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Sukadeva Jayanti – Appearance Day Of Sukadeva In Vaishakh Month

Sukadeva Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Sukadeva Gosvami. It is observed on the no moon day or Amavasya day in Vaishakh month. Sukhdev Jayanti 2024 date is June 6. Saint Sukadev narrated the Bhagavad Purana and is the son of Sage Vyasa. The day is also referred as  Sukh Deva Jayanti – Sukhdev Jayanti. He is the son of Veda Vyasa and Vatika. There are numerous stories and incidents in Hindu scriptures associated with Sukadeva. The holy saint is believed to have born out of the ascetic powers of Sage Vyasa. When in the womb of Vatika, Sukhdev used to listen to the philosophical discussions taking place between Sage Vyasa and other saints. He also remembered his previous births as a result of it. Due to the teachings, the child was unwilling to come out of the womb and finally, Lord Krishna persuaded the child to come out of the womb. Legend has it that the fetus in Vatika’s womb continued to grow and did not come out at the end of the ninth month. It was immer

84 Kosi Parikrama Ayodhya – Annual 22-day Pilgrimage in April – May in Ayodhya

84 Kosi Parikrama Ayodhya begins on the day after Chaitra Purnima on the first day of Vaishakh month (April - May) as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India. The annual yatra begins from Makhauda Dham after important puja and rituals. 84 Kosi Parikrama Ayodhya 2024 begins on April 24. The first part of the journey is from Makhauda Dham to Ramrekha Mandir. Kosi is a unit of length. It is around 10088 feet or 3075 meter. In the journey, devotees travel 84 kosi – this is believed to be the extent of the capital of Bhagavan Sri Ram. Ayodhya Dham is 84 kosi. The belief is that participating in the 84 Kosi Parikrama of Ayodhya will help a person in avoiding 8.4 million births. The person need not pass through 8.4 million yonis. One who participates with devotion in the pilgrimage achieves moksha. The person achieves merits to wash away sins of several previous births. The first part of the journey is from Makhauda Dham to Ramrekha Mandir. The

Kamakhya Devi Mantra in English and Hindi – Benefits of Chanting Kamakhya Devi Mantra

Kamakhya Devi is the form of Mother Goddess that resides at the Nilachal Hills near Guwahati in Assam, India. She is worshipped by devotees for various kinds of desire fulfillments. The main benefit of chanting the mantra is that a devotee achieves wisdom to wipe out ignorance. Kamakhya Devi Mantra in English and Hindi Kamakhye Varade Devi Nila Parvata Vasini Twam Devi Jagatam Mata Yonimudre namostute कामाख्ये वरदे देवी नीला पर्वता  वासिनी त्वम् देवी जगतम माता योनि मुद्रे नमोस्तुते || Meaning Salutations to Kamakhyaye Devi, residing at the Nilaparvat (blue mountain) you are the mother of the whole world, salutations in Yoni Mudra. Benefits of Chanting Kamakhya Devi Mantra A usual devotee worships and chants this mantra to get the blessings of the Devi to overcome worldly problems and for desire fulfillments. This mantra is chanted by those children wishing to have healthy and intelligent children. Couples who are having problems in having children find

Story – Goddess Lakshmi Daughter Of Sage Markandeya

There is an interesting story in the Brahmanda Purana which informs us that Goddess Lakshmi had appeared on earth as the daughter of Sage Markandeya. Mrikandu Maharishi’s son, Sage Markandeya, was destined to die at the age of sixteen but his devotion for Shiva saved him. After this, Sage Markandeya performed intense penance to have Goddess Lakshmi has his daughter and perform her kanyadanam. He also wished Lord Vishnu as his son-in-law. He performed the penance at Thirunageswaram on the banks of Cauvery which was covered with Tulsi plants. Tulsi had performed Tapas to get a spot on the chest of Lord Vishnu. But as Goddess Lakshmi was already residing there, Vishnu asked Tulsi to meditate on Cauvery River and take care of Goddess Lakshmi when she will take birth on the riverbank. The penance continued for several years and Goddess Lakshmi appeared under the Tulsi plant. Markandeya realized the baby was Goddess Lakshmi and raised her. After the birth of the baby, num

