Who is Witch in Indian Folk fares?

डायन भारतीय परिप्रेक्ष्य में विशेषकर आदिवासी लोककथा में ऐसी स्त्री को कहते हैं जो जादू-टोना कर के दूसरों में बीमारी, मौत, अकाल लाना या कई और अनैतिक कार्य करती है।

What is Om?

a mystic syllable, considered the most sacred mantra in Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism. It appears at the beginning and end of most Sanskrit recitations, prayers, and texts.

The practice of Bikram Yoga.

Bikram Yoga
Founder Bikram Choudhury
Established late 20th century
Practice emphases
Unchanging sequence of postures in a heated room, designed as a rejuvenating exercise to strengthen the entire body, from head to toe.
Bikram Yoga is a system of yoga that Bikram Choudhury synthesized from traditional hatha yoga techniques It became popular in the early 1970s

Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay – an Indian social reformer and freedom fighter.

कमलादेवी चट्टोपाध्याय (जनम 3 अप्रैल 1903) एक भारतीय समाज सुधारक और स्वतंत्रता सेनानी थी । भारतीय स्वतंत्रता आंदोलन में उनके योगदान के लिए उन्हें सबसे ज्यादा याद किया जाता है;

#Goddess Budho Mata mandir mubarik pur, Haryana.

Let us tell you about today is an ancient temple where people have different wonderful things out . This  is holy temple of budho mata in mubarikpur Village, District Gurgaon, Haryana.  Every year millions of people across India visit mubarikpur to worship their goddess. It is believed that Mostly newly married couples come to take blessings of the goddess…

Travel Guide to Chile.

Chile is a long, narrow country stretching along South America’s western edge, with 4,300km of Pacific Ocean coastline. Santiago, its capital, sits in a valley surrounded by the Andes and Chilean Coast Range mountains. The city’s Plaza de Armas, founded in 1541, contains neoclassical landmarks and the National History Museum. The massive Parque Metropolitano offers swimming pools, a botanical garden and zoo. Chile is a country of startling contrasts and extreme beauty, with attractions ranging from the towering volcanic peaks of the Andes to the ancient forests of the Lake District.

Yumbulagang Palace

Yumbulagang, about 11 km southwest of Tsetang, was built by the first Tibetan king, Nyatri Tsenpo, in the 2nd century AD , and was the first palace in Tibet. Situated in the hilltop of southeast of Tsedang, Shannan Area, it was changed into a temple during the Songtsen Gampo times, and become one of the…

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…

Guru – A honorific designation

“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 God. ‘Guru’ is a honorific…

Mahamritunjya

Mahamritunjya Temple: Situated in the heart of the town, this temple houses the image of Lord Shiva with his third eye and the lotus posture in meditative contemplation. The four arms of Shiva with usual symbols and right lower hand in   ‘Bhumisparsha mudra’,lower left hand holding ‘Kamandal’ right upper hand raised in benediction and…

The Rishi – Practice to God

rishi (Sanskrit: “seer; one who sees”) — is a word that simply means a sage or a divine seer in general. the great sages of ancient India who, in deep states of meditation (communion with the cosmos), and through spiritual experimentation, discovered the underlying, fundamental truths of the Universe, and whose teachings formed the basis…

The Tapasya -generation of heat or energy referring to spiritual practice

Tapasya is practical  spiritual discipline. Literally it means the generation of heat or energy, referring to spiritual practice and its effect, especially the “roasting” of karmic seeds, the “burning up” of karma. It also refers to the heat necessary for the hatching of an egg. Without tapasya there is no significant spiritual progress. Tapasya of…

The spiritual path Siddha Yoga

The spiritual path Siddha Yoga is essentially based on the philosophy that focus on the inner self can bring one closer to God. It draws heavily from the Kashmir Shaivism and Vedanta Hindu spiritual traditions. Siddha Yoga is presented by its practitioners as an individual spirituality that is often developed in a community of fellow…

