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Dhanurmasam At Tirumala – Importance - Festivals - Pujas - Change In Daily Rituals Tirupati Balaji Temple In Dhanurmasa

Numerous rituals, pujas and festivals are observed in Dhanurmasa at Tirumala – Tirupati Balaji Temple. Dhanurmasa (mid December to mid January) is considered as highly auspicious for the devotees of Lord Vishnu. The beginning of Dhanurmasam is marked by the transit of the Sun into ‘Dhanu’ rashi. This is also called ‘Dhanus Sankramana’. Reason For Importance Of Dhanurmasam In Tirupati As per Hinduism, Devas (demigods) wake up early in the morning during this month. They perform special prayers to Sri Mahavishnu during the auspicious period of ‘Brahma Muhurta’, one and half hours before sunrise. Sri Krishna in Bhagavad Gita says - ‘Maasaanaam Maarga Seershoham....’ I manifest more in Margashirsha masam among the different months of the year. Worshipping Lord Vishnu on a single day during Dhanurmasam is equal to worshipping Vishnu with devotion for 1000 years. Special worship is conducted in all ancient Vishnu shrines throughout South India and some parts of North India. T

Gondhal Ritual In Maharashtra

Gondhal is one of the Kulachara or Kula dharmas, that is, the family traditions of certain Brahmin and Maratha families in Maharashtra. After an auspicious event such as upanayana (initiation into studentship) or marriage, a gondhal needs to be performed to express gratitude to the kuladevata (patron deity of the family). The ritual is either dedicated to Khandoba or any of the Goddesses worshiped by Hindus in Maharashtra. Certain families perform gondhal as their traditional occupation. The men who perform gondhala are called gondhalis. History Of Gondhal Scholars trace the origin of gondhal in the worship of Bhavani and Renuka. Some trace it to the gondhali nritya (dance with ghost like drapery), others to the Mahanubhava literature which mentions Chakragondhala, and others as bhutamata utsava (ghost mother festival) mentioned in 1240 AD. In short the historical origin of Gondhal is uncertain and vague.  How Is Gondhal Performed?   At the time of performance, a chaura

Importance Of Positive Self Esteem In Life - Hinduism Teachings

Hinduism teachings on the importance of positive self esteem in life. Having a positive self-esteem is of the utmost importance if we have to not be obsessed with our body. One of the first things that this needs is that we treat body with respect no matter, how ugly it might look in the popular perception. We should never try to control our body rather, we should eat healthy food and exercise regularly because that would keep our body healthy and would also make us feel good. Our world view should not be one that judges every person or even an object based just on its form. We should not try to fit in clothes not designed for the present state of the bodies. Just like we do not wear the clothes that we wore when we were children, we should not try to wear clothes that we used when we were of a different form. We should ignore the critical comments or the critical outlook people have on particular body shapes. We should be careful not to be apologetic about our body