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Shiv Chalisa – 40 verses to invoke Grace of Lord Shiva

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Shiv Chalisa is a prayer in praise of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva along with Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu are Gods of Hindu trinity. Lord Shiva is most revered God among Hindus. Praying Lord Shiva during Sravan month is very auspicious. Shiv Chalisa composed by a saint Ayodhyadas is easy to recite and fulfills the devotee with love and peace.

Shiv Chalisa Lyrics in Hindi

shiv chalisa

॥दोहा॥

जय गणेश गिरिजा सुवन, मंगल मूल सुजान। कहत अयोध्यादास तुम, देहु अभय वरदान॥

॥चौपाई॥

जय गिरिजा पति दीन दयाला। सदा करत सन्तन प्रतिपाला॥
भाल चन्द्रमा सोहत नीके। कानन कुण्डल नागफनी के॥

अंग गौर शिर गंग बहाये। मुण्डमाल तन क्षार लगाए॥
वस्त्र खाल बाघम्बर सोहे। छवि को देखि नाग मन मोहे॥

मैना मातु की हवे दुलारी। बाम अंग सोहत छवि न्यारी॥
कर त्रिशूल सोहत छवि भारी। करत सदा शत्रुन क्षयकारी॥

नन्दि गणेश सोहै तहँ कैसे। सागर मध्य कमल हैं जैसे॥
कार्तिक श्याम और गणराऊ। या छवि को कहि जात न काऊ॥

देवन जबहीं जाय पुकारा। तब ही दुख प्रभु आप निवारा॥
किया उपद्रव तारक भारी। देवन सब मिलि तुमहिं जुहारी॥

तुरत षडानन आप पठायउ। लवनिमेष महँ मारि गिरायउ॥
आप जलंधर असुर संहारा। सुयश तुम्हार विदित संसारा॥

त्रिपुरासुर सन युद्ध मचाई। सबहिं कृपा कर लीन बचाई॥
किया तपहिं भागीरथ भारी। पुरब प्रतिज्ञा तासु पुरारी॥

दानिन महँ तुम सम कोउ नाहीं। सेवक स्तुति करत सदाहीं॥
वेद माहि महिमा तुम गाई। अकथ अनादि भेद नहिं पाई॥

पूजन रामचन्द्र जब कीन्हा। जीत के लंक विभीषण दीन्हा॥
सहस कमल में हो रहे धारी। कीन्ह परीक्षा तबहिं पुरारी॥

एक कमल प्रभु राखेउ जोई। कमल नयन पूजन चहं सोई॥
कठिन भक्ति देखी प्रभु शंकर। भए प्रसन्न दिए इच्छित वर॥

जय जय जय अनन्त अविनाशी। करत कृपा सब के घटवासी॥
दुष्ट सकल नित मोहि सतावै। भ्रमत रहौं मोहि चैन न आवै॥

त्राहि त्राहि मैं नाथ पुकारो। येहि अवसर मोहि आन उबारो॥
लै त्रिशूल शत्रुन को मारो। संकट ते मोहि आन उबारो॥

मात-पिता भ्राता सब होई। संकट में पूछत नहिं कोई॥
स्वामी एक है आस तुम्हारी। आय हरहु मम संकट भारी॥

धन निर्धन को देत सदा हीं। जो कोई जांचे सो फल पाहीं॥
अस्तुति केहि विधि करैं तुम्हारी। क्षमहु नाथ अब चूक हमारी॥

शंकर हो संकट के नाशन। मंगल कारण विघ्न विनाशन॥
योगी यति मुनि ध्यान लगावैं। शारद नारद शीश नवावैं॥

नमो नमो जय नमः शिवाय। सुर ब्रह्मादिक पार न पाय॥
जो यह पाठ करे मन लाई। ता पर होत है शम्भु सहाई॥

ॠनियां जो कोई हो अधिकारी। पाठ करे सो पावन हारी॥
पुत्र होन कर इच्छा जोई। निश्चय शिव प्रसाद तेहि होई॥

पण्डित त्रयोदशी को लावे। ध्यान पूर्वक होम करावे॥
त्रयोदशी व्रत करै हमेशा। ताके तन नहीं रहै कलेशा॥

धूप दीप नैवेद्य चढ़ावे। शंकर सम्मुख पाठ सुनावे॥
जन्म जन्म के पाप नसावे। अन्त धाम शिवपुर में पावे॥

कहैं अयोध्यादास आस तुम्हारी। जानि सकल दुःख हरहु हमारी॥

॥दोहा॥

नित्त नेम कर प्रातः ही, पाठ करौं चालीसा। तुम मेरी मनोकामना, पूर्ण करो जगदीश॥
मगसर छठि हेमन्त ॠतु, संवत चौसठ जान। अस्तुति चालीसा शिवहि, पूर्ण कीन कल्याण॥

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Shiv Chalisa lyrics in English

|| Doha ||

Jai Ganesh Girija Suvan,Mangal Mul Sujan
Kahat Ayodhya Das Tum, Dev Abhaya Varadan

|| Chaupai ||

Jai Girija Pati Dinadayala
Sada Karat Santan Pratipala
Bhala Chandrama Sohat Nike Kanan
Kundal Nagaphani Ke

