Rama was the seventh incarnation of Vishnu. He was the hero of the Ramayana, the ancient Sanskrit epic.Ramnavami, or the birthday of Lord Rama, falls on the 9th day of the bright fortnight of the month of Chaitra (March-April).
Lord Rama was born on Navami Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month. Each year this day is celebrated as birthday of Lord Rama. Lord Rama was born during Madhyahna period which is middle of Hindu day. Madhyahna which prevails for six Ghatis (approximately 2 hours and 24 minutes) is the most auspicious time to perform Rama Navami Puja rituals. The mid-point of Madhyahna marks the moment when Shri Rama was born and temples symbolize this moment as birth moment of Lord Rama. The chanting of Shri Rama and celebration reaches its peak during this time.Ayodhya is birthplace of Lord Rama and Rama Navami celebrations in Ayodhya are remarkable. Devotees come to Ayodhya from far-flung places. After taking holy dip into river Sarayu Devotees visit Rama temple to participate in birthday celebrations.
Ramnavami is one of the most important festivals of the Hindus, particularly the Vaishnava sect. On this auspicious day, devotees repeat the name of Rama with every breath and vow to lead a righteous life. People pray to attain the final beatitude of life through intense devotion towards Rama, and they invoke his name to grant them blessings and protection.
Many observe a strict fast on this day, but otherwise, it is an extremely colorful ceremony, highly inspiring and instructive, too. Temples are decorated and the image of Lord Rama is richly adorned.
The sacred Mantras “Om Sri Ramaya Namah” or “Om Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram” are chanted.
Devotees read the whole of the Ramayana, either the Sanskrit version of Sage Valmiki, or the Hindi version of Saint Tulsidas, during these nine days
A continuous recital of the book takes place during the month of Chaitra prior to the celebration. On Ram Navami itself, the highlights of the story are read in the temple.
Houses are thoroughly cleaned on Rama Navami and a family shrine may be decorated with small statues of Rama. Offerings of flowers and fruit are placed on the shrine and prayers are recited after an early bath.
To mark the day, followers of Hinduism may fast or restrict themselves to a specific diet and won’t eat certain foods like onions, garlic, and wheat products.
Chaite Dashain falls generally in the final month, Chaitra, of Bikram Sambat calendar. It is known as Chaite Dashain or Small Dashain. The big Dashain falls in autumn.Chaite DashainChaite Dashain is a Hindu festival, celebrated mainly in Nepal especially in the month of Chaitra. Regarded as a younger sibling of the Bada Dashain, this festival is celebrated for two days, in the Chaitra Shukla Ashtami and Nawami tithi, according to the Nepali Calendar. The day of Ashtami is known as Chaite Dashain (not the day of Dashain, to be precise, and it’s confusing), and the day of Nawami is known as Ram Navami. The reason for the Ashtami to be celebrated as Chaite Dashain is because this day is considered to be exactly half a year, i.e. six months after the Maha-ashtami. This festival is usually the last festival of the calendar year. This festival is also known as Chaitra-Ashtami, or Sano Dashain in most of the places around Nepal. Similar to the greater Dashain, this festival also symbolizes the victory of good over evil.
It is almost the last festival in Nepali calendar year. After this festival, we have a new year ahead within few days. This festival has two days of celebration. First day is Ram Navami (The birth day of Lord RamChandra) and second day is Dashami. Some part of Nepal and India, Chaite Dashain is called Chaitra Navaratri.This festival has same days of importance as the 10 days of Bijaya Dashami even though it is publicly celebrated for 2 days.Chaite Dashain is celebration of the victory of good over evil.
In the day of Ashtami of Chaite Dashain, people worship Goddess Durga, and animal sacrifices are made in some temples especially in temples of Durga Bhawani. Number of water buffalos, goats, chicken and ducks are sacrificed in Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur Durbar square. In the day after, i.e. in Ram Navami, people take fast, and visit the temple of Ram. A big fair is held in the Ram Janaki Temple of Janakpur, in this festival.
The day of Chaitra Ashtami is given the public holiday by the Government, but the day of Ram Navami is not the holiday. Known as Chaite Dashain mainly because it falls in the month of Chaitra, it does not have much significance as other major festivals though it is named as ‘Dashain’, but still it gives a good way of celebration mainly to the students whose school session ends by then. This festival lies almost in the mid of spring season, and hence the climate too adds a different kind of joy to its celebration.
Story Behind the celebrating Chaite Dashain
Ram Nawami is birthday of Lord Ram Chandra and Chaite Dashain is the day when Lord Ram came back to Ayodhaya with his wife Sita, brother Laxman, Hanuman and his military after 14 years of his exile. People of Ayudhya celebrated this day as a festival and this started the trend.
In Hinduism, Lord Ram is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He is known as Maryada Purusottam Ram. He was dutiful and obeying. He was a great king, good husband and a great son. He showed the example of what human should be.
He set an example of a son by accepting his exile for 14 year from his country only to fulfill his father’s promise. He set an example of a caring and loving king, who sent his wife to forest again to satisfy his countrymen. He was a loving husband who was always loyal to his wife Sita. He did not marry anyone even for the biggest Yagya, Ashwamegh Yagya. He put golden statue of Sita with him to perform the Yagya. (Wife should be present together with the man performing this Yagya.) Ram Chantra is an example of a man. Ramayana is a way of living epic.
Ravan was the king of Lanka. He was one of the most brilliant persons living in his age. He was an engineer and a scientist. He was the first one to fry aircraft and first one to use bio diesel about 5000 years ago. He had ten heads and could think equally with all his ten heads. The ten heads signifies, his brilliance, he was ten times brilliant than anyone living those days on the earth. He was believed to be brilliant enough to build a flying device. The aircraft made by Ravan is called Puspak Biman. He was very hard working and brilliant but he was too arrogant. He was not allowing saints and god believing people to perform their worship and started thinking himself as a God. He was very impressed by beauty of Sita and abducted her from the forest and flew her to Lanka in his Puspak Biman. Ram after a long battle killed him and freed Sita. The kingdom was given in the safe hands of Ravan’s brother Bibhisan.
The victory of lord Ram over Ravan is symbolically regarded as the victory of human being over the ten sense organs, five belonging to knowledge and 5 to the actions of us Human Beings. It is said Ram Chandra worshiped Goddess Durga Bhawani for 9 days before Ravan was killed. Therefore, these 9 days are regarded as worship days and tenth day is the victory day to take Prasad.
According to the legends, Durga came to help Lord Ram (the incarnation of Bishnu), the protagonist of the Hindu religious epic Ramayan. She helped him to kill his enemy Ravan who had kidnapped Ram’s wife Sita. Raven was a ten headed demon King, who could only be killed if he was struck in his chest, a fact Lord Ram was unaware of. It is said that the goddess helped him to get victory against the demon. It is believed that he was successful in killing Ram on the ninth day of the Nepali month of Chaitra, so the day is celebrated as Ram Nawami.
Animal sacrifices are performed during the Chaite Dashain as well, in order to please the goddess. Blood sacrifices are performed in the temple of all the mother goddesses, Shakti Peeths. Many water buffaloes and goats are sacrificed during this festival. Maximum sacrifices take place in front of the Taleju Bhawani temple in the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The sacrifice is performed by the army in the courtyard of the police station at Hanuman Dhoka. This starts from 8 o’clock in the morning and lasts for about two hours. It is done in front of the banners and insignia of various military units. The ritual is concluded after the military commander smears each of the banners with the sacrificial blood. The commoners and the tourists are allowed to view this from a distance.
