the saint he had worn just a shirt, had a dry gourd as his pitcher, a clay pipe for his smoke and nothing else. He had an aura around him.Eyes were focused on his nose. He had the radiance of morning glow. He performed innumerable miracles during his lifetime. He helped the needy, the diseased and the unfortunate. His miracles also made the arrogant and egoistic people shed their wrong notions. The miracles performed by the saint is compiled in the book titled

Pradosh Vrat Benefits - Shiva Pradosham

Pradosh Vrat, or Pradhosham, is an important fasting day dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pradosha occurs twice in a month – on the 13th day (Trayodashi). Pradosh Vrat benefits are: The importance of Pradosh Vrat in Kali Yuga was narrated by Shiva to Sati. This was later shared by Sage Vyasa to Maharishi Suta. Rishi Suta shared it with Sanakadi Rishis for the benefits of all living beings in the universe. The most important benefit of the vrat is that it helps in overcoming all forms of defects and negativities in life. In Kali Yuga (the present age), Pradosh Vrat helps in achieving dharm, ardh, kam and moksha - the four purushartas in Hinduism. Peace and prosperity Early marriage – desired marriage. It helps in fulfillment of romance, love and marriage Liberation or Moksha Self realization. Shedding of ignorance. Victory over enemies. To overcome bad luck. To solve property related disputes. Please note that all vrat benefits happen when we follow Dharma and our desires

Thoughts On The Second Chapter Of The Bhagavad Gita - Swami Tyagishananda

These thoughts on on the second chapter of Bhagavad Gita is by Swami Tyagishananda. The second chapter of the Gita gives the essence of the whole text in two parts. The first part deals with the nature of the human being and the second with one’s mission in life. The first part says that the human being is not the body or the mind but the spirit. The second part points out that one’s mission in life is to recognise that one isa spirit after conquering the ignorance that covers one and the consequent ego and its appurtenances that obstruct the vision.   The first part exhorts the dejected Arjuna to use his intellect or cognitive powers to know his real nature. The second part exhorts him to live in the light of that knowledge. The Atman is the main subject of the first part and brahmisthiti or stitha prajna, the state of being established in Brahman or steady wisdom, is the subject of the second part. The first part deals with the intellect and the second part deals with the

Story of Gajendra – The Elephant in Gajendra Moksha

Gajendra Moksha is a story found in the Bhagavad Purana and it shows the significance of Bhakti, prayer and true devotion. Gajendra, the elephant, who is the protagonist of the story, was a king named Indradryumna in his previous life. After ruling the country successfully for several years he decided to leave his throne and go to the forest and spend rest of his time in prayers. In ancient India it was a practice by spiritual people to leave the materialistic world once their duties as Grahasta (householder) was over and under take Vanaprashta (life in the forest). The king left for the forest and here he made a small hut and started meditating on Vishnu. One day a saint came to the hut of Indradryumna. But the king did not notice the arrival of the saint as he was deep in meditation. This angered the sage and he thought the king was purposefully insulting him and cursed him to become an elephant. The elephant now roamed in the forest and soon came across a herd of ele

Shree Gondavalekar Jayanti - Birth Anniversary of Gondavalekar Maharaj

Shree Gondavalekar Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Naam Yogi Shri Brahmachaitanya Maharaj, a popular and famous 19th century saint of Maharashtra . Shree Gondavalekar Jayanti 2023 date is February 2. He was an ardent devotee of Lord Ram and preached that Anna Daanam is Mahadanam – giving food to the hungry people. He spread the glory of Lord Ram and Lord Hanuman. The Jayanti is observed on the Shukla Paksha Dwadashi day in Magh month. He took the teachings of Sanatana Dharma to common people who did not have the knowledge of Sanskrit. His main teachings revolved around Sagun Bhakti, feeding the hungry and serving the animals. His main philosophy was - One should enchant God’s Divine Name and perform good work with hands, all the time. This behavior connects him directly to Lord Ram. He has done countless philanthropic activities in the villages around Gondavale, an area located on Satara-Pandharpur road, around 64 km from Satara in Maharashtra . Shree Gondaval

