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Srabani Mela - Deoghar Baidyanath Dham Temple Shravan Mela in Jharkhand

The Hindi month of Shravan is of great importance at the Lord Shiva Temple at Deogarh in Jharkhand, popularly known as the Baba Baidyanath Dham. Shravani Mela 2023 begins on July 4 and ends on August 31. Thousands of Shiva devotees from India , Nepal and from other countries around the world undertake a pilgrimage from Sultanganj to Baba Baidyanath Temple . The month-long fair is also known as Srabani Mela. Why is Shravani Mela Important at Baba Baidyanath Dham Temple? The River Ganga flows northwards at Sultanganj. It is the only place where the Ganga flows towards North. Pilgrims collect Gangajal, holy water from Ganga, at Sultanganj and carry it to the Deoghar Shiva Temple .  The Gangajal is used to bathe the Shivling here which is one among the Jyotirlingas – twelve temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Water from North flowing Ganga River There is a widespread belief among Hindus in North India that offering Ganga water from Sultanganj to Lord Shiva at D

Rajasthan Solar Eclipse Time on October 25, 2022 – Surya Grahan time in Jaipur – Jodhpur

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on October 25, 2022 will be a partial lunar eclipse in all places in Rajasthan. The solar eclipse is visible during evening time. The Surya Grahan will be visible in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Jaisalmer, Sikar, Sirohi, Pali, Banswara, Baran, Barmer, Bikaner and other towns from  4:29 PM to 5:39 PM  on October 25, 2022 – as per Indian standard time. The surya grahan takes place during evening time. All temples will remain closed during the period. Detail Timing of Partial Solar Eclipse in Rajasthan on  October 25, 2022 Eclipse begins  4:29 PM Maximum Eclipse is at  5:30 PM Eclipse ends at  5:39 PM

Shravan Month Kanwar Yatra in 2023 - Importance of Kavad Yatra

Kanwar Yatra Dates based on traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. In 2023, Kanwar Mela and Yatra begins on July 4 and it ends on August 31 - Shravan Purnima. Kavad Yatra is today of great religious importance in India. In the Hindi Month of Shravan (July – August) millions of Kanwarias, devotees of Lord Shiva, from Indian states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh make a journey to Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand to collect ‘Gangajal’ (holy water from the Ganges) for anointing the Shivling at their respective villages and homes.  The holy water they collect from River Ganga is used to bathe Shiva Lingam on Amavasya day in Shravan month or on the Mas Shivratri day. Shravan month is dedicated to Lord Shiva and most people observe a fast on Mondays in Shravan month. The name Kanwarias comes from the pole the yatris carry called ‘Kanwar’ on their shoulders. Pots with Ganga Wate

Kollam Dwadasi Madom Kali Vinayaka Temple

Kollam Dwadasi Madom Kali Vinayaka temple is located near Kollam Collectorate in Kollam town, Kerala. There are two main deities in the temple – Ganesha or Ganapathi and Goddess Kali. Vinayaka Chaturthi is an important festival in the temple. Navratri and Thrikarthika are significance to Goddess Kali. The temple has two separate sreekovil. The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Nagas. There are no other major structures. The temple is associated with Dwadasi madom.

Puthumana Ganapathy Temple – Rare Standing Bala Ganesha Form - History

Puthumana Ganapathy temple is located at Puthumana Thuruthy in Kottayam district, Kerala. This is a unique shrine dedicated to Ganesha – Ganapati is worshipped here in 21 forms and three forms are visible to the devotees. The shrine belongs to the Puthumana Illam. The main murti of Ganpati worshipped in the temple is that of Unni Ganapathy – child form of Ganesha. The murti is in standing posture. Devotees can have darshan of the main three murtis of Ganapati worshipped in the temple only on Vinayaka Chaturthi day. The most important festival in the temple is the Vinayaka Chaturthi day in Malayalam Chingamasam. The temple also has a Tantric Vidya study center. History Of Puthumana Ganapathy Temple   കണ്ണൂര് ‍ ജില്ലയില് ‍ വന്നേരിയിലാണ് ‌ പുതുമന ഇല്ലത്തിന് ‍ റെ മൂലസ്ഥാനം എന്ന് കരുതപ്പെടുന്നു . ഈ ഇല്ലത്ത്നിന്നും ഒരു ബ്രാഹ്മണന് ‍ തിരുപ്പതിയില് ‍ ഉപാസകന് ‍ ആയി കൂടുകയും ഉപാസനാകാലത്ത് അവിടെ നിന്നു ഒരു യോഗിയില് ‍ നിന്നും താന്ത്രിക മാന്ത്രിക വിദ്യകള് ‍ അഭ്യസിച്ച

