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Kapota – Dove – Speckle-Necked Pigeon in Hinduism

Kapota is associated with Mother Goddess and Shiva in Hinduism. The dove or speckle-necked pigeon is a symbol of fertility and love. Harappa – Mohenjodaro – Lothal The dove accompanies the Mother Goddess figurines unearthed from Indus Valley sites of Harappa, Mohenjodaro and Lothal. Kopta in Vedas In Rig Veda, it is the messenger of Yama, the god of death. Its presence was considered inauspicious. If it came near the holy fire during a yajna, it was to be driven away by chanting holy verses. Kapota was believed to be the son of Nirtti, the goddess of misery, disease and death. Kapota in Puranic Period During the age of the Puranas, Kapota began to be regarded as a favorable bird. It became a symbol of love, sexual urge and procreation. Shiva and Goddess Parvati took dove shapes for sexual union and came to be known as Kapoteshwara and Kapoteshwari. Goddess Rati, consort of Kamadeva (the god of love), have pigeon has her symbol. Today, Dove is associated

Peepal Puja on Saturday – Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi Resides on Peepal Tree on Saturday

Peepal tree puja on Saturday is considered auspicious by many Hindu communities. This is because of the belief that Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi resides on peepal tree on Saturday. And when Ekadasi (11th day of a fortnight) falls on Saturday it becomes doubly auspicious. Benefits of Peepal Puja on Saturday You will get blessing of Lakshmi and Vishnu – prosperity and peace. Relief to all types of horoscope related problems. Business will flourish. Ancestors will get moksha. Relief from bad health. How to perform peepal puja on Saturday? The puja should be performed under a peepal tree after sunrise. Offer prayers to Ganesha. Take a kalash and fill it water. In mind imagine the 8-armed form of Vishnu and offer prayers. Then pour the water under the peepal tree. Light a lamp using sesame oil. Offer a yellow banana. Offer yellow color flowers. Offer yellow chandan. Sit in meditation. Chant the mantra ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasusdevaya’ 108 times. You can use a c

Varad Laxmi Vrat 2023 in Shravan Month in North India

Varad Laxmi Vrat is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and is observed on Fridays during the Shravan Shukla Paksha – waxing phase of moon in Shravan month. Varad Laxmi Vrat 2023 dates are August 18 and August 25 as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India . The puja, fasting and other rituals on the day is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. It is believed that she bless devotees during the period. Varad here signifies the power of the goddess to give boons. There is a belief that Goddess Lakshmi appeared during the Samudra Manthan or churning of ocean. This happened in the Shravan month. The famous Varalakshmi Puja is also held during the period in South India.

Vedanta Teachings on Reincarnation – Universal Toleration - Sin

Vedanta Teachings on Reincarnation – Universal Toleration - Sin is an excerpt from an article published in 1905 in The New York Daily Tribune – it was published by Prabuddha Bharata Magazine in December 1905. What, then, is the message which these native Hindu teachers bring to the Vedanta Society? They bring, first, the lesson of universal toleration that there is truth in all religions. Vedanta points out that all are true for their day and generation. No other position, they say, will stand logical analysis. For, if what we believed yesterday be false because we think differently today, then our today’s belief is equally false because we shall certainly advance from it to another belief here after… The Vedantists say that each successive modified belief is part of a main stairway of progress toward the ideal, of which each particular stair is as necessary as every other. Each individual step, from the lowest to the highest, is necessary and important and true. One of the