As per Hinduism , the body is destructible but soul is eternal. It can neither be created nor can be destroyed. in Bhagwat Gita Lord Krishna clearly states, “The soul is unborn, eternal, ever existing and primeval”. As per Hindu mythology, afterdeath zone called Pitr loka that is exists between earth and heaven. All the departed souls or Pitrs stay at this place. This zone is Ruled by Lord Yamraj The god of death. The Pitra Paksh starts with when Sun entering the zodiac sign Virgo. At advent of this Paksh the departed souls or forefathers leave the Yamaloka and came to earth to acknowledge the rites performed by their descendants and remain stay here till Sun or Moon conjunction should happen in Sign Virgo. During the period of Shraadh, usually people avoid buying or wearing new clothes, hair-cut shall also be avoided. Auspicious activities like marriage, settling marriage, any kind of birth ceremony etc. are prohibited during this period , Abstain from Non Veg food, Hard Drinks and Products containing Tobacco. It is believed that if shraadh is performed with whole devotion, ancestors feel satiated and they bless the person with wealth, children, knowledge, joys, pleasures and a total life.
In Hinduism people wear tilak on their forehead. There is variety in tilak it could be sandal paste or chandan tilak, it could be kumkum that is made of red turmeric powder. Its a believe that a woman should put a kukum tilak on her forehead as that is for her husband’s long life. There is also a scientific reason behind tilak on forehead. Tilak is made up of chandan or turmeric powder and both of them are cool. There is Aajna chakra between eyebrows and applying tilak on that spot makes a cool effect and also good for memory. Tilak stimulates the gland and makes it more active. By putting tilak one can rise its third eye. It helps pran to come up.Put tilak of kumkum or sandalwood paste, remains of yajna.
“Vakra-Tunndda Maha-Kaaya Surya-Kotti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvadaa”
“वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सुर्यकोटि समप्रभ
निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा”
On January 14 every year, we celebrate Makar Sankranti. It is the only Indian festival celebrated on a fixed calendric day of the solar calendar. All other Indian festivals are celebrated as per the lunar calendar, which make their days of celebration on the solar calendar vary every year. Makara Sankrantiis a Hindu festival celebrated in almost all parts of India and Nepal in a myriad of cultural forms. It is a harvest festival.
Makar Sankranti has an astrological significance, as the sun enters the Capricorn (Sanskrit: Makara) zodiac constellation on that day. This date remains almost constant with respect to the Gregorian calendar. However, precession of the Earth’s axis causes Makara Sankranti to move over the ages. A thousand years ago, Makara Sankranti was on 31 December and is now on 14 January. According to calculations, from 2050 Makar Sankranti will fall on 15 January.
Laghima-siddhi – The ability to make one’s body lighter than air and fly at will.He can make his body as light as cotton or feather. Vayustambhanam is done through this Siddhi. In Jalastambhanam also the power is exercised to a very small degree. The body is rendered light by Plavini Pranayama. The Yogi produces a diminution of his specific gravity by swallowing large draughts of air. The Yogi travels in the sky with the help of this Siddhi. He can travel thousands of miles in a minute.
Siddhi powers are said to be obtainable by meditation, control of the senses, devotion, herbs, mantras, pranayama, or good birth.
There are Nine main siddhis
In the Puranas there are nine forms of Siddhis (supernatural powers). They are:
Parkaya Pravesha: Parkaya Pravesh means one’s soul entering into the body of some other person. Through this knowledge even a dead body can be brought to life.
Haadi Vidya: This Vidya or knowledge has been mentioned in several ancient texts. On acquiring this Vidya, a person feels neither hunger nor thirst, and can remain without eating food or drinking water for several days at a stretch.
Kaadi Vidya: Just as one does not feel hungry or thirsty in Haadi Vidya, similarly in Kaadi Vidya a person is not affected by change of seasons, i.e. by summer, winter, rain, etc. After accomplishing this Vidya, a person shall not feel cold even if he sits in the snow-laden mountains, and shall not feel hot even if he sits in the fire.
Vayu Gaman Siddhi: Through this Siddhi a person can become capable of flying in the skies and traveling from one place to another in just a few seconds.
Madalasa Vidya: On accomplishing this Vidya, a person becomes capable of increasing or decreasing the size of his body according to his wish.
Kanakdhara Siddhi: One can acquire immense and unlimited wealth through this Siddhi.
Prakya Sadhana: Through this Sadhana a Yogi can direct his disciple to take birth from the womb of a woman who is childless or cannot bear children.
Surya Vigyan: This solar science is one of the most significant sciences of ancient India. This science has been known only to the Indian Yogis; using it, one substance can be transformed into another through the medium of sun rays.
Mrit Sanjeevani Vidya: This Vidya was created by Guru Shukracharya. Through it, even a dead person can be brought back to life.
