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10 common things we practise, but don’t know the reason behind

India, an abode to the world’s most extensive and diverse culture, has some incredibly interesting traditions and folklores. Right from ceremonies like lighting a lamp before beginning a religious procession to covering once’s head while entering a Gurudwara, there are traditions which have been followed by the people with complete credence and faith.

With the advent of technology and social media, there have been instances wherein the relevance and existence of these traditions is challenged in some way or another, however considering the fact that Hinduism is not a far off relative to Science, all these age old norms are perfectly backed up with sound logics that would not only satisfy an inquisitive person but would also help an individual to withhold these traditions with relatively more faith and trust towards them.

Come, fasten your seat belts and let us take you on a ride to unveil the reasons behind a few commonly practised customs at our households-

·       Why do we worship Peepal Tree?

We have often seen a lot of people considering the Peepal Tree as pious and worshiping it at different religious ceremonies. Not only this, but the community also refrains from cutting down the barks or strands of Peepal tree. Ever thought why?

The only tree that produces oxygen during night is the magnanimous Peepal tree and our ancestors have started worshipping it, for the mere reason of its conservation due to this unique property.

·       Does touching feet really offer respect to the counterpart?

Hinduism conceptualises the tradition of touching the feet of elderly. The key reason behind the phenomenon lies in the essence that when a younger person bends down and offers greetings to the counterpart, the latter emits positive energy which is radiated by a nerve in the brain and spreads out to all the body parts. This is turn, creates an entire circuit that channelizes the energies of one body to another who acts as a receptor while initiating the physical contact via touching the toes of the counterpart.

·       Why do we fast?

Ayurveda observes the prime cause of disease occurrence as accumulation of toxic juices and materials in a human body. Fasting tends to provide rest to the digestive organs thereby cleansing the entire mechanism and reducing the probability of any chronic illness. Skipping the solid foods and relying on the liquid diet for a day or two, lowers the acid content in the human body and prevents the immune disorders.

·       Why is Idol worship propagated?

Researchers claim that focussing on an object tends to increase the concentration power. Henceforth, our ancestors have initiated the concept of worshipping an Idol so as to increase the concentration and gain spiritual energy without any mental diversion.

·       Why shouldn’t we lay our head towards north while sleeping?

Apart from the myth related to the occurrence of paranormal dreams, the scientific reason of not heading towards the north direction while sleeping is because while sleeping in such position, the iron in the blood starts accumulating in the brain causing some chronic disorders like Alzheimer’s, headache  etc. Also, the magnetic field of the human body tends to be asymmetrical with the Earth’s magnetic field leading to the chances of high blood pressure.

·       Why do we apply Kumkum and Chandan Tilak while performing a religious ritual?

The point on the mid brow is considered to be an important point of acupressure. While applying a tilak, and the nerve gets pressed upon, which facilitates instant blood supply to different body parts.

Aslo, Chandan/Sandalwood has a cooling extract and it tends to provide a soothing effect to the forehead.

·       Why is sitting on the floor while eating, known to be good ?

Sitting on the floor in half lotus posture, or what is known to be half padmasan, is one of the core asanas while performing yoga. This tends to trigger the digestion process smoothly, maintaining the body balance brining a calming sense.

·       Why do we ring the temple bell before entering the sanctum?

A bell is placed at the entrance of a temple, which is always rung before entering the inner chamber because the ringing produces an enduring sound which lasts for seven seconds and the echo is pretty much enough to activate all the seven healing centres in the human body which gradually increases the concentration.

·       Why does tasting sweet curd at the time of exiting from home, considered auspicious?

In the ancient times, when there was no viable mode of transportation and people used to walk to far off places, the custom of having sweet curd came into picture. Curd keeps the body hydrated and sugar has calories which further controls the blood pressure. This was done to ensure the wellbeing of people, which later got adapted as a tradition brining good omen to the person.

·       Why do we throw coins into a river while passing over?

Coins, in the bygone era were made of copper, which is a very essential element for the human body. By throwing the same into the rivers, the ancestors made sure that the people consumed ample amount of copper, as back then, rivers were the only source of drinking water.

Summing up, it could be said that, all the rituals and rites performed by our predecessors have now become an age old tradition, some of which are blindly been followed and the rest of which have lost their essence over the time.

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Know which god to worship as per your zodiac sign

According to Hindu Gospel, the alignment of your birth date and time puts you into a certain category of sun sign, and the right knowledge of one can help you achieve what you desire and deserve. Every sun sign is associated with a certain Hindu God, worshipping which will help you get closer to what you truly desire!

The God and The Sun Sign

The further you read, you will get to know that which God is associated with your sun sign and who can you worship for better life results.

Aries

The first sign of the twelve zodiacs, Aries justifies the beginning. The ruling planet for this zodiac is Mars. It is a fiery red planet of energy. To fortify this energetic planet an Arien should worship Lord Shiva! The lord of divine energy

Taurus

The second sign of the twelve zodiacs, Taurus is a sign that harvests the goodwill and outcomes of hard work and worships. The ruling planet for this zodiac is Venus. It is a planet that emphasis comfort. To be surrounded by positivity and good energy a Taurian should worship Goddess Lakshmi, the epitome of love and luck.

Gemini

The third sign of the twelve zodiacs, Gemini is the sign of versatility and curiosity. The ruling planet for the Geminis is Mercury, a planet justifying communications and multitasking. To satisfy the planet, Geminis should worship lord Srimannaryan, who is also known as the SUPREME BEING.

Cancer

The fourth sign of the twelve zodiacs, Cancer is the sign that depicts empathy and love. The ruling planet for them is Moon, to fortify the moon, Goddess Gauri is worshipped! Gauri is the God of compassion and peace. Worshipping her brings good luck to the Cancerians.

Leo

The fifth sign of the twelve zodiacs, Leo is a sign that depicts leadership and domination. Sun is the ruling planet and makes the sign more dramatic and powerful. To impress the Sun, Lord Shiva is worshipped. Shiva is the depiction of power, worshipping him will bring goodwill in the life of the sign.

Virgo

The sixth sign of the twelve zodiacs, Virgo is a sign that is reliable and practical. Mercury is the ruling planet of this zodiac. The planet aligns the zodiac for maximum efficiency. Lord Srimannarayan is worshipped to see positivity and gains in life.

Libra
The seventh sign of the twelve zodiacs, Libra is a sign that depicts strong intellects and keen minds. The ruling planet for this sign is Venus. The Goddess of good luck and prosperity, Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped by the Librans for good outcomes in life!

Scorpio

The eighth sign of the twelve zodiacs, Scorpio is the sign of incredible passion and power. Mars the planet of power and is ruled by Lord Shiva! To strengthen the power of the planet Mars, Lord Shiva is worshipped by the Scorpions.

