--> Skip to main content


Showing posts from October 2, 2019

Difference Between Goddess Chandi And Goddess Durga

Goddess Chandi and Durga are manifestations of Mother Goddess Shakti. According to Markandeya Purana, Mother Goddess Shakti took the form of Chandi and annihilated numerous demons. But what is the difference between Chandi and Durga. Goddess Chandi is an unimaginably ferocious form of Goddess Shakti. When Goddess assumes the form to annihilate demons she is Chandi. Goddess Durga is a benevolent form of Shakti. When Goddess assumes the form of a savior she is Durga. It must be noted that Goddess Shakti took thousands of forms in his fight against the army of demon Mahishasura.

What is a Brahmotsavam? - South Indian Hindu Temple Festivals

Brahmotsavam is the most important festival in a Hindu temple especially in South India . The name ‘Brahmotsavam’ because it is believed that Lord Brahma is supposed to conduct the festival in honor of the presiding deity of the temple. One of the most popular Brahmotsavams is the one held annually at the Tirupati Tirumala Balaji Temple . Brahmotsavam is usually a spectacular and colorful festival, which attracts thousands of devotees. Apart from the religious significance, a Brahmotsavam is of considerable, social, economic and political importance for the particular region. The most popular Brahmotsavam is a nine-day celebration and is believed to bring about protection and happiness to the people. There are also Brahmotsavams that last for a day, three days, five days and seven days. A major highlight of the Brahmotsavam is the procession of the presiding deity in an elaborately decorated chariot (Ratha). Thousands of devotees pull the huge Ratha from the

Oldest Community Durga Puja Pandal in Kolkata City

The Durga Puja Pandal and ‘baroari’ puja of Bhowanipur Sanatan Dharmatsahini Sabha on Balaram Bose Ghat Road in Bhowanipore is the oldest community Durga Puja in Kolkata. The first community Durga Puja was held here in 1910 when the city was Calcutta and was the capital of British India . The puja is being held here for 99 years without any break. In 2019, the Durga Puja of Bhowanipur Sanatan Dharmatsahini Sabha will begin on October 4. It will be the 109th year of Durga Puja celebrations. Sudeshna Banerjee Writes in The Telegraph “The puja may have receded from the spotlight but it never stopped, not even during the famine of 1943,” says Anil Mukherjee, the 83-year-old puja committee president whose grandfather Khagendranath Sashtri, a Gita scholar, was one of the founders.  The area was home to author Premendra Mitra, mathematics teacher Keshab Chandra Nag and Justice Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, who were all involved with the puja. The souvenirs still ca

Is Durga Puja Performed at Home?

Why is Durga Puja not performed at home? Why is Durga Puja a community affair? How to perform Durga Puja at Home? These are some of questions for which people are trying to find answers. Firstly, Durga Puja is largely a community festival. It is today more of a social event even though the festival has religious roots. The entire community in an area pays homage to Goddess Durga on the day through the community pujas. This does not mean that Durga Puja is not held at home. Zamindari households perform Durga Puja at home. Even today there are several Zamindari households which maintain the tradition of performing Durga Puja. Elaborate rituals are the main reason for not performing Durga Puja at home. A Priest is a must for performing the elaborate rituals. It is very hard to get a priest during Durga Puja period. Many Durga Puja committees are finding it difficult to get a qualified priest during the puja period. Durga Puja idols are huge and they are cos

Karva Chauth Moon Rise Time Today On November 1, 2023

The fasting on Karva Chauth on today, November 1, 2023 ends after the sighting the moon. In most regions in India the moon will be visible fully between 7:31 PM and 8:57 PM. The moonrise will first take place on the eastern parts of India . Here are the timings of moon rise in various important cities like Chandigarh , Delhi , Mumbai, Amritsar , Bhopal, Jaipur on November 1, 2023. Delhi – 8:09 PM Chandigarh – 8:05 PM Mumbai – 8:43 PM Pune - 8:43 PM Amritsar – 8:00 PM Lucknow – 7:58 PM Jaipur – 8:19 PM Bangalore – 8:40 PM Bhopal – 8:21 PM Ahmedabad – 8:50 PM Indore - 8:28 PM Kolkata - 7:37 PM Shimla - 8:04 PM Dehradun - 8:02 PM Kanpur - 8:02 PM Jodhpur – 8:32 PM Rajkot – 8:50 PM

