Saidpur Temple – Islamabad, Pakistan

Saidpur Village situated on the slopes of Margalla Hills in Islamabad is one of the oldest villages of Pakistan. More than five hundred years old Saidpur Village is known for its heritage, history and folklore. These days the village is serving as one of the favorite picnic place in Islamabad for both local and foreign…

The Bhagavad Gita – World’s greatest religious and spiritual scriptures from India.

न हि कश्चित्क्षणमपि जातु तिष्ठत्यकर्मकृत्‌ । कार्यते ह्यवशः कर्म सर्वः प्रकृतिजैर्गुणैः॥3.5॥

भावार्थ :
निःसंदेह कोई भी मनुष्य किसी भी काल में क्षणमात्र भी बिना कर्म किए नहीं रहता क्योंकि सारा मनुष्य समुदाय प्रकृति जनित गुणों द्वारा परवश हुआ कर्म करने के लिए बाध्य किया जाता है ।

Gokarna Mahadev Temple, Kathmandu

(गोकर्ण महादेव मन्दिर) Gokarna Mahadev Temple, Kathmandu Gokarna Mahadev Temple, believed to be built in 1582 rests on the banks of the holy Bagmati river in the Newari village of Gokarna.

Doleshwor Mahade, Nepal

Doleshwor Mahadev is located at Sipadol VDC, south eastern part of Bhaktapur District, Nepal. 20 Km. from Kathmandu city. It is approximately 30 mins. drive from Kathmandu city to Doleshwor Mahadev. Pandavas went to Kedarnath area seeking forgiveness of Lord Shiva for loss of lives in 18 day long Mahabharata war. Lord Shiva did not…

Kailashnath Mahadev – The world world’s tallest Lord Shiva statue.

Kailashnath Mahadev Statue claimed to be the world world’s tallest Lord Shiva statue (143 ft) is situated just 20 Kms from Kathmandu Valley in Sanga, the border of Bhaktapur and Kavrepalanchok districts in Nepal. The statue is built by Mr Kamal Jain. Shiva statue (143 feet) complex at Sanga, located 20-km east of Kathmandu, is…

Ravana – The 10-headed king of the demons.

Ravana, in Hinduism, the 10-headed king of the demons. According to Hindu mythology Ravana was born to a great sage Vishrava and his wife, princess Kaikesi. He was born in the Devagana, as his grandfather, the sage Pulastya, was one of the ten Prajapatis or mind-born sons of Brahma and one of the Saptarishi or…

The Great Buddha of Kamakura.

The Great Buddha of Kamakura (Daibutsu in Japanese) is a monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha in the city of Kamakura, Japan. Seated serenely in the grounds of Kotokuin, a Buddhist temple of the Pure Land sect, the Great Buddha is one of the icons of Japan. At 13.35 meters high and weighing 93…

Haridwar – Gateway to Moksha

Haridwar is city in Haridwar district of Uttarakhand state in India. Haridwar is place where the river Ganges enters in plain areas north India after flowing 250 kms from its origin Gaumukh (Gangotri Glacier). Haridwar is the place where people from across the India visit for pilgrimage and to take a holy dip into the…

Tian Tan Buddha- located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong

Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of a Sakyamuni Buddha, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong.Once merely a remote monastery hidden by lush, mountain scenery, the Po Lin Monastery made it to the world map when the extraordinary Tian Tan…

The Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu,Nepal

Taleju Bell The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located in the current town of Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgoan,which lies 13 km east of Kathmandu. The Vatsala Durga Temple is located Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It was built in 1672 by King Jagat Prakash Malla while the Taleju Bell which is in front of the temple was…

Manimahesh Kailash Yatra – Holy Dip 2016

The lake, of glacial origin, is in the upper reaches of the Ghoi nala, which is tributary of Budhil river, a tributary of the Ravi River in Himachal Pradesh. However, the lake is the source of a tributary of the Budhil River, known as Manimahesh Ganga. Manimahesh Kailash also known as Chamba Kailash, which stands…

