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Lakshmi Puja on Purnima – Importance of Goddess Lakshmi Puja on Full Moon Day

Purnima, the full moon day, in a Hindu Lunar Fortnight is considered auspicious to perform Goddess Lakshmi puja. There is a popular belief that if a family performs Lakshmi puja on full moon night together then they will always have the blessings of Maa Laxmi. Goddess Lakshmi Mantra on Purnima Om Shree Mahalakshmayee Namah ॐ श्री महालक्ष्म्यै नमः।  Importance of Goddess Lakshmi Puja on Full Moon Day Two of the important pujas dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the Kojagri Lakshmi puja and Gajalaxmi puja is observed on full moon night. It is meritorious to perform Lakshmi Puja on the full moon day in Kartik Month. Goddess Lakshmi is offered special pujas on full moon day by chanting the Sri Suktam and Lakshmi stotra. Legend It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi visits earth on full moon day. She visits homes that are neat and clean. She resides in homes of devotees who have unwavering devotion. She abandons fickle minded people who curse on the slightest misfortune

Brahma Kund at Rajgir – Importance in Hindu Religion – Spiritual Significance of Rajgir Brahma Kund Snan during Mal Maas

Brahma Kund at Rajgir in Nalanda, Bihar, is an important spiritual center in Hindu religion. A holy pond here named Brahma Kund gains spiritual significance especially during Mal Maas or Adhik Masa – the extra month in Hindu lunar calendar.   This extra month is known as Purushottam Maas and is dedicated Lord Vishnu. Story of Brahma Kund at Rajgir Legend has it Raja Vasu, a mind born son of Lord Brahma, performed a maha yajna (great sacrifice here). All gods and goddess in Hindu pantheon were present at the yajna. All the saints, holy persons, demigods and demons too participated in the penance. There was only a single pond and it was impossible for all the divine beings to take a holy dip. To solve the problem Brahma created 22 ponds and 54 springs to fill the ponds. According to the Ramayan, Vasu was the fourth mind born son of Brahma and he established the city by the name of Vasumati here. Spiritual Significance of Rajgir Brahma Kund Snan The pond was created b

Thoughts on Dream and Spiritual Progress – Swami Vireswarananda Maharaj

What is the significance of dreams, especially those of gods and goddesses? Swami Vireswarananda Maharaj: Dreams do not always indicate anything except that your mind is changing for the better. Generally, dreams are but mental impressions of the waking state seen, as it were, in sleep. So, dreams of gods and goddesses show that your mind is now thinking of higher things and is being impressed by such thoughts instead of worldly thoughts. Question: Sometimes, we dream of Sri Ramakrishna; is it a measure of our spiritual progress? Swami Vireswarananda Maharaj: To dream of Sri Ramakrishna is good, but do not give too much importance to such things. What is important is how do you feel about the change in your mindset, whether dispassion, love for God, sympathy for others and so on are on the rise or not. These are surer milestones in your spiritual progress. Question: But Maharaj, on being asked by a disciple whether dreams of enlightened souls or Divine Incarnatio