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Aja Ekadashi September 2023 - Aja Ekadashi Mantra

Aja Ekadashi falls in waning phase of the moon in the month of Bhadrapada (August – September) according to Hindi Hindu Calendar. In 2023, the date of Aja Ekadasi fasting is September 10. The importance of this Ekadasi was mentioned by Lord Krishna to Yudhisthira and is found in the Brahma Vaivarta Purana. It is believed that a person who observes this Ekadashi becomes free from the reactions of his/her sinful activities. Legend has it that the great King Harishchandra got back his kingdom, wife and dead son after performing the Ananda or Aja Ekadashi. It was Gautama Muni who asked Harishchandra to observe the Annada Ekadasi so that he will be able to overcome all the difficulties in life. The king got back all that he had lost and was able to rule his kingdom without any difficulties. It is said that whoever fasts on this Ekadasi is surely freed from all the sins. There are no separate rules for fasting on the day. Rice and grains are avoided on the day. Aja Ekadashi Mantra श

Why is Sri Krishna Jayanti celebrated on two different days?

Sri Krishna Jayanti or Sri Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated on two different days in year. In simple words, Lord Krishna has two birthdays. In 2023, Sri Krishna Jayanti or Sri Krishna Janmashtami is on September 6 and September 7. The birthday of Sri Krishna on September 7 is also referred occasionally as Vaishnava Sri Krishna Jayanti. Many Hindu sects in South, West and East India will be celebrating Sri Krishna Jayanti on September 6. Most of North on September 7. In Kerala and in coastal Karnataka (Udupi), the festival will be on September 6, 2023 this is because the Rohini Nakshatra in Chinga Masam is taken for festival here. Chingam month begins only on August 17. So in certain years the festival will be observed in Kerala in September. Generally, West, South and East will observe Janmashtami a day earlier than North India. In some years, all regions will observe it on the same day. Kerala will observe Janmashtami on an entirely different date once in two years.  South

Simha in Hinduism – Lion Symbolism

In Hinduism, Simha or lion is regarded as symbol of valor, strength, courage and ferociousness. The main symbolism associated with lion in Hinduism is that of heroism and bravery. Simha is the carrier or vahana or vehicle of Goddess Durga, Goddess Gandheswari and Goddess Jagaddhatri. As per Shiva Purana, Brahma gives Simha to Goddess Durga as her vehicle to facilitate the killing of Shumbha and Nishumbha. The Narasimha Avatar of Bhagwan Vishnu is famous as man-lion avatar – he has the body of a man and the head of a lion. 

Sanatana – One Of The Four Manasputra Of Brahma - His Teachings

As per Hindu scriptures, Brahma created four sons – Sanaka, Sanatana, Sananda and Sanat Kumara. These sons were born to Brahma when his wisdom was pure and pristine, devoid of any attachment. Sanatana was supremely wise person and he like his brothers remain like a five-year-old boy in eternal communion with Lord Vishnu. His name his always mentioned along with four brothers. There is no detailed account of his exploits. Sanatana Teachings As one meditates on Bhagavan, he reveals more and more of his attributes and glories, and to some fortunate souls he even grants his vision. Sharira, or human body, is from the universe, so the constituents of the universe and human body are the same. Paramatma is the antaryamin (immanent being) of everyone and everything. Brahman is the all pervading principle that permeates all chit and achit. The universe is rooted in the true and rests in the true. Knowledge is not a passage from falsity to reality but is a movement from reality to more and

Delhi Lunar Eclipse Time on November 8, 2022 – Chandra Grahan time in New Delhi on November 8

A total lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in  Delhi  on November 8, 2022. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in  New Delhi and other areas in the capital city of India from  2:39 PM on November 8 to 6:19 PM on November 8  – as per Indian standard time. The Grahan takes place during the afternoon and evening and it is visible to the naked eye. Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it. All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals. Detail Timing of Lunar Eclipse in Delhi on November 8, 2022 Eclipse begins 2:39 PM on November 8 Mid Eclipse is at 4:49 PM Eclipse ends at 6:19 PM on  November 8