Holi is a Hindu spring festival in India and Nepal, also known as the “festival of colours” or the “festival of love”.Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular all over the world.The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships, and is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest.
Holi is festival of color. This festival is also farewell of winter and welcoming of summer in Southern Asia. Holi is celebrated in full moon day in Phalgun . Hence, Holi is also called Fagu Purnima. Holi is called Dhuli in Sanskrit.
Holi in Nepal It is also observed to get blessing of God for coming harvests and fertility of the land. This festival is celebrated in most of South Asian counties.
Actually Holi is the night of Falgun Krishna Chaturdasi but celebration starts from the very next day on Purnima. Holi is the festival of color, friendships and love.
How is Holi Celebrated!
Holi in Nepal starts one week before the main day of Holi. There is a tradition of erecting a long bamboo stick (lingo) covered with pieces of different color cloths (Chir) in Bashantapur Durbar square, Kathmandu. In the eve of Holi the lingo is taken down and the Chir is burnt. The event is called Chir Haran or Holika Dahan. Holi then starts.
Holi festival is celebrated among family, friends and acquaintances at home, where friends used to gather in one house or start visiting and collecting friends on their way to a certain local area to play together in company of close friends. There were many small gatherings in different parts of the town where the communities celebrate Holi among each other and the whole atmosphere was vivacious and the happiness of people playing contagious.
There is a national holiday declared for everyone in Nepal to the occasion of Holi. This festival is observed the next day in Terai after the rest of Nepal has already celebrated it.
Holi is celebrated with colors, water, sweets and music. People put color on each other as a token of love. People go houses of relatives and friends in group. Put colors on each other eat sweets and move whole day. People dance and play music. People in Terai celebrate Holi the next day from Kathmandu Valley and other hilly reason of Nepal.
People used to make Pichkari (water guns) out of bamboo. And throw colored water on each other. Now-a-days balloons and plastic water guns (pichkari) are used. The balloon filled with water is called Lola in Nepali. Kids start throwing lolas on each other from week ahead of main Holi days.People collects wood and burn fires and play music and performs dances. Some drink bhang and go crazy and make jokes.
The burning of the wood log in village and town avenues are very important part of Holi celebration. This event is called Holika Dahan, the end of Holika.
Mahashivaratri Festival or the ‘The Night of Shiva’ is celebrated with devotion and religious fervor in honor of Lord Shiva, one of the deities of Hindu Trinity. Shivaratri falls on the moonless 14th night of the new moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun, which corresponds to the month of February – March in English Calendar. Celebrating the festival of Shivaratri devotees observe day and night fast and perform ritual worship of Shiva Lingam to appease Lord Shiva.
Mahashivaratri is thus not only a ritual but also a cosmic definition of the Hindu universe. It dispels ignorance, emanates the light of knowledge, makes one aware of the universe, ushers in the spring after the cold and dry winter, and invokes the supreme power to take cognizance of the beings that were created by him.
Who is Lord Shiva
Shiva means auspicious one. He is one among Trimurti Gods: Brahma, Bishnu and Maheswor. Shiva is Maheshwor. Lord Shiva is regarded as creator, preserver, destroyer, concealer,
He lives in Himalaya at the Northern side of Nepal at mount Kailash and lives as a saint (sadhu) with snake around his neck, wear deer skin and sits on tiger’s skin. Damaru is his musical instrument and Trisul is his weapon.
Shiva wears rudraksha on his neck and his hair is home of the holly Ganga. Nandi (ox) is his vehicle. He is a great mediator and he notices everything that happens in the world. He is very kind to his devotees. Just chanting of “Om Namaha Sibhaya” relives anyone from sufferings.
Shiva’s first wife was Satidevi and he married Parvati as his second wife. Ganesh and Kumar are his sons.
Legends of Mahashivratri
There are various interesting legends related to the festival of Maha Shivaratri. According to one of the most popular legends, Shivaratri marks the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Some believe that it was on the auspicious night of Shivaratri that Lord Shiva performed the ‘Tandava’, the dance of the primal creation, preservation and destruction. Another popular Shivratri legend stated in Linga Purana states that it was on Shivaratri that Lord Shiva manifested himself in the form of a Linga. Hence the day is considered to be extremely auspicious by Shiva devotees and they celebrate it as Mahashivaratri – the grand night of Shiva.
Traditions and Customs of Shivaratri
Devotees observe strict fast in honor of Shiva, though many go on a diet of fruits and milk some do not consume even a drop of water. Devotees strongly believe that sincere worship of Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of Shivaratri, absolves a person of sins and liberates him from the cycle of birth and death. Shivaratri is considered especially auspicious for women. While married women pray for the well being of their husbands unmarried women pray for a husband like Lord Shiva, who is regarded as the ideal husband.
To mark the Shivratri festival, devotees wake up early and take a ritual bath, preferably in river Ganga. After wearing fresh new clothes devotees visit the nearest Shiva temple to give ritual bath to the Shiva Lingum with milk, honey, water etc.
On Shivaratri, worship of Lord Shiva continues all through the day and night. Every three hours priests perform ritual pooja of Shivalingam by bathing it with milk, yoghurt, honey, ghee, sugar and water amidst the chanting of â€œOm Namah Shivaya’ and ringing of temple bells. Nightlong vigil or jaagran is also observed in Shiva temples where large number of devotees spend the night singing hymns and devotional songs in praise of Lord Shiva. It is only on the following morning that devotee break their fast by partaking prasad offered to the deity.
There is always a big fair and market set around Pashupati temple area in Shiva Ratri. Large number of people are seen visiting the temple. People are seen buying things. Announcements, music, dances, sadhus, markets, and large number of tourist make Shivaratri more fun. Women and kids are seen putting mehendi on their hands Mehandi (Heena) by the local artists sitting on the pavements. Snake dance, circus and other fun activities can also be seen in the surrounding areas of Pashupati temple.
There are many stories behind the celebration of Shivaratri.
During Samundra Manthan, the poison Halahal came out of the ocean. It started creating destruction all over. To protect the universe from the devastation Lord Shiva drank the poison and managed to keep it in his throat. His throat turned blue. Since then he is known as Nilkantha. Nila Kantha in Sanskrit is one with blue throat.
Shiva protected the world from the dangerous poison; therefore, people started celebrating the day as Shivaratri and thanking Shiva for shaving the world.
It is believed Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati on this day. Some places, Shivaratri is observed as marriage anniversary of Shiva-Parvati too.
How is Maha Shivaratri celebrated
Shiva devotees observe whole day and night fasting. Shiva Linga pooja is done in the night by chanting mantras, offering Beal leaf and pouring water on the linga. Fireplace is set in avenues and in temples at night to make Lord Shiva warm.
Pashupatinath is the biggest temple of lord shiva In Nepal. In Shivaratri Pashupatinatha temple has a big possession. Hindu devotees from all over Nepal and India visit Pashupatinath. Large number of Shadus come to Pashupatinath. Different types of Shadus can be seen around Pashapupati and its surroundings.
The shadus are covered with bhibhuti (Ashes). The Shadhus are said to have mastered the pain of heat, cold and sufferings and have devoted their life to Lord Shiva. They stand naked blessing the devotees. They smoke weeds as a divine gift of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is the one who enjoys taking bhis(Poison), bhang, Dhatooro (jimson Weeds).
