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Vaitarni Nadi in Garuda Purana – Vaitrani River in Hell in Hinduism

Vaitarni nadi is mentioned in Garuda Purana. Vaitrani River is in Yamaloka and this 100 yojana wide river does not contain water but pus and blood. The banks of the river are filled with bones. Crocodile, worms with needle-sharp fangs, fish with sharp teeth and vultures inhabit the river and its banks. The blood and pus in the river are in constant turbulence. They jump up trying to grab the dead souls.

It is believed that the soul of the dead person is brought here by the lieutenants of Yama, the Hindu god of death.


The river can be safely crossed only through a boat. The boatman is a ghost and it asks the dead person as to what punya or virtue he/she had performed on earth to cross the river.

Only those people who have performed Go Danam – donation of a cow will be able to cross the river on the boat. Other souls either fall into the river or are carried by hooking on to a Trishul by the soldiers of Yama.

The name of the river is Vaitarni because only those people who have perfor…

Jhingurda Hanuman Mandir – A Unique Hanuman Temple at Jhingurda near Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh

Jhingurda Hanuman Mandir is located near Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh. The temple is unique and famous for coconut offering. The first puja item that is offered in the Hanuman temple is coconut.

People wrap coconut in a red cloth and tie it in the temple premises for wish fulfillment. When the desires come true, people offer the coconut in the temple.

Another important offering in the temple the is lotus. The flower is collected from a lake nearby in which lotus blooms 365 days.



The murti of Hanuman worshipped in the temple is Swayambhu – of divine origin. The temple in South Indian style architecture was built by the rulers of Singrauli.

The temple is located atop a mountain amidst thick forest.
Singrauli is famous for its coalmines.

Coconut is an important offering to Hanuman in many temples in India. There is a unique way offering coconut. The coconut is smeared with Sindhoor and uncooked rice before it. (How to offer coconut to Hanuman?)

Sari and Coconut is an important offering t…

A Collection of Wisdom of Swami Saradeshananda

Swami Saradananda ((1865–1927) of Sri Ramakrishna Mission was a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrsihna

One’s character is known through one’s performance of small acts. Doing things at one’s own sweet will, heedless of the consequences, is nothing short of the onset of insanity! If you don’t practice restraint now, you would not be able to do it later. Then you would have no option but to idly spend your days. Neither would you be able to meet those small demands of mind nor would you get peace of mind. All the energy will be dissipated through mental disagreements with others. The more your spiritual hunger and the less your craving for other things, the more would be your peace of mind.

People seldom learn without being knocked about in life.

There are two important things in spiritual life — one is the worship of God and the other is the spirit of altruism. It is not actually altruism, rather, it is service, “service to man is service to God”. Only those can survive, who are of an obligin…

Hindu Calendar – April 30, 2018

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, April 30, 2018 – Purnima tithi or the full moon day inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Purnima tithi or the full moon day till 5:34 AM on April 30. Then onward it isKishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 5:52 AM on May 1. All time based on India Standard Time.
Good – Auspicious time on April 30, 2018, as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time till 10:21 AM. Nakshatra – Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 2:12 PM on April 30. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram till 3:21 PM on May 1.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Swathi or Chothi Nakshatram till 2:47 PM on April 30. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra till 3:57 PM on May 1.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi till 9:03 AM on May 1.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Tula Rashi till 9:36 AM on May 1.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspici…

Narad Jayanti – Saint Narada Jayanthi

Narad Jayanti is observed as the birth anniversary of Devrishi Narad, also known as Narada Muni. Devrishi Narad is one of the Prajapatis and also one of the great seven Rishis. In 2019, the date of Narad Jayanti is May 19. Some of the hymns in Rig Veda are credited to Narada Maharishi. For the majority of Hindus, Sage Narad is the Veena holding Sanyasi who creates trouble often with a positive intention or for the betterment of the universe.