Anga Gaur Shira Ganga Bahaye
Mundamala Tan Chhara Lagaye
Vastra Khala Baghambar Sohain Chhavi
Ko Dekha Naga Muni Mohain

Maina Matu Ki Havai Dulari
Vama Anga Sohat Chhavi Nyari
Kara Trishul Sohat Chhavi Bhari Karat
Sada Shatrun Chhayakari

Nandi Ganesh Sohain Tahan Kaise
Sagar Madhya Kamal Hain Jaise
Kartik Shyam Aur Ganara-U Ya Chhavi
Ko Kahi Jata Na Kauo

Devan Jabahi Jaya Pukara
Tabahi Dukha Prabhu Apa Nivara
Kiya Upadrav Tarak Bhari Devan Sab Mili
Tumahi Juhari

Turata Shadanana Apa Pathayau
Lava-Ni-Mesh Mahan Mari Girayau
Apa Jalandhara Asura Sanhara Suyash
Tumhara Vidit Sansara

Tripurasur Sana Yudha Machayi
Sabhi Kripakar Lina Bachayi
Kiya Tapahin Bhagiratha Bhari Purva
Pratigya Tasu Purari

Danin Mahan Tum Sama Kou Nahin
Sevak Astuti Karat Sadahin
Veda Nam Mahima Tab Gayaee Akatha
Anandi Bhed Nahin Payee

Pragate Udadhi Mantan Men Jvala
Jarat Sura-Sur Bhaye Vihala
Kinha Daya Tahan Kari Sahayee
Nilakantha Tab Nam Kahayee

Pujan Ramchandra Jab Kinha
Jiti Ke Lanka Vibhishan Dinha
Sahas Kamal Men Ho Rahe Dhari Kinha
Pariksha Tabahin Purari

Ek Kamal Prabhu Rakheu Joi
Kushal-Nain Pujan Chaha Soi
Kathin Bhakti Dekhi Prabhu Shankar
Bhaye Prasanna Diye-Ichchhit Var

Jai Jai Jai Anant Avinashi
Karat Kripa Sabake Ghat Vasi
Dushta Sakal Nit Mohin Satavai
Bhramat Rahe Mohin Chain Na Avai

Trahi-Trahi Main Nath Pukaro
Yahi Avasar Mohi Ana Ubaro
Lai Trishul Shatrun Ko Maro
Sankat Se Mohin Ana Ubaro

Mata Pita Bhrata Sab Hoi
Sankat Men Puchhat Nahin Koi
Svami Ek Hai Asha Tumhari
Ava Harahu Aba Sankat Bhari

Dhan Nirdhan Ko Deta Sadahin
Jo Koi Janche So Phal Pahin
Astuti Kehi Vidhi Karai Tumhari
Kshamahu Nath Aba Chuka Hamari

Shankar Ho Sankat Ke Nishan
Vighna Vinashan Mangal Karan
Yogi Yati Muni Dhyan Lagavan
Sharad Narad Shisha Navavain

Namo Namo Jai Namah Shivaya
Sura Brahmadik Par Na Paya
Jo Yah Patha Karai Man Lai
Tapar Hota Hai Shambhu Sahayee

Riniyan Jo Koi Ho Adhikari
Patha Karai So Pavan Hari
Putra-hin Ichchha Kar Koi
Nischaya Shiva Prasad Tehin Hoi

Pandit Trayodashi Ko Lave
Dhyan-Purvak Homa Karave
Trayodashi Vrat Kare Hamesha
Tan Nahin Take Rahe Kalesha

Dhupa Dipa Naivedya Charhavai
Anta Vasa Shivapur Men Pavai
Kahai Ayodhya Asha Tumhari
Jani Sakal Dukha Harahu Hamari

|| Doha ||

Nitya Nema kari Pratahi.Patha karau Chalis
Tum Meri Man Kamana,Purna Karahu Jagadish ||

Also read – Shiv Panchakshar Strot

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Tulsidas krit Shri Hanuman Chalisa Lyrics in Hindi and English

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shri hanuman chalisa lyrics

Shri Hanuman Chalisa is the most read and popular hymn amongst millions of Hindu. Hanuman is the greatest devotee of Lord Rama. Goswami Tulsidas has written 40 verses praising Hanuman. The Chalisa is about praising the attributes of Lord Hanuman.

Recitation of Hanuman Chalisa with full belief brings confidence and peace in devotees. Lord Hanuman grants the wishes whoever reads these verses with ardent faith. In fact, many of the devotees experienced divine interference in the most serious situations. Hanuman Chalisa is a gem among the strotas.

