What Happens If We Pronounce The Mantras Wrongly ? Mantras are of two kinds and they are “Veda Mantras” and “Other Mantras”. When we chant the Veda Mantras, we should chant them with proper “swarams” also known as syllable like : • Swaritham – High Syllable • Udhatham – Medium Syllable • Anudhatham – Low Syllable and with proper pronunciations. Only when we chant the mantras with proper syllables and pronounce them correctly, we can get the benefit of chanting the particular mantra. “Swarams” may not be necessary for most mantras. However, the correct pronunciations is extremely important because, when… Continue Reading What Happens If We Pronounce The Mantras Wrongly ?
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Should We Get Initiation Of The Mantra Through A Guru ? It is very important that we get our mantras from a learned vedic scholar known as guru or acharya. Only the Acharya guides us to have the proper chanting and will rectify the mistakes that we make while chanting the mantras. A guru will also guides us along the right path and the right mantra according to our needs. Moreover, the guru also absorbs the sins and prays for the well beings of his disciples known as sishya. However, nowadays it is extremely difficult to find the… Continue Reading Should We Get Initiation Of The Mantra Through A Guru ?
Must We Do Annual Shraddha Even After Visiting Banaras and Performing Gaya Shraddha ? A lot of people say that after visiting Banaras (Varanasi) and performing Gaya (alternate spelling : Gaia) Shraddha, we do not need to do the shraddha for our forefathers every year. This is not at all correct. Gaya Shraddha is in no way connected to the annual shraddha. We should never fail to do the annual shraddha for any reason. By failing to do annual shraddha for our pithrus, no amount of worship like pooja, homa, or japa will bring any good to… Continue Reading Must We Do Annual Shraddha ?
What Is Mahalaya Paksha ? Every year, in the month of Bhadrapada the period of Krishna Paksha (moon waning period) is called the Mahalaya Paksha. During this period of 15 days, the shastras say that all our departed family members such as father, mother, grandfathers, grandmothers, great-grandfathers, great-grandmothers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunties, granduncles, grandaunts, et cetera will visit their kith and kin. Therefore, we must satisfy them without fail. That is why we perform the Shraddha during the Mahalaya Paksha by one of the following methods : Paarvanam – with complete prayers, homa, food and drinks –… Continue Reading What Is Mahalaya Paksha ?
Should The Mahalaya Paksha Tarpana Be Done For 16 Days ? While it is true that the Mahalaya Paksha is the Krishna Paksha which extends for 15 days from the day after the Full Moon (Purnima / Pournami) which is Prathama in the month of Bhadrapada to the New Moon (Amavasya / Amavasai), the day following the Mahalaya Amavasya, which is the Prathama, also belongs to the Mahalaya Paksham. Aha : Shodasakam Yathu Shukla Prathipada Saha Chandrakshaya Visesena Sapi Darsatmika Smrita And that is, in the view of sage Devala, on the day after the Mahalaya Paksha, the… Continue Reading Should The Mahalaya Paksha Tarpana Be Done For 16 Days ?
Can All The Brothers Perform Mahalaya Paksha Prayers Together ? During the Mahalaya Paksha, all the brothers can definitely join together and perform the “hiranya shraddha” in the same house. However, it is always better if each one of them does it separately in their house. This is because, among the pitrus invoked during the Mahalaya Paksha, though father (if he has passed away), grandparents and great-grandparents are the same people for all the brothers, but, the “karunika pitrus” will be different for each person. For example, “karunika pitrus” can be father-in-law, mother-in-law, wife, daughter, guru, Acharya, master,… Continue Reading Can All The Brothers Perform Mahalaya Paksha Prayers Together ?
