Showing posts with label SPIRITUAL. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SPIRITUAL. Show all posts

Navdha bhakti in Ramcharitmanas by Guru Tulsidas.

The nine type of devotion Lord Ram explains to Sabri in Guru Matang Rishi’s ashram while he was in Vanvaas in search of Sita.

Holi 2019 : Why holi is celebrated in india ?

Holi, known as the 'festival of colors' is celebrated on the full moon day falling in the month of Phalguna (Feb-Mar). Various colors and water are thrown on each other, amidst loud music, drums etc to celebrate Holi. Like many other festivals in India, Holi also signifies a victory of good over evil.

Dalai Lama Says His Successor May Come From India, Sends Message to China

The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, said on Monday it was possible that once he dies his incarnation could be found in India, where he has lived in exile for 60 years, and warned that any other successor named by China would not be respected.

Poll Announcement In "Rahu Kaal" Worries Politicians From South

NEW DELHI: As the Election Commission today made it official that the dates for the national election would be announced at 5 pm, concerns were expressed by a few politicians - but entirely of the astrological kind.

Some politicians from the south, including a governor, wanted the timing of the announcement changed. The reason - today, the period between 4.30 and 6 pm would be Rahu Kaal or an inauspicious time of the day, which is not considered favourable for the start of any activity. Some of the "worried" politicians questioned whether the powerful election body could reschedule its press meet.

According to mythology, Rahu Kaal covers a span of about 90 minutes every day in between sunrise and sunset.

Maha Shivratri 2019 Date in India: When is Mahashivratri in 2019?

Maha Shivratri 2019 Date in India: Maha Shivratri, which translates to ‘great night of Shiva’ is a Hindu festival largely celebrated in India. The festival is celebrated on the fourth night of the new moon during Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Phalgun or Magh. The day is celebrated to venerate Lord Shiva, who is considered to be the ‘destroyer of evil’, according to Hindu mythology. This year it falls on March 4.

It is believed that the stars in the northern hemisphere are at optimum positions on this day, and help raise the spiritual energy of a person.

The legend of Tartini's "Devil's Trill Sonata"

The Violin Sonata in G minor, more famously known as the Devil's Trill Sonata is a famous work for violin by Giuseppe Tartini (1692–1770), famous for being extremely technically demanding.

Tartini stood along with Vivaldi and Veracini as one of the great composers, violinists and theorists of the 18th century. He produced at least 200 each of sonatas and concertos; the exact figure is not yet known.

The story behind "Devil's Trill" starts with a dream. Tartini allegedly told the French astronomer Jérôme Lalande that he dreamed that The Devil appeared to him and asked to be his servant. At the end of their lessons Tartini handed the devil his violin to test his skill—the devil immediately began to play with such virtuosity that Tartini felt his breath taken away. When the composer awoke he immediately jotted down the sonata, desperately trying to recapture what he had heard in the dream. Despite the sonata being successful with his audiences, Tartini lamented that the piece was still far from what he had heard in his dream. What he had written was, in his own words: "so inferior to what I had heard, that if I could have subsisted on other means, I would have broken my violin and abandoned music forever."

The story behind it begins with an interview that Tartini gave to the French astronomer Jerome Lalande a few years before his death, in the same year that he retired from St. Anthony’s. Lalande published the story in his Voyage d’un Français en Italie (1769)

“One night I dreamed I had made a pact with the devil for my soul. Everything went as I desired: my new servant anticipated my every wish. I had the idea of giving him my violin to see if he might play me some pretty tunes, but imagine my astonishment when I heard a sonata so unusual and so beautiful, performed with such mastery and intelligence, on a level I had never before conceived was possible. I was so overcome that I stopped breathing and woke up gasping. Immediately I seized my violin, hoping to recall some shred of what I had just heard; but in vain. The piece I then composed is without a doubt my best, and I still call it “The Devil’s Sonata,” but it falls so far short of the one that stunned me that I would have smashed my violin and given up music forever if I could but have possessed it.”

Kumbh Mela : What to wear when you visit the indian Piligrimage?