According to the Shiva Puran, six items are regarded precious to worship and offer Lord Shiva in Maha Shivaratri.
The six Items are Beal fruit, Vermilion Paste (Chandan), Food Items (Prasad), Incense, Lamp (Diyo), Betel Leaves.
1) Beal Leaf (Marmelos leaf) – offering of Beal Leaf represents purification of the soul.
2) Vermilion paste (Chandan) – Applying chandan on Shiva Linga after washing the Linga represents good feature. Chandan is inseparable part of Worshipping Lord Shiva.
3) Food items – Food items such as rice and fruits are offered to the Lord to ensure a long life and fulfillment of desires.
4) Incense (Dhoop batti) – Incense sticks are lit before Lord Shiva to be blessed with wealth and prosperity.
5) Lamp (Diyo) – The lighting of Cotton handmade batti , lamp or diyo is believed to be helpful to gain knowledge.
6) Betel leaves (Paan ko patta) – Beatle leaves or Pan ko pat represents satisfaction with maturity.
Shiva Puran states, the beat of Damaru revealed the first seven letters of music. Those notes are source of language too. Shiva is inventor of notes of music Sa, Re, Ga, Ma Pa, Dha, Ni. He is worshiped as inventor of language on his birthday too.
The Shiva linga is washed with Pancha kavya (mixture of five products of cow) and Panchamatrit (mixture of five sweet things). Pancha kavya includes cow dung, cow urine, milk, Curd and Ghee. Panchamrit includes Cow milk, Yogurt, Honey, Sugar and Ghee.
In front of the Shiva Linga Kalash (Medium size vessel with small neck) filled with mixed water and milk is set. The neck of the Kalash is tied with white and red piece of cloth. Flower, mango leaves, peeple leaves, beal leaves are kept inside the kalash. Mantras are chanted to worship Lord Shiva.
(Information are gathered from various sources.)
Krishna is usually regarded as the eight incarnation of lord Vishnu and was born in the Dvarpara Yuga as the “dark one”. Lord Krishna is the embodiment of love and divine joy, that destroys all pain and sin. He is the protector of sacred utterances and cows. Krishna is an instigator of all forms of knowledge and born to establish the religion of love.Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is the speaker of the Bhagavad-gita, which is recognized throughout the world as one of mankind’s greatest books of wisdom and poetry.
Krishna was born as the 8th child of Devaki, sister of the cruel demon king Kamsa. The sage Narada had predicted that Kamsa would be killed by his nephew, so the king killed Devaki´s first six children. The 7th, Balarama escaped and the 8th, Krishna, was secretly exchanged for a cowherds daughter.The stories of Krishnas’ life range from before he was born through a series of adventures as he matured into adulthood, his encounters with demons and how he helped his family, demigods, friends and strangers. His life as told in stories shows how human some of his behavior was; his mischievous activities as an infant and flirting with the Gopis as a youth.In his youth Krishna killed Kamsa along with all his cruel associates, liberated his parents from prison, and reinstated Ugrasen as the King of Mathura.
Here are some unknown and fun facts about Lord Krisha:
- Lord Krishna has total of 108 names. Some of which famous names are Gopal, Govind, Devakinandan, Mohan, Shyam, Ghanshyam, Hari, Baanke Bihari, Girdhari etc.
- Krishna had 16,108 wives. Out of which eight were princely queens and he had 80 sons in all. 10 sons from each of these eight wives.
- Pradyumana, the son of Lord Krishna was Kamdeva who was turned into ashes in his earlier life by Lord Shiva.
- Rukmini, the wife of Lord Krishna is considered to be an avatar of Goddess Laxmi.
- Pandavas were maternal relatives to Krishna. Arjuna married krishna’s sister.
- He breathed his last when a hunter’s arrow hit His toe.
- Krishna’s skin colour was dark, not blue.
- Sudarshan Chakra was lord Krishna’s powerful weapon. He used it with restraint. His weapon looked like a sharp disc with exactly 108 sharp edges to it.
- Many of us don’t know that Ekalavya was none other than the cousin of Lord Krishna.
- Krishna was cursed by Queen Gandhari, which led to his death and the destruction of his dynasty.
- There are conflicting reports about whether Radha, Krishna’s consort, was mentioned at all in ancient scriptures.
- One of the unknown facts about Lord Krishna is that Hanuman was also present when Bhagvad Gita was narrated to Arjuna. He was present as an emblem on the chariot’s flag.
- Krishna is mysterious, wise, intelligent, charismatic and complex. No one can understand him completely.
- Krishna was the first person who told Karna about the secret of his birth.
- As we know, Krishna was the eighth child of his mother, Devaki. The seventh one was Balrama. He also brought other six sons of Devaki for a reunion. These six sons were the grandsons of Hirnakashyap who were suffering from a curse.
Mantras are like medicine for the soul.Here are some of the Mantras which are beneficial for our life.
Krishna Mantra To Attract Love
Lord Krishna had a great love with Radha-Rani, same as Meera does with Lord Krishna. Krishna is the famous God of love, people are still remembered and worshiping him now also for making love in the world and in between the heart of every human for each other. Whenever someone in pain of love or hurting in love will go near to the idol of Lord Krishna and keep praying.
If you are a girl and facing hurdles or obstacles in the path of your marriage then you need to recite Krishana mantra as “Kaatyaayni Mahamaye Mahayoginay dhishvari nandgop santu patin mah kuru tah namah”. This is very effective mantra and brings success towards your life, if you practice it regularly.
Those who are facing problems in marriage or delay in marriage, they can recite this mantra as “kallim karishnay govinday gopi jan vallabhay swaha”.
You need to recite this mantra for 108 times. This mantra help you get desired partner in your life.
You can recite mantra as “Om namah Krishna Devay Prema Rajaiya Valalbha Sarwa Mangla Pradyaka Namah” for love marriage.
Kamdev Mantra To Attract Love
Kamdev is also a Lord and a symbol of love. Kamdev mantra also make in use for fulfilling your lust, sex desire by attracting someone with love towards you.
Kali Mantra To Attract Love
Kali Ma is one of the Goddess in Hindu religion, whom all Hindus worship. The goddess Kali is known as the destroyer of negativity and evil or black power effects. Kali mantra is used for destroying the misunderstanding going in between any two spouses and also to attract love.
|| Om Hreem Kali Kapalini Ghornadini Viswam Vimohya Jagnmohya Sarv Mohya Mohya th: th: th: ||
“Aum haum shahum shaahm, Aum hrihm phatt swaaha”.
“Aum kham kham gyaam gyaah mahum pati/patnim vashyahm kuruh kuruh swaha”.
For Love Marriage:
“॥ ॐ नमो भगवते रुक्मिणीवल्लभाये स्वाहा ॥
Om Namo Bhagwate Rukmanivalbhaye Swaha ||”
To fill your life with love:
“॥ ॐ नमो भगवते रुक्मिणीवल्लभाये स्वाहा ॥
Om Namo Bhagwate Rukmanivalbhaye Swaha ||”
Lord Shiva Mantra For Love Marriage Success:
This shiva mantra is very strong and fruitful if recited accurately and under the guidance of specialist. It gives sure success in love marriage and helpful to get back the person you love.
ॐ वज्रकरण शिवे रुध रुध भवे ममाई अमृत कुरु कुरु स्वाहा ||
Note: Do these mantra under the specialist’s guidance or contact Guruji once before starting this.