In Vedic civilization, if a girl is touched by a man then nobody will marry that girl. It is believed that Krishna had 16 108 wives. In reality, the 16 100 ‘wives’ were captives of Narkasura. Krishna killed the asura the captive women desired to be with Krishna. Hence they were brought to Dwarka. Krishna married eight women.
The eight women Krishna actually married
In the night shift if any of the guards are sleeping or dozing than Ghost of Mr. Burton give them a slap.
This heritage hotel in Rajasthan was formerly the official residence and palace of the Kota’s royal family. It is reportedly haunted by the ghost of Major Burton and his sons who were killed here during the Sepoy uprising of 1857. The ghost is often sighted after dark in the central hall of the hotel.The ghost of Mr. Burton never harms or scares the visitors and guest of this palace turned hotel but does give a tight slap to any of the watchmen who are found sleeping during his duty hours. It is belived that the watchmen had not warned the Major in advance when the mutineers arrived at Brij Raj Bhavan and murdered him and his 2 sons.
Shimla is the Beautiful Hill station of India, Reached shimla by Road or a Train,The entire route is preciously balanced on the side of massive hills with a staggering 806 bridges to cross and 103 tunnels to pass through. No wonder the Kalka-Shimla railway was called the British Jewel of the Orient when constructed in 1903. In 2008 the entire railway was given UNESCO World Heritage Site statues.shimla has a lot of ghost stories associated with it. There’s one about tunnel number 33 on the Shimla-Kalka railway line that has the ghost of a British sahib. Tunnels are as it is dark and have an terrifying, feel about them. The Barog Tunnel on the Kalka-Shimla railway line, which is claimed to be the straightest tunnel in the world, is also haunted. It’s also the longest tunnel (1143m) on the railway track and the train takes more than 2 minutes to cross it. A British engineer named Captain Barog was in charge of building it but due to some miscalculation the tunnel could not be made. The British fined him, but he felt so humiliated that he killed himself. He is said to be buried near the Barog Railway Station – although the friendly station master rubbishes this claim, and there is no easily visible tombstone to prove it either. His spirit apparently still roams around in the tunnel. But that is not all. Locals say they’ve seen a woman go screaming into the tunnel and then vanishing and a man who asks for matchsticks to light his cigarette.
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has put up a signboard at Bhangarh stating “Entering the borders of Bhangarh before sunrise and after sunset is strictly prohibited.”
Bhangarh is a place between Jaipur and Alwar in Rajasthan state of India. Bhangarh is known for its ruins, The fort of Bhangarh is thought to be the most haunted place in India, the Archaeological Survey of India has forbidden access to the site between sunset and sunrise, and locals have moved their town outside the limits of the fort. The reputation of Bhangarh stems from two old legends, one of which involves a Holy Man who supposedly cursed Bhangarh after the fort cast a shadow over his abode.
The Story goes that this sixteenth century town, 80 km from Alwar in eastern Rajasthan, was home to a tantrik (a magician well-versed in the occult) named Singhia. The tantrik fell desperately in love with the kingdom’s beautiful princess, Rani Ratnawati. Knowing that he would never be allowed to go near her, Singhia decided to use his dark powers to seduce her. He spotted the princess’s maid buying oil and cast a spell on the oil. If the spell worked, on touching the oil, the princes would surrender herself to him.Locals say that the princess, who was proficient in the occult herself, soon sensed his evil plan and foiled it. She threw the flagon of oil away, whereupon it fell on a stone. As soon as the oil touched the stone, it started rolling towards the tantrik and crushed him. But before dying, Singhia cursed the palace with the death of all who dwelt in it, without the possibility of rebirth.
Amarnath is located at 145 km east of Srinagar in Kashmir. Amarnath is an ice Siva-linga that changes size with all the seasons of the year and also as the moon waxes and wanes, it becomes bigger and smaller. On the full moon day, the Lord Shiva linga is about 6 ft high. Amarnath is located in a glacial valley at 4,175 m which is about 13,700 ft anove mean sea-level and cave is about 150 feet high and 90 feet long. Within the auspicious cave there are four or five ice formations that resemble the figures of different gods. The biggest figure is regarded as Siva which is called as the Amarnath.The trek to Amarnath is usually in the month of sharavan (July–August) when the devout flock to this incredible shrine, where the image of Shiva, in the form of a Lingam, is formed naturally of an Ice Stalagmite, which eventually waxes and wanes with the Moon’s cycle. By its side are fascinating, two more Ice Lingams, that of Maa Parvati and of their son, Ganesha.
The word “Namaste” (pronounced “Naa-Maa-Stay”) is an ancient Sanskrit word with no literal translation.
