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Sri Mannathuram Sharma – Short Biography

Sri Mannathuram Sharma was born on the fourth day of the bright half of the month of Ashwin in the year 1914 (Vikram Samvat as per Gujarati calendar) at Mojidad in the Limibdi Taluka in Surendranagar district, Gujarat. A primary school teacher, Srimannathuram Sharma’s knowledge of Sanskrit and his love for Indian philosophy particularly the Shankara Vedanta, was marvelous. He established many ashramas in various villages and towns of Gujarat and Saurashtra (the then Kathiawar). He established Sanskrit schools in his ashrams for transmission of Vedic and Upanishadic knowledge to deserving students. He was a prolific writer and a voracious reader in the field of Hindu philosophy. In the ashrams established by him, there is a good collection of books on philosophy for ready reference. His Anand Ashram at Bilkha (near Junagadh) is a place of meditation. People from all walks of life came to him and, after the deeksha (initiation) ceremony, they led others on the path of penance and purit

Tamil Nadu Lunar Eclipse Time on November 8, 2022 – Chandra Grahanam time in Chennai, Madurai on November 8

A total lunar eclipse, or Ardha Chandra Grahanam, will be visible in Chennai, Madurai,  and other parts of Tamil Nadu on November 8, 2022. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Coimbatore , Erode, Salem , Kanchipuram, Thoothukudi and other towns 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 - 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 Tamil Nadu 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

Sri Chandra Navami Vrat – Sri Chand Navami Dedicated To Founder Of Udasin Sect

Sri Chandra Navami vrat in Bhadrapad month is mainly observed in North India and is dedicated to Sri Chand or Sri Chandra Ji of Udasin Sampraday. Srichandra Navami Vrat 2023 date is September 23. He was a great thinker, philosopher and leader. He was the founder of the Udasin sect. It is believed that Sri Chandra Ji lived on earth during the period 1494 – 1643 CE. He was the eldest son of Guru Nanak, the first Guru and founder of Sikhism. He was born to Mata Sulakhani on 8 September 1494. From childhood Sri Chand was attracted more towards meditation and solitude. As young man, he traveled across India exchanging his spiritual thoughts with Sants and Sadhus. Soon he started to attract large crowds as people wanted to hear his teachings which gave them better understanding of life and suffering. He amalgamated the teachings of Sikhism and Vedanta. His teachings revolved around the theme of non-violence, love, tolerance and equality. He taught not be attached to both pain and pleasur

Moryai Chhath Vrat

Moryai Chhath vrat in Bhadrapad month is mainly observed in North and western parts of India and is dedicated to Surya, the sun god in Hinduism. Surya Shashti Vrat 2023 date is September 22. The most important rituals involve chanting of Gayatri Mantra. The popular belief is that those devotees observing Moryai Chhath will be blessed with prosperity, happy life and healthy children. It also helps in curing diseases. Red color times like gulal, red sandalwood, red flowers, kesar, red color clothes, red color fruits and red color sweet is offered to Surya Bhagavan on the day. It is believed that observing Moryai Chhath will help a devotee attain results of observing Ashwamedha Yajna. It is also performed by those devotees suffering from skin diseases and eye disorders – the belief is that such people will find relief after observing the vrat. Taking bath on the day early morning chanting Gayatri Mantra is considered highly meritorious. An image of surya is made using lal chandan

Camakam In Sri Rudram

Camakam is an appendix in eleven sections to Sri Rudram in the Taittiriya Samhita of Yajur Veda, and is chanted after Sri Rudram. The devotee pleads to Bhagavan Rudra for every kind of welfare with the utterance of ‘ca me’ (ca: and me: for me), hence the name Camakam. The prayers include everything that makes life a smooth and peaceful journey. This shows that the people of the Vedic age had abundant zest for a prosperous and pleasurable life on earth. They had strong faith in the future as the prayers envisage continued felicity for all future (bhavishya) generations to come. The prayers are not for earthly possessions and pleasures alone, but also for virtuous conduct, sweet speech, truth , fame, etc.,as well as Shreyas (for the best in life after death). The commentary on this Chamakam hymn by Sayana is very popular.