Narad Jayanti is observed on the day after Purnima (full moon day) in Vaishakh month (April – May). It is believed that Sage Narad appeared from the forehead of Lord Brahma. Some Puranas like the Vishnu Purana suggest he is the son of Sage Kashyapa.
The ever-wandering Sage, Narad plays a crucial role in many important events associated with Hindu religion and a precursor of modern day journalist and mass communicator. He is believed to have invented the Veena and is also the chief of the Gandharvas, heavenly musicians.
He roams freely on earth, h…

20 ways to define spirituality

Innumerable are the ways to know and define spirituality. It varies from people to people. But all definitions have the same meaning. Here are 20 ways to define spirituality.


Spirituality is realizing that the body keeps changing but the soul remains the same.Wholeheartedly accepting one’s being is spirituality.Breaking ego and experiencing bliss within.Returning to the source here on earth.You are happy and in peaceful state no matter what happen externally.Mind can be our friend and enemy. Making mind our friend is spirituality.Reaching a state of no worry and fear is the aim of spirituality.Embracing the whole creation and seeing the Supreme Truth in all animate and inanimate is spirituality.Do one’s work with piety and as an offering to the Supreme Truth.Reigning in the senses and not letting them into the forest of Maya or illusion is spirituality.Not letting the mind and intellect enter into the realm of negativity.Knowing when to say no; when to turn back; when to walk away.Not…

Hindu Calendar – April 29, 2018

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, April 29, 2018 – Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing or light phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 5:48 AM on April 29. Then onward it isPurnima tithi or the full moon day till 5:34 AM on April 30. All time based on India Standard Time.
Good – Auspicious time on April 29, 2018, as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time till 6:37 AM. Nakshatra – Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatra till 1:32 PM on April 29. Then onward it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatram till 2:12 PM on April 30.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram till 2:07 PM on April 29. Then onward it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 2:47 PM on April 30.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 1:28 AM on April 29. Then onward it is Tula Rashi till…

What is Adhika Masa? or Extra Month in Hindu Calendar in 2018 - Adhika Maas or Mahina 2020 in Hindu Lunar Calendar

The concept of Adhika Masa is unique to the traditional Hindu lunar calendars. In 2020 Hindu calendar, there is an Adhika Masam or Adhik Masa or an extra month. This Adhika Masa is from September 18, 2020 to October 16, 2020 as per North Indian Calendar. In Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, the Adika Masa is also from September 18, 2020 to October 16, 2020. This extra month is known as Adhik Jyeshta Maas or Adhik Jyeshta Mahina. The Adhika Masa is dedicated to Sri Krishna.



So in 2020 there are thirteen months in Hindu Lunar calendar. Apart from the normal 12 months, there is an an Adhik Jyeshta Masa.
It must be noted here that there is no Adhika Masam in the calendars followed in Assam, Bengal, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu as it is based on Solar Calendar. Why There is an Adhika Masa? The Hindu calendar is a lunar calendar and is based on the cycles of the Moon. A lunar month is around 29.5 days long. Now, a solar month, that is the usual calendar, is 30 to 31 days.
The l…

Revati Nakshatra Date and Timing in 2019 – Birth Star Revathi Dates and Time in 2019

Revati Nakshatra is the 27th Nakshatra or birth star among the 27 Nakshatras. Below is Revathi Nakshatra date and timing 2019. The astrological prediction of the birth star Revati as per Moon Sign is that of Meena Rasi or Pisces Zodiac. Guru or Jupiter is the Lord of Pisces. The color of Revati is brown.

Revati Nakshatra Days in 2019 as per Indian Standard Time (IST) 

January 14, 2019, Monday Time is from 11:06 AM on January 13 to 12:53 PM on January 14, 2019

February 10, 2019, Sunday Time is from 5:30 PM on February 9 to 7:37 PM on February 10, 2019

March 9, 2019, Saturday Time is from 11:17 PM on March 8 to 1:19 AM on March 10, 2019

April 5 and April 6, 2019, Friday and Saturday Time is from 5:36 AM on April 5 to 7:23 AM on April 6, 2019

May 3, Friday Time is from 1:02 PM on May 2 to 2:40 PM on May 3, 2019

May 30, 2019, Thursday Time is from 9:18 PM on May 29 to 11:04 PM on May 30, 2019