Statue of God – The sadhu

India is the Land of Gods, and we see and serve to god in the form of sadhu…. The Sadhu usually wears on his forehead the three lines of the god’s trident drawn in ash or sandalwood paste whi… Source: Statue of God – The sadhu

Kamakhya Devi – The goddess of tantriks and fertility

Shakti Peethas are the “Holy  places of cosmic power”. These  shrines  are  consecrated  to the Gddess Sati,the first incarnation of Goddess,Parvati. Maa Kamakhya is a shakti of Shiva and she is a goddess of tantra. All tantric in this world devotee her. She gave him power of Tantra and meditation. She is Adhi Vidhya and…

Word for Word Meaning of the Gayatri Mantra

ॐ   भूर्भुवः   स्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥ Word for Word Meaning of the Gayatri Mantra Aum = Brahma ; bhoor = embodiment of vital spiritual energy(pran) ; bhuwah = destroyer of sufferings ; swaha = embodiment of happiness ; tat = that ; savitur = bright like sun ;…

Jageshwar Temple- The 8th Jyotirling among the Twelve

Jageshwar temple is located at an altitude of 1870 meters. Jageshwar is the 8th Jyotirling among the Twelve and has great religious value. Jageshwar is a Hindu pilgrimage town in Almora District, dedicated to Lord Shiva, located 36 km northeast of Almora and around 101 Kms away from Nainital in Kumaon Region of Uttarakhand Uttranchal….

Sanskrit Shlokas- Our legendary property

अलसस्य कुतो विद्या, अविद्यस्य कुतो धनम् | अधनस्य कुतो मित्रम्, अमित्रस्य कुतः सुखम् || अर्थात् : आलसी को विद्या कहाँ मूर्ख को धन कहाँ निर्धन को मित्र कहाँ और अमित्र को सुख कहाँ |

Mahendragiri Hills – A legendary mountain where Parshuram did penance.

The 5,000 feet high Mahendragiri hills, situated in the middle of Eastern Ghats in the Paralakhemundi sub-division of Gajapati district is 175 km from Berhampur. It is situated amongst the Eastern Ghats at an elevation of 1,501 meters (4,925 ft). The Mahendra mountain is associated with east direction which clearly says that it is none…

June 21, अंतर्राष्ट्रीय योग दिवस-International Yoga Day

Yoga has its origin thousands of years ago in India. Yoga is a mind and body practice with historical origins in ancient Indian philosophy. Like other meditative movement practices used for health purposes, various styles of yoga typically combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation. Yoga has become very popular not only in India but also in many other parts of the world.

Are you ready for a supernatural journey-Charm Dham yatra

Uttarakhand is known as Dev Bhoomi (Land of Gods), as it is the land of great pilgrimages, sacred temples and places, which attracts millions of pilgrims and spiritual seekers to get enlightenment.  “Char” means “Four” and “Dham” means “Abode”. Charm Dham, the four holy abodes, are believed to be the abodes of Hindu gods and…

Badrinath Temple – situated between the two mountains Nar and Narayan

Badrinath is a holy town situated between the two mountains Nar and Narayan. in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. The main entrance gate of Badrinath temple is known as “Singhdwar”. The temple is approx 50 feet tall with a small cupola on top, covered with a gold gilt roof. The Badrinath temple…

Simhastha Kumbh – An unrivalled celebration in India.

