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Avidhava Navami 2023 Date – Avidava Navmi Shraddha

Avidhava Navami Shradh is observed on the ninth day of the annual Pitru Paksha fortnight and is dedicated to women who died before her husband. Avidhava Navami Shraddha 2023 date is October 7. Avidhava Navami Shradh rituals and rites are strictly followed by widowers. The rituals performed on the day vary from region to region and from community to community. In the rituals, instead of gods from Hindu pantheon, demigods like Dhurilochan whose eyes remain half closed are invoked. Dhuri means smoke and lochan means eyes; their eyes remain half closed due to smoke. In some regions, the Shradh rituals are not performed on the day. Instead food or meal is offered to the married woman’s soul. Some people also feed a Sumangali (married women) on the day. You can find details of how the ritual is performed in Karnataka in this article.

Niranjani Sect

 The Niranjani sect is believed to have developed from Natha Pancha. It now exists in Odisha and western India. In his Bhakta Mala, Ragho Das has mentioned with great esteem the twelve Mahantas who had widely propagated this sect. They were – Laptayo Jagannathdasa, Shaymadasa, Nathdasa, Jagjivana, Tulasidasa, Anandadasa, Puranadasa, Mohanadasa, Haridasa, Kantharadasa, Dhyanadasa, and Khebhadasa. Among these, Haridasa and Tulasidasa are of great importance. Haridaa established the main center of propagation at Deedwana (Rajasthan) and wrote nine books, which are combined in “Shri Hari Puruas Ki Vani”. Tulasidasa composed 4,202 skahis, 461 padas and four other granthas. He was the greatest scholar of this sect. It is notable that Kashi Nagari Praharini Sabha has also discovered some poetic works of Tulasidasa in the form of manuscripts. Niranjani School follows a middle path between Natha Pantha and Nirguna School. The basic tenets of this sect are Belief in one omnipresent and o

Tattva Shekara Of Sri Pillai Lokacharya

Tattva Shekara is a work by Sri Pillai Lokacharya (1264 – 1327 CE) of Srirangam. Tattva Shekara reveals one of the eighteen secrets revealed by Sri Pillai Lokacharya, who is considered as the father of Thenkalai (Southern School) of Vaishnavism. His works are eighteen and collectively called Ashtadasa Rahasyams in Mani Pravala style. Tattva Shekara is counted as the tenth secret among the 18 secrets revealed by Sri Pillai Lokacharya. Tattva Shekara provides confirmation of the eternal truth that the Paramatma is the consort of Sri, as evidenced in Vedas and other works. Tavam (Vishnu), Tirumal Shekaram (poetic significance), Artha Panchakam (five concepts) are explained with the attainment of the goal and with more emphasis on the nature of God. The text contains four chapters. The first chapter quotes scriptural evidences that categorically state that Narayana is the highest God, and the Ultimate Reality. In the second chapter, Sri Pillai Lokacharya describes the nature of sel

Thakur Das – San Panth – Vaishnava Saint Who Was Killed But Came Back Alive

Thakur Das is a Vaishnava Saint of Uttar Pradesh and was founder of Sai Panth. He was once attacked and killed for teaching tenets of Hinduism to Hindus by Muslims but he came back alive. Thakur Das was born in Sambhal (Moradabad district, Uttar Pradesh) in a Brahmin family nearly 300 years ago. His father was a great Vaishnava saint of Ramanandi sect, who founded a center for the propagation of Vaishnavism at Paharpur (North West Frontier, Pakistan) with the object of protecting Hinduism. Later on, this center was shifted to Bakhar (West Punjab). Thakur das was nominated after death of his father to continue the spiritual activities and guide the Hindus of the region (only ten percent of the total population) who were ignorant of their religious canons. It is said that he regularly meditated outside Bakhar on the bank of a river. Some local Muslims could not tolerate his propagation of the tenets of Hinduism. They attacked him and put him to death, while he was performing his dail

Clearing Nut Tree – Nirmali In Hindu Religion

Clearing nut tree is known as Nirmali in Hindi, Tetrankottai in Tamil and Katakah in Sanskrit. The tree is famous for its cleansing qualities and is used to turn muddy water clear. In Hindu religion, the tree is associated with Mahadev Shiva. Tribes in India used to make a paste out of the seed of the tree. The paste is added to water leaving the dirt and other substances settle as sediment. Legend has it that Brahma created a Shivling amids Niramli trees and worshipped it. The place was known as Kataka aranyam. The tree is associated with the Brahmapureeswarar Temple or Thiurkolili in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu. It is believed that planting the tree and taking care of it will help in achieving peace and prosperity.

