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Fasting in Adhik Mahina – Hindu Extra Month Vrat, Pujas and Rituals in Adhika Masa

Adhik Maas is known as Purushottama Masa is western parts on India and is considered highly auspicious for performing vrat, pujas, fasts and rituals dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The recitation of Srimad Bhagavad Purana and of the Bhagavad Gita during this month produces highly meritorious results. Some people undertake fasting during the month dedicated to Lord Vishnu. In 2018, Adhika Mahina is from May 16 to June 13 and is the Adhik Ashada Mahina. In Bhavishyottara Purana, Sri Krishna talks about the Adhik Maas Vrat. He says that by carrying out the Vrat with the dedication to Vishnu through fasting, cleanliness, charity, puja etc. merits are acquired which produce unfailing results and all sorts of problems and tragedies are overcome. Fasting in one Adhik Maas is equal to performing 1000 Kartik Maas Vrat. Adhik Maas Vrat begins on the first day and ends on the last day of Adhik Masa. During the month it is good to wake up during the hours of Brahma Muhurta (bet

Garuda Purana in Hinduism – Importance – Contents

In Hinduism, Garuda Purana is one of the eighteen major Puranas. It is a Vishnu Purana and it is the 17th of the eighteen Mahapuranas. Importance of Garuda Purana is due to its exhaustive dealing of death rituals, hell and afterlife. The contents of Garuda Purana are broadly divided into three. Achara Kanda – 240 chapters Preta or Uttara Kanda – 49 chapters Brahma Kanda – 29 chapters Misunderstanding of Garuda Purana by Hindus There is a wrong belief that Garuda Purana only deals with death, hell and death related rituals. This is not true. Only the Uttara Kanda deals with the subject of death and hell. Among 49 chapters in the Preta Kanda there are only few chapters that is exclusively dedicated to hell and death. More than 80 percent of Garuda Purana is dedicated to Vishnu bhakti and other general themes found in other Puranas. The wrong information has led to people believing that Garuda Purana should not be kept home and is should not be read on normal days. It

How Lakshmanpur – Lakshmanavati became Lucknow?

The present day Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, was earlier known as Lakshmanpur or Lakshmanavati. The popular belief is that the city was founded by Lakshmana brother Bhagavan Sri Ram. Ayodhya, the capital of Sri Ram, in the Ramayana is around 80 miles west of Lucknow. There is a mound in the old portion of Lucknow city and it is known as Lakshman Teela. The belief is that the city was part of Kosala kingdom and Sri Ram gifted it to his brother Lakshman. Naimisharanya, the holy place where Puranas were narrated by Suta Rishi to Sanakadi Rishis, is located 10 kms from Lucknow. The city in its present form was built by Asafuddowla in 1775 AD. Gomti River flows through the middle of the city. In 1902, the British brought the area under the command of United Province. After independence, in 1950, United Province was renamed Uttar Pradesh and Lucknow became its capital.