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Vidyadharas – Divine Beings in Hindu Scriptures

Vidyadharas are semi divine beings mentioned in the Hindu scriptures. Some scholars are of the view that they are a semi-divine group of tribal people inhabiting the Himalayas especially the region near the source of Ganga River . According to the Brahma Purana, Sudras who worshipped the Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu attained the status of Vidyadharas. Vidyadharas are handsome and always roam along with their beautiful female partners – who are referred as Vidyadharis. The females are adorned with ornaments and flowers. The male members roam in the sky and on earth with swords. Flowers and garlands are constantly associated with this class of divine beings. Information about Vidyadharas is found mainly in the Vishnudharmottar Purana. Their king was Chitrakuta who had a Devaratha. Mahabharata mentions that they were ruled by Chakradharaman.

Sindoor Offering to Ganesha – Importance – Benefits – Mantra to be Chanted When Offering Sindoor to Ganpati

Sindoor Lal Chadhayo Ganesh is a popular prayer and aarti dedicated to Ganpati. This prayer extols the importance of Sindoor offering to Ganesha. The vermilion red or orange-red colored cosmetic powder is a favorite of Ganesh. Mantra to be Chanted While Offering Sindoor to Ganpati सिन्दूरं शोभनं रक्तं सौभाग्यं सुखवर्धनम्। शुभदं कामदं चैव सिन्दूरं प्रतिगृह्यताम्॥ ओम गं गणपतये नमः Sindoor Shobhanam Raktam Saubhagyam Sukhavardhanam । Shubhadam Kamadam Chaiva Sindooram Pratigrihyatam ॥ Om Gam Ganpataye Namah The person doing or offering Sindhoor should chant this mantra and apply it on the forehead of Ganpati. After applying it on the forehead of Ganpati, the person should apply it on his/her forehead and of those present in the puja especially of children. Benefits of Offering Sindoor to Ganpati A person offering Sindoor will be blessed with peace and prosperity. It is performed for early marriage. Those couples not having children will

Offerings to Lord Shiva – What Puja Items Are Offered During Worship of Shiva?

Lord Shiva is known as Bholenath. Any devotee offering anything with unwavering devotion is accepted by Shiva. He fulfills the desires of His devotees. Here is a list of the main offerings to Shiva. The items offered to Shiva should be fresh and clean. Offerings to Lord Shiva  Water – there is nothing more important to Lord Shiva than a drop of water offered with unwavering devotion. Uncooked rice or akshat – unbroken rice is not offered. Bilva Leaves – the leaves should be fresh and broken. Panchamrut – mixture of milk, ghee, water, saffron (kesar) and honey. When four time abhishek is done in a day – morning it should be water, noon it should be curd, evening it should be ghee and honey at night. Other offerings include rose water, fragrance (Ittar), chandan, bhasma (sacred ash), and sugar. Shiva prefers white color flowers. Things that are not offered include Kumkum, til, Tulsi leaves, ketaki and champa flowers are also not offered to Shiva.

Akasha Bhramari – Posture In Indian Marital Dance – Rotation Of Body In Air

Akasha Bhramari is the rotation of the dancer’s body in mid-air. It is a posture in some Indian martial dances. Akasha stands for sky and bhramari denotes rotation of the body. In this dance movement, the body leaps vertically upwards with the legs of the dancer spreading into a horizontal line, while the body is momentarily suspended in space before reaching the floor. It is performed primarily by male actors and dancers who use vigorous, masculine movements during the dance performances. They perform this aerial feat as nrtta (part of abstract, non-representational dance) and nritya (dance that evokes a mood or feeling). Akasha Bhramari is used to express intense emotions like elation or fury in a given dance sequence. A seasoned performer is able to move through all the three levels of space – high, mid or low while improvising. According to the Natya Shastra (ancient Indian treatise on dramaturgy and histrionics), there are seven kinds of Bhramaris – many of these a

Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati Teachings

One of the dangers of pride is thinking that you are the doer. Then you are dealing with spiritual ego, which can involve an almost shocking lack of humility. The ego provides only negative choices. When giving up even the smallest attachment, you are giving up a small piece of illusion. Sit quietly and ask yourself that simple question, repeatedly. Who am I? When you begin this practice, your ego mind will offer you a whole list. I am a mother: I am a spiritual seeker, or even I am depressed and lonely. Do not accept these labels. Recognize them as what they are: a list of our attachments. Self-knowing allows Kundalini energy to rise straight up the spine, into the top of the head and out into the Universe. The more deeply we obtain openness and oneness with this higher energy, the more it will lift us up spiritually – and the closer it will bring us to realization of our oneness. Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati ( 1940 – 2012)