Sagittarius

The ninth sign of the twelve zodiacs, Sagittarius is a sign that beholds optimism and freedom. Jupiter is the ruling planet for this sign. Dakshinamurthy the incarnation of the Lord of Divine Energy, Shiva, is the ruling planet for Jupiter. It personifies intelligence, worshipping lord Dakshinamurthy helps gain success for Sagittarians.

Capricorn
The tenth sign of the twelve zodiacs, Capricorn is a sign that represents responsibility. Mars the fiery red planet is the ruling planet for the sun sign. Lord Shiva is worshipped to impress and keep the planet in alignment for success and prosperity.

Aquarius

T
he eleventh sign of the twelve zodiacs, Aquarius depicts innovation. The ruling planet for Aquarius is Uranus, the Awakener. To impress and fortify the planet Lord Shiva and Lord Aruna are worshipped.

So, now you know which god to worship 🙂

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16 steps of performing pooja at home

Worshiping the almighty has an enormous significance in our country and doing that in the perfect manner with proper “Vidhi and Vidhaan” is the key to yielding the best said results.

God is worshiped in different ways across the globe however the most acceptable form in our country and religion is “Pooja” the Shodasa Upachara.

By following the Shodasa Upachara Puja we express gratitude and honor to the Almighty God.

Come join hands with us and follow the 16 steps of Hindu puja vidhi:

  1. Dhyaanam: Meditating and praying to the almighty.
  2. Avaahanam: Welcoming and inviting god.
  3. AAsanam: Arranging for a seat or asana for god.
  4. PaDyam: Washing the feet of the almighty.
  5. Arghyam: Providing water to wash the hands and the mouth of god.
  6. Aachamanam: Offering god some water to drink.
  7. Snanam: Offering water to cleanse the almighty from head to toe.
  8. Vastram: Dressing up god with fresh clothes.
  9. Yognopaveetham: A sacred thread for the Almighty.
  10. Gandham: Sandalwood paste for god.
  11. Pushpam: Offering fresh flowers to god.
  12. Dhupam: Spreading the smoke of incense sticks to god.
  13. Deepam: Lighting of lamps or diyas.
  14. Naivedyam: Offering fresh food to god.
  15. Taambulam: Beetal nuts and leaves for the almighty.
  16. Pradakshina and Namaskaram: Walking around god and biding adieu.

Out of the above 16 steps five steps hold utmost priority and are known as “Pancha Upacharas”.

These are supposed to involve our five senses:

Gandham: Refers to the “Touch”, the spread of sandalwood to cool the skin.
Pushpam: Refers to “Hearing”, the offering of flowers while enchanting God’s name.
Dhoopam: Refers to “Smell”, the fragrance of the incense sticks offered to God.
Deepam: Refers to “Sight”, the beauty of the illuminating lamps.
Naivedyam: Refers to “Taste”, the food offered to the Almighty.

This makes us all ready for performing our daily sacred practice of worshiping the almighty with proper vidhi and vidhaan giving us the peace and positivity we need to elevate ourselves.

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10 differences between Ramayana and Ramcharitmanas we bet you don’t know

Ramayana and Ramcharitmanas are two great Indian Epics, which enlighten us with the Journey of Lord Rama.

Let’s have a glance at 10 most important differences between Ramayana and Ramcharitmanas –

  1. Ramayana was written by sage Valmiki within the Treta Yuga within the transcripts of the Sanskrit language.

Ramcharitmanas was written by the Awadhi poet Goswami Tulsidas in Kaliyuga within the Awadhi language.

  1. The word Ramayana is made from two words – Ram and Aayanam (Story), derives the meaning of Ramayana as Lord Ram’s story.

The word Ramcharitmanas is made of three words – Ram, Charita (good deeds) and Manas (lake), thus the meaning of Ramcharitmanas depicts the Lake of the superb deeds of Lord Ram.

  1. Ramayana is roofed overall in seven chapters or Kandams which are described as – Balakandam, Ayodhyakandam, Aranyakandam, Kishkinda Kandam, Sundara Kandam, Yuddha Kandam and Uttara Kandam.

Ramcharitmanas also has seven chapters with just one difference that Goswami Tulsidas changed the “Yuddha Kandam” with the “Lanka Kand”.

  1. Ramayana has been majorly written in ‘Slokas’ format while Ramcharitmanas has been written mostly in ‘Chaupais’ format. Hence, Ramayana truly stands because the original story of Lord Ram and his journey.

Ramcharitmanas on the opposite hand is that the retelling of the Ramayana. Tulsidas has also acknowledged Valmiki in his book to point out his gratitude towards him.

  1. As per Ramayana, King Dasaratha had over 350 wives, out of which three were principal wives – Kausalya, Kaikeyi, and Sumitra.

As per Ramcharitmanas, King Dasaratha had only three wives.

6 . In Ramayan, father of Devi Sita, the King Janaka never organized Sita’s Swayamvar as a mass function, Instead, whenever some mighty person would want to go to Janaka, He would show them Lord Shiva’s Dhanusha (Bow of Shiva) and ask them to lift it. Once Vishwamitra visited Janaka with Rama and Lakshmana, then Janaka showed the bow to Rama. Lord Rama lifted the bow and he was married to Sita.

As per Ramcharitmanas, a grand Swayamvar was organized by King Janaka for devi Sita and there was a contest to lift the bow of Lord Shiva. Devi Sita will then choose the person as her husband who can lift the bow without breaking it. Nobody could lift the bow until Lord Rama came to lift it. He lifted it but broke it within the method . After hearing this Parashurama got very angry and Rama asked to forgive him.

  1. Further in Ramayana, Lord Hanuman is depicted as an individual who belongs to the Vanara tribe. Vanar is made of two words – Van (forest) and Nar (man). The tribes living within the forest were mentioned as Vanar in Ramayana as Vanar.

In Ramcharitmanas he’s depicted as a monkey and ‘Vanar’ is used to ask his species of Monkeys to increase their support to Lord Ram.

  1. As per Ramayana, the kidnapping and therefore the sufferings of Sita were real. She was kidnapped by Ravana by forcefully dragging her to his chariot. Rama rescues Sita and asks her to prove her purity to the earth by taking Agni Pariksha.

As per Ramcharitmanas, real Sita was never kidnapped. Rama foresees the kidnapping of Sita and creates the lookalike image of Sita and sends the first Sita to Agni Devta. Thus, Agni Pariksha was just the way to exchange the lookalike Sita with the important Sita.

  1. As per Ramayana, Asura Ravana came to fight Rama within the battlefield twice . First, he came at the beginning of the war. He was humiliated by Rama but left alive. Second, he came within the final stages of the war and was killed by Lord Rama.