Kumbh, where several devotees will bathe in the holy rivers, also holds a melawhere people can enjoy themselves while celebrating the festival of Makar Sankranti. The festival which marks the beginning of the new year, is also celebrated with a holy dip in the Ganges.

Held in Allahabad, this place is a divine confluence of three important rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. During the Kumbh, it is believed that devotees are spiritually awakened as they chant Vedic mantras from the Hindu mythology. But apart from the holy dip, you get to see the beautiful fair that brings together people from different

While travelling to Kumbh it is important to wear clothes that are comfortable so that you can walk long distances. Recently celebrities like Shraddha Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan, Katrina Kaif, Priya Prakash Varrier, Janhvi Kapoor had slipped into something very comfortable and we can take style cues from them. From kurtas with loose pyjamas to loose jeans and baggy shirts, check out these divas and know what to wear for your Kumbh trip this year.

What you might want to know about Sabarimala

NEW DELHI: Kerala’s Sabarimala temple hit the news when it opened on Wednesday evening for the first time after the historic Supreme Court verdict allowing women between the age of 10 and 50 to pray there. A large number of followers prevented entry of women in that age group. Despite the long-standing controversy over entry of women in the temple, a lot of people still know little about the temple and legends and traditions associated with it. Below are a few interesting aspects of the temple:

Who is Lord Ayyappa?

Lord Ayyappa, the chief deity of Sabarimala, is believed to be Hariharaputra, born of the union of Lord Vishnu in the form of Mohini (Hari) and Lord of Shiva (Hara).

Manikandan, an incarnation of Lord Ayyappa, rediscovered the temple in the 12th century. Manikandan was a prince of the Pandalam dynasty. He was found by the king on the bank of a river. Later, in a conspiracy hatched against him by a minister and the queen who wanted her own son to be crowned as the next king, Manikandan was sent to the forest to bring the milk of a tigress. The conspirators hoped he would be killed by tigers. But they realised his divine origin when he returned to the palace riding a tigress.

An example of Hindu-Muslim harmony

There is a mosque near Sabarimala temple complex which is visited by both Hindus and Muslims. In fact, a visit to the Vavar mosque is an integral part of the Sabarimala pilgrimage. Vavar was a Muslim friend of Manikandan, the incarnation of Lord Ayyappa. According to the legend, he was a pirate who was defeated by Lord Ayyappa in war after which he became a close associate. Ayyappa devotees visit the mosque throughout the 160-odd days of the year when the Sabarimala temple is open to devotees. Even when Muslims offer their prayers inside the mosque, the Hindu devotees perambulate the mosque. Apart from the mosque, there is a place near the main temple dedicated to Vavar which is called Vavaru Nada. There is no idol in this temple but a carved stone slab to symbolise Vavar and an old sword believed to be his.

The north Indian connection

The Sabarimala temple is also connected to Lord Rama. According to a legend, the name Sabarimala is derived from Shabari, a tribal devotee of Lord Rama mentioned in the Ramayana. Sabarimala literally means the hill of Sabari. Lord Rama had come to meet Shabari as her Guru Rishi Matanga had predicted. Lord Rama noticed a divine person doing penance and asked Shabari who it was. Shabari said it was Sastha (Lord Ayyappa). Sastha too stood up and welcomed Lord Rama. Makaravilakku, an annual festival, is held on Makar Sankranti to commemorate this incident. The Sabarimala temple complex has a temple of Lord Rama and Hanuman too.

The Buddhist connection

Many scholars see a Buddhist connection to Sabarimala. Lord Ayyappa is seen as an incarnation of the Buddha. The meaning of Sastha or Dharmasastha, other names of Lord Ayyappa, is interpreted as teacher or preceptor in the Buddhist sense. 'Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa', the popular chant of the devotees, is said to echo the Buddhist chant 'Buddham Sharnam Gacchami'.

Appam and Aravana

Appam, along with another dish aravana payasam, is the Sabarimala prasadam. Both are made of rice powder, jaggery, ghee and banana. While the aravana is sweet and edible, taking a bite of the appam has always been a hard task, literally. Only those with a strong set of teeth would attempt to eat one whole. It gets hard because it's deep fried. The Travancore Devaswom Board has now devised a new formula with which it will stay fresh for a minimum of 15 days and will also be less hard.