The supreme Soul – Aghori

The Aghori are Shaivites, ascetic sadhus devoted to Shiva. They believe the Hindu god of transformation through death and destruction is the supreme being, embracing death and devoting their lives to living in filth. They often live in or near cremation sites, covering themselves in ashes of the dead, and use bones to make bowls…

The Mahakaal

Mahakaal means the destroyer of one who destroys i.e annihilator, it’s Supreme Command. Like, if human acts as destroyer who destoys some other animal, then the God is Supreme Destroyer of that Destroyer. For eg. If an executioner kills someone, he is Kaal(destroyer) of that person, Mahakaal is that which acts on that executioner and…

PRASHAR TEMPLE – built in the 14th century

This temple, built in the 14th century, is a shrine where the rulers of Mandi once worshiped. The pagoda-style temple stands in the little green hollow around the Prashar lake, above the town of Pandoh. The views of the mountains are spectacular.

Manimahesh abode of Shiva – (3,950 m)

The Manimahesh Lake, high up in the mountains near Bharmaur, is an important place of pilgrimage. The solitary Manimahesh Kailash Peak- the legendary abode of Shiva, is reflected in its still waters. A little temple in the shikhara style with an exquisite brass image of Lakshmi Devi as Mahishasuramardini stands near-by. Every year, following Janmashtami,…

Shoolini Mata Temple

Shoolini Mata Temple dedicated to Shoolini Mata, is one of the prime attractions of Solan. The town of Solan was named after Shoolini Mata, the presiding deity at Shoolini Mata Temple of neighbouring village, Solan Gaon. It is believed that Shoolini Mata Temple existed long before the origin of Solan Gaon. This temple attracts huge…

Chaurasi Temple – The 9th century temple at Bharmaur

The 9th century temples at Bharmaur are among the most important early Hindu temples in the Chamba Valley. According to legend, 84 (chaurasi) yogi’s visited Bharmaur, capital of King Sahil Varma. They were so pleased with the king’s humility and hospitality that they blessed him with ten sons and a daughter, Champavati. A cluster of…

The Shiva -The most powerful god

Shiva is ‘shakti’ or power, Shiva is the destroyer, the most powerful god of the Hindu pantheon and one of the godheads in the Hindu Trinity. Known by many names – Mahadeva, Mahayogi, Pashupati, Nataraja, Bhairava, Vishwanath, Bhava, Bhole Nath – Lord Shiva is perhaps the most complex of Hindu deities. Hindus recognize this by…

Holy India – world’s oldest religious tradition

Hinduism is the world’s oldest religious tradition; it goes back to the very dawn of history. The hymns composed some 5,000 years ago are still recited today. Hinduism is the third largest of the world’s religions, after Christianity and Islam. Nearly 800 million people or one-seventh of humanity call Hinduism their spiritual home. Millions more…

The Aghori Yogis

Sadhus are followers of Shiva and are divided into various sects. The Dasanami (monks with ten names) sect has about ten branches scattered all over India. They each have an armed militant branch called the Nagas. They follow Tantrism and Shaktism, eat meat, take stimulants and are often criticized for their erotic practices. The Gorakhnath…

Tungnath Temple – nestled at an altitude of 3,680 m

The excellent surprises of nature is the Tungnath Temple, among the highest erected shrines of Lord Shiva, nestled at an altitude of 3,680 m. It has been magnetizing millions of Hindu pilgrims from the last five years because of its majestic setting and religious significance. Tungnath Temple, attained a second position in pact of Pench…

The Himalayan kingdom – Leh- Ladakh

Leh, was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, now the Leh district in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. Leh district, is the second largest district in the country.Leh is Full of Nature & Adventures. Built by the Buddhist kings of Ladakh in 1553 the Leh Palace was once the world’s highest…

The Village Malana – an ancient village of India, Himachal Pradesh

  Malana is an ancient village to the north-east of Kullu Valley. This solitary village in the Malana Nala, a side valley of the Parvati Valley, is isolated from the rest of the world. The majestic peaks of Chandrakhani and Deotibba shadow the village. It is situated on a remote plateau by the side of…