Sama Veda Srauta Sutras

The Srauta Sutras belonging to Sama Veda are Arshya Kalpa, Layayana Srauta Sutra, Drahyayana Srauta Sutra and Jaiminiya Srauta Sutra. Of these, the second and third are the principal ones, related respectively to the Kauthumaand the Ranayaniya branches. A remarkable feature of Layayana Srauta Sutra is that the Sudras, nishads and vratyas are not referred to as accursed human beings, as is generally the case in other Vedic texts. It follows closely Pancavimsa Brahmana and also quotes lengthy passages from it. It contains references to numerous authorities, betraying Layayana’s vast knowledge and profound erudition. Drahyayana Srauta Sutra seems to be a later recast of Layayana Srauta Sutra. Most of the sutras are common in both, but we find numerous changes in the form of alterations, additions and omissions in the former.

Nepali Ramayan – Author Bhanubhakta - Information

The Nepali Ramayana was written by Bhanubhakta, the 18th century poet of Nepal. He depicts the devotion to Rama (Ram Bhakti) in a beautiful manner. He follows Adhyatma Ramayana of Sage Valmiki. The salient feature of this Ramayana is Rama’s exposition of the nine types of devotion; he mentions the company of good people (satsanga) as the first and foremost method of devotion. Some reviewers say that Ramayana of Bhanubhakta is merely a literal translation of Valmiki Ramayana, but it is not true. Comparative study shows that there are a total of 1317 posts in the Nepal Ramayan of Bhanubhakta but Valmiki Ramayan consists of 4268 verses. At the beginning of the Valmiki Ramayana there is a Mangal Shlok and there is also a discussion on the spiritual and social significance of the epic. But this is missing in the Ramayana of Bhanubhakta. He begins directly with the Shiva-Parvati dialogue. Brevity and local language style make the work different from the original Ramayan.

Rig Veda Srauta Sutras

To the Rig Veda belong two Srauta Sutras – Sankhayana Srauta Sutra and Asvalayana Srauta Sutra. The Sankhayana Srauta Sutra is regarded as the work of Suyajna Sankhayana and consists of eighteen adhyayas (books or chapters). It is not very systematic nor homogeneous in composition and betrays ample indications of later interpolations. It last two books deal with the Mahavrata rite, augmenting the description as contained in the Sankhayana Aranyaka (Adhyaya I-II) and are apparently later additions. Similarly, the legend of Suna sepa (XV. 17-27), which bears no real connection with the subject matter of this book, is presented with certain additions and alterations from the version found in Aitareya Brahmana. The Sulagava, which is essentially a grihya rite, is found in this Srauta Sutra (IV 17-20) instead of Grihya Sutra. The tenor and style of the first thirteen adhyayas differs from the following three, and the last two are definitely later additions. It has largely drawn upon the K

Bindu Sarovar In Siddhpur In Patan – Gujarat – Matru Tarpan – Shraddh For Mothers

Bindu sarovar is a small holy lake located at Siddhpur in Patan, Gujarat. The place is famous for matru tarpan. The holy small artificial small lake is associated with Saraswati River and it is even mentioned in the Rig Veda and Srimad Bhagavad Purana. Bindu Sarovar Matru Tarpan Shraddha 2023 date is November 27. In Hinduism, there are five sacred lakes; collectively called Panch-Sarovar; Mansarovar, Bindu Sarovar, Narayan Sarovar, Pampa Sarovar and Pushkar Sarovar. They are also mentioned in Srimad Bhagavata Purana. It is the only place where Matru shradh, Shraddha ritual for mothers, is performed thus thousands of people visit it annually to perform the rituals for their dead mothers, on the purnima day in Kartik month of Hindu traditional lunar calendar. It is believed, Bhagwan Parshuram, the sixth incarnation of Bhagavan Vishnu did the Pind Daan and Shraddha ritual of his mother at Bindu Sarovar. From then onwards this holy spot has attracted devotees from all over the India

Shukla Yajur Veda And Krishna Yajur Veda Srauta Sutras

To the Shukla Yajur Veda belongs Katyayana Srauta Sutra, a quite extensive and well planned text arranged in twenty six adhyayas or chapters, dealing with the largest possible number of topics and deriving the maximum possible matter from the earlier ritualistic works. The author was a follower of the Madhyandina recension of Vajasaneyi Samhita. Three of the adhyayas (XXII-XXIV) are devoted to Sama Vedic ritual. To Krishna Yajur Veda belong the following Srauta Sutras, Manava Srauta Sutra and Varaha Srauta Sutra belong Maitrayani Samhita. Baudhayana Srauta Sutra, Bharadvaja Srauta Sutra, Apastamba Srauta Sutra, Hiranyakeshi (Satyasadha) Srauta Sutra, Vaikhanasa Srauta Sutra and Vadhula Srauta Sutra belong to Taittiriya Samhita. The Apastamba Srauta Sutra gives a comprehensive but by no means complete account of the Vedic rituals and is the most important work of the genre. Numerous quotations from other ritual texts render it a later work. It comprises Apastamba Srauta Sutra, A