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Shri Hanuman Chalisa Lyrics in Hindi

दोहा

श्रीगुरु चरन सरोज रज, निज मनु मुकुरु सुधारि
बरनऊं रघुबर बिमल जसु, जो दायकु फल चारि
बुद्धिहीन तनु जानिके, सुमिरौं पवन कुमार
बल बुद्धि बिद्या देहु मोहिं, हरहु कलेस बिकार

चौपाई

जय हनुमान ज्ञान गुन सागर
जय कपीस तिहुं लोक उजागर
रामदूत अतुलित बल धामा
अंजनि-पुत्र पवनसुत नामा

महाबीर बिक्रम बजरंगी
कुमति निवार सुमति के संगी
कंचन बरन बिराज सुबेसा
कानन कुण्डल कुंचित केसा

हाथ बज्र औ ध्वजा बिराजै
कांधे मूँज जनेउ साजे
शंकर सुवन केसरीनंदन
तेज प्रताप महा जग वंदन

बिद्यावान गुनी अति चातुर
राम काज करिबे को आतुर
प्रभु चरित्र सुनिबे को रसिया
राम लखन सीता मन बसिया

सूक्ष्म रूप धरि सियहिं दिखावा
बिकट रूप धरि लंक जरावा
भीम रूप धरि असुर संहारे
रामचंद्र के काज संवारे

लाय सजीवन लखन जियाये
श्री रघुबीर हरषि उर लाये
रघुपति कीन्ही बहुत बड़ाई
तुम मम प्रिय भरतहि सम भाई

सहस बदन तुम्हरो जस गावैं
अस कहि श्रीपति कण्ठ लगावैं
सनकादिक ब्रह्मादि मुनीसा
नारद सारद सहित अहीसा

जम कुबेर दिगपाल जहाँ ते
कबि कोबिद कहि सके कहाँ ते
तुम उपकार सुग्रीवहिं कीन्हा
राम मिलाय राज पद दीन्हा

तुम्हरो मंत्र बिभीषन माना
लंकेस्वर भए सब जग जाना
जुग सहस्र जोजन पर भानु
लील्यो ताहि मधुर फल जानू

प्रभु मुद्रिका मेलि मुख माहीं
जलधि लांघि गये अचरज नाहीं
दुर्गम काज जगत के जेते
सुगम अनुग्रह तुम्हरे तेते

राम दुआरे तुम रखवारे
होत न आज्ञा बिनु पैसारे
सब सुख लहै तुम्हारी सरना
तुम रक्षक काहू को डर ना

आपन तेज सम्हारो आपै
तीनों लोक हांक तें कांपै
भूत पिसाच निकट नहिं आवै
महाबीर जब नाम सुनावै

नासै रोग हरे सब पीरा
जपत निरंतर हनुमत बीरा
संकट तें हनुमान छुड़ावै
मन क्रम बचन ध्यान जो लावै

सब पर राम तपस्वी राजा
तिन के काज सकल तुम साजा
और मनोरथ जो कोई लावै
सोई अमित जीवन फल पावै

चारों जुग परताप तुम्हारा
है परसिद्ध जगत उजियारा
साधु-संत के तुम रखवारे
असुर निकंदन राम दुलारे

अष्ट सिद्धि नौ निधि के दाता
अस बर दीन जानकी माता
राम रसायन तुम्हरे पासा
सदा रहो रघुपति के दासा

तुम्हरे भजन राम को पावै
जनम-जनम के दुख बिसरावै
अन्तकाल रघुबर पुर जाई
जहाँ जन्म हरिभक्त कहाई

और देवता चित्त न धरई
हनुमत सेइ सर्ब सुख करई
संकट कटै मिटै सब पीरा
जो सुमिरै हनुमत बलबीरा

जय जय जय हनुमान गोसाईं
कृपा करहु गुरुदेव की नाईं
जो सत बार पाठ कर कोई
छूटहि बंदि महा सुख होई

जो यह पढ़ै हनुमान चालीसा
होय सिद्धि साखी गौरीसा
तुलसीदास सदा हरि चेरा
कीजै नाथ हृदय मंह डेरा ||

दोहा

पवन तनय संकट हरन, मंगल मूरति रूप |
राम लखन सीता सहित, हृदय बसहु सुर भूप ||

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Hanuman India Religious Hindu God Meditation

Shri Hanuman Chalisa Lyrics in English

Doha

Sri Guru charan saroj raj, nij man mukur sudhari, baranau raghuvar bimal jasu jo dayaku phal chari II
Buddhiheen tanu janike sumarau pavan kumar, bal buddhi vidya dehu mohi harau kalesh vikar II

