What is the importance of Aarti in Hinduism?

What is the importance of Aarti in Hinduism?

What is an Aarti? What is the importance of Aarti in Hinduism?

An Aarti is a Hindu ritual which is performed to express an individual’s love and gratitude to God. It is derived from a Sanskrit term ‘Aratrika’ which is referred to light that removes the darkness or “Aa” means “towards or to” and “Rati” means “right”. Importance of aarti in very relevant in one’s culture. It is generally performed by the person at the end of the puja, Katha or any Kirtan session during any Hindu sessions or ceremonies..

aarti

Aarti

Aarti is done with total dedication by any Hindu. Aarti has many versions such as Shiva Aarti, Durga Aarti, Jagdish Aarti, Ganesh Aarti, Krishna Aarti, Kali Aarti, and many other Aarti like this. These Aarti’s are sung by the people upon their choices. It is just not only performed in Hindu temples but also at home, as it gives peace to the people. It connects people with God. Importance of aarti holds its strong ground in hinduism.

Aarti Thali

Aarti Thali

An Aarti plate (Thali) is generally made up of metal like silver, bronze, and copper which is beautifully decorated with some beautiful flower and flower petals, a Diya of mud or metal which is filled with cotton with flicked with ghee or any oil. Importance of aarti in hinduism can be seen in many ways. Then this cotton Bati lighted or it could be done
by camphor too. Then any Aarti of related God is sung by the devotees and moving the Aarti plate in such a way to make a symbol of ‘OM’. It looks very beautiful.

Panch MahaBhuta (5 Physical Elements)

According to the Holy book, Bhagwat Geeta, this material world is basically made up of five physical elements i.e. Air (Vayu), Water (Jal), Earth (Prithvi), Fire (Agni) and Ether (Akash). These are the five basic components of the whole world. And also, there are three mental elements i.e. Intelligence, Mind, and Ego. And when someone do Aarti then the offerings made represents these 5 elements which are:-

Water: Water,

Fire: Ghee Lamp,

Earth: Flower,

Mind: Emotional Involvement,

Ether: Chamar, Intelligence: Focus, Ego: Obeisance.

All the things are involved during an Aarti as it helps in maintaining the ego down and helps to keep up humility in spite of how high he is placed. The highlighted flames from the Diya (Ghee Lamp) during Aarti helps people to remove darkness and helps people to keep in a brighter world. It delivers positive vibes all around the place. Hindu people say, it pushes away the negativity from the home and gives a beautiful feeling after chanting and this Aarti process.

Ganga Aarti

Ganga Aarti

So, it is said that Aarti states the natural sources of light which include the sun, the moon, stars, and the fire which are created by God. So Aarti is sung by so many people to that God who gave so many beautiful natural gifts for us. It is just like Thanksgiving to God for gifting us such a beautiful and amazing nature. Without those 5 elements, life would not be there. We would not exist; nothing would be possible. So after the Pooja ceremony, it is a big thanks to God who is the creator of all these things surrounded by us.

ganga arti Aarti Aarti

Ujjain A City of Hundred Great Temples

Ujjain A City of Hundred Great Temples

UJJAIN

The Place of Worship, Have You Explored Yet!

UJJAIN considered as one of the seven sacred cities for Hindus. An ancient city situated on the banks of Shipra River in Madhya Pradesh.
The city is one of the venues for Kumbh Mela. The temple town also called Ujjayini or Avanti and discovers say in the Hindu epic
Mahabharata. As the capital city of Avanti Kingdom. Moreover, it is trusted
that two sections of the Skanda Purana were made in the city.

The origin of Ujjain is associated with “Sagar Manthan” scene in
Hindu mythology episode. Divine beings and the devils stirred the
sea to gather Amrit which would grant immortality.
When the divine beings endeavoured to escape with it, four drops
of it fell at four better places; Ujjain, Allahabad, Haridwar and
Nashik.

So, here we will discuss the whole description of
Ujjain, let’s find out now:-

Where to stay in Ujjain

The budget hotels are grouped close Nanakheda transport stand
which is near the railroad station too.

Mid-range hotels can be discovered everywhere throughout the
city. Free Ganj zone has a decent number of mid-range hotels.