Hanuman or Anjaneya or Sankat Mochan is perhaps one of the most revered and adored deities in the Hindu scriptures. Here we have made an effort to bring to you a collection of rare and unheard stories about our beloved Bajrangbali.
Hanuman was an incarnation of Shiva and considered to be an exemplification of strength, devotion, and perseverance.
The deity once applied sindoor all over his body for Lord Rama’s long life.
The name, ‘Hanuman’ actually means ‘disfigured jaw’ in Sanskrit.
Although he was a brahmchari , Lord Hanuman had a son – Makardhwaja.
Once, Lord Ram issued a death sentence to Lord Hanuman!
Lord Hanuman and Lord Bhima were both brothers.
There are 108 names for Lord Hanuman in the Sanskrit Language!
Hanuman was born to a woman cursed to be a female monkey; a curse that could only be alleviated if she gave birth to an incarnation of Shiva.
Hanuman’s devotion and perseverance so moved Brahma that he blessed him with several boons. This included the ability to be immune to weapons, to change his form at will, and to be able to travel easily wherever he wished.
It’s said that Hanuman’s steadfast commitment and devotion were so strong that he was free of all physical fatigue and harm.
Due to the size and history of Hinduism, the Hanuman Chalisa is one of the most popular devotional songs in the history of the world.
Hanuman himself requested that his statue or likeness be erected wherever the name of Rama is worshiped, so that he may listen in and be there in spirit.
When Rama’s time of death was at hand, Hanuman barred Yama (the god of death) from claiming him. It wasn’t until Rama purposefully dropped a ring to distract Hanuman did Rama pass.
His last promise to Rama is that he would stay on the earth in secret as long as the name of Rama was remembered and worshiped
Who is Lord Ganesh?
The chubby, gentle, wise, elephant-headed Ganesh, or Ganesha, is one of Hinduisms most popular deities.Ganesha is one of the most distinctive Hindu deities with his large elephant head and pot-bellied human body. He plays a dual role of a supreme being powerful enough to remove obstacles and ensure success or create obstructions for those whose ambition has become destructive.
Ganesh is the remover of obstacles, the deity whom worshipers first acknowledge when they visit a temple.Ganesh is usually shown in sculpture accompanied by or riding a rat. Since rats are seen as being capable of gnawing their way through most things, the rat symbolizes Ganesh’s ability to destroy every obstacle.
The Meaning of Ganesh.
Ganesh’s name literally means “Lord of Gana.” Ganesh was entrusted by Shiva with the leadership of the Ganas, Shiva’s dwarfish, rowdy retinue, in compensation for the loss of his human head.
Ganesh is also patron of letters and of learning; he is the legendary scribe who, using his commonly held broken tusk, wrote down parts of the Mahabharata Epic.
Ganesh is usually depicted colored red; he is pot bellied, has one tusk broken, and has four arms that may hold a pasam, a goad, and a pot of rice, or sweetmeats. The sweet meats are held in a type of bowl known as a laddus. His appetite for these sweets is legendary and offerings of them are often left at his shrine.
A pasam or noose is a triple twine weapon. Each of the three twines represent:
1. Arrogance and conceit
2. Maya – the illusory nature of the real world, and
Goads (or elephant prods) are typically used to direct elephants. Goads are symbolic of how one should steer the soul away from the ignorance and illusions of this earthly world just as a mahout would steer an elephant away from any treacherous path.
In Hindu ideology weapons are a viewed as symbolic tools to destroy the ego rather than to cause any type of bloodshed.
Ganesh’s characteristic pot belly is usually bound around with a cobra. The cobra is an animal usually associated with Shiva, a reminder that Ganesh is his son.
The Story of Ganesha
The Hindu tradition contains many different versions of Ganesha’s origins. Some stories say that Ganesha was born with an elephant head. Most say that he was born with a human head that was later replaced with the elephant head.
In one version of the story, Ganesha’s mother, the goddess Parvati, created Ganesha from the dirt off her body while she was bathing. She then had Ganesha guard the entrance to her bathroom. When her husband, Shiva, came home, he was angry that a stranger blocked his access and cut off Ganesha’s head in a fit of rage. Parvati was struck with grief, and to console her, Shiva restored Ganesha to life, giving him an elephant head.
Inspiration from Ganesha
When you’re setting goals or seeking wisdom as you pursue them—call upon Ganesha as your guide. Ganesha can be especially helpful for:
- Any big or small endeavor in which you want to succeed.
- Writing and artistic projects.
- Seeking wisdom before making a big decision such as deciding whether to leave a job or change careers.
- Any situation where an obstacle is preventing you from success.
- Cultivating a peaceful household. Ganesha is loving and polite, yet strong.
Symbolism and Significance of Ganesha
- Ganesha’s big belly represents generosity and total acceptance.
- Ganesha’s upraised hand depicts protection. It means, ‘Fear not, I am with you’, and his lowered hand, palm facing outwards means endless giving as well as an invitation to bow down. This is also symbolic of the fact that we will all dissolve into earth one day.
- Ganesha also has a single tusk which signifies one-pointedness. Even the implements Ganesha wields are symbolic.
- He carries in his hands the ‘Ankusa’ (signifying awakening) and the ‘Paasa’ (signifying control). With awakening, a lot of energy is released, which without proper control, can go haywire.
Adults should sleep with their head towards the south. Sleeping in that direction leads to longevity.
Children should sleep with their head towards the East. It will bring them enlightenment
Students should be facing east while studying, for Academic Excellence
While traveling one should sleep with their head towards West
Vastu and Ganapati pooja should be performed in the North-East corner of the plot before construction
Before beginning anything new pooja should be performed
God should always be remembered and worshiped
Copper vessels should be used to contain water and for lightening diyas brass items should be used
In one’s own house the family members should not face West. This causes sorrow and unhappiness.
Never sleep with your head towarsd North
Iron, stainless steel and aluminum items should not be used for pooja
Never hang pictures of animal fighting, tree without fruits and flowers, dead animals,house on fire and pictures of any war scene
If north of any house is blocked it blocks prosperity
Hang a mirror to reflect your cash box or locker. It symbolically doubles your wealth and opportunities.
- Locate the cupboard or safe for keeping cash and jewellery in the south or south-west. It should open towards the north, the realm of Kuber, who will keep it replenished.
- Keep the north-east portion of the house open and free from clutter. Never have a staircase at this location, as it causes loss of wealth.
- Never have a dripping faucet or plumbing as it drains the finances of the house.
- A south-east room, being the agni corner, is not fit for bedroom. However, if it is used as a one, it helps in the accumulation of wealth! Also the bed inside the room should not touch the walls and the room should not have a slanting floor.
- Kitchen should only be place in South-east direction.
- Do not extend North or East front of house if ideal direction is East while South and West can be extended.
- Cover exposed mirrors in house.
- Centre of the house should be free from any construction.
- Couple’s should not take North-east room while if they are the owner then South-west is ideal to take while North-west is also best.
- Marriageable daughters must be given North-west bedroom only.
- Keep photo of your lover/beloved in the North-North-West zone of your house.
- South is the ideal zone for bedroom.
- Keep a pair of love birds in South-West zone to find true love.
- Fix a fish aquarium in north-east direction of your house for better growth and to reduce negative energy.
- Place a water fountain in the north-east direction of your house for harmony.
- Keep a single mattress on the bed for healthy marital relation. Also, the wife should always sleep on the left side of the husband.
- Placing red galloping horses in the south direction can provide a steady flow of money and bring harmony.
