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What is Pitra Dosh?

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As we sow, so shall we reap; the saying is a direct indication of the fact that whatever deeds (good or bad) we perform during our journey, we get paid accordingly. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, so similarly our ‘karmas’ affect our progress and failure, respectively. However, not everything is related to current Karmas and hence you may be affected by Pitra dosh.

Meaning of Pitras

Pitras’ refer to our ancestors, manes or anyone in our family who has departed this planet.

  • If there has been a lack in our service towards our ancestors, when they were alive or existence of unfulfilled wishes in them, at the time of death; then ‘Pitra dosh’ may be bothering you.
  • It also occurs when the departed soul do not achieve salvation.

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Unexplored journey of the mighty and benevolent fighter: Bhishma Pitamah

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The more we know about it, the greater it raises the curiosity within us to explore and analyse it further. The greatest epic in history, Mahabharat is an epitome of longest text that highlights the controversial politics, sibling rivalry, hegemony over women and power along with the increase in ‘adhrama’. Despite all this, the relevance of the epic, has still not lost its essence and is an inspiration for all. Apart from the widely known stories, till date the scholars discover the hidden secrets and unravel new mysteries as they comprehend the epic.
• ‘Ganga putra’ Devavratha (Bhishma) was the eighth son who had been known for his principles and vows towards his kingdom. His vow of bachelorhood became the reason for the agony of Amba, who wanted to seek revenge for the denial of her proposal. Lord Subramanya appeared with the fresh garland of lotuses and it was said that whosoever would accept that garland would turn into an enemy of Bhishma. Later, when Amba came in her next life as the daughter of King Drupad, she wore this garland playfully as a child, but later she became the reason of his death in the form of Shikhandi.
Prabhasa (Vasu) was cursed by Vashishta to be born in the human world, as during one of the journeys Prabhasa’s wife insisted him to bring Vashishta’s cow. This made Vashishta angry and he cursed Prabhasa, so he was born as the eighth son of Ganga and Shantanu named, Devavratha.

Strengths and weakness of Bhishma:
Bhishma, known for his valour and principles driven life, sacrificed his entire journey for the benefit of Hastinapur. Bhishma refers to someone ‘who takes a difficult vow’ and his duty as a son and further as a brother, father and grand-father are quite known to us. In spite of his courage and dutiful attitude, these qualities became his weakness too, as many times even when he knew that he was favouring the wrong side, still he carried on to do so because of his vows and value system.
• He took away the three daughters of the King of Kashi for his younger brother Vichitravirya, but when he came to know about Amba’s love for someone else, he dropped her back to his father’s palace, which was indeed an act of disrespect. Her lover refused to marry her due to Bhishma. Bhishma couldn’t undo the promise, made to Satyavati’s father, of remaining a bachelor throughout his life so he denied the marriage proposal too.
• His subservience towards the throne of Hastinapur made him stay numb and helpless during Draupadi’s humiliated disrobing in the court before King Dhritarashtra and everybody else. Bhishma is renowned for his mighty strengths but when it was actually needed to react and use his skills, he chose to be a puppet in the hands of external forces and overlooked the respect of women.
• At times he unintentionally became a part of the evil strategies of Kauravas, as after the 12 years of exile when Pandavas were in their hiding period, he said that “there must be absolute law and order, as well as peace and prosperity prevailing wherever Yudhisthira stayed”. This gave an immediate clue to the evil Duryodhan and his skepticism made him reach King Virat’s kingdom. By keeping the gun on Bhishma’s shoulder, the Kauravas once again invoked King Virat to fight by snatching away his herd of cattle.
• Bhishma was aware of the wrong intentions of Guru Drona against King Drupad, still he welcomed him to his kingdom and later on we saw that Guru used his students for his own Recently Updated2selfish motives. This rivalry resulted in the animosity between Hastinapur and Panchal, which lasted till the end.

