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Mahapratihara – Chief Doorkeeper Or Guard In Ancient Hindu Kingdoms

Mahapratihara was the title given to the chief doorkeeper or guard in ancient Hindu kingdoms. The name occurs in Hindu inscriptions, law books, literary works, etc. However, it is not as frequently met with as the epithet pratihara (also spelled as pratiharin), which literally means ‘a doorkeeper.’ The prefix maha means ‘chief, great’. Mahapratihara refers to a superior officer above all doorkeepers, the great chamberlain, who performed a very important job. Some epigraphs give the impression that mahapratihara was in charge of the defense of the royal palace or bed-chamber of the defense of the royal palace or bed-chamber or the head of the guards of the city gate. Some of the Dharmashastras, however, describe him as a chamberlain or inviter of grants. The Mahabharata (Adi Parva 85.28-29), Vishnudharmottara Purana (II.24, 12) and Sukranitisara (I.121) also refer to the mahapratiharas. The Basarh seals mention several high officials like uparika (governor), kumaramatya (cadet min

Gayatri Jayanti Importance – Gayatri Mata Jayanti 2023 date

Gayatri Jayanti celebrates the manifestation of Goddess Gayatri, who is worshipped as Veda Mata (The Mother of Vedas). In 2023, the date of Gayatri Jayanti is May 30. Some regions and communities will be observing it on May 31. Scholars also indicate that Sage Vishwamitra first uttered the Gayatri Mantra on the Jyeshtha Shukla Dashami day. And this day is observed as Gayatri Jayanti day. Goddess Gayatri is also referred as Adi Shakti by Gayatri Mata worshippers. Note - Some communities observe it on Ekadashi day and it is on May 31. It is believed that Goddess Gayatri made her appearance on the 10th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Jyeshta month. Symbolically, she appeared in the form of knowledge to remove the ignorance. This knowledge was shared to the world by Sage Vishwamitra. Gayatri Jayanti day is observed by making special prayers and pujas to Gayatri Mata. Special satsangs are also held on the day. Goddess Gayatri is invoked in three forms

Understanding Para Brahman And Parashakti In Hinduism

This creation depends on and moves between dual principles of unity and multiplicity, which is a keynote of Rishi culture. Para Brahman stands for unity and the Parashakti constitutes the principle of multiplicity. Why should Parabrahman who is formless create this world of forms? Because he was compelled by his Para Shakti, who is essentially his potentiality and the ground underlying this expression of cosmic panorama is nothing save self-delight. Parananda – the outcome of profound intimacy and loving communion between Para Brahman and Para Shakti. Another significant function of Para Shakti consists in her merciful mediation between creator and created, God and man. Human personality is a wave of the ocean of power of spirit. Shakti is always near to mankind. One can feel the presence of power in oneself. She is the go-between – she takes man up to the divine and brings down His blessings and grace. This aspect of Para Shakti is called Yogamaya or Lila Shakti. The seers have rec

Mahanambrata Brahmachari Teachings

A small collection of teachings of Mahanambrata Brahmachari – a disciple of Jagadbandhu and propagator of the Mahanama Sampradaya (tradition of chanting ‘Sri Hari.’) Every human being is a chariot. That chariot journeys ever on. From morning to evening, from the first day of one’s life till the last day, this ‘Ratha Yatra’ goes on. But where are we going? Where will the journey end? — That we don’t know. Our chariot moves on, but we know not where it goes. Jagannath’s chariot dispels our ignorance, and shows us our real destination. Kurukshetra is the land of war, Vrindavan the land of peace. We are human beings. We spend the majority of our lives in Kurukshetra. But we don’t want to stay in the land of war; because, this place is always full of violence, hatred, opposition, retaliation and revenge. Here there are only uprisings and downfalls, victories and losses. We want to leave this place — without knowing it we want to go to the land of love, where there is only love. Ther

13 June 2022 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Monday, 13 June 2022 – It is Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi tithi or the fourteenth day during waxing or light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi tithi or the fourteenth day during waxing or light phase of moon till 7:39 PM on June 13. Then onward it is Purnima tithi or the full moon day till 5:19 PM on June 14. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on June 13, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time on the full day.  Nakshatra  – Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham nakshatra till 8:39 PM on June 13. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta nakshatra till 7:06 PM on June 14. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham nakshatra till