Image Credit: ercotravels. com  The name Kumbh Mela literally means “kumbha fair”. It is known as Kumbh in Hindi ; in Sanskrit and some other Indian languages, it is more often known by its original name “Kumbha”. The Kumbh mela at Ujjain going on a prestigious baths and Ujjain kumbh is also called as Simhast…

Manipur – land of festivities, merriments and mirths

Manipur is a land of festivities, merriment’s and mirth’s all the year round. A year in Manipur Presents a cycle of festivals. Hardly a month passes without a festival or two. To the manipuris, festivals are the symbols of their cultural, social and religious aspirations which, besides removing the monotony of life by providing physical…

शिव तांडव स्तोत्रम् – Shiv Tandav Stotram

शिव तांडव स्तोत्रम् ||सार्थशिवताण्डवस्तोत्रम् || ||श्रीगणेशाय नमः || जटा टवी गलज्जल प्रवाह पावितस्थले, गलेवलम्ब्य लम्बितां भुजङ्ग तुङ्ग मालिकाम् | डमड्डमड्डमड्डमन्निनाद वड्डमर्वयं, चकार चण्डताण्डवं तनोतु नः शिवः शिवम् ||१|| जटा कटा हसंभ्रम भ्रमन्निलिम्प निर्झरी, विलो लवी चिवल्लरी विराजमान मूर्धनि | धगद् धगद् धगज्ज्वलल् ललाट पट्ट पावके किशोर चन्द्र शेखरे रतिः प्रतिक्षणं मम ||२||   धरा धरेन्द्र…

Jai Shri Sankat Mochan – Jakhoo Temple, Shimla

Jakhoo Temple is an ancient temple in Shimla, dedicated to Hindu deity, Hanuman. This temple is very easily approachable and  is one of the most sought after site to be visited not only by the devotees  and pilgrims but also by the tourists of all age groups visiting Shimla, the Hill capital of  Himachal Pradesh….

Kumbh Mela 2016- Ujjain, India – More than 60 million people’s are expected to visit kumbh mela at Ujjain

According to the Puranas, the city of Ujjain was called Avantika and was famous for its beauty and its devotional epicenter. medieval Hindu theology, its origin is found in one of the most popular medieval puranas, the Bhagavata Purana. The Samudra manthan episode (Churning of the ocean of milk), is mentioned in the Bhagavata Purana, Vishnu Purana, the Mahabharata, and the Ramayana. The history goes that the Devas had lost their strength by the curse of Durvasa Muni, and to regain it, they approached Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva. Kumbh derives its name from the immortal Pot of Nectar, which the (Devtas) and Demons (Asuras) fought over, described in ancient Vedic scriptures known as the Puranas.

Political Science & The Constitution of India

The Constitution of India was framed by the Constituent Assembly. The Assembly was constituted in 1946. The Constituent Assembly, following the partition of the country in 1947, consisted of 299 members as on 31st December 1947. Of these 229 members were elected by the provincial assemblies and the rest were nominated by the rulers of the…

Satyagraha – Insistence on truth

Satyagraha is a civil disobedience movement based on truth and non- violence. Satyagraha is made up of two words-Satya (truth) and Agraha (insistence to hold fast). Passive resistance does not exclude the use of physical force for the purpose of gaining one’s end, whereas Satyagraha excludes the use of violence.  The first Satyagraha movements inspired…

The Early Vedic Society

There has been a continuous increase in the population during the later Vedic period due to the expansion of the economy based on agriculture. The family was the basic unit of the Rigvedic society. It was patriarchal in nature Monogamy was the usual norm of marriage but the chiefs at times practiced polygamy. Marriages took…

The Rigveda – A collection of 1,028 hymns

The Rigveda is a collection of 1,028 hymns divided into 10 mandalas. They are the earliest compositions and hence depict the life of the early Vedic people in India. The Samaveda is a collection of verses mostly taken from the Rigveda but arranged in a poetic form to facilitate singing. The Yajurveda is found in…

Tripitakas – The Three Baskets

Tripitaka or Three Baskets is a traditional term used for various Buddhist scriptures. It is known as pali Canon in English. The three pitakas are Sutta Pitaka, Vinaya Pitaka and Abhidhamma Pitaka. The Tripitaka consists of three sections of the Buddha’s Teachings. They are the Discipline (Vinaya Pitaka), the Discourse (Sutta Pitaka), and Ultimate Doctrine…

