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Navratri Puja Lamp – For How Many Days Should One Keep Navratri Diya?

The lighting of the lamp for Navratri Puja is known as Deepa Stamba Sthapana in some regions. The Navratri lights (diya) are lit for nine or seven or five or three days. The lamp should be lit using ghee and it should be continuously lit for 9 or 7 or 5 or 3 days. The number of wick used in lamp varies from region to region – but generally during auspicious occasions like Navratri puja people light 5 or 7 wicks in a traditional lamp. You can also light one or two wicks. The lamp that is lit during Navratri should be adorned with flowers or garland. It is believed that while prayers are offered before the lamp – 27 nakshatras or birth stars are invoked atop the lamp. Only rule that should be carefully followed is that once the lamp is lit is should be continuously lit for 9, 7, 5 or 3 days. You should not stop after the first day and then start two days after. 

Is It Good To Buy A Gadget On Ekadashi?

 Should we buy a gadget on Ekadashi? This is a query some devotees had. As per Hindu astrology, Ekadashi is avoided for any kind of buying. So buying a gadget on the day is not considered good. The day is very good but considered ideal for religious pursuits, home building and marriage. The best tithi for buying and selling is Sashti tithi – the sixth day during the fortnight. House building, art works, agriculture, marriage, art and war-related activities are held on Ekadashi tithi.

Navratri Quotes - Thoughts and Quotes on Navratri Festival

This is a collection of Navratri Quotes. The thoughts and quotes explain the importance and religious significance of the Navratri Festival.  During the nine nights of Navratri, Devi is worshipped in all Her names and forms each of which has a special significance. We remember a sandalwood tree by the memory of its perfume. Each name and form of the Devi refers to a specific quality or attribute of the Divine. By remembering the form or by chanting the many names of Devi, we enliven those qualities in our consciousness and they manifest in us according to the need. The Divine Mother Devi is the womb of all Creation. She is the seed of all dynamism, radiance, beauty, equanimity, peace and nourishment. She is the life force energy. The Divine Mother has unconditional and infinite love for Her children, that is, every being in entire Creation. (Source excerpts of an article written by  Bhanumathi Narasimhan on Navratri) The theme of the entire Vedas is reflected in th

Pushpayagam In Tirupati Balaji Temple

As per Hindu scriptures, Pushpayagam is performed to protect the earth from natural calamities such as earthquakes, cyclones, droughts, epidemics and appease the Lord to save the life of humanity, flora and fauna from all the catastrophes. At Tirupati Balaji Temple,Pushpayagam, which was in vogue in 15th Century, was stopped for a long time and was reinstated by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams in 1980s. Today it is an Annual festival celebrated on the Sravana Nakshatra day (birth star of Lord Balaji) in the month of Karthika (October/November) after Annual Brahmotsavam to Lord Venkateswara. Ankurarpanam is done prior to the Pushpayagam. On this day, after conducting the daily pujas, Sri Malayappa Swami along with Sridevi and Bhudevi is seated on a special golden platform in Sampangi Mandapam. After offering Thirumanjanam to the Utsava murtis worship is being done to them with tons of varieties of flowers. Later procession takes place in the evening. All flowers used for

Manduk Mandir At Oel – Frog Temple In Lakhimpur Kheri District in Uttar Pradesh

Manduk Mandir, translated as Frog Temple, is famous Tantric temple located at Oel in Lakhimpur Kheri district in Uttar Pradesh. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple is located atop a yantra on the back of a frog sculpture as per Tantric rules. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and a shivling is worshipped in the sanctum sanctorum. Legend has it that the temple changed the luck of a king of Neemrana dynasty. The temple was built by the former king of Oel State around 1870 AD. This temple is built at the back of a large frog in the area 18 x 25 sqr.mtr. It is constructed between an octahedral lotus. The temple attracts thousands of devotees during Diwali, Shivratri and Mondays in Shravan month. In Tantrism frog is a symbol of fertility and prosperity. The spirit and architecture of the tantric temple brings good luck to the devotee. Manduk mandir is a massive edifice with a seven-tier finial. The temple has an unusual architecture and even more unusual scul

Harivamsa Teachings

A collection of Teachings From Harivamsa Destiny is the enemy of men and measures out time. Time conveys everything and people are only instruments. There is nothing that can by pass destiny. At the time of delivery, or in childhood, death cannot be avoided. The young also come under the control of death. The old are almost dead. When he is not born, an infant cannot be seen. He is like one who does not exist. Those who are born, and those who are not born, go wherever the ordainer conveys them. The death has been predetermined, a cause only implements it. Suta Samhita Teachings One who realises the supreme reality which is different from the body and the senses, which is omniscient, self-luminous, and full of bliss and happiness — that person is atiasrama. One who knows the Supreme Truth, who is free from the three states [of waking, dreaming and sleeping] and merely witnesses them — that person is ativarnasrama [beyond castes and asramas]. The regulations concerning