In Ramcharitmanas, Ravana came to the battlefield on only one occasion which was during the top .

  1. In Ramayana, Lord Rama is usually depicted as “Maryada Purushottam” which suggests the only of the lads with an exemplary conduct. He’s depicted as an individual with exceptional virtues.

In Ramcharitmanas, Rama is depicted as a God , the incarnation of a God. He’s shown to possess the divine touch to his deeds. His actions are described as God’s righteous ways to urge obviate evils and establish Dharma within the world.

  1. The story within the Ramayana ends when Lord Rama completes the journey of his mortal body by drowning himself in Saryu river after he was grieved by the absence of Sita and his brother Lakshmana. As Sita vanished into mother Earth and Lakshmana had drowned himself within the Saryu river too.

The story in Ramcharitmanas ends with the birth of Lava and Kusha. It never mentions the death of Lakshmana or how devi Sita disappeared.

Do you know other such differences between Ramayana and Ramcharitmanas, Please educate us by writing within the comments sections.

10 Significant Mantras of Hindi Dieties

Mantras have been integral part of Hinduism since time immemorial. A “Mantra” is a sacred
utterance, having spiritual powers and when enchanted repeatedly, is believed to be a source of immense positive energy. This Vedic chanting helps in wiping out fear and anxiety from ones’ mind and provides clarity of thoughts. Research states that, enchanting these sacred syllables helps one to attain a higher degree of concentration and improves the physical and mental well-being of an individual.

The vibrations occurred by the regular enchants are believed to transform the negative aura to positive and helps one in achieving the desired results. Mantras are extensively used by different set of people for distinct purposes. While yogis enchant these Vedic texts for meditating, devotees make use of these syllables for pleasing deities, wish fulfilment or seeking protection against enemies.

Hindu mythology states the existence of 33 crores deities and there is a mantra unique to each one of them. However, memorising all these enchants is practically not possible. But relax, we have got you covered. Memorise the below 10 most powerful

Memorise the below 10 most powerful mantras of Hindu Gods and Goddesses —

The Guru mantra :

“Gurur Brahmaa Gurur Vishnu Gururdevo Maheshvarah
Guru Sakshat Parahma Brahma Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah:”

The word Guru has been derived from the Sanskrit language where “Gu” means Darkness and “Ru” means Remover. A Guru therefore, is meant to remove darkness, provide a meaning to the life and lead the soul on the way to liberation. In the above mantra, the devotee is bowing down and paying a tribute to the Trinity- Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shankar who are considered as the Supreme Brahman and are an infinite source of knowledge.

Spiritual teachers and Gurus occupy a highly dignified and respectable position in Hinduism. Be it in the early Treta yuga where Lord Rama was sent to Gurukul for gaining education or the late Dwapar yuga where Lord Krishna Stayed at the Rishi Sandipani’s ashram for spiritual awakening, the existence of teachers have played a very crucial role in shaping the society. By reciting the Guru Strotam, one can feel the presence of an inner light that guides the path of life correctly leading to the enlightenment of mind, body and soul.

The Hare Krishna mantra:

“Hare Kṛiṣhṇa Hare Kṛiṣhṇa
Kṛiṣhṇa Kṛiṣhṇa Hare Hare
Hare Rāma Hare Rāma
Rāma Rāma Hare Hare”

Having its roots from the ancient Krishna Yajurveda, the Hare Krishna mantra gained a lot of popularity in the 15th century Bhakti Movement. Widely known as the Maha mantra, this enchant was originally used by the Vaishnavas and was later cascaded among the other communities after the establishment of the ISCKON society.

“Hare” in Sanskrit, refers to the act of taking away the darkness or illusion and providing clarity of thoughts. The mantra thus states that by repeatedly enchanting the name of Lord Krishna, all the vices, delusions and deceptions would eventually fade away and the yogi would gain a state of spiritual consciousness.

The mantra in a way connects us to higher form of energy and helps in breaking the vicious cycle of attachment associated with the materialistic world.

The Vasudeva mantra:

“Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya”

Dedicated to the preserver of Universe, Lord Vishnu, this enchant is one of the most sacred mantra and has its origination from the ancient epic, ‘Vishnupuran’ describing the incredible greatness of Lord Vishnu in different forms. The mantra is enchanted in reverence to Lord Krishna (Lord Vishnu’s most powerful incarnation) and is believed to provide ultimate salvation to the devotee by liberating him from the circle of life and death.

Enchanting the mantra with a pure hearth, helps to wash away any sin committed by the yogi unknowingly. It also, acts as a guiding light after life and illuminates the path of the soul.

Mythology also states that, by enchanting this mantra, Prince Dhruva was graced by the auspicious appearance and blessings of Lord Vishnu..!

Shree Saraswati mantra:

“Aum Aing Saraswathye Namah Aum”

Dedicated to the goddess of knowledge, wisdom, fine arts and music, enchanting the beej mantra of Maa Saraswati is believed to increase the intelligence quotient and enhance the power of speech of an individual. Regular chanting of the mantra tends to fuel up the concentration power and improves the memory retention capacity of the chanter. Be it students pursuing the academics, or artists or musicians, enchanting this mantra is believed to sharpen the talent and helps one in gaining a higher degree of recognition.

So, next time , if you are aware of a possessing a talent, but not confident enough of pursuing it in any way, enchant this mantra of Maa Sharda and diligently work towards your passion, the results shall definitely be in your favour.

Anjaneya mantra:

“Om Shree Vajradehaya Ramabhakthaya Vayuputhraya Namosthuthe”

Dedicated to the greatest devotee of Lord Rama, this mantra is enchanted in reverence to Lord Hanuman, who is an incarnation Lord Shiva. The deity is widely known for his incredible strength, determination and devotion. Enchanting the above mantra is believed to remove all the obstacles and hindrances one tends to face in his life. Worshipping the lord on Tuesdays and Saturdays holds utmost importance and eliminates any negative impact caused by the planetary movements. Regular chanting pacifies any adverse impact caused by the transition of Saturn. It is believed that repeated chants of the mantra creates a shield of positive vibrations around the devotee and safeguards him or her from any evil spirit and heath related issue. Apart from infusing confidence and lowering the anxiety level, this mantra also helps to get rid of any marital problem.

Shree Durga mantra:

“Sarva Mangala Mangalye Sive Sarvartha Sadhike
Saranye Trayambike Gauri Narayani Namostute”

One of the most powerful mantra of Goddess Durga, this enchant is widely used at the beginning of any religious procession or ritual. The goddess, who is more likely to be the Shakti of all the deities, is worshipped in several forms and incarnations. The devotees worship her as the Divine mother who wards off all the negativity and protects the mankind in the same way as a mother shield her children. Enchanting this mantra provides immense strength and wisdom to the worshippers. It illuminates the soul in a manner that would keep one away from any wrong doing and purifies the heart and mind. It also safeguards the chanter from any evil eye or nightmare.

