- घरों में दो शिव लिंग , तीन गणपति जी की मूर्तियाँ , दो शंख व खंडित मूर्ति की पूजा नहीं करें .
- दो शालिग्राम नहीं पूजें .
- शुभ इक्षा की कामना वाले गृहस्थी के मूर्ति को ही नहीं पूजें ,अनेक मूर्ति से युक्त सभी कामो को प्राप्त होतें हैं .
- विष्णु को अक्षत से ,गणेश को तुलसी से ,देवी को दूर्वा से ,सूर्य को विल्वपत्र से पूजा नहीं करें.
- शिव का अभिषेक गो श्रृंग से ,विष्णु का शंख से ,गणपति का ताम्र पात्र से ,जगदम्बिका का स्वर्ण पात्र से अभिषेक करें
- विष्णु की पूजा धतूरे के फूल से न करें .कृमि युक्त फल सड़े फल भगवान को न चढाये .
- आक के पुष्पों व डंठल सहित बिल्वपत्र ,खंडित चावल शिव पूजा में वर्जित हैं.
- चंडी की ए़क ,सूर्य की सात, गणपति की तीन, विष्णु की चार, शिव की आधी परिक्रमा करनी चाहिए.
- स्नान किये बिना जो तुलसी पत्र तोड़ कर उससे विष्णु की पूजा करता हैं ,वह निष्फल होती हैं, तथा वह अपराधी होता हैं.
शनिवार, 31 अक्तूबर 2009
In today’s world, people are evaluated only on the basis of their possessions and status. A person’s worth in society is decided on the basis of how much he or she owns. Apart from his physical wealth, his power and influence become important. Success in life is related to ownership of assets and extent of influence.
In reality, nothing can be more damaging to a person’s real success in the world than possessions and status. The desire to possess rises from comparison and jealousy. If your neighbor buys a new refrigerator your house gets warmer. From early childhood we are conditioned to desire what others have.
When we are not able to possess something, we are unhappy and consider it a failure. We become happy when we do acquire what we want. This happiness, however, lasts for a brief period. It lasts till we find one more thing to acquire. Happiness seems to be in the acquisition, in the chase rather than through enjoyment of what we have.
Till you get something you want, it looks as big as a mountain. Once you get it, the same thing becomes the size of a mustard seed!
Stop wanting to acquire more and more. Enjoy what you have. Enjoy what you have; there is no need to renounce what you already possess. Renounce only what you do not have. Renounce your fantasies. That is the gateway to Bliss.
When they laid down regulation for day to day living, they made it clear that these regulations are changeable. These regulations need to evolve with time and space. There is no rigidity, there is no compulsion, and there is no pronouncement that these are God given and therefore cannot be questioned.
Vedic culture and religions which sprang from the Vedic culture stood for individual freedom; only such freedom can lead to awareness and liberation. Religions that tend to control through ignorance graduate into control through fear and greed.
There is no heaven and hell. They exist only in our minds. You commit sins because you are in hell; you do not go to hell because you commit sins. Greed is the root cause of all sins.
Drop all notions of sin and merit, and of hell and heaven and live with awareness – Conquer greed for continued happiness.
Guruji told the Mughal emperor that if he succeed in converting him to Islam, all the Hindus would accept the same. But, if he failed, he should stop all those activities. The Mughal emperor happily agreed to that but even after lots of torture to Guruji and his fellow members, he failed to convert him to Islam and Guruji along with his other four fellow members, were tortured and sacrificed their lives
At the start, the Sikhs were very few
It is important that we know about Sikh history & it is a humble appeal that no one should make fun of any RELIGION. Every religion is equally pure. "It is easy to joke on a Sardar, but It's too difficult to be a Sardar"
गुरुवार, 29 अक्तूबर 2009
People in all walks of life are in search of happiness. They desperately try to avoid sorrow and misery in their lives.One needs to understand why one faces sorry and misery when what one desires happiness and many times they take these as their destiny - which is a sign of ignorance or lack of understanding / knowledge.
People should first attempt to attain true knowledge - a knowledge that inspires wisdom. They must understand the true concept of God .God is source of all manifestations . God is infinite- Anantakoti Bramhanda Nayak ( Lord of infinite creations ). God is neither kind nor cruel , nor does he shower mercy or vent his anger on anyone.When people perform various rites and rituals to appease him or to avoid his wrath , they are simple labouring under illusion.