The Lalbaugcha Raja idol arrives for Ganesh Chaturthi 2018

Situated in a narrow bylane of Lalbaug is the Mumbai’s one of the famous Sarvajanik Ganpati ‘Lalbaugcha Raja’. Founded in 1934, the idol is known as the ‘one who fulfills all wishes’. From politicians to Bollywood celebrities, millions of devotees flock the pandal to get a glimpse of the God  wisdom. The idol is worshipped for eleven days and immersed on Anant Chaturdashi. In 2018, Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated from September 13 to 23. The first look of the Lalbaugcha Raja was unveiled on – at – pm.

Those who cannot visit the pandal to see Bappa, need not worry. Here’s the first look of the Lalbaugcha Raja and other activities at the mandal.

Hartalika Teej 2018: Puja Vidhi, Muhurat, Timings, Samagri, Procedure

Hartalika Teej 2018 Puja Vidhi, Muhurat, Timings, Samagri, Procedure: An auspicious occasion for the Hindus, Hartalika Teej that will be observed on September 12 this year is mostly celebrated by women. The festival is celebrated by worshipping Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati to bring in marital harmony.

The word Hartalika comes from ‘Harit’ meaning ‘abduction’ and ‘Aalika’ meaning ‘female friend’. According to a legend, a friend of Goddess Parvati took her to a thick forest so as to avoid getting married to Lord Vishnu. Parvati’s father of Himalaya had promised her hand in marriage to Vishnu, on the suggestion of Narada but it was against her wishes.

Every year, during Teej celebrations, women are required to dress up in colourful clothes, decorate their hands with Mehendi and fast the entire day. A morning puja is held, which begins by praying to Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. If a morning puja is not possible, it can also be done during Pradosh time. Women are supposed to stay up all night listening to prayers. The fast begins during the evening of Hartalika Teej and continues till the next day evening.

It is mostly celebrated in North Indian states like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Jharkhand. In Rajasthan, an idol of Goddess Parvati is taken out in procession on the streets, which is accompanied by singing and dancing.

Celebrated during Shukla Paksha Tritiya of Bhadrapada month, the Pratahkal Hartalika puja muhurat will be performed from 6:08am to 8:35am. The duration is two hours and 27 minutes.

The Tritiya tithi will begin at 6:04pm on September 11 and continue till 4:07pm on September 12.

What are some scientific logic behind astrology?

Yes it does impact every aspect of human life. We should try to know whether astrology is science or not?

What is science ? Science is “the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.”

Astrology is science as it’s based on observations and experiments by our Rishis collected in various texts. Only thing it lacks in proper documentation of experiments as all the text books on astrology mention conclusions with finality without any reference to any experiment. Whatever written in the textbooks is based on penetrating observations of our Rishis.

Even if we discard this let us apply our commonsens and reason on following:-

We are tiny organism of the whole universe. So called science knows much less what affects human lives and in what manner. Scientifically we know how sun and moon affect environment and day today human life. This knowledge is broadly confined to sun and moon only we know how sun is essential for survival of human life on Earth or how gravitational pull of moon causes tides in the seawater. We don’t have any scientific study how Jupiter, Venus, mercury, Mars or Saturn affect our lives and how the position of these planets at the time of birth affect natives life.

According to Hindu astrology moon is the planet of Man(mind or brain). Our brain float in cerebral fluid. When moon causes tides as high as 100meters in the sea it’s gravitational pull also affect human brain which floats in water, that’s why moon has important position in Hindu astrology,Rashi occupied by moon becomes the Rashi of the native and Rashi becomes the important factor to make predictions.

In astrology Sun represents the life force i.e. Atma, self ,personality,authority,ability to lead. Scientifically also it’s sun which shapes personalities on earth. In various geographical regions it’s sun which decides colour, height and physical structure of natives of a particular region. It clearly manifests that astrological principles are based on scientific observations.

As science fails astrology also fails at times. It should not render whole astrology as unscientific.

