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Brahma Muhurta – The time period of Brahma Muhurtam

Brahma Muhurta is time considered ideal for meditation, yoga and prayers. Brahma Muhurta time is from early morning – 120 minutes before sunrise. The popular belief is that this period is the most auspicious period for doing prayers etc as the atmosphere is calm and there is purity of mind, thought and action. There is a legend that Goddess Saraswati wakes up during this period and blesses the devotees. The period is considered ideal for learning. It must be noted that there is a difference between Brahmamuhurta and Brahmamayam. Brahmamayam begins at around 3:00 AM in the morning. By the Hindu system of time reckoning, a day is divided into sixty ghatikas from one sunrise to next, and each ghatika equals twenty four minutes. Brahma Muhurta begins at fifty five ghatikas, i.e. two hours before sunrise. If sunrise is at 6:00 AM, then from 4:00 AM to 6:00 AM is Brahma Muhurta. It is also known as Pancha Pancha Usthkala (fifty five ghatikas before dawn). This is th

Raksha Bandhan Mantra – Prayer Chanted While Tying Rakhi on Brothers

Raksha Bandhan Mantra chanted while tying Rakhi on the hand of brothers is dedicated to the famous incident mentioned in the Puranas in which Goddess Lakshmi tied the Rakhi on the hand of King Bali. This prayer was first chanted on the advice of Guru Brihaspati to help Devraj Indra win the war over Asuras. The popular belief is that the mantra gives the strength to brothers to protect their sisters. The mantra is chanted by sisters. Raksha Bandhan Mantra  ॐ एन बद्धो बलि राजा , दानवेन्द्रो महाबल : तेन त्वा मनुबधनानि रक्षे माचल माचल

Sri Krishna’s Entry in the Mahabharata

Mahabharata is essentially the story of the Kauravas and Pandavas. Krishna’s story is just a part of the narrative and dealt exhaustively in the Harivamsa. So when did Krishna make an entry in the Mahabharata. Bhagavan Sri Krishna appears in the story of Mahabharata soon after Draupadi married the Pandavas. A stranger comes into the house of the Pandavas and introduces himself as Krishna, Kunti’s nephew, her brother Vasudeva’s son. Sri Krishna is immediately included as part of the family. Krishna also counseled Kunti and Pandavas to return to Hastinapur. Duryodhana and the others on the side of the Kauravas cannot ignore the Pandavas who had married the daughter of the mighty Durpada, the King of Panchala. From this point onwards, Krishna is the chief advisor, negotiator and messenger of the Pandavas.

Hanuman Yantra – Importance and Benefits

Hanuman Yantra is associated with Hindu God Hanuman. The important benefits include good health and prosperity. Yantra is a visible form of a personal deity and it is also a visual form of mantras. The importance of Hanuman Yantra springs from the fact that constant meditation and prayers before Hanuman Yantra has helped many people in overcoming health related problems. The Yantra also helps in achieving good physical strength. Worship of it also helps in removing various sexual disorders. Worship of Hanuman Yantra also helps in alleviating various types of fear like fear of darkness and fear of ghosts. Hanuman Yantra will protect you from all the dangers of your life. It will put an end to all problems and health ailments. If a devotee constantly recites the mantra of the Yantra, the devotee will tap into the positive vibration of Hanuman Ji and this will help in solving all kinds of astrology and horoscope related problems.

Huligemma Devi Temple in Karnataka

Huligemma Devi Temple is located at Huligi near Hospet in Karnataka. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Shakti – Huligemma is an incarnation of Goddess Renuka Devi. The popular belief is that she appeared at Huligi before two of her ardent devotees name Nagajogi and Basavajogi. Special pujas are held in the temple on Tuesdays, Fridays, Full moon day and on Amavasya day. The most important festival is held from the first day to the 11 th day of the waxing phase of moon in Vaishakh month (April – May). Huligemma   Devi   Temple Timing: The temple is open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Huligemma Devi Temple is around 15 km from Hospet; 25 km from Koppal and 75 km from Bellary . Nearest railway stations are Huligi and Hospet.