Rise of Islam And Sufism in India

The Muslims first came to India in the eighth century AD mainly as traders. They were fascinated by the socio-cultural scenario in this country and decided to make India their home. The traders who came to India from Central and West Asia carried back with them traces of Indian science and culture. As a result they became cultural ambassadors of India by disseminating this knowledge to the Islamic world and from there to Europe. The immigrant Muslims also entered into matrimonial alliances with the local people and learned to live together in harmony. There was mutual exchange of ideas and customs. The Hindus and Muslims influenced each other equally in dress, speech, manners, customs and intellectual pursuits. The Muslims also brought with them their religion, Islam which had a deep impact on Indian society and culture. Let us find out more about Prophet Mohammad and Islam in this lesson. Prophet Mohammad preached Islam in the seventh century AD in Arabia. He was born in AD 5 71 in the Quraysh tribe of Arabia.

Chanakya – key advisor and councilor of Chandragupta Maurya

Chanakya is derived from his father‟s name Rishi “Chanak”. Chanakya was born to Chanak and Chaneswari, the Maga Brahmin couple in the village of Chanak in Gola district of Magadh. In Indian history, the centuries to come and that passed by, are recorded many great persons and legendary characters who shaped time through their extraordinary deeds and their excellence in every skill. But among of them, Chanakya may be the only one personality who has been respected and accepted as a brilliant person not only by Indian scholars but also western Scholars too.

Dr.Verghese Kurien- The Father of White Revolution

Dr Kurien was born on 26th November 1921 to an affluent Christain family at Kozhikode, Kerala. Dr Kurien did his graduation in Physics from Loyola College, Madras in 1940 and Bachelors in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy. After this, he joined the Tata Steel Technical Institute, Jamshedpur. He got a specialized training in dairying at the National Dairy Research Institute, Bangalore. On the scholarship from the Government of India he went to the United States to earn a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Distinction) from Michigan State University in 1948. He believed that the true development of a nation was possible only if the farmers at the grass roots were entrusted with the responsibility of organizing democratic enterprises. Growing up as the son of a civil surgeon, young Verghese had no interest whatsoever in dairy production.

Philosopher India – A Step Towards Myth Discovery

Philosopher India is a collection of mysterious myths, especially one belonging to Indian religious or cultural tradition.Mythology can refer either to the collected myths of a group of people their body of stories which they tell to explain nature, history, and customs or to the study of such myths.

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born in Tirutani on September 5, 1888 into a poor brahmin family. His father Sarvepalli Veeraswami was employed on a meagre salary in the zamindari. His mother’s name was Sitamma. Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a famous teacher and his birthday is celebrated on 5th September every year as a Teacher’s…

Puri Ratha Yatra – The Chariot Festival

Ratha Yatra or the Chariot Festival is a Hindu festival associated with the god Jagannath held at Puri in the state of Odisha, India. This annual festival is celebrated on Ashad Shukla Dwitiya. The Puri Rath Yatra is world famous and attracts more than one million pilgrims every year, not only from India but also…

The Kuber – God of all the treasures of this universe

Kuber is the god of wealth and the god’s treasurer. He is also called the god of savage beings. Lord Kubera not only distributes, but also maintains and guards all the treasures of this universe. Hence, he is also known as guardian of wealth. He is the son of Vishrava and Illavida. Kubera is married…

The Iron Age – Kaliyug

The KaliYug (Iron Age) The Yug Cycle tells us that we are now living in the Kali Yug. according to Indian Myths the age of darkness, when morality and mental capabilities reach their lowest point in the end of Yug cycle. The Great  Indian epic, Mahabharata describes the Kali Yuga as the period when the…

Shri Narada Muni

Shri Narada Muni The Srimad-Bhagavatam describes how Narada Muni attained the audience of God and thus became renowned in the Vedic tradition. The story begins with his previous two lifetimes. During the first, his name was Upabarhana, a Gandharva, or singer from a heavenly planet. Upabarhana’s beautiful voice and handsome features made him attractive to…

