The term Graha in Sanskrit language, which literally means to seize, or to hold, is considered to be a cosmic influencer on the living beings of the earth. In Hindu astrology there is a total of nine influencers who are together termed as the Navagrahas. All the of the navagraha are said to have have relative movement with respect to the background of fixed stars in the zodiac. The Navagrahas of Hindu astrology are Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu (the ascending node of the moon) and Ketu (the descending node of the moon).Read More
Lord Ganesa is one of the most loved deities in the Vedic Tradition. He is represented by a form that has a human body fitted with an elephant head. Considered the elder son of Lord Siva and his consort Parvati, Ganesa finds place in most temples around India. He also has millions of little shrines dedicated to him in homes, street corners or even under trees.Read More
Vedanta Desika is celebrated as one of the most prolific poet and philosopher in the Vedic tradition. He ascended to the rank of Acarya (great preceptor) very early in his life and was fully committed to this cause. He spent most of his time in interpreting scriptures and performing kalaksepam (teaching) to his students. He spurned wealth and led a simple and contented life and his practice, knowledge and detachment were exemplary.Read More
In Vedic mythology Mahalakshmi is the consort of Lord Visnu, and is worshipped as the Goddess of Wealth and good character. She is considered the divine feminine and a very essential aspect in creation and sustaining of this world. Orignally appearing from the Padma Purana, this octet on her worships her as the divine feminine. Chanting this or even listening to it is believed to confer innumerable benefits including removal of obstacles and illness, obtaining wealth and character, and warding off evil spirits.Read More
Sri Damodara Vrata (The fast of Damodara) is usually observed for the entire month of Kartika. This is considered the most important fast for Gaudiya Vaisnava-s. Damodara is another name for Lord Krishna, who used to be bound by a rope (Dama) around his stomach (udara), as he was often mischievous as a child. This chant is in honour of Lord Krishna through this name, and was composed by Sri Satyavrata Muni, and is part of the Padma Purana. The poem consisting of eight verses reveals the many deep and fundamental secrets of Lord Damodara and his beautiful pastime.Read More
Adi Sankara is not only the founder and principal proponent of Advaita Vedanta, but has also written significant works including important commentaries on the principal Upanisad-s, The Bhagavad Gita and even the Yogasutra-s of Patanjali. This apart he has written innumerable poems on a wide variety of themes.
Here is one that is dedicated to Lord Siva, and requesting his forgiveness. Read More
The Garuda (Sanskrit: गरुड) is one of the most well known deities mentioned in the Hindu Purana-s. His exploits in recovering the lost nectar of immortality, earned him enough respect, that Lord Visnu made him his mount.Read More