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The Adiyogi, Lord Shiva holds a lot of prominence in the Hindu Religion. He has been assigned the work of the “Destroyer” of the universe among the creator Lord Brahma and the preserver Lord Vishnu. It is said that Lord Shiva can be easily impressed without any special offerings! If a devotee simply just chants his name or mantras, he is able to receive the choicest blessings of Mahadev.
This year, the world will observe Maha Shivratri on 11th March 2021 which is a very significant occasion concerning Lord Shiva. According to Hindu Mythology, it is said that Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati on this day. The night of Maha Shivratri is considered to be the most powerful amongst all, as there is a natural upsurge of positive energies in the cosmos. To gather all these positive energies, it is advised to go on full day-fasting and chant mantras at the night. This can turn a person’s life towards utmost positivity and will also help him/her receive many inconspicuous benefits.
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So today, we have brought some divine and powerful Shiva Mantras with their meaning that you can chant on Maha Shivratri and every day to seek heavenly blessing from the lord!
1. Shiv Rudra Gayatri Mantra ( शिव रुद्र गायत्री मंत्र)
॥ॐ तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे महादेवाय धीमहि
तन्नो रुद्रः प्रचोदयात्॥
॥ Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe Mahadevaya Dhimahi
Tanno Rudrah Prachodayat॥
Meaning: Om! I am meditating in front of the great Purusha. Oh Supreme Lord Mahadev, please bestow upon me a higher power of intellect. Let Rudra (Shiva) illuminate my mind.
Significance: If you chant this mantra in front of Lord Shiva, You tend to seek him for guiding you towards a higher intellect and knowledge, rising above all your ignorance that exists because of your material pleasures. Chanting this mantra also means to claim that the sole happiness lies in reciting the name of Shiva to seek his blessings for achieving a high life condition and turning the impossible into possible!
2. Shiv Panchakshari Mool Mantra ( शिव पंचाक्षरी मूल मंत्र)
|| ॐ नमः शिवाय ||
॥ Om Namah Shivaya॥
Meaning: With due respect, I pray to Lord Shiva.
Significance: Though this mantra is very simple, but it has a profound meaning. It is a “Panchakshara” (5- Letter) mantra, excluding Om. This Mantra is composed of the five cosmic syllables: na – mah – shi – va – ya. These five cosmic vowels are the seed reverberations of the Five Elements in the universe: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether.
Chanting of this mantra signifies that nothing is apart from Lord Shiva. Everything resides in Shiva and Shiva resides everywhere. Hence, the devotee bows in front of Mahadev claiming that he is not a separate entity from him, rather he is unified with Shiva.
3. Shiv Maha-Mritunjaya Mantra ( शिव महा-मृत्युंजय मंत्र)
॥ ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात्॥
॥ Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti-Vardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan Mrityormukshiya Mamritat॥
Meaning: We worship the one who has three eyes, who is fragrant, and who nourishes all the existences. Like the fruit falls off from the bondage of the stem, may we be liberated from death, from mortality.
Significance: The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra of Lord Shiva is not simply a mantra in the Sanskrit language, but it also cures one’s physical wellbeing and aligns one’s emotional and mental peace with one’s health! It is said that to overcome any kind of fear, Lord Mahadev (Shiva) himself gave humanity the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra! Whenever there is stress, grief, or illness, or when fear of death intrudes in awareness, this divine mantra can be chanted for healing, for maintaining vitality, and for gaining courage! This mantra has many extraordinary benefits in erasing all the negatives from one’s existence and is believed to promote the longevity of human life.
4. Shiva Dhayana Mantra ( शिव ध्यान मंत्र )
|| करचरणकृतं वाक् कायजं कर्मजं वा श्रवणनयनजं वा मानसंवापराधं
विहितं विहितं वा सर्व मेतत् क्षमस्व जय जय करुणाब्धे श्री महादेव शम्भो ॥
|| Karcharankritam Vaa Kaayjam Karmjam Vaa Shravan-nayan-jam Vaa Maan-sam Vaa Paradham
Vihitam Vihitam Vaa Sarv Metat-Kshamasva Jay Jay Karunaabdhe Shree Mahadev Shambho ||
Meaning: I Ode to the Supreme Lord Shiv to cleanse my body, mind, and soul of all the negatives and I seek forgiveness for all my wrong deeds as I pray to Lord Mahadev.
