Importance of Kamada Ekadashi Sri Suta Goswami said, “Oh sages, let me offer my humble and respectful obeisances unto the Supreme Lord Hari, Bhagavan Sri Krishna, the son of Devaki and Vasudeva, by whose mercy I can describe the fast day that removes all kinds of sins. It was to the devoted Yudhisthira that Lord Krishna glorified the twenty-four primary Ekadasis, which destroy sin, and now I shall recount one of those narrations to you. Great-learned sages have selected these twenty-four narrations from the eighteen Puranas, for they are truly sublime. Yudhishthira Maharaja said, ‘Oh Lord Krishna, Oh Vasudeva, please accept my humble obeisances. Please describe to me the Ekadasi that occurs during the light part of the month of Chaitra [March-April]. What is its name, and what are its glories?’ Lord Sri Krishna replied, ‘Oh Yudhishthira, please listen to Me attentively as I relate the ancient history of this sacred Ekadasi, a history Vasishtha Muni once related to King Dilipa, the great-grandfather of Lord Ramachandra. King Dilipa asked the great sage Vasishtha, “Oh wise brahmana, I wish to hear about the Ekadasi that comes during the light part of the month of Chaitra. Please describe it to me.” Vasishtha Muni replied, “Oh king, your inquiry is glories. Gladly shall I tell you what you wish to know. The Ekadasi that occurs during the light fortnight of Chaitra is named Kamada Ekadasi. It consumes all sins, as a forest fire consumes a supply of dry firewood. It is very purifying, and it bestows the highest merit upon one who faithfully observes it. Oh king, now hear an ancient history which is so meritorious that it removes all one’s sins simply by being heard. Once, long ago, there existed a city-state named Ratnapura, which was decorated with gold and jewels and in which sharp-fanged snakes would enjoy intoxication. King Pundarika was the ruler of this most beautiful kingdom, which numbered many Gandharvas, Kinnaras, and Apsaras among its citizens. Among the Gandharvas were Lalit and his wife Lalita, who was an especially lovely dancer. These two were intensely attracted to each other, and their home was full of great wealth and fine food. Lalita loved her husband dearly, and likewise Lalit constantly thought of her within his heart. Once, at the court of King Pundarika, many Gandharvas were dancing and Lalit was singing alone, without his wife. He could not help thinking about her as he sang, and because of this distraction he lost track of the song’s meter and melody. Indeed, Lalit sang the ending of his song improperly, and one of the envious snakes who was in attendance at the king’s court complained to the king that Lalit was absorbed in thinking of his wife instead of his sovereign. The king became furious upon hearing this, and his eyes turned crimson with rage. Suddenly he shouted, ‘Oh foolish knave, because you were lustfully thinking of a woman instead of reverently thinking of your king as you performed your court duties, I curse you to at once become a cannibal! Oh king, Lalit immediately became a fearful cannibal, a great man-eating demon whose appearance terrified everyone. His arms were eight miles long, his mouth was as big as a huge cave, his eyes were as awesome as the sun and moon, his nostrils resembled enormous pits in the earth, his neck was a veritable mountain, his hips were four miles wide, and his gigantic body stood a full sixty-four miles high. Thus poor Lalit, the loving Gandharva singer, had to suffer the reaction of his offense against King Pundarika. Seeing her husband suffering as a horrible cannibal, Lalita became overwhelmed with grief. She thought, ‘Now that my dear husband is suffering the effects of the kings’ curse, what is to be my lot? What should I do? Where should I go?’ In this way Lalita grieved day and night. Instead of enjoying life as a Gandharvas wife, she had to wander everywhere in the thick jungle with her monstrous husband, who had fallen completely under the spell of the king’s curse and was wholly engaged in terrible sinful activities. He wandered fitfully across forbidding region, a once-beautiful Gandharva now reduced to the ghastly behaviour of a man-eater. Utterly distraught to see her dear husband suffer so much in his dreadful condition, Lalita began to cry as she followed his mad journeying. By good fortune, however, Lalita came upon the sage Shringi one day. He was sitting on the peak of the famous Vindhyachala Hill. Approaching him, she immediately offered the ascetic her respectful obeisances. The sage noticed her bowing down before him and said, ‘Oh most beautiful one, who are you? Whose daughter are you, and why have you come here? Please tell me everything in truth. Lalita replied, ‘Oh great age, I am the daughter of the great Gandharva Viradhanva, and my name is Lalita. I roam the forests and plains with my dear husband, whom King Pundarika has cursed to become a man-eating demon. Oh brahmana, I am greatly aggrieved to see his ferocious form and terribly sinful activities. Oh master, please tell me how I can perform some act of atonement on behalf of my husband. What pious act can I perform to free him from this demonic form, Oh best of brahmanas? ‘The sage replied, ‘Oh heavenly maiden, there is an Ekadasi named Kamada that occurs in the light fortnight of the month of Chaitra. It is coming up soon. Whoever fasts on this day has all his desires fulfilled. If you observe this Ekadasi fast according to its rules and regulations and give the merit you thus earn to your husband, he will be freed from the curse at once.’ Lalita was overjoyed to hear these words from the sage. Lalita faithfully observed the fast of Kamada Ekadasi according to the instructions of the sage Shringi, and on Dvadasi she appeared before him and the Deity of Lord Vasudeva and said, ‘I have faithfully observed the fast of Kamada Ekadasi. By the merit earned through my observance of this fast, let my husband be free from the curse that has turned him into a demoniac cannibal. May the merit I have gained thus free him from misery.’ As soon as Lalita finished speaking, her husband, who stood nearby, was at once freed from the king’s curse. He immediately regained his original form as the Gandharva Lalit, a handsome heavenly singer adorned with many beautiful ornaments. Now, with his wife Lalita, he could enjoy even more opulence than before. All this was accomplished by the power and glory of Kamada Ekadasi. At last the Gandharva couple boarded a celestial airplane and ascended to heaven. Lord Sri Krishna continued, ‘Oh Yudhishthira, best of kings, anyone who hears this wonderful narration should certainly observe holy Kamada Ekadasi to the best of his ability, such great merit does it bestow upon the faithful devotee. I have therefore described its glories to you for the benefit of all humanity. There is no better Ekadasi than Kamada Ekadasi. It can eradicate even the sin of killing a brhmana, and it also nullifies demoniac curses and cleanses the consciousness. In all the three worlds, among movable and immovable living entities, there is no better day’ www.iskondesiretree.com #Hindu #Vedic #Festival #Karma #Moksha #Ekadashi

