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Swastika – an auspicious mark

Why do Hindus use the swastika on auspicious occasions?

The swastika is a benedictory or auspicious mark in the form of a cross, the four arms of which are bent at right angles. Besides Hindus, other communities and religions also consider this mark auspicious. It is therefore customary to make this mark before any auspicious ceremony or function.

In the Ganesh Puran it is said that the swastika is a form of Lord Ganesha. It is necessary that this be made before beginning any auspicious work. It has the power to remove all obstacles. Those who ignore it may fail. It is therefore customary to make all beginnings with the swastika.

The Swastika is also known as ‘Satiya’, which is a symbolic of the Sudarshan Chakra. People also consider it as a symbol denoting plus (+). That makes it a symbol of prosperity. The four dots around the swastika are symbolic of the four directions around us.

Religious texts explain that the eight arms of the swastika are symbolic of the earth, fire, water, air, s…

Why Lakshmi never stays firm at a particular place ?

A person whose clothes and teeth are dirty, who eats too much, speaks harsh and unpopular words, countinues to sleep even after the sunrise, Lakshmi deserts such a person, even it may be Lord Vishnu Himself, who supports a wheel in his hand.

In 'Anushasam Parva' of Mahabharata:

Once with the welfare of mankind in mind, Pradyuman's mother Rukmani asked Goddess Lakshmi,"Devi, what kind of people and places please you to reside with them?"

Lakshmi responded, "I reside with people who speaks moderately, are efficient, do not lose their temper, are devoted, grateful, have control over self and are generous. I always live with people who are virtuous, religious, those that respect the elderly, are pure at heart and wise and forgiving. I live with women who serve their husbands, who are forgiving, truthful, balanced, simple and virtuous. They must respect the gods and Brahmins. I live with all those who are endowed with virtuous qualities. Wherever yagyas are performe…

Why Laxmi Rides on an Owl Carrier ?

There are two Lakshmis. One is very near and dear to Lord Narayana, and Her carrier is Garuda. She rides on Garuda with Narayana. The shadow of that Laksmi is the diety of wealth, and She rides on an owl carrier. Why?

It is symbolic concept. Laxmi goes on Her own mostly to bless those who aspire for wealth, money and material prosperity. The owl is the symbol of wisdom in the West but in Hindu philosophy it is the symbol of stupidity. And of course it is nocturnal creature. So, in our context we can assume that it points to foolishness and darkness.

Owls cannot see during the day. That Laksmi, on that carrier, goes to any bad person, any unqualified person, lusty person, or wicked person. She may go anywhere. And, if she will go to any qualified person, she will make him blind. He will not be able to see anything that is paramartha, that which is transcendental. Those who are very wealthy will always be blind, and that Shadow of Laksmi will take him here and there. The fact that you are…

SHRI YANTRA is My foundation - Goddess Lakshmi

"SHRI YANTRA", the swastika figure represents the goddess of prosperity, Lakshmi. Among yantras it enjoys the highest reverence.
The Puranic legend is that once Laxmi retreated to Vaikuntha domain in heavens from the earth angered over some matter. In her absence the earth suffered all kinds of shortages, famines, droughts and improverishments. Lord Vishnu and Sage Vashishta tried to persuade Her to return to earth but failed. She would not listen.

Then, Guru Brihaspati devised the 'ShriYantra' figuration and advised its worship to attract Goddess Laxmi. Goddess Lakshmi returned to the earth and revealed, "ShriYantra is my foundation. In it lives my soul. So, I had to return."

Shree Yantra is said to be the Yantra-Raj, the king of all Yantras. Sri Yantra related to Maa Lakshmi. Devotion of Sri Yantra blesses the devotee with all the fruitful results in his/her life. One may get wealth, property, wisdom, fame and reputation in the society. The native gets the s…

The Science of Architecture ( Home Vastu ) - Matsya Purana

Home Vastu - Matsya PuranaThe building of a house should never be begun in the month of chaitr Chaitra (March-April). A person who does this is sure to contract a disease.

The month of vaishaakshVaishakha (April-May) is a good time to begin. One who does this is bound to own many cows.

The month of Agrahayana, Magha (January-February) and Falguna (February-March) are also auspicious. An individual who begins the task in Agrahayana has full granaries. One who begins it in Magha attains all sorts of riches and one who begins it in Falguna obtains gold and sons.