Keep chanting this Durga mantra regularly to feel a drastic change in your inner self and experience an altogether new and positive circle of people and things would eventually surround you..!

Shri Rama mantra:

Raamaaya Raamabhadraaya Raamachandraaya Vedasey
Raghunaathaaya Naathaaya Seethaayaah Pathaye Namaha!!”

Lord Rama, who in an incarnation of Lord Vishnu is widely worshipped for being the preserver of Dharma and is known to be an apostle of a “Perfect Supreme being”. Lord Rama is worshipped for his traits of exceptional self-esteem, virtuousness, perfection and courage. Enchanting the above mantra of Lord Rama, one seeks to attain the spiritual awakening leading to salvation. Along with this spiritual freedom, enchanting the Ram nam enables one to fulfil all material desires also. But above all, the mantra blesses the devotee with the power to make correct judgements in personal and professional life.

The mere enchanting of Sri Rama ensures good health and proper blood circulation as it invokes 2 chakras of the human body..!

Ganpati mantra:

“Vakratunda Maha-Kaaya Surya-Kotti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvadaa ||”

The above mantra is enchanted in the name of the Lord of beginnings- Shree Ganesha and his wives- Goddess Riddhi and Siddhi. Worshipping the lord is believed to remove all the obstacles from ones’ path and ensures success in all the endeavours. In addition to this, regular enchanting helps the devotee to seek wisdom, knowledge, wealth and good fortune.

Devotees all over the world, believe that enchanting this mantra of Lord Ganesha before starting any new venture is guaranteed to bring in success and prosperity. 

Lakshmi Gayatri mantra:

“Om Shree Mahalakshmyai Cha Vidraahe Vishnu Patrayai Cha Dheemahi Tanno Lakshmi Prachodayat Om ||”

Dedicated to the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, Maa Lakshmi is the better half of God Vishnu and is the personification of good fortune, abundance and luxury. Enchanting this mantra of Goddess is believed to abolish any sorrows caused by the lack of material substances. The mantra enchanting is believed to bring harmony and ensures mental well-being of the chanter. The reverberation caused by the repeated enchants creates an aura of cosmic energy that attracts good fortune. 

Shri Sai mantra:

“Om Shree Sai Nathaya Namah”

Shri Sai baba who is an incarnation of Lord Shiva was a spiritual master who believed in the existence of one supreme power. He advocated the concept of religion unity and thus, the mantra enchanting to remember the Lord, is not limited to merely Hinduism but, is rather practised around the globe by people of all castes and creed.

Enchanting this mantra of Shri Sai, is believed to provide instant solution in case one is stuck in a problematic situation. Regular chanting helps to boosts up the confidence and provides freedom from any kind of fear. It is also believed that the mantra jap safeguards the devotees from any kind of miss happenings and avoids untimely death. Preachings of Sai baba have transformed the lives of innumerable people and have showed them the path of righteousness and devotion.

Believe it or not, but merely by applying the sacred sand of the temple, any kind of pain or illness is warded off and instant relief is granted. Henceforth, enchanting the mantra and worshipping the lord with complete dedication can manifold into incredible results.

Vedic chanting is a concept that seems to be a more common ritual without much people understanding its relevance. However the benefits of mantra enchanting guarantee spiritual, mental and physical well-being of the yogi. Do enchant the above mantras for attaining spiritual freedom and achieving desired results.

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Powerful Mantras and your Horoscope

Astrology is a science that uncovers numerous hidden truths, foresees the unseen and prepares an individual for the coming future. The significance of Astrology as a subject is clearly mentioned in the Agni Purana, which is one of the very old and pious religious scriptures of Hinduism. This purana states the importance of worshipping the deities according to the horoscopes and sun signs for achieving the best possible results.

Let’s have a look at the below zodiac signs and the planets ruling them along with the mantras to enchant in order to reduce any negative impact caused by the movement of planets on the lifestyles of people-

Aries and Scorpio-

Ruling Planet: Mars

To Calm down any negative impact caused the planetary movement of Mars, enchant the below mantra-

“Aum Angarkaya vidmahe bhoomipalaya dhimahi tanno kujah prachodayat…Aum Chitri Putrayai Vidmahe Loyhe Tangai dhimahi Tanno Bhooma Prachodayat”

Capricon and Aquarius-

Ruling Planet: Saturn

To calm down the effects of Saturn, below mantra needs to be spelled-

“Om Shanno devīrabhistdaapo bhavantupītaye Aparadhasahastrani kriyanteharnisam maya Dasoyamiti maa matva kshamasva paramesvara. Gatam papam gatam du Kham gatam daridraya meva ch…Agatah Sukha- sampatti punyoham tava darsana”

Tauras and Libra-

Ruling Planet: Venus

To reduce any negative celestial transition, enchant the below powerful mantra-

“Om draamg dreeng droung sah shukray namah…Om Rajadabaaya vidmahe, Brigusuthaya dhimahi, tanno sukrah prachodaya”

Gemini and Virgo-

Ruling Planet: Mercury

Enchant the below mantra to curb any cynical impact by the movement of Mercury-

“Om Aim Bum Budhaya Namaha…Aum budhagrahaya vidmahe, Indu putraya dhimahi, tanno somya prachodayat”

Cancer-

Ruling Planet: Moon

Worship the deity and enchant the below mantra to calm down the effects of Moon-

“Shwetambarah Shwetavibhushanam Shwetadyutirdandadharih dvibhahrih chandroaumatatma vardah kireeti mayi prasaadam vidadhwata devah”

Leo-

Ruling Planet: Sun

Spell the below mantra and offer water to the Sun God to safeguard oneself from all sorts of negativity-

“Aum namah suryay shantaya sarva rog vinashane Ayuh arogyam aishwarya dehi deva jagatpate… japa kusum sankash kashyapeyam mahadhytim dhvantari sarva paapdhanam pranatotsim divakaram”

Sagittarius and Pisces-

Ruling Planet: Jupiter

Enchant the below mantra to calm down any adverse effect caused by the movement of Jupiter-

“Gurubrihaspatirjeevah suracharyo vidaanvarah vaagisho dhishadon dirshashamshruh pitambaro yuvaa”

Mantras have been an integral part of Hinduism since ages. Enchanting these powerful and magical utterances, produce positive vibrations that help in attaining desired results and ensure spiritual wellbeing of an individual. For more such stuff on culture, religion and mythology, stay tuned to our website www.mangalpoojan.com

5 powerful mantras for meditation

Mantras are the soul of Hinduism and have been a part of our culture since ages. These are magical vibrations, the enunciation of which creates a magnetic field around us and transform the negative thoughts into positive ones. These sacred enchants when spelled out repeatedly, cleanses up the mind and body, reduces anxiety and help in achievement of desired results.