Meaning Of Vithoba – Pandurang – Vitthal

Vithoba – Pandurang – Vitthal are the various names used by devotees to address the form of Bhagavan Sri Krishna worshipped at Pandharpur in Maharashtra. It is believed that Bhagavan Krishna along with Rukmini Devi gave darshan to a devotee named Panduranga at Pandharpur standing on a brick. Bhavishyottara Purana states that the famous Pandharpur Vitthal temple is located exactly on the spot where Sri Krishna and Rukmini gave darshan to Panduranga. The place was also known as Poundarikapuram, on account of this divine incident having taken place there. The name of Panduranga is a Sanskritized form of Pandarga (Pandarge) which was the old name of Pandharpur. Vithoba is a contracted form of the Marathi expression 'vitkar ubaa rahaa' meaning 'be standing on the brick'. The term 'Vitthala' is derived as vidaa = joaanena (by knowledge), thaan = shoonyaan (dispirited, ignorant), laati = rakshati (protects). He receives those without knowledge to bestow His grace

Different Types Of Men In Ancient Hindu Sexuality And Eroticism Texts

Different types of men are mentioned in various ancient Hindu texts dealing in sexuality and eroticism. Vatsyayana and his commentator Yashodhara, and the sources quoted by the latter, all mention the threefold classification of men into Shasha Vrisha Ashva However, Vatsyayana avoids any mention of the sizes of the penis in angulas. While Kokkoka in his Rati Rahasya mentions Vatsyayana as his source, Padmashri and Kalyanamalla do not mention Vatsyayana, though they use the same classification. Praudhadevaraya follows Vatsyayana, but adds a verse (II-35) of his own where he paris Shashaka with Padmini type women, Vrisha with both Chitrini and Shankhini types of women and Haya with Hastini type women. Rudra in his Samaradipika says that Shashaka paris well with Padmini, Mriga with Chitrini, Vrishabha with Shankhini and Haya with Hastini. Minnath probably follows Kokkoka but adds that in the case of Vrishabha, the phallus measures ten angulas. Three other writers however – Jay

Siddhashila – Home Of Siddhas

Siddhashila is the home Siddhas, the blissful emancipated selves. The accomplished ones stay in the topmost part of Isatpragbhara, which lies twelve yojanas above the Sarvarthasiddha heaven. This region is white and glittering. Siddhas residing in Siddhashila are pure selves, neither heavy nor light. The Siddhas reside in an incorporeal and therefore penetrable substance, with a spatial, though immaterial, extension of 2/3 of what had in its last existence. They have all the four infinites – infinite knowledge, vision, bliss and power. Siddhashila is on yojana from the border of the loka and aloka, i.e., world and non-world. Beyond it is infinite space, devoid of dharmastikaya (the principle of motion)and adharmastikaya (the principle of rest). The redeemed siddhas live in the uppermost part of this region for eternity and enjoy the endless, incomparable, supernatural happiness of liberation from the bonds of transmigration. Jainas say that the jiva has the characteristic of urdh

Chinga Masam – Chingam 1 in Malayalam Calendar | Chingam Month 1 – New Year According to Malayalam Calendar

Chingam month (August – September), also known as Chinga Masam, is the first month in the traditional Malayalam calendar used by Hindus in Kerala. In 2023, Chingam month begins on August 17 (Kollavarsham 1199). The first day of Chingam month marks the beginning of the New Year according to the Malayalam calendar and is locally referred as Aandu Pirappu. The month ends on September 16. Onam , Sri Krishna Jayanti and Vinayaka (Ganesh) Chaturthi are observed in this month. Numerous marriages are also held in this auspicious month. The first day of Chingam month is welcomed by special pujas and prayers and people in large numbers visit the temples. Earlier, the day used to be of great significance to the farmers. As per Malayalam calendar, Kollavarsham 11998 (the Malayalam year) begins on August 17, 2023. The Malayalam Panchangam for the year is also released in this month. Thiruvonam, the most popular festival of Malayalis, is observed in this month. The 10-da

