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Parijat Tree: Legend Behind ‘Night Jasmine’ and its Significance
Parijat Tree: Legend Behind ‘Night Jasmine’ and its Significance

The Parijat Tree is considered to be quite auspicious and dear to Lord Rama. Not only this tree has great significance in Hindu mythology, but its delicate yet beautiful white flowers that have an appealing fragrance.

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Sawan Month: Why Lord Shiva is Worshipped
Sawan Month: Why Lord Shiva is Worshipped

In Hindu mythology, Sawan month is considered to be quite auspicious. It is also considered to be the favourite month of Lord Shiva. Devotees of Lord Shiva, therefore, spend this month in worshipping the deity. During this entire month, devotees try their best to please Lord Shiva and seek his blessings.

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Why Ashada Masam is Considered Inauspicious
Why Ashada Masam is Considered Inauspicious

According to Vikram Samvat, the Hindu calendar, Ashada Masam is the third month of the year. It usually falls during June and July. The season is said to be an important one as many lives including crops and vegetation rejuvenate during this month.

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How to Please Lord Shani and Seek His Blessings
How to Please Lord Shani and Seek His Blessings

In Hindu Mythology, Lord Shani (Saturn) is considered to be the God of Justice. He rewards or punishes a person on the basis of his or her good or bad deeds. He is the one who either blesses a person with a happy and prosperous life or punishes one with several challenges and problems.

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Vat Purnima Vrat: Rituals and Significance
Vat Purnima Vrat: Rituals and Significance

Every year the festival is celebrated at the Purnima (full moon day) in the month of Jyeshtha. This festival is quite similar to Vat Savitri Puja. The festival is dedicated to the eternal love between a husband and wife. On this day, married women observe a fast and worship the deities for blessing their husband with a long and happy life.

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Sawan Somvar Vrat: Significance and Benefits
Sawan Somvar Vrat: Significance and Benefits

The fifth month of the Hindu calendar, Shravan or Sawan is all about the celebration of faith and devotion. This holy month is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the greatest God. Devotees of Shiva spend the entire Sawan month by worshipping, fasting, going on kanwar yatra, singing bhajanas etc. However, the Mondays of Sawan month carry special significance.

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Spirit of Ambubachi Mela
Spirit of Ambubachi Mela

Come monsoon, around mid-June, it is celebration and special worship time at Kamakhya Temple which is located in Guwahati, Assam. Goddess Kamakhya, who is the presiding deity at the temple, also called Goddess Kameshwari or the Goddess of desire, potency and fertility, is worshipped and adored every year in a four days long fair known as the Ambubachi Mela.

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Sri Sarada Devi
Sri Sarada Devi

Sri Sarada Devi is revered in the spiritual world as the 'Holy Mother'. From being a member of a poor family to being the spiritual counterpart of Sri Ramakrishna, Sarada Devi's life extruded divinity and was surrounded with spirituality in all aspects, though she led a quiet and mundane life.

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Tulsi Das: From an Abandoned Child to a Renowned Saint-Poet
Tulsi Das: From an Abandoned Child to a Renowned Saint-Poet

Believed to be the incarnation of Shri Valmiki, the author of Ramayana, Tulsi Das retold the story of Ram in the book Ramcharitmanas. Also known as Goswami Tulsi Das, he was a Hindu saint-poet and an author. Tulsi Das was born on Saptami tithi during the Shukla Paksh (the bright phase) of the Shravana month.

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Which Flowers Should We Offer to Shiva?
Which Flowers Should We Offer to Shiva?

Shravana month is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Devotees worship him with all the dedication and seek the fulfillment of their desires. From observing fasts to visiting the temples, devotees try all they can to please the deity.

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Story of Angulimala and Lord Buddha
Story of Angulimala and Lord Buddha

Angulimala had killed 999 people. People feared him badly. He would kill them, then chop off one of their fingers, and keep it, as a record of the number of people he had killed. He had made a garland of human fingers and was in search of the 1000th finger to complete the count.

People said that somebody had asked him to do so in return of a thing he dearly wanted from that person. Probably somebody had played a trick with the innocent man. He had been a bright student initially but then fell into wrong hands.

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Lord Buddha and the Little Girl
Lord Buddha and the Little Girl

Lord Buddha used to visit several places and preach his sermons. Lord Buddha was once on his way to a remote village. Since the village was quite far, it was tiresome to travel to the place. However, he had made his decision to go to the place and his disciples just followed.

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Story of Eklavya and Guru Dronacharya
Story of Eklavya and Guru Dronacharya

Eklavya wanted to learn archery in order to save the deer that were being hunted by the leopards in the forest. He pitied at their helplessness and thought he would help them. Guru Dronacharya was a master of archery and his skill was popular far and wide.

Eklavya went to Guru Dronacharya and requested him to accept him as his disciple. However, Guru Dronacharya was the teacher of the members of the royal family. He had taught Arjuna, who was also known for his extraordinary skill in archery. Arjuna was known as the 'Sarvashreshtha Dhanurdhari', meaning, the best archer.

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18 Simple Lessons from Mahabharata
18 Simple Lessons from Mahabharata

The Mahabharata, the biggest epic ever, unfolds beautiful treasures for its readers, giving them not just the solutions to various problems, but a thousand reasons to smile as well. Though comprehending the secrets that hide inside the eighteen chapters of the book might seem a big task, the one who has understood them, has known the real ways to happiness.

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Who is Shiva? As Explained by Sadhguru
Who is Shiva? As Explained by Sadhguru

Sadhguru has been enlightening us on various spiritual ways of going through the thick and thin of life. Followers seek answers for very deep and dichotomic questions from him.

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Devshayani Ekadashi Vrat Katha
Devshayani Ekadashi Vrat Katha

Devshayani Ekadashi - the Ekadashi that falls on the eleventh day of the month - is seen as one of the most auspicious Ekadashis of the year. Every Ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. But this Ekadashi holds more significance because it is believed that Lord Vishnu goes to sleep on this day and that too for a period of four months.

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10 Mysterious Facts of Puri Jagannath Temple
10 Mysterious Facts of Puri Jagannath Temple

Jagannath Rath Yatra is celebrated every year in the month of Ashadh during Shukla Paksha from Prathama tithi. Lakhs of visitors and devotees come because of which high-security arrangements have to be put in place. This highlights the great celebrations that are held during this festival.

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Mahamrityunjaya Mantra - Meaning and Benefits
Mahamrityunjaya Mantra - Meaning and Benefits

Om Triyambakam Yajamahe, Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam, Urva Rukam Ev Bandhanan, Mrityurmoksheyam Amretaat

Translation: om (sacred syllable), the three-eyed God who sees what we can see and also sees what we can not see, I invoke you, increase my good vasanas, my souls bound to the body, please free me from the captivity of death and give me immortality.

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The Goddess of Wisdom - Saraswati
The Goddess of Wisdom - Saraswati

Hinduism is a religion in which there are many deities, each worshipped for a different reason. Lord Brahma is the creator of the universe, Lord Vishnu is the nurturer and Lord Shiva is the destroyer of negative energies, making place for positive energies.

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Life of Meera Bai
Life of Meera Bai

Composing and signing poems while playing with her Veena, she looked beautiful, lost in devotion to Lord Krishna. Meera Bai wanted to do this her whole life. While God welcomes everybody who wants to be his devotee, the materialistic world might throw hurdles in the way. Despite the hurdles, some devotees attain the Supreme through their utter dedication and unmoved devotion. Meera Bai was one such devotee of Lord Krishna.

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How Lord Hanuman Played Mischief with Narad Muni
How Lord Hanuman Played Mischief with Narad Muni

Once when Lord Hanuman was sitting in the palace with his mother and talking on some important matter, the discourse was interrupted by the melodious voice of somebody who was singing with the beats of a veena. Both Lord Hanuman and his mother were so impressed with the sound that they went on to listen to the soothing music for some moments without uttering a word. They wanted to know its source, so Hanuman rushed out of the palace to find out who the person was.

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How Lord Krishna Killed Kamsa: Story of Kamsa Vadh
How Lord Krishna Killed Kamsa: Story of Kamsa Vadh

Lord Krishna played every role with flair. He acted perfectly as a kid, a lover, a statesman, an advisor and a warrior. While many kings thought he was capable of becoming a king and offered him their kingdoms, he decided against it and remained an arbitrator for as long as possible. He was also the protector of righteousness even during those times.

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When Ganesha Questioned the Prosperity of Kubera
When Ganesha Questioned the Prosperity of Kubera

Lord Ganesha is the embodiment of perfection. The one who himself has an imperfect body, with a pot belly, a broken tusk and the head of an elephant, blesses everybody with the boon of perfection. He is often also considered as the best friend of kids because of his cute childlike depictions.

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Real Reason Why Droupadi Had Five Husbands
Real Reason Why Droupadi Had Five Husbands

The law of Hindu marriage says that polygamy is a punishable offense. It was not so earlier, if we refer to the ancient holy scriptures of the Hindus. However, the women in the Hindu religion were not allowed to have more than one husband, even then.

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Karma - Its Meaning and How it Works
Karma - Its Meaning and How it Works

Sometimes, a person achieves lot of success despite very less efforts. Similarly, the other person might not be able to achieve good results despite the excessive hard work. For such cases, we hear people say - 'his past karma was good or, his past karma was bad', karma here referring to the deeds of the past life.

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Motivational Quotes that Can Change Your Life
Motivational Quotes that Can Change Your Life

Quotes are something that are not meant to be read like an article or a book. Quotes are like the fuel to our soul. They inspire us, motivate us and also can be life changing. Quotes are generally a story told in a few words that are like a shout out to our soul, and this is what makes them special.

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How Lord Hanuman Became So Powerful?
How Lord Hanuman Became So Powerful?

Lord Hanuman is often described as the most powerful, invincible and immortal God. It is said that he still exists on earth in various forms and comes as and when his devotees call him for help. You can find many devotees even today who claim about either having seen him or experienced his powers. But how did he become so powerful?

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Life Story of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
Life Story of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was a spiritual teacher, thinker and a philosopher. A great saint, he was born on Purnima Tithi in Phalgun month, in a Brahmin family. His father was Jagannath Mishra and mother Sachi Devi. His maternal grandfather was an astrologer.

As per the records available today, his maternal grandfather had predicted that the child was destined to become popular. We observe his birthday as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Jayanti every year.

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Why Krishna Did Not Kill Jarasandh Until 17 Attacks From Him?
Why Krishna Did Not Kill Jarasandh Until 17 Attacks From Him?

Every time that Lord Vishnu took birth on earth, the establishment of Dharma has been the cause. Teaching the Kauravas a lesson and killing Kamsa, his maternal uncle, were two of Krishna's prime goals on earth. To achieve this, he had put at stake a lot of his important relations. Keeping his emotions aside and playing clever was not his choice, but the demand of the situation. Probably that is one of the lessons Krishna wants to give us through the epic.

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Hindu Deities and their Amazing Vehicles or Vahanas
Hindu Deities and their Amazing Vehicles or Vahanas

Most of the deities in Hinduism are seen riding animals as their vehicles. It is believed that the positive qualities of these animals represent the qualities that the riding deity looks for. Such as the bull of Shiva represents strength and virility, the mouse of Ganesha represents the speed and sharpness.

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