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Hanuman Jayanti

Do you know why we celeberate Hanuman Jayanti? Read more about this festival!

Hanuman Jayanti is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birthday of Lord Hanuman. Lord Hanuman, an avid devotee of Lord Rama was born on the full moon day of Chaitra month, as per Hindu calendar. This festival is celebrated all over India. In Maharashtra, devotees gather together and recite the kirtans (devotional songs) early in the morning before sunrise. As Lord Hanuman was born at sunrise, special aartis, pujas are performed during the sunrise. 

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Devotees visit Hanuman temples and offer flowers, Prasad. It is believed that Lord Hanuman protects his devotees from evil powers coming towards them. People who are in sade sati (Dosha) phase, offer special prayers to their protector, Lord Hanuman. We know that each rashi (zodic sign) faces sade sati, a period of 7.5 years of their challenging time. In this long period of sade sati, Shani (Saturn) make you face toughest phase of your life (physically and mentally). It is believed that devotees of Lord Hanuman face fewer effects of Sade Sati. Thus they offer prayers and take blessings from Lord Hanuman. In evenings, devotees read Ramayana and Lord Hanuman stories. Many organizations arrange meal events on this occasion. In Tamil Nadu, Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated in Margajhi month of mula nakshtra.

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Facts about Shiv temples in India

Read these amazing unknown facts about Shiv Temples in India!

In India, the land on which Lord Shiva’s temples are built is considered as a divine land. Do you know these Shiva temples are built in such a way that they lie between Kedarnath temple (North) to Rameshwaram temple(South) and are in a geographical straight line? Surprisingly, these templesare built in same geographical longitude. Wonder how our ancestors had used the techniques to build such temples, as in past there were no modern techniques and equipment available! The distance between Kedarnath temple and Rameshwaram temple is 2383 km. Do you want to know which these temples which are built in a straight line and are in between Kedarnath and Rameshwaram?

  • Kedarnath Temple (Uttarakhand)
  • Shri Kalhati Temple (Andhra Pradesh)
  • Kaleshwaram Temple (Telangana)
  • Ekambareshwar Temple (Tamil Nadu)
  • Nataraja Temple (Tamil Nadu)
  • Rameshwaram Temple (Tamil Nadu)
 
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About hundred years ago, British scientists had researched and introduced an imaginary line, which is called as trophic of cancer. In this research, they found that Ujjain city (Madhya Pradesh) falls on this trophic of cancer. Thus Ujjain is believed as one of the center points of the earth. Thus scientists regularly visit Ujjain to research and study about the sun and space. This city has one more miracle that everybody should know. The distance pattern from Ujjain city to the other remaining Maha Jyotirling (cities of devotional representation of Lord Shiva) temples in India is indeed an interesting one! All these distances are in three repetitive digits (example 777 kms, 111 kms etc) except Rameshwaram Temple where the distance is in four digit, however the distance figure still contains three repetitive digits at the end (1999 kms).

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Ujjain – Somnath Temple (777 km)
Ujjain – Onkareshwar Temple (111 km)
Ujjain – Bhimashankar Temple (666 km)
Ujjain – Kashi Vishwanath Temple (999 km)
Ujjain – Mallikarjun Temple (999 km)
Ujjain – Kedarnath Temple (888 km)
Ujjain – Triambakeshwar Temple (555 km)
Ujjain – Baijnath Temple (999 km)
Ujjain – Rameshwaram Temple (1999 km)
Ujjain – Ghrishneshwar Temple (555 km)

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Aarti Collection

Aarti Ambe Tu Hai Jagdambe Kali With Lyrics By Anuradha Paudwal I Aarti

Popular Aarti ‘Ambe Tu hai Jagambe Kali’ with lyrics and its meaning!

English Meaning: O Mother, You are Mother of this whole world, kali; Hail, O You druga bearing skulls. Hindus sing about Your good nature! O Mother, all of us are singing Your aarti!

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Devi Aarti: Ambe Tu Hai Jagdambe Kali with Hind English Lyrics Album: Aartiyan Singer: Anuradha Paudwal Music Director: Arun Paudwal Lyricist: Traditional Music Label: T-Series

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How to keep away or remove the negative energy from our house?

Read this to remove the negativity from your house!

Negative powers or energies are not visible. But if they exist, one can feel those negative vibes. These are powerful and are capable to make you and your family face their effects adversely. Severe health problems, fluctuations in expenses, family disputes and arguments with your spouse or with your boss are common consequences of such cynical strengths. So, one should stay away and should try to keep his/her family from such destructive powers. Our house is an extension of ourselves. So it is obvious that our house could absorb the negative vibes. To feel safe and secure, we must take special care of our home so that negative energies do not enter. To cleanse the existing negative energy, one can easily follow spiritual remedies that are mentioned in Ayurveda.
 
