Month: January 2021

Saptapadi-7 Steps with Vows in Hindu Marriage

Marriage means the holy union of two minds as well as the union of two families. Many rituals are followed in Hindu marriage. Hindu marriage ceremony includes Patipatra, Pankhil, Ashirvad, Aiburo Bhat, Dadhi Mangal, Gaye Halud, Shankha Kangkan, Jal Sai, Bar Baran, Satpak, Shubhadrishti, Mala Badal, Kanya Sampradan, Anjali,...

Shrimad Bhagwat-A Hindu Mahapuran

Shrimad Bhagwat is a Hindu Mahapuran. It is a devotional scripture. The main subject of this Puran is the deep personal devotion to Krishna, the full incarnation of Lord Vishnu, i.e. “Lord Himself”. Many stories of Hindu mythology, including the twenty-four incarnations of Vishnu, are recorded in the Bhagwat...

Goddess Saraswati-Origin, Story and Significance

Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, intellect and learning. The following information about Goddess Saraswati and her origin, story and significance is found in various Hindu religious texts. She is one of the trinity goddesses, Saraswati-Lakshmi-Parvati. These three goddesses are the consorts of Brahma, Vishnu and...

Shiva Panchakshara Stotram–Lyrics and Meaning

Of all the stotras (hymns) written by Bhagavatpada Shankaracharya, the most popular is the Shiva Panchakshara Stotram. This stotra of Lord Shiva is based on the five-letter Mahamantra, ‘Om Namah Shivaya’. It can be said without any doubt that this stotra is in fact an impeccable poetic creation of...

Pausha Putrada Ekadashi Vrat 2021-Date, Story and Significance

The Ekadashi which falls on the bright fortnight of the month of Pausha (December-January) as per Hindu calendar is called Putrada Ekadashi or Pausha Shukla Ekadashi. It is said that a childless couple who observes this vrat according to the vidhi (tradition/rules) gets blessed with a baby. Hence, the...

Maghi Purnima 2021-Date, Time and Significance

Magh is the tenth month of the Bengali calendar year. According to the Gregorian calendar, the month usually falls in January or February. Another name for this month is Magha. Magh is also the eleventh month of Indian Saka calendar. The name ‘Magh’ or ‘Magha’ in both Bengali and...

The Origin of the Universe-the Vedic Version of Creation

The origin of the universe is vividly narrated in Hindu scriptures. Every 311 trillion years God generates countless universes from His skinpores by His exhalation. After 311 trillion years all these universes are sucked back into the body of Maha-vishnu, when He inhales. Because the Supreme sees, we can...