The Swastika

For the Hindus and Buddhists in India and other Asian countries, the swastika was an important symbol for many thousands of years and, to this day, the symbol can still be seen in abundance – on temples, buses, taxis, and on the cover of books. It was also used in Ancient Greece and can be…

The chhath puja

Chhath is the Hindu festival celebrated each year by the people very eagerly. This is very antique festival of the Hindu religion which is dedicated to the God of energy, also known as Surya or Surya Shashti. People celebrate this festival to offer thanks to the Lord Surya for blessing the life on the earth…

Jamula Temple -sacred by the Gaddi tribes.

The ancient Jamula temple in the village of Malana is considered sacred by the Gaddi tribes. One of the most important sightseeing spots in Malana, the temple is now the court for resolving disputes in the village. It may be slightly difficult to reach Malana as the village is located in the uphill area of…

Kusha grass

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.

The Jyotish – oldest system of astrology in the world

Jyotish is the oldest system of astrology in the world. It’s derived from  the  Sanskrit  word  “jyoti”  which means light.  As the pure light of  scientific knowledge, the word Jyotish implies studying a person’s  character,  health,  habits  and  even the future on the basis of his or her birth chart. Jyotish  is  practiced  by  a  skilled   astrologer …

The Baijnath temple

The Baijnath temple is situated in the Bias valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is a temple that has been dedicated to Siva Vaidyanatha, meaning the Lord of the physicians. The Baijnath temple is located in the Bias valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is a temple that had been dedicated to Siva Vaidyanatha meaning the Lord…

The Champavati Temple

The Champavati Temple, located in the heart of the city of Chamba, is a pilgrim destination for many Hindus. It is named after Champavati, the daughter of King Sahil Varman, the founder of the temple. The temple holds great historical and religious relevance for many Hindus. Champavati Temple enshrines an idol of Goddess Mahisasuramardini, the…

Shringi rishi temple

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.

The Kamakhya temple – Story of the great sacrifice

The Kamakhya temple is situated atop the Nilanchal hills, eight hundred meters above sea level and overlooking the mighty Brahmaputra river. It is about eight kilometers west from the heart of the city of Guwahati in Assam. Sati (Dakshayini) was the daughter of King Daksha and wife of Lord Shiva. When Daksha had organized a…

The Chintpurni temple

This is the old temple of Maa Bhagwati Chinnamasta Devi in Himachal Pradesh, India. According to one of the sacred books of Sanatan Dharm, Shri Markandeye Puran, after killing of all the Asuras and upon victory in the big war, Maa Bhagwati’s 2 ‘sahyoginis’, Jaya and Vijaya who had killed the various Asuras and drank…

The Shiva MahaPuran

The Shiva Purana has twenty-four thousand shlokas.  There are total 18 Paranas. and number of Uppuranas. Shiva Mahapuran is one of them. Each Purana represents one God and describes him as the supreme most and glorifies him. The Purana consists of other relevant anecdotes and stories, also which make it more interesting . At the…

The Surya Namaskara – Sun Salutation

A well-known Hindu mode of worship of Surya is done at the rising of the Sun, known as Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation). Ten yogic postures are assumed in successive flowing movements to complete one namaskar. Twelve sacred Hindu mantras uttered and for each mantra one complete namaskar is done. Ancient practice is to do 108…

Shiva – The Rudra

The highest degree of Vedic education, traditionally reserved for the sannyasis (renunciants), is mastery of the texts known as the Upanisads. The Upanisads teach the philosophy of the Absolute Truth (Brahman) to those seeking liberation from birth and death. Study of the Upanisads is known as vedanta, “the conclusion of the Veda.” The word upanisad…

Om Namah Shivaya

The Om Namah Shivaya mantra or chant consists of six syllables – om, na, mah, shi, vaa, ya. When chanted properly, each syllable activates certain energy centers within our bodies as we meditate upon the energy of Lord Shiva. Shiva is often referred to as the part of the Hindu trinity which has dominion over…

Shri Ganesha Shloka

vakratu.nDa mahaakaaya koTisuuryasamaprabha | nirvighnaM kuru me deva sarvakaaryeshhu sarvadaa || Chant this Mantra in a day for 11 times and see the unbelievable Result.