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How to do a Simple Shri Krishna Puja?

The greatest Shri Krishna pooja that a person can do is to read the Bhagavad Gita and contemplate. But many people feel the need to perform a puja when they feel they need to connect with the Supreme Being. A simple puja dedicated to Lord Krishna helps in keeping the mind calm and in concentrating. Some people exclusively perform Sri Krishna pooja during Shri Krishna Jayanti or Janmashtami or Gokulashtami. Here is how to perform a simple puja dedicated to Lord Krishna. Select a calm and quite place. Clean the place and then take a bath. Place a photograph or idol or picture of Lord Krishna also of Lord Ganesha. Keep a lamp ready. Place some flowers and fruits or sweets ready in a plate. Pray to Ganesha. Meditate for a few minutes to clear the mind of unwanted thoughts. Now light the lamp. Meditate or pray to Lord Krishna. Offer flowers – Tulsi leaves is the best offering made to Krishna . You can light incense or agarbathis. If needed you can ring th

Symbolic Meaning of Gayatri Dhyana Mantra

The personification of Gayatri Mantra is as old as the mantra itself. The mantra was given the form of a female deity. Here is the symbolic meaning of Gayatri Dhayana Mantra. A Dhyana Mantra I worship Gayatri with five faces of different colors – pearl, coral, gold, blue and white. Each faces have three eyes, a gem-studded crown with a crescent moon on it. Her essence consists in all the tattvas and the syllable. Gayatri has ten hands held in Vara and Abhya Mudras with goad, whip, water pot, white skull, rope, conch, wheel and lotus flower in the hands. Symbolically the five faces here stand for the five sense organs and five pranas. The three eyes stand for the three Gunas (Sattva, Rajas and Tamas). It also represents Bhur Bhuvah or Svah. The three eyes also stand for vigilance, dream and deep sleep. Three Gayatri Dhayana expounded in the Ishanashivagurudevapaddhati One must meditate on Gayatri, mounted on a swan, in a white lotus, decorated with red jewels, having eig

Talatala – A Subterranean World iI Hinduism

A short article of Talatala - a subterranean world in Hinduism. The Srimad Bhagavata Purana describes about seven cubical chasms in the earth. They are known as Bilva Swarga or the subterranean heaven. Talatala is the fourth of the chasms and thus it is one of the subterranean worlds in Hindu scriptures. The place is the abode of Maya who has the blessing of Shiva. When the fourteen worlds of the universe are associated with parts of the body of the Supreme Truth (Vishnu), Talatala is the shanks – the part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle. Legend has it that Maya, the king of Danavas, who is the lord of the Tripura lives at Talatala. Lord Shiva burnt the Tripura – the three cities of demons – and installed Maya as the emperor of the Talatala. He has the blessing and protection of Shiva. Maya is famous for his sorcery and magic. Sudarshana Chakra too cannot kill him inside Talatala. The exact position of Talatala and other Bilva Swargas are not known. The

Meditation Form of Gayatri Mantra during Various Time of Day

Gayatri Mantra is an important prayer in Hinduism and it is chanted daily by millions of Hindus around the world. Majority of Hindus chant it in the morning but the mantra can be chanted during different periods of day. The form of Goddess Gayatri imagined in the mind changes depending on the time the mantra is chanted. Morning Meditation of morning Gayatri Goddess is as follows. Refulgent red as the rising sun, book and rosary in hand, the Supreme Source of all energy, clad in deer-hide, such a form we meditate, while the stars still shine. Midday Meditation of Gayatri Goddess during midday is as follows. Azure colored and four-armed, conch and discus in each hand and holding the club and lotus and seated in the solar orb. Evening Meditation of Gayatri Goddess during evening is as follows. White-hued, clad in snow-white garment, seated on the bull of night, three-eyed, carrying a rope, a spear, human skull and the offer of a boon in the four hands. Universal Medi

Thillai Kali Temple – Thillai Kali Amman Temple in Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu

Thillai Kali Amman Temple at Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu is dedicated to Goddess Shakti. Goddess Thillai Kali is a ferocious form of Shakthi. She has four faces like Brahma and is also known as Brahma Chamundeswari. The temple is very unique as Dakshinamurti form of Shiva is also worshipped in this temple in the female form. The murti of Brahma Chamundeswari face east and she is in standing posture. Special pujas are held during the Rahu Kalam period on Sundays. Thillai   Kali   Amman   Temple  Darshan Timing Morning Darshan Time 6:30 AM to 12:00 PM Evening Darshan Time 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM Story Thillai Kali Temple Legend has it that once there was a debate between Shiva and Goddess Shakti as to who is the best dancer. They entered into a dance contest. They both matched each other in steps and no one was superior. Then Shiva performed the Ugra Tandava. But Goddess Shakti could not dance in Ugra Tandava as it involved lifting the leg up. Goddess Sha

Kali Yantra Puja - How To Perform Kali Yantra Puja?

Kali Yantra is a very powerful Yantra in Hinduism and the puja is dedicated to seek the blessing of Goddess Kali in all ventures. The Yantra Puja is performed mainly by those people who wish success over enemies. Kali Yantra is a visible form of Goddess Kali and it is also a visual form of Kali mantras. The puja should be performed on all Tuesdays and Fridays. Devotee after taking bath should perform the puja in the puja room. Red vermilion should be worn on forehead and the devotees should offer lamp, doop and gandh (fragrance). Kali Mantras should be chanted. Red hibiscus flowers should be made as offering. A fruit can be offered and later eaten as Prasad. On the Kali Yantra Puja day the devotee should try to maintain discipline in life. Avoid getting angry. Avoid unwanted talks and arguments. Warm food should be eaten on the day.

Rabindranath Tagore Teachings

A collection of teachings of Rabindranath Tagore. Whatever we treasure for ourselves separates us from others; our possessions are our limitations. We do not love because we do not comprehend, or rather we do not comprehend because we do not love. To understand anything is to find in it something which is our own, and it is the discovery of ourselves outside us which makes us glad. This relation of understanding is partial, but the relation of love is complete. In love the sense of difference is obliterated and the human soul fulfills its purpose in perfection, transcending the limits of itself and reaching across the threshold of the infinite. Therefore love is the highest bliss that man can attain to, for through it alone he truly knows that he is more than himself, and that he is at one with the All. When we are restless we raise dust all about us and we forget the supreme truth that ‘we are.’ Work, especially good work, becomes easy when desire has learnt t