Namaste or namaskar is used as a respectful form of greeting, acknowledging and welcoming a relative, guest or stranger. It is used with goodbyes as well. It is typically spoken and simultaneously performed with palms touching gesture, but it may also be spoken without acting it out or performed wordlessly; all three carry the same meaning. This cultural practice of salutation and valediction originated in the Indian subcontinent.
Kusha grass is a special type of grass which is used in Hindu rituals for purificatory process. This grass is wore as the ring in the ring finger of the person who is performing the rituals. There are legends as well as scientific explorations on this grass. Read on to know more about Kusha grass.Puranas and Upnishads describe that this grass came into existence after Samudra Manthan, the churning of cosmic ocean. When demigods and demons got ready to churn the cosmic ocean of milk, there was no one to support the base of Madhara mountain. Lord Vishu took the form of Tortoise (Kurma Avatar) and gave the needed support. During the churning, the hairs of the tortoise came out and washed away to the shore. These hairs turned to Kusha grass
The Renuka Lake or Temple (672 m) is regarded as the embodiment of Renukaji, the wife of the sage Jamadagini and the mother of Parshurama – one of the ten `Avatars` of Lord Vishnu. Shaped like the profile of a woman, the lake has the circumference of 2.5 km and is the largest in Himachal.
Shringi Rishi Temple has a typical Himachali architecture and the state being good old Himachal, beauty is guaranteed. It is the kind of place you visit to calm yourself when you just can’t take things anymore. This is where you come when you just want to get away and let God take the wheel from your hands. Amidst the mountains and the cool wintry breeze, God probably doesn’t have much to do because the beauty of the location is going to do the trick without much intervention required from the higher sources. You must visit this temple if you want a taste of Incredible India because this is where old sages are worshipped and this is where kings were holy and this is where magical powers were a reality. This temple speaks plenty in just a single visit. You must see it for yourself.Once in a year mostly in the month of May, a group of Priests, locals visit the Shringi Rishi Temple to perform Pujas and rituals. During rest of the year the place will be thickly covered by snow.
In the Mahabharata, a Hindu epic text, the Pandava (also Pandawa) are the five acknowledged sons of Pandu, by his two wives Kunti and Madri. Their names are Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva. All five brothers were married to the same woman, Draupadi. (Each brother also had multiple other wives.)
Together, the brothers fought and prevailed in a great war against their cousins the Kauravas, which came to be known as the Battle of Kurukshetra.
Hinduism is the religion of the majority of people in India and Nepal. It also exists among significant populations outside of the sub continent and has over 900 million adherents worldwide.Unlike most other religions, Hinduism has no single founder, no single scripture, and no commonly agreed set of teachings.
The word “tantra” is derived from the combination of two words “tattva” and “mantra”. “Tattva” means the science of cosmic principles, while “mantra” refers to the science of mystic sound and vibrations. Tantra therefore is the application of cosmic sciences with a view to attain spiritual ascendancy. In another sense, tantra also means the scripture by which the light of knowledge is spread: Tanyate vistaryate jnanam anemna iti tantram.
There are essentially two schools of Indian scriptures – “Agama” and “Nigama”. Agamas are those which are revelations while Nigama are the traditions. Tantra is an Agama and hence it is called “srutishakhavisesah”, which means it is a branch of the Vedas.
A yogi is a practitioner of yoga. The term “yogi” is also used to refer specifically to Siddhas, and broadly to refer to ascetic practitioners of meditation in a number of Indian religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.
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Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world and is one of the five and the highest Panch Kedar temples located in the mountain range of Tunganath in Rudraprayag district, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, India
Tungnath temple, at an altitude of 3680 Mtrs, is considered to be the highest temple of Lord Shiva and is one of the Panch (Five) Kedars. Madhmaheshwar, Tungnath, Rudranath and Kalpnath with Kedarnath form the Panch Kedar and considered as the five most important temples of Lord Shiva in Garhwal Himalayas.
Chandrashilla, at an altitude of 4000 Mtrs, is highest point of the mountain on which Chopta and Tungnath are situated. Chandrashilla offers 270 degree views of the Himalayan range and is located 1.5 KMs further upwards from Tungnath Temple which makes it a 5 KMs trek from Chopta.
Chopta is situated at an altitude of 2600 Mtrs in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand and is well known as a base point for a trek to Tungnath Temple and further to Chandrashilla peak. But, Chopta itself offers a beautiful snow meadow in winters locally called as Chopta Bhugyal (bhugyal meaning meadow).
The Sadhu (also known as yogi and sanyasi), is a Hindu ascetic who has renounced caste, social position, money and authority, and occupies a special place in Hindu society. As one who seeks the Universal Soul in order to be absorbed in it, the Sadhu is set apart from the orthodox priesthood as renunciation is considered superior to the rituals of the priests.
True love is selfless. It is prepared to sacrifice “Sadhu Vaswani”