Siddhpur – History – Association With Saraswati River

Siddhpur, also spelled Sidhpur is a town and a municipality in Patan district in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is a historical place located on the bank of Sarasvati River. It is also an important pilgrimage center in Gujarat. Sarasvati Purana contains information about the ancient history of this place. Saraswati Purana describes all the holy places and sacred spots related to Sidhpur. Moreover, the work carries historical data, which helps to reconstruct the religious/cultural history. The ancient Saraswati River that disappeared over time ran through Gujarat and Rajasthan before running into the Gulf of Kutch. A large lake known as Siddharajsar is said to be associated with the Saraswati River. It is described in a work called Siddharaja Mahatmya. Most probably, the work is part of the original Saraswati Purana. The lake became the abode of all heavenly Gods. Over the course of time, a king of Gujarat, Jayasimha Siddharaja, built a temple of Shiva at the center of the lake. Th

Siddhanta Bindu – Work On Advaita Philosophy

Siddhanta Bindu is a commentary on Dasasloki of Adi Shankaracharya by Madhusudana Saraswati. It is said to have been written for the benefit of his pupil Balabhadra. Siddhanta Bindu is a brilliant compendium of Advaita Vedanta, dealing with almost all its salient features. The text consists of four chapters, i.e., an introduction and elaboration regarding tat (that), tvam (thou) and asi (are), on the famous mahavakya (the great statement) tat-tvam-asi (that thou art) in Chandogya Upanishad. The words ‘that and thou’ primarily convey the sense of Ishwara (pure consciousness associated with antahkarana, the mind.) The difference lies in the respective adjuncts. So the contradiction in the identity conveyed by ‘that thou art’ is resolved by taking into account the secondary meanings conveyed by the two words, the pure unconditioned consciousness. While elucidating all these, it refutes the view of other schools of thought and establishes its own. It also states the views of various ot

Mimamsa Kaustubha – Information - Content

Mimamsa Kaustubha is a commentary by Khandadeva on the Purvamimamsasutra of Jaimini. Mimamsa Sutras deal with the principles of interpretation of the Vedic texts relating to yajnas and other rituals. They are topics dealt with in twelve sections, also knownas Dvadasalakshani. Mimamsa Kaustubha or Bhatta Mimamsa Kaustubha is for Mimamsasutra. Khandadeva has written two more works on the Mimamsa system, Bhattadipika, a commentary on Mimamsa Sutra, and Bhatta Rahasya, on the semantic ideas of the Bhatta School. All the three works are epoch making works in Mimamsa literature, laying down the foundation of the Bhatta School of the Mimamsa system and making use of the terminology employed in modern logic (Navya – Nyaya). Mimamsa Kaustubha discusses many important problems besides explaining the sutras. But it does not cover the whole text. Khandadeva does not employ flowery language but uses the terminology of modern logic and thereby achieves precision in thought and expression. His ex

Siddhitraya – Three Polemical Works Of Visishtadvaita

Siddhitraya is three polemical works of Visishtadvaita. Written by Yamunacharya (916 -1041 CE), Siddhitraya consists of atma siddhi, ishwara siddhi, and samvit siddhi, dealing respectively with atman (self), Ishwara (God), and samvida (consciousness). These works follow the model of siddhi works of the Advaita (non-dualism) tradition. In these texts, extant only in fragments, many ideas pivotal to Visishtadvaita (qualified non-dualism) philosophy are elaborated. In his commentary on Brahma Sutra, Ramanuja has elaborated these ideas. In atma-siddhi, Yamunacharya says that the blissful individual self is a spiritual principle different from the body, mind, senses, breath, and consciousness. It is self-manifested and self-luminous, eternal, subtle and distinct in each body. Refuting other views, he says that the atma is the knowing subject, which presents itself as aham (I). It can be known only through texts, and reasoning based on texts. He establishes the basic tenet of Visishtadvait

Dreaming Of Traffic Jam – Meaning

Dreaming of traffic jam is a warning sign as per dream meaning and interpretation. The dream means you will soon get into tough situations. It also means you will lose patience or get angry and this will result making problems worse. Dreams of traffic jam also means you will get into trouble while helping others or you will have to do something which you are not used to doing. Dream of traffic jam and you see yourself stuck means you will get into fistfight with someone. It also means you will do something untoward that might cause damage in th present and in future. Dreaming of traffic jam and you do not see yourself means you will have a lucky escape from an accident or ugly situation. It also means you will worry unnecessarily about something. Dreams of traffic jam and you see lot of color means you will get a fun holiday in a crowded place. Dreaming of traffic jam and there is commotion and smoke or blood is a sign of confusion in your life in near future. It also means a j