Nature Has Innumerable Ways to Refresh Us

When you are disillusioned, take a walk in nature. Nature has innumerable ways to refresh us. The magnificent sunrise gives us hope. Darkness cannot exist forever. Similarly, our problems and sadness will have to disappear eventually. The light of happiness will appear.   The moon that shines at night is a proof that someone is out there to protect to us when we sleep at night. Do not be sacred of darkness in life. Believe in that Supreme Truth. That Truth will guide us out of the darkness. Clouds gather over the sun and completely covering it. This does not mean there is no Sun. Similarly, bad things in life can shake our belief in God. However, we need to realize that clouds are there because sun evaporated the water on earth. Bad things in life are often an opportunity for us to make the necessary changes and to have a clearer perspective of life. No cloud can stay forever; all clouds have to move away eventually. The waxing and waning of moon is a quite reminder to us

Pushkaram in 2018 – Bhima River or Bhimarathi Pushkaram in 2018

Bhima or Bhimarathi River Pushkaram is held once in 12 years and is conducted in Bhima River banks in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana through which Bhima River flows. Bhima River Pushkaram 2018 dates are from October 12. This pushkaram is held when Jupiter enters Dhanu Rasi (Sagittarius). The main ritual includes taking holy dip in the Bhimarathi River River. Note - The Bhima Pushkaram in some texts is also refered as Tamraparni. Tamraparni River flows in Tamil Nadu. There is a river of the same name in Chandgad Taluka in Kolhapur District of Maharashtra. A Pushakaram takes place once in 12 years when Jupitar (Brishaspati) enters a particular zodiac. There are total of  12 rivers where Pushkaram  takes place. The most famous is the Godavari Pushkaram. The ritual of pushkaram is more popular in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. What do Hindus do during Bhimarathi Pushkaram? During Bhimarathi Pushkaram, Hindus take holy dip in Bhima River at the auspicious time decided

Sweet That Can Be Offered as Prasad or Bhog to Shani Bhagavan

Puja of Shani Bhagavan is offered daily by thousands of people and on Saturdays the number swells into millions. What is a simple sweet that can be offered as Prasad or bhog to please Shani Bhagavan and get his blessings? Prasad or Bhog or Naivedya is the food offering given to a deity to get blessings. Any black or brown color sweet can be offered as Prasad or bhog to Shani. The best options are: Gulab Jamun Black Halwa made especially in the South Indian state of Kerala. Oil dripping roti is also considered an ideal option. In some regions, special Kala Gulab Jamun is prepared. This is a very good offering to Shani Dev. Sweet prepared using black urad dal is also considered a good option but it requires lot of preparation.

Smarta Ekadasi – What is Smartha Ekadashi?

If you are used to observing Ekadasi fasting, you might have come across consecutive days marked as Ekadashi. The first day will be usually marked as Smarta Ekadasi and next day will be marked as Bhagavat or Vaishnava. So what exactly is Smarta Ekadasi? Smarta Ekadasi is based on the calculation that when the sunrises if it is the Ekadasi day then it is Smarta Ekadasi. Bhagavata, or Vaishnava, Ekadashi observance is based on the rule that Dasami or the tenth day during a lunar fortnight should have ended before Arunodaya (96 minutes period before sunrise on the Ekadasi or the 11 th day in a lunar fortnight). As the Sunrise occurs at different times of the same day at different places, maximum of three Ekadasis in a year (sometimes none) will have to be observed on different days in different places. The Smarta and Vaishnava Ekadasi are based on geographical reasons. Since the difference is purely geographical, you should consult the nearest Vishnu temple fro