Chaupai

Jai Hanuman gyan gun sagar

Jai Kapis tihun lok ujagar

Ram doot atulit bal dhama

Anjaani putra pavan sut nama ||

Mahabir bikram bajrangi

Kumati nivar sumati ke sangi

Kanchan varan viraj subesa

Kanan kundal kunchit kesa ||

Hath vajra aur dhvaja viraje

Kaandhe moonj janeyu saje

Shankar suvan kesri nandan

Tej pratap maha jag vandan ||

Vidyavan guni ati chatur

Ram kaj karibe ko aatur

Prabu charitra sunibe ko rasiya

Ram Lakhan Sita man basiya ||

Sukshma roop dhari siyahi dikhava

Vikat roop dhari lank jarava

Bhima roop dhari asur sanghare

Ramachandra ke kaj sanvare ||

Laye Sanjivan Lakhan jiyaye

Shri Raghuvir harashi ur laye

Raghupati kinhi bahut badai

Tum mam priye Bharat hi sam bhai ||

Sahas badan tumharo yash gaave

Asa kahi Shripati kanth lagaave

Sankadik Brahmadi Muneesa

Narad Saarad sahit Aheesa ||

Yam Kuber Digpaal jahan te

Kavi Kovid kahi sake kahan te

Tum upkar Sugreevahin keenha

Ram milaye rajpad deenha ||

Tumharo mantra Vibheeshan maana

Lankeshwar bhaye sab jag jana

Yug sahastra jojan par Bhanu

Leelyo tahi madhur phal janyo ||

Prabhu mudrika meli mukh mahee

Jaladhi langhi gaye achraj nahee

Durgam kaj jagath ke jete

Sugam anugraha tumhre tete ||

Ram dwaare tum rakhvare

Hoat na agya binu paisare

Sub sukh lahe tumhari sar na

Tum rakshak kahu ko dar naa ||

Aapan tej samharo aapai

Teenhon lok hank te kanpai

Bhoot pisaach nikat nahin aave

Mahavir jab naam sunave ||

Nase rog harae sab peera

Japat nirantar Hanumant beera

Sankat te Hanuman chudave

Man kram vachan dhyan jo lave ||

Sab par Ram tapasvee raja

Tin ke kaj sakal Tum saja

Aur manorath jo koi lave

Soi amit jeevan phal pave ||

Charon jug partap tumhara

Hai parsiddh jagat ujiyara

Sadhu Sant ke tum rakhware

Asur nikandan Ram dulhare ||

Ashta siddhi nav nidhi ke dhata

As var deen Janki mata

Ram rasayan tumhare pasa

Sada raho Raghupati ke dasa ||

Tumhare bhajan Ram ko pave

Janam janam ke dukh bisraave

Ant kaal Raghuvir pur jayee

Jahan janam Hari Bakht Kahayee ||

Aur Devta chit na dharahi

Hanumanth sehi sarve sukh karai

Sankat kate mite sab peera

Jo sumirai Hanumat balbeera ||

Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Gosayin

Kripa karahu Gurudev ki nyaee

Jo sat bar path kare kohi

Chutahi bandhi maha sukh hohi ||

Jo yah padhe Hanuman Chalisa

Hoye siddhi sakhi Gaurisa

Tulsidas sada hari chera

Keejai nath hridaye mein dera ||

Doha

Pavan tanay sankat harana, Mangal moorati roop I
Ram Lakhan Sita sahit, Hridaya basahu sur bhoop II

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Shri Ganesh Aarti – A Perfect Blend of Love and Devotion

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shri ganesh aarti

Lord Ganesha is the first and foremost revered deity in Hinduism because he fills his devotee’s life with auspiciousness and removes the obstacles.

His devotees worship him in many ways. In general, Aarti is one of them.

Aarti is performed in every pooja. Moreover Its the concluding step of any worship ritual.

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Shri Ganesh Aarti Lyrics in Hindi

जय गणेश जय गणेश जय गणेश देवा।
माता जाकी पार्वती पिता महादेवा

एकदन्त दयावन्त चारभुजाधारी
माथे पर तिलक सोहे, मूसे की सवारी

पान चढ़े फूल चढ़े और चढ़े मेवा
लड्डुअन का भोग लगे सन्त करे सेवा

जय गणेश जय गणेश जय गणेश देवा।
माता जाकी पार्वती पिता महादेवा

अँधे को आँख देत कोढ़िन को काया
बाँझन को पुत्र देत निर्धन को माया

सूर श्याम शरण आए सफल कीजे सेवा
माता जाकी पार्वती पिता महादेवा||

दीनन की लाज रखो, शंभु सुतकारी। 
कामना को पूर्ण करो जय बलिहारी।

जय गणेश जय गणेश जय गणेश देवा।
माता जाकी पार्वती पिता महादेवा

माता जाकी पार्वती पिता महादेवा
माता जाकी पार्वती पिता महादेवा||

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Lord Ganesha Aarti Lyrics in English

Jai ganesh jai ganesh jai ganesh deva
mata jaki parvati, pita mahadeva

ekdanta dayavanta, char bhujadhaari
mathe par tilak sohe, moose ki savari

paan charhe, phool charhe aur charhe meva
ladduan ka bhog lage, sant karein seva

Jai ganesh jai ganesh jai ganesh deva
mata jaki parvati, pita mahadeva

andhe ko aankh deta, korhina ko kaya
baanjhana ko putra deta, nirdhana ko maya

soora shyama sharana aaye, saphal kije seva
mata jaki parvati, pita mahadeva

Jai ganesh jai ganesh jai ganesh deva
mata jaki parvati, pita mahadeva

maata jaki parvati, pitaa mahadeva
mataa jaki parvati, pita mahadeva..

Interpretation of Shri Ganesh Aarti

Interpretation of any devotional prayers is complicated because it involves not only words but deep within it carries emotions and feelings for your beloved deity.

Hail Lord Ganesha, whose mother is Parvati and father is Lord Mahadev.

Lord Ganesha has one tusk. (Because the other one got broken) Even then, He is very kind in giving boons. He has four arms; therefore, he showers fourfold blessings and grace. His forehead is adorned with Tilak, and he takes a mouse for the ride.

Devotees offer him betel leaves, nuts, flowers, and laddoos. Furthermore, Saints become happy by serving him.

When it comes to blessing, Lord Ganesha bestows eyesights on those who have lost it. He also reforms the body of those who have leprosy. He blesses women with offspring and also gives wealth to the needy.

In the end, Sur Shyam says that Lord Ganesha fulfills every wish, whoever comes under his refuge. So hail Lord Ganesha.

To read more facts about Lord Ganesh click here

Please comment on your experience in the comment box if you have, too, felt his grace.

