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What to do on Tamil New Year? - How to Observe Tamil Puthandu? - Chithirai 1 or Varsha Pirappu

Varusha Pirappu, the Tamil New Year day, observed in the month of Chithirai is observed or celebrated mainly by viewing ‘Kanni,’ reading or listening to Tamil Panchangam (New Year Predictions) and by eating the naivedya neem leaf pachadi. The list of what to do on Tamil New Year day varies from region to region and from community to community. Below is a brief idea on how to observe Tamil New Year. Note - Kanni is optional as it is not followed by all Tamil Hindu communities. Things Needed For Tamil New Year New clothes for the family New Year Panchangam Neem leaves and Neem flowers Usual fruits used for Pujas Usual Flowers For Kanni – viewing of auspicious things in the morning of New Year – Gold, silver, jewelry, mirror, new clothes, new calendar, bananas, arecanut, betel leaves, raw rice, coconuts, fruits, vegetables and other newly harvested farm products. To Begin - What to do on Tamil New Year? House is thoroughly cleaned and doors and win

Story of Origin of Vishu – Sri Ram – Ravana Battle

There are numerous stories regarding the origin of the Vishu festival, the zodiac new year in Kerala. Most of the Vishu stories are associated with local temples but the most famous one is associated with the Ram – Ravan battle in the Ramayana. Legend has it that the Navagrahas were controlled by Ravana during his reign of Lanka. He had Shani imprisoned . It is said that Ravana was not impressed with Surya rising from the east and the rays falling on his palace without his permission. Ravana saw the intense heat produced by Surya as arrogance. Ravan decided go in for a war with Surya. A scared Surya agreed to not to shine on the palace of Ravana . This caused lot of difficulties for the people in the region. Surya arrived late daily and this caused havoc in nature. Crops were damaged. There was scarcity of food. Then Sri Rama defeated Ravana in the epic battle and Surya started rising from the east on time. It is believed that people celebrate Vishu in remembran

Story Of Wife Of Bharata In Ramayana - Mandavi

In the Ramayana, Mandavi was the daughter of Kushadhwaja – brother of Janaka. She was a cousin of Mata and she was the wife Bharata, the second brother of Bhagavan Sri Ram. When Rama was exiled, Bharata, who refused to become the king of Ayodhya. He went to Rama and returned with his Sandals. He built a tiny Ashrama at Nandigram and remained there, worshipping Rama and doing the duty of a ruler as ordered by Rama. Mandavi supported her husband’s decision. She too spend her time in meditation and helping her husband. Mandavi is also the name of a river, which follows through North Karnataka and Goa. Shrutkirti was the younger sister of  Mandavi and she married Shatrughna, the last the four sons of Dasharatha. 

What to do on Ram Navami? - Mantra - Sri Rama Navami Puja Fasting Procedure

Ram Navami is the birthday of Lord Ram and is celebrated by Hindus around the world. Here is a brief idea on what to do on Ram Navami. The method of celebration varies from region to region but fasting is an integral part of Ram Navami in most places. Lord Ram and Vishnu temples conduct elaborate pujas. Large scale community celebrations are organized in different parts of India which includes recitation of Ramayana and performances by folk artists. Maximum number of Rama Navami pujas take place in Hindu homes. Ram Navami Mantra Sri RAm Jaya Ram Jaya Ram. Sri Ramachandraya Namah Ram Rameti Rameti Rame Raame Manorame Sahastra Nam Tathunya Ram Bam Vrannane श्री राम जय राम जय जय राम। श्री रामचन्द्राय नमः। राम रामेति रामेति रमे रामे मनोरमे। सहस्त्र नाम तत्तुन्यं राम नाम वरानने॥ Another popular mantra Om Ram Om Ram Om Ram Hreem Ram Hreem Ram Shreem Ram Shreem Ram Ramaya Namah Ram Ramaya Namah ॐ राम ॐ राम ॐ राम।   ह्रीं राम ह्रीं राम।

