With Navratri around the corner, everyone is gearing up to celebrate the nine days long festival to propitiate Maa Durga. This festival is a celebration of Shakti – nine days, nine different avatars of Maa Durga. Durgaashtami or Ashtami in Navratri is the eighth day of the festival.
He is the almighty supreme – the reason for birth and rebirth, the destroyer, making way for Brahma to regenerate life again. He is known as the god of fertility as well as the symbol of happy married life along with his wife Parvati Maa. While Lord Shiva is very giving, offering certain things can displease him immensely.
Birth, death and rebirth – these three phenomena are the truth of our universe. These three follow one another in a perpetual cyclical movement. Lord Shiva, the ultimate God, the Maheshwar, is the symbol of both Destruction, i.e. death as well as creation, i.e. birth and rebirth. Covered in ashes, Shiva is recognised as the giver as well as a taker of life. He is at once attached to the world and detached from all worldly substance. No emotional bonds hold him down. Like many devout followers of Lord Shiva, the Sadhus, living a nomadic lifestyle,
Karva Chauth is an important festival celebrated by married and to-be-married young women in India. They observe a day-long fast, without water and it is broken only when the moon is seen high up in the sky. Those who wish to get married and wish to seek a husband like Lord Shiva, also observe this fast.
Did you know that your Moon sign is different from your Sun sign? Your Moon sign is determined by the zodiac sign in which the Moon was positioned at the time of your birth. But, one needs to keep in mind that this is not the sure shot way to progress.
Amongst all the different variants of Rudraksha that are available, the 5 Mukhi Rudraksha is the most popular. It almost contributes to about 50% to 60% of the total Rudraksha production. From the various types available, the Indonesian Rudraksha is quiet the smallest in size vis-à-vis the Nepalese ones.
Om Namah Shivaya Mantra is perhaps among the most powerful and the most popular mantras on the earth. Also called as the Panchakshari mantra, we find the five syllabled mantras Namashivaya (Na + Ma + Shi + Va + Ya) attributed to Lord Shiva and affixed with ‘Om’, the primordial sound. This single word has enormous power and gives the benefits of chanting all the Vedas. Here is comprehensive information on Om Namah Shivaya mantra.
Recently, 24-year old television actress, Pratyusha Banerjee of Balika Vadhu fame, ended her life by hanging herself. She ended her life abruptly and the reasons for such an act are being speculated on. Some say she defaulted on her loans. Her friends in the media claim her current boyfriend is to blame as he cheated on her. Some say it was the lack of work. Whatever the reasons may have been, a life was ended unnaturally. Suicide or attempting to commit suicide is one of the harshest truths we face in our society today. The reasons to take such a step are many – financial issues, mental and emotional depression, loss of loved one, prolonged illness, dissatisfaction from life, jilted in love and much more…
Lord Ganesha is the Vighnaharta, the god who bestows blessings to rid us of all obstacles, worries and sorrows. The Ganesha Sankata Nasan Stotra is a special prayer dedicated to Lord Ganesha and when chanted, it helps to destroy all obstacles and overcome sorrows. This stotra is mentioned in the Narada Purana. As powerful stotra, if chanted on a daily basis, it can help shoo away all problems in life. Chanting this stotra daily also blesses one with salvation, wealth and knowledge.
What would our world be without colours? Drab, dingy and boring. Colours make our lives come alive; the whole spectrum of colours, i.e. the VIBGYOR is at our disposal. But have you ever wondered why we prefer certain colours and we cannot bare the others? Why does our wardrobe contain clothes belonging to one or two particular colour families and ignore the others? What influences our choices of colours? Our sun signs do – yes, our sun signs have a major impact on our lives and colour preference is one of them!
The month October is here and with it come the cool chills of the north as they make way for winter. Ruled by Venus, the month of October is dedicated majorly to Libra zodiac sign while Scorpio makes an appearance towards the end of the month. October born individuals are peace-loving individuals who love harmony and want to be surrounded by beauty. The month of October is when Let us decode the personality traits of October born individuals.
Astrology is a highly useful science to predict what life has in store for us. Based on the movements and associations of planets, life brings in some surprises and also challenges to every individual born on the earth. When we get to know some useful insights into the astrological predictions for every year, we can plan our life accordingly to avoid the pitfalls and make use of the opportunities. Here are the astrological predictions for all zodiac signs based on date of birth for the year 2018.
/ by Dr. A. Sathya Narayanan
Libra is the only zodiac constellation that represents an object, not an animal or a character from mythology. The four brightest stars in the constellation form a quadrangle. This sign hates conflict, but will often stay and defend an underdog and fight for the people and things she believes in. During the time of the year when the sun enters the sun sign of Libra, day and night become equal. This is reflected in Libra's need and affinity for balance in all things, and that includes disputes.
/ by Anisha Banerji
Human life is highly uncertain. We are often struck at some points without a clear route to proceed. Under the indecisive moments of life, we wish to find the right answers to some critical questions arising in our mind. During those times, it is natural that we seek the divine guidance and pray to God for some answer. If you have ever come across this condition, then Hanuman Prashnavali is the best tool to get answers to the most pressing questions you have in your mind during difficult times.
Moles on one's body can be the key to their destiny, i.e. their colour, shape, size and placement on the body etc. has an important significance on the individual's destiny. Let us see how...
Shani Trayodashi is the Trayodashi (thirteenth day of the lunar month) that falls on a Saturday. Since this is the most auspicious time to please Lord Shani Dev and win his blessings, most people wait for this day to take up the expiatory measures.
If you are dating an Aries man or wish to date one, beware! The dynamic, strong-headed Aries is one of the most eligible bachelors of the zodiac signs. And therefore, you need to know every trick in the house to ensure they stick right with you!
/ by Nikita Banerjee
The strongest and most fast acting gemstone, Blue Sapphire or the Neelam is one of the most loved Gem amongst the nine planetary gemstones. While Neelam is one of its most popular names, the beautiful Blue Sapphire is also well-known by the name of Sauri Ratna (Saturn’s stone), Shanipriya (loved by Saturn) and Yukut in Persian.