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Symbolism of Salt in Hindu Marriage - Salt Given To Bride to Be taken to Husband's Home

In many regions in India during Hindu marriage, salt is given as a gift to the bride and it is taken to her new home. Sabut namak or rock salt is given to the daughter by parents. She takes it to her husband’s home. Salt is associated with auspiciousness and this is the main symbolism. It is believed that bad luck will hesitate to enter the house in which rock salt is used and it helps in maintaining peace and prosperity. The salt carried by the bride helps in alleviating poverty as she is bringing the blessing of Goddess Lakshmi. There will be unity and love among family members and this will help in the progress of the household. It helps in keeping negative energy out. Salt should be added to the water used to clean the house – while mopping the house. This helps in keeping out negative energy. Related Custom of Breaking Fasting with Salt less Food in Hinduism –Alavana Vrata

Rajasthani Embroidery and Hindu Influence

Each state in India has developed its own distinctive styles, techniques, and designs, which are known by local or state names. The inspiration often comes from Hindu religion and the local flora and fauna same is the case with the Embroidery of the state of Rajasthan. Here is a look at Rajasthani embroidery and Hindu influence. In Rajasthan, each place has its own distinctive style of embroidery. A specialty of Rajasthani designs is the depiction of birds such as peacocks, and animals such as horses, camels, elephants and lions. The Jat women of Sikar and Jhunjhun embroider the motifs of birds and animals on their skirt borders, while women of the same community in Bikaner embroider their thick woolen shawls by employing double-running stitches to create patterns similar to bandhani – a popular method of imprinting multi-colored design by the know tie and dye process. The Mev tribals in Alwar employ the chain-stitch and embroider their wraps predominantly with

Mahakal ki Sawari at Ujjain Mahakal Temple in Shravan Month - Procession of Mahakaal in Sawan Month

Mahakal ki Sawari is the special processions that are taken out in the Shravan or Sawan month in the Ujjain Mahakal Temple dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. These special rituals are held on the Mondays or Somwar in Shravan Mahina. Mahakal ki Sawari 2023 dates are July 10, July 17, August 21, August 28, September 4, and September 11. The Shravan month in 2023 as per traditional calendars followed in North India begins on July 4 and ends on August 31. Special processions of the murti of Lord Shiva are held on all Mondays in the surrounding of the Ujjain Mahakal Temple . Thousands of people arrive to witness this unique ritual. This is also the period when the Kanwar Yatra takes place. The temple used to follow Marathi Panchang before getting independence. Marathi Panchang is calculated from Amavasya to Amavasya. But the current Panchang followed in Madhya Pradesh is Purnimat Panchang - Purnima to Purnima. Due to this reason the temple will have a total of six Monda

Garudeshwar – Story of Shiva as Garudeshwar – Shivling Installed by Garuda

Garudeshwar Shivling is worshipped in Kashi and was installed by Garuda, the vehicle of Bhagvan Vishnu. Garuda and his mother Vinita were enslaved by Kadru and her naga sons. But Garuda rescued his mother from slavery after a tough struggle. Story of Shiva as Garudeshwar is found in Skanda Purana . Later Vinita told Garuda that she might have performed some bad deed in her past life to suffer the life of a slave. To get redemption from sins of past life, she wished to visit Kashi and offer prayers to Shiva. Garuda took his mother to Kashi and there installed a Shivling and performed intense austerities. Pleased with devotion of Garuda, Shiva appeared before him and told him that his mother had got redemption. Shiva also told that Garuda, the dutiful son, will become the vehicle of Bhagavan Vishnu in future. Shiva then blessed Garuda that the Shivling he installed will be known as Garudeshwar and those who worship it will be blessed with knowledge to attain self re

Eight Names of Tulsi – Mantra – Tulasi Devi Eight Names

Tulsi plant is an essential holy item in a Hindu home. Eight names of the Tulsi are chanted in the morning and evening for auspiciousness, good luck, peace and prosperity. Eight Names of Tulsi Vrinda Vrindavani Vishwapujita Vishwapavani Pushpasara Nandniya Tulsi Krishna Jeevani As per Hindus scriptures, Tulsi is symbol of purity, holiness and the presence of divinity. The Tulsi that are worshipped at home include Krishna Tulsi and Rama Tulsi. Eight Names of Tulsi in Mantra वृंदा वृंदावनी विश्वपूजिता विश्वपावनी। पुष्पसारा नंदनीय तुलसी कृष्ण जीवनी।। एतभामांष्टक चैव स्त्रोतं नामर्थं संयुतम। यः पठेत तां च सम्पूज्य सौश्रमेघ फलंलमेता।। Benefits of Chanting Eight Names of Tulsi Daily It is chanted for a happy married life. It is chanted for peace and happiness in the family. It is chanted for good health and for the long life of family members. There is a belief that worshipping Tulsi daily will help in keeping out all kinds of negative