Pada Sphota

Pada Sphota is that from which the meaning of a word when uttered breaks forth. Sphota is a contribution of Sanskrit Grammarians. They believe that there is a unitary factor latent in every word, which is evoked when the letters and syllables are successively uttered or heard. The upholders of the theory recognize one ultimate sphota, which is infinite, eternal, and self-existent. “Each particular sphota latent in the word or a sentence is but an apparent variation of the universal, immutable sphota. So sphota is essentially one and is identical with Brahman.” (Swami Satprakashananda). In other words, the imperishable Brahman is the underlying essence of the letters, words, sentences and their meanings (sabda tattva). Bhartrhari, a grammarian of the 5 th century CE, in his famous work Vakyapadiya, has said that sphota is the essential akshara brahman, a form of Brahman due to which we become aware of the universe. It is called sabda tattva, which is the first manifestation of Brahma

Sravana Nakshatra Importance

Sravana is the twenty second of the 27 nakshatras or birth stars in Hindu astrology that lie in the lunar zodiac according to Nakshatra Chudamani, an ancient text of astrology. The nakshatra is of great importance in Hindu astrology. The tradition expounds that Vedas, Ganga River and Bhagavan Venkateshwara appeared on earth in Sravana Nakshatra. The birth of various deities and historical personages and the occurrence of various events are connected with this constellation. The star gets its name Sravana from its shape of the ear (Sravana). The constellation is posited in Capricorn with all its four quadrants occupying this sign. The presiding deity of the constellation is Sri Mahavishnu (Venkateswara). The ruling planet of the star is the moon, which means that a person born under Shravana would begin his life with moon’s period. Sravana is classified as an upward-looking star (urdhva mukha). It is considered an auspicious star for christening a baby, first haircut, commencement o

Atharva Veda Srauta Sutras

The only Srauta Sutra belong to Atharva Veda is named Vaitana Sutra. It consists of eight chapters or adhyayas divided into forty three kandikas. It follows the Saunaka recension of Atharva Veda and cites its mantras by Pratika, whereas those from the Paippalada recension and other Samhitas are quoted in full. Vaitana Sutra is not the product of practices in Srauta ceremonies but a somewhat conscious effort made at a time when the Atharvavedins began to feel the need of a distinctive Srauta manual to support their claim that Atharva Veda is a canonical Veda of independent and superior character. Strictly speaking, it is the Srauta Sutra only of the 20th kanda of Atharva Veda and not of the whole of it.

Dreaming Of Ketchup – Meaning

Dreaming of ketchup is a good omen as per dream interpretation and meaning. The dream means you will be victim or prank. You will also misunderstand something and it will cause embarrassment. It also suggests desire fulfillment. Dreams of ketchup mean you will be able to see through the activities of your enemies and also of your friends. Dream of ketchup in a shop or supermarket means you need to take bold decisions by being honest with yourself. Dreaming of ketchup in an unknown place means you will be able to solve a perplexing question or a problem that has been troubling you for a long period. Dreams of ketchup going bad are a sign that you will lose good opportunity. So be careful about all things that come your way. Dream of ketchup falling down and breaking or spreading on ground means relationship problem. It also means a secret of yours will be revealed. Dreaming of ketchup in food or you eating it is a sign of progress, new opportunity and happy occasion.

Dreaming Of Kerosene – Meaning

Dreaming of kerosene 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 kerosene also mean enemies will be very active and will attempt to physically hurt you. Dream of kerosene 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 kerosene 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 natural calamities. If the dream takes plac

Dreaming Of Jam – Meaning

Dreaming of jam is good omen as per dream meaning and interpretation. Dream of jam means you will have success and happiness but it will be short lived. It also means fluctuating fortune. Dreams of jam and you see them spread all over you means happiness, fun and partying. Dream of jam and you see other people in the dream means joyful occasion. There will be get-together or you will attend functions. It also means meeting of people you had not seen for a long while. Dreaming of jam and you are playing with it or throwing at someone is a sign of fun going out of control. It also means you will remember past incidents and this might cause problems in the present. Dream of white color jam suggests return of someone back to your life. Dream of green color jam means new opportunity and better luck. Dream of red color jam means accident or threat to life. Dream of orange or yellow color jam means marriage.