Vimana In Hindu Temple – Importance – Religious Significance

Vimana is the towered sanctuary in Hindu temple containing sanctum sanctorum in which the murti of Hindu Gods and Goddess are installed. It is of great importance from architecture point of view and an indispensible part of a Hindu temple. Vimana, also referred to as Shikhara, is thus of great religious significance in Hinduism. Various types of Vimana   Different shapes of vimana can be seen in different parts of the country. The Odisha form has a high curved profile with a deeply curved element known as Amalaka surmounting the Shikhara (Vimana), with a simple finial or kalasha at the top. It is also called a deul. The Dravidian form known as stepped pyramid tapers to a great height. The central Indian form is a conical vimana which tapers but in a continuous profile, with smaller structures attached to it. Hastiprstha (apsidal vimana) is a structure with one end curved and the other squared. Vimana is regarded as visible manifestation of Brahman.  Symbolic Meaning of

Bharani Nakshatra Date And Time 2020 – Bharani Birth Star Dates In 2020

Bharani Nakshatra 2020 dates and time based on traditional Hindu calendar Astrology and Panchangam. Bharani Birth Star, also read as ;Barani, is the second Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. As per Hindu astrology Bharani Nakshatra, or birth star, falls under Mesha Rashi or Aries. Mangal is the Lord of the Rasi. The lucky color of Bharani is Blood red. Bharani Nakshatra in 2020 as per India Standard Time: Bharani Nakshatra Time - North - East - South of India This time is applicable in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Pondicherry, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Tripura, Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Andaman and Nicobar. January 6, 2020, Monday Time is from 10:30 AM on January 5 to 12:20 PM on January 6, 2020 February 2, 2020, Sunday Time is from 5:42 PM on February 1

Direction Of Safe As Per Vastu

Tijori or Alamari (the cupboard) in which the safe is placed is of great importance in Hindu religion. Direction of the safe according to vastu should be opening towards east or north or northeast. The direction of the safe as per vastu should never open towards south. The safe should always be kept at height and not on the ground. Best option is to keep it on a stand made of wood or inside an Almari (cupboard). The safe should not open towards window or door. This means money will never stay in the safe and there will be unexpected expenditure always. The area around the safe should always be kept clean. It is said that Goddess Lakshmi goes away from unclean places. The color of safe should never be deep red or green. Keep the safe in south and let the safe open towards north. The safe can also be placed in southwest and west side. The safe should never be kept without money. Keep a murti of Lakshmi and Ganesha or Vishnu always in it. The safe should not hav

Bodhan Ritual During Durga Puja

Bodhan Ritual during Durga Puja is the process of infusing life into the Murti (idol) of Goddess Durga worshipped during Durga Puja. Bodhan Ritual is usually performed on the seventh day (Saptami) early morning after Ashwin Amavasya. In 2023, the date is October 21. In some places it is performed on the sixth day (Shasti) after Amavasya. But those people observing 15-day Durga Puja perform it on the navami before Amavasya. The Pran or life of the Goddess is infused into the Murti on the day. The life is symbolically brought from a nearby river. The medium used to carry the Pran of Goddess is a banana plant. This plantain tree used for worship is known as Kola Bou. The Banana Tree is draped in yellow or in white sari with red border.

Brahman Is Truth, Knowledge, And Infinite – Adi Shankaracharya Explains

As for satya a thing is said to be satya, true, when it does not change the nature that is ascertained to be its own; and a thing is said to be unreal when it changes the nature that is ascertained to be its own. Hence a mutable thing is unreal … So the phrase satyam brahma (Brahman is truth) distinguishes Brahman from unreal things. From this it may follow that (the unchanging) Brahman is the (material) cause (of all subsequent changes); and since a material cause is a substance, it can be an accessory as well, thereby becoming insentient like earth. Hence it is said that Brahman is jnānam. Jnāna means knowledge, consciousness. The word jnāna conveys the abstract notion of the verb (jnā, to know); and being an attribute of Brahman along with truth and infinitude, it does not indicate the agent of knowing. Source - Acharya Shankara’s commentary on Taittiriya Upanishad, 2.1.1. Translation from Eight Upani ṣ ads, with the Commentary of Śankarācārya, trans. Swami Gambhirananda