Vaisheshika and Naya Philosophy in Hinduism
Vedic Philosophy

Vaisheshika and Nyaya Philosophy in Hinduism

The Darsanās are the great schools of philosophy in Hinduism. These are also called the Astika (orthodox) philosophical traditions and are those that accept the Vedas as authoritative, important source of knowledge. Nyāya and Vaisheshikā are two of the most important philosophies among these 6 darśanas. Let’s know some more. Darshana or darsanā literally translates to […]

Ashtadikpalakas - 8 Rulers of the World - Mantras
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Ashtadikpalakas – The Gods of 8 Directions

The Ashtadikpālas are eight in number. As their collective name suggests, they rule the eight quarters or the eight directions of the universe. Ashta means eight, “dik” means quarters or directions and” pālas “means rulers. According to Hinduism each quarter is assigned to a particular divinity, who presides over it and acts as its chief […]

Matsya Avatar Story - Why did lord vishnu take the matsya avatar
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Matsya Avatar Story – Why was Lord Vishnu Born as Matsya Avatar?

Along with Brahma, the creator and Shiva, the destroyer, Lord Vishnu is one of the three main male deities in Hinduism and they are together known as the TRIMURTI. Being a part of the Trinity, He has taken ten incarnations and the ten Avatars of Lord Vishnu or the Dashavatara are the several forms He took whenever the universe was in […]

Chaitra Navratri 2017 - Date Rituals Puja Vidhi
Festivals

Chaitra Navratri 2017

The word ‘Navratri’ comes from from ‘Nav’ meaning ‘nine’ and ‘Ratri’ meaning ‘night’ in Sanskrit and, therefore, ‘Navratri’ means ‘nine nights’ of celebration, during which nine forms of the Goddess Durga are worshipped. Navaratri is celebrated primarily twice a year, one during the onset of summer (Chaitra Navratri) and the other during the onset of […]

Varaha Avatar Story - Lord Vishnu
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Varaha Avatar Story – Reason Why Lord Vishnu Took the Varaha Avatar

Along with Brahma, the creator and Shiva, the destroyer, Lord Vishnu is one of the three main male deities in Hinduism and they are together known as the TRIMURTI. Being a part of the Trinity, He has taken ten incarnations and the ten Avatars of Lord Vishnu or the Dashavatara are the several forms He took whenever the universe was in […]

Guruvayoorappan Story Miracles Slokas and Guruvayoor Temple
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Guruvayoorappan – Story, Miracles, Slokas, Guruvayur Temple

Guruvayoorappan, is a form of Vishnu worshipped mainly in Kerela. He is the presiding deity of Guruvayoor temple, who is being worshiped as Shri Krishna in His child form (Balagopalan), popularly known as Guruvayur Unnikkannan (Guruvayur baby Krishna). Even though the deity is that of chatur bahu (four handed) Vishnu, the concept (Sankalpam) of the people […]

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Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi – Story of Vishnu and Lakshmi’s Marriage

Vishnu is the Hindu God for preserving and protecting creation. He is the example of goodness and mercy, self-existent and the powerful power that maintains the cosmic order. Vishnu’s main form is represented as a resting coiled serpent Shesha. Vishnu is the deity of Shanti (peaceful mood), he never sleeps, and he cannot stand ego. […]

Navagraha Temples in India
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Navagraha Temples in India

Navagraha temples are the ones devoted to Navagraha – the nine major celestial bodies (Grahas) of Hindu astronomy. These celestial bodies are : Surya (Sun), Chandra (Moon), Mangala (Mars), Budha (Mercury), Brihaspati(Jupiter), Shukra (Venus), Shani (Saturn), Rahu (North Lunar Node) Ketu (South Lunar Node). The term ‘Navagraha temples’ refers to a cluster of nine separate temples, each an abode of one of the Navagrahas.   Navagraha Temple in […]

Why is Ganesha Worshipped First in Hinduism
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Why is Ganesha Worshipped First in Hinduism?

Widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the ‘Deva’ of intellect and wisdom, Lord Ganesha (also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka) is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu religion. As the God of beginnings, he is worshipped first, at the start of rituals and ceremonies in Hinduism. Ganesha is the […]