Yogis and saints have been following the tradition of enchanting mantras to meditate since time immemorial. These sacred chants enable an individual to re connect with the inner self and boosts up the concentration power, thus aligning the universe in parity with what is being manifested. Mantra Japa is an old age tradition which is not only unique to Hinduism, but is also a part of other predominant religions like Buddhism and Jainism. Be it, pleasing deities, performing a spiritual conduit, seeking protection against enemies and establishing a connection with oneself, mantra enchanting has been the core of all.

Let’s take you through a journey of self-fulfilment and help you in knowing yourself better by enchanting the below mantras while meditating:

OM –

Aum or Om is the fundamental and most powerful mantra of Hinduism. It is considered as the voice of Universe and is the only reality which is supposed to exist before and after Life. This is why the mantra is also known as “Pranava” or the energy that flows in our breath. It is a combination of three syllables (Au-Oh-Mm) , the reverberation of which three times, is believed to cause immediate calm to the chaotic thoughts in our mind and provides rejuvenation. Research states that the vibrations produced while enchanting Aum improves the efficiency of the Spinal Cord and fuels up the detoxification process of the body.

Om Namah Shivaya –

This mantra is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the most significant mantra of Shaivism and one of the most important mantra of Hinduism. The three Syllables stand for the below-

Om- The Voice of Universe

Namah- Bowing down

Shivaya- Lord Shiva who is perceived as ones’ Inner Self

The chant literally means paying a tribute to ones’ deepest inner self. Research states the relevance of the five key syllables of the mantra- Na, Ma, Si, Va, Ya with the five sense organs of the body and enchanting it repeatedly is believed to cure all diseases associated with these organs and refine the sense of sight, hearing, smelling, tasting and feeling. Vedic Scriptures also relate these syllables with the 5 core components of existence – Earth, Water, Fire , Air and Void.

Gayatri Mantra-

Om bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tát savitúr váreṇ(i)yaṃ
bhárgo devásya dhīmahi
dhíyo yó naḥ prachodayat”

The Gayatri Mantra is one of the most powerful mantra enchanted while meditating and has its origin from the Rigveda. It pays a tribute to the Sun God and the Divine Light, who is contemplated as the creator of Universe.

Meaning:

“Oh Divine Light, we pray and meditate on you and pleed to you take away the negativity and darkness from our lives, and illuminate our intellect”

Enchanting the pious Gayatri Mantra every day in the morning helps to gain control over the emotional state and stay positive even in dire circumstances.

Ganesh Mantra-

“Om Gum Ganapatayei Namah”

This mantra is dedicated to Lord Ganesha who is widely known as the Lord of Beginnings. As per mythological records, Lord Ganesha has been granted a boon, of being worshipped at the first and foremost place before beginning any religious procession or worshipping any other deity. Meditating and enchanting this mantra is believed to remove all the obstacles and challenges that life throws at an individual and helps him in achieving the life goals.

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra-

“Om tryambakam yajaamahe
sugandhim pushthivardhanam;
Urvaarukamiva bandhanaan
Mrityormuksheeya maamritaat”

Dedicated to lord Shiva, the Mahamrityunjaya mantra , like the Gayatri mantra has its association with the Rigveda. Known by several names like the Rudra mantra, it highlights the enraged aspect of the Lord, the Tryambak mantra referring to the third eye of Lord Shiva, this enchant effects the physical, mental and emotional well-being of a yogi in a positive light.

Meaning:

“Oh three eyed lord, who is a supreme being, we worship you to bestow growth and nourishment. As a fruit is released from its bondage, free us from the cycle of birth and death”

Believe it or not but this mantra is also known as the Mrita Sanjivani mantra that has life restoring power and enchanting it every day, tends to protect human life by avoiding and curbing any unknown or unpredictable miss happening leading to damage or loss of life…!

Enchant the above mentioned mantras every day while meditating, and embark yourself on a spiritual journey to establish a connect with the inner self for healing and rejuvenation of mind and body.

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Are you a Shiva devotee? Visit these 12 Jyotirlingas in India

India is a land of faith, religion and culture. Hinduism being one of the oldest amongst all the religions in the world has been predominantly followed by millions of people in the country.

Since time immemorial, the people have been worshipping the divine Trinity-Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh who are known to perform their duties of Creation, operation and destruction respectively. The 12 Jyotirlingas are dedicated to the supreme deity of this trinity-Lord Shiva. It is believed, these Shivlingas are the most auspicious pilgrimage of the Lord and a person can attain salvation if he pays a visit to all these holy shrines once in a lifetime.

These jyotirlingas are self-originated and are located on astronomically significant points which are subject to a certain force and radiate extreme positive energy. Fateful are those devotees who get to experience this tremendous power of Shiva.

Let’s check out the importance of these Jyotirlingas along with their relevance and history:

Somnath Temple, Gujarat

One of the most revered shrine of Lord Shiva and the oldest of all the Jyotirlingas, the Somnath Temple has been rebuilt 16 times and has an extensive history associated with itself. Originally built of gold, silver and other precious gems, this site has witnessed an extreme tide of time. From the invasion by Mughal emperors to Afghani invaders, who have stripped off the wealth of temple and demolished its grandeur, the pilgrimage was renovated on the orders of Sri Sardar Patel on the eve of Independence in 1947, and today it stands still with all the glory and sacredness in its heart.

Mythology states that this temple was built by the Moon God in reverence to Lord Shiva, who freed him from the curse of King Daksha. The Moon regained its lustre and took away darkness from the world, which is why it gained its name as Somnath or “Lord of the Moon”

Mallikarjuna, Andhra Pradesh

Popularly known as the Srisailam temple, the Mallikarjuna temple is located on the beautiful landscapes of Nallamalai Hills in Andhra. The temple complex has idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi who are worshipped as Mallikarjuna Swamy and Bhramrambha. It is one of the three temples of Lord Shiva and Devi, where the Shivalinga is worshipped along with the Shakti Peetha besides it.

Going by the mythological records, the lord and Goddess went to pacify their elder Son Karthikey, who was enraged owing to the marriage of his younger brother Ganesha before his.

Believe it or not, but it is the only Shrine of Lord Shiva where the devotees are allowed to touch the idols of the deities..!

Mahakaleshwar Temple, Madhya Pradesh

Situated on the banks of Rudra Sagar lake, the Mahakaleshwar temple is one of the most crowded Jyotirlingam amongst all. The temple complex has an almost hundred small shrines built inside it. However, what distinguishes this site than the other temples of Lord Shiva is the fact that the Morning Arti is performed by the ashes from a fresh funeral pyre.

