Bhootnath Mandir, Himachal Pradesh

हिमाचल प्रदेश के जिला मंडी में बाबा भूतनाथ मंदिर का शिवलिंग स्वयंभू है, जो प्राचीन काल से ही यहां के लोगों के प्रमुख अराध्य देव हैं तथा लाखों लोगों की अटूट आस्था के प्रतीक हैं।

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 ।

Wat Pho | The Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and a must-do for any first-time visitor in Bangkok. It’s one of the largest temple complexes in the city and famed for its giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 metres long and is covered…

Obon festival – A Buddhist tradition aimed at honoring one’s ancestors.

Obon is one of the most important Japanese traditions. People believe that their ancestors’ spirits come back to their homes to be reunited with their family during Obon and pray for the spirits. For the reason, Obon is an important family gathering time, and many people return to their hometowns. Traditionally, lanterns are hung in…

Ranakpur Temple – one of the five major pilgrimages of the Jains.

Ranakpur Temple are acclaimed world-wide for their intricate and superb architectural style. These temples form one of the five major pilgrimages of the Jains. Located in village of Ranakpur near Sadri town in the Pali district of Rajasthan, Ranakpur temple lies at a distance of 95 kms in the north of Udaipur city. The temple…

Gomateshwara (Bahubali) Temple – Karnataka

Northwest of Bangalore, the Capital of Karnataka. The town is a prominent center for Jaina Art, Architecture, religion and culture for over 2,300 years. It is a town of ponds and temples. The name of this holy center is derived from the pond called ‘bili-gola’ (white pond) between two hills. The largest number of Digamber…

Jain Teerth – Sonagiri, M. P

This sacred place is popular among devotees & ascetic saints to practice for self discipline, austerity and to attain Nirvana (Salvation) since the time of Bhagwan Chandraprabhu (The 8th Teerthankar), Five & half Crores of ascetic saints have achived salvation (Moksha or Nirvana) from here.The Samavsharan of Bhagwan Chandraprabhu came here for 17 times. Nang,…

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…

Akhenaten – An ancient Egyptian pharaoh.

Akhenaten was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh who reigned about 3,500 years ago. He made some major, but rather short-lived changes to various aspects of ancient Egyptian culture, the most notable one being his religious revolution. Akhenaten also made major changes in the ancient Egyptian art style, and presented himself in a very different manner from…

The Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven is considered the most holy of Beijing’s imperial temples. It has been described as “a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design”. The Temple of Heaven has also been listed as one of the World Cultural Relics by the UNESCO. The Temple of Heaven was built in the Ming Dynasty (AD 1420)…

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…

My childhood was the time when i was innocent

My childhood was the time when i was innocent… when the world seemed to be fair…. when my universe was around my toys. My childhood was the time when 9i lived in dreams… when everyone was selfless … when everyone appeared to be a friend. My childhood was the time when my life was full…

The Hemis festival – Amazing Mask Dances

The Hemis festival is one of the biggest and the most famous religious festivals of Ladakh and is an attraction for both the tourist and the local people. Hemis Gompa, the largest and richest Buddhist monastery in Ladakh plays host to the popular yearly festival day called Hemis Festival. The day has been declared as…

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…

The Raja festival in Orissa.

Raja Festival (Swing festival) or Mithuna Sankranti is the first day of the month of Asara (June-July) from which the season of rains starts. It inaugurates and welcomes the agricultural year all over Odisha which marks, through biological symbolism, the moistening of the summer parched soil with the first showers of the monsoon, thus making…

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…

San Juan, Spain- Bonfires of Saint John

San Juan from Bay Media on Vimeo. To celebrate the arrival of summer, the people of Alicante would traditionally flock to the countryside on 23 June for a festive dinner: they feasted on typical products, and at midnight they would light bonfires and dance around them, set off fireworks and go swimming in the sea….

Rash Mela at Dubla Char (Island), Satkhira Sunderbans

Dubla Rash Mela is the biggest fair in not only Bagerhat, but also the entire Bangladesh. This has become a grand occasion for many foreign tourists visiting the Sundarbans and people come from India as well. At the centre of the festival are twenty thousand temporary fishermen who are engaged in catching and drying fish…

Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand

Kedarnath Temple The present temple, built in 8th century A.D. by Adi Shankaracharya, stands adjacent to the site of an earlier temple built by the Pandavas. Kedarnath is one of the most sacred pilgrimages of Lord Shiva situated in Rudraprayag district of Garhwal region in Uttarakhand. Kedarnath is one of the Char Dham in Uttarakhand…

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…

Chitrakoot – The Hill of many wonders

 Chitrakoot means the ‘Hill of many wonders’. Chitrakoot is the place where Lord Ram spend most of his time in exile ( eleven and half years) and it was most lovable place by him.The great sage Atri, Sati Anusuya, Dattatreya, Maharshi Markandeya, Sarbhanga,Sutikshna and various other sages, seers, devotees and thinkers meditated; and here the…

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…

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.

