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Interesting Facts about Pradosh Vrat and Narada Jayanti in Hinduism- by Dr Bharti Raizada

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Pradosh Vrat

Pradosh vrat is done twice in a lunar month on the 13th day, or tryodashi, of both shukla and krishn paksh.  The word pradosh means dusk or sandhyakaal. Prayers are offered to Bhagwan Shiv and Devi Parvati. Devotees read kathas from Scand Puran and chant Mahamrityunjya mantr 108 times. Devotees get health, wealth, knowledge, wisdom, positive thinking, peace, children, happiness, and prosperity. Devotees also get rid of their past sins.

If pradosh vrat falls on Monday then it is called Som Pradosh Vrat. If it is on Tuesday then it is called Bhaum Pradosh Vrat. Saumya Vaar Pradosh Vrat is on Wednesday, Guruvaar on Thursday, Brighu on Friday, Shanni on Saturday, and Bhanu on Sunday

2017 Pradosh Vrat dates are:

January 10 and 25, February 8 and 24, March 10 and 25, April 8 and 24, May 8 and 23, June 6 and 21, July 6 and 21, August 4 and 19, September 3 and 17, October 3 and 17, November 1 and 15, December 1, 15, and 30

 

Narada Jayanti

Devrishi Narad Muni was born from mind energy of Bhrama and therefore is called the Manas Putr of Brahma. Narad Jayanti is  celebrated in krishn paksh of the vaishak month on the  day after Vaishakh poornima. 

This year it is on May 11th. His Jayanti is celebrated as Patrakar Divas in India. He is devotee of Bhagwan Vishnu and keeps chanting Narayan Narayan. He has Mahathi Veena and Khartal in his hands and is the leader of Gandharvs.

He has the ability to go in all the three loks i.e. Prithvi, Akaash, and Patal. He is also called Trikal Vedi as he knows the past, present, and future at the same time. He takes/ gives information from/ to Rishis, Devtas, Devis, and Bhagwan.

He helped Dhruv and Hirankshyap’s wife Kayadhu. Dhruv and Prahlad, Kayadhu’s son, became great devotees of Bhagwan Vishnu. He played an important role in the writing of the Ramayan by Rishi Valmiki and Sreemad Bhagwatam by Rishi Ved Vyas.

Narad Bhakti Sutra, Narad Purana, Narad Pancaratra, Narad smriti or Narad Dharmashastra are some of the hindu texts associated with Devrishi Narad. His temple is in Korva or Naradgaadhe near Raichur and Chigateri near Davanagere in Karnataka.

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Shankaracharya: A remarkable genius that Hinduism produced (Book Review)

The irony is that most leading scientists, particularly outside India but also within, have little knowledge of the structure of Shankara's philosophy and the transparent interface it has with scientific discoveries today.

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He was greatly influenced by three basic texts of Hindu philosophy: Upanishads, the Brahma Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita
He was greatly influenced by three basic texts of Hindu philosophy: Upanishads, the Brahma Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita.

Title: Adi Shankaracharya: Hinduism’s Greatest Thinker; Author: Pavan K. Varma; Publisher: Tranquebar Press; Pages: 364; Price: Rs 699

This must be one of the greatest tributes ever paid to Shankaracharya, the quintessential “paramarthachintakh”, who wished to search for the ultimate truths behind the mysteries of the universe. His genius lay in building a complete and original philosophical edifice upon the foundational wisdom of the Upanishads.

A gifted writer, Pavan Varma, diplomat-turned-politician and author of several books including one on Lord Krishna, takes us through Shankara’s short but eventful span of life during which, from having been born in what is present-day Kerala, he made unparalleled contributions to Hindu religion that encompassed the entire country. Hinduism has not seen a thinker of his calibre and one with such indefatigable energy, before or since.

Shankara’s real contribution was to cull out a rigorous system of philosophy that was based on the essential thrust of Upanishadic thought but without being constrained by its unstructured presentation and contradictory meanderings.

He was greatly influenced by three basic texts of Hindu philosophy: Upanishads, the Brahma Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita. He wrote extensive and definitive commentaries on each of them. Of course, the importance he gave to the Mother Goddess, in the form of Shakti or Devi, can be traced to his own attachment to his mother whom he left when he set off, at a young age, in search of a guru and higher learning.

The irony is that most leading scientists, particularly outside India but also within, have little knowledge of the structure of Shankara's philosophy and the transparent interface it has with scientific discoveries today.
Shankara wrote hymns in praise of many deities but his personal preference was the worship of the Mother Goddess.

Against all odds, Shankara created institutions for the preservation and propagation of Vedantic philosophy. He established “mathas” with the specific aim of creating institutions that would develop and project the Advaita doctrine. He spoke against both caste discriminations and social inequality, at a time when large sections of conservative Hindu opinion thought otherwise.

Shankara was both the absolutist Vedantin, uncompromising in his belief in the non-dual Brahman, and a great synthesiser, willing to assimilate within his theoretical canvas several key elements of other schools of philosophy. He revived and restored Hinduism both as a philosophy and a religion that appealed to its followers.

Also Read: Hinduism: The Nine Basic Beliefs that you need to know

Varma rightly says that it must have required great courage of conviction as well as deep spiritual and philosophical insight for Shankaracharya to build on the insights of the Upanishads a structure of thought, over a millennium ago, that saw the universe and our own lives within it with a clairvoyance that is being so amazingly endorsed by science today. The irony is that most leading scientists, particularly outside India but also within, have little knowledge of the structure of Shankara’s philosophy and the transparent interface it has with scientific discoveries today.

Shankara wrote hymns in praise of many deities but his personal preference was the worship of the Mother Goddess. The added value of the book is that it has, in English, a great deal of Shankara’s writings. Unfortunately, most Hindus today are often largely uninformed about the remarkable philosophical foundations of their religion. They are, the author points out, deliberately choosing the shell for the great treasure that lies within. This is indeed a rich book. (IANS)