Kozhencherry Subramanya Swamy Temple

Kozhencherry Subramanya Swamy temple is located at Kozhencherry in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Murugan or Subrahmanya. The temple has numerous upa devata shrines including that of Ganapati. Thaipooyam in Makara Masam (January – February) and Vinayaka Chaturthi in Chingamasam (August – September) are important festivals in the shrine. The temple has a chathura sreekovil which faces east. All structures in the temple are relatively new. The murtis worshipped in various sanctums are very old. Thaipooyam is observed with various pujas and rituals including carrying of kavadi. Sashti vratam fasting day in a month is of great importance at the shrine.

Thenmala Ganapathi Temple

Thenmala Ganapathi temple is located at Thenmala in Kollam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Ganesha. The annual Vinayaka Chaturthi festival in Chingamasam is an important day in the temple. This is a very small temple with a chathura sreekovil which faces east. The temple has a stone murti of Vinayaka in sitting posture. The temple conducts various important pujas and rituals including vahana puja. Devotees offer prayers here before the start of any event. The Mandala makaravilakku kalam is an important period in the temple. The shrine conducts various rituals during the month of December.

Nandi Sutra – A Jain Text

Authored by Sri Devavacaka, it deals with the fundamentals of Jainism, as contained in Agamas which are the original religious text dealing with the teachings of Tirthankaras (literally “builders of the Lord”), including Sri Mahavira and his immediate followers, called gandharas (literally ‘leaders of the Assembly’). Its contents are aphoristic and comprise, inter alia, Mangala Sutra, Sanghata Sutra and Jnana Sutra. Jnana Sutra contains the outline of the philosophical thought of Jainism and presents a consistent theory of knowledge which is bold in its approach. It designates mati (sense perception) and shruta (scriptural knowledge) as paroksha (indirect); and avadhi (clairvoyance), manahparyaya (telepathy) and kevala (perfect knowledge) to be pratyaksha (direct), as the latter is acquired by the being intuitively or directly without the meditation of the senses and mind. Modern scientific knowledge acquired through observation, stratification, generalization and induction are cla

Vaduthala Ganapathy Temple

Vaduthala Ganapathy temple is located at Vaduthala, Kochi, Ernakulam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Ganesha or Ganapati. The temple is managed by the Konkani community. The annual festival in the temple is held in March. Vinayaka Chaturthi is another important festival in the temple. This is a traditional east facing shrine with a namaskara mandapam, chuttambalam, kodimaram and temple pond. The temple has a chathura sreekovil. The annual festival in the temple is famous for caparisoned elephants, melam, Ganapati homam, various archanas, abhishekams and pujas. Kodiyettam, pallivetta and pakal pooram are part of the festival. The festival concludes with arattu ceremony. Vanchiyeduppu and sheeveli are unique rituals part of the festival. The temple observes various rituals including the monthly Sankashti Chaturthi vrat. Modak is an important offering in the shrine.

Lalitpur Patan Vishwanath Temple

Lalitpur Patan Vishwanath temple is located at Lalitpur (Patan) in Nepal. The temple is dedicated to Mahadev Shiva. The shrine is famous for its erotic sculptures. A Shivling is worshipped in the main sanctum sanctorum. The shrine was built in 1627 CE by King Narasimha of Lalitpur. Lalitpur Patan Vishwanath temple is a two-storey pagoda style temple with two roofs. There are two elephant stone sculptures at the entrance of the temple. There is a popular local legend that the king who built the temple will not enter heaven until the stone elephants descend from the temple and drink from the Mani Dhara water fountain. One of the elephants also has a person atop it.  The temple is noted for its ornate wooden pillars, windows, and doors. There are sculptures of various gods and goddesses from Hindu pantheon in different parts of the temple. There are also huge stone sculptures of lion. Shivratri is an important festival in the temple.

