Lala Har Dayal (October 14, 1884 – March 4, 1939) was a nationalist who founded the Ghadar Party in America. He was a polymath who turned down a career in the Indian Civil Service. His simple living and intellectual acumen inspired many expatriate Indians living in Canada and the USA.
Har Dayal was the sixth of seven children of Bholi Rani and Gauri Dayal Mathur. His father was a Reader in the District Court. Under the influence of his devoted mother, Hardyal in his boyhood visited and prayed at a Delhi Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Along with his academic studies, he also studied the ‘Gita’, ‘Manu Smriti’ and ‘Rig-Veda’.
The Government of India awarded him a scholarship of 200 per annum for higher studies in England. He joined St. John’s College, Oxford, for the Honours Course in Modern History. He also did his Ph. D. from the London University.In London he came under the influence of Shyamaji Krishna Verma, Editor of the Indian Sociologist and a recognized leader of the Indian Revolutionary Movement. He also came under the influence of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and Madam Cama.
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On the contrary we find Lord Shiva is mentioned as the greatest devotee of Lord Vishnu. He is the one who has eulogized the significance of Sri Rama Nama by preaching the same to his consort Goddess Parvathi. Lord Sri Krishna in his Bhagavathgeetha says that He is the Shankara among the Ekadasa Rudras. Lord Shiva known as Hara (destroyer) forms a part of the 24 Kesava Namas (Haraye Namah!).
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The holy place Prabhasa also known as Somanath is situated between 20.53’N latitude and 70.24’E longitude on the south west coast of India in the Sourashtra province of Gujarat State, on the shores of Arabian Sea. Port town of Veeraval is only 2 km away from Somnath. Sanctified with the presence of Jyothirlinga of Lord Shiva known as Somanath, this sacrosanct place Prabhasa, is in existence since time immemorial. Spiritually known as Prabhasa Theertha this place was called as Prabhasa Pattan in olden times and was famous as a town of temples.
In olden times it was known as Arka Theertha or Bhaskara Theertha and Soma Theertha or Chandra Theertha. Over a period of time it came to be known as Prabhasa Theertha. Prabhasa is a Sanskrit word meaning glowing, luminous, shining, the one that generates light. Prabhasa also means dawn. Sun God is also called as Prabhakara. Prabhasa is the place where the Moon God got rid of the curse and regained his lost lustre. Being situated at the western coast, this entire area is radiated by Sun light for a relatively longer period of time and hence called as Prabhasa Pattan, the town that glows.
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Its that time of the day when it’s barely can be called twilight. The game, which was being watched was over but everyone was hanging on. It is a rarity, the city is Mumbai which is known for its traffic snarls. But no one was leaving. We were ready to bear that extra hour because this hour will not return again in our lives. Yes, we are the fans of Sachin Tendulkar.the Super Man. No, he is not GOD as everyone is talking about. He is human just like you and me. He is supremely gifted. As Sachin fans, we say it’s the realization of the gift which you possess and utilize to your best of abilities. You are what you make yourself to be. He realized that his gift is special and put his gift to the best use. That is why we are Tendulkar fans.
We, Tendulkar fans do take pride in his numbers, but more than the statistics, we take pride in the manner with which he achieved them. His die-hard critics, who infact are his greatest admirers, who just can’t bear him fail, may point out that he is not crisis man. We have just one answer, More >
Dr. C.V. Raman was one of the greatest scientists of India, who was awarded the 1930 Nobel Prize in physics for his work on the scattering of light and for the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’, which is named after him. Chandrasekhar Venkata Raman, commonly known as C.V. Raman was born on November 7, 1888 at Tiruchirapalli in Tamillandu. His mother tongue was Tamil. He was the second child of Chandrasekhar Iyer and Pravathi Ammal. His father was a lecturer in mathematics and physics. Raman was a very brilliant student right from his childhood.
At an early age, Raman moved to the city of Vishakhapatnam, which is situated in the state of Andhra Pradesh, where his father accepted a position at the A V N College. Raman’s academic brilliance was known at a very young age. Raman was an avid reader right from his childhood. Three books among many books that he read as a child, had a lasting impression on Raman’s young mind. These three books were “Light of Asia”, “The Elements of Euclid”, and “The Sensations of Tone”. The last of these books was about sound waves. Later on, when he grew up and got an opportunity to conduct More >
Thulasi in brief:
Thulasi the divine plant is a house hold name among Hindus regarded as the ultimate symbol of purity. Thulasi is a Sanskrit word literally means the one that has no equals, the one which has no comparison, matchless, and the one whose merits are invaluable. Thulasi is considered as very sacred and divine plant that has both physical and spiritually healing properties. It is worshipped as a Deity in Hindu religion since time immemorial. In olden days presence of Thulasi in a house was considered as a symbol of religious and spiritual bent of that family.
Thulasi in Legends and Mythology :
Glory of Thulasi is mentioned in several Puranas like Padma Purana, Brahma Vaivartha Purana, Skandha Purana, Garuda Purana, Kartheeka Purana and Vishnu Dharmottara Purana etc… As per Padma Purana it is said that Thulasi came out from the joyous tears of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu that fell on the Divine Nectar (Amrutha) that emerged out during Ksheera Sagara Madhanam.
As per the popular legend, Thulasi also known as Brinda was the daughter of King Dharmadhwaja, married to Jalandhara the demon king dwelling on the ocean. Jalandhara was said to have born out of the fierce energy released More >
India, the birth place of Hinduism is rich in spirituality, religious cultures, faiths, austerities, customs and traditions that we don’t find any where else in the world. In the words of Mark Twain “India is the cradle of the human race, the birth place of human speech, the mother of history, the grand mother of legend, and the grand mother of tradition. The most valuable and most instructive material in the history of man is treasured up in India only” We have a unique calendar with each day and each month denoting some or the other religious event or festival associated with a tradition and culture which is being followed since time immemorial. Repetition of these events is only to remind the mankind its significance always with a divine message behind it.
As we move into the Hindu Lunar calendar eighth month is denoted as Kartheeka Masam that generally comes around October-November of every year. It marks the beginning of winter season. When the Moon is at or nearer to the constellation of Kruttika on full Moon day that month is denoted as Kartheeka masam. It is also known as Koumudhi masam the month full of moon light.
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Diwali is one of the biggest festivals of Hindus, celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness in India. Each year on the Ammavaasya in the month of Ashwayuja the glittering lamps, the dazzling fireworks, sounds of crackers announce the arrival of the most vibrant festival of India-Diwali. Originally, the name was Deepavali, which has its origin from Sanskrit, meaning “Rows of light”. This festival is still called Deepavali in South India. Of all the festivals celebrated in India, Diwali is by far the most glamorous and important festival. Enthusiastically enjoyed by people of every religion, its magical and radiant touch creates an atmosphere of joy and festivity. The festival of Diwali is not only significant to Hindus, but, has importance in Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism as well. Diwali is considered auspicious for shopping, inaugurations of new homes, business deals or for starting any new ventures and projects.
Historically, the origin of Diwali can be traced back to ancient India, when it was probably an important harvest festival. However, there are various legends pointing to the origin of Diwali or ‘Deepavali.’ Some believe it to be the celebration of the marriage of Lakshmi with Lord Vishnu, whereas in Bengal the festival is dedicated More >