Sri Ramakrishna Forgetting His Human Identity

Sri Ramakrishna forgot all about his former self (his human identity) when he became transformed into the Divine Mother Kali. He used to point to his body and speak of it as ‘this, in which the Mother dwells’. His old personality had disappeared. There remained only the shell or the pillow case (as he sometimes called it) in which the Mother resided. That is the supreme goal; that is mukti or freedom; that is nirvana. ‘He who sees that One in this ocean of death, he who sees that one life in this fleeting universe, who realizes that One who never changes, unto him belongs eternal peace, unto none else.’ This is an exalted state, which we cannot comprehend. But we can accept the testimony of the great bhaktas who have reached that state. ............................ Paramahamsa Ramakrishna, whose mere touch, or benign glance, or word was enough to awaken one’s spiritual consciousness, was at the same time totally untouched by the idea of being a teacher. He remained forever the chil

Dreaming Of Jamaica – Meaning

Dreaming of Jamaica is a good omen as per dream meaning and interpretation. The dream means opportunity to travel and explore the world. It also means unexpected changes in your life and moving to a new place or meeting someone from a different culture. Dreams of Jamaica and there is color and another person means new relationship and happiness. It also means successful travel. Dreaming of Jamaica and you see mountains, beaches, yacht etc means you will have a wish of yours fulfilled. Dream of Jamaica and you see yourself in the dream means desire fulfillment. It also means staying away from home. It also means you will show boldness and courage. Dreams of Jamaica and you wake up terrified or sad means you are unhappy with the current situation and want to do something exciting – you are not being honest with yourself. Dreaming of Jamaica and you are not present in the dream means frustration and dejection. It also means people ruling you out and bossing over you. It means in n

Dreaming Of Jackfruit Tree – Meaning

Dreaming of jackfruit tree is a good and auspicious sign as per dream meaning and interpretation. The dream means you will have the blessing of divine. You will achieve success in your ventures. Dreams of jackfruit tree also mean change of fortune and climbing up in life. Dream of jackfruit tree and you see animals or birds in it mean you will be able to own a house soon. It also means you will decide to change your lifestyle and adapt a lifestyle in tune with nature. Dreams of jackfruit tree full of fruits means success and desire fulfillment. It also means your hard work will bring in great rewards. Dream of jackfruit drying up with brown leaves is a sign of lethargy and carelessness resulting in destruction of your wealth and name. Dreaming of jackfruit tree slanting or branches falling down or dangling means health problems in the family. It also means danger to an important person in your life.

Dreaming Of Jade Plant – Meaning

Dreaming of jade plant is good and positive sign as per dream interpretation and meaning. The dream means you can expect positive changes in life including overcoming difficulties at workplace. It is also a sign of change in money related matters. Dreams of jade plant are also sign of smooth and happy life. It also means someone might get closer to you and stick with you for a long period. The dream of jade plant is asking you to take care of your wealth, property and money wisely. You should not be lavish and should avoid unwanted expenditure. This will help you to thrive when there are difficulties times in near future. Dreaming of rotting jade plant is a sign that you are being carried away by wealth, fame and status. But soon all this will come to an end. So be wise and use your present status for your betterment. Dream of jade plant changing color or different color jade plant is a sign of enemy activity. It also means you will be cheated taking advantage of your innocence o

23 August 2022 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, 23 August 2022 – It is Krishna Paksha Ekadashi tithi or the eleventh day during waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Ekadashi tithi or the eleventh day during waning or dark phase of moon till 6:04 AM on August 23. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwadashi tithi or the twelfth day during waning or dark phase of moon till 8:08 AM on August 24. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on August 23, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the full day.  Nakshatra  – Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira nakshatra till 11:55 AM on August 23 . Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punartham nakshatra till 2:32 PM on August 24. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Raja