Shree Sidh Baba Keshav Nath Ji Mela 2023 in Jalandhar - Mohindru Bahri Biradari

Shree Siddh Baba Keshav Nath Ji is the Guru of the Mohindru Bahri Biradari community. The Samadhi Sthal of the great Guru of the community is located at Jalandhar in Punjab. Shree Sidh Baba Keshav Nath Ji Mela 2023 date is January 31. The annual festival and fair attracts thousands of devotees. History of Shree Sidh Baba Keshav Nath Ji Mohindru Bahri Biradari community found it difficult to make living in the present day Sirsa region. The community relocated to the present day Jalandhar with the blessing of Shri Sidh Baba Keshav Nath Ji. Baba Ji built a small ashram here and advised the community. Through his advice and blessing the community prospered and finally settled in Jalandhar and flourished. Shri Sidh Baba Keshav Nath Ji performed intense penance for the welfare of the community in the present day Samadhi Sthal. Magh Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi Mela Charan Paduka – the holy footprints of Shri Sidh Baba Keshav Nath Ji – is worshipped here. Devotees find

Importance of Kuldevta and Kuldevi Puja in Hinduism

The concept of Kuladevata and Kuldevi is an essential part of Hinduism. Puja of Kuldevta and Kuldevi helps in avoiding all forms of untoward incidents in life. They also bless their descendants. All Hindu families are descendants of a particular Rishi (ancient sage who were the mind born sons of Brahma). Hindus come to know about their gotra through the name of the Rishi. The Rishi is their Kuladevata and the wife of the Rishi is their Kuldevi. Another form of Kuladevata and Kuldevi Puja is by identifying with a God and Goddess. An ancestor starts worshipping a particular form of God and Goddess mainly after receiving blessings from the deity. The descendants then continue to worship the particular deity. This concept is more prevalent in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, parts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.  Identifying Kuladevata and Kuldevi with Hindu gods and goddesses is more in vogue today. Benefits of Kuladevata and Kuldevi Puja The main benefit of the puja is that Kul

Chaitanya in Hinduism

Chaitanya is pure consciousness. As per Hinduism, it is the essence of Brahman. It is the energy that lies at the root of all motion and change in nature. It is the real self or ‘I.’ It is the potency that is present in all animate and inanimate. It is there everywhere and yet it does not lose its identity and unity. Chaitanya is self illuminating and self illumined. 

Nandipada in Hinduism

Nandipada, or hoof of a bull, resembles the Brahmi letter ‘ma.’ It frequently occurs in inscriptions in all parts of India. It is part of epigraphy in Hinduism. ‘Ma’ the first letter of the word ‘mangala’ means auspicious or festive. The symbol is also found in Buddhist monuments. It is found on the arches and toronas in ancient structures. 

Karukaputhur Ekadasi – Karukaputhur Sree Narasimha Moorthy Temple Ekadasi

Karukaputhur Ekadasi festival is observed annually in Makaram month at the Karukaputhur Sree Narasimha Moorthy Temple. The shrine is located at Karukaputhur in Thrissur District. The temple is around 12 km from Pattambi. Karukaputhur Sree Narasimha Moorthy Temple Ekadasi 2023 date is February 1. This ancient shrine is dedicated to the Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu. The Ekadasi is observed on the Shukla Paksha Ekadasi day in Makaram month. Special rituals are observed on the day in this ancient shrine. The temple is decorated traditionally with flowers, leaves, coconut fronds, banana leaves and plantain. The ekadasi is observed after the Amavasya in Makaram month. (Shukla Paksha Ekadasi in Makaram month).

Kadavallur Ekadasi 2023 Date - Kadavallur Sree Rama Temple Festival

Kadavallur Ekadasi is observed annually in Makaram month at the Kadavallur Sree Rama Swami Temple.The shrine is located at Kadavallur in Thrissur District and is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Ram. The temple is around 11 km from Kunnamkulam. Kadavallur Ekadasi 2023 date is February 1. The annual ten-day festival ends on Pooyam nakshatra in  Medam month. The festival end with Arattu on pooyam nakshatra in Meda masam.  Kadavallur Ekadasi is observed on the Shukla Paksha Ekadasi day in Makaram month. Special rituals are observed on the day in this ancient shrine.  Bhagavan Sree Rama is worshipped in the temple in three forms. In the morning, Bhagavan is worshipped as his form during exile period. At noon while building Rama Sethu bridge to cross to Lanka. This is a fierce form of Sri Rama as he is angry at Varuna the sea god. In the evening, as the King of Ayodhya. The main offering the temple is Appam and Payasam. The main murti of Sri Rama worshipped in the temple is nearly six f

