Kshetra

In this series, we will go on a pradakshina of Bharata desha as we present, each month, a kirtan composed by His Holiness Maharanyam Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji on a particular kshetra, starting from south India and then going north. …

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Srimad Bhagavatam, while describing the birth of Lord Krishna, says: “tam adbhutam bAlakam ambujEkshaNam, chatur–bhujam shankhagadAdyudAyudham…” ”The wonderful Lord appeared as a child with lotus eyes, carrying the divine conch, disc, mace and a lotus in each of his four …

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Mother India has given birth to various mahans (saints) who loved God for love alone. Sant Tukaram was one such supreme devotee who was deeply engrossed in his devotion for Lord Panduranga (Lord Krishna in Pandharpur, Maharashtra). Tukaram’s love for …

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June 29 was the auspicious occasion of Ashada Ekadasi (Ekadasi day in the month of Ashada). This is a holy day for Hindus the world over and has many significances in different holy spots in India, the most famous of …

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Sri Adi Sankara’s name is etched in the history of our religion for reviving the Sanatana Dharma and establishing the philosophy of Advaita. His commentaries on the Brahma Sutra,  the Bhagavat Gita and the Upanishads, not to mention the numerous ‘Prakarana Granthas’ (supporting works) establish without doubt the …

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Infinite Ways to Infinite Bliss Excerpts from the discourses/writings of HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji of Chennai, India.** “Varanasi, Vrindavan, Ayodhya, Dwaraka and Pandharpur are kshetras (holy places of pilgrimage) filled with the presence of the Lord. However, a trip …

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Ekadasi vrata (fast) is janma vrata (one to be adhered to throughout our lifetime). People follow several different fasts. Many ladies observe Ratha saptami vrata, which bestows auspiciousness. There are many fasts that are taken up with some material benefit …

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Puri Jagannath temple is an ancient and famous Hindu temple of Lord Vishnu, located in the coastal town of Puri, Orissa, India. Here Lord Vishnu resides in the form of a deity made of wood. The most important festival of …

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Ashada Ekadasi that falls around July every year is an auspicious occasion in Pandharpur and for Lord Panduranga. Let’s see if you can answer these related trivia questions. 1. Lord Panduranga and Rukmini came to Pandharpur for this devotee, who …

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