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One should get up early in the morning and clean their house. He/she should offer prayers to God immediately after taking bath. Put ghee in your diya and offer it to the temple at your house. Burning camphor after your puja is the finest way to purify the energy. In addition to this, meditationwill keep your mind and body in peace. One must offer kalash (copper container) full of water to the Tulsi plant (Basil plant) to cleanse the air. We know that Tulsi plant plays an important role in purifying the air. While pouring water into the plant it is desirable to chant the Vishnu stotra:
 
  नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय नम:

After chanting this stotra, put some tulsi leaves in the remaining kalash water and sprinkle it into your house, especially to your main entrance door. This keeps away evil energy that is coming to your door and then to your house! Putting rangoli (an Indian art) in front of your main entrance of the house is likely to attract positive energy. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi along with other Gods is lured by all such divine activities.
These remedies are suggested by Ancient Saints. The house where there exists some sort of negative energy makes mentality of the members of that family evil. Such negative individuals always think negative before starting any work, which leads to mental stress and anger. Hence the remedies mentioned above keep away the negative thoughts and bring happiness and prosperity to such families.
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Planets and their effects on mankind

Do you know planets have effects on human beings? Read about these effects!

The stars and planets have their effects on every living organism. Their movement around the Sun has an influence on the living organism. Thus, this movement has direct impact on every living human bring in the entire universe. These planetary positions decide personality, behavior etc. of every person. These planets have movements in all the 12 astrological signs. These stars and planets tend to make some of the incidents occur in the life of human beings. Those incidents could be good or bad, depending upon the nature and position of that planet with respect to the sun. Thus we say, the life of human being is astrologically affected by his or her respective planets.

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The Sun (Ravi) – The sun is the king of all the planets. All the planets revolve around him. The sun is a sign of man’s happiness. In Hindu religion, we respect and worship it. Hence, the sun entering a particular astrological sign makes that respective person happy, honest and fearless.

The Moon (Chandra) – The mind is connected to the movement of the moon.  He causes mental stress and gives thought-provoking ideas to the human mind. Thus the moon rules over brain and other parts of the body like abdomen etc. The position of moon signifies the wealth a person owns.

Mars (Mangal) – This planet is one of the powerful planets of all. This planet tells you if a person who is going through Mangal dasha (having Mars in his kundalini), have faced any criminal records, jail in his life or whether the person is going to face it in future. The person having Mangal in his Rashi might suffer from Haemorrhagic.

Mercury (Budh) – This planet is neutral in nature. It is intelligent and gives a person great intellectual abilities and mathematical knowledge. Mercury is also connected to the health of lungs, intestines, and tongue. So if you face any of these problems, it is because of mercury!

Jupiter (Guru) – This planet gives you happiness and satisfaction. It blesses you the power of intelligence to study philosophy, Mathematics, Science and various other arts. Jupiter is the reason for your success and fame in life. But sometimes, it is responsible for your health, as you may suffer from the diseases like jaundice, diabetes due to Jupiter’s movement in your rashi.

Venus (Shukra) – This planet has an impact on your sex life. This planet also makes you an expert in your hobbies like singing, dancing etc. But Venus also puts you into the evil activities like prostitution, drugs addiction etc. Women facing problems related to menstrual cycle or men having semen disorders are likely because of Venus.

Saturn (Shani) – Egoistic, taking quick decisions, bad attitude, and perseverance are the qualities of a person who has Saturn in his rashi. Such person is likely to face depression. Heart attacks, asthma, paralysis, arthritis are common medical issues one can face because of movement of Saturn.

Rahu and Ketu – They are not considered as planets. But they do have an equal importance in astrology as the stars and planets. They are usually paired up together. Rahu and Ketu are sources of poisonous or toxic life. They are capable to bring depression to a person’s life as well as increases insensitivity of that person towards other human beings. Thus they are responsible for accidents, suicide etc. But if they are in good position in your rashi, they will not harm you. Instead, they bless you with money, success, and fame in abundance!

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Family Tree of Lord Rama

Do you know ancestors of Lord Rama? Know more about family tree of Lord Rama!

We know that in Hindu mythology, there are two historical epics – ‘Mahabharata’ and ‘Ramayana’. It is believed that ‘Mahabharata’ took place around 2000 BCE whereas Ramayana happened somewhere between 7000 and 5000 BCE. Thus, Ramayana is older than Mahabharata and hence, there were successors of Lord Rama during Mahabharata era.
 