Where to eat in Ujjain

Ujjain is a treat for veggie lovers. Eateries serving Kashmiri,
Punjabi and North Indian nourishment can be discovered in
abundance. A couple of eateries along the University Road serve
staple non-vegan charge.

The religious place to visit in Ujjain

Mahakaleshwar Temple

Shree Mahakaleshwar Temple

Shree Mahakaleshwar Temple

The Mahakaleshwar Temple, one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord
Shiva is in Ujjain. Ruler Krishna got instruction alongside
Balarama and Sudama from Maharishi Sandipani here. The town
is a blend of the old and the new. The city’s legacy coincides with
the cutting edge structures.

Maha Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela is exceptionally mainstream, blessed assembly of
Hindus. The devotees from everywhere throughout the area
accumulate in substantial numbers to accomplish salvation and
bathe in the holy water river. Furthermore, This is the biggest social affair of its kind and is held at regular
intervals for PurnaKumbha and at regular intervals for
Ardha Kumbha. This devout celebration is held in 4 places in
India:-Nashik, Ujjain, Haridwar and Allahabad.

Ram Mandir Ghat

Ram ghat is on the bank of Shipra river and a particularly divine
and quiet place to visit. The night is the best time to visit the place
and one must go to night aarti here.

Chintaman Ganesh Temple

The temple is exceptionally old and goes back to the eleventh
century. It is renowned since the symbol is accepted to
be swayambhu (self-showed) and offering prayers in the temple is
believed to assuage one’s stresses.

Chintaman Ganesh Temple

Bhartrihari Caves

These caves as assessed to be 2500 years of age and is devoted to
Raja Bhartrihari who was the elder brother of King Vikramaditya.
He was profoundly propelled and deserted the kingdom for his
brother Vikramaditya and joined the Nath Sect. He did his
Tapasya in this very buckle and it is trusted that it comprises a
mystery way that opens to burn Dham.

Ram Mandir

Symbols of Lord Rama, Sita and Laksmana are there in this little
temple. Need to climb lots of the stairs to reach to the top. One of
the numerous great spots to visit in Ujjain

Kal Bhairav Temple

KalBhairav Temple Ujjain is a must visit temple acclaimed for its
one of a kind convention of offering alcohol to god.

The temple is devoted to KalBhairav. Situated on the banks of the
Shipra River, it is a standout amongst the most dynamic temples
in the city, visited by several devotees daily. Alcohol is one of the
contributions made to the temple god

ChaubisKhamba Temple

This is one of the most established Temple in Ujjain with 24 pillar
or Khambhat devoted to Choti Mata and Badimata, Near the
The northern side of the entrance are two little temples dedicated to
Mahalaya and Mahamaya goddess.

Harsiddhi Temple

One of Maa Sati’s Shakti Peethas. An absolute must visit the hole
or complete darshan of Mahakal, because of worship of Shiva and
Sati, should always be together and give blessings to all. Shiva and
Shakti is not separated from each other, they are Aadi-shakti

Pir Matsyendranath

This is the Samadhi place of Guru Matsyendranth,
Guru Matsyendranth masters 84 Maha siddhis and he was the master of Guru Goraksnath. Hindu Mythology Believed that Matsyendranth Gave Knowledge of Yoga to Guru Gorakshnath.  Who later on Implemented and organized his ideas and wrote a book on yoga called “Goraksh Samhita”. Guru Gorakshnath also discovered Shaivism tradition “Natha”.

So, what you waiting for, just grab the opportunity and
must visit this religious place once in your life.

Bhartrihari Caves Chintaman Ganesh Temple Shree Mahakaleshwar Temple

Indian Religious Tourism &  Their Perspective!

Indian Religious Tourism & Their Perspective!

Indian Religious Tourism & Their Perspective!

