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Facts about Maha Shivaratri

maha shivaratri

WHAT IS MAHA SHIVARATHRI  Maha Shivarathri literally means the great night belonging to Lord Shiva, his most favourite day. There are several interpretations for the origin of Maha Shivarathri. It is assumed as the day Lord Shiva emerged out in the divine world in Linga roopa (Jyothirlinga). It is considered …

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Solar Eclipse on March 9th, 2016 (Wednesday)

Solar Eclipse

With the Solar Eclipse round the corner (09.03.2016) – let us try to understand some of the Eclipse related terminologies for a better comprehension of the concept and significance of Eclipse both from the scientific point of view as well as from Hindu perspective. Eclipse is a natural phenomenon that …

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Worshiping Lord Ganesha


As a Vedic God, presence of Lord Ganapathi has been felt in all cosmic ages and has been eulogized by Vedic scripts. While several pouranic scripts like Shiva Purana, Skanda Purana, Brahma Vaivartha Purana etc. have made reference to Lord Ganesha, specific scripts viz. Sri Ganesha Purana, Mudgala Purana (both …

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Significance of Bheeshmaashtami

Bhishma Ashtami

Bheeshmaastami is associated with Bheeshma Pitamaha, one of the most respected and grandiose character of the Epic Mahabharata. It was on this day Bheeshma had his last breath and this day is commemorated as the day of his Niryaana. Bheeshmaastami occurs on 8th day (Ashtami) of the bright fortnight (Sukla …

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Maagha Maasam – Significance, Merits and Punya Snana


The month in which Moon will be at or nearer to the constellation of Maghah nakshathra on the full moon day that month is reckoned as Maagha maasam, which occurs during the calendar months of January/February. Maagham (Ma + Agham). Ma means not present and Agham means sin, evil, malefic, …

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Historical Udupi Paryaya


WHAT IS UDUPI PARYAYA? Literally Paryaaya means turn; rotation; alternative; succession etc… In the context of famous Udupi Sri Krishna temple; Paryaaya, one of the three biggest temple events (other two being Sri Krishna Janmaashtami and Sri Madhva Navami) has acquired lot of religious and spiritual significance especially in Madhva …

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Importance, Rituals and Phalas during Dhanurmasa

Sri Sankara Matrimony

What is Dhanurmasa ? As Sun transits through Dhanur Rashi (Sagarittus) it is called as Dhanur Maasa. Usually this maasa will be observed during Dec16, 17th to January 14, 15th. During this month, the sun transits the Dhanur Rasi until it enters the Makara Rashi during the end of this …

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Importance of Naraka Chaturdashi and Abhyanjana (OIL BATH)


What is Naraka Chaturdashi ? Naraka Chaturdashi is celebrated to mark the end of Narakasura named daithya. It is celebrated on Ashwija Krishna Chaturdashi. Who is Narakasura? Narakasura is a daithya born to Bhoodevi and Varahadevaru.   He was the king of Pragjyotisha Nagar (now in Assam). He had occupied that …

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