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Greatness Of Yantra In Hinduism – Kanchi Mahaperiyava

Jagadguru Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamigal (20 May 1894 – 8 January 1994), also known as the Sage of Kanchi or Mahaperiyava explains the greatness of Yantra. Lines, circles, squares, figures formed by these – all these configured into a Chakra along with a centre point (madhya-bindu), is called a Yantra. Only such a design has the power to bring into focus the power of the particular devata – in fact it is an infinite power –and so may be called a ‘Divine Design’. These designs collect and absorb divine energy and have the power to radiate that energy. A Yantra means that every bit of it whether a line or a circle or an angle, has to be of the right size and proportion as prescribed. It cannot err even a little this way or that way. Just as a mantra, with a wrong incantation, produces contrary effects, so also a small mistake in the design of the Yantra can cause havoc. In the Shri Yantra again, if the apex of the central triangle faces west instead of

Svadhyaya – Brahma Yajna – A Vedic Ritual

Svadhyaya or Brahma Yajna is a Vedic ritual and involves the recitation of Vedic hymns. The earliest reference to this is found in Sathapatha Brahmana XI 5 – 6, 3 – 8. Manusmriti (2.28) maintains that a body is made fit for realizing Brahman by Vedic studies, by observing vows, offering oblations, performing rituals, procreation of children and practicing the five mahayajnas (five sacred rituals for gods, seers, ancestors, fellowman and creatures of God) of which Brahmayajna is a part. Taittirya Aranyaka II 1.1 prescribes the mantras to be chanted in the performance of Brahmayajna. It also specifies the place where it is to be performed. Brahma Yajna is a solemn obligation of a householder to be discharged to the seers of Vedas. The householder should bathe in the east or north of his village, sip water on a clean spot and wear his sacred thread upon his left shoulder. His garments should not be wet. He should then spread a large quantity of durva grass (panic grass) poi

Ganesha Changes Color From Black To White – Athisaya Vinayakar Temple – Hindu Temple Miracle

Ganesha Murti worshipped at the Athisaya Vinayakar Temple at Keralapuram near Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu changes its color from black to white. This Hindu temple miracle takes place at the Keralapuram Shiva Temple which is more than 2300 years old. Not just the Ganesh Murti but the water in temple well and banyan tree leaves too changes color. Athisaya Vinayakar Temple is a subsidiary shrine in Keralapuram Shiva Temple. The Ganesha in the temple is black in color from March to June. The Ganesha changes its color and is white in color from July to February. It is believed that the Ganesha is black in color during Uttarayana. And it is white in color during Dakshinayana. The exact time is based on Malayalam calendar. The murti is white from Kumbham to Karkidakam and is black from Chingam to Makaram. Temple Well Water Changes Color – So Too Temple Banyan Tree Leaves The color of water in temple well too changes its color and is directly related to the color of Ganesha wo

Hanuman Puja – What are the offerings made to Hanuman?

Hanuman is one of the most widely worshipped deities in Hinduism. Hanuman puja and worship is believed to remove all troubles in one’s life as he is Sankat Mochan. The most important offerings made to Hanuman are Sindhoor (vermilion powder), til (Sesame), til oil, urad dal (husked black gram), banana, fruits and garlands of Arka flowers and leaves. Red color symbolizes virility and strength. It is also said that Hanuman started applying vermilion all over the body after he found that Mata Sita was wearing Sindoor on her forehead to protect Lord Ram. In South India , clarified butter and vadas are also offered to Lord Hanuman. The leaves and flowers that are offered to Hanuman are wild and contains medicinal properties. The widely used flower and leaf is that of Arka or Milkweed flower Arka in various languages: Bengali: Aakanda English: Bowstring Hemp, Calotrope, Crown Flower, Giant Milkweed, Swallow-Wort Hindi: Ak, Akua, Arka, Akwan, Fudhar, Madar,

What Happens After Death in Hinduism?

What happens after death as per Hinduism teachings? There is no death in Hinduism. This is because all animate and inanimate is Brahman (Supreme Truth or God). It is neither born nor does it die. There is only transformation of the body. Depending on the Karma, the individual body passes through various bodies before merging with the Supreme Soul. Ignorance that I am body results in various kinds of Adharmic activities. This create the feeling I am the doer. As long as the individual soul does not realize that it is just part of the Supreme Soul, it keeps on taking birth. Look at waves, each wave gets a form for few seconds and then again merges with the ocean. The ocean and the wave are one. Similarly, God and living being are one. Waves keeps forming and merging in ocean. Living beings are born and merge in the Supreme Truth. When we realize that we are a wave in the large ocean, all fear will disappear. Move through the world detached. Forget results, work without f