History of Raksha Bandhan

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History and Importance of Raksha Bandhan

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Raksha Bandhan is one of the famous and popular festivals of India. Raksha Bandhan means bond of protection. It is a celebration of the bond of affection between brothers and sisters. The relationship between siblings denotes invaluable friendship and loving bond and sometimes fights over trivial things. This festival makes this eternal bond more strong and deeper. Sister ties thread to her brother’s wrist and pray for his well-being and happiness while brother gives a gift or shagun and takes a pledge to protect her. It’s an occasion of family bonding and togetherness. This celebration breaks the monotony of daily life and brings the family together to celebrate the festival.

This year on 26th August, Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi will be celebrated all across the Indian subcontinent, Nepal, Mauritius, and Hindu communities all over the world. Sikh and Jain communities also celebrate Raksha Bandhan.

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The full moon day of Shravan month is one of the auspicious days in a Hindu calendar. fisher communities of Maharashtra, Goa, and Kerela celebrate this day as Narali Poornima or Nariyal Poornima and they pray Sea God Varun to seek protection.  In West Bengal, Jhulan Poornima is marked for worshiping Radha Krishna. In central India, people celebrate Kajari Poornima. Gamha Poornima celebrates in the state of Odisha while Avani Avittam in South India. In Uttarakhand, brahmins observe Yojnopavit or Janeyu change ceremony.

Legends behind Raksha Bandhan

Mentions of Raksha Bandhan dates back to puranic times. Our scriptures have many references for this ritual of tying string for well-being and protection from evil.  Punya Pradayak Parva and Paap Nashak Parv as mentioned in scriptures is another name of this festival, which means a festival that bestows the boon and destroys all sins.

The legend from Bhavishya Puran

During the devasur Sangram (God and demons war), Demon Brutra was on the verge of winning but lost to Indira. Upset by the losing the war, Bruta consulted Asur Guru Shukracharya. Guru Shukracharya told him that Dev Guru Brihaspati advised Indra to tie a consecrated string on Shravan Poornima. Indrani, wife of Indra tied thread energized by the mantra to his wrist. As a result, Indra won the battle. Rakshasutra made him Invincible. This is the impact of the Raksha sutra which not only protects but also gives power, wealth, and happiness.

Great Epic Mahabharata

In Raj-suya Yagya, Lord Krishna’s finger got hurt and started bleeding after slaying evil king Shishupala. Seeing the blood, Draupadi tore a part of her sari and tied it around Krishna’s wrist to stop blood flow. The kind act of Draupadi made Lord Krishna touched and indebted and he pledged to protect her in all circumstances whenever she needs. When Pandav lost her wife Draupadi in the gamble, Duryodhana ordered his brother Dussasana to disrobe her in court. Lord Krishna elongated Draupadi’s sari and thus saved her dignity.

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As mentioned in Mahabharat, Lord Krishna suggested Yudhishthira perform this sacred ritual to protect himself and the army from the ill effects of war. Therefore, on Lord Krishna’s advice, Kunti tied rakhi to her grandson Abhimanyu and Draupadi tied Rakhi to Lord Krishna.

Goddess Lakshmi And Demon King MahaBali

Lord Vishnu left his abode Vaikuntha to guard his ardent devotee Mahabali’s Kingdom. This made Goddess Lakshmi very sad. So, She took refuge in Bali’s palace in disguise as a Brahmin woman. On the day of Shravan Poornima, she tied rakhi to the wrist of Mahabali and revealed the truth and reason for coming to his place. Mahabali was moved to know the greatness of his Lord who himself came to protect him and his kingdom. As a result, He sacrificed everything he had for Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. He requested Lord Vishnu to accompany Goddess Lakshmi in Vaikuntha.

Baleva, the other name of the festival marks the great devoutness of demon king Mahabali for Lord Vishnu. Thus from this day onward, it is customary to invite sisters on Shravan Poornima for thread tying ceremony.

Historical References of Raksha Bandhan

In 326BC wife of Alexander Roxana tied the Rakhi to King Pauras and took a promise from him not to harm his husband. Although King Pauras fought the battle but avoided a direct fight with Alexander so that he can serve his promise.

Rani Karnavati of Chittor sent Rakhi to Mughal Emperor Humayun and asked to protect her kingdom from the invasion of Bahadur Shah. Unfortunately, Humayun came late and She along with other women of the kingdom immolated themselves to save the honor from the hands of invaders.

From the history and origin of this festival, we can conclude that Raksha Bandhan not only holds significance for siblings but it is relevant in modern times as well. Rabindra Nath Tagore organized this festival to strengthen the communal bond between Hindus and Muslims during the colonial period. Therefore, Political parties celebrate this festival every year to promote harmonious relations between different societies.

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Symbolically, this Hindu festival Raksha Bandhan is a festival of family, society, and harmony. On the core of this festival lies ancient wisdom of inculcating peaceful coexistence and righteous behavior towards each other.

Shri Chaurastakam Meaning and Importance in Adhik Mass

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Sri Chaurastakam

 

Chaurastakam is a beautiful prayer of love and devotion, composed by Bilva Mangal Thakur, an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna.