The Brhmachari – shine like sun and quick in all what they do.

The importance of Brahmacharya is clearly explained in Yejurveda. In this modern life very few only understand this and practice it. All Vedas and other scriptures of Hinduism lay great emphasis regarding Brahmacharya. In vedic period a student is also known as Brahmachari. By preserving the energy, strength and vitality of mind and various organs…

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…

Navaratri – The Great 9 sacred nights

In India, Navaratri is celebrated four times a year. They are Ashada Navaratri, the Sharad Navaratri, the Maha Navaratri and the Vasantha Navaratri. Ratri means “night” and Nava means “nine”. At Navaratri (“nine nights”), the Lord in the form of the Mother Goddess is worshipped in Her various forms as Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Though…

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.

Mystery behind origin of the TarotS

The origin of the tarot is a mystery. We do know for sure that the cards were used in Italy in the fifteenth century as a popular card game. Wealthy patrons commissioned beautiful decks, some of which have survived. The Visconti-Sforza, created in 1450 or shortly thereafter, is one of the earliest and most complete….

A shamshan ghat – A platform designed for the cremation of bodies.

A shamshan ghat (cremation ground) is a platform designed for the cremation of bodies. Typically, it is built near rivers or fresh streams so that ashes can be disposed of after cremation in accordance with Hindu tradition.Members of the Hindu faith have been cremating their dead for centuries, in accordance with their religious beliefs. By…

Aghori Sadhu – The ascetic Cannibals

“Akal mritue vo mare jo kam kare chandal ka, kaal b uska kya kare jo bhakt ho Mahakaal ka” Death presents an unknown element that speaks of a certain but unknown future, yet remains an untouchable predicament in the present. The future is and always will be an unknown experience, a reality that will not…

Shanidev – The son of Lord Surya

” Om nilanjana samabhasam | Ravi putram yamagrajam || Cahaya martanda samhubhutam | Tama namami Shanescharam||” Meaning I bow to Lord Shani, who is black in colour and son of Sun and born to Chaya and brother of Yama , who moves very slowly. Shani is is a son of Lord Surya. He is generally…

Ganesha – The elephant headed God

Ganesha, the elephant headed God is the God of wisdom and prosperity. He is remover of all the obstacles. He is four armed and is extremely brilliant. In India he is a highly revered God and no prayer or auspicious function starts without an invocation of him. Ganesha is known as the son of Shiva and Parvathi. Ganesh, also known as Ganapati, is immediately recognizable as the elephant-headed god. He is the god of wisdom and learning, as well as the remover of obstacles, and consequently the sign of auspiciousness. It is customary to begin cultural events, for example, by propitiating Ganesh, and older Sanskrit works invoked his name at their commencement. Ganesh is said to have written down the Mahabharata from the dictation of Vyasa.

The Kalaram temple

The Kalaram temple is an old Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Rama in the Panchavati area of Nashik City in Maharashtra, India.The temple derives its name from the statue of Lord Rama that is black in colour. The literal translation of Kalaram means black Rama. The sanctum sanctorum also houses the statues of goddess Sita…

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…

Nirjala Ekadashi

Nirjala Ekadashi falls in the month of Jyestha in the Shukla paksha (June), therefore it is also called “Jyeshtha Shukla Ekadashi” . Nirjala Ekadashi is the most important and significant Ekadashis out of all twenty four Ekadashis in a year. Nirjala means without water and Nirjala Ekadashi fasting is observed without water and any type of…

Hanuman Jayanti

Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated on full moon day during Chaitra month. Hanuman, who is also known as Vanara God, was born on this day and Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Hanuman.  The event is celebrated on the 15th day of the Shukla Paksha, during the month of Chaitra (the Chaitra Pournimaa).April 4…

Amavasya – The new Moon Night

The Hindu Indian calendar follows the lunar month and Amavasya, the new moon night, falls at the beginning of new lunar month which lasts for about 30 days. It is significant day as many rituals are performed only on Amavasya Tithi. Amavasya falling on weekday Monday is known as Somvati Amavasya and Amavasya falling on…

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…

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…

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||”

Temples In India

Lord Shiva – the powerful and fascinating deity of the Hindu Trinity, who represents death and dissolution.Indian temples by state have numerous gods and goddesses worshiped by peoples all over India.

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…