I believe if people can understand and follow given below two basic , simple universal laws they can achieve peace and happiness in their lives :-
- Action and Reaction are equal and opposite - People perform Good or Bad at three levels , namely , thought , speech and action. In turn they will get back good or bad depending on which of the three level they have performed that good or bad action.
- As you think so you become - Polluted thought is much much more serious and detrimental than air or water pollution which is getting unprecedented attention.
काजल में चमत्कार
As per Hindu Tradition on the evening of Diwali Diyas are lit all over the house to welcome Ma Lakshmi , there is also a tradtion to make Kaajal ( काजल ) in house.For making Kaajal a clay pot ( Kajalota ) is used. Oil Lamp is lit and the flame is covered with a Kajalota. The fumes , smoke coming from the lamp make Kaajal in the clay pot and as per Hindu tradition this Kaajal is applied in the eyes of all family members on Diwali night and this is considered Subh.
This Diwali in our hometown Allahabad we were blessed by almighty , when whilst making Kaajal , first Trishul appeared in the clay pot and after some time it turned inot Lord Ganesh himself. Given above are the actual photos of Trishul , a symbol / weapon of Lord Shiva ,which appeared initially and after few hours it converted into image of Lord Ganesh. We believe we got live Darshan of Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesh in our house. We believe we must have done something good in our previous birth or some good karma of ours in this birth that we had such a miracle , chamatkar ( चमत्कार ) happening in our house and a unique way of Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha giving us साक्षात् darshan and blessing us.
मंगलवार, 27 अक्तूबर 2009
This is for all those who believe in god and wish to reach almighty by their deeds. This is for those who have responsibility towards their organisation where they work or towards their family - taking care of children etc. This is an important aspect and should not be neglected.
Whilst one has to do regular service to God by daily prayers but the most important thing and definite route to reaching god is to HELP THE HELPLESS in whatever way one can do. This thought should be built into our personality , attitude and actions in every day life.
If one is sincerely taking care of their responsibility as well as HELPING THE HELPLESS they are sure to touch the almighty.God always tests human beings by appearing in various forms and one never knows the help that we provide to helpless may directly be service to God.
JAI SHRI NAGESHWAR
जय श्री नागेश्वर
सोमवार, 26 अक्तूबर 2009
" SAT SRI AKAL "
" WAHEGURU JI KA KHALSA , WAHEGURU JI KI FATEH "
In 1708 being prescient of the end of his earthly role, the Guru had despatched Banda Singh with five of his Sikhs to Punjab and Mata Sahib Devan under a separate escort to
The present building of the Takhat Sahib was got constructed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh with money, artisans and labour sent from
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Parli Vaijnath is situated in Beed District. Swayambhu & Jagrit Sthan of Lord Sri Vaijnath, one of the twelve places of Jyotirling in
Parli Vaijnath temple is an imposing and majestic temple situated on a hill, facing towards east having doors in south and North direction. As one enters the premises of the temple spacious stone steps and lofty Mahadwar attracts one's attention.In the entrance one can see a huge pillerless hall, which is totally made out of Sagwan wood. This temple is more famous then Kashi among the pilgrims as God Shankar is residing with Goddess Parvati. The temple was in ruins when Ahilyabai Holkar renovated the temple. The Sabhamandap and the Garbhagriha are on the same level which is rarely found in any
Parli Vaijnath is about 300 kilo-meters away from Pune, 35 km away from Ambejogai , 130-km From Nanded, and 230 Kms from
Located on the banks of river Godavari, the
There is rush of pilgrims coming to Basara to perform “Akshara abhyasam” for the children before commencing formal school education. Since Maharishi Vyasa spent considerable time in prayers, the place was then called “Vasara” and turned into Basara due to the influence of the Marathi language in the region.
is open from 4:00 Am to 8:30 PM and closes in between from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM TEMPLE TIMINGS- Temple
रविवार, 18 अक्तूबर 2009
Another version says that Lord Krishna, after killing Narakasur, the asura king, went to meet his sister Subhadra. Subhadra welcomed him in the traditional way by showing him a light and putting on his forehead a tilak of her sisterly protection.
