URCHAVA MOORTHY IDOLS INTRODUCTION Urchava Moorthies are the replica of the main idols of the gods and goddesses in the temples, and they are usually sculpted using silver, bronze and gold metals. When compared with main idols, they usually appear smaller in size, but look very attractive and beautiful. TheyRead More →

WELCOMING MATA LAKSHMI TO OUR HOME INTRODUCTION Everyone belongs to Hinduism, would be keeping their gates open especially during Friday evenings, in order to welcome the divine mother Mata Lakshmi Devi to their homes. This system is prevailed since ancient times, and during the ancient periods, people would decorate theirRead More →

HOLY MARKS OF HINDUS In general, Hindus used to apply the holy marks in their foreheads. They are applying it as a part of expressing their bhakti on the almighty, and to show their strong faith and belief in Hinduism. Mostly Hindus used to apply the sacred ash (VIBUTI) inRead More →

ANCIENT TEMPLE INSCRIPTIONS INTRODUCTION Ancient temple inscriptions are found in most of the ancient temple walls, and also the inscriptions would be carved out in stones also. And they would give the correct picture about the details of the temple history like the name of the builder, construction date and theRead More →

SALAGRAMA INTRODUCTION Salagrama or Shaligram refers to a type of shell used in South Asia as the divine power of                        Lord Vishnu and worshipped by the devotees of Lord Vishnu.  Shaligrams are usually available in the holy rivers such as the Gandaki River in Nepal. It is considered as a sacred object, and Vishnu devoteesRead More →

THIRUVOD INTRODUCTION Thiruvod is a part of a certain type of palm tree found in the islands of the Seychelles, Africa, and the object Thiruvod would be mostly found in the hands of the Hindu Saints. This is called as Cocodimer in English. It is the world’s largest seed, which contains halfRead More →

INTRODUCTION Tarpanam is a type of Vedic practice and it is an offering made to the divine deities by chanting divine mantras. Tilatarpanam means offering made by a person to his deceased father / mother and to the Pitrus (Departed souls of our ancestors) using water and sesame seeds during the annual death ceremony or onRead More →

INTRODUCTION Markandeya was the son of Rishi Mrikandu, and was born with very good features. Similar to his father, he used to worship Lord Shiva at the Ashram and perform pujas and abhishekhams to the Shiva Lingam. According to legend, when he was nearing to lose his life by LordRead More →

INTRODUCTION Gnayiru Sun god temple also known as Sri Pushparatheswarar temple is situated at the Gnayiru village and it is considered as one of the sacred navagraha temples located at Chennai and dedicated to Lord Surya Bhagawan and the main deity is Lord Shiva, who is known as Lord Pushparatheswarar.Read More →

INTRODUCTION The relationship between a bhakta and the bhagavan is that of a mother and a child. In this picture itself, we can see that Lord Narasimha is gently holding Bhakt prahalad in his hands. God expects only a true devotion from his devotees, and he didn’t expect any richRead More →

INTRODUCTION Pisharadi (1550-1621) was born in Trikkandiyur, Kerala, and he was a great writer, reader, astrologer and an ardent devotee of Lord Guruvayurappan. He also helped his student Sri Narayana Bhattathiri towards composing the devotional poem Sri Narayaneeyam. WORKS Pravesaka Karanottama Uparagakriyakrama Sphutanirnaya Chayastaka Uparagavimsati Rasigolasphutaniti Venvarohavyakhya Horasaroccaya Pisharadi played a vital role in bringing upRead More →

INTRODUCTION Markandeya was the son of Rishi Mrikandu, and was born with very good features. Similar to his father, he used to worship Lord Shiva at the Ashram and perform pujas and abhishekhams to the Shiva Lingam. According to legend, when he was nearing to lose his life by LordRead More →

INTRODUCTION Vedavati was the holy mother of the great Madhwacharya, whose birth name was Vasudeva, and her consort name was Naddantillaya. The couples were lived at a village in Karnataka. She was a noble woman and got great attachment on her son Vasudeva. The parents were performed Upanayana to VasudevaRead More →

INTRODUCTION Tatya Kote Patil plays an important role in the life of Sai Baba. Tatya maintained good relationship with Baba and was being protected by baba from his childhood. He was a favourite child of Sai. Tatya Kote Patil was born in a farmer’s family. His mother was Bayajabai, andRead More →

INTRODUCTION Puja means expressing our love and devotion on god by doing certain kind of activities, like worshipping the god by chanting his names, performing deeparadanai, abhishekham and doing homams in the temples. There are various types of puja like Shiva Puja, Satyanarayana puja, Lakshmi puja, durga puja etc. WhateverRead More →

INTRODUCTION Shivalingavva Akka (20th century) was a great saint and a holy lady. Shivalingavva Akka was born and brought up in the Jat village, New Delhi. Due to her great thirst in spirituality, she has become a saint, and she was the disciple of Sri.Bhausaheb Maharaj. Due to her goodRead More →

INTRODUCTION Maragatham (19th century) was a pious woman who was born and brought up at a village in Kanchipuram District. At her younger age, she got married with Sri Varadarajan, who was a great scholar and an expert in astrology. He was a nice person, and lived his life, byRead More →