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Lord Bramha created 10 ‘Prajapatis’. Prajapatis means a divine and immortal Vedic God of Hinduism. These Prajapatis reflect the concept of Hindu mythology. Some of these Prajapatis are Bramha, Vishnu, Shiva, Narada Muni, Indra, Marichi etc. It is believed that Lord Rama is the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Thus, Lord Bramha is the father of such great Hindu Gods and hence he is the creator of this world.
Lord Rama’s family tree:
 
00 Lord Bramha                                                                                                                                      
01 Marichi, son of Lord Bramha 
02 Kashyap
03 Vivaswan
04 Vaivasvat Manu
05 Ikshvaku
06 Kukshi
07 Vikakshi
08 Baan
09 Anaranya
10 Pruthu
11 Trishanku
12 Dhundhumar
13 Yuvanashwa
14 Mandhata
15 Susandhi
16 Dhruvsandhi
17 Bharat
18 Asit
19 Sagar
20 Asamanja
21 Anshuman
22 Dilip
23 Bhagirath
24 Kakutastha
25 Raghu
26 Pravrudha
27 Shankhan
28 Sudarshan
29 Agnivarna
30 Shighrag
31 Maru
32 Prashrushuk
33 Ambarish
34 Nahush
35 Yayati
36 Nabhag
37 Aja
38 Dashratha
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Name and importance of 5 fingers of a hand

Do you know names and importance of fingers of a hand! Read amazing facts!

We know that fingers are the most important part of a hand. But do you know that each finger has a specific name and attain certain characteristic? These fingers are connected to the various parts of the body. Thus each finger is linked to a certain part of the body.

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The Thumb (Angushtha): Its medical name is ‘Pollex’. It is believed that the thumb is most important of all the fingers. One cannot hold any object without a thumb. Our thumb is connected to the lungs. If you complain about beating your heartbeats faster, then you should massage your thumb. After continuing massage to your thumb for some time, pull your thumb slowly. This will give you an instant relief.

The Index Finger (Tarjani): Its medical name is Digitus Secundus Manus. This finger is also called as pointer finger or trigger finger. It is believed that this index finger is most sensitive of all the fingers. It has a great motility than the other ones. This finger is attached to a gastro intestinal tract of the body. If one is suffering from a stomach pain, massaging his/her index finger will take away the stomach pain immediately.

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The Middle Finger (Madhyama): Its medical name is Digitus Medius. This is a longest finger of all. This finger is connected to the circulation system of a human body. So, one can massage a middle finger if he/she is feeling dizzy. Massaging a middle finger is an instant solution for dizziness.

The Ring Finger (Anamika): Its medical name is Digitus Annularis. This finger is connected with the vein which is associated with the brain functioning. It is believed that, this finger can control one’s mood. One can massage this finger slowly to stay in a happy mood. The left hand ring finger has a vein that runs from this finger to the heart. Thus we wear wedding ring on this finger.
The Little Finger (Kanishka): Medical name is Digitus Minimus Manus. The other common names are pinky finger, baby finger. This is smallest of all the fingers. This finger is related to the kidney as well as head. Massaging and pressing this finger will keep away the headaches if any. Also, kidney remains healthy by massaging this finger regularly.
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Ram Navami

Do you know why we celebrate Ram Navami? Know more about this festival!


Ram Navami
Date: 25th March 2018

Ram Navami is one of the most important Hindu spring festivals. On this day, Lord Rama was born in Ayodhya. So Ram Navami is celebrated on the occasion of the birthday of Lord Rama. Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu is believed as a dearest God to all. Thus, devotees celebrate this day by doing pujas in temples or at their homes.

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Ram Navami is marked on the ninth day of Chaitra month, as per the Hindu calendar. As per Gregorian calendar, this festival falls in the month of March or April. On this day, devotees offer prayers to the sun in the morning. In temples, people organize havan (a Hindu ritual, where offerings are made into a consecrated fire). Many devotees visit Ram temples and offer garlands and take blessings. At afternoon, a special aarti (prayer) is offered as it is a birth time of Lord Rama. Some people observe fast on this day. Various organizations arrange meal events on the occasion of Ram Navami.

The temples are filled with the devotees. They sing kirtanas (devotional songs) as well as read Ramayana. They continuously chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and remember Lord Rama. This festival is celebrated with devotion and dedication in Ayodhya, as it is the birthplace of Lord Rama. There is a special Ram Ratha yatra (chariot event) that takes place every year. In this procession, people play characters of Ramayan on the streets. The environment becomes pleasant. Rameshwaram is also another divine place where devotees take a holy bath, offer prayers and take blessings.

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Benefits of chanting mantras in Hinduism

Do you know benefits of chanting these Mantras? Read the amazing facts!