The festival of Diwali is incomplete without bhai dooj. It is referred as “Bhav-Bij” in the
The essence of the Bhai dooj festival is that it is celebrated to strengthen the love between brothers and sisters. It is a day of food-sharing, gift-giving and reaching out to the inner most depths of the hearts.
1) Goddess Lakshmi's Birthday: On this very Diwali day, the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi is said to have been incarnated from the depth of the bottomless ocean.
2) The Killing of Narakasura: The Bhagavata Purana tells us about Narakasura, an evil demon king who had managed to acquire awesome powers. When Lord Vishnu was incarnated as
3) The Return of the Pandavas: The great Hindu epic `Mahabharata' reveals that it was `Kartik Amavashya' (the new moon day of the Kartik month) when the Pandavas appeared from their 12 years of banishment.
4) The Victory of Rama: The great Hindu epic `Ramayana' describes how Lord Ram (the incarnation of Lord Vishnu in the Treta Yug) conquered Lanka after vanquishing the evil King Ravana and after passing a period of of fourteen years in exile returned to his capital Ayodhya on a new moon day of Kartik with wife Sita and brother Lakshman. To celebrate the homecoming of their beloved king, the people of Ayodhya burst crackers, lit up their houses with earthen lamps (diyas), and decorated the entire city in the grandest manner.
5) It is said that Vikramaditya, the legendary Indian king famed for his wisdom, valour and magnanimity was coroneted on the Diwali day following his victory over the Sakas in 56 BC.
6) Diwali marks the auspicious occasion when on a new moon day of Kartik (Diwali day) Swami Dayananda Saraswati, one of the greatest reformers of Hinduism attained his nirvana (enlightenment) and became Maharshi Dayananda.
7) For Jains, Diwali commemorates the enlightenment of Vardhamana Mahavira(the twenty-fourth and last Tirthankaras of the Jains and the founder of modern Jainism) which is said to have occurred on Oct. 15, 527 B.C.
8) For Sikhs, Diwali holds a special significance for it was on a Diwali day that the third Sikh Guru Amar Das institutionalized the festival of lights as an occasion when all Sikhs would gather to receive the Gurus blessings. It was also on a Diwali day in 1619 that their sixth religious leader, Guru Hargobind Ji, who was held by the Mughal Emperor Jahengir in the
To conclude, there are several reasons behind Diwali celebrations and almost every region of
Govardhan-Puja is also performed in the North on this day. Govardhan is a small hill in Braj, near
People were afraid that the downpour was a result of their neglect of Lord Indra. But Lord Krishna assured them that no harm would befall them. He lifted
शनिवार, 17 अक्तूबर 2009
शुक्रवार, 16 अक्तूबर 2009
JAI MA LAKSHMI
The third day of the festival of Diwali is the most important day of Lakshmi-puja and is entirely devoted to Goddess Lakshmi. Despite the fact that this day falls on an amavasya day it is regarded as the most auspicious.
The day of Lakshmi-Puja falls on the dark night of Amavasya. The strains of joyous sounds of bells and drums float from the temples as we invoke Goddess Laxmi . All of a sudden that impenetrable darkness is pierced by innumerable rays of light for just a moment and the next moment a blaze of light descends down to earth from heaven as golden-footed Deep-Lakshmi alights on earth in all her celestial glory amidst chantings of Vedic hymns.
A sublime light of knowledge dawns upon humanity and this self enlightenment is expressed through the twinkling lamps that illuminate the palaces of the wealthy as well as the lowly abodes of the poor. It is believed that on this day Goddess Lakshmi showers her blessings on man for plenty and prosperity.
Lakshmi Pooja, or the worship of the goddess of wealth, is the main event on Diwali in North and
Lakshmi Puja consists of a combined puja of five deities: Lord Ganesha is worshiped at the beginning of every auspicious act as Vighnaharta; Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped in her three forms - Mahalakshmi (the goddess of wealth and money), Mahasaraswati (the goddess of books and learning), and Mahakali; Kuber (the treasurer of the gods) is also worshiped. Ma Saraswati is worshipped so that we are blessed with wisdom to spend the wealth in righteous manner.
On this day fire crackers are also burst , people wear new dresses and decorate their house with lamps.
