Hindu Gods, Hinduism, Interesting Hindu Mythology Stories

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
Astrology, Hinduism, Popular Temples

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 […]

Navratri 2017 Dates

Navratri 2017 Date and Time, Puja, Details, History

Believed as the root cause of creation, sustenance and annihilation, Durga is the principal form of the Mother Goddess in Hinduism. The name ‘Durga’ in Sanskrit means ‘invincible’. The syllable ‘du’ is synonymous with the 4 devils namely poverty, sufferings, famine and evil habits. The ‘r’ refers to diseases and the ‘ga’ is the destroyer of sins, injustice, irreligion, […]

Murugan and His Wives - valli and Devasena
Hindu Gods, Hinduism, Interesting Hindu Mythology Stories

Murugan and His Two Wives – Valli and Devasena

Lord Murugan, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is a much revered deity of Hindus especially in South India. He is known by various names like Kartikeya, Shanmukha (Shanmuga), Subramanian, Shadanana, Guha, Senthil, Saravana, Kumaraswamy and Skanda ( Refer 108 Names of Lord Murugan). His six most important shrines in India are the Arupadaiveedu or […]

Daily Life and Practices, Hinduism, Vedic Practices

16 Samskaras in Hinduism – The Hindu Way of Life

There are forty samskaras prescribed in the Vedas of which sixteen, called the Shodasha samskaras, are in practice today. These samskaras to be performed by or for an individual beginning with conception and continuing up to the last rites performed after death. They are done in the five different stages of a human life i.e. […]