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    THE QUEEN JEWEL 


    He was a Time traveller; He had been to many lands in many times and had known many different people. But, no matter where it was that He sat, at the thought of Heaven, images of snow-clad mountains and a certain indescribable joy of togetherness would inevitably come rushing to His mind. Another image almost always linked itself to the landscape:

    A gypsy tribe of fierce men and gorgeous women dancing around a bonfire of pure warmth, in a happiness that was incomparable in the entire Universe.

    The quest for that unlimited happiness led intergalactic travellers to search for this tribe like the Holy Grail.

    If discoverers of the cosmos and Time travellers could find the tribe, surely the mountain Chieftain and His Queen would be spotted in the midst of it all.

    Parvati.

    The very thought of Her made Shiva smile. She was the Queen Jewel seated in His heart as centerpiece, around whom, all the rest rallied in adornment.
    From the book ~ #Shivatheultimatetimetraveller 

    Shiva Parvati art by Dheeraj Verma @ Dheeraj Verma Paintings

     #shivaparvati #Shiva #Vedas 

    Mantras for Lord Shiva’s favorite month Shrawan 

    Shrawan Maas also called as Sawan Month; This month is known as one of the most auspicious in Hindu calendar (The most ancient calendar of the world) . According to Gregorian calendar this month comes in between July to August. In Hindu calendar  Shrawan Maas (, Month)  is the 5th month . During this month, the Nakshatra Shravan is the ruling Star on full Moon day and therefore this month has been named as Shravan. During this month Lord Shiva is in close proximity to Earth and hence anyone who observes penance and prays to Him with full faith and devotion receives His blessings. The Mondays of Shravan are especially very significant for the females who fast and pray to Lord Shiva to get a good life partner and for the prosperity of their family.  According to Vedic scriptures  Lord Shiva visits His in-laws house during the month of Shravan where He is received with great love and affection. This is one more reason the month of Shravan is considered to be Lord Shiva’s  favourite month. As Lord Shiva comes down to visit His in-laws during the month, He is treated with great affection. He is bathed with water to mark his visit in the form of Jalabhishek. That is why people bathe the Shiva linga with water, milk, curd etc. Since Lord Shiva visits His in-laws on earth, He comes in close proximity to His devotees during the month of Shravan , if one prays to Shiva at this time,  Lord Shiva blesses the devotee  with all  happiness.  The  entire month of Shrawan is dedicated to Lord Shiva and worshipping him with Bhakti (Devotion)  during this month is sure  to bring the devotees  auspicious results and blessings of Lord Shiva. Many Shiva bhakts (devotees)  observe fast for the entire month and make various offerings to Lord Shiva everyday. A large number of people get various Pujas for Lord Shiva performed during this period which gives very auspicious results as per  ancient Vedic  texts and scriptures.

    Shravan Month 2017 in details👇

    This year, the Shravan month will start from Monday, 10th of July, 2017 which will be observed as the 1st day of Shravan Month as well as 1st day of Shravan Somvar Vrat.

    Shravan Somvar Vrat will be observed on every Monday i.e. on 10th July, 17th July, 24th July, 31st July and 7th August which will be the last day of Shravan Month for Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar.

    While in Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka & Tamil Nadu, Shravan month will be started from Monday, 24th of July 2017 which will be observed as the 1st Shravan Somvar Vrat. Shravan Somvar Vrat will be observed on every Monday i.e. 24th of July, 31st of July, 7th of August, 14th of August and 21st of August which will be the last day of Shravan Month as well. According to puranas, Sawan month is very dear to lord Shiva .

    In this holy month of lord shiva, the worship should  begin with worship of Shiva with, milk, water and flowers of Aak (Calotropis) & Datura (Dhatura). And Shiva devotees should also worshipe him by leaves of bael tree (Bilva-Patra) with full devotion and dedication.