Brahmasutra Teachings On Meditation

Chapter IV of Brahmasutra contains teachings about meditation. The chapter talks about the procedures to be adopted in meditation. Brahmasutra instructs that one should meditate only in the sitting posture. The reason being that concentration is possible only in the sitting posture. When walking or standing, mental concentration is not possible. Likewise, a lying down posture is sure to induce sleep and hence is not recommended for one planning to meditate. Therefore, the best method would be to sit on some support and meditate. Worship or upasana is in the form of meditation upon the self. This requires a great deal of concentration upon one object, totally uninfluenced by any other thought waves. The person who is meditating should remain immobile like the earth, heaven or mountain in order to remain in a concentrated frame of mind. Meditation has to be practiced till one’s death, as it offers the means for the final release of a person from worldly bonds.

Lalitpur Patan Swotha Krishna Temple

Lalitpur Patan Swotha Krishna temple is located at the north side of the Swotha square in Patan, Nepal. The shrine is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna and it is a dome-shaped temple. The temple is built entirely out of stone. There are lion stone sculptures and two Garuda sculptures at the entrance of the temple. There is also another Garuda image atop a pedestal. The sanctum sanctorum is locked and is not allowed for public. There are not many sculptures and intricate designs in the temple.  As per some scholars, the temple might have been a shikhara style temple and might have got destroyed during 1934 earthquake. The dome might have been built as part of the restoration process.

Thoughts on Guru Purnima from Hindu Blog

Human beings or animals or birds or any other living being or whatever thing in the universe that removes ignorance and ushers in the light of self realization is Guru. Guru Purnima is dedicated to this Guru. A Guru need not always be a Swami or a teacher. It can be a small child that gives you the most important lesson in life. Guru Purnima is not dedicated to those modern Gurus who promise miracles. Not to those Gurus who promises to make you rich. Not to those Gurus who promises to solve your family problems or any other issues. These are not Gurus but people who make their living by giving false hopes and promises. They thrive on donations.  Those Gurus that directly or indirectly encourage fear, jealousy, avarice and desires are not gurus. True Guru never puts the blame to your problems on astrology or bad luck or enemies. True Guru never advertises. Blessing of a Guru is not a substitute to hard work.  The greatest Guru is Bhagavan Sri Krishna. He did not

Lalitpur Sundhara Uma Maheshvara Temple

Lalitpur Sundhara Uma Maheshvara temple is located at Sundhara square (also known as Nugah) in eastern part of Lalitpur (Patan) in Nepal. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Parvati (Uma) and Shiva (Maheshvara). Sundhara Uma Maheshvara temple is a three-storey shrine and the sanctum sanctorum also has murtis of Ganesha and Skanda (Kartik or Muruga). The shrine was built in 1675 CE. The main sanctum is located at the middle of the temple on the ground floor and is accessible only to Hindu devotees. It is a shikhara style temple as seen in North India. Two lion sculptures in stone guard the entrance of the temple. The temple is less ornate and has lesser sculptures considering the other famous temples in Patan. Construction materials include stone and brick. The temple observes Shivratri and Dashain.

Dreaming Of Garland – Meaning

Dreaming of garland is a good sign as per dream meaning and interpretation. The dream means you will get success or recognition. It also means joyous occasion and travel. Dreams of garland mean you will see change of financial fortune or opportunity to visit a new place. It also means marriage. Dream of garland and you are alone in the dream means a secret project of yours will be successful. It also means certain things you had kept secret will yield the correct results. Dream of garland with unknown people in it means joyous occasion or victory. Dreaming of garland and there are family members in the dream means marriage or other functions in the family. Dream of garland and you seem sad or crying means victory of enemies. It also means you will be jealous at the success of other people.

