Namaskar or Namaskaram - Benefits and Significance
Daily Life and Practices, Hinduism, Spirituality, Vedic Practices, Yoga

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 […]

Ashtadikpalakas - 8 Rulers of the World - Mantras
Hindu Gods, Hinduism, Vedic Philosophy, Vedic Practices

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 […]

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. […]

Magha Maasam - Importance of Magha Snan, Puja and Mantras
Festivals, Vedic Practices

Magha Maasam: Importance of Magha Snana, Puja, Mantras and Festivals

Magham is a Sanskrit word Ma+Agham. Ma means not present and Agham means sin, evil, suffering, grief and Magha maasam is the month which is highly meritorious, auspicious and free from any sin or suffering. Lord Maha Vishnu in the name of Maadhava is the presiding deity who governs Magha Maasam and to be worshiped. […]

Ancient Indian Literature, Spirituality, Vedic Philosophy, Vedic Practices

Vedanta Philosophy – The Different Schools of Vedanta

There are six Darshan, that is philosophy in Hinduism which are : Samkhya. Yoga. Nyaya. Vaisheshika. Mimamsa. Vedanta. Among these six schools, Vedanta is very popular and has it’s root in Vedas/ Upanishad (Shruti). Vedanta is a spiritual philosophy which deals with the following three elements and relationship between them: Brahman Atman World/Universe Different Vedanta […]

Dhyana Yoga - Meditation in Hinduism
Daily Life and Practices, Spirituality, Vedic Philosophy, Vedic Practices, Yoga

What is Dhyana? Meditation in Hinduism

What is Dhyana? The Sanskrit word dhyana, derived from the verbal root dhyai (“to contemplate, meditate, think”), is the most common designation both for the meditative state of consciousness and the yogic techniques by which it is induced. The Vedanta tradition also employs the terms nididhyasana, which stems from the same verbal root, upasana (literally […]

Why is Shiva worshipped in the form of linga
Ancient Indian Literature, Hindu Gods, Hinduism, Vedic Practices

Why is Shiva Worshipped in the form of Linga or Lingam?

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 Transformer and the Destroyer”. The most popular form of worshipping Lord Shiva in Hinduism is in the Linga form. It is known […]

Vedic Gods and Goddesses - Hinduism
Hindu Gods, Hinduism, Vedic Philosophy, Vedic Practices

Vedic Gods – The Most Important Hindu Gods in the Vedic Period

The Vedic gods are those gods who feature prominently in the four Vedas. These gods were worshipped by the Vedic people. Their mode of worshipping was through rituals and sacrifices to the gods. According to the Vedas, the Brahman created Gods and humans in such a way that they had to be dependent on each […]

Nag panchami - Origin, Tithi, Story and Celebrations
Festivals, Hinduism, Vedic Practices

Nag Panchmi – Origin, Story, Tithi and Significance

Human beings soon after stabilizing from nomadic venture started the ritual of worshipping the nature and everything that was helpful to them in one or another way. It helped them construct a system that was derived from the beliefs in social organizations, local cults and deities. Humans thus started exploring nature and started sorting a […]

Satyanarayan Puja - Satyanarayan Katha - Vrat - Importance
Hindu Gods, Hinduism, Vedic Practices

Satyanarayan Puja Vidhi, Importance, Vrat Katha

Satyanarayan is the combination of two words – ‘Satya’ meaning truth and ‘Narayana’ meaning the highest being. So Satyanarayan signifies ‘the highest being that is the embodiment of truth’. Satyanarayan puja is the worship of the Narayana form of Lord Vishnu in order to attain self-purification and blessings. It is the easiest and most inexpensive […]

Scientific Knowledge in Vedas
Ancient Indian Science, Vedic Practices

Scientific Knowledge in Vedas – From Gravitation Force to Relativity

The core foundation of Hindu belief is that Vedas contain source of all knowledge – physical or metaphysical. Vedas and Puranas, which were revealed more than 5,000 years ago, mentioned facts only recently discovered or proven by scientists. For a quick glimpse at what unsung surprises may lie in the Vedas, let us consider these […]