Tarapith-A Famous Pilgrimage Site

Tarapith is a small temple town near Rampurhat town in Birbhum district, West Bengal, India. The town is famous for its Tara Temple and the temple-adjacent crematorium. According to Hindu belief, this temple and crematorium are sacred places of pilgrimage. This temple is said to be one of the...

Shattila Ekadashi Vrat-Story and Significance

In Hinduism, Ekadashi is a day of fasting.  It occurs on the eleventh day of every lunar fortnight. So there are two Ekadashi days in a month and twenty-four Ekadashi days in each calendar year.  However, in the lunar leap year, two additional Ekadashi days occur. The importance of...

Srimad Devi Bhagavatam-Devi Bhagavata Purana

Srimad Devi Bhagavatam or Devi Bhagavata Purana is a Hindu Purana written in Sanskrit. Hindu Shakta devotees consider this Purana to be Mahapurana (main Purana). However, Devi Bhagavata Purana is an important Purana for all communities. Devi Bhagavata Purana is composed of a total of twelve Skandhas (divisions) and...

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...