Ashada (June-July) is also a good month to start. Servants and animals are owned by a person who starts the building in Ashada.

But the months of Jyaishtha, Shravana, Bhadra, Ashvina and Pousha are inauspicious. If you start in JyaishthaShravana (July-August); begin in Bhadra (August-September) and you will suffer from all manner of losses; your wife will die if you start the task in the month of Ashvina; and all your goods will b…

108 Names of Goddess Lakshmi श्रीलक्ष्म्यष्टोत्तरशत नामावलिः

108 Names of Goddess Lakshmi (English & Sanskrit)
Prakruti - Nature
Vikruti - Multi-Faceted Nature
Vidya - Wisdom
Sarvabhootahitaprada - Granter of Universal Niceties
Shraddha - Devoted
Vibhuti - Wealth
Surabhi - Celestial Being
Paramatmika - Omnipresence
Vachi - Nectar-Like Speech
Padmalaya - Residing On The Lotus
Padma – Lotus
Shuchi - Embodiment of Purity
Swaha - Shape of Swahadevi(Auspicious)
Swadha - Shape of Swadhadevi(Inauspicious)
Sudha - Nectar
Dhanya - Personification of Gratitude
Hiranmayi - Golden Appearance
Lakshmi - Goddess of Wealth
NityaPushta - Gaining strength Day By Day
Vibha - Radiant
Aditi - Radiant Like The Sun
Deetya - Answer Of Prayers
Deepta - Flame-Like
Vasudha - Earth
Vasudharini - Bearing the the Burden of Earth
Kamala - Lotus
Kantha - Consort of Vishnu
Kamakshi - One with Attractive Eyes
Kamalasambhava - Emanating from the Lotus
Anugrahaprada - Granter of Good Wishes
Buddhi - Wisdom
Anagha - Sinless
Navadurga - All Nine Forms of Durga
Harivallabhi - Co…

Dhruva – The Supreme Devotee

The Sages asked Sutji as to how Dhruva became successful in attaining immortality and supreme status among all the stars.
Sutji narrated the following tale--- There lived a king named Uttanpad, who had two queens--Suniti and Suruchi. The eldest queen Suniti had a son named Dhruva. One day while Dhruva was sitting in his father's lap, Suruchi--his step mother, contemptuously pulled him from Uttanpad's lap and made her own son sit in his place. Dhruva went to Suniti and complained about his steps mother's behaviour.

Suniti advised Dhruva that he should seek for the supreme status, which is permanent. Following his mother's advice, Dhruva went to the forest in search of that supreme status. In the forest, he met Sage Vishwamitra who advised him to seek the blessings of Lord Keshav by chanting the sacred mantra 'Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevay'.

Dhruva did an austere penance. In just six month, Lord Vishnu became pleased and appeared before him mounted on Garuda. Lord Vish…

Maa Kaali - The Destroyer of Demoniac Attributes

Ma Kaali : The omnipotent power of the Lord
Durga Puja is the greatest Hindu festival in which God is adored as Mother. Hinduism is the only religion in the world which has emphasised to such an extent the motherhood of God. One’s relationship with one’s mother is the dearest and the sweetest of all human relations. Hence, it is proper to look upon God as mother. Durga represents the Divine Mother.

She is the energy aspect of the Lord. Without Durga, Shiva has no expression and without Shiva, Durga has no existence. Shiva is the soul of Durga; Durga is identical with Shiva. Lord Shiva is only the silent witness. He is motionless, absolutely changeless. He is not affected by the cosmic play. It is Durga who does everything. Shakti is the omnipotent power of the Lord, or the Cosmic Energy.

Devi worship is, therefore, worship of God’s glory, of God’s greatness and supremacy. It is adoration of the Almighty.

It is unfortunate that Devi is ignorantly understood by many as a mere blood-thirsty …

The Battle of Alkapuri - Mahishasura Vs Durga

Durga came to Earth on the invitation and prayers of the people who were being harassed . She came down in her form of Mahisha Mardini or the slayer of the Buffalo which has ten hands holding ten different weapons given to her by the various Gods. She came riding her mount the Lion on the invitiation of her devotees. On the eighth day of the Sukla Pakshain the month of Ashwin she arrived on Earth.