Significance: The Shiva Dhyana Mantra is a very powerful mantra that helps a devotee to seek mercy and forgiveness for all the sins and wrongdoings that might have happened by mistake. Lord Shiva bestows utmost mercy upon his devotees and is said to forgive them if they hold a pure heart and heartfelt apology while offering prayers to him. One can chant this mantra to purify one’s soul, mind, and body.
Note: Chant these mantras with a pure heart while sincerely offering devotion to Lord Shiva because he seeks nothing from his devotees but purity and love. If a devotee does that with faith, Lord Mahadev never fails to grant him/her all the abilities to achieve the impossible!
HAR HAR MAHADEV SHAMBHU!
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When you become a mother, you tend to forget about your own needs because you are so focused on your child. With the baby keeping you busy all day and night, your skincare takes a backseat. It's not always changes in skin texture and looks post-pregnancy are a bad thing, but not taking care of your skin may lead to acne, melasma, stretch marks, puffy eyes, and even dark circles. Syed Nazim, Dermatologist, Aesthetic and Hair Transplant Surgeon, Royal Lush Skin Clinic Saket, New Delhi, shares simple and easy tips for you to follow, to get a glowing post-pregnancy.
* Cleansing: As you sleep, your skin goes through a renewal cycle, by dispensing toxins and debris. So you only need a light-textured cleanser to wash your face with a face wash that is suitable for your skin type.
* Steam: Take steam for 2-3 days a week, it will help you to open up your clogged pores.
* Scrub & face pack: Use a face scrub, to remove the dead skin cells, scrub your face for like 5 minutes and wash it with normal tap water. It will help you to make your skin softer and radiant, leave the mask until it dries off.
* Toner & moisturizer: Apply toner to your face, look for clarifying toners that rebalance your pH to maintain the pH value of your skin. In the end, you only have to moisturize your face, to give hydration.
* Steal baby products: Baby products are always mild in nature so that the baby's sensitive skin doesn't have to compromise. They are created to lock moisture in babies skin. So, you can also use them. Whether it's a body oil, lotion or cream, apply some on your skin every time you're applying them on your baby. If you do this, you can flaunt your skin, this way, you don't have to dedicate a specific time every day for your skincare.
When you become a mother, you tend to forget about your own needs because you are so focused on your child. | Photo by Jenna Norman on Unsplash
* Keep all skincare needs in one place: Organize all your skincare products in one place, this organization will help you way much better than anything. Make use of your "me time" and devote it properly to pamper yourself.
* Streaming your routine: Make a proper timetable, for your week how many days you are going to deep cleanse your skin in a week.
If we talk about the baby skincare routine this is important too. As the baby's skin is too sensitive and they are interacting with such a harsh environment -- pollution, high temperature etc. Don't worry there are some simple and easy enough tips. Here, what you should know, with regards to bath, diapering, selecting items and that's just the beginning.
* Bath time: Babies need two to three baths a week in warm, not hot water to stay clean. The initial step to an extraordinary child shower is to track down the ideal temperature. Tip: Fill the bath without any more than 2 to 3 creeps of water. To keep your child from getting cold while you wash them, routinely pour cupfuls of water over their shoulders.
* Diaper Basics: There are a lot of things you'll have to do for your little one when they're an infant, like changing your baby's diaper regularly, cleaning tenderly however completely each time with child wipes. Make the surface saturated yet dry simultaneously as well. There are countless myths around diaper rashes that it is caused because of the usage of diapers. But no, it is due to a lack of attention and knowledge about the correct time to change the diaper. Else it will get worse for your child.
* Awareness of Products: Always read the product label before purchasing products for your infant. It's ideal to avoid chemical and alcohol-based products. Use products that are made explicitly for infants.
The baby's skin is too sensitive and they are interacting with such a harsh environment -- pollution, high temperature etc. | Photo by Jill Sauve on Unsplash
Newborn babies are so delicate, requiring a lot of care and attention. A single mistake or slip of mind can make things worse. Keep your infant's skin saturated, as well, so consistently have a stockpile of moisturizers around. But excessive oil can cause cradle caps, and dryness can create painful scenarios. If your child is facing such issues you need to consult a certified dermatologist.
