The devoted Sadhu purveyors

The Sanskrit word ‘Sadhu’ is translated into English by the word ‘mendicant’ and very rarely with another word ‘Sage’. But ‘Sadhu’ is differently meant in the revealed scriptures like Srimad Bhagwat Geeta or Srimad Bhagbatam. In the ‘Bhagwat Geeta’ the qualification of a ‘Sadhu’ is based on one’s faithfulness in the transcendental service of the Personality of Godhead. One who is firmly fixed up in the devotional service and nothing more-is called a ‘Sadhu’ and Mahatma in terms of Bhagwat Geeta. Even if a man is apt to some vicious habits which a ‘Sadhu’ must not have as part of his personal qualification, is accepted also as a ‘Sadhu’ for the only qualification of his staunch faithfulness in the service of the Personality of Godhead. Bhagwat Geeta has not nullified all the above mentioned primary twenty six qualifications of a ‘Sadhu’ by the statement-‘even if a man is accustomed to vicious habits.’ The idea is explained in the following shloka in which it is said that such well-settled devotee shall soon be well-qualified with all the pious qualifications of a ‘Sadhu’. But because one has become faithfully fixed up in the service of the Lord-the seed of all godly qualifications is sowed therein and the resultant fortification will come in vogue, without delay. And therefore the primary qualification of a ‘Sadhu’ is that he must be an unflinching devotee of the Lord.

The Jyotish – oldest system of astrology in the world

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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 …

Indru Nag – The God of Snakes and Rains

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This Temple is located on way to Khaniyara Village about 3 kms from Kotwali Bazaar. 2 kms road route upto the village Chola and 1 km trek route to the Indrunag temple. This temple is dedicated to Nag, the Lord of Snakes, and the Lord of Rains. In the Month…

The Sura Dev – the maker of day

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Surya (Sun God) is the chief solar deity in Hinduism.In Hindu religious literature, Surya is notably mentioned as the visible form of God that one can see every day.Surya is the son of Sage Kashyapa and Aditi.He has two wives Samnja and Chaya.Surya is, the ruler of the worlds, who…

The Shiva MahaPuran

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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…

Goddess Parvati

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Goddess Parvati is regarded as the power and divine consort of Lord Shiva – the Destroyer. Like her consort Shiva, Goddess Parvati is said to have both mild and terrible aspects The appearance of Goddess Parvati will vary depending on whether she is depicted alone or with Lord Shiva. When…

Krodh Shanti Mantra or Wrath spells peace

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ॐ शान्ते प्रशंते सर्वे क्रोधोपश्मानी स्वाहा || Om Namaha Shaante Prashaante Om Hreem Hraam Sarvakrodh Prashamani Swaahaaa. The mantra is very beneficial to calm anger.

Peace Shloka (Prayer for Peace)

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Peace Shloka (Prayer for Peace) Om Sarvesham Svasti Bhavatu | Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu | Sarvesham Purnam Bhavatu | Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu | Chanting of this shloka once in  a day and feel the you are in a Heaven..

Shiva Puja

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Shiva Puja is the name of the action in Hinduism by which one worships Lord Siva through traditional and ancient rites with the use of mantra. in my previous post The shiva linga i have describe more about the Pooja or worship of Lord shiva. in hindu mythology Snake is…

Shri Hanuman – The Monkey God

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Hanuman is the monkey deity renowned for his courage, power and faithful, selfless service. Hanuman was born as the son of the King and Queen of the Monkeys. To others, he is the son of Anjana, an female Apsara who had been transformed into a monkey by a curse, and…

Prayer to the Teacher

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Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshwara; Guru Sakshat Parabrahma Tsmai Shri Guruve Namaha Meaning: (The teacher is like Lord Brahma as he fosters knowledge within us,Lord Vishnu as he turns the knowledge in our mind to the right path,Lord Shiva as he destroys the wrong concepts that come with…

Shri Ganesha Shloka

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

A churel – a female ghost of South Asian folklore

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A churel, also spelled as churail, chudail or chudel  is a female ghost of South Asian folklore, which is equivalent of Lilith and well known in North India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The word “churel” is also used colloquially for a witch. India is a land of myths & legends –…