On the ninth day the battle ensued with Mahishasura and the battle continued through the night.

The demon hid easily among Buffaloes by taking their form . But Durga cut off its head to reveal the Demon and eventually on the tenth day or on Vijay dasami she slayed Mahishasur with the help of her mount the Lion.

A brief of  Mahishasura-Durga Battle

Armed with incredible powers, Maa Durga reached Alkapuri. Durga and her lion roared in unison. The roar shook the throne Mahishasura was sitting upon. The floor trembled. Mahishashur flew into rage. He called out to his chief commander, "Go and fi…

Shumbha Nishumbha Vidare, Chand Mund Sanhare - Jai Ma Chamunda

Shumbha and Nishumbha were the two Asura (evil forces) brothers who managed to obtain a boon from lord Brahma that they will not be killed by any male whether human being or animal / bird etc. but by a woman only. They desired this boon thinking that they will live for ever as they did not know of a lady who was so powerful as to kill them both in a war. Thus empowered, these demons started disturbing the prayers of the saints torturing them and asking them to worship the duo rather than any other deity. The Devtas realising that they cannot defeat the two brothers recapitulated the promise of the Goddess to come to their help whenever asked for. Gods then together praised the deity by saying that she was omnipotent, resided in each and every emotion and sensation of all beings in this universe.

The goddess Durga, riding a lion appeared and asked Indra, 'Lord of gods, I am pleased. What brings you here?

Indra paid obeisance to the goddess and said, "Mother, my throne has been t…

Sri Mahachandi Strotra - Jai Chandi Ambe Maharani

|| Sri Mahachandi Strotra ||Jai Chandi Ambe Maharani, Jai Vardati Jai Kalyani Singh Vahini, Kharagh Dharini, Jai Durge Jai Daitya Shangharini |

Daksh Suta Jai Uma Bhavani, Shankar Priye Dati Sukh Dani Chinta Sakal Nivarane Vali, Mund Maal Ko Dharane Vali Madhu Keitabh Sanghare Tu Ne, Chand Mund Bhi Mare Hai Tu Ne Mahishasur Ka Shish Utara, Rakt Bij Ka Piya Lahu Sara |

Sumbh Nisumbh Ka Naam Mitaya, Devraj Ko Takth Bithaya Bhid Jabhi Devon Par Aayee, Tu Hi Chandi Huyee Sehayee Khande Vali, Khapar Vali, Tere Dar Ka Chaman Hai Sevali Sharada Ban Upkar Ho Karti, Laxmi Ban Bhandar Ho Bharti |

Tu Hi Vaishno, Tu Hi Balaka, Tu Hi Jwala Devi Kalka Amar Sadha Teri Amar Kahani, Jai Maa Chandi Adhi Bhavani Ish Kalah Kesh Say Mujhe Bachana, Sagri Chinta Tum Dur Hatana Koyi Dukh Na Mujhe Sataye, Koyi Gam Na Mujhe Dabaye |

Gandharvon Devon Ki Maya, Bhut Pret Daityon Ki Chhaya Jhutay Sachay Sapno Ka Dar, Jadu Tone Jantra M…

Divya Ayurvedic Remedies : Medicines by Swami Ramdev

Ayurveda deals elaborately with measures of healthful living during the entire span of life and its various phases. Besides dealing with principles for maintenance of health, it has also developed a wide range of therapeutic measures to combat illness. These principles of positive health and therapeutic measures related to physical, mental, social and spiritual welfare of human beings. Thus Ayurveda became one of the oldest system of medicine dealing with both the preventive and curative aspects of life in a most comprehensive way.

Some Ayurvedic Medicines By Swami Ramdev
For Diabeties : Divya Madhu Nashini Vati

For Urinary Diseases: Divya Candraprabha Vati

For Constipation: Divya Churna

For Piles : Divya Arshakalp Vati

For Heart Diseases : Divya Hridayamrita Vati

For Headache and Memory Enhancement : Divya Medha Kwath

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Ayurveda originated in India long back in pre-vedic period. Rigveda and Atharva-veda ( 5000 years B.C.), the earlies…

Benefits from Maun-vrat (silence): Conservation of energy

Maun Vrat literally means a vow to keep silent. For spiritual growth it is essential that one's speech must be pure. To acquire purity of speech the practice of silence is important. Hindu religious texts commend maun-vrat for this purpose.

