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Lord Hanuman is known for fortitude and strength. He is a great intellectual, the one who is considered foremost among knowledgeable beings. Hanuman ji is worshipped for acquiring knowledge, physical and mental strength, truthfulness, sincerity, selflessness, humility, loyalty and is known for profound devotion to Lord Rama. Valmiki Ramayana describes Hanuman as the only learned scholar who knows the nine Grammars. He received the knowledge and lessons from the Lord Surya. He is well versed with all Vedas, Scriptures and other sacred books.

After the victory of Rama over Ravana, Hanuman ji went to the Himalayas to continue his worship of Rama. When Sage Valmiki visited Lord Hanuman to show his own version of the Ramayana, he saw that Hanuman ji had already composed another version before him. Sage Valmiki wanted to read Hanumans version. Hanuman took him around the huge mountain and showed the stones on which the slokas had been written beautifully. Hanuman ji Ramayana was a massive work and sage was full of praise for Hanuman.
Valmiki anticipated that the beauty of the Hanuman’s marvellous transcript would eclipse his own Ramayana. Valmiki told Hanuman ji that his work is most beautiful ever, far more superior to Valmikis. Lord Hanuman said I had written Lord Rama’s story only as a service to my Lord. He thought that the work of other devotees are more important than mine. He uprooted the mountains containing his entire Ramayana and threw it in the sea as an offering to Rama.
Maharishi Valmiki was so taken aback that he said he would have to take another birth to sing the glory of Hanuman Ji which he had understated in his version. It is said that Saint Tulsidas who composed the Ramcharitmanas, Hanuman Chalisa, was none other than the reincarnation of Maharishi Valmiki who was reborn to fulfil his desire of writing the glory of Hanuman Ji and composing a version of Glory of Lord Rama which is much more beautiful than his previous work.
Hanuman ji has the power of sacrifice and renunciation that none can match. That’s the reason why he is the supreme devotee of Lord Rama.! ✨🐒🕉📿🙏🎨 #artist @karanacharya.kk

Om Shri Ganeshaya Namah 🕉🐘🕉 Ganesh Chaturthi is round the corner. The festivities have already begun across the nation, with devotees waiting to welcome Ganpati Bappa with much alacrity. Usually Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day long festival, but this year it will be celebrated for 11 days – starting 25 August. The Dasamati date is behind this year’s extended celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi. This will be followed by the departure of Ganpati on the 12th day i.e. 5 September.

Before we bring Lord Ganesha home, here are some of the facts about the festival: ✨When Is Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated?~
Ganesh Chaturthi – which marks the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha – is celebrated on the fourth day of Hindu luni-solar calendar month Bhadrapada. This usually falls in the months of August-September. ✨What Is the Best Time to Perform the Ganesha Chaturthi Vidhi?~
According to Hindu scriptures , Lord Ganesha was born during the Madhyahna Kala. Therefore, the Ganesh Chaturthi vidhi (rituals) is performed during this time of the day. ✨Ganesh Chaturthi Customs~~
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with much pomp and show across the country. The festivities begin months in advance with artisans making idols of Lord Ganesha and devotees cleaning and decorating their homes to welcome Bappa. Beautiful pandals are created across the country in which Ganpati Bappa is placed. Devotees throng these pandals to pay their homage to Ganesha.

The rituals take place all through the 10 days, with modaks being offered to Lord Ganesha and later devoured by the devotees. ✨2017 Ganesh Chaturthi Date and Time~~
Chaturthi Tithi Begins at 20:27 on 24 August
Chaturthi Tithi Ends at 20:31 on 25 August ✨Moon Sighting Prohibited on Ganesh Chaturthi~~
According to traditional rituals and practices, moon sighting is prohibited during Ganesh Chaturthi as it supposedly leads to Mithya Dosham. ✨Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: Visarjan Dates~~
The visarjan or immersion of Gajanan in water takes place on Anant Chaturdasi. This year it falls on 5 September.
✨Chaturdashi Tithi begins at 12:14 on 4 September
Chaturdashi Tithi ends at 12:41 on 5 September. ✨🐚🕉🌼🐘🌀📿🍃🌷🎨🙏

The Ganesha Purana , along with the Mudgala Purana, Brahma Purana and Brahmanda Purana, is a Sanskrit text that deals with Ganesha. It is an Upapurana (minor Purana) and is an important text particularly for Ganapatyas who consider Ganesha as their primary deity. The text is organised in two voluminous sections, one on mythology and genealogy (Krida-khanda, 155 chapters), and the other on theology and devotion (Upasana-khanda, 92 chapters). ✨The four texts, two Upa-Puranas and two Maha-Puranas, differ in their focus. The Brahmanda Purana presents Ganesha as Saguna (with attributes and physical form), the Brahma Purana presents Ganesha as Nirguna (without attributes, abstract principle), Ganesha Purana presents him as a union of Saguna and Nirguna concept wherein saguna Ganesha is a prelude to nirguna Ganesha, and the Mudgala Purana describes Ganesha as Samyoga (abstract synthesis with absolute reality and soul). ✨The Ganesa Purana is divided into two sections. The Upasana khanda or "section on devotion" has 92 chapters, and the Krida khanda or "section on the divine play (of Gaṇesha)" has 155 chapters. ✨The Upasana khanda, or the first part of the Ganesha Purana, presents two modes of worship. One is meditation and mystic contemplation of Ganesha as the eternal Brahman presented in Vedanta school of Hindu philosophy, the metaphysical absolute and Paramatma (Nirguna, supreme spirit), where he is same as the Atman (soul, innermost self) within oneself.
The second approach, suggests the Ganesha Purana, is through preparing an image of god (Saguna, murti), decorating it with flowers, presenting it offerings and festively remembering him in Puja-style homage. ✨Chapters 138-48 of the Kridakhanda constitute the Ganesha Gita, which is modelled on the Bhagavad Gita. Their topics are same as Bhagavad Gita: karma yoga, jnana yoga and bhakti yoga. However, Ganesha replaces Krishna in the divine role. ✨🐘🕉📿🌀🎨🙏

The word Shivalingam has been derived from sanskrit roots Shiva (Lord) + Lingam (Mark/Symbol). Hence, Shivalingam is the mark of lord within its creation. Everything in the world arises out of a dome/a ball/ a pindi, be it a tree which comes from a seed, or a child. All heavenly bodies are round, the minutest of cells are round and our very earth is round. Every thing being round is a mark of the Lord Shiva. Since Shiva cant be comprehended, we worship his mark or we worship the whole Brahman in a Shivalingam. Shiva Lingam consists of three parts. The bottom part which is four-sided remains underground, the middle part which is eight-sided remains on a pedestal. The top part, which is actually worshipped, is round. The height of the round part is one-third of its circumference. The three parts symbolize Brahma at the bottom, Vishnu in the middle and Shiva on the top. The Lingam symbolizes both the creative and destructive power of Lord Shiva and great sanctity is attached to it by the devotees. "Lord Shiva is smaller than the sub-atomic particle like Proton, Neutron and Electron. At the same time, he also mentions Lord Shiva is greater than anything greatest. He is the cause of vitality in all living things. Everything, whether living or non-living, originates from Shiva. He has engulfed the whole world. He is Timeless. He has no birth, no death. He is invisible, unmanifested. He is the Soul of the Soul. There is a mysterious or indescribable power in the Shiva Lingam to induce concentration of the mind and helps focus one’s attention." ~ Vyasa, the author of Mahabharata.
Arjuna established a Lingam out of clay for worshipping Lord Shiva. Similarly, in Ramayana, before crossing to Sri Lanka, Rama established a Shiva Lingam at Rameswaram for worshipping Lord Shiva. These instances show that God may be conceptualised and worshipped in any convenient form. It is the divine power that it represents, is all that matters and here we see that both Arjuna in Mahabharata and Rama worship Lord Shiva as Nirguna Brahman or the formless Supreme Being. ✨🌀✨

Lord Shiva reflects the supreme truth that dwells beyond both relative truth and relative falsehood. He is the Supreme Being beyond both relative being and non-being. He is the supreme good beyond both relative good and evil. He embraces our world on both sides, above, below, and in the center and yet stands infinitely beyond it. He is One, yet he is all. He is everything and nothing, both within all things, outside of all things, and not limited by anything.

As a non-dual God, Shiva seems contrary to our prevailing views of what is logical, right or appropriate. Shiva is portrayed as a dispassionate yogi yet he has the most powerful passions and the most beautiful and powerful wife. He both destroys Kamadeva, the ordinary God of love but then becomes the Supreme God of Love himself, Kameshvara. He takes us beyond suffering, but to do this he can cause us excruciating pain.

Shiva awakens a higher awareness in us, but for this to occur he must first take us beyond all our preconceptions, making us see the darkness of ignorance behind our lives. Shiva represents our higher Self that is the goal of our aspirations, but to reach it we must allow our ego, its attachments and opinions to be dissolved, giving up our ordinary sense of self altogether.

Shiva in his diverse names, forms, and actions is meant to be challenging for us to grasp. To contact the reality of Shiva we must face all doubts and difficulties within ourselves and learn how to move beyond them with steadiness and grace. We must recognize the limitations of the mind and its particularized knowledge. The portrayal of Shiva is not meant to present us with only a pleasing appearance, any more than life is always kind. Our encounter with Shiva is meant to shake us up, to stir our inner transformative energies ; to get us to question ourselves and all that we may hold to be truth or reality.! ✨👁🕉🔱🐍💀🌙🌀🐚❤️✨ artwork @rcgraphy 🎨✨🙏

People often wonder why there is so much bloodshed in the Mahabharata. How can God condone so much death during his lila ? How can Shri Krishna preside over so many battles in the Mahabharata? Many say that why did Krishna cause the death of so many. Many say it's simply not good for having allowed so many warriors to die in his presence. Even Gandhari admonishes Krishna for not having stopped the war with his divine powers. We need to understand that universal lila of the divine can be very difficult for us to understand. We need to understand that divine view looks at the good of the universe rather than the needs of the individuals. Shri Krushna’s objective for the war was very clear. He wanted to establish ‘Dharma Rajya’. Removal of adharma was key to achieving Dharma Rajya. You can not afford to have a single drop of poison in your food. Liberals may argue that 'it’s only a single drop’, but a rationalist will warn you that even a single drop of poison will ruin the food and will kill you ! For Dharma to be established, Adharma, in all its guises, had to be removed. Establishing Dharma was the sole purpose of Krishnavatar. During the era of the Mahabharata, earth was burdened with evil, greedy, unscrupulous rulers. Powerful men and their arrogant armies constantly warred, making the Earth unhappy. Men plundered earth’s resources as if it was their right to exploit it for their benefit. Earth requested Shri Vishnu’s help in alleviating her pain. Being the protector of the universe, Shri Vishnu was able to maneuver karmic bonds and debts around to bring right people in to the picture at the right time to 'make things happen’. Like a catalyst, he can speed up or slow down events sufficiently to achieve the desired results. Karma is not negated, it is simply ‘adjusted’ to speed up delivery of karmic results. Krishna s lilas are not to be studied upon so as to know about him ~ simple way to understand him is to immerse yourself in the magic of his love and surrender. ✨👁🕉🐚🌷 repost @shiva_trance 🎨 artwork abhishek art 🎨✨🙏 #harekrishna

Somavati Amavasya is one of the most important and auspicious days that occur every year. This is not a recurring event and hence, should be given adequate importance in terms the benefits derived from the worship and charity done of this day.

When the day of Amavasya (dark moon lunar phase ) falls on a Monday , it is known as Somavati Amavasya (Soma is a synonymous word for Moon). Moon has a very special importance in Astrology as it governs our mind. Thoughts originate in the mind and thoughts get converted into action so Moon should be inherently powerful to deliver positive and optimistic thoughts. People with weak Moon are indecisive and pessimistic in nature and their mind does not rest on a single subject so they turn fickle minded and try to accomplish multiple tasks unreasonably.

The worship and charity undertaken on the day of Somavati Amavasya is known to remove the afflictions related to Moon and deliver inherent strength so its wise to perform one’ little part during this day.

The following activities should be performed to gain favorable results during Somvati Amavasya - • Worship Lord Shiva by offering milk, holy water and chandan. Performing a Rudrabhishek on Shivalingam is very favorable. Chanting Om Namah Shivaya is considered very auspicious. • Taking a dip in holy rivers like Ganga ji, Narmada ji etc is also very favorable. • Worshipping Tulsi and performing 108 parikramas is also considered very auspicious • Offering water to Surya (Sun) in the morning and reciting “Surya Ashtak” is also very favorable • Donate items like sugar, rice, milk, ghee, curd etc to needy people attracts divine grace and removed problems and afflictions caused by the planets. • Feeding Brahmins is also considered to have satisfied one’ Pitra on this day. Pray to Shri Vishnu and chant Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya Namah as this day is meant for the worship of Shri Narayana.! ✨💀🕉🌙👁🌿📿🌀🔱🐍🌷🐚🔔🎨✨🙏

As in India, Hinduism in Bali grew flexibility, featuring a diverse way of life. It includes many of the Indian spiritual ideas, cherishes legends and myths of Indian Puranas and Hindu epics, as well as expresses its traditions through unique set of festivals and customs.
Among different examples of broad Hinduism impact in Indonesia, is the 20,000 rupiah note with an engraving of Lord Ganesha nearby an image of Ki Hajar Dewantara in the front. In 1997, the cash of a few Asian nations was getting debased. After all endeavors to check the cheapening fizzled, some individual proposed that they have a picture of Ganesha, carrier of good fortune, on the note. Fortunately, it worked and the superstition has stuck from that point onward and Ganesha picture has remained on the cash note.

There are a lot of Hindu sculptures present all through the nation, the Ramayana and Mahabharata stories are broadly predominant among the locals, there is a Krishna-Arjuna statue at Jakarta square, the Indonesian military has Hanuman as their mascot and the Bali tourism logo is propelled from Hindu mythology and its imagery. Bandung Institute of Technology, a regarded head instructive organization has Ganesha as its logo.
The national emblem of Indonesia is called Garuda Pancasila. In Hindu scriptures, Garuda is a bird of great significance as it is the vehicle of Lord Vishnu. One of the most important Hindu scriptures called Garuda Purana describes the conversation between Lord Vishnu and Garuda regarding afterlife. Garuda Purana is also recited in Hindu households after someone passes away. Indonesia’s national airline has also been influenced by this bird of Hindu mythology and is called Garuda Indonesia.
Lord Ram’s beloved Hanuman ji is the official mascot of Indonesia’s military intelligence. The National flag of Indonesia called the “Sang Saka Merah-Putin” (meaning “The Sacred Red and White”) has been influenced by the banner of Majapahit empire which was at the time of 13thcentury one of the largest empires of the region. Hinduism and Buddhism were the dominant religions in the Majapahit Empire.! ✨🐘🕉🇮🇩🌀🙏

Lord Hanuman is a great devotee of Lord Rama and an influential character in the Ramayana. He is a manifestation of Lord Shiva and had dedicated his life to the restoration of Dharma on Earth. In Ramayana His main purpose is to help Lord Rama defeat Ravana and rescue Maa Sita. Known for his bravery and strength, Hanuman ji overcame all his enemies.
One story that is famous in the Ramayana is the ‘burning of Lanka by Hanuman’s tail’. After Maa Sita was abducted by Ravana, Lord Rama sent Hanuman to look for her. On his way Hanuman met Sampati, the brother of Jatayu who was murdered by Ravana. Sampati told him that Maa Sita was held captive at Ashokvatika in Lanka.

Hanuman Ji went to meet Maa Sita and in anger, uprooted many trees in Ashokvatika. Then Hanuman Ji made a seat from his long tail and sat on it, and requested Ravana to free Sita. This enraged Ravana who was angered by Hanuman’s behavior. Ravana ordered his slaves to set fire to Hanuman’s tail. When they did that, Hanuman’s tail became longer and longer. Everyone was surprised by this and Hanuman flew away from them. With his tail on fire , he burnt the whole of Lanka. Sita Ji came to know about this and prayed to Lord Agni. Lord Agni made sure that even if Hanuman’s tail was burning, he wouldn’t feel any pain. Worrying that the fire would harm Sita, Hanuman Ji visited Ashokvatika and saw that she was unharmed. Then he went back to Lord Rama, who then was convinced that he would wage war on Lanka to free Sita. ! 🔥✨🐒✨🔥 #artist @mahesh_ambhagole #fire

The souls of the sons of Sagara wandered as ghosts since their final rites had not been performed. For the moksha of all the sons of Sagar, Bhagiratha (Means, one who does great hard work- he got his name from his great hard work for bringing Ganga to earth), one of the descendants of Sagar, vowed to bring Ganga down to Earth so that her waters could cleanse their souls and release them to heaven.

Bhagiratha prayed to Brahma that Ganga come down to Earth. Brahma ordered Ganga to go down to the Earth and then on to the nether regions so that the souls of Bhagiratha's ancestors would be able to go to heaven. Ganga felt that this was insulting and decided to sweep the whole Earth away as she fell from the heavens. Alarmed, Bhagiratha prayed to Shiva that he break up Ganga's descent.

Ganga arrogantly fell on Shiva's head. But Shiva calmly trapped her in his matted hair and let her out in small streams. The touch of Shiva further sanctified Ganga. As Ganga travelled to the nether-worlds, she created a different stream to remain on Earth to help purify unfortunate souls there. She is the only river to follow from all the three worlds – Swarga (heaven), Prithvi (Earth) and Patala (netherworld or hell). Thus is called Tripathagā(one who travels the three worlds) in Sanskrit language.

Because of Bhagiratha's efforts, Ganga descended to Earth and hence the river is also known as Bhagirathi and the term Bhagirath prayatna is used to describe valiant efforts or difficult achievements.

It is sometimes believed that the river will finally dry up at the end of Kali Yuga, the last of the four stages the world goes through as part of the cycle of yugas (the era of darkness, the current era) just as with the Sarasvati river and this era will end. Next in(cyclic) order will be the Satya Yuga or the era of Truth.

The universe is always speaking to us. Sending us little messages, causing coincidences and serendipities, reminding us to stop, to look around , to believe in something else, something more!
The universe responds to our energy, to our intention, to our emotions, to our thoughts, and our actions. Be mindful of the energy that you send out, for what you send out is what is reflected back onto you. Practice prayer, learn to communicate with Spirit, trust in the flow of life. As long as you continue to give, continue to pray, and continue to trust, nature will provide, and you will receive. We are meant to live abundantly on this earth, in harmony with nature. Remember who you truly are, beyond all of the concepts, labels, and definitions that you have been taught. Remember that you are always one with the Spirit of life. You know this in your heart to be true. Trust in that wisdom. Trust in your intuition. Be open to receiving the gifts of the universe. ✨💫☀️🌎⚡️🌖 #lawofattraction #positivity

Lord Shiva and Nandi are inseparable. Nandi, also called Nandikeshvara and Nandishvara, is the name of the gate keeper of Kailasa, the abode of Lord Shiva. He is usually depicted as a bull which also serves as the mount to Shiva. He is one of the Gana of Shiva. Nandi is the bearer of truth and righteousness. The word Nandi has come from Tamil root word Nandhu means to grow, to flourish or to appear which was used to indicate growing fluorished white bulls as well as divine bull nandi. The Sanskrit word nandi has the meaning of "happy", "joy" and "satisfaction"; also said as the properties of divine guardian of Lord Shiva - Nandi. Almost all Shiva temples display stone images of a seated Nandi, generally facing the main shrine.

Nandi is described as the son of the sage Shilada. Shilada underwent severe penance to have a boon ; a child with immortality and got Nandi as his son. It is said that Nandi was born from a Yajna performed by the Shilada and his body was clad in armour made out of diamonds when he was born. Nandi grew as an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and he did penance to become the gate-keeper of the Lord Shiva as well as his mount.

Nandi got the divine knowledge of Agamic and Tantric wisdom taught by Lord Shiva from goddess Parvati. He could teach that divine knowledge to his Eight disciples who are identified as the progenitors of Nandinatha Sampradaya - Sanaka, Sanatana, Sanandana, Sanatkumara, Tirumular, Vyagrapada, Patanjali and Sivayoga Muni. These eight disciples are directed to eight directions of the world by Nandinatha to spread the wisdom he taught them.

There are many legends about Nandi. One describes his conflict with Ravana, the King of Lanka. Nandi cursed Ravana that his kingdom would be burnt by a monkey. Later Hanuman ji burnt Lanka when he went in search of Maa Sita, who was kept prisoner by Ravana in Ashok Vatika. ✨🕉🐂🙏✨ #bhakti #devotee #worship #pray

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