Mythological facts reveal the existence of a demon Dushana who was hailed by Lord Shiva. Locals believe that the God continues to stay in the city and protect the people from all negative vices.

Omkareshwar Temple, Madhya Pradesh

The Omkareshwar temple has derived its name from the fact that it is built on an OM shaped island known as Mandhata Island in the Narmada River. The main temple complex has two shrines- Omkareshwar and Mamleshwar. Thousands to devotees turn up every year on the occasion of Mahashivratri, to seek the blessings of the Lord.

As per mythology, there are several stories related to the occurrence of this jyotirlingam, yet my favourite remains to be the one where in Lord Shiva rewarded the Vindhya Parvat to be the mightiest hill among all, which is now worshipped as the two temple complexes. Another story continues to narrate the penance performed by King Mandhata and his sons, in return of which Lord Shiva blessed them and appeared as a Jyotirling.

Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand

Standing proudly in the quaint hills of Uttarakhand, lays the scenic shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva which receives a large footfall of devotees and tourists every year during summers. Due to extreme weather conditions and difficult terrains, the idol is bought down and is placed in the revered Ukhimath during winter season.

Mythology states that this pilgrimage was built by the Pandavas in reverence to Lord Shiva after they worshipped him for washing off their sins of killing the near and dear ones in the battle of Mahabharata. Lord Shiva is believed to have appeared on this spot and has remained at the temple since then.

Bhimashankar Temple, Maharashtra

The Bhimashankar temple stands on the picturesque hills of Sahayadri in Pune and receives a large number of devotees every year on the eve of Shivratri. According to the mythology, the hills were home to a demon named “Bhima” who was the nephew of Demon King Ravana. When Bhima got to know, that his father was killed by Lord Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu, he performed a penance and convinced Lord Brahma to bless him with immense power. Following this, the demon misused his powers to avenge his father’s death from Lord Vishnu by killing innocent Vishnu and Shiva devotees. It is then, that Lord Shiva appeared and killed the demon with his sword, hailing all the devotees. Since then, the place is been manifested as Bhimashankar Jyotirlingam.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi

Situated on the banks of River Ganga in the Holy city Varanasi, Kashi Vishwanath Temple attracts lakhs of devotees every year on the occasion of Maha Shivratri and Dev Deepawali to strip off their sins and attain salvation. The lord here is manifested as Vishwanath or the “Lord of the world”.

Mythology states that Lord Shiva appeared in the city, as an infinite pillar of light to stop the ongoing battle of supremacy between Brahma and Vishnu and asked them to find the end of the pillar. Brahma lied about finding the end at which Lord Shiva got enraged and cursed him of not being worshipped during any religious procession, and rewarded Vishnu, as being superior. Legends claim that Shiva stayed at this point in form of Light which is now known as Vishwanath Temple.

Trimbakeshwar Temple, Maharashtra

The Trimbakeshwar temple is located in Nashik, Maharashtra and is home to the Divine Trinity where in Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are worshipped in form of separate Shivalinga. Built in an age old style of architecture, the temple complex has a holy pond whose source of water is from River Godavari, which is the longest river of India.

As per mythological records, Sage Gautam worshipped Lord Shiva to send across river Ganges to purify an unintentional sin caused by death of a cow in a hermitage performed by the sage. Lord Shiva granted his wish and River Ganges came down in the name of Godavari to hail the mankind. Since then Lord Shiva is worshipped as Lord Triambkeshwar in this part of the country.

Baidyanath Temple, Jharkhand

Having a lot of controversies attached to itself, Baidyanath or Vaidyanath Dham is one of the most popular Jyotirling amongst all. It is believed that a devotee would lead a healthy life after he has offered prayers in this temple complex. There are a lot of stories and folklores associated with this temple.

Legends have stated that the demon king Ravana performed a penance and sacrificed his 10 heads to please Lord Shiva. Seeing his devotion, the Lord joined back his heads like a Vaidya and this is how, the temple gained its name.

Nageshwara Temple, Gujarat

The Nageshwara Temple is located in Dwarka, where Lord Shiva is worshipped as Lord Nageshwara (Lord of the snakes) or Nagdeva who is believed to vanquish the Demon Daaruka and save his devotee Supriya from demon’s torture. According to Hindu mythology, demon Daaruka had a blessing from Devi Parvati, misusing which he imprisoned Supriya along with a few other devotees. To save everyone from the torture, the people chanted a Shiv Mantra, at which the demon lost his temper and approached to kill Supriya. It is when Lord Shiva appeared and vanquished the demon, saving all the devotees. Since then, the lord is believed to reside at this pious place.

Rameshwaram Temple, Tamil Nadu

Known for its splendid architecture and beautiful hallways, the Ramnathswamy Temple or what is popularly known as the Rameshwaram temple is one of the most divine Shiva pilgrimage of the country. The temple is believed to be built by Lord Rama, however there are two different stories associated with itself.

Some devotees believe that the temple was built by the Sri Rama before beginning the war with Ravana, so as to seek Lord Shiva’s blessings and ensuring triumph and victory. Whereas, some devotees believe that the Shivlinga was built by Lord Rama after he defeated Ravana to wash off his sins by seeking Shiva’s blessings.

Ghrishneshwar Temple, Maharashtra

The Ghrishneshwar Temple is located near the very famous tourist attraction, Ajanta and Ellora, in Aurangabad and has immensely beautiful architecture and sculptures.

Mythology states the presence of Lord Shiva eternally at this place, from an old story of Devotee Kusuma who was blessed by the lord and was granted her son back, who was killed by Kusuma’s sisters in cold blood. This is why the famous pilgrimage is also known as “Kusumeshwar”

Do visit these shrines of Lord Shiva to experience a magical journey full of spirituality and self-realisation. For more such stuff on religion, history and culture of India, have a look at our website http://www.mangalpoojan.com

Know all about the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya

Akshaya Tritiya or what is popularly known as Akha Teej in North India, Varshi Tapa among Jain colonies, and is celebrated as Parsurama Jayanti among Brahmin groups is an annual festival observed on the third lunar day of Shukla Paksha of the Vaisakha month of Hindu Calendar. The literal meaning of “Akshaya Tritiya” is derived from the Sanskrit language which states never ending prosperity. This year it will be celebrated on 26th April.

Significance

The festival holds an utmost importance to Hindus and Jains all over the country and is celebrated with zeal. This time of the year is considered auspicious and marks the beginning of all religious and propitious rituals. Be it inaugurating a new venture, purchasing gold jewellery or finalising the date for wedding, doing all such material or spiritual activities on this day is believed to bring favourable results and good fortune.

6 reasons why Akshay Tritiya is considered highly auspicious

1– Hindus observe Akshaya Tritiya as the birthday of Lord Parashuram, who was believed to vanquish all unruly Kshatriyas and heal Mother Earth from their atrocities.