In Bhadon, sixth month of the Hindu calendar, 16 days of maun-vrat are said to be useful. It is believed that through silence one is able to achieve one's desire. One attains the abode of Lord Shiva. Along with maun-vrat it is essential that some time must be spent in offering prayers.

In the Bhagavad Gita,17/16, it is said:

Contentment of the mind, amiable temperament, silence, religious meditation and good thoughts reflect austerity of the mind.

Silence is placed mid-way between other qualities. It begins with control of the mind. once the mind is controlled, one becomes friendly. One begins to look kindly towards others. One cuts down on useless speech and thinks more of God. One begins to generate good thoughts.

In the Chanakya Niti, 11/9, …

Sri Devi Suktam - SALUTATIONS to Ma Durga

|| Sri Devi Suktam ||

Namoh Devyai Mahadevyai Sivayei Satatam Namah |

Namah Prakrityai Bhadrayai Niyatah Pramatah Ma Tam ||

Raudrai Namo Nityayai Gauryei Dhatrayei Namo Namah |

Jyotsnayei Chenduroopinyei Sukhayei Satatam Namah ||

Kalyanyei Pranatam Vridhayei Siddhayei Kurmo Namo Namah |

Nairtyei Bhoobhritam Lakshmye Sharvanyei Te Namo Namah ||

Durgayei Durgparayei Sarayei Sarvakarinye |

Khyatyei Tatheva Krishnayei Dhoomrayei Satatam Namo Namah ||

Atisaumyatiraudraye Natastsyei Namo Namah |

Namo Jagatpratishthaye Devyei Krityei Namo Namah ||

Ya Devi Sarvabhooteshu Vishnumayeti Shabdita |

Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namah ||

Ya Devi Sarvabhooteshu Chetanetyabhideeyate |

Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namah ||

Ya Devi Sarvabhooteshu Budhiroopen Sanstitha|

Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namah||

Ya Devi Sarvabhooteshu Nidraroopen Sanstitha |

Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namah||

Ya Devi Sarvabhooteshu Kshudharoopen Sanstitha |

Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Nam…

PURUSH SUKTAM : The True Description of Whole Universe

Narad Replying to Yudhisthira
The chief element, which is said to be the Great Almighty Purush, is always projecting itself as whole universe.

No Vedic worship or Yajna can be performed without recitation of Purush Sukta. It may require greater understanding the science of cosmos to arrive at the true significance. Here one must remember that the words used in Vedic stanzas are very technical like specific coded words denoting very specific meaning, related to either special branch of science or philosophy or any other particular subject

PURUSH SUKTAM  "This Purush is incredibly great. The entire Universe is adjusted in only one quarter of his being and the remaining three quarters are occupied by space."

Harihom sahastraSheershaa purushah Sahstra Aakashah sahastra paat,
Sa bhoomi savatspritvaa tyatishthath dash aangalam.
"The Primordial Purush (Man) has innumerable heads, eyes and feet. He has enveloped the earth from all sides and even after that he has size to spare.&quo…

Lakshmi Stuti By Lord Indra : The source of all wealth

Laxmi Stuti, Praise of Mata Lakshmi, which was spoken by Lord Indra, is the source of all affluence. In this world, poverty never dwells among those who Recite this Stuti daily.

indra uvacha

namasye sarva-lokanam jananim abja-sambhavam Shriyam unnidra-padmaksim vishnor vakshah-sthala-sthitam

Indra (the demigod king of heaven) said, "I offer my obeisances unto the lotus-born mother of all beings, unto Sri (the Goddess of fortune), having full-blown lotus-like eyes, and reposing in the bosom of Vishnu."

padmalayam padmakaram padma patra-nibheksanam vande padma-mukhim devim padma-nabha-priyam aham

"I offer my obeisances unto the Goddess who is the abode of lotuses, who holds the lotus, whose eyes resemble the petals of a lotus, whose face is a lotus, and who is dear to the Lord who has a lotus navel."

tvam siddhis tvam svadha svaha sudha tvam loka-pavani sandhya ratrihi prabha bhutir medha sraddha sarasvati

"You are siddhi, nectar, Svaha and Svadha, O purifier of the worlds. You…