Which is the best day to do Mahalayam for ancestors during the Mahalaya Paksha ? According to the scriptures, during all the 16 days of the Mahalaya Paksha, our departed ancestors will come down to the Earth and will stay here with us ; therefore, each person should perform the “shraddha” or “tarpanam” for them and make them happy. In this way, those who wish to do “shraddha” or “tarpanam” on a daily basis for all the 16 days of Mahalaya Paksha can certainly do it. But, the “smritis” frighten us by saying that those whom are unable to do… Continue Reading Best Day To Perform Mahalayam During Mahalaya Paksha
Why Medicinal Plants Should Be Planted In Your Garden ? The older generation insisted on growing a collection of medicinal plants in the garden (in every house). They served the purpose of first aid for common diseases. However, as bottled medicines spread, man no longer cared about medicinal plants and neither did he planted them in his home’s garden. Flowers and leaves used in prayers (poojas) are of medicinal values. These are in fact, ingredients of Ayurvedics medicines. Some of them are treated as panacea for certain diseases in indigenous medicines. A flower by the name Coronoaria… Continue Reading Planting Medicinal Plants In The Garden
Why Is Turmeric Important In Indian Cooking ? Ancient time onwards, the Indians gave much importance to turmeric in cooking. It was an essential ingredient in every recipe. But today, for lack of proper realization, the current generations ignores its true value. Turmeric is not merely a natural colouring agent. Ayurveda reveals that if you prepare a paste of turmeric and consume it regularly, it leaves your body in high spirits. If turmeric is added to your food, it cures you of all kinds of skin diseases and urinary diseases as well as kills germs in the intestines. Sometimes,… Continue Reading Importance Of Turmeric In Indian Cooking
Is Vegetarian Food A Sattvic Food ? Our sages have long since directed s to live in harmony with the nature. They envisaged an environmental balance and a life style, essential for the survival of all living beings. It is vegetarian food that inculcates in a person, the noble thoughts and enlivens his mind and body. Practitioners of Naturopathy claim that vegetarians can enjoy health and longevity. Indian philosophers are of the opinion that human body is like a temple which should be constructed and maintained using vegetables, fruits, dairy products, grains, and pulses. Vegetables contain fat that gives… Continue Reading Is Vegetarian Food Considered A Sattvic Food ?
9th Day Of Navaratri Navaratri Day 9 The 9th Day Of Navaratri (Navaratri Day 9) which falls on the Shukla Paksha Navami thithi, the Mother Goddess is called by the following name : a) Kumari’s name : Goddess Subathra b) Swasini’s name : Goddess Siddhidatri On the 9th Day, you may chant either Om Subathraayai Nama or Om Siddhidaatriyai Nama. More mantras are given below. Goddess Siddhidatri is the ninth form of Nava Durga and she is worshipped on the ninth day of Navaratri which falls on the Navami thithi. Goddess Siddhidatri is depicted seating either on… Continue Reading 9th Day Of Navaratri
8th Day Of Navaratri Navaratri Day 8 The 8th Day Of Navaratri (Navaratri Day 8) which falls on the Shukla Paksha Ashthami thithi, the Mother Goddess is called by the following name : a) Kumari’s name : Goddess Durga b) Swasini’s name : Goddess Mahagauri The 8th Day of Navaratri is also celebrated as Durga Ashtami (also spelled as Durgashtami) by people of Hindu faith worldwide. On the 8th Day, you may chant either Om Durgaayai Nama or Om Mahagauriyai Nama. More mantras are given below. Goddess Mahagauri is the eight form of Nava Durga and… Continue Reading 8th Day Of Navaratri
7th Day Of Navaratri Navaratri Day 7 The 7th Day Of Navaratri (Navaratri Day 7) which falls on the Shukla Paksha Sapthami thithi, the Mother Goddess is called by the following name : a) Kumari’s name : Goddess Shambavi b) Swasini’s name : Goddess Kalaratri On the 7th Day, you may chant either Om Shaambaviyai Nama or Om Kalaaratriyai Nama. More mantras are given below. Goddess Kalaratri is the seventh form of Nava Durga and she is worshipped on the seventh day of Navaratri which is the Sapthami thithi. When the Mother Goddess removed her outer golden… Continue Reading 7th Day Of Navaratri
6th Day Of Navaratri Navaratri Day 6 The 6th Day Of Navaratri (Navaratri Day 6) which falls on the Shukla Paksha Shasthi thithi, the Mother Goddess is called by the following name : a) Kumari’s name : Goddess Kalika b) Swasini’s name : Goddess Katyayani On the 6th Day, you may chant either Om Kalikaayai Nama or Om Katyaayinyai Nama. More mantras are given below. Goddess Katyayani is the sixth form of Nava Durga and she is worshipped on the sixth day of Navaratri. She is the Warrior Goddess who slayed demon Mahishasura. She is the daughter… Continue Reading 6th Day Of Navaratri
5th Day Of Navaratri Navaratri Day 5 The 5th Day Of Navaratri (Navaratri Day 5) which falls on the Shukla Paksha Panchami thithi, the Mother Goddess is called by the following name : a) Kumari’s name : Goddess Chandika b) Swasini’s name : Goddess Skandamata On the 5th Day, you may chant either Om Chandikaayai Nama or Om Skandamaathayai Nama. More mantras are given below. Goddess Skandamata is the fifth form of Nava Durga and she is worshipped on the fifth day of Navaratri. She is the Mother of Lord Skanda (also known as Lord Karthikeya and… Continue Reading 5th Day Of Navaratri
4th Day Of Navaratri Navaratri Day 4 The 4th Day Of Navaratri (Navaratri Day 4) which falls on the Shukla Paksha Chaturthi thithi, the Mother Goddess is called by the following name : a) Kumari’s name : Goddess Rohini b) Swasini’s name : Goddess Kushmanda On the 4th Day, you may chant either Om Rohinyai Nama or Om Kushmandaayai Nama. More mantras are given below. Goddess Kushmanda is the fourth form of Nava Durga and she is worshipped on the fourth day of Navaratri. Goddess Kushmanda is depicted with eight hands holding a arrow, bow, discus chakra,… Continue Reading 4th Day Of Navaratri
3rd Day Of Navaratri Navaratri Day 3 The 3rd Day Of Navaratri (Navaratri Day 3) which falls on the Shukla Paksha Trithiya thithi, the Mother Goddess is called by the following name : a) Kumari’s name : Goddess Kalyani b) Swasini’s name : Goddess Chandragantha On the 3rd Day, you may chant either Om Kalyaanyai Nama or Om Chandraganthaayai Nama. More mantras are given below. Goddess Chandragantha is the third form of Nava Durga and she is worshipped on the third day of Navaratri. She has three eyes and ten hands. Goddess Chandragantha’s Vahana is Tiger. She… Continue Reading 3rd Day Of Navaratri
2nd Day Of Navaratri Navaratri Day 2 The 2nd Day Of Navaratri (Navaratri Day 2) which falls on the Shukla Paksha Dwithiya thithi (Tuvithiyai), the Mother Goddess is called by the following name : a) Kumari’s name : Goddess Tripura b) Swasini’s name : Goddess Brahmacharini Goddess Brahmacharini is the second form of Nava Durga and she is worshipped on the second day of Navaratri. She is the daughter of King Daksha. Goddess Brahmacharini is depicted as either walking on her bare feet or doing penance in the jungle while having the Japa Mala in the right hand… Continue Reading 2nd Day Of Navaratri
Auspicious Dates For October 2016 Important Muhurta For October 2016 Please find below the auspicious dates for October 2016 (important muhurta timings) : a) Auspicious Dates For Grihapravesha (Muhurta For Grihapravesha) Date Day From (hours) To (hours) Nakshatra Thithi Amrutandi Yoga 3rd October 2016 Monday 5.00 a.m. 6.30 a.m. Swati Dwithiya Amruta Yoga 5th October 2016 Wednesday 9.00 a.m. 9.30 a.m. Anuradha Chaturthi Siddha Yoga 6th September 2016 Thursday 5.00 a.m. 6.00 a.m. Anuradha Panchami Siddha Yoga 19th September 2016 Wednesday 4.30 a.m. 5.45 a.m. Rohini Chaturthi Siddha Yoga 28th September 2016 Friday 5.00 a.m. 6.30 a.m. Hasta Trayodasi… Continue Reading Auspicious Dates For October 2016
Navaratri What Is Navaratri ? Why Do We Celebrate Navaratri Festival ? Navaratri is the time when the Goddess of Universe known as Parashakti or Shakti Devi gives her blessings to all the living beings on Earth. This year, it is celebrated from the 1st of October, 2016 until 1oth of October, 2016. Dussehra (Vijaya Dasami) is celebrated on October 11th, 2016. In South India, the Navaratri is celebrated from the 2nd of October, 2016 until 11th of October, 2016 as they follow the thithi based on sunrise (i.e., on 1st October, the Pratipada / Prathama thithi only starts in… Continue Reading Navaratri