गुरुवार, 15 अक्तूबर 2009
The day before Diwali is celebrated as Chhoti Diwali / Narak Chaturdasi or 'small Diwali'. It is Diwali on a smaller scale, with fewer lights lit and fewer crackers burst. On this night Hanuman, the son of Anjana, the divine son of the god of air (Pavan) was born. So it is also observed as Hanuman Jayanti. This festival is observed since the day lord
The morning after Choti Diwali, the women of the house make beautiful, colored rangoli in the doorway and courtyard. Tiny footprints made out of rice paste are a special feature of the rangolis made for Diwali. In Hindu homes, Chhoti Diwali celebrations involve a ritual puja to Goddess Lakshmi and also to Rama in the evening. Songs in honor of the god are sung and aarti is performed.
LEGENDS BEHIND CHHOTI DIWALI
The story goes that the demon king Narakasur ruler of Pragjyotishpur (a province to the South of Nepal) after defeating Lord Indra had snatched away the magnificent earrings of Aditi, the Mother Goddess (the ruler of Suraloka and a relative of Satyabhama, Lord Krishna's wife) and imprisoned sixteen thousand daughters of the gods and saints in his harem.
On coming to know about this, Satyabhama was enraged by Narakasura's malevolence towards women, and she appealed to
So on the day previous to Narakachaturdashi, Lord Krishna's divine intervention led to the killing of the demon, Narakasura and liberation of the imprisoned women as well as recovery of the precious earrings of Aditi. As a symbol of that victory Lord Krishna smeared his forehead with the demon king's blood.
There is also a legend that after victory from Lanka when Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya , then he along with Ma Sita gave gifts to all the warriors. Ma Sita gave a pearl necklace to Shri Hanumanji. Shri Hanumanji being a bhakt of Lord Rama started searching Lord Ram’s name in the necklace. But he did not get it , so he requested Ma Sita to give a gift which has Lord Ram’s name in it.Ma Sita gave her sindoor to Hanumanji and said I put this with name of Lord Rama and he feels happy with this. On hearing this Lord Hanuman put that sindoor on his whole body.This day is also celebrated as day when Hanumanji received Sindoor from Ma Sita.
This festival is also the day of worship of Yama, the god of death. So after oil massage and bath in early morning (before sunrise), gratification should be shown to him. After that offer handful of water three times to Bhishma Pitamah of Mahabharata. According to Hindu scriptures, libation to the ancestors should be offered particularly by those whose fathers are alive. This is the only day in the whole year when a son with a living father can offer libations and water to the ancestors, which is very pleasing to them and the fear of death vanishes.
In the evening, burn four lights in reverence to Yama and then other lamps are lit. The lamps lit in name of Yama make year long good deeds in the household permanent, failing which there may be obstacles in life.
बुधवार, 14 अक्तूबर 2009
Events in the Hindu calendar that held special significance in the ancient days are celebrated with great gusto even today. Diwali which is the festival of lights was celebrated to welcome Lord Rama who returned to Ayodhyay after 14 years of exile in the forest. The return of the Divine after an extended period of unhappiness signifies lighting the lamps of truth and purity and driving away the darkness that lives within as well as surrounds us. To celebrate the re-establishment of God on earth and demise of the rule of asuras or Ravana, Diwali is celebrated.
Dhanteras is also known as Dhantrayodashi, and takes place two days before Diwali, in honour of Dhanavantri, the physician of the gods and an incarnation of Vishnu.
STORY AND SIGNIFICANCE
The legend of Samudramanthan is at the heart of these celebrations. Lord Indra was cursed by sage Durvasa that “The pride of wealth has entered his head and let Lakshmi leave him." On account of Durvasa's curse, Lakshmi left Indra and went away. As Lakshmi is the goddess of power, bravery, enthusiasm and radiance left, Devendra's life became miserable. The demons that were waiting for such an opportunity invaded heaven, defeated Indra. He lost his kingdom and hid out of the sight of the demons.
A number of years passed. Indra's teacher Brihaspati thought of finding a way out for Indra's troubles. He went with the gods to Brahma, who went to Vishnu, A way was found out of it. The sea of milk was to be churned. It was a very difficult job. Therefore the friendship of the demons to get their assistance was required. Mandara Mountain was a churning rod and Vasuki, the king of the serpents, as a rope.