Symbolism Of Carrying Milk Pots To Hindu Temples – Reason – Meaning

Carrying milk pots to Hindu temples is an important ritual. The main reason for carrying it is for seeking the blessing of the deity, for desire fulfillment and as part of thanking the deity for fulfilling the desires. The milk pot symbolizes abundance and fertility. In this context it must be noted here that cow itself is a sacred animal in Hinduism and offering its milk to the deity is seen as offering something very pure and auspicious. Milk pots are mainly carried in South India to Murugan temples, Ganesha temples and also temples to various incarnations of Shakti like Mariamman etc. Cow is an important part of agrarian economy. Starting from the Vedic period, cow played an important role in the life of a Hindu. Sharing something so important in one’s life with the deity gave satisfaction to the devotees.

Charama Sloka – Importance Of Charama Slokam In Hinduism

Charama Sloka is the final and definitive message delivered by a sage or an incarnation. It is of great importance in Hinduism. Varaha Charama Sloka and Bhagavad Gita Charama Slokam are of great importance. This type of sloka is mainly associated with Lord Vishnu. The three important Charama Sloka are those in the Ramayana, the Bhagavad Gita and the Varaha Purana. Charama Sloka in Ramayana Sri Rama Charama Sloka occurs in the context of the surrender of Vibhishana to Sri Rama before the commencement of the war against Ravana. It says that those who surrender to Sri Rama and pray or help get his protection. This is Sri Rama’s vrata (assurance) declared in Vibhishana Saranagati section as explained in the seventeenth canto of Yuddha Kanda. Vibhishana was given refuge after this surrender. The abhaya applies to everyone who recites the sloka after initiation by an acharya (preceptor). It is an indicative of God’s willing help to those who are in distress. The main point of the sl

Gupti In Jainism

Jain monks practice restraint in thought, speech and bodily movements. Such regulations are termed Gupti in Jainism. The aim of Gupti in Jain religion is the control of the inner nature of Jiva. They are three fold in nature: Manogupti Vacangupti Kayagupti Manogupti refers to control of the mind so that in concentration it takes on a particular direction. One should maintain equanimity of mind and this is to be achieved by introspection. Vacangupti refers to the control of speech, which can be controlled in two ways. One can take up the vow of silence for a certain period, or guard one’s speech so that it is brief in nature. Kayagupti refers to the control of the physical organism in accordance with various rules and regulations laid down in the Jain scriptures. It is the action of body, speech and mind that produce subtle karma which cause bondage to the jiva. For breaking the cycle of karma, the jiva is required to take up different types of ethical regulations.

Symbolism In The Name Rama - Sri Chandrasekhara Swamigal

Here is an interesting look at the symbolism in the name of Bhagavan Rama. There are two powerful ‘Araka Namas’. One is Aum and another is Ram. All mantras have to be prefixed with Aum for obtaining the benefits of those mantras, whereas there is no need to prefix Aum when the name 'Ram' is recited because the name itself is 'Tarka Namam.' Divine poet, composer and singer Tyagaraja, who recited Rama Nama, 960 million times and had His darshan, has said: The life letter of the five letter word ‘Namasivaya’ is ‘MA’. Similarly the life letter (Jeevaksharam) of the eight letter word 'Narayanaya' is ‘RA’. It is the combination of these two aksharas (letters) that produced the nama 'RAMA'. Sri Chandrasekhara Swamigal Teachings on Paramatma and Jivatma – Bhagavan Sri Ram It is the shadow of the Paramatma (Supreme Truth or God) that you see reflected in all the living beings as Jivatman (Eternal Self or Soul) Paramatma alone is