The Aghori – ascetic Shaiva sadhus

The Aghori  are ascetic Shaiva sadhus. The practice of “Aghori” cannibalism and human sacrifices are mostly related to tantrik rites of the worshipers of the Mother goddess in any of the worship form – MahaKali, Dhurga Maa, Kamakhya Devi. or Chammunda. The life of an Aghori Sadhu is not easy, to become like them one…

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine is one of the most religious & oldest Hindu pilgrimage destination in India located in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The Holy Cave of the Mother Vaishno is situated at an altitude of 5200 feet on the holy “Trikuta Hills”. The Maa Vaishno Devi’s abode is in 100 feet…

Gayatri Mantra – Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha

ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् English Meaning Om Bhuur-Bhuvah Svah Tat-Savitur-Varennyam | Bhargo Devasya Dhiimahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Pracodayaat ||

Apah Suktam – imparts us with vigour and strength

Apah – water आपो हि ष्ठा मयोभुवस्था न ऊर्जे दधातन । महे रणाथ चक्षसे ॥१ Aapo Hi Sstthaa Mayo-Bhuvasthaa Na Uurje Dadhaatana | Mahe Rannaatha Cakssase ||1|| Meaning: O Water, because of your presence, the Atmosphere is so refreshing, and imparts us with vigor and strength. We revere you who gladdens us by your Pure…

The Seven Sages

The Seven Sages There are several great saints and sages or rishis in Sage Mythology. Out of the manysages, the Sapta rishis or Seven sages hold special status.The Indian mythology is enigmatic but has always found references with real world objects and places. India is a country of Yoga gurus, great Indian sages & saints and…

Chant for Hanuman Darshan

ॐ हनुमान पहलवान , वर्ष बारहा का जवान| हाथ में लड्डू, मुख में पान| आओ आओ बाबा हनुमान| न आओ तो दुहाई महादेव गौरा -पार्वती की| शब्द साँचा| पिण्ड काँचा| फुरो मन्त्र इश्वरो वाचा||

Budh Dev/ God

ॐ ऐं स्त्रीं श्रीं बुधाय नमः ||   

Jai Shani Dev

” Om nilanjana samabhasam | Ravi putram yamagrajam || Cahaya martanda samhubhutam | Tama namami Shanescharam||”

Kartik Swami temple – Dedicated to the elder son of Lord Shiva, Kartikeya

Kartik Swami temple is located near Kanak Chauri village on Rudraprayag – Pokhari route in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand A mild 3k trek from Kanak Chauri village takes you to the stunning beauty of Kartik Swami temple.Kartik Swami temple is dedicated to the elder son of Lord Shiva, Kartikeya, who offered his bones as testimony of his devotion…

Sri Hemkunt Sahib Ji – Situated at a height of over 15,000 feet

Sri Hemkunt Sahib Ji – Situated at a height of over 15,000 feet above the sea level  Sri Hemkunt Sahib Ji Situated at a height of over 15,000 feet above the sea level in the Himalayan ranges of northern India, Sri Hemkunt Sahib has emerged as a popular center of Sikh Pilgrimage which is visited by thousands…

Rudranath Temple – One of the Panch Kedars

Rudranath Temple The Rudranath temple is believed to be established by the Pandavas, the heroes of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.One of the Panch Kedars in the lap of the Himalaya, Rudranath is the temple where Rudra, the angry incarnation of Lord Shiva is worshipped with complete devotion. It is the place where during the days of the…

Pitru Dosh

Pitru Dosh is affliction arises due to not getting Nirvana to soul of departed forefathers. It mainly occurs when dead forefathers and ancestors did not get peace or salvation (Moksha) at the time of departing their souls. In Hindu mythology, it is believed that if anyone in the family do not offer water and food…