2– The legends also state that, it was on this auspicious day, when Guru Ved Vyas, recited the Epic Mahabharata to Lord Ganesha, on the condition that the recitation shouldn’t face any interruption.

3– Vedic Scriptures also reveal that, on this day, the sacred river Ganges descended to the Earth after being pleased at the penances performed by King Bhagiratha and freed the Kings of Suryavansha dynasty from the curse of Sage Kapila.

4– The auspicious reunion of Lord Krishna and Sudama is believed to happen on Akshaya Tritiya which marks a saintly bond of friendship.

5– Another interesting story in Hinduism is the association of Lord Kuber with this auspicious day. Kuber is considered to be the God of Wealth and heavenly treasures. He has been blessed by Lord Brahama to have the entire control over the North direction. It is believed that worshipping him on Akshaya Tritiya safeguards wealth and assets.

6– Yet another story associated with this, is the folklore of Akshay Patra been given to the Pandavas by the Sun God on this righteous day. Lord Krishna blessed Draupadi and the Pandavas with an unlimited supply of food until Draupadi eats from it last. This was done by the Lord in reverence to his sister who served him the last grain of rice with love and compassion, even though the family had nothing to eat.

Akshaya Tritiya and Jainism

The Jain community observes Akshaya Tritiya as the event of King Rishabha ending his one year old fast by having sugarcane juice in cupped hands by his great grandson. The king was considered to be the first Tirthankara, in reverence of whom, Lord Indra organised a dance performance by some celestial dancers in the royal assembly of the King. During the event, Neelanjana, one of the dancer fainted and died due to intensive dancing. Shook by this, king Rishabha, considered everything in the world as material and temporary and leaving the entire kingdom behind, he wandered as an ascetic until he got an enlightenment that the Body remains to be temporary, but the soul remains forever. At this, he ended his year old fast and this event is widely celebrated among the community as Varshi Tap.

Why do people buy Gold on Akshaya Tritiya?

Considering the mythology that Lord Kuber received his highly esteemed position as the treasurer of the heavenly wealth, people believe that purchasing gold and worshipping Lord Kuber would bring them good fortune and safeguards the hard earned wealth.

Pujas and Yajnas performed on Akshaya Tritiya

The auspicious day is considered to be good enough for performing any charity, conducting yajnas, purchasing gold or making any investment as it is believed to manifold in divine results. Vastra Daanam or donating clothes to the needy, Shayan Daanam or donating beds, Jal Daanam or donating water, Chandan Daanam to donating sandalwood to the Brahmins are a few donations meant for bringing in auspiciousness and prosperity.

Devotees conduct Lakshmi Narayan Pooja, Kuber Pooja, Pooja for purchasing new vehicles or assets to gain spiritual and material well being. Visit our website www.mangalpoojan.com to book a Pooja for yourself and secure good health and prosperousness for your loved ones.

10 Interesting Temples of India

Our motherland boasts of extensive history, traditions and architecture. Being a 5500 year old civilisation, India has a highly developed culture that had a profound impact on the lifestyles on people living on the entire subcontinent. These people, often divided by religion, are yet united by faith; the belief that they have on this age old culture, on the holy cities, the shrines, the temples and their deities.

Speaking of which, it is an absolute astonishment that our country is a home to about 2.5 million temples, some as conventional and famous as Sri Padmanabhswamy temple of South India, to some entirely unconventional and mysterious temples as the Brahma Temple of Pushkar.

Come, let’s have a virtual tour to all such offbeat yet hidden gems of our country.

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple: “The Mummy Temple”

Based out in the temple town of Srirangam, Tiruchirapalli, this temple site is one of the premier Vaishnava temples of South India. Dedicated to one of the greatest exponent of Vaishnavism, Sri Ramanuja, this shrine has conserved the 1000 year old mummified body of Acharya, which is open to all the devotees.

Mehandipur Balaji Temple: “The Excorsist”

Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the Mehandipur Balaji temple, located in the district of Dausa, is the only Hindu temple where exorcism rites are carried out by priests every day. Thousands of devotees visit the holy shrine to get themselves rid of any paranormal influence or evil spirits. It remains to be one of the most mysterious temples of the country, without any prasadam being offered and eaten by the devotees.

The temple town would definitely give you a chill in your spine and if you are interested to watch horror movies or hear out stories, this is the place for you..!

Kamakhya Devi Temple: “The bleeding Goddess”

Contrary to the common belief of Women not being allowed to enter a temple while menstruating, the Kamakhya Devi temple celebrates the spirit of Fertility and Womanhood. Nestled, on the Nilachal Hill of Guwahati, the shrine is dedicated to Goddess Kamakhaya and is the oldest among the 51 Shakti Peethas of India. There is no idol that is placed in the sanctum, but the yoni or Vagina of Goddess sati is being worshipped here.

However, what incredibly distinguishes this temple from the rest is the fact that, every year in the Monsoon season, the Goddess is believed to be menstruating and the Brahmaputra River near the temple turns to be Red in colour. It is during the same time, that Ambubachi Mela is held where devotees and Tantrics from all over the country turns up and visit the holy pilgrimage.

Kal Bhairav Nath Temple: “Where Alcohol is the prasadam”

This abode of Lord Shiva is located in the Spiritual Capital of India-Varanasi, where thousands of devotees flock each year in search of Peace and Moksha. Lord Kal Bhairav is the fiercest incarnation of Lord Shiva who is believed to guide the city from all evil forces. The local people and pilgrims assume that without the will of Kal Bhairav, nobody can reside or leave the boundaries of the city. However, what amuses the most about the temple is the fact that, the only offering made to the deity here, is Alcohol, which is further distributed to the devotees as Prasadam.

On your trip to Varanasi, do not miss out to experience an altogether new culture in the history of Temples all over the world.

Anjani Mahadev Temple-“Where Shivlinga appears every winter”

Overlooking the beautiful snow-capped mountains and landscapes, stands the not-so-famous temple of Lord Shiva in the Solang Valley of Manali, where waterfall freezes every winter to form a 100 ft. tall Shivalinga. A must visit for all the tourists who visit Manali and Solang, this pilgrimage covers the Fatru-Solang belt which is known to be one of the most tranquil trek of summer and winter season.

Khajuraho Group of Temples- “The erotic architectural beauty”

One of the very famous UNESCO world heritage site, hogging the limelight from every nook and corner is the Khajuraho Temple Complex located in Madhya Pradesh. Built by the Chandela rulers, these temple complex have immensely beautiful carvings and architecture representing, world’s one of the finest art in sculpturing.

