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What is Navtapa or Nau Tapa?

Do you know what is Navtapa or Nau Tapa? Read more about it!

Nau Tapa : 25th May 2018 – 3rd June 2018
 
‘Nau’ means nine, ‘Tapa’ means hot. Nau Tapa (or Navtapa) is a phase of nine days in summer of extreme heat. During Nau Tapa, position of the sun is closest to the earth, resulting in more heat spreading on the earth. In Hinduism, the Sun is considered as one of the major deities. Thus, this movement of the Sun has astrological effects on some of the Rashis (astrological sign) that affects human beings too!
 
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Nau Tapa begins when the sun enters in the Rohini Nakshatra (lunar constellations). This year Nau Tapa commenced from 25th May 2018 and would end on 3rdJune. On 25th May, the Sun  entered the Rohini Nakshatra at 19:53 and will stay in that Nakshatra till 3rd June. Basically, the Moonis ruler of Rohini Nakshatra. The Moon is symbol of coldness, while the Sun symbolizes blaze and glory. Thus, when the Sun enters Rohini Nakshatra, takes its constellation under its influence, which results in emission of excessive heat.
 
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This movement of the sun could have good or evil effects on the respective Rashi (astrological sign) of people. The cummulative effects depends on the other houses in ones’s Kundali (an astrological birth chart). It is suggested to stay calm during this period. As temperature during Nau Tapa is on peak, one should take care on his/her health as heat waves can affect their health.  The sweltering heat leads to satisfactory rainy season ahead!
 
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The mysteries of Lord Jagannath Puri Temple

Do you know secrets of Shri Jagannath Puri temple? Read amazing story behind this temple!

The Hindu temple of Lord Jagannath, the form of Lord Vishnu is situated at Puri, in the state of Odisha (Orissa). Shri Jagannath Ratha (chariot) Yatra is the major festival at Puri commonly known as ‘Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra’. The others are Chandan and Snan Yatras. There are three Deities in this Puri temple, namely Lord Shrikrishna, Brother Balram and sister Subhadra are established, unlike stone or metal idols, usually found in most of the Hindu temples. They are made of wood and are ceremoniously replaced after the lapse of every twelve years. This Jagannath Puri Dham (pilgrimage places) temple is sacred for all the Hindus, more so for the Vaishnavas i.e. devotees of Lord Vishnu.
 
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There is a mysterious story related to Lord Shri Jagannath and about the faith of the devotees. Lord Krishna having accomplished mission in this world, decided to eliminate himself. The archer hit the Lord Krishna with an arrow injuring Him. So, Lord Krishna relinquished this material world. Having received this information, Pandavas searched for his body and cremated him. The whole body was burnt fully but the portion of heart kept on burning incessantly. The mortal remains were submerged into the river. The fuming heart remainder was left.
 
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The King Indradyumna found this remainder, who subsequently stored it into the idol of Lord Jagannath and installed it in the temple. No one till this day has ever seen or touched this remainder. Whenever icons are replaced after 12 years, officially power supply is terminated, the worshipers are blind-folded, and their hands are wrapped up with cloth to ensure that they neither could see nor feel the remainder and the Jagannath Puri idols are replaced in absolute darkness. It is believed that whoever, even inadvertently, happen to see, will die instantly as Lord Brahmadev entwined with immense lightning power, is present inside it.

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The mystery of the remainder unburnt heart in the Jagannath idol is still unresolved. There are yet other events in Puri, causing sheer astonishment among eminent scientists. Some of the unknown Jagannath Puri temple facts are:

  • The flag on the Jagannath temple is furling in the opposite direction of the wind.
  • The Sudarshan Chakra on the top of the Shri Jagannath temple is visible from anywhere in Puri.
  • Usually the wind flows from sea towards land in day time and land to sea in night, but it is reverse in Puri.
  • No shadow of the Jagannath temple is visible in daytime although it is 224 meters high.
  • On entering the main entrance gate of this Jagannath temple, no sound of the sea is heard, while at every other place in Puri it is loudly heard.
  • The birds are usually found sitting on the top of the temples, but Jagannath temple is an exception.     

No one has been able to explain secrets and the mystery of Jagannath Puri Temple, they remain unresolved!

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Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya 108 Times | Krishna Dhun Mantra

Peaceful Krishna Mantra “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya” 108 times!

Tune in to this popular peaceful meditation chant, Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya popularly known as Krishna Dhun and extensively played as a chant only on Rajshri Soul.
 
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ShriKrishna Mantra”Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya”


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The Rituals of Adhik Maas

Do you know what are the rituals that are carried out in Adhik Maas? Read more about Adik Maas!

Adhik Maas 

Date : 16th May – 13th June 2018

In order to reconcile the arithmetic difference in solar and lunar years, a concept of joining of extra month as Adhik maas to Chaitra to Ashwin (occasionally to Phalgun) months of Hindu Calendar was introduced by  ancient Hindu Scholars after the lapse of precisely every 32 months and 16 days. The month is also called as Purushottam maas named after the Lord Vishnu (Purushottam).
 
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The Sun travels through each Rashi (astrological sign) every month, but does not travel in Adhik maas, leading to the difference in their speed which causes, unhealthy change in environment. Hence holy rituals are carried out during this month to provide protection from the evil effects of environment.
 
The rituals are being followed as below.
  • A lamp is lighted near the deity during the month and gifted to a Brahmin at the end of the month.
  • The meals are taken once in a day, maintaining complete silence.
  • To consciously relinquish the things dear to one.
  • To worship Lord Krishna and the traditional deity of the family.
  • To carry out pilgrimage to have a dip in the holy river and worship the deity thereat.
  • The holy cow is worshipped and fed.
  • To perform holy duties towards Gods as much as possible.  
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What is Adhik Maas? What is the significance of Adhik Maas?

Do you know why we celebrate Adhik Maas? Read more about Adhik Maas!

Adhik Maas 
 
Date : 16th May – 13th June 2018
 

The festivals, rituals, prayers, marriages etc. in Hindu religions are celebrated as per lunar speed mentioned in Hindu calendar (Panchang). The lunar months are named after the full moon nakshtra of that specific month. The English calendar is based on the speed of the Sun. The variation in the orbiting speed of the Sun and the Moon leads to the difference of approximately 11 days in the Solar and the Lunar year.

 
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In order to reconcile this difference, an extra month was devised, precisely after every thirty two months and sixteen days in lunar month. Hence, Adhik maas comes after 27 to 35 lunar months between Chaitra to Ashwin months of Hindu Panchang.  Occasionally it may occurred, is repeated every nineteen years.
 
The Sun travels through a Rashi (astrological sign) every month but not in the month of this extra month, hence it is called Malmas. The sacred and auspicious festivities like inauguration of idol of God, commencement of construction of new house, house warming, thread ceremony, pilgrimage are prohibited in this additional month. As the Lord Krishna, Lord Vishnu (Purushottam), is considered to be the master of this month, it is named as Purushottam Mass (Month). Hence Lord Krishna is worshiped, prayed to acquire peace, happiness and satisfaction.
 
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The married daughter and son-in-law are revered as Laxmi – Narayana in this month. The son-in-law is presented with sweets numbering 33 made from ghee and gifted decorated in silver or copper plate with a lightened lamp.
 
The worshiping, fasting, donating, holy pilgrimage etc. during Adhik maas would culminate into divine blessings!
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Kurukshetra War of Mahabharata

Read these unknown facts about Kurukshetra in Mahabharata!

The battle of Mahabharata was fought between Kauravasand Pandavas at Kurukshetra, in the divine presence of Lord Krishna. It was construed to be the fight of truth over falsehood. Obviously the truth prevailed.
 
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The Lord Krishna was on the side of Satya (truth) i.e. Pandavas to triumph over Asatya (untruth), the Kauravas. All the contemporary Kings, great fighters, and army of Lord were participating from Kauravasside. The Lord Krishna was riding as a driver (sarathi) of the chariot of Arjuna. The Arjuna was required to face the most powerful and capable fighters of opposition, loaded fully with major weapons and ammunition. The Krishna was the only driving force for Pandavas, but not actively participating in the battle. The war used to halt at sunset and restart at sunrise.
The fierce war commenced, as numerous deadly weapons were directed at each other to display one’s prowess. The belligerent were mercilessly attacking with full might. The Lord was instrumental in protecting Arjuna from the weapons and ammunition, by deftly riding and moving the chariot on the battlefield. One by one the enemies were getting eliminated with the help of Lord’s acumen and valor, courage of Arjuna. Ultimately Pandavas won the war with the grace of Lord Krishna.
 
At the sunset, whenever fight was to stop, Lord Krishna used to get down from the chariot and Arjuna was to step down later. But when the war came to an end, Lord suggested Arjuna to step down first. This baffled Arjuna, as this was not the practice earlier. Krishna got down and removed horses tied to the chariot. The moment both walked away some distance from the chariot, it burst and was engulfed in flames leaving all others in shock and surprise.

Arjuna asked the reason for such an incidence. The Lord Krishna explained that all the weapons directed on him could not harm him and were orbiting imperceptibly around the chariot due to HIS PRESENCE. The moment Lord Krishna left the reins of chariot the effect of all those weapons was visible.
 
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The same is truly applicable to the human being. As long as our reins are in the hands of the Lord, we live in peace, happiness, opulence and the moment he discards us, we get same fate as that of chariot.

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What is Adhyatma (Spirituality)? Facts about Adhyatma!

Read amazing facts about spirituality!

What is Adhyatma?
Adhyatma (spirituality) cannot be defined in a single line. It is not just a religious process or performing meditation, but it can be collectively expressed as below
 
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Adhyatma is
  • To carry on the moral responsibility as a Human being as entrusted by the God.
  • ·Not basically related to the religion.
  • ·To respect the elders.
  • ·To have affection towards younger ones.
  • ·To behave in a manner not detrimental to or not to offend anybody.
  • ·To realise others’ grief, plight and pains.
  • ·To remain honest in all respect under all circumstances.
  • ·To  carry out social and family responsibilities.
  • ·To have same affection for all the living animals.
  • ·To work and serve selflessly.
  • ·To be always prepared to serve the society with utmost sincerity.
  • ·To assist & help the destitute and the needy ones.
  • ·To live simple, straight forward life with purity of thoughts and behaviour.

It is not concerned only with reverence, prayer and devotion but also to imbibe all those values in the one’s absolute behaviour!

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Om Jai Santoshi Mata | Santoshi Maa Aarti with Subtitles | Bhaktisongs

Popular Santoshi Mata Aarti “Om Jai Santoshi Mata” with subtitles

Jai Santoshi Mata is one of the most famous Aartis of Maa Santoshi. This famous Aarti of Santoshi Mata is recited on most occasions related to Santoshi Mata.
 
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Which are 33 crore Gods in Hindu mythology?

Do you know Hindu religion has 33 crore Gods. Read about them!
Hinduism is dominant and oldest religion in the world. It is followed by majority population in India. There is a common belief widespread that Hindu culture has 33 koti or 33 crore Hindu Gods. What is the truth? Do Hinduism believe in 33 crore Gods? If YES, which are these?
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Hindu culture actually has 33 koti Gods. But the word ‘koti’ is often misinterpreted! Koti is widely used in both the languages, that is, Marathi and Sanskrit. In Marathi it means crore, and in Sanskrit, it means ‘category’. Sanskrit is the primary language of Hindu religion. Many Granthas (sacred texts), scripts, shlokas, mantras, and the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata are written in the Sanskrit language by the great Hindu scholars. Later, these were translated into the respective languages for better understanding.
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The idea behind 33 categories of Gods is that the Supreme God gave different deities a responsibility to take charge of managing an entire universe. According to Vedas, these deities are, 12 Adityas, 11 Rudras, 8 Vasus, 1 Supreme ruler Indra, and 1 Prajapati. 
12 Adityas
1. Indra (Leader)
2. Aryaman (Integrity)
3. Anshuman (Sharing)
4. Twashtar (Crafting)
5. Dhatri (Rituals skills)
6. Parjanya (authority of words)
7. Pushan/Ravi (success and wealth)
8. Bhaag (due inheritance)
9. Mitra (Friendship)
10. Varun (Fate)
11. Surya (social)
12. Vaman (cosmic rule)
11 Rudras
1. Manu
2. Manyu
3. Mahat
4. Shiv
5. Rutudhwaja
6. Manihas
7. Umrateras
8. Kaal
9. Vamdev
10. Bhav
11. Dhrut – Dhwaj
8 Vasus
1. Aap
2. Dhruva
3. Soma
4. Dhar
5. Anil
6. Anal
7. Pratyush
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What is Panchamrut? What are its benefits?

What is Panchamrut? Read amazing facts about Panchamrut!

Whenever a religious/devotional ceremony is carried out at home or in a temple there is a custom to distribute acquous material  as a blessings of the God to the devotees present thereat. This material is termed as “Panchamrut”.
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‘Panch’ means five and ‘Amrut’ means sacred liquid. Panchamrut is the mixture of milk, curd, ghee, honey and sugar. In the process of puja the idol of God is bathed with this Panchamrut. The Panchamrut is considered to be having medicinal values in treatment of some ailments.
Panchamrut is at the same time has spiritual bearing also as mentioned below!
 
Milk 
The milk the basic ingredient, represents purity, meaning one’s life should pure sans blots.
 
Curd
The quality of curd is to make others like itself, thereby making qualitative change in others.
 
Ghee 
The ghee represents attachment and love as it is greasy material.
 
Honey 
The honey is sweet and full of  strength representing physical and mental strength.
 
Sugar  
The sugar is sweetest ingredient. It indicates one should be sweet in talking and behavior spreading sweetness all around.  
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The consumption of Panchamrut makes the body strong and help in prevention and curing of  ailments. It helps in rejuvenating the skin.