Purushtoma Mass or Adhik Mass or Mal Mas is a special month that falls almost every 3 years. This month is very dear to Lord Krishna. Chanting Hare Krishna Mahamantra, Fasting, Charity, and listening to scriptures gives immense spiritual benefits in this month. It is believed that Reading Chapter 15th of Sri Bhagvat Geeta and recitation of Chaurastakam and Jagnnathastkam can wash away all sins from previous births of devotees.

 

 Sri Chaurashtakam Strot

chaurastakam lyrics

Vraje prasiddham navanita-cauram

gopańgananam ca dukula-cauram

Aneka-janmarjita-papa-cauram

cauragraganyam purusam namami

व्रजेप्रसिद्धं नवनीत चौरम,  गोपंगानानाम च दुकुल चौरम|

अनेक जन्मार्जित पाप चौरम, चौराग्रगण्यं पुरुषम नमामि ||

I offer pranama to that foremost of thieves – who is famous in Vraja as the butter-thief and He who steals the gopis’ clothes, and who, for those who take shelter of Him, steals the sins which have accrued over many lifetimes.

Shri Radhikaya hrdayasya cauram

navambuda-syamala-kanti-cauram

Padasritanam ca samasta-cauram

cauragraganyam purusam namami

श्री राधिकाया हृदयस्य चौरम, नम्बुदा श्यामलकांति चौरम

पदाश्रीतानाम च समस्त चौरम, चौराग्रगण्यं पुरुषम नमामि ||

I offer pranama to the foremost of thieves – who steals Srimati Radhika’s heart, who steals the dark luster of a fresh raincloud, and who steals all the sins and sufferings of those who take shelter of His feet.

shri chaurastakam

akishcani-krtya padasritam yah

karoti bhiksum pathi geha-hinam

kenapy aho bhisana-caura idrg

drstah-sruto va na jagat-traye ’pi

अकिंचिनी कृत्य पदाश्रीतम य:, करोति भिक्षुम पथि गेह हिनं

केन्यपो हो भीषण चौर इद्र्ग, दृष्ट: श्रुतो व न जगत त्रय Sपि

He turns His surrendered devotees into paupers and wandering, homeless beggars – aha! such a fearsome thief has never been seen or heard of in all the three worlds.

yadiya namapi haraty asesam

giri-prasaran api papa-rasin

ascarya-rupo nanu caura idrg

drstah sruto va na maya kadapi

यदीय नमापी हरत्यशेषं, गिरि प्रसराण Sपि पाप राशी

आश्चर्य रूपों ननु चौर इद्र्ग, दृष्ट: श्रुतो व न मया कदापि

The mere utterance of His name purges one of a mountain of sins – such an astonishingly wonderful thief I have never seen or heard of anywhere!

shri chaurastakam

Dhanam ca manam ca tathendriyani

pranams ca hrtva mama sarvam eva

Palayase kutra dhrto ’dya caura

tvam bhakti-damnasi maya niruddhah

धनं च मानं च तथेन्द्रियाणि, प्राणमश्च हृत्वा मम सर्व मेव|

पलायसे कुत्र ध्रतSद्या चौर, त्वं भक्तिदाम्नाशी मया निरुद्ध: ||

O Thief! Having stolen my wealth, my honor, my senses, my life and my everything, where can You run to? I have caught You with the rope of my devotion.

Chinatsi ghoram yama-pasa-bandham

bhinatsi bhimam bhava-pasa-bandham

chinatsi sarvasya samasta-bandham

naivatmano bhakta-krtam tu bandham

छिनत्सी घोरं यम पाश बन्धं, भिनस्ती भीमं भव पाश बन्धं ||

छिनत्सी सर्वस्य समस्त बन्धं, नैवात्मनो भक्त क्र्तं तू बन्धं ||

You cut the terrible noose of Yamaraja, You sever the dreadful noose of material existence, and You slash everyone’s material bondage, but You are unable to cut the knot fastened by Your own loving devotees.

sri chorastakam strot

Man-manase tamasa-rasi-ghore

karagrhe duhkha-maye nibaddhah

Labhasva he caura! hare! ciraya

sva-caurya-dosocitam eva dandam

मन्मानसे तामस राशी घोरे, कारागृहे दुःख मये निबद्ध: |

लभस्व हे चौर! हरे ! चिराय, स्व चौर्य दोसो चित मे व दण्डं ||

O stealer of my everything! O Thief! Today I have imprisoned You in the miserable prison-house of my heart which is very fearful due to the terrible darkness of my ignorance, and You will remain there for a very long time, receiving appropriate punishment for Your crimes of thievery!

 

Karagrhe vasa sada hrdaye madiye

mad-bhakti-pasa-drdha-bandhana-niscalah san

Tvam krsna he! pralaya-koti-satantare ’pi

sarvasva-caura! hrdayan na hi mocayami

कारागृहे वस् सदा हृदये मदीये, मद भक्ति पाश दृढ बंधन निश्च्ल:सन

त्वां कृष्ण हे प्रलय कोटिशतान्त रे Sपि, सर्वस्य चौर! हृदय न ही मोचयामी ||

O Krsna, thief of my everything! The noose of my devotion remaining forever tight, therefore You will continue to reside in the prison-house of my heart because  I will not release You for millions of eon

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Shri Shiva Panchakshar Stotram

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Shri Shiva Panchakshar Strotam

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Composed by great Saint and poet Adi Shankaracharya, Shiv Panchakshar strotam is a boon for devotees of Shiva. Its recitation is very auspicious during the month of Shravan (Sawan).