Drawing everybody’s attention, these temples are famous for the erotic stone carvings on the wall depicting different positions and postures of Kamasutra. Research states that such art was created for the purpose propagating sex education among the folks. Believe it or not, but unlike vendors and street sellers around the conventional temples, the vendors here, sell out magnets, paintings and souvenirs depicting different forms of Kamasutra.

Peruviruthy Malanada Temple- “The temple of Duryodhana”

Standing amidst the lush green hills of Poruvazhy, Trivandrum, lies this unconventional temple of Duryodhana, the eldest among the Kaurava princes’ of the Great Kingdom of Hastinapur. This pilgrimage is believed to be the only Duroyadhna temple in the entire country. Mythology states that the, prince worshipped Lord Shiva at this sacred site for the wellbeing of his kingdom. Thus, the magical powers of Lord Shiva still exist on the site. What also astonishes tourists is that there is no idol been placed in the sanctum, still devotes from all over the region visit the temple to worship Duryodhana and Lord Shiva.

Dashanan  Temple- “Where the lord is Demon King Ravana”

It is hard to believe that the Demon King Ravana from the great Epic Ramayana has a select number of devotees and temples located in different parts of the country. The Dashanan temple situated in Kanpur is one such place where devotees form a long queue on the auspicious day of Dussehra and worship Ravana. The king is believed to be one of the greatest scholar, warrior and an expert in Astrology, which has earned him devotees in different regions of the world. Be it commemorating his marriage event held at Mandor or remembering Meghnad, the son of Demon King in Mandsaur region of MP, the temples of Dashanan, communicate an altogether different vibe of devotion in India.

Shani Shingnapur Temple- “The city without thieves and theft”

Located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, the pilgrim is dedicated to Lord Shanideva, who is the personification of Planet Saturn. There is no temple structure that houses the Lord, rather the Idol is placed on an open platform and the devotees can perform all the religious rituals themselves. The most unique aspect of this temple town lies in the fact that there is no door or window to a single house in the village and the people have not reported of any theft till date. Devotees and local residents believe the blessings of Lord has been bestowed upon them and he would be punishing the wrong doer in case of any unwanted activity that might possibly occur at any point of time.

Karni Mata Temple “The temple of Rats”

Overlooking the golden stretches of the Great Thar Desert, lies the Karni Mata Temple or what is more widely known as the Temple of Rats, near Bikaner, Rajasthan. The pilgrimage seeks thousands of devotees all across the country and a huge volume of tourists from different parts of the world to witness this exceptional and holy treatment given to rats. According to mythology, these rodents are considered to be a re incarnation of Karni Mata’s Sons who are now freely residing at the temple premises. If you are lucky enough, you might have a chance to see a white rat which is an exception among hundreds of its counterparts.

What excites the most, is the fact that eating the leftovers of the food nibbled by a rat, is said to bring good fortune to the devotee. Also, the temple and the town has reported of absolutely no case of illness till date, not even when the horrific epidemic of plague got outspread in the country back in the year 2000.


It is hard to believe, yet such amazing history resides in the lapse of our country. In case you travel to any of these places, do pay a visit to the above temples and have an experience like never before.

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Shanti Path And Sudarshan Kavach – A Heart Melting Reality

In the times when hope and prayers are the only pillars of support for the mankind, there is nothing more touching than a son praying for the health of his father.

Watch this paath organised by MangalPoojan —

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Know how to arrange idols in your home temple

This is your guide to appropriately place idols in your home temple.

Worshiping an idol is the primary belief of Hinduism. Most of us believe that God is one, he is present everywhere, he is our soul, then why do we have home temples and idols; it is to be able to experience all that in something we can see feel and touch. Our home temple is the centre of our religion, traditions and beliefs. In today’s busy world where we miss visiting temples having a home temple becomes even more vital.

We all have few or many idols or photo frames of the different God’s in our home however the key lies in the correct arrangement of those in our Puja room or home temple as a Puja place or Puja corner is the most basic requirement for our daily Puja rituals.

No matter how big or small your home temple is, it will remain the epicenter of your home, thus the right arrangement of the idols of God in the temple gives it the right meaning. We would like to guide you all to aptly place your idols in your home temple to be able to receive the utmost divine results.

Inverse Pyramid arrangement










The centre of the inverse peak point of the pyramid should have Lord Ganesh, surrounded on the left side by all the idols of the Goddesses in the correct hierarchy i.e. Family Goddess followed by the sub forms of superior Goddesses and others. Towards the right would be the Male idols in the similar hierarchy. The left signifies the Moon and the right symbolises Sun.

Image placement

The seven superior Deities are Lord Ganesh, ShriRam, Maruti, Shiva, Shakti, Datta, and ShriKrushna. The sub forms of some of the above superior Deities are:

Maruti: Panchmukhi who has five heads, Maruti who signifies kriya shakti, Dasmaruti who is known as the icha shakti and Veer maruti who unmanifests Kriya shakti.

Shiva also known as Vetal symbolizing kriya shakti.

Shakti which is nine forms of Dugadevi and

Shrikrushna having Balkrushna and Balaram demonstrating ichha shakti and kriya shakti respectively.

We should also know about the superior power of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh indicating Conception, Sustenance and Dissolution respectively.

The inverse Pyramid arrangement signifies Shakti, Shanti and Anand. It is said that Lord Ganesha is placed at the centre as he supposedly comprehends the human sound and transmits the language of sound to the language of light and back unlike the other Gods who can usually understand the language of light only. Lord Ganesha is said to be connected with waves of desire hence he is the one who passes on the desires of his devotees to their Kuldev i.e. their families (both male and female Deities) enabling them to fulfill their desires. The Kuldev or the Kuldevi further ask for help from their superior Deities to fulfill the desires of their devotees and this is how the vicious circle benefiting all the devotees is activated.

The spiritual experience we are going to have will entirely depend on the kind of knowledge we have regarding the idols and their placement.

Few dos and don’ts regarding the above are as follows:

· The number of idols is not the key point but the selection as per the hierarchy and the placement is the game changer.

· One should avoid keeping more than three idols of the same God or Goddess.

· We should avoid having two Shivlings in one house as it hampers the peace, but can have only one abiding strictly by the rules to keep it.

· We should not keep idol of any God with their two wives for example Lord Krishna with Radha and Rukmini as it supposedly creates disharmony in married life.

· We should never forget the fact that all Gods come after the divine trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.

Now that we have all the information regarding placing the idols of all Gods in our home temple appropriately we should perform certain daily rituals of cleaning our temple and idols and lighting a diya or incense stick in our temple each morning and evening.

Amidst all the guidance regarding the arrangement of idols in your home temple please don’t forget that it is ultimately your honest devotion towards the Almighty that will yield the best results and spread positivity in your house. We need to learn to surrender to our sustainer.

At the end I urge each one of us to follow our family traditions of spiritual practice.

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