Thus being an idol son and faithful towards his kingdom, he failed to follow the right path due to his ignorance and old values. Though he was following his words and expected the welfare of his kingdom but ultimately due to his reluctance of not adapting to the change, he could not alter the evil thinking of Kauravas. Being a great warrior, he tried to prevent the war by reconciliation between Pandavas and Kauravas, yet as it was already written, the war was essential for the end of ‘adharma’ and rise of the peaceful and righteous world once again.
Bhishma had to suffer at his death bed as earlier in his 73rd life birth, he injured insects by piercing needles into their body. So at the end Krishna blessed him and freed him from the Karmic cycle of life and death and the curse of Vashishta.

Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja

Ma Vaishno Devi Darshan: Inside Story

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Vaishno Devi, one of the most widely visited shrines in India, sees an annual footfall of over 8 million people from across the globe. But very few people are aware of the fact that a trip to this holy shrine is incomplete without the darshan at the Bhairon temple. Bhairon Mandir, located at a distance of 1.42 kilometers from Bhawan is situated atop an adjacent hill involves a steep climb, which can be undertaken either on foot or on ponies or palanquins. It is the highest point of the entire climb and is situated at an altitude of 6619 feet.Shubhpuja vaishno devi

Legend has it that once a devotee of Mata Vaishnodevi, Sridhar organized a Bhandara (Community meal) in which the whole village and Mahayogi Guru GorakshNathJi along with all his followers including Bhairon Nath were invited as it was wish of Mata Vaishnodevi to invite MahaYogi Guru Goraksh NathJi.

Guru Gorakshnath visited a Bhandara along with more 300 disciples including the Bhairon Nath. Bhairon Nath was amazed by seeing the power of divine mother. He wanted to test her powers. For this, he asked Shiv Avatari Guru GorakshnathJi for his permission. Guru Gorakshnath said I do not recommend but still if you wanted to test, go ahead.

 Bhairon Nath on locating the ashram started observing Vaishnavi secretly. He was enchanted by Vaishnavi’s extraordinary beauty and began to pester Vaishnavi to marry him. She tried her best to keep him away, but on failing to do so, she decided to flee away into the mountains to continue her tapasaya. Bhairon Nath however refused to give up and chased her down to her location. The goddess after halting at (present day) Banganga, Charan Paduka, and Adhkwari, finally reached the holy cave shrine. When Bhairon Nath continued to follow her despite the goddess trying to avoid a confrontation, the goddess was compelled to kill him. Bhairon Nath met his ultimate fate when the goddess, just outside the mouth of the cave, beheaded him. The severed head of Bhairon fell with force on a distant hilltop. Bhairon Nath upon his death realised the futility of his mission and prayed to the deity to forgive him. The almighty Mata felt mercy and gave him a boon that every devotee of the goddess would have to have the darshan of Bhairon after having the darshan of the Goddess and only then would the yatra of a devotee be complete. Hence it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Bhairon mandir is the final link of the pilgrimage.

Fasting- The New Cool!

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Chiming bells and sandalwood aroma,the air smells of faith. Faith had many shades, of which fast and fasting are of the brightest hues.

For ages,people have believed in fasting, from saints to common man to politicians, I’ve always wondered why would people believe in it in the first place.

As ayurveda puts it, fasting helps in detoxification of the body. It is a normal body process eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colour, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph, glands and skin. This process is prReligious fasting shubhpujaecipitated by fasting because when food is no longer entering the body, the body turns to fat reserves for energy. When fat reserves are used for energy during a fast, it releases chemicals from fatty acid into a system which are then eliminated through the above mentioned organs. Chemicals that are absorbed from environment like DDT are also excreted through urine during fasting.

Second prescribed benefit, is the healing that begins in the body during a fast. During a fast, energy is diverted away from digestive system due to its lack of use and towards the metabolism and immune system. Healing process during a fast is precipitated by body’s search for energy sources. Abnormal growth like tumors in body, do not have full support of body’s supplies and thus are more prone to autolysis (self-destruction). Also, production of protein for replacement of damaged cells (protein synthesis) occurs more efficiently because fewer mistakes are made by the RNA/DNA (genetic controls), which governs the process. A higher efficiency in protein synthesis results in healthier cells, tissues and organs.