Yoga – spiritual and ascetic discipline

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Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental well…

The Night of Lord Shiva – Mahashivaratri

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Mahashivaratri Festival or the ‘The Night of Shiva’ is celebrated with devotion and religious fervor in honor of Lord Shiva, one of the deities of Hindu Trinity. Shivaratri falls on the moonless 14th night of the new moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun, which corresponds to the month of…

Samudra Manthan – The night of Lords & Demons

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This very popular Shivaratri legend from Puranas explains why people stay awake all night on Shivaratri. Besides, it also tells us why Lord Shiva is also known as Neelakantha. Once Indra – the King of Gods, while riding on an elephant came across Durvasa Muni who offered him a special…

The Sun Temple, Modhera, Gujarat, India – Built in 1026 AD

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The Sun Temple, Modhera, Gujarat, India. Built in 1026 AD by a king, the temple is very well preserved and depicts an essence of ancient architecture, which is indeed unique. The temple complex comprises three elements: a big water reservoir, a pillared hall and the main temple.Indian traditional art is…

The Ancient tradition of Narbali [Human sacrificing]

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      There was an ancient tradition of Narbali [Human sacrificing] ,  for the purpose of pleasing the God, was an orthodoxy and crime due to ignorance in human society. It was  practised  throughout the world even in highly civilised societies due to ignorance and blind faith. Uttarakhand the land of kind…

Guru – A honorific designation

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“Guru is Shiva sans his three eyes, Vishnu sans his four arms Brahma sans his four heads. He is parama Shiva himself in human form” ~ Brahmanda Puran Guru is the God, say the scriptures. Indeed, the ‘guru’ in Vedic tradition is looked upon as one no less than a…

The Brahmacharya

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Brahma aacharya is Brahmacharya. The person who follows the Brahma thathwa in maintaining the discipline of body and mind is a Brahmachari. A Brahma aachari alone can know the Brahmaswa of the aathman through meditation. Prasnopanishad says: “Here is Brahmana wherein the master clearly points out that no upasana is…

The Myth Society

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The name ‘Rishis’ brings to our minds the archetypal image of old men, with matted locks and long beards, sitting in forests or caves in deep meditations. Or we may think of them as characters in our epics, involved in some spiritual activity, but mostly living in seclusion, away from…

Shri Naina Devi Temple

Shri Naina Devi Temple is located on an altitude of 1177 meters in Distt. Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh. Several mythological stories are associated with the establishment of the temple.According to a legend, Goddess Sati burnt herself alive in Yagna, which distressed Lord Shiva. He picked the corpse of Sati on her shoulder and started his Taandav…

Maa Chamunda Devi

The mythology of Maa Chamunda Devi has been chronicled in “Durga Sapt-Shati’.The Chamunda Devi Temple is located  in the District Kangra,  Himachal Pradesh a North Indian State. It stands on the banks of the famous Baan Ganga River, the temple is housed with extremely sacred idol of Chamunda Devi, and as such the idol is wrapped…

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…

The Lord Narasimha

Narasimha Avatar is the Half-Man Half-Lion Incarnation of Sri Hari Vishnu. The story of Narasimha Avatar is associated with Vishnu’s incarnation as the boar or Varaha. To uphold dharma and save the Vedas, Varaha had killed the brother of demon Hiranyakashipu. Narasimha, the fourth incarnation of god Vishnu, is half-lion half-human. This incarnation  is to…

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…

A churel – a female ghost of South Asian folklore

A churel, also spelled as churail, chudail or chudel  is a female ghost of South Asian folklore, which is equivalent of Lilith and well known in North India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The word “churel” is also used colloquially for a witch. India is a land of myths & legends – centuries of profound history has…

India Myths

There is a vast and sometimes bewildering storehouse of Hindu scriptures available that can be classified into several categories. The 4 main ones are shruti (that which is heard), smṛti (that which is remembered), itihāsa (history), and purāṇa (the most ancient, yet evernew). Shruti and the smṛti are the two authoritative sources of Sanātana Dharma….

Sadhu – love is without sacrifice

If my love is without sacrifice, it is selfish. Such a love is barter, for there is exchange of love and devotion in return for something. It is conditional love. Sadhu Vaswani