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Shri Shiv Panchakshar Strotam

Nagendra-Haaraaya Tri-Lochanaaya
Bhasma-Anga-Raagaaya Maheshvaraaya |
Nityaaya Shuddhaaya Dig-Ambaraaya
Tasmai “Na” Kaaraaya Namah Shivaaya ||1||

नागेन्द्रहाराय त्रिलोचनाय
भस्माङ्गरागाय महेश्वराय ।
नित्याय शुद्धाय दिगम्बराय
तस्मै नकाराय नमः शिवाय

Who has three eyes, whose body is smeared with ashes, who wear clothes of directions means who is ever free, I bow down to ‘Na’ form of Shiv who is pure immortal Lord of Gods.

Mandaakinii-Salila-Chandan-Charchitaaya
Nandi-Eshvar-Pramatha-Naatha-Maheshvaraaya |
Mandaara-Pushpa-Bahu-Pushpa-Su-Puujitaaya
Tasmai “Ma” Kaaraaya Namah Shivaaya ||2||

मन्दाकिनीसलिलचन्दनचर्चिताय
नन्दीश्वरप्रमथनाथमहेश्वराय ।
मन्दारपुष्पबहुपुष्पसुपूजिताय,
तस्मै मकाराय नमः शिवाय।।

Who is worshiped by water from sacred river Ganga and smeared with sandal paste, revered with mandaar and other beautiful flowers. I salute to ‘Ma‘ form of Shiv who is the Lord of Nandi and other creatures.

Shivaaya Gauri-Vadana-Abja-Vrinda- 
Suuryaaya Daksha-dhvara-Naashakaaya |
Shri-Niilakanntthaaya Vrisa-Dhvajaaya
Tasmai “Shi” Kaaraaya Namah Shivaaya ||3||

शिवाय गौरीवदनाब्जबृंदा
सूर्याय दक्षाध्वरनाशकाय ।
श्रीनीलकण्ठाय वृषध्वजाय,
तस्मै शिकाराय नमः शिवाय ।।

 

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Who is blissful, and whose divine aura, which is like the sun brightens up beautiful smile of Devi Parvathi. Who destroyed Yagya of Daksha, whose flag has an image of a bull. I salute to’ shi‘ form of blue throat Shiva.

Vashissttha-Kumbhodbhava-Gautama-Aarya-
Muni-Indra-Deva-Aarcita-Shekharaaya |
Chandra-Aarka-Vaishvaanara-Lochanaaya
Tasmai “Va” Kaaraaya Namah Shivaaya ||4||

वशिष्ठकुम्भोद्भवगौतमार्यमूनीन्द्र देवार्चिता शेखराय ।
चन्द्रार्कवैश्वानरलोचनाय,
तस्मै वकाराय नमः शिवाय ।।

Vashistha, Agastya, and Gautham like great sages, and Indra and other devas revered him and worship him. I bow down to the ‘Va’ form of Shiva who has Sun, Moon, and Agni (fire) as his eyes.

Yajnya-Svaruupaaya Jataa-Dharaaya
Pinaaka-Hastaaya Sanaatanaaya |
Divyaaya Devaaya Dig-Ambaraaya
Tasmai “Ya” Kaaraaya Namah Shivaaya ||5||

यज्ञस्वरूपाय जटाधराय
पिनाकहस्ताय सनातनाय ।
दिव्याय देवाय दिगम्बराय
तस्मै यकाराय नमः शिवाय।।

 

 

Who is an embodiment of Yajna( sacrifice), who has matted hair, and carry trident in his hand, I bow down to ‘Ya’ form of divine and eternal Shiva.

Panchaaksaram-Idam Punnyam Yah Patthe-ch-Shiva-Sannidhau|
Shivalokam-vaapnoti Shivena Saha Modate ||6||

पञ्चाक्षरमिदं पुण्यं यः पठेच्छिवसंनिधौ ।
शिवलोकमावाप्नोति शिवेन सह मोदते।।

One who recites these verses in front of Shiva Linga attains Shiv Loka (Adobe of Shiva) and will be blissful forever.

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Benefits of Listening Bhajans- Unbelievable facts you want to know

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Hanuman India Religious Hindu God Meditation

What exactly Bhajan is? Do you ever wonder where it has been originated? What benefits do we derive from listening to bhajan? Are Bhajans just make us calm and relax or there are other benefits attached too? Come, let’s dig into knowing the benefits of listening to bhajans.

In Sanskrit, Bhaj means attachment, worship homage, etc. Basically singing a lyrical glorification of the deity is Bhajan. For instance, It’s a way of conveying love to the divine. Singing Bhajan and Kirtan in praise of Lord is an age-old and sacred tradition. Essentially, Its simple melodious lyrics and ragas have the same effect as meditation. For the seeker, it treads the path to become one with the divine. It is the best and easy way to reach the divine.

benefits of listening bhajans

Samveda one of the four Vedas is Veda of melodies and chants. Bhajan and Kirtans have their root in Samveda. As a matter of fact, bhajan emerged from Nada Brahma. Fundamentally, Nada is a primitive sound that is full of sacredness and bliss. Therefore, these sounds considered to be elemental in experiencing the ultimate reality of supreme.

unbelievable benefits of listening bhajans

Either Bhajan can be composed in different raga or it may be a simple devotional song without any complexity. Bhajan and Kirtan are more or less similar. The only difference is kirtan is the well-structured performance where the audience also participates with the singer. In the contrary, Lead singer performs Bhajans all alone or in a group where the audience only listens.

