Dharma, the Code of Virtue in Hindus’ Daily Life

Dharma is the Code of Virtue in Hindus’ daily life. The most widely used word “Dharma” is not exactly definable. But broadly, it can be said to connote righteous duties, Divine ordinances, customary usage, certain ideals before mankind, justice, equity, good conduct or morality. It is commonly understood that those who follow it are bound to […]

Brahmins Gothras | 1 Pravara Gothras, 2 Pravara Gothras, 3 Pravara Gothas, 5 Pravara Gothras

Number  of  more than 400 Brahmin  gothras along with pravara  Rishis … Wikipedia  on list of Gothras mentions that there  are  46 Gothras among Brahmins. I once personally did  a  survey of Tamil  Brahmin Gothras and found  that most of the tamil Brahmins belong to 51 Gothras. So  I was taken aback   to see  in a book  in tamil  published by Smt.Uma Hariharan, which has been approved by Kanchi Kamakoti mutt , […]

Widow Remarriage is not Prohibited in Hinduism…

A woman who is married and has become bereft of marriage status throught desertion, widowhood etc.. can be taken back to the parental gothram or any other gothram.. and the lady can be termed as punarbhoo .. and can once again be gifted back.. the procedure is the same a the marriage originally. Of course, […]

Garbhadhana Samskara

Garbhadhana Samskara is the first Samskara among 16 Sanskar in approved Hindu Dharma Scriptures. After entering into a social and worldly life, this Garbhadhana Samskara is performed. It is followed immediately on every matrimonial union. Mostly, on the first night of marriage is ceremonially performed. Garbhadhana marks the seed for best generation. It is performed […]

Swami Vivekananda, beacon light to Youth

Swami Vivekananda is the beacon light to Youth. A combination of physical strength, moral purity, mental discipline and of a higher plane will help a person to succeed in his life. The ideal before him, particularly for the youth, should be to develop these qualities and adhere to spiritual values. If one is keep on cultivating […]

Manifestations of Divine love (Meerabai & Krishna)

meerabai

Devotion to God flowers onto several verities. Among this who wish to discord worldly pleasures and reach God’s abode, some treat with reverence, wondering whether He is approachable at all. There are mystical personalities who place themselves as brides and the Lord as the bridegroom and display their concern of remaining separated, ever craving for […]

Seemantham, Seemanthonayan Sanskar (Godhbharai)

Seemantham, Seemanthonayan Sanskar (Godhbharai), Srimantham or Simantkaran Samskara is the 3rd of 16 Sanskaras (Solah Sanskar) in Hindu Dharma. The main objective of Seemantham is to get Saubhagya (long life of husband) and to prevent premature abortion and to protect the pregnant mother along with the growth of the child in the womb. In South […]

16 Hindu Samskaras

The Samskaras, are a series of rituals and sacrifices that mark the various states of the human’s life. Starting from Garbhadhana Samskara till the Antyeshti Samskara, each and every Samskara represents a stage of the human’s life. Solah Samskaras are significantly performed in Brahmins communities. As per the scriptures, Dvija (twice-born – Brahmins) are essentially […]

Significance of Nammazhwar (Nammalwar)

What is the significance of Nammazhwar (Nammalwar)? Anything associated with Sri Narayana is pleasing to the Azhwars and anything unrelated to Him is disliked by them. The Lord, who wants humanity to have the benefit of Nammazhwar’s Tiruvoimozhi, chose not to grant his request to be freed from Agnana, Karma, and the mortal coil, till he […]

Role of a Trishula in Hinduism

Trishula

Role of a Trishula in Hinduism, what is the importance of Trishula in Hinduism? Trishula is a kind of Trident. According to the historians and local legends, the birth of origin of this weapon is believed to be from Nepal. It is to be noted that neighboring Nepal very strictly follows the Hindu religion like […]

Role of Shaivism in Hinduism

Lord Shiva

Role of Shaivism in Hinduism, what is the role of Shaivism in Hinduism and its growth? According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, the four major oldest sects of Hinduism are  Smartism, Shaktism, Vaishnavism and Shaivism. Each and every sect has its own identity and significance in the religious circuit of Hinduism. It is […]

Efficacy of Vedic incantations

The efficacy of Vedic incantations, recited strictly according to tradition, can be proved scientifically. One of the religious functions for an enceinte woman suggests the rendering of special Mantras by two proficient players on two veenas. The sound waves are found to have a direct bearing on the growth of the child, which will be […]

History of Veerashaivism (Lingayatism)

Basaveshwara Founder of Lingayat sect

The history of Veerashaivism (Lingayatism – the Lingayat sect of Hindu Dharma) is explained here. It is to be highly noted that from pre-Vedic time to the last phase of 11th century,  Veerashaivism was successfully born out of Shaivism which directly because of little differentiation. It is to be remembered that during the early phase of […]

Devotion is not Business Proposition

Devotion is not Business Proposition: The dominating theme in all holy books is cultivation of devotion. These books spell out the details of generating it through different methods. At the same time, they also indicate that devotion is not a business proposition, telling God that we must be given plenty in return. What is necessary […]

Merits & Beneficial results of Mantras

What are the merits or beneficial results of Mantras? Why we chant mantras and what advantages we get? There will be a Phalasruti (one / few slokas stating the merits of chanting the particular mantra) for each stotra or mantra. The most enviable and extraordinary gifts which mankind has been endowed with, in contrast to animals and […]

Why Worship in Temples is necessary?

Why Worship in Temples is necessary? Do we need to worship the Lord in temples? What is the main reason behind worshipping in temples? Here is an explanation on it… God permeates the entire universe, but skeptics ask for a proof about His existence. He cannot be seen by us but He witnesses all our acts. An […]

Adi Sankara’s contribution to Hinduism

Shankaracharya

Sri Jagadguru Adi Sankara’s contribution to Hinduism Even in days of yore, Hinduism was subjected to severe test on account of attacks by other religions. As a result people, either lured by twisted interpretations or forced into conversion, strayed away from the path, laid with the Vedas as the base. But it has survived, in […]

Narayana Guru’s vision of human fraternity

Narayana Guru’s vision of human fraternity Anyone who has gone through the stanzas of the ancient Saivaite scripture, the Thirumandiram, would be familiar with the profound saying of its author. Thirumoolar, that there is only one race and only one God. This statement came thousands of years ago but in recent times, a scholar and […]

Significance of Trishula in Hinduism (Trident)

Trishula

Significance of Trishula in Hinduism, what is the significance of Trishula, Trident of Hindu Gods? Trishula is a type of Trident. The place of origin of Trisula is Nepal. It is used by Lord Shiva and Goddess Maa Durga. In the language of Sanskrit is triṣūla, in the language of Malay is trisula, in the […]