Namaskar or Namaskaram - Benefits and Significance
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Namaskar or Namaskaram – Significance and Benefits

Why Namaskar, not hand shake? There are several ways in which people pay obeisance (namaskar or salutation) to the divine. Various types of hand actions or postures accompany prayers or obeisance. Some people hold up their hands as in asking, while others bring their fists together, while yet others may pray with hands folded, as […]

Sankashti Chaturthi 2017 dates story fasting procedure
Festivals

Sankashti Chaturthi 2017 Dates, Story, Fasting Procedure

Sankashti Chaturthi is an auspicious festival for Hindus, celebrated in honor of Lord Ganesha. It is observed every Hindu calendar month on the ‘chaturthi’ (fourth day) of the Krishna Paksha (the waning phase of moon). The word ‘Sankashti’ has a Sanskrit origin and it implies ‘deliverance during difficult times’ whereas ‘Chaturthi’ means ‘fourth day or […]

Skanda Sashti Kavacham
Festivals

Skanda Sashti Kavacham

Skanda Sashti Kavacham Tamil in Roman letters Skanda Sashti Kavacham – English translation Thuthipporku Valvinaipom Thunbampom Nenjil Pathipporku Selvam Palithuk Kathithongum Nishtaiyum Kaikoodum Nimalar Arul Kanthar Sashti Kavacham Thanai Amarar Idar Theera Amaram Purintha Kumaranadi Nenjeh Kuri Sashtiyai Nokka Saravana Bavanaar Sishtarukku Uthavum Sengkathir Velon Paatham Irandil Panmani Sathangai Geetham Paada Kinkini Yaada Maiya Nadam […]

Masik Shivaratri Dates Vrat Vidhi Benefits and Importance
Festivals

Masik Shivratri 2017 Dates

Shivaratri is an auspicious and great festival of convergence of Shiva and Shakti. Masik Shivratri is celebrated every month on the Chaturdashi Tithi of Krishna Paksha and Masik Shivaratri in month of Magha is known as Maha Shivaratri (which is observed once a year) according to Amavasyant School. Again, according to Purnimant School Masik Shivaratri […]

Pancha Brahma Mantra - Shiva Mantra
Hinduism

Pancha Brahma Mantra – Shiva Mantra

The Pancha-Brahma mantras exalt Shiva through His five forms (faces) – Sadyojata, Vamadeva, Aghora, Tatpurusa and Isana. The five faces or forms of Shiva represent the five functions or acts (panchakrityas) – creation, sustenance, dissolution, concealing grace and revealing grace, respectively. The five forms or faces of Shiva also correspond to the five syllables in […]

Popular Temples

108 Most Famous Temples of Shiva – A Must Visit

Shiva meaning “The Auspicious One” is one of the three major deities of Hinduism. He is worshiped as the Supreme God within Shaivism, one of the three most influential denominations in contemporary Hinduism and is also called “the Creator, the Preserver, the Transformer and the Destroyer”. At the highest level, Shiva is regarded as formless, limitless, transcendent, and unchanging. Shiva […]

Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat Katha
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Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat

Nirjala refers to ‘without water’ and Ekadashi is the eleventh day of the lunar month. Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat is, therefore, counted amongst one of the toughest fast of Ekadashi that is observed by the devotees, because the intake of both, food and water is strictly prohibited, while observing this fast. Nirjala Ekadashi falls in the month of Jyestha […]

Hindu View of Nature
Hinduism, Vedic Philosophy

The Hindu View of Nature and Environment

Hinduism has always been an environmentally sensitive philosophy. No religion, perhaps, lays as much emphasis on environmental ethics as Hinduism. The Mahabharata, Ramayana, Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Puranas and Smriti contain the earliest messages for preservation of environment and ecological balance. Nature, or Earth, has never been considered a hostile element to be conquered or […]