Tattvartha Sutra – Basic Religious Text In Jainism

Tattvartha Sutra, also known as Tattvartha Adhigama Sutra, is regarded as a primary religious text in Jainism. The text, as well as its author, Umasvati, also known as Umaswami, has gained great recognition from all sects of the Jain community. The entire philosophical thought and religious ideology of Jainas is summarized in a nutshell in Tattvartha Sutra and serves as a compendium of Jaina philosophical doctrines. The available Svetambara agamas and Digambara scriptures were all documented in Prakrit language but Tattvartha Sutrai s the first Jain text to be written in Sanskrit. The language is lucid, style is exemplary and exposition is profound. It is widely studied for its depth of thought and simplicity of expression. The truths expounded in the ext have universal application and are immutable, as they are deep-rooted in religion and philosophy of tirthakaras. The aphorisms are brief like Brahma Sutra, hence without a commentary it is not understandable. Tattvartha Adhigama

Tattva Vaisharadi By Vacaspati Mishra

Tattva Vaisharadi is an elaborate and most important commentary on Yoga Bhashya (also known as Samkhya Pravachana Bhashya) of Vyasa by Vacaspati Mishra. Vachaspati Mishra is assigned to 900 CE (not unanimously accepted). The identity of the author Vyasa is uncertain. According to some, he is the same Krishnadvaipayana Veda Vyasa who wrote the Mahabharata. According to others, he is a great yogi, possibility belonging to the 4 th – 5 th century BCE. The commentary is the oldest among the commentaries on Yoga Bhashya. The commentator appears not to follow any other commentary on this work. It can be taken as a work on both Yoga and Samkhya, since Yoga is considered a part of the latter. This commentary is very useful inasmuch as it supplies various readings of Yogabhashya. In many places, opinions of the philosophers belong to other schools, like Vainasikas, Vijnanavadins, and Nastikas, have been referred to, which help us in the better understanding of our author’s standpoint. T

Story Of Giloy Plant In Hindu Religion

The story of giloy plant in Hindu religion is from the regional versions of the epic Ramayana. In the fierce battle between Bhagavan Sri Rama and demon Ravana, numerous Vanaras or the members of the monkey army was killed. Finally, Ravana was annihilated by Sri Rama. Indra, the king of Devas, was unhappy to see so many monkeys lying dead in the battlefield. He sprayed elixir of life or amrita on the dead monkeys. All the dead members of the vanarasena (monkey army) came back to life. A few drops the amrita fell on the earth, and wherever these drops fell amrita plants sprang up. For this reason, the plant is known as Amrita in Sanskrit. It is also held auspicious. The plant is used in the cure of jaundice, fever,skin diseases, venereal diseases, dysentery, swollen joints and muscles, and diabetes. Stem of the plant cures venomous snake bites and insect stings. A necklace made from small pieces of the plant is worn around the neck as cure for jaundice.

Meaning Of Word Darshana In Hindu Philosophy

The word darshana is a commonly used Sanskrit word. It is used by people, who do not even know Sanskrit, as it is present in almost every Indian language. The widely used meaning of the word darshana in Hindu philosophy is seeing. In many Indian languages, it also means seeing a holy person or the image of a deity. However, it is necessary to see the other meanings and the origins of this word. This is a Sanskrit word. And in Sanskrit, as in most classical languages, most words are derived from a stem or root. The word darshana is derived from the root word drish, which means seeing, viewing, looking at, knowing, discerning, sight, view, look, appearance, the eye, theory, doctrine, the aspect of a planet or the observed spot. The word darshana means the eye, dream, intellect, dharma, attainment, mirror, scripture, six philosophies, colour, direct perception, sight, the sight of a holy person, the sight of God, the sight of the image of a deity, a vision, a glance, regarding, analysis

Goddess Hiranmayi In Hinduism

Goddess Hiranmayi, in Hinduism, is one among the names of Goddess Lakshmi or Sri. She is the goddess of abundance and consort of Bhagavan Vishnu. In this form she is the connecting link between individual souls and god. The individual souls are chetana and god is Ishwara or Paramatma. She forgives the mistakes of her devotees and lures them to the world of plenty and prosperity. She is the mother of all (akhilajaganmata). Sri Sookta in Veda contains 15 mantras which are recited for evoking the Goddess. Her symbols are lotus and turmeric. She is the embodiment compassion, forgiveness, generosity, wealth, good fortune, welfare and nature (maya or prakriti). Sri Sookta states 50 names of Goddess Lakshmi and Hiranmayi is one among them. Hiranmayi means living in hiranmayaloka – world beyond duality and where peace and prosperity reigns supreme. This form of Goddess Lakshmi is propitiated by those wishing to achieve success in performing arts or wishing success in love life.

Champaka Flowers In Hinduism

Champaka flowers are mainly used in the worship of Bhagavan Sri Krishna and Kamdev, the Hindu god of love. Champaka tree is widely mentioned in Ramayana and it is found in the palace of Kaikeyi (Ramayana 2. 10.3). The tree is mentioned in the forests through which Sri Rama passed during the exile especially at Panchavati (3.15.17) and the Malaya and Sahyadri Mountains (6.4.72). Brahma is said to have declared that those who plant and take care of champaka plant will go to heaven. The flower is one of the arrows of Kamadeva. The flowers are offered in the worship of Krishna. In some regions, the flowers are not offered to Shiva but in some regions it is. The flower has been mentioned in the Brihat Samhita (29.8). A story among the Soliga tribes state that champaka tree is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. There is a story in the tribal folklore which states that a virtuous daughter of a tribal elder transformed in a champaka tree and it started to bear gold flowers. Performin