June 27, 2019, Thursday Time is from 5:38 AM on June 26 to 7:44 AM on June 27, 2019

July 24, 201…

Thoughts and Quotes on Narasimha Avatar of Lord Vishnu

In the Vishnu Sahasranama, it is the Narasimha avatara that is mentioned first among all the avataras.
Narasimha came heeding the calls of a child, and that too the child of an asura.
It is said that Lord Narayana came as Narasimha for the sake of Prahlada. But a better way of putting it would be to say that He came in order that Prahlada's words might be proved true. The Lord is always true to His words. He never slips from them. Nor does He let his devotees' words prove false. Prahlada had declared to his father Hiranyakasipu that the Lord was there everywhere. That is why the Lord took His position in all pillars, for He wanted to be at hand, whichever pillar Hiranayakasipu chose to strike. He wanted to show that He would never allow His devotees' words to be proved false.



Whatever form pleases His bhaktas, is a form that He readily assumes, and in doing so, the Lord loses none of His auspicious qualities. His form remains always pure and untainted.
Nammazhvar shows …

True Love is Not Attachment

Some people consider attachment to be love but it is not. True love is selflessness and sacrifice. You become the other person in true love and there is no difference between two people. There is no ego and there is no pride. There is mutual respect and admiration. There is total freedom. There is complete trust. There are no personal agendas. Everything is mutual the other person’s happiness is your happiness; the other person’s sorrow is your sorrow.



Attachment is the opposite. There is no freedom. There is suffocation. There are doubts. One person is always superior in this situation. There is always tension. Emotions overpower on every occasion. People in such relationship always look for an exit point. When there is too much attachment, there will be no progress. Opportunities are squandered. Likes are surrendered. One person suffers. One person sacrifices. There is no physical, mental or spiritual growth in such a relationship.

Attachment soon turns into possessiveness. It sour…

Hindu Calendar – April 28, 2018

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, April 28, 2018 – Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing or light phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 6:31 AM on April 28. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 5:48 AM on April 29. All time based on India Standard Time.
Good – Auspicious time on April 28, 2018, as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatra till 1:23 PM on April 28. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram till 1:32 PM on April 29.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram till 1:53 PM on April 28. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatra till 2:07 PM on April 29.
Rashi or Moo…

Dream of Trijata in the Ramayana

Ramayana mentions about the dreams of a couple of characters. Prominent among them is the dream of Trijata, an old rakshasi who guarded Sita in Lanka. Ravana who was frustrated with Sita stopping all his sexual advancements warned her that if she refuses to share his bed, he would have her cooked and served for breakfast.

Ravana then gave the freedom to the rakshasis guarding Sita to torment her. They teased her for not listening to the wishes of Ravana, the powerful king who could stop sun and moon from shining if he wished.

Sita stood firm in her resolve and asked the ogresses to stop giving cheap and sinful advice.

The ogresses threatened her that the demons will soon eat her flesh. Hearing the commotion Trijata, an old ogress, tells the rakshasis to eat her but not Sita. She asks them to stop tormenting Sita. She then narrates the terrible dream that she had last night.


In the dream, Trijata saw Rama coming in a chariot made of ivory, drawn by a hundred horses. Mata Sita wearing …

Uttarabhadra Nakshatra dates and time 2019 – Uthrittathi Birth Star date and timing in 2019

Uttarabhadra Nakshatra, also known as Uttara Bhadrapada or Uthrittathi in South India, is the 26th Nakshatram among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Uttarabhadrapada Nakshatra dates and time in 2019. The astrological prediction of the birth star Uttarabhadra as per Moon Sign is that of Meena Rasi or Pisces Zodiac. Guru or Jupiter is the Lord of Pisces. The color of Uttara Bhadrapada is purple.