Astrology plays significant role in shaping the life of an individual, I have experienced it through out my life and absolutely firm on my views.

(The article was submitted by Shri. Yogendra Sharma, Retd IAS and practicing Lawyer from Bhopal.)

Thousands assemble at Sabarimala for Makaravilakku

Hundreds and thousands of pilgrims have assembled at the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple to get a glance of the famed Makara Jyothi here at Sunday evening. ...

Lakhs of pilgrims thronged Sannidhanam ahead of the Makarajyothi and Makaravilakku ceremonies, which will be held after the Thiruvabharanam is adorned on the Lord’s idol during deeparadhana at 6.30 pm on Sunday. The auspicious Makarasamkrama pooja, to mark the changing of the moon from Dhanuraasi to Makararaasi, will be held at the Sreekovil at 1.47 am.

Tantri Mahesh Mohanaru will perform the pooja, including the customary breaking of the “neythenga” (coconut filled with ghee) brought from the Travancore palace and pouring of the ghee on Lord Ayyappa’s idol. After the abhishekam, the ghee will be distributed to devotees as prasadam. The procession carrying the Thiruvabharanam, originating from Pandalam Valiyakoikkal Sree Dharma Sastha temple, will be given a reception at Saramkuthi by a team led by Sabarimala devaswom executive officer V N Chandrasekharan at 5.30 pm.

The devaswom team will lead the procession to Sopanam. On arrival in front of the Sreekovil at 6 pm, a traditional reception will be accorded to the Thiruvabharanam procession by Travancore Devaswom Board president A Padmakumar and members. After the reception, the Thiruvabharanam will be brought to the Sreekovil and the tantri and melsanthi will receive it and deeparadhana will be performed after adorning the golden attire on Lord Ayyappa’s idol.


Was Draupadi really a black beauty, as her original name was Krishna?

Draupadi was born of fire and so was dark, which gave her the name Krishnaa.

Shivaji Sawant's Mrityunjay describes Draupadi as a dark beauty with big eyes who carried a strong fragrance of Jasmine with her by birth.

A mysterious prophecy resounds, and the bewitchingly beautiful princess Draupadi arises from the sacred fire in Panchala. Draupadi is also said to be dark in color like Krishna. Hence, the name Krishnaa is said to have been given to her to represent her color, similar to Krishna, who is described as dark blue, resembling a rain cloud. She came out of the sacred fire Yajna so she is also called Yajnaseni.

According to Mahabharata, She was an astonishingly outspoken woman, who is abandoned at every turn, and forced to make the difficult choice between revenge and compassion.

Draupadi the princess is in love with Arjuna, the Pandava prince. But fate weaves strange events, and Draupadi finds herself wedded to five men--Arjuna and his four Pandava brothers. Draupadi's life is complicated further by the Kauravas--her husbands' wicked cousins--who try everything in their power to harm her and the Pandavas. As the fiery princess Draupadi's terrible destiny begins to unfold, she goes from majestic queen with five warrior husbands to a poor servant girl. Evil waits around every corner and a terrible war looms overhead.

Rath Axle broken , a bad omen says Maharaj Dibyasingha Deb

Maharaj Dibyasingha Deb said complete ban should be exercised irrespective of the place, in or outside the temple.

Gajapati king told on a television , “Be it the garbha gruha, adapa madap, snana bedi, pahandi or atop the chariots, no one should touch the deities.”

Vat Purnima and its significance in Hindu mythology

Thursday marks this year’s Vat Poornima - the full moon night of Jyestha, the Hindu month. Celebrated in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat, the festival celebrates the legend of Savitri and Satyavan.

Happiness Through Prayers During Ramzan

It's a realization of how lucky and grateful we should be for having food on the table.

Sometimes, being a Muslim one forgets the real meaning of fasting and tends to eat so much during Suhoor and so much more during Iftar.

Why do Hindu people worship Lord Ganesh before performing any activity/rituals?

Traditionally, every religious and auspicious function begins with worship of LordGanesh.He is considered to the God of new endeavors.

Ganapaty has been given the status of Prathama Pujaya or first to be worshiped" by Lord Shiva as per one account and Lord Brahma as per another.