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Tanha Pola - Festival of Wooden Bulls by Children

Tanha Pola festival, festival of wooden bulls by children, is dedicated to the cows and ox and is observed mainly in Maharashtra and parts of Madhya Pradesh the day after Shravan Amavasya (no moon day in Sawan month) as per traditional lunar calendar in Maharashtra. Tanha Pola 2023 date is September 14 and September 15. Farmers pay respect to bullocks and cows on the day as cattle is their main source of livelihood. In Nagpur and other regions in Vidarbha, a wooden replica of the bull is taken around the streets. Children also make small replica of bulls and place it near the streets. An elaborate worship (puja) is performed on the replica of bulls made by children and adults in Nagpur. King Raje Raghuji Bhonsle-II of Nagpur started the Tanha Pola in 1806 AD for children. The main aim was to make children aware of the importance of livestock and agriculture activity which is the backbone of the region. Today, during the Tanha Pola period, markets in Vidarbha reg

Arjuna – Srikandi In Indonesian Folklore

In Indonesian folklore, Arjuna is said to have married seven women other than Draupadi. One of them was Srikandi. Did you know that Srikandi and Shikhandi were the same? But the stories are in Indian Mahabharata and Indonesian Mahabharata are entirely different. It is believed that Srikandi is the Indonesian interpretation on the gender-neutral character of Shikhandi in the Mahabharata. Srikandi was Draupadi’s sister, a saucy and skilled archer. Srikandi later participated in the battle at Kurukshetra and was responsible for Bhishma’s death. In the Vyasa Mahabharata, Arjuna does not marry Shikhandi. But Shikhandi is responsible for the death of Bhishma. Subhadra is known as Sumbadra in Indonesian folklore and is described as gentle and self-effacing. She is one among the eight wives of Arjuna in the Indonesian version of Mahabharata stories.

Protection From Ghost Mantra In Hinduism

The mantra for protection from ghost in Hinduism is associated with Hanuman. No evil forces will dare to come to the vicinity of a true Hanuman devotee. But a devotee needs to have unwavering devotion. Protection From Ghost Mantra Hanuman Om Hanumanjani Suno vayuputra Mahabala Akasmadagatotpanti Nashayashu Namostute Om Ham Hanumate Ruudratmakaya Hum phat ॐ हनुमन्नंजनी सुनो वायुपुत्र महाबल :   अकस्मादागतोत्पांत नाशयाशु नमोस्तुते ॐ हं हनुमते रुद्रात्मकाय हुं फट् How To Chant The Protection From Ghost Mantra? The mantra can be chanted whenever you feel insecure or is about develop fear of ghost. For protection chant the mantra daily in the morning and evening. Sit in meditation for a few minutes. Bring the picture of Hanuman in mind. Chant the mantra 21 times. Apply sindoor on forehead. Keep Hanuman Chalisa book nearby and alway read it before going to sleep

Pancha Thanmathra in Samkhya Yoga

Pancha Thanmathra are five subtle primary elements which are subtler than atoms or paramanus. They are mentioned in the Samkhya Yoga, the ancient Indian school of philosophy. Pancha Thanmathra are: Shabda Tanmatra (sound) Sparsha Tanmatra (touch) Rupa Tanmatra (visual) Rasa Tanmatra (taste) Gandha Tanmatra (smell) In the process of evolution the five tanmatras evolve from the element (tattva) called asmita or ahamkara (sense of) in Samkhya Yoga. Ahamkara itself evolves from buddhi (intellect), which is also called lingamatra or mahat-tattva which is the very first evolute from primordial nature, i.e., mulaprakriti. This process of evolution is explained in Samkhya Karika (verse 22). From the tanmatras, the five mahabhutas evolve. They are the akasha (ether), vayu (air), tejas (fire), apah (water) and prithvi (earth). From these mahabhutas, a great variety of objects of experience arises. According to Samkhya, the tanmatras form a part of the subtle body

Anumati – Vedic Goddess

Anumati is the name of a Vedic Goddess. Her name means ‘the favor of the gods.’ In the Vedas she is the goddess of love and is the goddess worshipped for healthy children. Her name is found in the Rig Veda and Atharva Veda. In post Vedic scriptures, she is the daughter of Sage Angiras and is worshipped as a lunar deity. In Puranas, She is the wife of Dhata, one of the Adityas. She is also mentioned as the mother of Purnima. In some Puranas is also a personification of Goddess Shakti. 

Miracle Of Sri Raghavendra Swamy Reviving Dead Boy

There is a famous miracle of Sri Raghavendra Swamy reviving a boy who had died due to an unfortunate incident. Sri Raghavendra Swamy during one of his regular tours happened to stay at the house of one Desai at Kiritagiri, now in Gadag District in Karnataka. The family prepared special dishes, including the delicacy seekarni (sugar mixed with mango juice) to be served to the seer and his accompanying followers. Unfortunately, the only son o the couple fell into the vessel in which the delicacy was being prepared and died. Sri Raghavendra Swamy who came to know about the death of the boy, asked the parents to bring the child to him. He sprinkled holy water from his Kamandala on the boy. To the astonishment of the people the boy arose as if from a sleep and ran up to the parents. There are numerous such incidents of Sri Raghavendra Swamy reviving the dead using holy water.

Charvakas Teachings And Quotes - Charvaka Philosophy

Charvaka Philosophy represents the materialistic thoughts that co-existed along with the six orthodox school of philosophy in ancient India . Mainstream Hindu schools of philosophy refuted the Teachings of Charvakas. But there are many scholars who believe that the Charvaka school of thought presented a materialistic and realistic view of life.  Here are few quotes and teachings of Charvakas. As long as you live, live joyously None can escape Death's wide net; When once this body has been burnt, How can it ever return? While you live, live well, even if you have to borrow, for once cremated there is no return. Swan's egg produce swans and not snakes. If the offering of the food satisfies the hunger of departed soul, why does not the supply of oil rekindle the flame of an extinct lamp? The Charvakas (sweet-tongued), had no faith in Dharma (divine duty) and Moksha (salvation) and they were always in favor of Artha (wealth) and Kama (pleas

Learn Advaita Through An Earthworm – Story

Learn Advaita Through An Earthworm – Story told by Shantananda Puri Maharaj Somewhere a contractor had just finished building a house for a rich man. In that ground, an earthworm had been living since a very long time. The earthworm one day called the contractor and requested him, “Sir, this is also my house. But I cannot live inside it. Would you kindly build for me a small cozy house in this ground where there will be cross ventilation by keeping one door in the west and one door at the east?” The contractor complied with the wish of the earthworm within about ten minutes and invited the earthworm to inspect it. The earthworm entered through the eastern gate, went to the western gate and peeped through. The scenery was very delightful and it was happily enjoying it. Suddenly to its horror, it found, another earthworm jutting its head out of the eastern gate and enjoying the scenery. In a vexed manner, the earthworm ordered the other one, “Hey, what are you doing