Purascharana Vidhi In Hinduism

Purascharana Vidhi is the method of chanting a particular mantra in Hinduism. There are five parts of Purascharana. The simple meaning of Purascharana is the proper method of chanting a mantra with five steps. The five steps of Purascharana are Jap Havan Tarpan Marjan (this is a kind of purification for mistakes and sins committed) Brahman Bhoj The number of times a mantra is to be chanted depends on the number of syllables in the mantra. Om and Namah are not counted. This kind of procedure is usually performed under the guidance of a learned priest. Depending on the region and caste of the performer, Purascharana will change. This kind of chanting is followed by few communities in Hinduism. Such chanting is largely ignored by majority of Hindus. Purascharana Vidhi is followed mainly in Hindi heartland in India. पुरश्चरण कैसे किया जाता है पुरश्चरण   में   जप   संख्या   निर्धारित   मंत्र   की   अक्षरों   की   संख्या   पर   निर्भर   करती   है।  

Madana Trayodashi 2023 - Importance

Madana Trayodashi is an auspicious day dedicated to Kama, the god of love and also to Lord Shiva. Madana Trayodashi 2023 date is April 4. It is observed on the 13 th day of the Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month (March – April). In Kashmiri Hindu culture, the day is dedicated to husband-wife relationship. On the day husbands give their wives a sacred bath using herbs and perfumes. In some regions the day is also dedicated to Lord Shiva. Garuda Purana suggests that the thirteenth day during Chaitra Shukla Paksha is ideal for propitiating Lord Shiva. For some communities, the day is part of Holi festival and relates to the legend of Shiva burning Kama into ashes.

Anang Trayodashi – Anang Vrat

Anang Trayodashi, or Anang Vrat is an observance dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is observed on the 13th day of the Shukla Paksha of Chaitra Month in traditional calendar followed in Maharashtra and Gujarat . Anang Trayodashi 2023 date is April 4.  In North India , the Anang Trayodashi is observed during on 13th day of Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Margashirsh Month it is on December 6, 2022. Anang Trayodashi Vrat is observed for a year – on all the 13th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the moon) in a month. It is believed that observing Anang Vrat will help in attaining prosperity, health, wealth and good fortune.The importance of Anang Trayodashi is mentioned in the Garuda Purana. Apart from Lord Shiva, Kamdev and Rati are also worshipped on the day. The observance includes offering flowers and fruits to Lord Shiva and the prescribed 16-step Hindu puja and worship.

Ashtavaidya In Kerala – Eight Families Specializing In Ayurveda – Ashtavaidyan

Ashtavaidya refers to the eight families of Nambudiri Brahmins who specialize in Ayurveda in Kerala. Ashtavaidyan are eight main branches of Ayurveda in Kerala. Ashtavaidya In Kerala Vayaskara Musu at Kottayam Chirattamannu Mussu, originally belong to Andippuram, but now Chertala Taikkattu Mussu at Thrissur Thaikkattu Mussu of Elayidam Ollur Vellattu Mussu near Cherthala, formerly at Chalakudy Pulamantol Mussu Alathur Nambi now at Chundal near Kunnamkulam Vaidyamadham at Kumaranalloor The term ashta (eight) in the word ashta vaidya refers to the eight branches of the discipline and also probably to the eight families practicing Ayurveda. These Brahmins, who specialized in Ayurveda, were required to study Ashtanga Hridaya, a work by Vagbhata and interact with numerous patients with varied ailments. They treated people from all walks of the society. These Brahmins had very little time for a secluded religious life or for rituals. Hence they were exempted from

Garuda Ashtottara In English – Garuda Prayer To Overcome Fear Of Snakes

Garuda Ashtottara is a popular prayer dedicated to Garuda, the half eagle – half man bird in Hinduism. This is the Garuda Ashtottara Shatanamavali In English. The lyrics and text is in pdf format. The file was found on prapatti website. Garuda is mainly offered prayers to protection. He is also worshipped by those who have constant fear of snakes. Those people who are facing problems due to snakes in their home and property can chant the stotra. It is good for those people who are troubled by snakes in dreams. Link – Download Garuda Ashtottara In English

Sri Aurobindo Teachings On Attachment

This a collection of teachings on attachment by Sri Aurobindo. All attachment is a hindrance to sadhana. Goodwill you should have for all, psychic kindness for all, but no vital attachment. To become indifferent to the attraction of outer objects is one of the first rules of yoga. Non-attachment liberates the inner being into peace and the true consciousness. Physical rejection is not the best way to get rid of the attraction of material things. Accept what is given to you, ask for what is needed and think no more of it. Attaching no importance, use then when you have. Do not be trouble if you have not. That is the best way of getting rid of attachment. Even after liberation, one has to remain vigilant of attachment. If there has been an entire purification down to the depths and nothing is there to open the gate, then attachment cannot harm a person.