Uttarabhadra Nakshatra Days in 2019 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)

January 13, 2019, Sunday Time is from 8:43 AM on January 12 to 11:06 AM on January 13, 2019

February 9, 2019, Saturday Time is from 2:59 PM on February 8 to 5:30 PM on February 9, 2019

March 8, 2019, Friday Time is from 8:54 PM on March 7 to 11:17 PM on March 8, 2019

April 4, 2019, Thursday Time is from 3:25 AM on April 4 to 5:36 AM on April 5, 2019

May 2, Thursday Time is from 10:52 AM on May 1 to 1:02 PM on May 2, 2019

May 29, 2019, Wednesday Time is from 6:58 PM on May 28 to 9:18 PM on May 29, 2019

June 25 and June 26, 2019, Tu…

Single Mantra That Gives the Benefit of Reading Entire Srimad Bhagavad Purana

Srimad Bhagavad Purana is 'mokshadayini' – one that has the power to liberate a devotee from all forms of worldly suffering. But today many people do not have the patience, interest, energy and time to read the Srimad Bhagavad Puran, which narrates about the various avatars of Bhagavan Vishnu. A single mantra provides the benefit or reading the entire Srimad Bhagavad Purana. The mantra is:

आदौदेवकीदेवगर्भजननं, गोपीगृहेवद्र्धनम्।
मायापूजनिकासुतापहरणंगौवद्र्धनोधरणम्।।
कंसच्छेदनंकौरवादिहननं, कुंतीसुपाजालनम्।
एतद्श्रीमद्भागवतम्पुराणकथितंश्रीकृष्णलीलामृतम्।।
अच्युतंकेशवंरामनारायणंकृष्ण:दामोदरंवासुदेवंहरे।
श्रीधरंमाधवंगोपिकावल्लभंजानकीनायकंरामचन्द्रंभजे।। Maya puja nikasu tap haranam govardhanoudharanam Kamsachedanam Kouradihanam Kuntisupajalanam Etadh Srimadabhagavadam purana kaditam Srikrishna Leelamrtam Achutam Keshavam Ramanarayanam Krishna Damodharam Vasudeva hare Sreedaram Madavam Gopikavallabham Janai Nayakam Ramachandram bhaje
How to Chant the Mantra? A devotee should wake up ear…

Symbolism and Meaning of Vrat in Hinduism

Today, vrat in Hinduism is religious fasting. It is performed for desire fulfillment. The desire can be materialistic or spiritual. Some perform it for early marriage, some for a job, some for the cure of a life-threatening disease, some to beget healthy children. There are numerous reasons today for performing vrat and majority of them are meant to achieve happiness by external means.

Today, two terms Vrat and Upvaas have the same meaning. They are used to mean the same thing.

Symbolically vrat is more of preparation. Various methods are adopted by a devotee to purify his mind and body. So that the devotee is ready and prepared to accept the higher knowledge.

This higher knowledge is within us. But we are not able to access it because it is covered with ignorance. There are layers of ignorance and we have to remove them to see the light of knowledge. Vrat is this removal of ignorance.


Vrat is also following Dharma. All forms of disorder and confusion are shed. Senses are kept in tot…

Hindu Calendar – April 27, 2018

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, April 27, 2018 – Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing or light phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 7:40 AM on April 27. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 6:31 AM on April 28. All time based on India Standard Time.
Good – Auspicious time on April 27, 2018, as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Uttara Phalguni or Uthram Nakshatra till 1:42 PM on April 27. Then onward it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram till 1:23 PM on April 28.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Uttara Phalguni or Uthram Nakshatram till 2:01 PM on April 27. Then onward it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatra till 1:53 PM on April 28.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till…

Draupadi Vastraharan Story – Panchali Cheer Haran in the Mahabharat

Draupadi Vastraharan, also referred as Panchali Cheer Haran, is an important episode in the Mahabharat. The story is found in the Sabha Parva of the Mahabharata. This episode continues to haunt people. It raises numerous questions in each generation. Every tenet of Dharma was broken in a court filled with of the great minds of age.