Bhoumi Ekadashi February 2023

Bhoumi Ekadashi is observed in the Shukla Paksha of Magha Month in Odisha during the waxing phase of the moon. Bhoumi Ekadasi is of great significance at the Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri. In 2023, the date of Bhoumi Ekadasi is February 1. This Ekadasi is also observed as Jaya Ekadasi and Bhishma Ekadashi by other Hindu communities. Special pujas and rituals dedicated to Lord Jagannath are held on Bhoumi Ekadashi. It is an auspicious day at all Jagannath temples around the world. Ekadasi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and it falls on the on the eleventh day of every lunar fortnight in traditional Hindu calendar. Vishnu devotees fast on the day and some devotees keep vigil during night. You may also like to read Ekadasi Food – What food can be eaten during Ekadashi fasting

Kotharjai Devi – Information About Hindu Goddess Kotharjai Devi

Goddess Kotharjai Devi, also referred as Ma Kotharjai, is a manifestation of Mother Goddess and is worshipped mainly in Maharashtra. She is a village deity. The main temples dedicated to the Goddess are located in Pune District in Maharashtra. Goddess Kotharjai Devi is a kind form of Goddess Shakti. She showers motherly love on her children. The murti or idol of Kotharjai Devi symbolizes kinds and motherly affection. She is worshipped for peace, prosperity, protection, good agriculture, healthy children, early cure of diseases and for victory over enemies. A main attraction of the murti is the large eyes. Her hands are in blessing posture. She is dressed like a Marathi woman. Kotharjai Devi removes darkness caused by Adharma. She upholds righteousness by protecting those who practice Dharma.

Powerful Shiva Mantra to Overcome All Problems in Life

If you have attempted numerous solutions and if you are yet to find an answer to problems in your life, then it is time you tried this particular Shiva mantra. A mantra is effective when you use it in the right way. Mantra should be chanted with full concentration. Your mind should never wander. Such intense should be the concentration that you should not even notice a raging bull coming towards you. Mantras contain secret energy, which helps in alleviating all forms of negative energy. The following mantra is very powerful and it should be chanted while offering sweet fragrance to Shiva. The mantra is: ॐ  नमः श्वभ्यः श्वपतिभ्यश्च वो नमो नमो भवाय च रुद्राय च नमः। शर्वाय च पशुपतये च नमो नीलग्रीवाय च शितिकण्ठाय च॥ The mantra should be chanted morning and evening daily for 108 days.

Position of Family Photo in House – Vastu Tips

Many Hindu homes display family photo in the living room of the house. As per Vastu there is a particular direction in which the photo should be kept. The ideal position of family photo in a house is on the southwest direction. Opt for the southwest wall to keep the family photo. The main benefit of keeping family photo in the correct vastu direction is that there will be unity in the family. Family members will take care of each other and there will be peace and prosperity. Always opt for colorful and happy photos. The frames should be colorful. Opt for color photos instead of black and white. Make sure all family members are present in the photo.

Keeping Coins in North or South Direction – Vastu Tips

Keeping a metal bowl especially of copper or bronze filled with coins in north or south direction of house or shop, factory, or other business establishment is considered highly beneficial from vastu point. Both these directions are associated with leadership. What kind of coins should be kept? The coins that should be put in the bowl or vessel should be made of metal. No plastic materials should be used. The ideal option is to collect old coins as so of them were made using pure metals. The vessel should be made of iron, steel, bronze or copper. Benefits The main benefit is that there will be peace and prosperity in the house. There will be constant flow of wealth. Ideal to overcome financial troubles.

Vatuka Bhairava – About Vatuka Bhairava Form of Shiva

Vatuka Bhairava is the child form of Bhairava – Shiva. In Vatuka form, Bhairavnath is childlike and is innocent witness to happenings in the world. Vatuka form is used to visualize and symbolically represent the one pure atman. Vatuka Bhairava is also known as Gora Bhairava – he is white in complexion – gentle. This child form of Shiva is sometimes shown as holding a head. This head symbolizes the ego or aham. It is also the fifth head of Brahma that Shiva as Bhairava removed. The head also represents Adharma or those that desire to dominate living beings and the world. Vatuka Bhairava is represented as a child with four arms. One arms holds the head of Brahma. Another holds the damaru. The third hand holds a small mace and the fourth is in blessing posture. A dog follows him constantly. 