Understanding Waking - Dream - Deep Sleep – Hinduism Teachings

In our waking state our five sense organs present to us five kinds of perceptions: sound, touch, sight, taste and smell. We are also aware of the functioning of the mind: cognition, emotion, feelings and volition. We pass through states of calmness, confusion, stress, strain, joy and misery. When we have pain in the heart, we know whether we need to visit a cardiologist or a psychiatrist: we are able to distinguish between physical and emotional pain. In short, we identify ourselves with the body and the mind during the waking state. In the dream state the body is inactive. Though involuntary activities like circulation of blood and breathing continue, the dreamer is not conscious of them, or of his body. For our analysis, we can say that the body is dead from the dreamer’s point of view. He still experiences in dream the five kinds of perception. This proves two things: One, we have subtle sense organs corresponding to the gross organs (ears, skin, eyes, tongue and nose), which are

Dreaming Of Kettle – Meaning

Dreaming of kettle is a bad dream as per dream interpretation and meaning. The dream means you will have to soon face something that you might have dreaded or was running away from. It also means the task is simple but you will think it is very difficult and not doing it. Dreams of kettle also mean you will be rattled by a sound or you will have constant disturbance in sleep due to sound. Dreaming of kettle and you are not present in the dream means you have to depend on someone else to do some ugly work of yours. You do not want others to know about it. The dream of kettle in your house or workplace means that if you can withstand small pressures and pain then there will be progress and happiness. You are not will to take that small risk which might change your life. Dreams of kettle in an unknown place means you will come under pressure in a new place. You will need to show courage and intelligence in a new situation.


The adhana means placing. In adhanakarma, the sacred fire that is to be used for performing a srautakarma is generated and placed in the kundas. (These are pits suitable sizes and shapes constructed for growing or developing the sacred fires and also preserving them. This process is technically referred to as agnisiddhi, and it is carried out as follows. Initially, the vedi (altar) is constructed at an appropriate place. Then the three sacred pits for placing the three fires, tretagni, are constructed as per the rules laid down in Sulba Sutras. Then by churning the firewood called arani, the sacred fire to be used for srauta karma is generated. This fire is first placed in the sacred pit constructed for garhapatyagni by the priest called adhvaryu. This process is known as grahapatyadhanam. This grahapatyagni is grown up by adding ghee, firewood, etc., and then a part of it is transferred to the other two sacred fire pits for ahavaniyagni and dakshinagni. The process of hota, carryi

Dreaming Of Keys – Meaning

Dreaming of keys is both positive and negative sign as per dream interpretation and meaning. The dream means you will understand the solution to a perplexing problem and it will bring wealth or fame or peace in your life. Dreams of keys are also a sign that you will find it hard to open something as you have misplaced the key. Symbolically, it means you will forget your real self and go after unwanted things. Dream of keys and you know the keys mean you will retrieve a lost item. It also means you need to be careful about important documents and items like keys etc as you might lose them or misplace them in near future. Dreaming of keys and they are unknown means you will be able to find answers to problems that has been haunting you. It also means finding things belonging to others. Dreams of broken key means failure in finding a correct answer. It also means damage to furniture or other important things in your home. Dream of keys flying around is warning sign and it means yo

Dreaming Of Kedarnath Temple – Meaning

Dreaming of Kedarnath temple is good as per dream interpretation and meaning. After seeing dream of Kedarnath temple you will see positive changes in your life especially in career, money and relationship matters. Dreams of Kedarnath temple mean desire fulfillment and happiness. It also means pilgrimage which is tough and hard but spiritually fulfilling. You dreaming of Kedarnath temple and you are present in the dream mean in future you can expect good luck in romance and marriage matters. You will marry a desired partner. Unmarried women dreaming of Kedarnath temple is associated with early marriage or meeting someone special. Unmarried men dreaming of Kedarnath temple is associated with good progress in love matters and also changes in relationship status. Dreaming of Kedarnath temple and seeing relatives or friends or family members means spiritual journey or function in family. Dream of Kedarnath temple and unknown people in it means help from strangers in your endeavor.

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

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, 30 August 2022 – It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya tithi or the third day during waxing or light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya tithi or the third day during waxing or light phase of moon till 2:32 PM on August 30. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi tithi or the fourth day during waxing or light phase of moon till 1:58 PM on August 31. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on August 30, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time on the full day.  Nakshatra  – Hasta or Atham nakshatra till 11:53 PM on August 30 . Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira nakshatra till 11:48 PM on August 31. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), it is Hasta or Atham