Duryodhana, the eldest of the Kauravas, on the advice of his uncle Shakuni hatched a number of schemes and plots against the Pandavas. He could never come to terms with the fact that the throne of his father will go to Yudhishtira the eldest of the Pandavas. His hatred, fear and insecurity grew with him. His evil acts had the silent approval of his father.

Pandavas who created a separate kingdom, Indraprastha, was invited to Hastinapur to play a gambling match. Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas, was addicted to gambling. Shakuni, uncle of Duryodhana, took advantage of this weakness in the Pandava camp.



Yudhishtira lost his entire kingdom, his broth…

Purvabhadra Nakshatra dates and time 2019 – Pooruruttathi - Purvabhadra Birth Star date and timing in 2019

Purvabhadra Nakshatra 2019 dates and timing based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Also known as, Pooruruttathi in South India, it is the 25th Birth Star among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Purvabhadrapada Nakshatra dates and time in 2019.

The astrological prediction of the birth star Poorvabhadra as per Moon Sign is that of Kumbha Rashi or Aquarius Zodiac and Meena Rasi or Pisces Zodiac. The first three quarter of Poorvabhadrapada is in Kumbha Raasi and the last quarter is in Meena Rashi. Lord Shani or Saturn is the Lord of Kumbha Raasi. Guru or Jupiter is the lord of Pisces. The color of the nakshatra is blue green.

Purvabhadra Nakshatra dates and time 2019 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)

January 11 and January 12, 2019, Friday and Saturday Time is from 5:54 AM on January 11 to 8:43 AM on January 12, 2019

February 8, 2019, Friday Time is from 12:09 PM on February 7 to 2:59 PM on February 8, 2019

March 7, 2019, Thursday Time is from 6:13 PM on March 6 to 8…

Friday Pradosham Benefits – Shukra Pradosh - Mantra - Story - How to Observe

Pradosham is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is observed on the 13th day of a fortnight as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Shukra Pradosh is observed when Pradosham falls on Friday. Below is the Friday Pradosham benefits, mantra, Vrat Katha and  how to observe Shukra Pradosh.
Shukra Pradosh Mantraक्लींकाममूर्तयेनमःशिवायक्लीं Kleem Kamurtaye Namah Shivaya Kleem Friday Pradosham Benefits As per Shuka Maharishi, those performing Shukra Pradosh will be blessed with all forms of happiness. It is also good for couples. All forms of difficulties in marriage will be removed.

Performing it will help in couples to stay together for a very long period.



The benefit of Pradosham was narrated by Shiva to Sati. He told her that during Kali Yuga, Pradosham is the best way to attain Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha. The greatness of the vrat was realized by Sage Vyasa who told it to Suta Maharishi. Suta Rishi then told it to Sanakadi Rishis who shared it with the living beings for their benefit.

Religious Fear – Fear of God – Worst Kind of Fear

Fear of god and religious fear is the worst kind of fear. It stems from fear and it spreads from one generation to another. It is an epidemic. The world is being covered by the dark cloud of religious fear and the fear of God. It is converting our world into a battlefield. There is no growth, peace and prosperity due to this fear.

The God who rules by fear is created mainly by cunning and evil people who want to control and rule over people. Power, lust and money are their sole motive.

Another kind of religious fear is propagated by commoners; majority of it can be dismissed as superstition. Fear of future, attachment and desire are the reason behind such religious fear. In Santana Dharma (Hinduism) there is no God who controls his devotees through fear of punishments.



We have Krishna who is child, friend, lover, husband, father, philosopher and guide. We have Shiva who is Bholenath. We have Goddess Shakti who is the kind and benign mother. We have Ganesha the cutest God in the un…

Hindu Calendar – April 26, 2018

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, April 26, 2018 – Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing or light phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 9:12 AM on April 26. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 7:40 AM on April 27. All time based on India Standard Time.
Good – Auspicious time on April 26, 2018, as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 2:24 PM on April 26. Then onward it is Uttara Phalguni or Uthram Nakshatram till 1:42 PM on April 27.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatram till 2:26 PM on April 26. Then onward it is Uttara Phalguni or Uthram Nakshatra till 2:01 PM on April 27.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha…