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Eating Paan on Dussehra

There are numerous and unique traditions associated with Dussehra and Vijaya Dashami like giving apta leaves and performing shami tree puja. One such unique tradition is eating pan on Dussehra. On the day people offer paan to Lord Hanuman and later consume it as Prasad. It is widely believed that Hanuman loves eating paan. As per Hindu astrology, paan is a symbol of victory and Vijaya Dashami celebrates the victory of Sri Ram over Ravana and that of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura. People eat paan after the burning of the effigy of Ravana. And take a vow to follow Dharma the path of righteousness. Paan is also a symbol of love, honor, fame, dignity and esteem. This is the reason why it is widely used during auspicious events. Dussehra also marks the change of season and various contagious diseases spread during the period. There is a belief that paan improves immunity and provides protection against diseases. During Navratri, people fast for nine days and

Fire Worship in Hinduism - Importance of Fire or Agni in Hindu Religion

Fire or Agni is one of the important gods in Hinduism. Agni is widely mentioned in the Vedas. The most widely accepted belief is that it is Agni who carries the offering made by human beings to the gods. All the offerings made in a yajna are carried to the gods by Agni. It is again the fire god who brings down the blessing of the gods. Hindus have been performing fire worship from time immemorial and if of great importance in the Hindu religion. As per the Vedas, Agni has three forms – sun, lightning and fire on earth. Rig Veda states that Sun deposits its luster with Agni before setting and Agni returns it in the morning. This is also one reason why a lamp is lit in the morning and evening in Hindu homes. It is believed in Hinduism that the visible God is Sun (Surya) and fire is His representative on Earth. This is the reason Agni is invoked during all prayers from birth to death of a living being in Hindu Religion. When Agni is the witness to any event there is purity

Sade Sati - Hanuman Puja – Overcome Sade Sati By Praying To Hanuman

Sade Sati is the visit of Shani Bhagavan (the baleful planet Saturn) in the horoscope of a person. When Hanuman was involved in the building of the bridge across the sea to Lanka in the Ramayana, it was time for Shani to come into Hanuman’s horoscope. This story narrates how people who are inflicted by Sade Sati can overcome it by worshipping Hanuman. When Shani was about to enter into his life, Hanuman requested him to postpone the visit until he helped Sri Ram to regain Mata Sita. But Shani was adamant. As Hanuman had to comply with the laws of nature, he agreed Shani to enter his life and sit on his head as his hands and legs were not free. Shani settled on the head of Hanuman and watched the proceedings of building the bridge across the sea. Hanuman started carrying huge boulders, trees and mountains on his head to the construction site. Soon Shani found it impossible to bear the crushing load of mountains and trees. He asked Hanuman to release him. But Hanuman i

Why is Ashlesha or Ayilyam Nakshatra Is important for Naga Worship in Hinduism?

Ashlesha Nakshatra, or Ayilyam Nakshatra, is the 9th birth star among 27 birth stars in Hindu Jyotish And astrology. The day when the Nakshatra falls is considered highly auspicious to perform rituals and worship of Nagas or Snakes in Kerala , Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. But why is Ayilyam important to serpents? Lakshman, the brother of Bhagvan Sri Ram in the Ramayana, was an incarnation of 1000-headed snake Adi Sesha . Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu reclines on Adi Sesha in the milky ocean . Lakshmana’s birth star was Ashlesha or Ayilyam and based on this fact devotees offer pujas on the day to Nagas. Abhishekam with milk, water, and coconut water are performed on the day on Naga murtis in majority of the Naga Temples in South India . Ayilyam Nakshatra day is highly auspicious at Mannarasala Nagaraja Temple and Vettikkottu Nagaraja Temple in Kerala. The day is also auspicious at the Nagaraja Temple in Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu. Numerous other temples which hav

Dasaratha Chaturthi Vrat – Dasarathi Chaturthi

Dasaratha Chaturthi Vrat is dedicated to King Dashrath, father of Hindu God Rama. Dasarathi Chaturthi Vrat 2023 date is November 1. The vrat is observed on the fourth day of the Krishna Paksha of Kartik month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India . Temple dedicated to Hindu God Ram performs special rituals on the day. Information regarding the vrat is very rare. But pujas and rituals are held by spiritual organizations and temples on the day.

Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri Quotes - A Collection of Teachings and Thoughts of Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri

Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri (1897 – 1961) was a Hindu Guru who transmitted the great teachings of Hindu tradition mostly through non-verbal means. This is a collection of quotes of Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri. His teachings and thoughts were compiled by his followers in the Chidakasha Gita. Peace is difficult to attain for those whose mind is centred on the body. It is very difficult for them to see the glory of the Atman. Attention should lessen on what is seen; interest must grow in what is unseen. In the seen, both pleasure and pain are perceived; but in the unseen, neither. Bhakti is love. To give up duality and look on all with equality, that is bhakti. One must seek the shortest way and the fastest means to get back home – to turn the spark within into a blaze, to be merged in and to identify with that greater fire which ignited the spark. Everyone is a God here including yourself and all the ones who are seated here. The state of mind should be like