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Neem Leaves and Diwali – Prasad or Offering Prepared Using Neem Leaves During Diwali

In some regions, a special offering, or prasad, is prepared using neem leaves on Dhantrayodashi or Dhanteras, two days before Diwali. The offering is made to all deities. It is believed that this offering will help in having a disease free and healthy year. For preparing the offering, 10 to 15 tender leaves of neem, 4 spoons of soaked channa dal, 1 spoon honey, 1 spoon jeera and a pinch of asafetida is mixed and grinded to a paste. The paste is first offered as offering to the deities worshiped at home in the morning or evening. It is then distributed among family members. This offering is famous in certain areas in western parts of India.

Story Of Alathur Nambi And Ashvins Or Ashwini Kumaras In Kerala

Alathur Nambi was one among the Ashtavaidyas in Kerala – eight families specializing in Ayurveda. There is famous story involving Alathur Nambi and Ashvins or Ashwini Kumaras. Nambi was an expert in Ayurveda and he used to daily visit a Shiva temple near his house. One morning two birds sat on a tree on the way to the temple and made the sound ka aruk, ka aruk, ka aruk… Nambi ignored the birds and went ahead with his daily worship at the temple. But then it became a routine daily for the birds to make the sound ka aruk, ka aruk, ka aruk …when Nambi passed the tree. One day Nambi stopped at the tree and answered the two birds like this: Kale hitha mitha bhoje Krutha chamkramana kramena vamashaya Avidhrutha moothra poreesh Sthreeshuyathathma chayonara soruka The person only taking limited food on time, who walks regularly, who is sleeping with his left hand as support, who will urinate and defecate regularly on time and who has control over sexual life

How To Observe or Perform Karva Chauth Vrat? - Karva Chauth Puja Vidhi

Karva Chauth is a popular fasting in Hinduism and is mainly observed in North India . Here is a brief idea on how to observe or perform Karva Chauth Vrat? It is performed by a married woman for the well being of her husband. The fast starts before sunrise and ends after worshipping the moon. Today, the fast is seen as a symbol of love.  Karva Chauth Puja Vidhi Simple Method The simple way to fast on the day is to wake up early have a bath, offer daily prayers and consume some food before sunrise. In the evening, pray to Goddess Parvati, wait for the moonrise. Have a look at the moon and enjoy a good dinner with husband and family. Remember, all rituals are meant for the satisfaction of the ego, Gods don’t need rituals. Sanatana Dharma teaches to get over all rituals and understand the Brahman – the Supreme Force present in you and in everything. Traditional Karva Chauth Method - Elaborate Puja Early Morning Purification and Food Before Sunrise On the day, marr

Vishakha Nakshatra Date and Time in 2020 – Visakam Nakshatram date in 2020

Vishakha Nakshatra 2020 dates based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Visakam Birth Star, also known as Visakha, is the 16th Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Vishakha Nakshatra dates in 2020. The astrological prediction of the birth star Vishaka as per Moon Sign is that of Thula Rashi and Vrischika Rasi. The first three quarters of Vishaka is in Tula (Libra Zodiac) and the last quarter is in Vrischika (Scorpio Zodiac). Venus or Shukra is the Lord of Thula and Mars or Mangal is the lord of Vrischika. The color of Vishakha is Golden. Visakam - Vishakha Nakshatra 2020 Date and 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 a

Tuesday Prayer and Offer and Mangal Mantra for Progress and Promotion

Tuesday in Hinduism is dedicated to Hanuman and also to Mangal Navgraha (planet Mars). Hanuman is Sankat Mochan. Worship of him helps in overcoming all kinds of difficulties in life. Chanting Mangal mantra on Tuesday will help in overcoming Mangal Dosha. One can also make special prayers and offerings to Hanuman and Mangal on Tuesday. Mangal Mantra अं अंगारकाय महाभागाय नमः Amh Angarakaya Mahabhagaya Namah Hanuman Prayer and Offering First offer prayer to Ganesha. Then worship Bhagavan Sri Ram. Visit a Hanuman Temple and offer milk and honey. Chant Hanuman Chalisa on 21 Tuesdays. This will help in overcoming difficulties in life. How to Chant Mangal Mantra? Chant the mantra on Tuesday morning during sunrise. First offer prayers to Ganesha in mind. Chant the mantra on sunrise facing northeast. Wear red color clothes while chanting the mantra. Fill kalash with water and put some red color flowers and red chandan in it. Place it on a red color cloth.

Brahmarakshas – What is Brahma Rakshas in Hindu Religion?

Brahmarakshas, in Hindu religion, is the ghostly form of a learned and pious person who by curse or due to some other reason got the ghoulish spirit form. In some region, Brahmarakshas is the fierce ghostly form of celibate youth, or Brahmachari, who met with a violent death. Symbolically, Brahmarakshas is the person in spite of having the knowledge of Brahman (supreme truth) gets lost in the world of 'moha' and 'maya.' The person falls from the path of Dharma and commits Adharma for personal gains or pleasure. As per one school of thought, Brahmarakshas is the spirit of a Brahmin, who had knowledge of Brahman. But the Brahmin due to various reasons like curse or sin got the ghoulish form. Brahmarakshas is given the status of a deity and is usually worshipped in a corner in temples in South India especially in Kerala. You will find a slab or stone that is dedicated to Brahmarakshas in most temples. The place is never within the sanctum sanctorum but outsi

Universe is a great man, and a man is a little universe – Wisdom from Upanishads

Wisdom from upanishads is a collection of certain verses that makes you sit and think about life and its unpredictability.  Those wise men who see that the consciousness within themselves is the same consciousness within all conscious beings attain eternal peace. Into blind darkness pass they who worship ignorance; into still greater darkness they who are content with intellectual knowledge. Universe is a great man, and a man is a little universe. Concealed in the heart of all beings is the Atman, the Spirit, the Self – smaller than the smallest, greater than the Vast spaces. You are the entire universe. You are in all, and all is in you. Sun, moon, and stars revolve within you. You are what your deep, driving desire is. As you desire is your will. As your will is your deed. As your deed is your destiny. Who sees all beings in his own Self, and his own Self in all beings, loses all fear. Atman is subtler than the subtlest and not to be know through arg

Sincerity Quotes Based on Hindu Teachings

A collection of quotes on sincerity based on Hindu teachings. Without being sincere, we cannot make any significant progress in our inner development. Sincerity it is which keeps our inner balance intact through praise and blame, success and failure, heat and cold, happiness and misery – in the midst of all pairs of opposite. Sincerity means not hiding anything. Sincerity means honesty, not keeping anything in reserve. Sincerity should therefore mean putting all our efforts and not feigning or pretending or making excuses. In this sense, honesty of purpose and sincerity are synonyms. In the case of most people, their thoughts, words and actions are at variance with each other. What they think they do not express in words fully. Honesty means integrity. A sincere person has an integrated personality. Integrating of personality means integrating our thoughts, speech and actions. Source  of above quotes – editorial of Vedanta Kesari Magazine July 2012. One of th