- Numbers of doors and windows should be even in the house.
- Place a family photograph in the south-west direction in a yellow or golden frame for healthy family relations. Or a picture / painting of sunflower for a healthy family bond.
- Place a picture or painting of a rising sun in the east direction for healthy social relations.
A school should be designed carefully, following the guidelines of Vastu Shashtra, as students are the future of a nation and they need a firm focus and solid concentration. Vastu planning for school is essential to meet the set goals and foster a healthy and competitive environment in school.
Vastu is an age old practise of following certain rules to develop and maintain buildings that promises to harness the natural positive energies surrounding us. This age old practice of Indian civilization delivers wonderful results and makes the life of its practitioners successful, prosperous and peaceful.The best time to start paying attention to Vastu would be when you are constructing your house. Vastu specifies certain rules about constructing the building which can be naturally implemented only at the time of construction. Vastu is a huge subject dealing with all the nooks and crannies of harnessing positive energy inside the building and in our lives
A school is the institution of knowledge and treasure building the potent future. Vastu of school analyses every aspect that contribute in making its students bright and brilliant thereby enhancing concentration and de-stressing. Directions play important role in our life and if a school is being constructed in the wrong direction no student will able to cope and concentrate for the good. Hence Vastu is beneficial for every school.
Vastu Tips for School
- All institutes should be built with East or North-east entrance.
- Leave more space towards the East and North-east while other parts like South, West and South-west must be used for construction.
- Classrooms should be made with entrance in East and blackboard in West.
- Platform of teacher’s desk must be made some feet high from the ground.
- Beams in the classroom must be constructed carefully ensuring that no student sit under the beam.
- Staff room must be made in North-west.
- Toilets should also be built up in the North-west direction.
- Pantry or canteen in the institute should be made in South-east corner.
- Owner or principal’s office must be constructed in South-west or South direction only so that she/he can sit facing North.
- Meeting rooms must be situated in North with east facing door.
- Open play ground should be constructed in the Eastern portion.
- Reception and cashier room must be located in Eastern or Northern side.
- Library in the institute can be made in Western portion.
- Prayer hall in the school must be built in North-east portion to get maximum benefits and better concentration.
- Ventilators including larger windows should be constructed in Northern or Eastern sides.
- Generators and electrical meters must be installed in South-east.
- Keep the administration block in North or East direction.
- Playground for students must be built in East, North or North-east as these are directions that empowers children to success and helps enhancing their skills.
- Mohammad’s flight (the Hegira) from Mecca in A.D. 622 is the beginning of the rise of Islam. It also marks the beginning of the Islamic, or Hijri, calendar.
- There are an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, which is about 1/5 of the world’s population.There are 25 countries in which more than 95% of the population is Muslim.
- In Islam, as in Judaism, marriage between first cousins is quite common.
- Both alcohol and pork are forbidden in Islam.
- Every Muslim tries to visit Mecca at least once in his or her lifetime. This special visit is called a hajj.
- Allah has 99 names. Each name has a meaning, such as Al-Rahman “the Merciful”; Al-Aziz, “the powerful”; and Al-Hafi “the Protector.
- Muslims believe there are five actions that they should perform. These are known as the Five Pillars of Islam: 1) Shahada (the declaration of faith), 2) Salat (the duty to pray five times a day), 3) Zakat (giving to charity), 4) Siyam (fasting during the moth of Ramadan), and 5) Hajj (making a pilgrimage to Mecca).
- The Quran states that “There is to be no compulsion in religion” and that God has created not one but many nations and peoples.
- Quran (Koran) means “recitation” in Arabic.
- Mary, the mother Jesus, is a prominent figure in Islam and is the only woman mentioned by name in the Quran.
- Muslims believe that everything on earth that follows God’s natural law is “muslim,” in a sense that it follows God’s will.
- Indonesia has the largest number of Muslims (120 million), followed by Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh.
- A Muslim woman retains her own family name upon marriage, rather than taking the name of her husband.
- Although Muslims are often associated with the Arab world, fewer than 15% of Muslims are Arabs.
- Dogs in the Islamic world are typically not allowed inside the house because they are considered to be unclean.
- Islam is an Arabic word that means “peace,” “security,” and “surrender.”
Goal of life: To attain self-realization.
There has been no known founder of Hinduism, Hinduism derives its practices form ancient sages to today’s saints, there has been a tradition of sages and saints from thousands of years, at least for last 10,000 years
Hinduism is the oldest religion among the existing larger religions
Hindus worship many gods; Shiva, Krishna, Rama, Durga, Kali are among the most worshiped forms of god
Hinduism is the world’s 3rd largest religion with more than 900,000,000 followers
108 is a sacred number in Hinduism and it is considered auspicious
Countries where most of the Hindu population is concentrated are India, Nepal, Bangladesh,Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan
God is considered both male and female, or as the one who has no sex or both.
Scriptures are divided into Shrutis (those which were heard by sages in deep meditation) and smritis (those which were recorded or memorized)
Vedas are the known ancient Hindu scriptures. Other famous scriptures are Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Agamas, puranas.
Ramayana and Mahabharata are considered as the documentation of the history of India during the times of Rama and Krishna respectively.
Bhagavad Gita is considered by most as the holy book of Hindus. however it is not considered as the only book.
The Vedas were preserved for over 5,000 years without the use of printing. This was done by memorization!
Dharma, Karma and Reincarnation are the most discussed among hindu topics
There are three foremost deities: Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara, who are considered the parts of one and only god (parabrahman) responsible for the creation, preservation and destruction of the worlds. three letters of the word ‘OOM’ are considered to represent them.
Temples are the places where hindus worship the deities, many people have altars/ rooms in their houses for worship.
The Kumbhamela, a spiritual gathering of all types every 3 years, is the largest gathering of human beings in the world.
Rama and Krishna are the most celebrated historic persons who are well known for their adherence to dharma even at difficult times.
The word OOM is the main symbol of Hinduism
Sanskrit is the mother language of all indian languages. Most of the scriptures of hinduism are in Sanskrit
Mahabharatha the most revered book of India is 10 times larger than Iliad and Odyssey combined together
It is a fact that not all shops in the same market do equally well, despite selling the same wares. Some shops are more popular and appear to attract larger crowds. As a result, they do brisk business. Others however, remain empty, despite alluring interiors and promotional gimmicks. We may think that the nature of the shop owners or their salesmanship skills makes them popular and win them dedicated customers.
But the location of the shop, exteriors including the slope and shape of the plot, placement of interiors, direction for the entrance, exit etc. also plays equally important role in making a shop/business prosper. A Vastu complaint shop is constructed with proper orientation, directional method and keeping in mind to design quintessentially for the placement of things like cash counter, placement of shop material.
Vastu advice for shops and showrooms is based on the deep study of various determinants, which include the location of the shop, shop/showroom exteriors including its slope and shape of the plot, placement of cash counter, seating position of the owner and the employees, placement of goods, direction for the entrance, exit etc.
In short we can say that the Vastu needs to be equally considered before making a new shop/business. The shops which are Vastu compliant always profit and prosper.
Vastu Shastra For Shop
- An ideal shop should be square-shaped or rectangular or have a front wider than the rear. However, triangular or irregular shaped shops or those with narrow front and wide rear should be avoided, as they lead to financial loss and mental tensions.
- There should be no slope towards the entrance of the shop, as it is deemed inauspicious. It makes profits inconsistent.