Navagraha Guru Mantra – Benefits and How to Chant

Navagraha Guru Mantra should be chanted by those people who are having Guru related problems in the horoscope (janam kundli or jatakam). It is also an ideal mantra to chant if you are facing financial problems. Below is the mantra benefits and on how to properly chant the mantra. Navagraha Guru Mantra ग्रीम ॐ गुरूणां गुरवे नमः   Greem om Gurunaam Gurave Namah Benefits of Navagraha Guru Mantra Change of luck. End of poverty. Wealth and property related matters will be resolved. Legal decision in your favor regarding financial and property matters. Good for those searching for a new job. How to chant the Navagraha Guru Mantra? Chant the mantra on Thursday. Take bath in the morning and wear yellow color clothes. Sit facing east, north or northeast. Offer prayers to Ganesh in mind. Light a lamp using cow ghee. Meditate for few minutes. Chant the mantra 108 times. To keep count use a chandan mala. Keep some uncooked rice mixed with turmeric near the l

Offering Turmeric On Shivling - Reason - How To - Mantra To Be Chanted

Turmeric on Shivling is offered to achieve financial progress. It is performed when there is money related problems in life or family. It is believed in some regions that offering turmeric on Shivling will help in solving all wealth related issues and there will be peace and prosperity in life. Turmeric is offered in two forms one in powdered and one in whole form. Turmeric powder – this is offered in two ways. One is to put the dry powder on Shivling. Some people mix turmeric in water and pour it on Shivling. Turmeric in Root Form – In some regions freshly harvested turmeric is offered to Shiva. In some regions, the dried form is offered. Seven pieces of turmeric – seven pieces are offered in Shiva temples to find solution to all finance related issues. How to offer Turmeric on Shivling? Take bath and visit a Shiva temple. If you have Shivling, you can perform the ritual on it. First offer prayers to Ganesha in the mind Then offer water on Shivling. Then put

Magha Saptami 2023 date – Magh Shukla Saptami in Odisha

Magha Saptami is dedicated to Lord Surya, the Hindu sun god. Magha Saptami 2023 date is January 28. The most important ritual on the day is taking holy bath or holy dip in sea and holy rivers during sunrise. In Odisha, thousands of Hindus take a holy dip at the Chandrabhaga Tirtha near the Konark Sun Temple . Also known as Magha Shukla Saptami, it is observed on the seventh day during the shukla paksha or waxing phase of moon in the month of Magh (January – February). Magh Saptami is also observed as Ratha Saptami and is a major event in Tirupati Balaji Temple and in many parts of South India . It is also known as Surya Jayanti. The saptami is also  known as: Vidhan Saptami Arogya Saptami Mandar Saptami Acchala Saptami

How to do Ratha Saptami Puja?

Ratha Saptami Pooja, or Rath Saptami , is observed on the seventh day during Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Magha Month in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra . In Tamil Nadu, it falls on the Thai or Masi month. Rath Saptami, also known as Surya Jayanti and Surya Saptami, is dedicated to Lord Surya. Here is a brief description on how to perform or observed Ratha Saptami. Requirements for Rath Saptami Puja Image or Painting or Idol of Lord Surya Easily available fragrant flowers and leaves that are usually used for Puja Uncooked Rice Green Bananas Bananas and other local fruits Sesame seeds Coconut Betel leaves Betel nuts Jaggery (Sugar) Turmeric powder The house is cleaned and festoons of mango leaves are installed in all the important places on the evening of the previous day of the Puja or early morning ofthe Puja day. Ritual Bathing of Ratha Saptami with Erukku leaves Washing hair on the day with leaves of Giant milkweed

Aitareya Aranyaka

Aranayaka are texts that form the third constituent part of the Vedas. Aitareya Aranayaka is the first Aranyaka in the Rig Veda. Aitareya Aranyaka consists of 5 Aranyakas, which are sub-divided into 18 chapters, and 75 Khandas. The first Aranayaka consists of mantras, Nishkaivalya Shastra and certain rights. The second and the third Aranayakas are called the Upanishads. The fourth and fifth chapter of the second Aranyaka constitutes the Aitareya Upanishad. The third Aranayaka constitute the Samhita Upanishad.