Bhajan became popular during the bhakti movement. Meerabai, Tulsidas, Kabeer, Raidas, Naamdev, Eknath, Tukaram, Andal, and Guru Nanak Dev are prominent names of Bhakti Yuga. All the more Chaitanya Mahaprabhu taught his disciples the importance of sankirtan which is a repetition of mantras or hymns.

benefits of listening bhajans

The joy and contentment derived from listening Bhajan are unparalleled. Not only Listening and singing of Bhajan impart serenity and peace of mind but also able to transform our thoughts. Furthermore, the Listening of Bhajan helps to promote immunity and increases the low prana energy level. Its positive vibrations relieve anxiety and act as an antidepressant.

As per much research, it has been found that listening to bhajans and chants, increases the activity in the cells which releases Feel good hormone “Dopamine”. It is also referred by various studies that listening to bhajans activates our brain which makes us more analytical and Attentive, hence most people prefer to listen in the morning.

Apart from these benefits Bhajan also helps in building a positive approach. Fundamentally, bhajans have an ability to increase awareness of our surroundings and helps in building human qualities.

Research Referencehttp://www.voiceofresearch.org/doc/sep-2013/sep-2013_7.pdf

Adi Guru Sankaracharya ascribed Bhaj Govindam, a devotional composition in Sanskrit. He too emphasized the benefits of listening bhajans.  He refers in the verses that at the time of death, Money and all worldly knowledge will go in vain, only his name is the savior from this miserable cycle of life and death. Therefore sing the glory of God.

9 Mystical and Devotional Facts about Lord Ganesh

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जय श्री गणेशाये नमः

In Hindu religion Lord Ganesh is most beloved and famous God and worshipped before invoking any God or beginning any ceremonial rites be it marriage, entering a new home or starting a new business venture. Lord Ganesh, Son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, is the destroyer of selfishness and ego and remover of obstacles. He is easily identified by his elephant head, curved trunk, and potbellied attributes. let’s head to read  9 mystical and devotional facts about our most popular deity Lord Ganesha.

Ganesh means Lord of gana (celestial beings). As per Sri, Sri Gana means groups of atoms and different energies which form this universe. He is a controller of all these groups of atoms and energies so he is known as Ganapati or Ganesh (eesh of ganas). So you don’t need to pray to all celestial beings, Praying Lord Ganesh alone removes all obstacles and pave the way for success.

facts about lord Ganesh
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Lord Ganesh’s one of the significant attributes is his wisdom and intellect. His big elephant head gives us a message of thinking big and to remain focused.

Ganesh’s one of the attributes is his protruding belly. As per scripture, he is known as Lambodara or Mahodara because he carries the entire cosmos of past present and future in his belly. Other symbolism of his potbelly is his generosity. He is very generous in fulfilling the desires of his devotees. Now you know why is a very famous and beloved God.

Lord Ganesh has very big ears and the curved trunk. His trunk represents Om symbol and big ears mean he is very attentive and all ears for our wishes and prayers.

All budding artists and writers, please pay attention to this point. Ekdant is one of the names of Lord Ganesh. Ekdant signifies oneness(ekatm) with the Brahma. Did you wonder where is his other tusk? He used his broken tusk to write great epic Mahabharata dictated by Ved Vyasa. Lord Ganesh is a patron of art and letters. Now you know whom should you pray for your success.

Mystical facts about Lord Ganesh

Every God has its own distinct animal or bird vehicle to drive. Our chubby Ganesh rides on Mouse. His mouse represents ego and desires which should be under control. For controlling ego one must be grounded. Now seeing a rat would instantly give you a message of being grounded and self-contained.

Mystical and devotional facts about Lord Ganesha
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Mostly statues and idols of Lord Ganesh depicts four hands. In his upper right hand, he carries elephant goad (Ankush) and in left upper hand Paash(noose). In some statues, lower hands carry lotus and Pot of grains while others depict Abhay Mudra and rosary. By Ankush, he steers his devotee to be on the righteous path and also using goad where evil ambitions need to be checked. Furthermore, He uses paash to capture all difficulties and adversity of his devotees.

In yogic parlance, Lord Ganesh represents Muladhara Chakra located at the base of the spine where kundalini (Adi Shakti) stays slumber. As a first step, in order to awaken kundalini, you need to stabilize the Muladhara chakra. Or in other words, one must pray son Ganesh to please Adi Shakti Parvathi.

Facts about Lord Ganesha
Muladhara Chakra

Lord Ganesh has two consorts Riddhi (one who grants prosperity) and Siddhi (one who grants intellect). Who bore him two sons known as Subh and laabh. You might have purchased stickers of Subh , Laabh and Riddhi, Siddhi during Diwali festival. Now you know the significance of these stickers and the relation with Lord Ganesh.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post. I would appreciate your valuable comments and suggestions that would help me to do better. you may also like to read Ganesh Aarti

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