Shiva The Creator – The Power of OM

     Shiva The Creator Om or Aum is of paramount importance in Hinduism. This symbol (as seen in the image on the right) is a sacred syllable representing Brahman, the impersonal Absolute of Hinduism — omnipotent, omnipresent, and the source of all manifest existence. Brahman, in itself, is incomprehensible; so a symbol becomes mandatory to…

Lord Surya

In the Ramayana, Surya is described as father of the King Sugriva, who helped Rama and Lakshmana in defeating the demon king Ravana. He also trains Hanuman. The Suryavanshi dynasty of kings, Rama being one of them, also claims descent from Surya. In the Mahabharata, Princess Kunti receives instruction for a mantra from the sage…

Bagalamukhi (the Goddess who seizes the Tongue) :

Bagalamukhi (the Goddess who seizes the Tongue) : Bagala or Bagalamukhi is the eighth Mahavidya in the famous series of the 10 Mahavidyas. She is identified with the second night of courage and is the power or Shakti of cruelty. She is described as the Devi with three eyes, wearing yellow clothes and gems, moon…

Hidimbi Devi Temple

Hidimbi Devi Temple, also known variously as the Hadimba Temple,is located in Manali,a hill station in the State of Himāchal Pradesh in north India .It is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, sister of Hidimba ,who was a character in the Indian epic, Mahābhārata .The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at…

India – Religion and Expressive Culture

Sadhus are almost totally dependent on the alms of others for subsistence. In addition, they may also support themselves by engaging in any of the following activities: begging, serving as spiritual mentors to personal disciples, interpreting dreams, telling fortunes, reading palms, astrology, manufacturing amulets, performing exorcisms, casting spells, singing, conjuring, juggling, tattooing, or selling medicinal…

A yogi – someone who practices yoga & Veda

         A yogi is someone who practices yoga, a traditional Indian spiritual discipline which includes meditation and spiritual exercises. The female equivalent of this term is yogini. Generally, these terms are only used to describe masters and teachers of this discipline, and they are certainly not appropriate for people who only practice one aspect of…

Sanyasi – In the search of Truth

THE renowned Vedic scholar, Rajbali Pandey, in his outstanding work, “HINDU SAMSKARAS—Socio-Religious Study of the Hindu Sacraments”, while discussing the funeral Samskaras of the ascetics, makes a significant remark, “But after the transition of Hinduism from Vedism or Brahmanism to Puranism and Tantraism, Sanyasa came to be regarded as Kalivarjya. Though Shankaracharya broke this prohibition…

The Rambling Himachal , India

                                                                Dev Pashakot A village of Himachal Pradesh Malana Village, Himachal Pradesh

The Trishul

                     Trishul has great significance in Hindu Religion , it is in the hands of almost all the deities but it but  the significance  is even more when it is held by Lord Shiva or Goddess . now why Trishul has been given so much of significance in our culture does have a very deep…

Tungnath Temple , Uttarakhand

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…

A yogi

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.

Jakhni Mata Temple – Palampur, India

Palampur is a green hill station and a municipal council in the Kangra Valley in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, surrounded by tea gardens and pine forests before they merge with the Dhauladhar ranges. Palampur is the tea capital of northwest India but tea is just one aspect that makes Palampur a special interest…

Poverty is general scarcity or dearth

Poverty is general scarcity or dearth, or the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. Absolute poverty or destitution refers to the deprivation of basic human needs, which commonly includes food, water, sanitation, clothing, shelter, health care and education.

Garden of childhood

There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again. “Sweet Aarya”

The Sage or a Baba

“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…

The Vetala

A vetala can be a vampire, a flesh eater and blood drinker, like a skeleton with large tattered wings. In Hindu folklore, the vetala is an evil spirit who haunts cemeteries and takes demonic possession of corpses.They make their displeasure known by troubling humans which mainly includes affection towards God and good in the person…

Religious India – The Pure India

The Sadhu usually wears on his forehead the three lines of the god’s trident drawn in ash or sandalwood paste which may be vertical or horizontal. Endless variations of these sectarian marks, depending on the sect, are possible. They may decorate their bodies with various lines and markings, cover the entire torso with ashes, carry…