The journey to Kailash is as mystical as Lord Shiva, who is believed to reside there. Hence, the preparation for the pilgrimage itself is a journey in itself. While many tour operators give an indication of the things to buy and carry during the pilgrimage, only a few help with non-materialistic preparations.
This Holi, do you intend to drink bhang? Well, recent medical research have shown that cannabis (bhang) grows brain cells. Bhang is mentioned in Book 11, Hymn 6, Verse 15 of Atharva Veda as a cure for many diseases. Other translations state that bhang is described as a ‘liberator’.
Albert Einstein had once said, “Everything in life is vibration.” Sound waves affect a change of frequencies in certain parts of the brain, thereby affecting the behaviour of the person due to the different manner in which the neurons in the brain ‘fire up’.
Not many are aware of the actual meaning or the way to celebrate Maha Shivratri. On the specific night of Shivratri, the planetary placement is such that there is a natural tendency for the kundalini energy, housed in the chakra at the base of the spine, to rise up and reach the chakra at top of the head.
Across the world, winter solstice is celebrated in many ways. For Jews, the winter solstice is called ‘Tekufat Tevet’ which marks the start of winter. The Egyptians celebrated the birth of Horus, the son of Isis (divine mother goddess) for 12 days during mid-winter.
In the 11th skanda of Srimad Bhagavatam, Lord Dattatreya acknowledges 24 Gurus in his life – ranging from animals like snake, deer, fish to humans like child, beekeeper, young maiden to the earth elements like fire, ocean, wind etc.
Across multiple civilisations and spanning many eras, similar rituals existed or are still being practised where the dead are worshipped. However, the origins of Halloween pass through some primitive and bit of gory history. Read here to know more.
It is said that Diwali is celebrated to mark the day when Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. So, why isn’t Rama worshipped on Diwali? Why do we worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha instead? Read on to find out.