In Hinduism, mantras are sacred words. If they are chanted perfectly with extreme focus, they could benefit us. Mantra meditation creates positive energy around us. These mantras have extreme spiritual powers that bring peace of mind and prosperity. They are always chanted during auspicious occasions or events. They are the most important religious offerings in Hindu rituals. In olden days learning of mantras was a part of Vedic education.

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‘Mantra’ is taken from a Sanskrit word ‘Manas’ which means mind. Thus mantras are chanted for peace of mind. Mantras are usually chanted continuously to get maximum spiritual benefits, a mantra is typically chanted for 108 times and that is why a praying string or mala has 108 beads in it. So let us see which mantras are considered powerful in Hinduism:

Gayatri Mantra

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This mantra increases the immunity of the body which is required to fight with the diseases. By chanting this mantra a hormone is produced in the body which is related to the immunity of the body. This is one of the best mantras in Hinduism which benefits us by giving the power to fight and heal our body.

Navarna Mantra

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Navarna mantra helps the chanter to fight against the negative and evil energies coming towards him or her. It also brings happiness, wealth, fame and removes all the sins from his/her life. 

Kal Bhairavashtak Mantra

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By meditating this mantra, special vibrations are produced which protect us from evil powers coming to us. 


Pradnya Vivardhana Mantra


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Reading this mantra regularly charges memory glands and thus boosts strong memory. So by this mantra, one can stay away from memory loss diseases. This mantra has power to make a dumb speak. This is also a great mantra for those who face difficulty in speaking or are suffering from stammering. 

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These are very helpful mantras for students as they boost a special hormone in brain, which results in increase in intelligence. 

Ramraksha Mantra

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The ‘र’ (‘R’)pronunciation in Ramraksha mantra helps in reducing pitta dosha (primarily characterised by body heat or burning sensation). It also helps to maintain balance of different hormones in the body. 

Vidyapraptik Mantra

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It is believed that this mantra boosts the growth of a hormone called DHA. This hormone is utilized by our body to make our brain work perfectly. 

Datta Maharaj Mantra

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The mantra ‘द्रां‘(‘Draa’) is very effective in helping the cell tissue formation process of the body. This process is used to heal the injuries. 

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Thus, these mantras play a vital role in Hinduism. These mantras are approximately 3000 years old. The ancient saints created these mantras by putting immense amount of their hard work and time for the success and well being of mankind. They are precious and each of them has some spiritual science associated with it. They help to connect a human mind with the God hence such mantras and religious chanting should be regularly practiced to bring peace and spiritual enlightenment to your life!

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Gudi Padwa

Why do we celebrate Gudi Padwa? Know more about this festival!

Gudi Padwa
Date: 18th March 2018
Other Names: Ugadi,Yugadi, Cheti Chand (Sindhi), Navreh(Kashmiri)

Gudi Padwa is a traditional festival of people living in Maharashtra (Indian State), as they celebrate ‘New Year’ on this day. It is on the first day of Marathi ‘Chaitra’ month (March – April), as per the Hindu calendar. ‘Gudi’ is the flag, which is hoisted on the houses, is a typical symbolic representation of victory against evil. ‘Padwa’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Pratipada’ which means the first day of the lunisolar Hindu calendar. The sun enters the first zodiac sign, Aries (Mesha) on this day. This is also the beginning of the spring season.

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On this day, people get up early, put garlands on the door of their house. They put colourful Rangolis (an Indian art) and welcome the New Year. Gudi is also decorated by the family members with enthusiasm. Firstly, a long wooden stick, probably a bamboo is cleaned and a special sandal paste is applied at the top of it. Then a bright silk cloth or a scarf is used to cover the top of that stick. Garlands of Gathi (sugarcandy), Neem leaves, Mango leaves and flowers are tied on the cloth. This arrangement is finally covered (kept inverted) by a silver or copper Kalash (container, pot). This Gudi, is hoisted outside or on the roof or through the window of the house, is worshipped by the enthusiasts with great spirit of the festival. Special Marathi delicacies like Shrikand Poori (sweet yogurt with an Indian Bread), Puran Poli (Indian sweet bread) are the main attractions on this day.  From this day, celebration of 10 days Ramnavami festival (birthday of Lord Rama) starts.

This festival is also celebrated in the other parts of India. Like ‘Ugadi’ in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana States, ‘Yugadi’ in Karnataka & Konkan, ‘Cheti Chand’ by Sindhi group and ‘Navreh’ in Kashmir. This is also considered as a harvest festival in India, especially in Punjab where people celebrate this festival as ‘Baisakhi’. Hindu people gather and celebrate this festival by greeting each other and praying for peace and prosperity for the New Year ahead!