    Mantra  for Water Abhishek (Anointing) of Lord Shiva -👇

    Jal Dhaare-Shivam Archet Kailaash Vasate-Dhuvam |

    Muchyate-Sarva Baandhamyo-Naatra Karya Vicharnaa ||

    भगवान शिव के जल चढाने का मंत्र –
    जल धारेशिवम् अरचेत कैलाश वसतेधुवंम् |
    मुच्यतेसर्व बांधाम्योनात्र कार्य विचारणा ||
    Mantras for worship of Lord Shiva by leaves of Bael Tree
    (Bilva-Patra)
    Kaashivasi Nivaasi Cha, Kaal Bhairava Poojanam |
    Prayaag-Maagh Maase Cha Bilwa-Patram Shivar-apanam ||1||
    Darshanam Bilva-Patrasya Sparshanam Paap Nashanam |
    Aghor Paap Sanharam Bilwa-Patram Shivar-apanam ||2||
    Tridalam Trigunaakaaram Trinetram Va Tridha Yuddham |
    Trijanma Paap Sanhaaram Bilwa-Patram Shivar-apanam ||3||
    Akhande Bilva Patre-Ashcha Poojaye Shiva Shankaram |
    Koti Kanya Mahadaanam Bilwa-Patram Shivar-apanam ||4||
    भगवान शंकर के बिल्व पत्र चढाने के मंत्र: –
    काशीवासी निवासी च काल भैरव पूजनं |
    प्रयागेमाघ मासेच बिल्वपत्रं शिवार्पणम् ||1||
    दर्शनं बिल्वपत्रस्य स्पर्शनं पापनाशनम् |
    अघोर पाप संहारं बिल्वपत्रं शिवार्पणम् ||2||
    त्रिदलं त्रिगुणाकारं त्रिनेत्रं व त्रिधा युद्धं |
    त्रिजन्म पाप संहारं बिल्वपत्रं शिवार्पणम् ||3||
    अखण्डे बिल्व पत्रेश्च पुजयेशिव शंकरम् |
    कोटि कन्या महादानं बिल्वपत्रं शिवार्पणम् ||4||
    You can recite or chant any hymn of Shiva or “Ohm Namah Shivay” After worship of lord Shiva by water and Bilwa-Patra
    Beautiful Shiva Hymn with Om Namah: Shivay: –
    Om Namah Shivay, Om Namah Shivay |
    Har Har Bhole Namah Shivay ||
    Jataadharaay Shiva Jataadharaay |
    Har Har Bhole Namah Shivay ||
    Chandradharaay Shiva Chandradharay |
    Har Har Bhole Namah Shivay ||
    Nagendraay Shiva Nagendraay |
    Har Har Bhole Namah Shivay ||
    Someshwaraay Shiva Someshwaraay |
    Har Har Bhole Namah Shivay ||
    Gangadharaay Shiva Gangadharaay |
    Har Har Bhole Namah Shivay ||
    Nandishwaraay Shiva Nandishwaraay |
    Har Har Bhole Namah Shivay ||
    Om Namah Shivay, Om Namah Shivay |
    Har Har Bhole Namah Shivay ||
    ओम् नमः शिवाय, ओम् नमः शिवाय |
    हर हर भोले नमः शिवाय ||
    जटाधराय शिव जटाधराय |
    हर हर भोले नमः शिवाय ||
    चंद्राधराय शिव चंद्राधराय |
    हर हर भोले नमः शिवाय ||
    नागेन्द्राय शिव नागेन्द्राय |
    हर हर भोले नमः शिवाय ||
    सोमेश्वराय शिव सोमेश्वराय |
    हर हर भोले नमः शिवाय ||
    गंगाधराय शिव गंगाधराय |
    हर हर भोले नमः शिवाय ||
    नन्दीश्वराय शिव नन्दीश्वराय |
    हर हर भोले नमः शिवाय ||
    ओम् नमः शिवाय, ओम् नमः शिवाय |
    हर हर भोले नमः शिवाय ||
    How To Chant – This Mantras and Hymn has to be chanted or recited every day of this holy saawan month,  but if you’re on a busy schedule  you can recite or chant  these mantras on every Monday of this month.  Shiva is very happy from worshipping by his devotees in this month. You can also chant Shiva Raksha Stotram on prayer time to recieve  the blessings of Shiva. Wearing a Rudraksha during Shrawan month is also considered very auspicious.  Lord Shiva devotees should recite Maha Mrityunjay Mantra for as many times as possible.

    Maha Mrityunjay Mantra :👇
     Om Trayambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam Urwarukmivbandhanaan Mrityormuksheey Maamritaat ”
    According to Hindu Mythology, the Samudra Manthan or churning of the ocean took place in this month. During the Samudra Manthan, the most dangerous poison ” HALAHALA” was consumed by Lord Shiva in the month of Shrawan to save the world . After consuming the poison the Lord Shiva became unconscious. Due to the “HALAHALA” poison Shiva’s body temperature increased . All Devi and Devtas tried to reduce the temperature , but nothing worked. After that the Devi and Devtas on the advice of Lord Brahma performed the “JALABHISHEK” with various herbs and also Lord Shiva wore the moon on his head which finally reduced the temperature and  since then the ritual of Jalabhishek or pouring water on the Shivalinga started.   It is also believed that Lord Indra rained heavily to reduce the temperature which became a reason to pour water on Lord Shiva in the month of Shrawan. Another legend that Devi Sati also sacrificed herself in this month and before dying she swore that she would marry Shiva in every succeeding life. Devi Sati was born as Parvati in her next life. She fasted during the month of Shrawan due to which Lord Shiva was impressed and they used to meet up on Monday since then the Monday and fasting has a great importance in the month of Shrawan.
    The other Auspicious days and festivals in the Shravan month of 2017 are as follows :

     23rd of July – Hariyali Amavasya

    s 26th of July – Hariyali Teej

    s 27th of July – Naag Panchami

    s 7th of August – Raksha Bandhan

    Vedic Mantras wishing you all a happy and prosperous month of Shrawan . May Happiness and peace surround you and your family with Lord Shivas eternal love and strength ..… Har Har Mahadev 🌸

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    Guru Strotam English Translation 

    1.Guru Brahma Gurur Vishnu Guru Devo Maheshwaraha Guru Saakshat Para Brahma Tasmai Sree Gurave Namaha

    Meaning: Guru is verily the representative of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. He creates, sustains knowledge and destroys the weeds of ignorance. I salute such a Guru.

    2.Akhanda Mandalaakaaram Vyaaptam Yenam charaacharam Tatpadam Darshitam Yena Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.

    Meaning: Guru can guide us to the supreme knowledge of that which pervades all the living and non-living beings in the entire universe (namely
    Brahman)  I salute such a Guru.

    3.Agnyaana Timiraandhasya Gnyaana Anjana Shalaakayaa Chakshuhu Unmeelitam Yenam Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.

    Meaning: A Guru can save us from the pangs of ignorance(darkness) by applying to us the balm of knowledge or awareness of the Supreme, I salute such a Guru.

    4.Sthaavaram Jangamam Vyaaptam Yatkinchit Sacharaa CharamTatPadam Darshitam Yena Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.

    Meaning: That Guru who can enlighten us about the all pervading consciousness present in all the three world or states(of 
    Jaagrath, Swapna and Sushupti 
    ..activity, dream and deep sleep state), I salute such a Guru.

    5.Chinmayam Vyaapi Yatsarvam Trailokya Sacharaa CharamTatPadam Darshitam YenaTasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.

    Meaning: That revered Master who directs my attention to the one divinity existing in all that is inert (immobile) as well as that which is active (mobile), I salute such a Guru.

    6.Sarva Sruti Shiroratna Viraajita Padambujaha Vedaantaambuja Sooryo YahTasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.

    Meaning: That Guru who is the ocean of the Srutis,  Vedas  the Sun of knowledge (who can destroy our ignorance with these rays), I salute such a Guru.

    7.Chaitanyah Shaashwatah Shaantho Vyomaateeto Niranjanaha Bindu Naada KalaateetahaTasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.

    Meaning: That Guru who is the representative of the unchangeable,ever present, peaceful spirit, who is one pointed and beyond the realm of space and time, whose vision is always enchanting, I salute such a Guru.

    8.Gnyaana Shakti Samaaroodah Tatwa Maalaa Vibhooshitaha Bhukti Mukti PradaaneynaTasmai sri Gurave Namaha.

    Meaning: The one who is an ocean of knowledge, who is always in Yoga
    (in unison With God) who is adorned by the knowledge of the God principle, the One Who can liberate us from this mundane existence, I salute such a Guru.

    9.Aneka Janma Sampraapta Karma Bandha Vidaahine Atma Gnyaana Pradaaneyna Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.

    Meaning: The one who can help us free from the chainof  karma accumulated over several lives, by teaching us the knowledge of the self ( Atma Gnyaana) I salute such a Guru.

    10.Shoshanam Bhava Sindhoscha Gnyaapanam Saarasampadaha Guror Padodakam Samyak Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.

    Meaning: The one who can help us cross this ocean of life, the one who can reveal to us the Divine, I adore his
    Paadukaas (hold on tohis feet), I salute such a Guru.

    11.Na Guror Adhikam Tatwam Na Guror Adhikam TapahaTatwa Gnyaanaat Param Naasti Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.

    Meaning: There no greater principle than the Guru; there is no greater penance than the Guru; There is no greater knowledge than meditation on such a Guru. I salute such a Guru.

    12.Mannaathah Sri Jaganaatho Madguruhu Sri Jagad GuruhuMadh Atma Sarva BhootaatmaTasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.

    Meaning: The Lord of the world is my Lord and the Guru of the world is my Guru, the SELF in me is the same which is present in all (the same divinity inherent in all beings). I salute such a Guru (who givesme this insight).

    13.Guroraadi AnaadischaGuruh Parama Daivatam Guroh Parataram NaastiTasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.

    Meaning: The Guru has neither beginning nor end; the Guru is the ultimate God (in the visible form). There is nothing beyond this Guru principle, and I salute such a Guru.               

    #Guru #Vedas #Hinduism #Peace