Shasti Fasting: How to observe Muruga Shasthi Vratam?

Shasti Vratam or Upvaas is an important fast dedicated to Lord Muruga or Kartikeya. There are two Shastis in a Hindu lunar month. One Shasthi after Amavasya and another after Purnima (Pournami). The Shasti coming after Amavasya (new moon night) is the one meant for fasting. In simple terms, the Shasti coming during the increasing or growing phase of the moon. Lord Muruga is also known as Subramanian or Skanda or Kanda. How to observe Shasti Vratam? The Shasti fasting begins with sunrise. The fast is broken on the next day morning after praying to Lord Surya (Sun God). Most people observing the fast make it a point to visit Murugan Temple on this day. It is a complete fast in many places. But this might not be quite possible for many people due to job, health and other reasons. So many people take some sort of vegetarian food on this day – this is usually a single meal in the afternoon or night. Many people also opt for a fruit diet on the day. So

Arista and Aparantajnana – Indication of the end of life

Arista is the indication of the end of life. Some yogis have knowledge of the time of their death this is known as Aparantajnana. Arista and Aparantajnana were mentioned by Sage Patanjali in the Yogasutra. These powers are attained by concentrating the mind. There are three types of Arista – spiritual, material and supernatural. In spiritual arista, a person who is about to die in a short time does not hear the inner sound when the ears are closed, and does not see the inner flame when the eyes are closed. In material arista, a person sees dreams of dreadful figures or one’s dead forefathers. In super natural arista, a person sees gods, holy persons or sages in dreams. A common man overlooks these happenings. But a yogi becomes aware of Arista.

Anand Bhairav Temple at Haridwar in Uttarakhand

Anand Bhairav is a calm and benign form of Lord Shiva. This form of Shiva is also known as Batuk Bhairav. An ancient Anand Bhairav Temple in India is located at Haridwar in Uttarakhand. The shrine is near the famous Maya Devi Temple in Haridwar . The murti of Anand Bhairav in the shrine is unique and it is in the form of a Shivling – with a prominent moustache, nose and eyes carved on the holy Shivling. There is also a red color pindi near the main Anand Bhairav murti in the sanctum sanctorum. The ancient temple, which is a small structure, was renovated during the 20 th century. The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Dattatreya in sitting posture, Shiva, Parvati, Ganesha, Kartik and Goddess Kali. The temple has a small but unique navgraha temple. Navgrahas, or nine planets, are worshipped here along with their vehicle or vahana. There is also anther Ganesh murti near the Navgraha shrine.

Which Rudraksha Should be Worn For Attaining Peace of Mind?

There is no doubt regarding the power of Rudraksha but many people have confusion with faces of Rudraksh. For attaining peace of mind the most popularly worn Rudraksha is the one with six face or the one with thirteen face. Both of which have the blessing of Shukra Navgraha. The six face Rudraksha will help in removing all the problems associated with life. It helps in creating a peaceful atmosphere. A devotee can attain peace and prosperity through worshiping it. The thirteen face Rudraksha also helps in attaining peace and prosperity. Along with wearing the holy bead one should also practice self control, good thoughts and devotion to personal deity.

Shani Mantra to Overcome Money Related Problems

Bad positioning of Shani in Janam Kundali or horoscope is believed to be a reason for money related troubles in life by many Hindus. There is a Shani Mantra which can help in overcoming the financial trouble. Shani Mantra to Overcome Money Problems sham shanischaraya namah शं शनैश्चराय भव्याय नमः  How To Chant the Mantra? Chant the mantra on Saturday just after sunrise. Wear black color clothes Light a lamp using til ka tel (sesame oil) Offer orange color flowers. Dhoop of fragrant flowers. Offer urad dal. Offer jaggery mixed with Black Til as prasad or bhog. Chant the mantra 108 times. Keep the count on a Rudraksha Mala. Offer food to a cow.

