Benefits of Gayatri Mantra

Gayatri Mantra is a Vedic mantra found in all three Vedas – Rigveda, Yajurveda and Samaveda. According to the Indian Hindu faith, Gayatri mantra is given only via gurupadesa during Upanayana. It is believed that Gayatri mantra is the mother of all mantras, no mantra without Gayatri mantra is fruitful, and that a Sadhaka is eligible to perform other mantras only after properly chanting Gayatri doctrine.

Kumbhabhishekam – The Hindu Ritual of Temple Consecration

What is Kumbha Abishekam? Kumbha abhishekam (Kumbhabhishekam) is a ritual performed in every Hindu temple once in twelve years.  This renews the divinity of the existing idols of God. It is the belief of the gods that the tower urns are also divine and that one can receive the grace of God through the visionContinue reading “Kumbhabhishekam – The Hindu Ritual of Temple Consecration”

Nirvana Shatkam – the ultimate self-introduction by Adi Shankara

We know Shankara as the great philosopher, sannyasi, reformer and a revolutionary. But all this knowledge has been assimilated from works of others, say his disciples and commentators. This article is a deep-dive into Shankara’s own self-introduction, the Nirvana Shatkam, that he recited during his first meeting with his Guru, Govinda Bhagavatpada. The work canContinue reading “Nirvana Shatkam – the ultimate self-introduction by Adi Shankara”