- The entrance should be completely open and not obstructed with objects, like trees, poles or even by product stands.
- It is recommended that the doors of your shop should open towards the right side.
- The cash counter should open towards the north, the quadrant of Kuber, the Lord of Wealth. Ensure that the cash box is never empty.
- The shop owner should sit inside the shop facing east or north. He should never sit facing south or west, as it creates problems or losses. The cashier is best located in the south-east.
- Hot selling items are best placed in the north-west, the quadrant of air, which aids movement.
- Every morning, after opening the shop, prayers should be offered to God by lighting a lamp and burning incense sticks.
- Auspicious symbols of swastik should always be displayed in the shop. The words ‘shubh-labh’ and ‘riddhi-siddhi’ should be written on one of the walls inside the shop.
- Avoid placing the idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi on the right or northeastern corners of the shop.
- In case you have planned to install television or computer in your shop, then assign the southeast corner of the shop.
- There should be no open drain in front of the shop, as it causes loss of wealth. Even stagnant water in front does not bode well for the shop.
- The showcases and other heavy items of furniture should be placed towards the south-west of the shop, but never towards the north-east, as it leads to losses.
- The shop counter should be angular and not curving or round. It should be placed in the south-east or the south-west.
The Sanskrit word vastu means a dwelling or house with a corresponding plot of land. The vrddhi, vāstu, takes the meaning of “the site or foundation of a house, site, ground, building or dwelling-place, habitation, homestead, house”. The underlying root is vas “to dwell, live, stay, reside”. The term shastra may loosely be translated as “doctrine, teaching”.Vastu-Sastras (literally, science of dwelling) are ancient Sanskrit manuals of architecture. These contain Vastu-Vidya (literally, knowledge of dwelling).
Vastu is an age old practise of following certain rules to develop and maintain buildings that promises to harness the natural positive energies surrounding us. This age old practice of Indian civilization delivers wonderful results and makes the life of its practitioners successful, prosperous and peaceful.The best time to start paying attention to Vastu would be when you are constructing your house. Vastu specifies certain rules about constructing the building which can be naturally implemented only at the time of construction. Vastu is a huge subject dealing with all the nooks and crannies of harnessing positive energy inside the building and in our lives.
As per vastu shastra, different directions belong to different Gods that supervise respective sectors of the house. For example, God supervises Eshan or North-East direction and hence is best suitable for prayer room; Agni (Fire element) supervises South-East direction and hence is best suitable for Kitchen. This means that if various sections and activities related to each section of a house, office, shop etc. stick to principles of vastu shastra then, we start to draw the power of nature effortlessly and achieving goals is easy, spontaneous and effortless.
Many rules of vastu shastra are simple common sense as they relate to ventilation, amount and quality of sunlight a building receives etc. But some principles of vastu shastra relate to energy field of earth and subtle energy fields in natural and constructed environments. Also, people living/working in such buildings have appreciated and verified the effects of these fields.
Vastu Shastra are the textual part of Vastu Vidya, the latter being the broader knowledge about architecture and design theories from ancient India. Vastu Vidya knowledge is a collection of ideas and concepts, with or without the support of layout diagrams, that are not rigid. Rather, these ideas and concepts are models for the organization of space and form within a building or collection of buildings, based on their functions in relation to each other, their usage and to the overall fabric of the Vastu.Ancient Vastu Shastra principles include those for the design of Mandir (Hindu temples),and the principles for the design and layout of houses, towns, cities, gardens, roads, water works, shops and other public areas.
Building Bedroom according to Vastu
Building Bedroom according to VastuVastu Shastra is very important as bedroom is the place for privacy and total relaxation. A bedroom is the place where we retire after strenuous day’s job to relax and have a sound sleep to gain energy for the next day. Vastu Shastra for Bedroom has been given a very high priority and significance.
- As per Vastu for Master Bedroom, it should always be in the South-West corner of the home and head of the family must occupy this bedroom.
- The master bedroom should always be bigger than other rooms of the house.
- If the house is multi-story then master bedroom in the South-West corner of the top floor is best.
- Perfect place for bed in master bedroom is towards South or West wall, so that while sleeping the person’s head is towards South or West and legs towards North or East.
- Bed alignment to any corners is unsuitable.
- West or North side is suitable for attached bathroom, changing room or bath tub etc.
- The bathroom should not face the bed directly and the door of the bathroom must always be kept closed.
- East, North or West walls are best spot for entrance door of master bedroom.
- East or North walls are good for windows in the bedroom.
- If a mirror is in the bedroom with/without dressing table then make sure than none of the body part is visible in the mirror while sleeping on the bed, else the same body part will develop medical problems.
- Use light rose, gray, blue, chocolate, green etc as wall colors for bedroom.
Stay away from use of marble stones (white and yellow colored) in the newly married couple’s bedroom.
Building Kitchen according to Vastu
Vastu for kitchen is important since kitchen represents the “Fire” element.
- Avoid kitchen directly under or above pooja/prayer room.
- Do not have kitchen directly under or above toilets.
- Avoid kitchen directly under or above bedroom.
- Do not place cooking gas burner or stove directly in front kitchen’s entrance door.
- Do not have main door of kitchen in any corners; place it in East, North or West wall.
- Kitchen in South-West leads to clashes among family members.
- A kitchen in North-West direction is acceptable but it leads to increase in monetary expenditure.
- Most dangerous kitchen is the one placed in North direction; as North is Lord Kubera’s (the God of Wealth) direction, having kitchen in North will increase expenditure of family beyond expectations and control.
- Never face west while cooking as this leads to severe health problems to the cook.
- If – while cooking – the cook faces south then family has to face monetary losses.
- Avoid black color for kitchen wall and flooring.
- Avoid keeping refrigerator in North-East direction.
Building Study Room according to Vastu
- Place study room in West, East or North-East of a home.
- Student, while reading must face either East or North direction.
- Provide windows in learning area in East, North or West wall.
- Provide doors of study room in North-East, North, East or West.
- Avoid doors in South-East, North-West and South-West corners of Study Room.
- Do not sit below beam while reading.
- Study place should have ample amount of light.
- Student should not face blank wall or window while learning.
- Space between student and wall in front facilitates open mentality and new ideas come to mind.
- A solid wall behind student signifies support.
- Avoid toilets in study place as far as possible.
- Provide a bathroom in reading room.
- Provide book rack or book shelf in East or North wall of reading area.
- If books are kept in South-West corner, then they remain untouched.
- The books kept in North-West corner gets stolen by someone.
- The book shelf should never be located over or above study table.
- Use square or rectangular study table for best results.
- Vastu for reading room suggests that room should have images of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Saraswati.
Building Toilet/Bathroom according to Vastu
- Water closet (commode) should preferentially be aligned to North-South axis in toilet.
- Build toilets in West or North-West side of north of a room depending upon whether toilet is with bedroom or separate.
- Toilets can also be constructed on South side.
- Place commode inside the toilet in West, South or North-West side of West.
- Fit the pot, in toilet, in such a way that while using the commode the person never faces East or West.
- Construct toilet 1-2 feet higher than ground level.
- You can have entrance door of the toilet on East or North wall.
- The flooring of toilet should slope towards East or North so that water drains from these sides.
- Store water, taps etc. in East, North or North-East.
- Color walls of toilet as desired, but prefer light colors.
- Do not have water closet, in toilet, above or under pooja room, fire or bed place.
- Avoid toilets in center, North-East or South-West corners of home.
Reiki is generally means a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist/Healer can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.
Reiki is basically an energy source that used to heal person.
What is Reiki Energy and how does it heal?
The word Reiki is composed of two Japanese words – Rei and Ki. When translating Japanese into English we must keep in mind that an exact translation is difficult and somewhere almost impossible to translate. The Japanese language has many levels of meaning. Therefore the context the word is being used in must be kept in mind when attempting to communicate its essence. Because these words are used in a spiritual healing context, a Japanese/English dictionary does not provide the depth of meaning we seek, as its definitions are based on common everyday Japanese. As an example, Rei is often defined as ghost and Ki as vapor and while these words vaguely point in the direction of meaning we seek, they fall far short of the understanding that is needed.
Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing is Reiki.
When seeking a definition from a more spiritual context, we find that Rei can be defined as the Higher Intelligence that guides the creation and functioning of the universe. Rei is a subtle wisdom that permeates everything, both animate and inanimate. This subtle wisdom guides the evolution of all creation ranging from the unfolding of galaxies to the development of life. On a human level, it is available to help us in times of need and to act as a source of guidance in our lives. Because of its infinite nature, it is all knowing. Rei is also called God and has many other names depending on the culture that has named it.
Ki is the non-physical energy that animates all living things. Ki is flowing in everything that is alive including plants, animals and humans. When a person’s Ki is high, they will feel strong, confident, and ready to enjoy life and take on it’s challenges. When it is low, they will feel weak and are more likely to get sick. We receive Ki from the air we breath, from food, sunshine, and from sleep. It is also possible to increase our Ki by using breathing exercises and meditation. When a person dies, their Ki leaves the physical body. Ki is also the Chi of China, the prana of India, the Ti or Ki of the Hawaiians, and has also been called odic force, orgone, bioplasma and life force.
With the above information in mind, Reiki can be defined as a non-physical healing energy made up of life force energy that is guided by the Higher Intelligence, or spiritually guided life force energy. This is a functional definition as it closely parallels the experience of those who practice Reiki in that Reiki energy seems to have an intelligence of its own flowing where it is needed in the client and creating the healing conditions necessary for the individuals needs. It cannot be guided by the mind, therefore it is not limited by the experience or ability of the practitioner. Nether can it be misused as it always creates a healing effect. ( It must be kept in mind that Reiki is not the same as simple life force energy as life force energy by itself can be influenced by the mind and because of this, can create benefit as well as cause problems including ill health.)
We must understand that the mind exists not only in the brain, but also through-out the body. The nervous system extends to every organ and tissue in the human body and so the mind exists here also. It is also known that the mind even extends outside the body in a subtle energy field 2 to 3 feet thick called the aura(outer aura). Because of this, it is more appropriate to call our mind a mind/body as the mind and body are so closely linked with each other.Therefore, our negative thoughts are not just in the brain, but also collect in various locations through-out the body and in the aura also. The places where negative thoughts and feelings collect is where Ki is restricted in its flow and effects. The physical organs that exist at these locations are restricted in their functioning. If the negative thoughts and feelings are not eliminated quickly, illness results in human body.The negative thoughts and feelings that are lodged in the unconscious mind/body are the greatest problem as we are not aware of them and therefore, are we are greatly hampered in changing or eliminating them by any means.
The great value of Reiki is that because it is guided by the Higher Intelligence, it knows exactly where to go and how to respond to restrictions in the flow of Ki and blocked the negative energy. It can work directly in the unconscious parts of the mind/body which contain negative Ki-inhibiting thoughts and feelings and eliminate them by Reiki. As Reiki flows through a sick or unhealthy area, it breaks up and washes away any negative thoughts or feelings lodged in the unconscious mind/body thus allowing a normal healthy flow of Ki to resume healthy mind and body. As this happens, the unhealthy physical organs and tissues become properly nourished with Ki and begin functioning in a balanced healthy way thus replacing illness with health.This non-invasive, completely benign healing technique is becoming more and more popular in nation. As western medicine continues to explore alternative methods of healing, Reiki is destined to play an important role as an accepted and valued healing practice.
Reiki is a healing procedures which is recommendation by the doctor nowadays for eliminating the negative energy with positive energy.
There is a reason Shiva is called ‘The Devo ke Dev-Mahadev‘ or supreme God. The calm-looking lord can turn into a destroyer, and can also be a bholenath. He has multiple shades to his personality, and is one god who can truly teach us the wisdom to live life. Take a look at 7 lessons we can learn from him.
Don’t Stand Injustice
Lord Shiva was known as the destroyer of evil. He couldn’t tolerate injustice and destroyed the evil rakshasas in a fair manner. Similarly, even we should try to keep zero tolerance for the evil happening around us and take a stand against injustice.
Self-control is the key to living life to the fullest
An hysterical mind can lead you to live a devastating life. You cannot win battles when you lose focus and fall prey to your desires and addictions. Therefore, it’s necessary to keep your mind aligned to your goals and heart too.
Keep calm and carry on
Shiva was called a ‘Maha Yogi’ because he meditated for hours for the well-being of the universe. Thus highlighting the fact that you can win half the battle just by being calm in a stressful situation. It’s really the best strategy to sorting out a problem.
Materialistic happiness never stays for long
Take a look at Shiva’s attire for a second. Only armed with a trishul and damru, Lord Shiva always stayed away from wealth Because materialistic happiness is temporary. You need to find your happiness in events and experiences, and not things.
You must learn how to suppress negativity gracefully
Shiva was a ‘neelkanth’ because he swallowed poison named ‘halahala’, that emerged from the ocean. Only Shiva could have consumed this poison and suppressed it in his throat. The important lesson to take back from this incident is to take negativity in our stride, and turn it into positivity.
Desires lead to obsessions and obsessions lead to destruction
Since he was free from desires, Shiva never obsessed over things. It is a fact that desires always lead to obsessions, and these in turn make us self-destructive.
Respect your better half
Shiva was ‘Ardhanarishwar’, where half of him was Parvati. He treated Parvati with utmost respect and care. She was his ‘shakti’ and he gave her the importance she deserved.
The Om symbol is said to represent the one-ness of all creation, including the heavens, earth and underworld. Others say it is the representation of the three Hindu gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
Om is considered one of the most powerful mantras, and the ritual of chanting Om has been done for thousands of years.
When you chant Om, the vibration from that sound correlates to the original vibrations that were sounded in the universe when the world was created. The sound of Om is often called Pranava, or that which runs through breath (Prana) and sustains life. Om is also a representation of the four states of the Supreme Being.
5 Facts You May Not Know About ‘OM’
- The sound of OM encompasses all words, all sounds in human language.
- In Sanskrit, the sound “O” is a diphthong spelled “AU”. The difference between OM and AUM is simply one of transliteration.
- AUM represents the 3 Fold Division of Time. A – is the waking state U – is the dream state M – is the state of deep sleep.
- ,The visual symbol represents the meaning of AUM
- The physical form of Lord Ganesha is said to be that of OM.
Nepal is famous for various festivals. Festivals are an expressive way to celebrate glorious heritage, culture and traditions. It is path of expressing happiness with each other. Every people have their own festivals and own way to celebrate.
There are some Major Nepalese Festivals. They are:-
Dashain is the main festivals of Nepali people in which people share happiness by putting the tika form elders and get blessing from their hand. Tika, Blessing, plying with cards and wearing the new clothes is the main way to celebrate dashain. In Dashin , we worship for Durga Puja. It is also known as “Bijya Dashain” or “Bada Dashain”.
