Diwali Puja
Nov 10th, 2012 by Sowmya

What Puja is when during the Diwali Season


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Trayodashi: 13th day 

Also known as Dhantrayodashi; Dhanwantari(who appeared from sagar manthan) jayanthi; Evening we do jala puja, decorating pots containing water(now taps);
Night oil bath for children. Adults take oilbath early morning before sunrise



Shivarathri Puja – Update
Feb 28th, 2011 by Sowmya

Please note that the Shivarathri Puja is now available at our site in Malayalam and Telugu as well.

Please check the Puja page at

The Panchang details are available at the Puja page as well as the Puja Calendar pagee – Please update your files accordingly.

Sri Rudram
Sep 25th, 2010 by Ram

“RUDRA” is one of the names of Lord Siva, the word overtly means anger or fury. However One can understand the subtle meaning of this word ‘Rudram’ by looking at its etymology. Rudram is derived from two words – ‘Rud’ and ‘Ra’. ‘Rud’ means dukham (sorrow) or paapam (sin, demerit). ‘Rud’ also means the cause of sorrows or sins. What is the cause of sorrow or sin? It is agnyanam (ignorance). ‘Ra’ means eliminator. So Rudram means eliminator of sorrows and sins. Lord Siva get the name Rudra because he removes sorrows and sins and also the cause of those which is ignorance. Sri Rudram talks about the glory of Siva.“ Sri Rudram is a vedic hymn describing Lord Siva’s several aspects, viz. His omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence etc.

Sri Rudram finds a place as the 4th Prashna in the 4th Khanda of Krishna Yajur Samhita. It is a Maha Mantra. It consists of 164 mantras. Their recital for a stipulated time yields good results and wards off all bad happenings. It is said that regular chanting of it leads to Jnana. The Kaivalyopanishad also echoes this fact. The Anusasanika Parva of Mahabharata mentions that Lord Krishna recited it several times and explained its great power and efficacy.
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Shivarathri Puja
Feb 7th, 2010 by Sowmya

Maha Shivaratri (or “Great Night of Shiva”) is a festival celebrated every year on the 13th day/13th night (breaking fast/’vrata’ on 14th after sunrise) in the Krishna Paksha (waning moon) of the month of Maagha (as per Shalivahana or Gujarati Vikrama) or Phalguna (as per Vikrama) in the Hindu Calendar (that is, the night before and day of the new moon). The festival is principally celebrated by offerings of Bael (Bilva) leaves to the Lord Shiva, all day fasting and an all night long vigil.
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Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
Sep 22nd, 2009 by Ram

One of the ancient Sanskrit mantras, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is a verse extracted from Yajurveda. It is supposed to be the  death-conquering mantra, and is  popularly referred to as Tryambakam Mantra, as it is identified with the three-eyed Hindu deity – Lord Shiva.

The Mantra  is sometimes called the Rudra Mantra, referring to the furious face of Lord Shiva. It is called the Tryambakam Mantra, when  it is referred to the alluding three eyes of Lord Shiva. When it comes to life, Mrityunjaya Mantra is called the Mrita-Sanjivini Mantra.

Mrityunjaya Mantra holds the highest place among the Sanskrit mantras used for meditation. The recital of Mrityunjaya Mantra is beneficial for the body and soul in many ways. According to Yajurveda, if the mantra is chanted with immense concentration and devotion, then it purifies the karmas of the soul. Mental, emotional and physical health can be improvised by the regular chanting of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra. In the following lines, we have provided the Mrityunjaya Mantra.


Mrityunjaya Mantra

Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan
Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat

English Translation

“OM. We worship and adore you, O three-eyed one, O Shiva. You are sweet gladness, the fragrance of life, who nourishes us, restores our health, and causes us to thrive. As, in due time, the stem of the cucumber weakens, and the gourd is freed from the vine, so free us from attachment and death, and do not withhold immortality.”

– Arthur Berriedale Keith

Word By Word Translation

Tri-ambaka-m – The three-eyed-one
Yaja-mahe – We praise
Sugandhi-m – The fragrant
Pusti-vardhana-m – The prosperity-increaser
Urvaruka-m – Disease, attachment, obstacles in life, and resulting depression”
iva “-like
Bandhanat – From attachment Stem (of the gourd); but more generally, unhealthy attachment
Mrtyor – From death
Mukshiya – May you liberate
Ma – Not
Amritat – Realization of immortality


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