There is a decrease in core body temperature which is a direct result of slower metabolic rate and general bodily functions. Following a drop in blood sugar level and using the reserves of glucose found in liver glycogen, the BMR is reduced to conserve as much energy within the body as can be provided. Growth hormones are also released during a fast due to greater efficiency in hormone production.

Finally, most advantageous is the feeling of rejuvenation and extended life expectancy as an anti-aging hormone along with growth hormone are produced more efficiently during fasting. “The only way to extend the lifespan of a mammal is by strengthening the immune system, which also increases life expectancy and feeling rejuvenated and young.

 Religion holds the view that in a while one needs to get rate of every materialistic thing that are an integral part of our life and get closer to god.

So, fast to fast up your body and life.

Vinayaka (Ganesha) At Your Rescue

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Ganapathi Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukariya“, loud gleeful voices with great zeal and passion reminds us of our own beloved Lord Ganesha. Lord of wisdom, knowledge and prosperity is graciously worshipped by the keen devotees, who curiously wait for the fun filled festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. It is celebrated in the month of ‘Bhadra’ (mid-August to mid-September) for about 5 to 10 days ending with ‘Ananta Chaturdashi ’. Gana refers to a collective form, thus like our body is composed of a collection of atoms and molecules so Lord of ‘Ganas’ is ‘Ganesha’. The favourite among the Hindu deities, he is widely worshipped and admired by all Hindus (Santana Dharma) and even around the globe.

Worshipping every deity involves our personal motives behind it so adoring Ganesha leads to the removal of obstacles as well as shower of success, prosperity, wealth, knowledge and domestic harmony. Celebrating this festival with unlimited zeal compels us to unravel the origin of this event. To promote national harmony and oneness among the citizens, Chatrapati Shivaji began the tradition of celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi, which was carried ahead by Bal Gangadhar Tilak during the 19th century. It was marked as a footprint on history when the entire country united against British Raj, irrespective of their caste, creed or class. Till date, this festival is heartily celebrated all around India especially in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Why is placing Ganesha’s statue considered so auspicious?

If we observe any workplace or restaurant in India, an idol of Ganesha is generally evident, which highlights the faith of his devotees on Him. Lord Shiva himself blessed him to be worshipped at the beginning of any auspicious occasion or puja. Something is really special about our Ganesha as he is widely praised and worshipped, being a supernatural combination of an elephant and human. The idol of Ganesh is an inspiration in itself, as every part symbolises the secret to divine knowledge and spiritual importance.

  • Elephant head is a symbol of royal walk, wisdom and effortlessness; he easily removes the hindrance from his path and walks ahead.
  • Trunk is a sign of consciousness and it is also said that he broke his tusk to write the epic, Mahabharata; therefore he is referred as the God of Learning too.
  • The four worthy hands represent enlightenment, removal of obstructions, spreading sweetness and bestowing grace upon his devotees respectively. They indicate the ‘Gyan shakti’ and ‘Karma shakti’.

Did you ever think why our mighty Ganesha chose the small troublesome pet as his vehicle?

Rat/Mouse portrays the avarice and greed which increases within us if not controlled, thus a vice person tries to control his uncontended desires by riding on his senses. Ganesha is omnipresent, omnipotent and formless energy, which is present in every being; it’s just a matter of realization and analysis.

Every toddler is acquainted with the beauty of moon but its sight is avoided on this day. Apart from the varying cultural myths of Satrajit’s ‘Syamantaka GANESH CHATURTHIjewel’, the fact is that that Ganesh Chaturthi falls on the fourth day of the waxing moon period, when the Sun, Moon and Earth are in such angles that the moonlight is negatively charged and avoided to be exposed. So the next time when your Grand ma tells you to beware of the moon then kindly obey her orders.

Thus, this event is like the stress relieving permanent ayurvedic solution, which teach us about our mythology as well as aware us about the truth of life. Now it depends on us to take advantage of the opportunity or to just let it go.

Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja

Are you scared of Lord Shani? Make him happy with these 5 easy things!