Dreaming Of McDonald’s – Meaning

Dreaming of McDonald’s is a positive sign as per dream interpretation and meaning. The dream means you will have a wish fulfilled especially related to food. It also means traveling away from home and tasting different cuisine. Dreams of eating McDonald’s means you will soon get opportunity to be with friends or people you like. It also means you will show boldness to do something you like. Dream of McDonald’s and you are not seen in the dream means you will be frustrated as you will be stuck with some matter in near future. You will not get any free time and you will be too busy. Dreaming of McDonald’s and you are in the dream means fun and happiness. It also means meeting someone or doing something you like after a long time. There will be relief from a health issue. Dream of McDonald’s with unknown people or unknown location means you will not know what to eat in a new location and you will be frantically searching for brands you know. Dream of McDonald’s and the food is bad

Dreaming Of Mice – Meaning – Mouse Dream

Dreaming of rats is very bad as per dream interpretation and meaning. The dream means there will be damage to property or some other kind of damage to things that you value most. Mouse are nibblers and it means there will harm to health or wealth. Dreams of mice are a warning sign about upcoming problems in life. Seeing dream of several mice together means you will face sudden problems in various aspect of life including relationship, studies and career. Dreaming of dead mice is a sign of bad health. You or a family member can expect severe health issues. Dreaming of mice running on you and all around means natural calamity. You can expect attack by poisonous animals. It also means unable to reach a particular place on time. Seeing dream of mice being hunted or getting killed by other animals like snake etc means you will face difficulties but you will overcome them. You just need to stay focused and ignore all things that are not part of your goal. Dreaming of mouse in water

The Way To Avoid Misery

Everything of the universe must be covered with Bhagavan Himself; thus giving up the attachment to transitory things, live and enjoy your life, but do not covet anything of the world. — Ishavasya Upanishad. This is the perfect way to avoid misery on earth. Life is a struggle – a struggle to avoid misery. The eternal sigh of mankind is for happiness. It is the cherished hope of every living being, the ultimate goal which all aspire to reach one day or other. The goal is the same, but how different are the roads which men tread in search of it! The savage seek happiness in the satisfaction of physical desires, the civilized in riches and love, the philosopher in wisdom, and the religious devotee in prayer and contemplation. For happiness, as has been said, is only a phantom of which we hear so much and see so little; whose promises are constantly given and constantly broken, but, as constantly believed, that cheats us with the sound and refuses the substance, and lures with the bloss

Dreaming Of Marriage Proposal – Meaning

Dreaming of marriage proposal is a positive sign as per dream interpretation and meaning. The dream means you will soon get surprises in your life. It means you will get signals of someone attempting to take a relationship to next level. Dreams of marriage proposal also mean someone might misunderstand your intentions. Your friendly nature might give wrong impression to people. Dream of marriage proposal and if it is from a stranger means disturbance in your current life due to activity of other people. It also means you are being watched closely by other people. Dreaming of marriage proposal and it is from a person you know means unexpected twist in a relationship. It also means you will be confused and unable to make a decision. Dreams of marriage proposal and you are angry or wake up terrified means problems with opposite sex resulting in interference by family members or relatives.

Dreaming Of Making Out With Same Gender – Meaning

Dreaming of making out with same gender is a positive sign as per dream meaning and interpretation. The dream means you will have your desires fulfilled especially related to sex. It also means you will be curious and inquisitive about alternative sexual methods. It also means your mind is not under control and you need to keep your passions in control to avoid troubles. Dream of making out with same gender and you know the person means positive development in a relationship. Dream of making out with same gender and the person is a stranger then it means you are going to face emotional problems and relationship issues. Someone whom you trusted might cheat on you. Dreaming of making out with same gender and you are unhappy means you are going to cheat your spouse or your spouse is cheating on you. It is also an indication that you are not happy with your married life or current relationship. You need to find ways to settle this. Dream of making out with same gender usually has no

Dreaming Of Marrying Someone – Meaning

Dreaming of marrying someone is good as per dream interpretation and meaning. It means you will get support of your family members to fulfill your desires. The dream is asking you not to take risk with relationships if you are not sure about it. Dreams of marrying someone and if it is a stranger then it means certain important decisions in your life will be taken by other people. Dreaming of marrying someone and you are unhappy means it is warning regarding some bad things in life. It is usually associated with failure in romantic relationship. Dreaming of marrying someone and your happy is associated with new friends and better relationships. It is also a sign of progress. Dream of marrying someone and there are no other people in the dream means you will make hasty decisions and this will cause problems in near future. You need to be careful about your relationships and think before you act.

22 September 2022 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Thursday, 22 September 2022 – It is Krishna Paksha Dwadashi tithi or the twelfth day during the waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadashi tithi or the twelfth day during the waning or dark phase of moon on the entire day on September 22 and till 12:29 AM on September 23. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Trayodashi tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 1:56 AM on September 24. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on September 22, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam nakshatra till 12:12 AM on September 22. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayilyam nakshatra till 2:31 AM on September 23. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts