When I was exploring the ShriRangam temple at Trichy during my trip, I found a strange door in the temple complex. Then I came to know about its spiritual importance. This door is called “Vaikunth Dwaar”. The word “Vaikunth” means the abode of Lord Vishnu and “Dwaar” means the “gate”. This door is opened only once a year. This mega event happen on the 11th tithi(date) of hindu caalender in the month of Maargshish. It is believe that one who passes through this divine gate on this day,will attain salvation.This great event has a special significane in 3 temples-Shrirangam,Bhadrachalam and Tirupati. Fasting obsereved on this day is considered as so auspicious that it is believe that one who keep fast on this day will accrue all the punyas equivalent to remaining 23 ekadashi. Reciting Vishnu-sahastranama is best mantra on this day.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Following is the order in which the journey should be performed.
1. The Moreshwar Temple, Moregaon
2. The Siddhivinayaka Temple, Siddhatek
3. The Balleshwar Temple, Pali
4. The Varadavinayaka Temple, Maha
5. The Chintamani Temple, Theur
6. The Girijatmaj Temple, Lenyandri
7. The Vighnahar Temple, Ozar
8. The Mahaganpati Temple, Rajnangaon
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Following are the planetary combinations for each site for Kumbh festial.
1) At Prayag, the Maha Kumbh Mela is held in the month of Magha (January/February in the Gregorian calendar). when Jupiter is in Taurus and both the Sun and Moon are in Capricorn.
2)At Haridwar, the Kumbh Mela is held in the months of Phalgun and Chaitra, when the Sun passes to Aries, the Moon is in Sagittarius and Jupiter is in Aquarius.
3)In Ujjain, it is held in the month of Vaishakha, the Sun and Moon are in Aries and Jupiter is in Leo.
4) At Nasik, the Kumbh Mela takes place in the month of Shravana, when the Sun and Moon are in Cancer and Jupiter is in Scorpio.It takes nearly one year for Jupiter to transit through one zodiac sign.Thus,for each site Kumbh Mela comes in every 12 years.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
1) Praan Vayu(Present between throat and heart. It controls inhalation)
2) Upana Vayu(Present in pelvis.It controls exhalation.)
3) Saman Vayu(Present in naval region.It helps in digestion.)
4) Udana Vayu(Present between thraot and head.It control speech and anxiety)
5) Vyana Vayu(Present in whole body.It controls nerves, veins, muscles and joints). It is often called as aura.
There are other 5 subdivsion of the vaayu (air) in our body as follows
a)Naag-prana (It is responsible for sneezing)
b)Kurma-prana(it causes shivering)
c)Krikar-prana (It causes hunger)
d)Devdat- prana(It brings sleep)
e)Dhanjay- prana (It helps in preserving the body).
Friday, October 30, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
The Mystic Tank
Sunday, July 26, 2009
10 सर्व तीर्थ11 चंद्र तीरथ
12) सूर्य तीर्थ
१६ नील तीरथ
१८ गवाक्षा तीरथ१९गंध्मान तीर्थ
21 सरस्वती तीरथ
२२ गायत्री तीरथ
अग्नि-तीर्थ"- जहाँ पर मैंने अपने पूर्वजो के लिए तर्पण किया
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Following are the 5 panchbhhot sthalams
1)The Ekambareshwar Temple(In kanchipuram).Here lord is present in Prithvi tatvam
2)The Srikaalhasti Temple(In Chitoor dist.). Here lord is present in Vaayu Tatvam
3)The Natraj temple (At Chidambram). Here lord is present in Aakash Tatvam
4)The Arunachaleshwar temple(At Tiruannamalai). Here lord is present in Agni Tatvam
5)The Jambukeshwar Temple(At Trichi). Here lord is present in Jal Tatvam
They are mukti giving sacred places. The ambience of each of temple is so divine that one would have unique experience that can not be expressed in words.
The Arunachaleshwar Temple(Lord in Fire Roop) in Tiruannamalai
The Ekambreshwar Temple of Kanchipuram(Lord in Prithvi Roop)
The Jambukeshwar Temple of Trichy
The Natraj Temple(Lord in Aakash Roop)
Saturday, June 27, 2009
As per the concept of Hinduism, we get all the happiness and sufferings in our lives because of our past life karmas. The nava-grehas or the nine planets in our horoscope are the key controller of our destiny. Even Lord Rama was not spared from the effects of navagrehas. Before proceeding for Lanka , Lord Rama needed the help of nature to overcome the powerful enemy, Ravana. The reason behind that was Ravana was himself acquired many divine powers. Once Goddess Durga appeared in the dream of Lord Rama and guided Lord Rama to perform navagreha pooja in order to overcome the adverse effects planets.So after consulting sages, Lord Rama decided to perform special pooja of nava-grehas. He placed nine stones pillars which symbolically represented the 9 planets and do praan-pratishtha(invoking divine powers). Only after performing the pooja Lord Rama proceed towards to Lanka. This confirms the importance of Navagrehas . So every human being on this earth is under the influence of 9 planets. During my teerath-yaatra to Tamil Nadu I got a chance to witness these magical navagrehas, which are still there. These pillars are half submerged in the sea. They are located in a place called Navapaashanam in Devipattinam . It is 14 km North-east of Ramnathpuram in Tamilnadu. This place is considered as very powerful place to perform the tarpan for our ancesters. The unique thing about Devipattinam is that it is the only place in the world where the Navagrahas are located inside the sea.
I performed the pooja in Navapaashanam
Monday, April 13, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
1) Goddess Shailputri
2) Goddess Brahmacharini
3) Goddess Chandra Ghanta
4) Goddess Kushmanda
5) Goddess Skandmata
6) Goddess Katyayni
7) Goddess Kaalraatri
8) Goddess Mahagauri
9) Goddess Sidhidaatri
“Kalash(pot) Sthapna” is very important in the morning of first navratri.A metal pot filled with water and coconut at top of it is placed along with mango leaves(in odd numbers). It is a symbolic representation of Goddess. This process has to be performed strictly according to muhurat. As per ritual one should sow barley grains in a separate pot.After the completion of fast on ashtami tithi, it is important to worship small girl child which is symbolic to Goddess Durga. Recitation of Durga-Saptashati is considered as highly auspicious during navraatri
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
1. Goddess Hinglaj located in Pakistan.
2. Goddess Jwalamukhi(in Kangra Himachal Pradesh)
3. Goddess Sugandha (in Bangladesh)
4. Godess Kamakhya (in Assam )
5. Goddess Vrindavana (in UP)
6. Goddess Mahamaya(in Kashmir)
7. Goddess Lalita (in Alahabad ,UP).
8 Goddess Jayanti (in Bangladesh)
9. Goddess Phullara (in W Bengal)
10.Goddess Mahshmardini (in Pakistan)
11.Goddess Avanti (In Ujjain, MP)
12.Goddess Prabhas (Somnath, Gujrat)
13.Goddess Brahmri (Nasik, Maharashtra)
14.Goddess Vishweshwari (AndhraPradesh)
15.Goddess Gandakichandi (in Nepal)
16 Goddess Narayani(Tamil Nadu)
17.Goddess Gayatri(Ajmer, Rajasthan)
18 Goddess Tripurasundri (Tripura)
19 Goddess Mahadevi (Janakpur)
20 Goddess Jai Durga ()
21.Goddess. Trisnota (Jalpaiguri,in West Bengal)
22 Goddess Sarvani (Tamlinadu)
23 Goddess Kalika (In West Bengal)
24 Goddess Savitri (Kurukshetra, Haryana)
25 Goddess Narmada (in MP)
26 Goddess . Kalighat (Kolkotta)
27 Goddess Ratnavali(W Bengal)
28 Goddess VishwaLakshmi (varanasi, UP)
29.Goddess Ambika(Bharatpur, Rajasthan).
30.Goddess Girija( Orissa.)
31 Goddess Shri Sunadari(Andhra Pradesh).
32 Goddess Dakshinayani(In Tibet)
33 Goddess Bhawani(in Bangladesh)
34.Goddess Shivani (Chitrakoot, UP)
35.Goddess Nandini (In Bengal)
36.Goddess Jashoreswari (In Bangladesh)
37 Goddess Devagarbha (W Bengal)
38 Goddess Mangalchandika (W Bengal)
39 Goddess Kapalini(W Bengal)
40 Goddess Kalmadhava (in MP)
41 Goddess Mahashira (In Nepal)
42 Goddess Yogadaya (W Bengal)
43 Goddess Bahula (W Bengal)
44 Goddess Mahalaxmi (Indo-Bangla Border)
45 Goddess Vimla (Orissa)
46.Goddess Aparna (in Bangladesh)
48 Goddess Mahishamardini (W Bengal)
49 Goddess Indrakshi(Srilanka)
50 Goddess Tripurmalini (Punjab)
51.Goddess Jai Durga(Bihar)
However the above list varies a little bit according to different classics. But one should never miss an opportunity when you are in a town where a shaktipeeth is situated.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
After some time his father, Kahoda lost his life when he lost a debate contest in the kingdom of King Janak as per the rules of the contest. Now, ashtavakra got all his education from his grandfather. At the very young age , he got a chance to participate the debate contest in the court of king Janak. During the contest he defeated the best scholar, named Bandi(who was the killer of his father in last debate) in the court. Bandi revealed his original identity as the son of Varun, the god of water. He was so impressed by the intelligence of boy that he bring back Kahoda to life. On seeing his son, Kahoda openly admitted that his son is far more intelligent than himself. Ashtavakra was highly advance in the world of spirituality. His teachings are there in a book ‘Ashtavakra gita” which are so touching that It can change the outlook of any person towards life.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Kusha also known as Durva is a kind of grass which is very important for all the religious ceremonies. Hindu priests always keep the kusha grass in their houses which they use them for purification ceremonies . During pooja, kusha is used for sitting mat(asan). It is believe that this grass originates from the hairs of Lord Vishnu during the churning of ocean (samundra Manthan). As per another legend, once the pot of nector was placed upon Kusha grass which was guarded by Garuda(the divine eagle). At the same the snakes attacked to pot of nector but the eagle snatched the pot. But few drops of nector fell on Kusha grass. The snakes had only one option to lick the drops fallen on kusha grass. But the blades of grass were too sharp that their tongue were divided into 2 parts. Since then it is believe that the snakes possess twin tongues. Kusha is also used to ward off ill effects of many natural calamities. During eclipses Kusha grass is put on all the food articles to prevent them intoxicated. If a person is suffering from the bad effects of Rahu, then Durva grass is used as a remedy. Last rites and rituals of dead body is performed with the help of Kusha grass to provide solace to departing soul. It is believe that goddess Sita manage to protect herself from Ravana with the help of single blade of kusha grass which was energized with the powerful mantras. Medically it is proved that this grass has a lot of medicinal properties. Also praying Lord Ganesha with Durva is considered as highly auspicious(Note- one should not offer it to goddess Durga). TO know the legend behind it click http://hindustories.blogspot.com/2008/03/21-durvas.html
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saraswati Mahabhage Vidye Kamalalochane !
Vishwaroope Vishaalaakshi Vidyam dehi namostute!!
Hope Goddess bless us with the spiritual knowledge which in necessary for all of us before quitting this world!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
2) 64 yoginis.
This temple is one of the 52 shakti peeth.
Click here for pictures
Friday, January 9, 2009
5) Vindya vaasini
In the garbhagreh, the main flame is of goddess Mahakaali(bestower of bhakti and mukti). According to history of the temple once emperor Akbar visited it and tried to extinguish the flame of the temple. All his attempts were failed. He admitted the power of goddess. As an offering he donated a golden chatra at the temple. But he becamae arrogant. All of a sudden that chatra of gold turned into a strange metal which is still a mystery for the modern science. During the entire day 5 kinds of aarti is performed.
1) Mangal Aarti
2) Panchupchar Arti
The last aarti is performed around 9:30 pm. This is unique in many ways. It is performed in separate room known as “Sejabhawan”, where the bed of goddess is decorated with the beautiful dresses and rarest jewelries.
For some breathtaking pictures of the temple click here
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
1) Adi Lakshmi: This depict the form of Lakshmi that resides with Lord Vishnu in the Vaikuntha
2)Dhanya Lakshmi: The word “Dhanya” means grains. Food is prime importance for each individual.This form of lakshmi bless good food for good health.
3)Dhairya Lakshmi: This form of mother Lakshmi grants the boon of courage and strength.
4)Gaja Lakshmi: During the churning of ocean, this form of godess lakshmi emerges. She came out of the ocean sitting on a full-bloomed lotus and also having lotus flowers in both hands with two elephants by her sides, holding a beautiful vessels filled with milk and pouring it over godess Lakshmi.
5) Santan Lakshmi: In the family life, the children are the greatest asset. Those who worship this particular form of Sri Lakshmi are bestowed with the grace of mother Lakshmi and have wealth in the form of desirable children with good health & long life.
6)Vijay Lakshmi: “Vijay” means victory. Vijay is to get success in all undertakings and all different facets of life.
7)Dhana Lakshmi: “Dhana” means wealth. This form of lakshmi rules all the wealth and riches
8)Vidya Lakshmi: “Vidya” means education. To achieve the ultimate goal of life the inner knowledge is important . It is vidya lakshmi that grant all the knowledge.
So, Ashtalakshmi strota is recited to worship the 8 forms of godess Lakshmi.