Dreaming Of Ganpati Visarjan – Meaning

Dreaming of Ganpati visarjan is both good and bad as per dream meaning and interpretation. The dream means soon you will have to give away something that you love dearly. It also means going away of people from your life temporarily. Dreams of Ganpati visarjan mean introspection. You will rethink about your plans and you might even decide to drop some goals that are not practical. Dream of Ganpati visarjan and you see yourself in the dream means you will soon be participating in an activity involving lot of people. It also means you will give up something willfully. Dreaming of Ganpati visarjan and you see only other people means you will miss an important event in your family or locality. You will realize that things will go one even if you are not present. Dreams of Ganpati visarjan and you see Ganpati coming back to the top of water means return of someone you loved. It also means you are not ready to give up on something even though people and situation is demanding you to fo

Muktabai Teachings And Quotes

A small collection of quotes and teachings of Muktabai Words cannot hold him (bhagavan) yet in him (bhagavan) all words are. Bhagavan (God) is not far away from he whose mind has been purified. First step to salvation is devotion. An ascetic is pure in mind and forgives the offences of people. If the world is hot as fire owing to exasperation, a sage should with pleasure be cool as water. If people hurt them with weapons of words, saints should treat those remarks as pieces of advice. This universe is a single piece of cloth woven with the one thread of Brahman. Though he has no form my eyes saw him, his glory is fire in my mind that knows his secret inner form invented by the soul. What is beyond the mind has no boundary. In it our senses end. Where darkness is gone I live, where I am happy. I am not troubled by coming and going, I am beyond all vision, above all spheres. His spirit lives in my soul. Mukta says: He is my heart's only home. Muktabai along with h

Dreaming Of Garbage – Meaning

Dreaming of garbage is a bad omen as per dream meaning and interpretation. The dream means you will face unpleasant incidents in life soon. It also means you might face embarrassing situation in life. Dreams of garbage also means forced to live in a place you detest. It also means spending time in places you usually avoid. Dreaming of garbage and if it is of your house then you can expect unexpected problems in your family life. There can be both health issues and relationship issues. Dream of garbage and you have not seen the place in dream before means you will be forced to go to a new place and there you might face disturbing situations. Dreaming of garbage with other people in it means you will be maligned through scandal. People will try to spread false news about you. Dream of garbage and you are happy or elated then it means you might do something naughty and it will cause problems for your enemies.

Dreaming Of Gas Stove Explosion – Meaning

Dreaming of gas stove explosion is a warning sign as per dream meaning and interpretation. It means there are hidden problems in your life and they will soon explode creating havoc in both personal and professional life. Something important but you had ignored will cause severe damage to you. Dreams of gas stove explosion also means enemies will be very active and will attempt to physically hurt you. Dream of gas stove explosion also means you need to be careful while handling flammable things. It also means not to ignore important safety aspects in your house or building. The dream is also asking to be more clean and alert regarding safety aspects. Dreaming of gas stove explosion and you see yourself in the dream means you will be getting into tough situations soon. You might be forced to express your real feeling which you have been hiding. It also means witnessing something gruesome. If you know the place in the dream means loss of money or valuable things due to accidents or

Dreaming Of Gay – Meaning

Dreaming of gay is both good and bad as per dream meaning and interpretation. The dream means you will realize that society is not always correct and there are more things beyond social convention. It also means sudden realization about your sexual preferences. Dreams of gay means you will soon find out something about your partner that might give you a shock. Dream of you turning gay is a sign that you are hiding your true feelings and it might come out in near future. Dreaming of gay and you wake up sad or angry means in near future someone might force you to do something that you do not like. Dreams of gay and you wake up happy or elated means you will find a new relationship which is more promising and fulfilling. Dream of gay and there are colors all around means you will experience something out of normal and this will change your perception. It also means new friends and exploring alternative lifestyles.

20 July 2022 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, 20 July 2022 – It is Krishna Paksha Saptami tithi or the seventh day during the waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Saptami tithi or the seventh day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 12:10 PM on July 20. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 12:02 PM on July 21. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on July 20, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Revati nakshatra till 5:56 PM on July 20. Then onward it is Ashwathy or Ashwini nakshatra till 6:38 PM on July 21 . (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), Revati nakshatra till 12:50 PM on