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Kashi And Shiva – Some Interesting Facts On Varanasi And Shiva

Kashi, or Varanasi or Banaras, is of great importance in Hinduism as it is one of the holiest cities. It is believed that God Shiva founded that Varanasi city. As per Skanda Purana, Kashi rests on the point of his trident. It is His permanent earthly abode and He is always present here. The spiritual importance of Kashi is found in the Kashi Khanda of Skanda Purana. In the chapter, Shiva tells his son Skanda, or Kartik, that the three worlds form one city of mine and Kashi is my royal place in the city. When there is an end to one cycle of creation through pralaya or great deluge, Kashi is the place from where the next cycle of creation begins. The most important temple dedicated to Shiva, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, is located on the banks of Ganga in Kashi. Did you know? The fourth khanda in the Skanda Purana is the Kashi Khanda, which has 11,000 verses in praise of Kashi, the nagari of Shiva. Shiva told Lord Vishnu that Kashi perpetually remains in Satya Yuga.

Brahmaputra River in Hinduism - Story - Association With Brahma

As per Hinduism, Brahmaputra River is a unique river as it is one of the rare holy rivers in India that is worshipped as a God and has a male name. Majority of the holy rivers in Hindu Religion are worshipped as Goddesses and has a female name like Ganga , Yamuna, Saraswati, Kaveri etc.  Brahmaputra is called the son of Brahma and has its source near the Lake Manasarovar in Mount Kailash . The legend associated with Brahmaputra is found in the Hindu Holy Scripture, Kalika Purana. Story Of Brahmaputra River In Hinduism Legend has it that Brahmaputra was the result of Lord Brahma’s desire to give birth to a son who will help humanity. For this he chose Amogha a pious woman. After the child was born he was placed near Kailash Mountain . Suddenly the child transformed into a huge body of water for the benefit of humans, saints and Devas (Demigods). A river that started to flow from the large water body was named as Brahmaputra .

Hamsa Mantra Meaning – Benefits

Hamsa Mantra is a powerful Vedic chant. The word hamsa is made of two syllables, ham and sah. Sah means ‘that’ of God, basic reality, ultimate truth, absolute existence or Brahman. ‘Ham’ is a short of aham, which means I. The word hamsa is an inverted form of the famous mantra ‘soham’ which means “I am that, or I am Brahman.” Mantra is a string of words to be repeated a number of times with concentration of the mind on the meaning of those words. The word om is a short form of the Soham mantra. It is said in Dhyanabinda Upanishad (verse 61), that throughout life the atman present in the human body keeps on repeating Hamsa mantra. The syllable ham is repeated every time the air is exhaled; syllable ‘sah’ is repeated when air is inhaled. Verse 62 declares that the atman repeats Hamsa mantra twenty-one thousand six hundred times in a day and night, i.e. in twenty four hours. This is also called Ajapa Gayatri Mantra. The repetition of this mantra is said to lead to moksha (verse 63).

Upcoming Hindu Festivals in June 2020 – Hindu Vrat – Fasting – Rituals in June 2020

Dates of important upcoming festivals and fasting associated with Hinduism in June 2020 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST). June 1 – Ganga Dussehra June 1 – Batuk Bhairav Jayanti June 2 – Nirjala Ekadasi Fasting June 2 – Rukmini Vivah Odisha June 2 – Khatu Shyam Mela Rajasthan June 2 – Gayatri Jayanti June 3 – Pradosh Vrat June 4 – Vaikasi Visakam June 5 – Vat Purnima Vrat June 5 – Purnima Vrat June 5 – Purnima June 5 – Sant Kabir Das Jayanti June 6 – Ashada Month begins in North India June 8 – Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat - Moonrise time at 9:51 PM June 12 – Tukaram Palkhi begins from Dehu in Pune to Pandharpur June 13 – Sant Dnyaneshwar Palkhi begins from Alandi in Pune to Pandharpur June 13 – Indrani Puja – Kalashtami June 15 – Mithuna Masam begins in Malayalam calendars in Kerala June 15 – Aani Month begins in Tamil Calendars Ju

Shruti Gita - Hindu Scripture Part Of Srimad Bhagavad Purana

Shruti Gita is part of the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. It is found in the 87th chapter of the tenth book of Srimad Bhagavad Purana. Shruti Gita consists of twenty verses. It was sang by Shruti (sruti personified) to wake Narayana from his cosmic sleep (Yoga Nidra) at the begging of the kalpa – (a day of Brahma or 432 million human years). As per Srimad Bhagavad Purana, King Parishit wants to know what the Vedas says about the nirguna parabrahman. Sage Suka then narrates a story. Once, Sage Narada had the same doubt. He went to Sage Narayana in Badarikashrama and asked the same question. Narayana then quoted what Sanandana Rishi had told him on the subject. As per Sanandana Rishi, Vedas sang the praise of Nirguna Parabrahma at the beginning of creation even before Brahma had appeared. Thus Shruti Gita extols the glory of nirguna parabrahman. Few verses from Shruti Gita: O Lord, You’re the only One who can overpower the beginningless maya which keeps the rest of the wor

Divine Can Be Realized Without Scriptures

The divine can be realized without knowing any scripture or language. You do not need to be scholar to realize the divine. You do not need to know Sanskrit to achieve self-realization. Memorizing scriptures is not self-realization. It is just memory nothing else. With it, you can fool yourself and mesmerize people a couple of times. Then it becomes stale. Knowledge of Sanskrit or knowledge of scriptures has nothing to do with understanding Brahman – the Supreme Truth. Knowing the truth is an experience. When you know God through bookish knowledge, it is borrowed knowledge. Borrowed idea is not actual experience. It is far removed from truth. When a tradition or religion is stuck in mere words of a book, it will soon start to emit foul smell. This foul smell comes out in the form of intolerance and hatred for all other forms of beliefs. Anything that is stuck for a longtime gathers dust and dirt. True tradition is always flowing. It is like a virgin river, untouched