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Lord Shani the God of Justice, is the Chief Justice in the Human Life Court. He always provides the justice according to our deeds or karmas. Treated as “Rudra Avtar” of Lord Shiva, he is caring, loving and firmly believes in giving instant results but only on the basis of karma!

Kalyug or the modern times are filled with sins. And in this unchaste era, people are chasing the amenities like computers and technology in pursuit of happiness breathlessly. Happiness and peace are going away from man. In this melee, people say that God Shani is troubling us. Do they think that God has nothing better to do? Has he enmity with everybody? Is God Shani our enemy? No!
Shani is concerned about all beings in the world with a thinking of no friendship & no enmity.
People are more scared of God Shani than the punishment he gives. Today in the whole world people are having different opinions, myths and many false statements about Lord Shani. Most of the people resemble Lord Shani as cruel, full of anger and a God who never benefits the humans. People worship Lord Shani only when they are surrounded by Sade Sati (7.5 years) or Shani Dhaiya (2.5 years), unfavorable shani mahadasha and pains.
Not many of us know that among the nine planets, the planet Saturn has an important significance in life of every individual. Lord Shani gives peace, prosperity and justice to everyone.
He is more easily pleased than people believe. The devotion of God Shani solves all the problems pertaining to the body, family, society, mind, finances and occupation. People have taken the name of Lord Shani to scare others, but very little has been done to dispel that fear.

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Make Lord Shani happy without any tantra-mantra. Know what actually make him happy :

Renunciation of anger – Saturn’s nature is said to be cruel, for its work is to punish the evil. So to avoid the wrath and anger of Lord Shani. One should be calm, composed and stay away from anger.

Tolerance – Shani is substantial in nature. This is because a harsh or bitter substance such as mustard oil is dear to him. A person should keep his tolerance level high he should never use abusive words and behave nicely with all.

Respect– Recognize that Shani is the lord of aging, so one should always respect their parents, elders and even teachers in order to keep Lord Shani happy. Making your elders sad or suffer will lead you to a miserable life.

Charity (Daan)– In Shani Puja, lays the importance of charity. Charity to the needy frees your ego and hence makes Lord Shani happy.

Compassion – Compassion for others is the most important part of the religion. Helping the poor or weaker sections of the society by giving the necessities for the survival always makes Shani shower blessings on you.

Why is Lord Hanuman worshiped on Tuesdays?

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Born in a Hindu family I was always taken to Lord Hanuman’s temple for worshiping him on Tuesdays. When asked why specifically on Tuesdays, I was given no answer. I know many of you fall in the same category as well.
Do you know? Lord Hanuman, also known as Bajrang Bali, is the epitome of selfless service and devotion. He was born on the full moon day (Purnima) of the month Chaitra on Tuesday. That is why, every year when Chaitra month’s full moon day arrives, his birth-day is celebrated, which is called Shri Hanuman Jayanti and Tuesday is considered very auspicious day to worship Lord Hanuman.

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He is worshiped for his strength and fearlessness throughout the country. But what’s in a Tuesday? Many of you might wonder. Well, according to some experts on Hindu mythology, Tuesday is an auspicious day to get rid of “Kuja Dosh”. “Kuja” means ‘burning coal’ or ‘a fair person’. It is identified with Lord Kartikeya – the God of War. He is the son of Lord Shiva and was born with six heads. He killed the invincible demon Taraka and released the Devas from his oppression. The word is more prominently heard when the horoscopes of the bride and bridegroom are studied before their marriage. People tend to be very much worried about the presence of the Kuja dosha in their natal charts as it is believed that it can cause disturbance in their marital life. As a remedy, people who are afflicted with severe Kuja should worship Lord Hanuman daily, by reciting the Hanuman Chalisa. Moreover, they should visit the temple of Lord Hanuman on Tuesdays. This would help in diluting the extent of the effects of the Kuja Dosha. So the next time you worship Lord Hanuman on Tuesdays don’t be surprised!

Contributed by Mihir Ajgaonkar, Guest Writer, Shubhpuja