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Agni Kulas – Story Origin Of Rajput Clans

Agni Kulas are the name used to refer to Rajput clans and their origin is associated with the story of Agni Kulas. They are legendary. The legend connected with them first occurs in Navasahasankacarita (10 th century CE) and subsequently in Tilak Manjari and numerous Paramara inscriptions. The later recessions of Prithviraj Raso further develop it. According to it, Vishwamitra, Gautama, Agastya and other sages began a great yagna (sacrifice) on present day Mount Abu. Demons threw flesh, blood, bones and wine at the place of yagna. Angry at this desecration, Sage Vasishta created three warriors, Pratihara, Chalukya and Paramara from Agni Kunda (the sacrificial fire pit), but none of them succeeded in vanquishing the daityas. Vasishta, therefore, dug a new pit, and as a result of oblations poured into it, there issued forth a four-armed figure, of lofty stature, red-colored, red-aced, and bearing weapons in all his hands. The sages named him ‘Cahuvana.’ With the assistance of the Go

Crushing of Ash Gourd or Safed Bhopla During Diwali

A day before Diwali, on Narak Chaturdashi day there is a ritual of crushing Ash Gourd or red pumpkin (known as Petha in Hindi, Safed Bhopla or Bhopada in Marathi). Symbolically crushing of the pumpkin is killing of demon Narakasura, who represents filth. Sri Krishna had got rid of Narakasura. Deepavali in South India celebrates the victory of Sri Krishna over Narakasura. It symbolically helps in keeping out all kinds of negative forces. Positive energy is invited for the next year whole year. The ash gourd is crushed before the ritual bath performed on Naraka Chaturdashi. Ash gourd is today widely used in Hindu religion. It is used instead of animal sacrifice. It is also hung at home to keep out negative forces.

Aghora Shivacharya – A Great Teacher Of Dualistic School Of Shaiva Siddhanta

Aghorashivacharya was an author and great teacher of Dualistic School of Saiva Siddhanta. Aghora Shivacharya belonged to Kaundinya gotra and was a native of Tamil Nadu. He was a disciple of Narayana Kantha. He was one of the spiritual heads of Amaradeva Matha. Kriyakramadyotika by Aghora Shivacharya is a ritualistic text popular in Tamil Nadu and followed by a large number of temples. There are 28 Shivagamas and prominent among them are Karana, Kamika, Raurava, and Paushkara. These deal with temple construction, selection of site, daily worship, festival, atonement of deficiencies, etc. Agamic literature on temple building and worship is vast and rarely do priests and administrators study them in their entirety due to constraints of time, resources and teachers. In order to help them grasp the essentials, Paddhatis (manuals of procedures) of temple worship were written. Paddhati written by Aghora Shivacharya is popular one among the manuals. He called it Kriyakramadyotika and was c

Diwali Lakshmi Puja Procedure – Simple Diwali Laxmi Puja Guide

How to perform or do Lakshmi Puja on Diwali? There is no straight forward answer to this question on Laxmi puja. The procedure of Deepavali Lakshmi puja varies from region to region and from community to community and involves various steps. Diwali Laxmi Puja 2023 date is November 12.  Ideal time for puja is from sunset to midnight. The importance of Diwali Lakshmi puja comes from the popular belief that performing it will help in attaining peace, prosperity and all type of wealth. Please note that this is only a guide to give an idea of the Puja. Some of the rituals mentioned might not be performed by your community. You can always skip it. Items needed for Diwali Lakshmi Puja? Ganesha Idol or Painting Lakshmi Idol or Panting Coins gold or silver or the usual coins Rangoli colors White powder of rice Silver or earthen or copper pot Red cloth Sandal wood paste Kumkum Mango or betel leaves Coconut Betel nut Rice mixed with Turmeric – Akshata Sweet Fruits

Kameshwari Jayanti – Goddess Kameswari Jayanthi

Goddess Kameswari is one of the manifestations of Goddess Shakti. She is quite similar to Ardhanarishwara as she combines the primordial energy of Shiva and Shakti. Kameshwari Jayanti 2023 date is November 10. It is observed on the 12 th day of the Krishna Paksha of Kartik Month as per traditional calendar followed in North India . This form of Goddess Shakti is propitiated to overcome obstacles and fulfill desires. The Sadhana of Goddess Kameswari is very rare and is mainly followed by rare Tantric followers.

Yoga Vasishta – Thoughtful Words

To all those who wish to master this world of Maya, the association with the wise is the unfailing means. Like the Ganges which yields its fruits to those who bathe in its cool waters, the association with the wise expands the poor intellect of men, transmutes the accidents arising out of material objects into a real wealth, for progress, and converts a  mind, which is miserable amidst any objects into one which sees happiness everywhere. One should, at any cost, long to approach those great personages replete with wisdom who are friendly to all, relieving them from bondage and form the ferry to cross the ocean of rebirths. Atma Jnana, the end of all Vedas, will dawn to itself in one who probes into their underlying meaning without caring for their surface attributes or meaning. All delusions, such as love and hatred will vanish; the mind will become as pellucid as the waters of a pool in the autumnal season. Such persons of adamantine armor will never be pierced by the arro

8 November 2021 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Monday, 8 November 2021 – It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi tithi or the fourth day during waxing or light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi tithi or the fourth day during waxing or light phase of moon till 6:15 PM on November 8. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami tithi or the fifth day during waxing or light phase of moon till 4:01 PM on November 9. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on November 8, 2021 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta nakshatra till 2:01 AM on November 8 . Then onward it is Mool or Moolam nakshatra till 12:23 AM on November 9. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan)