Gayatri Jayanti celebrates the manifestation of Goddess Gayatri, who is worshipped as Veda Mata (The Mother of Vedas). In 2020, the date of Gayatri Jayanti is June 1. Scholars also indicate that Sage Vishwamitra first uttered the Gayatri Mantra on the Jyeshtha Shukla Dashami day. And this day is observed as Gayatri Jayanti day.
Gayatri is a universal prayer that is addressed to the immanent and transcendent divine. The Gayatri Mantra is sacred and is considered the mother of the Vedas. It is non-denominational and can be chanted by anyone to illumine the intellect. It can be chanted upon waking, before the midday meal and in the evening – alone or in the company of the goodly and Godly.
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In these days of the coronavirus – and threats to public health – as well as your own personal health, we need to be clear-headed about the decisions we make – particularly in the times that create stress and challenge for ourselves and for many, many other people. What is the best way for me to make important decisions at this time? How can I know I am making the right decision? What feelings will I have if I go ahead and do as I wish? What do we do with all this media information about who is right, who is wrong, is there a vaccine, should I take this or that solution? We need to use discernment, along with our common sense, and our spiritual sense. All these – together – can guide us on the path of life.
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Hayagreeva Jayanti for 2019 is observed on August 15th. The significance of this incarnation of Sri Vishnu is the relevance of Vedas to human life and the fact that Vedas are the bringers of light to our world. When the Vedas were stolen, the Universe was deprived of light.
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A full moon occurs late evening on 26 August 2018, on what is called Shravana Purnima. This full moon occurs in Shatabhisha nakshatra, the asterism of the ruler of the oceans, Varuna. This occasion also has a number of festivals: Rakhi, Raksha Bandhan, and Gayatri Jayanti (birthday of Gayatri Maa).
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Hayagreeva Jayanti occurs on Shravana Purnima. During year 2018 this event will occur on August 26th. Hayagreeva is one of the minor incarnations of Lord Vishnu. There is much deeper meaning and purpose to Hayagreeva: for this Kali Yuga, let it be known that Hayagreeva, when propitiated, gives very pure knowledge. He is karaka of the intellect, which resides nearest the soul (atma).
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There is the Hindu deity Yama, mostly known – and feared – as the God of Death: Yama, the god who judges the souls at the end of life. His other name is Dharmaraja, and he is called Lord of Justice, said to be rightly judging souls for their accumulated deeds on Earth. Said to be blue in colour, he rides a he-buffalo, and holds a rope and a stick (danda).
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Hanuman is the immortal devotee; it is well known that Lord Rama granted immortality to Hanuman and told, “Wherever the Ramayana is chanted, there, you may be present!” Here, we take up narrative between Hanuman and Ravana, and one story of Shani Easwara and Sri Hanuman.
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Hanuman Jayanti or Hanuman Janam-Utsav is a Hindu religious festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Sri Hanuman, who is immensely venerated throughout India and Nepal. This festival is celebrated on different days in different parts of India. In most states of India, the festival is observed in the month of Chaitra – usually Chaitra Purnima, the 15th day of the bright half of the month. in year 2018, this translates to Saturday, 31 March.
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A full moon occurs in Sidereal Leo on Friday, 2nd March. This Phalguna full moon day which falls in the middle of spring season in India is known as Vasanta Purnima. Vasanta Purnima is very significant day as it coincides with the festival of colors i.e. Holi. As nature displays various colors during spring, Holi which is also the festival of colours synergizes with nature at the same time.
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On this day of Ganesh Chaturthi – the fourth day of Bhadrapada masam, we bring you Ganapathi Prarthana, a sacred prayer to Lord Ganesh – usually chanted prior to chanting vedam – and often chanted before sacred activities. We also bring one excerpt from Sri Yoga Vasistha on the seven bhoomikas.
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Hayagreeva Jayanti occurs on Shravana Purnima. During year 2017 this event will occur on August 7th. Hayagreeva is one of the minor incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Those who seek to dig deeper will find that Hayagreeva is also associated with the Golden Age and the fostering of the Vedas, veda poshana. There is much deeper meaning and purpose to Hayagreeva; for this Kali Yuga, let it be known that Hayagreeva, when propitiated, gives very pure knowledge. He is favourite of students and those who must learn and concentrate for deeper understanding to emerge.
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Deep Puja, also known as Deepa Pooja, is observed on the Amavasi (No moon) day in Ashada month in Maharashtra and in some parts of Telengana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The important lamps used for pujas are arranged in the Puja room and special pujas are offered. Devout Hindus believe that the worship of Diya will usher in knowledge and will help in seeking the blessings of Ashta Lakshmi. In Hinduism, Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and fortune, is worshipped in eight forms – Ashta Lakshmi. The eight forms of the Goddess Lakshmi vary from region to region. The most popular widely accepted forms are those found in the Shri Ashtalakshmi Stotram. On this day of Ravi Pushya Nakshatra Yoga we take advantage to commence a new project devoted to climate change.
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