Tihar is known as the festival of light. In this festival,We all pray to Laxmi puja.This festivals is known as “Bhai Tika” Each brother expected to offer his sister a gift and the sister prays for the brother’s protection and long life. This is the one of the most popular festivals in which people feel enjoying by playing with cards, Bhailo, Deusore etc.
Teej is a celebration of fasting in which women pray for marital bliss, well being of their spouse and children and purification of their own body and soul. It takes place on August and September. In the present context, the festival has connotation with rights of women.
This is a festival of the Terai and Mithila region of Nepal celebrated bby the Nepalese people of Tharus, Madhesi etc. It is a Hindu festival dedicated to the Hindu Sun God, Surya and Chhathi Maiya (ancient Vedic Goddess Usha). The Chhath Puja is performed in order to thank Surya for sustaining life on earth and to request the granting of certain wishes.
Loshar is another main festival of Tamang, Gurung, Sherpa people. Many people have their different way to celebrate this festival. This festival is like dashain because in this festivals all people gathered together, eating varieties of food, sharing feeling with each other, dancing with music, there is even an opera like performance at Bouddha. The monks in the monasteries perform rituals for the good of all mankind and hold ceremonies torid the earth of evil spritis.
Shivaratri is letrelly means “Night of loard Shiva nd is celebrated around the temples of Shiva in late February or early March. The most important location is the Pashupatinath temple, which receives hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims during this festival every year. We pray of lord shiva and on the day of Shivaratri there are massive crowds who come to pay homage and even the Royal family arrives to pay their respects.
Buddha Jayanti “Lord Buddha’s Birthday”
This is one of the important Buddhist festivals when devotees gather around stupas like Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. Buddha jyanti is the famous for Buddhist people. The birth place of Buddha is in Lumbini. During the full moon night of Buddha Jayanti, Swayambhunath is lighted up with butter lamps as well as electric lights.
Ghode Jatra, the Horse Racing Day falls on Darhsa Shrad Aunsi of the month Chaitra (March/April). A grand horse parade takes place at Tundikhel, the central point of the city reputed to have been in the former days the largest parade ground in Asia. Ghode Jatra, the Horse Racing Day falls on the month of mid March or early April. Ghode Jatra at Tundikhel keeps the demon’s sprit at bay as it still threatens to ruin the city.
The Gai Jatra festival (Gai=cow), which takes place in August is said to be the creation of a king named Pratap Malla who had lost a son. Gai Jatra is one of the most popular festivals generally celebrated in between August-September. This festival has its roots in the belief that the god of death, Yamaraj, must be feared and hence worshiped.
Indrajatra falls in August and September. Both Hindus and Buddhists unite to celebrate the festival with great enthusiasm. Indrajatra has historic significance in Nepal as well.
Shri Guru Charan Sarooja-raj Nija manu Mukura Sudhaari
Baranau Rahubhara Bimala Yasha Jo Dayaka Phala Chari
Budhee-Heen Thanu Jannikay Sumirow Pavana Kumara
Bala-Budhee Vidya Dehoo Mohee Harahu Kalesha Vikaara
Jai Hanuman gyan gun sagar
Jai Kapis tihun lok ujagar
Ram doot atulit bal dhama
Anjaani-putra Pavan sut nama
Mahabir Bikram Bajrangi
Kumati nivar sumati Ke sangi
Kanchan varan viraj subesa
Kanan Kundal Kunchit Kesha
Hath Vajra Aur Dhuvaje Viraje
Kaandhe moonj janehu sajai
Sankar suvan kesri Nandan
Tej prataap maha jag vandan
Vidyavaan guni ati chatur
Ram kaj karibe ko aatur
Prabu charitra sunibe-ko rasiya
Ram Lakhan Sita man Basiya
Sukshma roop dhari Siyahi dikhava
Vikat roop dhari lank jarava
Bhima roop dhari asur sanghare
Ramachandra ke kaj sanvare
Laye Sanjivan Lakhan Jiyaye
Shri Raghuvir Harashi ur laye
Raghupati Kinhi bahut badai
Tum mam priye Bharat-hi-sam bhai
Sahas badan tumharo yash gaave
Asa-kahi Shripati kanth lagaave
Sankadhik Brahmaadi Muneesa
Narad-Sarad sahit Aheesa
Yam Kuber Digpaal Jahan te
Kavi kovid kahi sake kahan te
Tum upkar Sugreevahin keenha
Ram milaye rajpad deenha
Tumharo mantra Vibheeshan maana
Lankeshwar Bhaye Sub jag jana
Yug sahastra jojan par Bhanu
Leelyo tahi madhur phal janu
Prabhu mudrika meli mukh mahee
Jaladhi langhi gaye achraj nahee
Durgaam kaj jagath ke jete
Sugam anugraha tumhre tete
Ram dwaare tum rakhvare
Hoat na agya binu paisare
Sub sukh lahae tumhari sar na
Tum rakshak kahu ko dar naa
Aapan tej samharo aapai
Teenhon lok hank te kanpai
Bhoot pisaach Nikat nahin aavai
Mahavir jab naam sunavae
Nase rog harae sab peera
Japat nirantar Hanumant beera
Sankat se Hanuman chudavae
Man Karam Vachan dyan jo lavai
Sab par Ram tapasvee raja
Tin ke kaj sakal Tum saja
Aur manorath jo koi lavai
Sohi amit jeevan phal pavai
Charon Yug partap tumhara
Hai persidh jagat ujiyara
Sadhu Sant ke tum Rakhware
Asur nikandan Ram dulhare
Ashta-sidhi nav nidhi ke dhata
As-var deen Janki mata
Ram rasayan tumhare pasa
Sada raho Raghupati ke dasa
Tumhare bhajan Ram ko pavai
Janam-janam ke dukh bisraavai
Anth-kaal Raghuvir pur jayee
Jahan janam Hari-Bakht Kahayee
Aur Devta Chit na dharehi
Hanumanth se hi sarve sukh karehi
Sankat kate-mite sab peera
Jo sumirai Hanumat Balbeera
Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Gosahin
Kripa Karahu Gurudev ki nyahin
Jo sat bar path kare kohi
Chutehi bandhi maha sukh hohi
Jo yah padhe Hanuman Chalisa
Hoye siddhi sakhi Gaureesa
Tulsidas sada hari chera
Keejai Nath Hridaye mein dera
Pavan Tanay Sankat Harana
Mangala Murati Roop
Ram Lakhana Sita Sahita
Hriday Basahu Soor Bhoop
Rishi Panchami is the fifth day, the next day after Ganesh Chaturthi day in Bhadrapad month of the Lunar calendar. It is a traditional worship of Sapta Rishi. The seven sages – Kashyapa, Atri, Bharadhvaja, Vishvamitra, Gauthama, Jamadagni and Vashishta. In some parts of Kerala the day is also observed as Vishwakarma Puja.
Nepali Hindu women are observing the Rishi Panchami, the last day of Teej festival, worshipping the Saptarshis– the seven saints– as mentioned in scriptures.
On the occasion, women take a bath and carry out rituals for forgiveness for the offences they knowingly or unknowingly made during menstruation for the the past one year. They brush their teeth for 360 times with stalks of Datiun (Achyranthes species) as a part of the ritual. Clad in red attire, women set up the Saptarshis and worship them.
Sources: The Himalayan Times