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Shaivism in Nepal – Worship of Hindu God Shiva in Nepal

Shaivism is the most widely followed Hindu sect in Nepal and it has a deep impact on the life and culture of the people of the region. To Hindus, Nepal is the abode of Shiva – Pashupatikshetra. Shiva is primarily worshipped in the form of Shivling in Nepal. Shivling with face and without face is worshipped here. Mukhalinga or linga with face is much more prevalent in Nepal than in India. There are two types of Mukha Linga – with one face and with four faces. The formed and formless form of Supreme Deity in the form of Shiva is worshipped by followers of Shaivism. The shrine of Pashupatinatha is the most important temple in Nepal. Shiva as Pashupati is the guardian deity of Nepal and the shrine dates back to the prehistoric Kirata period. All the kings of Nepal invoke Shiva as Pashupati and they have mentioned in the inscriptions that they are dedicated to the feet of Pashupati. The extraordinary four-faced murti of Pashupatinatha is the epitome of Nepali – Shai

What to do on Nag Panchami Day? - How to Observe Nag Panchami?

Nag Panchami , also known as Mansa Devi Puja, observed on the fifth day after Amavasi in Shravan month is dedicated to the Nagas, the snake deities. Nagas are indispensable part in Hinduism and is closely associated with all the major deities in Hindu religion. Quite often they serve as a symbol. There is also a widespread belief among Hindus that the whole earth was the home of the Snakes and when human beings were created Lord asked them to move underground and humans promised to feed and worship them on Nagpanchami day. Apart from this there are thousands of stories associated with Snakes in Hindu religion . What to do on Nag Panchami Day? Stopping destroying the natural ecosystem of snakes and other animals. Stop cutting down trees. Stop clearing forests and grooves. Allow snakes to thrive in its natural habitat. On Nag Panchami prayers are offered at Naga temples, sacred places with idols of Nagas and at anthills. Almost all villages in India have a sacred place for

Vinayaka Chaturthi in Kerala in 2023 – Ganesh Chaturthi Festival in Kerala in 2023

Ganesh Chaturthi is the birthday of Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu God. Ganapati or Vinayaka is one of the most popular representations of Supreme Truth in Hinduism. Vinayaka Chaturthi 2023 date in Kerala is on August 20.  This date difference is because Vinayaka Chaturthi in Kerala is observed on the Shukla Paksha Chaturthi tithi (4 th day during the waxing phase of moon) in Chinga Masam. This corresponds to Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Chaturthi in other regions. Vinayaka Chaturthi is observed on the same day in Kerala and other regions when there is no Adhika Masa in Lunar Calendars followed in other regions. When there is an Adhika Masa , or extra month, in calendars followed in most regions in India . Adhika Masa is not present in Kerala Malayalam calendars as it is a solar calendar. Thus once in 3 years there is a difference of date in Malayalam calendar and other Hindu calendars in observing Ganesh Chaturthi. Vinayaka Chaturthi is observed for 10 days in ce

How to Observe Mangala Gowri Puja? - Procedure and Rules of Mangala Gouri Puja

Mangala Gouri Puja, or Shravana Mangala Gowri Puja, is an important Vrata observed by married women in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and by some communities in Maharashtra . It is performed for a happy married life and for the long life of the husband. It is observed on Tuesdays in the Shravan or Sawan month (July – August). Below are the procedure and rules of Mangala Gouri Puja and a small description on how to perform the ritual. Update - Mangala Gouri Puja Dates  This is based on South Indian way of observing the ritual, if you wish to follow North India way you can read it here. How to observe Mangala Gowri Puja? The method of performing Mangala Gowri puja varies from region to region. This is just to give an idea about the ritual. You can always be flexible in all Hindu rituals what matters more is devotion. And one should not ponder too much over the correct performance of rituals. A simple prayer consisting of lighting a lamp and offering a fruit is more than en

Sarada Devi Quotes - A Collection of 108 Quotes of Holy Mother Sarada Devi - wife of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Holy Mother Sarada Devi (1853-1920)  wife of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Thoughts, teachings and quotes of Sarada Devi, also known as Sri Saradamani Devi, are from various sources. Please note that the Sarada Devi Quotes page is updated constantly. How can the devotees really have any caste? Children are all equal. Many think of God only after receiving blows from the world. But blessed indeed is he who can offer his mind, like a fresh flower, at the feet of the Lord from his very childhood. One should practice renunciation in youth. As one gets the fragrance of a flower by handling it, or as one gets the smell of sandalwood by rubbing it against a stone, in the same way one gets spiritual awakening by constantly thinking of God. But you can realize Him right now, if you become desireless. Only through work can one remove the bondage of work. Total detachment comes later. One should not be without work even for a moment. Work helps one to fend off idle thought