When the sea will be churned अमृत will be produced. The gods must drink it and become immortal. It will then be possible for gods to defeat the demons. When the sea is churned, Lakshmi who has disappeared will appear again. Her grace will be bestowed.The clever Brihaspati managed to strike a friendship with the demons who agreed in the hope of getting अमृत and wealth. After initial difficulties posed by the sinking of mount Mandara into the milky sea which was set right by Lord Vishnu who took the form of a tortoise and hoisted it on his back, the churning started.
First, Kalakuta, a dreadful poison was produced which Lord Shiva drank much to the relief of the gods and demons. Due to Vishnu's continued encouragement, gods and demons continued churning the sea. Then a horse by name Uchaishravas, Kalpavriksha had the power to grant what is wished, and Kamdhenu and other celestial articles took shape. When the sea continued to be churned the Apsara were born.
After that in the midst of the waves of the sea of milk, a goddess with heavenly looks came into view. She was standing on a fully blossomed lotus. Wearing a lotus garland in the neck, she was holding a lotus in her hand. She was attractive and was radiantly smiling, she was Lakshmi.
The sages began reciting hymns in praise of her. Gandharvas sang. Apsaras danced. The elephants on either side sprinkled sacred holy Ganga water on the goddess and bathed her. Because the elephants sprinkled holy water on her, she acquired the name of Gajalakshmi. Because she was born in the sea of milk, she was called Samudratanya. The king of the sea appeared in his natural form and comforted Lakshmi as a daughter. He presented her with attractive clothes and jewels. He handed to her a garland of lotus flowers. While everybody was looking in surprise, Lakshmi put the garland around the neck of Vishnu. Then she looked at Indra kindly, he acquired an extraordinary radiance.
The gods and demons continued to churn the ocean for Amrit or nectar, Finally Dhanavantri emerged carrying a jar of the nectar. Both the asuras and the devas wanted the amrit, but finally Vishnu managed to give the immortal nectar to the gods and the asuras where defeated. Thus the churning of the ocean resulted in the immortality of the devas and was the reason for Lakshmi's emergence.
Another interesting story about this day is of the sixteen year old son of King Hima. As per his horoscope he was doomed to die by a snake-bite on the fourth day of his marriage. On that particular fourth day of his marriage his young wife did not allow him to sleep. She laid all the ornaments and lots of gold and silver coins in a big heap at the entrance of her husband’s boudoir and lighted innumerable lamps all over the place. And she went on telling stories and singing songs. When Yam, the god of death arrived there in the guise of a serpent his eyes got blinded by that dazzle of those brilliant lights and he could not enter the prince’s chamber. So he climbed on top of the heap of the ornaments and coins and sat there whole night listening to the melodious songs. In the morning he quietly went away.
Thus the young wife saved her husband from the clutches of death. Since then this day of Dhanteras came to be known as the day of "YAMADEEPDAAN" and lamps are kept burning throughout the night in reverential adoration to Yam, the god of death.
On Dhanteras Hindus consider it auspicious to purchase gold or silver articles or at least one or two new utensils. It is believed that new “Dhan” or some form of precious metal is a sign of good luck. "Laxmi-Puja" is performed in the evenings when tiny दिया of clay are lit to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. "Bhajans"-devotional songs- in praise of Goddess Laxmi are also sung.
Dhanteras is celebrated with gusto and enthusiasm. "Lakshmi-Puja" is performed in the evenings when tiny diyas of clay are lit to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. Bhajans - devotional songs - in praise of Goddess Laxmi are sung and "Naivedya" of traditional sweets is offered to the Goddess. There is a peculiar custom in Maharashtra to lightly pound dry coriander seeds with jaggery and offer as Naivedya.
In villages , cattle are adorned and worshiped by farmers as they form the main source of their income. In south India, cows are offered great respect because they are thought of as incarnations of the Goddess Lakshmi.