Goddess Ankamma – Information About Goddess Ankamma

Ankamma is worshipped mainly in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. She is an important Mother Goddess in many villages. As villages grew into towns she became central figure in towns too. Her story was never written down but was conveyed orally from generation to generation. Goddess Ankamma is worshipped in various forms. In some regions she is worshipped in idol form. In idol form, she has four hands and is in sitting posture. In some regions especially in Andhra Pradesh she is worshiped in the form of painting made on wall with cowdung. In some other regions, a square is made using turmeric paste and red dots of kumkum are put on the dried paste. The red dots represents the 1000 eyes o Goddess Ankamma. The belief is that the goddess looks at her devotees through the 1000 eyes and protects them from all evil forces. She was worshipped mainly by Telugu speaking warrior community. She is a fierce guardian deity and often equated with Goddess Kali. She was earlier appeased wi

Achala Saptami 2023 date – Importance of Achhala 7

Achala Saptami, also known as Achhala 7, is observed on the seventh day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Magh month. Achala Saptami 2023 date is January 28.  Achala Saptami is dedicated to Surya, the Sun God in Hinduism. The ritual is popularly known as Ratha Saptami. Those observing the Achala Saptami only take a single meal on the previous day. On the Saptami day, they take bath during sunrise and chant gayatri mantra. It is believed that observing this vrat will help in attaining prosperity. It is also observed for removing skin related diseases. Saptami, or seventh day, in a fortnight in a Hindu lunar calendar is usually dedicated to Surya. Bhanu Saptami is another similar festival observed during different periods in a year. Prayers dedicated to Surya like the Aditya Hridayam is chanted on the day.

Pataleshwar Temple on Jangli Maharaj Road in Pune – Maharashtra

Pataleshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located on the extremely busy on the Jangli Maharaj Road in Pune – Maharashtra. The shrine is a classic example of rock-cut temple was constructed by the Rashtrakutas in the 8 th century AD. The unfinished temple is supported by huge pillars. The circular Nandi mandapa supported by massive square pillars silently reminds us about the greatness of the sculptors of the period. The deities worshipped in the temple are Shiva, Parvati, Ganesha and Ram Parivar. All the murtis are of later origin. The Nandi statue and the mandapa outside the cave belongs to the 8 th century period.

Narak Nivaran Chaturdashi

Narak Nivaran Chaturdashi is observed on the fourteenth day of the waning phase of moon, or Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi in Magh month as per calendars followed in North India. Narak Nivaran Chaturdashi 2023 date is January 20. The day is of great importance at the Baba Baidyanath Temple at Deoghar in Jharkhand. Special pujas and rituals are observed on Narak Nivaran Chaturdashi. The prayers are dedicated to Shiva and are offered for attaining moksha and to avoid rebirth. It is believed that prayers offered on the day are highly meritorious and will help in redemption of sins. Thus, it will save devotees from hell or Narak. Symbolically, the day helps a devotee to think about life and to change its course if it is heading in the wrong direction. 

Unwashed Vessels Lying All Through Night in Kitchen – Invitation for Bad Fortune

There are kitchens that have unwashed vessels lying all through night and day. As per Hindu belief, such homes are giving invitation to Alakhmi – the goddess of misfortune and bad luck. Griha Lakshmi and Goddess Annapurna (in Hinduism she is the goddess of food and nourishment) lives in the kitchen of a house. It is a well known fact that Goddess Lakshmi only resides in those places that are neat and clean. Imagine what kind of progress will a house have if both Goddess Lakshmi and Annapurna are angry. A dirty kitchen along with unwashed vessels attracts all forms of negative forces. Alakshmi, Rahu and Ketu like such places. Those homes will never have any luck. There will be enmity and fights among family members. Frustration, anger and health problems will be a constant affair. Chances of sudden death and suicides are high in such homes. Always make sure that all vessels are cleaned before going to bed. Kitchen should be left neat and clean. There are stories of Goddess