Penataran – Second Largest Hindu Complex in East Java – Indonesia

Penataran is the site of the second largest Hindu complex in East Java, Indonesia. The site is famous for the remarkable shrine, Candi Penataran, built during the rule of Mojopahit dynasty (14 th Century AD). In its size and beauty, Penataran temple complex is unique as it is a sepulchral temple, entombing the ashes of the Mojophait monarchs, probably built by Queen Jayavishnuvardhana. The ashes of the deceased kings were buried beneath the sanctuary, but the spirits were identified with Hindu deities. The principal structure is guarded by representations of rakshasas and bears which corresponds to Shaka Era 1242 (1320 AD). The temple raises from a square base in diminishing terraces, the walls of which are covered with sculptured panels depicting scenes from the Ramayana and illustrations of fables and scenes from Javanese literature and Wayang Theater, the dramatic art form of the island. The reliefs are executed in a highly decorative style close to native Indon

Vara Ganapati - Importance - Seated Along With Pushti Devi - Vara Ganapati Mantra

Vara Ganapati is one among the 32 forms of Ganesh and he has Pushti Devi as his consort. The popular belief is that this form of Ganapathi can be easily pleased and He fulfills all the desires. Vara Ganapati Mantra Sindhoora Bhimabhananam trinayanam haste cha pashankusha Bibhranam madhumat kapalamanisham sadhivindumouli bhaje Pushtyashilshyathatanum dhvajagrakarayaa padyollasadhastyaa Tadhyonyahita panimattamasumata patrollasat Pushkaram Vara Ganapathi is depicted as having a vermilion complexion. This form has a third eye on the forehead. The four hands hold a crescent moon, noose, goad and Pushti Devi. The Goddess is depicted as holding lotus and a flag. This is a happy form of Ganesha. Exclusive temples dedicated to this form of Ganapati is very rare. But this form is found as subsidiary deity in some temples in Karnataka. Some people wear Vara Ganpati pendant

Story Demon Jwara In Hinduism - Origin Of Fever

The origin of fever or jwara in Hindu tradition is traced to the infamous Daksha Yajna in which Sati self immolated and Shiva wreaked havoc. Jwara sometimes talked as a demon is believed to have appeared from the perspiration that fell from the forehead of Shiva. Puranas states that Shiva was deliberately not invited by Daksha, father of Sati, for the Yajna he conducted. Sati who went to ask about this insult of her husband was insulted and jeered. Shiva had forewarned Sati that she will be insulted at the Yajna. Unable to bear this unruly behavior, She self immolated. Enraged at the death of Sati, Shiva destroyed the yajna. Shiva Ganas destroyed all that they saw. The Yajna took the form of a deer and flew into the sky. Seeing this Shiva took his bow and took aim at the deer. In this act, Shiva got furious and a fierce looking perspiration fell on to the earth. As the drop fell on earth a terrible fire was produced. From it appeared a short and ugly looking demon – he ha

Choodi Pooja - Importance of Choodi Pooja in Shravan Month in Karnataka

Choodi Pooja, is observed during Shravan month in Karnataka , and is of great importance to the Gowd Saraswat Brahmins (GSB) in Karnataka. In 2023, Shravan Month in Karnataka begins on July 18 and ends on September 15. Tulsi Plant and Lord Surya are worshipped during Choodi Pooja, which is observed on Fridays and Sundays in Shravana Maasa (month). The main ritual involves exchange of a small bouquet of flowers by married women. Choodi is derived from the Kannada word ‘Soodi,’ which means a tied bundle. The main ritual involves arrangements of flowers and herbs in a small bundle. Usually a bundle will contain four to five flowers, Darba grass and two or three herbs. A sweet mixture of puffed rice, coconut and jaggery is prepared on the day and offered during puja. Some people prepare Panchakajjaya, a sweet made of five ingredients. Locally available herbs and flowers are used to prepare the Chudi. Some of the common flowers and herbs used include Ratnagandhi, S

Dadi Janki Teachings - A Collection Of 108 Teachings Of Dadi Janki

Dadi Janki (born in 1916) is the spiritual head of Brahma Kumaris spiritual organization. Dadi Janki Teachings is a collection of thoughts and sayings of Dadi Janki, a true Raj Yogi. This collection of 108 Teachings are mainly from newspapers, books, magazines and talks. Those whose thoughts are filled with determination find everything to be possible. When discipline comes from commitment to a spiritual goal, it brings safety. It allows you to go on, to keep walking through the actions which will ultimately bring back your joy. In the midst of uncertainty, keep determination in your thoughts and it will become a guiding light in front of you. Battering at life from the outside, trying to change only what is visible, is inverted determination. When a quality of mind – peace, happiness, depth, purity – can remain still and uninterrupted by the bumps of life, that is true determination. People need peace as much as they need food and shelter. Peace is an energy