(Article originally published on IANS life) (IANS/MBI)
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A couple of years ago, finding a strand of grey hair meant visiting the parlor to cover it up. Women and men refused to admit their age, and refused to let it show. Be it moustache, eyebrows, or hair on the head, it was dyed a luscious black, or reddish-brown for those who wanted to go natural. Today, the trend of coloring hair has nothing to do with age. Young boys and girls sport bright colors and hairstyles, which is now a marker of how modern one can be.
This notion of modernity associated with neon streaks and an almost gothic look originates from the ancient Egyptian civilization, where it was considered fashionable to look different from the natural features one was born with. Kohl, lipstick, perfume, and makeup were the inventions of those who hoped to live even after death. Likewise, they were the first people to discover hair dye. Initially, they dyed their hair black, to cover the grey. They used compounds that were extracted from plants, but some of them were lethal. So, they took to extracting the color from fermented leeches.
This was when a chemical was discovered to gently lighten hair color instead of completely bleaching it, and since then, there have been varying degrees of blonde and brown hair. Image credit: Photo by Jessie Dee Dabrowski on Unsplash
When bleach was discovered, women used it to achieve a yellow color, which became known as the sign of prostitutes. The focus shifted to naturally red hair when Queen Elizabeth took the throne, as she suffered from a genetic mutation which caused this. Red heads became more common in Scotland and Ireland, and everywhere else, black hair was still the norm.
When William Perkins discovered mauve during an experiment that went wrong, the concept of mixing two or more chemicals together to create a dye became well-known. So colorless chemicals were developed and mixed in varying ratios to dye hair. When the movie Platinum Blonde was released, the trend of having pale hair increased greatly. People began to go blonde everywhere. This was when a chemical was discovered to gently lighten hair color instead of completely bleaching it, and since then, there have been varying degrees of blonde and brown hair.
Youngsters prefer to sport bright, flashy colors, like teal, blue, purple, and even pink. Image credit: Photo by Tom van Kessel on Unsplash
With the arrival of pop-culture and its influence on the world, these mundane colors are reserved for the elderly. Youngsters prefer to sport bright, flashy colors, like teal, blue, purple, and even pink. Every time a new star sports a different color, the trend sparks interest in others, and sweeps across the globe like a wildfire. Hair dye has come a long way since the time of the Egyptians in the first century. Two thousand years hence, it has the potential to grow into so much more.
Keywords: Hair Color, Hair Dye, Egyptians, Perkins, Pop Culture
The history of Daryaganj goes back to the era of Mughal dynasty, and so its history is as old as the old city of Shahjahanabad, now Chandni Chowk. Interestingly, this market was known as Faiz Bazaar in the Mughal era and was considered as an important commercial place.
In fact, at that time this area was very posh, and had beautiful houses on both sides of a stream from a hauz (meaning, water storage tank) flowing down the centre. Not only this, trees were lined up for shade and it looked like a marvellous garden had been turned into a market.
Also, there used to be Lohe ka Pull which used to connect shops lined on both sides of the market starting from Delhi Gate to the Iron Bridge, but now the pull no longer exists. Well, there's no doubt that the old city of Shahjahanabad was beautiful crafted!
One of the most beautiful things about Daryaganj is its famous book market, known as the Sunday Patri Kitaab Bazaar. Sunday is specifically added here because the book market takes place only on Sundays, that, too, from 9am till 6pm.
Booksellers set up their shops on Patri (footpath). Hence, the name is Sunday Patri Kitaab Bazaar. Photo by Flickr.
In this market, you can find all kinds and genres of books at cheapest rates. In fact, some booksellers sell books according to kilos, and this is really astounding to see. From stationery to art supplies, you can find everything here and that, too, in a lot of variety.
It is interesting to see that some of the shopkeepers of Daryaganj book market are selling books from the past 50-60 years. Not only this, Daryaganj book market is also famous for its branded electronic goods and science lab equipments.
Apart from this, you can also find some of the lost traces of British rule, which once existed in India, in this market in the form of coins, photographs, and even their personal belongings. There is absolutely no doubt that Daryaganj book market offers a lot more than books, as it offers glimpses of the past.
So, if you are someone who is not just into books but also colonisation of India, then you must visit Daryaganj book market and experience a mixture of past and present!
Keywords: Daryaganj Book Market, Books, Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk, India, Mughal Dynasty.