शनिवार, 3 अक्तूबर 2009
The river Ganges known as Mother Ganga is the most important of the sacred rivers of India. Hindus regard the Ganges as the holiest of all rivers. It was named after the goddess Ganga, the daughter of the mountain god Himalaya The Puranas sacred texts declare that the sight, the name and the touch of Ganga, washes away all sins; and that bathing in Ganga bestows blessings of the highest order. Hindus choose Ganga for holy rituals. Gangajal, the water of Ganga, is held so sacred that with this in hand no Hindu would dare commit a sin
The river has its source in the Himalayas, at Gaumakh in the southern Himalayas on the Indian side of the Tibetan border ,flowing east through the Gangetic Plain of northern India into Bangladesh. The 2,510 km river rises in the western Himalayas in the Uttarakhand state of India, and drains into the Sunderbans delta in the Bay of Bengal. It is considered a holy river by Hindus and worshiped as the goddess Ganga in Hinduism. The average depth of the river is 52 feet (16 m), and the maximum depth, 100 feet (30 m).
The tributaries to its left are Mahakali , Karnali , Koshi , Gandak , Ghagra and to its right are Yamuna , Son & Mahananda.
The Ganges, above all is the river of India, which has held India's heart captive and drawn uncounted millions to her banks since the dawn of history. The story of the Ganges, from her source to the sea, from old times to new, is the story of India's civilization and culture, of the rise and fall of empires, of great and proud cities, of adventures of man…
The river follows an 800 km curving course passing through the city of Kanpur before being joined from the southwest by the Yamuna at Allahabad. This point is known as the Sangam at Allahabad. Sangam is a sacred place in Hinduism. According to ancient Hindu texts, at one time a third river, the Saraswati, met the other two rivers at this point.
Religious Significance of Ganga
Situated on the banks of River Ganges, Varanasi is considered by some to be the most holy city in Hinduism. The Ganges is mentioned in the Rig-Veda, the earliest of the Hindu scriptures.
There are many stories as to how river Ganga came down from haven to earth. According to the Indian ancient books, King Sagar had sixty thousand sons who were burnt to ashes due to the anger of saint Kapil Muni. They blamed that the saint has stolen a horse of the ritual yagna of King Sagar. King Sagar took suggestion from various saints regarding the salvations of his sons. They all suggested that if the Holy Ganga is brought from the haven and the ashes of his sons were dipped in it, their souls will definitely achieve nirvana or moksha. King Sagar requested his son Bhagirath to worship Lord Brahma. The famous king Bhagiratha then did Tapasya for many years constantly to bring the river Ganga, then residing in the Heavens, down on the Earth to find salvation for his ancestors, who were cursed by a seer . When Brahmaji was pleased, he asked him to release Ganga from his Kamandal and let it flow on the earth. Brahma told that he would do as such but the earth will not be able to tolerate the extreme velocity of Ganga. That is the reason Lord Shiva received Ganga on his head. Lord Shiva did so but somehow Ganga got stuck in his hair. King again worshiped Shiva to release Ganga from his hair. Since than Ganga has been flowing on earth and is worshiped by billions. For Hindus in India, the Ganga is not just a river but a mother, a goddess, a tradition, a culture and much more.
Some Hindus also believe life is incomplete without bathing in the Ganges at least once in one's lifetime. Many Hindu families keep a vial of water from the Ganges in their house. This is done because it is prestigious to have water of the Holy Ganga in the house, and also so that if someone is dying, that person will be able to drink its water. Many Hindus believe that the water from the Ganga can cleanse a person's soul of all past sins, and that it can also cure the ill.
Some of the most important Hindu festivals and religious congregation (worship) happen here. Congregations are celebrated on the banks of the river Ganges, such as the Kumbh Mela every twelve years at Allahabad also known as Prayag.
Varanasi has hundreds of temples along the banks of the Ganges which often become flooded during the rains. This city, especially along the banks of the Ganges, is an important place of worship for Hindus as well as a cremation ground.
Ganga is regarded as the holy river of India. According to the Hindu beliefs a dip in the Ganga water can wash away all the sins. Thousand of people spend the last days of their life on the bank of the river. Ganga is regarded as the Goddess and is worshiped among the Hindus. Ganga Devi is one of the two daughters of Meru (the Himalayas), the other one is Uma (the consort of Shiva). Every day the arti (prayer) is done on the bank of the river to pay homage to the Goddess Ganga. Many people in India call Ganga as Ganga Ma.