Well, What Comes Into Your Mind When I Say The Word Travel,
Tourism? Europe? New York? Australia? Well then let’s Limit
Your Imagination Up to India I e Indian Tourism.
So What Nudges You When I Say The Word Tourism Or More
Precisely “Religious Tourism” Banaras, Haridwar, Kedarnath,
Hrishikesh Are Some Of The Great And Most Holy Places Of
India.

badrinath

Badrinath Temple

The Four Most Important Pilgrimages

According To Indian Hindu Mythology All Together Called  ” Chaar Dhaam” Are
Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri And Yamunotri.
Apart From These The 12 Sacred Temples Of Lord Shiva Situated
In the Various States Of The Country Called The Jyortilingas Have
They’re Own Important.

When Once One Decide To Travel And Feel The Pleasure And
Blessings Of India’s Religious Tourism He/She Should Be Ready
For The Mesmerising Experiences And Extensive Surprises. The
Holy Cities Of Banaras, Hrishikesh, Delhi, Haridwar, Mathura,
Vrindavan, Gokul, Omkareshwar, Ujjain, Vaishno Devi,
Maheshwar, Hyderabad And Mumbai Are Must Visit In.
Now, Here I will discuss religious tourism in detail manner, So
let’s have look beneath.

Akshardham Temple

Akshardham Temple

Religious tourism is one of the most ancient forms of tourism.

The religious pilgrimage has been into existence since the dawn of
humanity. The modern era has found evidence of worships and
gods old enough to the era of human existence and since then to
the modern era, we have been visiting the holy places.

As the cultural landscape has been made by some of the important
religious centres in the biblical period. The cities hosting the
religious centres have not only become as of the iconic players in
the market in terms of marketing and economic growth but also
as in terms of spiritual growth as well.
Unlike as in the past when the religious tourism was just a holy
grail for the visitor it has now become a more diverse and
segmented market. In the travel business, it has the pilgrimage or
religion-oriented travel has proved to be a success.

Culture, Religion and People Bonding

It can be deemed either in a scientific or a religious way where the
people visit the places their interest, deemed as holy in their
religion, where we could say as going close to one’s god whom
they worship.

Golden temple

Golden temple

However, it’s not all about faith as it’s not one aspect of the
market. For example, If a SIKH person is visiting the golden
temple on an EVE then there would be tourists around with
diverse interests and beliefs who are there just for the beauty or
the architecture.
However, one thing remains common for all the travellers that
visiting a spiritual or a holy place creates a sense of good vibes
and positive emotions and almost everyone onset to their journey
further, leaving that place goes filled with a sense of satisfaction.

Religious Tourism and Faith

Religious tourism is just not all about faith but also as for the sake
of exploring the beauty of what faith and religion have made us
turn our beliefs into mind-blowing pieces of beauty and
architecture with some mind churning stories and tales. Also, who
knows that this might be a life-transforming experience.

It’s true that religious travel appeal to people of all age groups all
around the globe. This leads to people travelling in groups. These
groups can be multi-religious or even as multi-nationalities, but
even leaving everything apart there’s always one aspect which
isn’t there in any form of travel i.e. the belief.

In Addition, It helps in making stronger bonds, understanding the cultures
under the same belief and also develops the understating of the
diversity of a single belief. Moreover, It does create a sense of understanding
and credibility.
AS we may suggest either a believer or not, one should go for
religious travel. For believer’s this may be a godly moment but
even for the non-believers, it will be a chance to experience and
discover the astounding beauty of the various believed and even
the most iconic masterpieces of beauty that have been
constructed/made as in the belief of praising their lord or just as a
depiction of the enchanting tales.

Golden temple badrinath

Introduction to Second Chapter of Bhagwat Geeta

Introduction to Second Chapter of Bhagwat Geeta

The Detailed Summary of the second Chapter

The Second chapter of Bhagwad Geeta “Sankhya Yog”. In this chapter of the Geeta, Shri Krishna begins to treat Arjuna’s sadness and turmoil. Knowledge of Bhagwat Geeta by Shri Krishna starts with this chapter. According to Shri Krishnavik Yog, In this situation of turmoil, Arjun needs to recognize his ability of War again. So, This second chapter bears important knowledge.

This chapter consists of seventy seventy-two (72) verses.
Bhagwat geeta preaching by Krishana to arjuna

Bhagwat Geeta preaching by Krishna to Arjuna

Describing the Characteristics of Soul

Further More in this chapter, the body considered as perpetuate and the soul as continual. This highlights the immortality of our soul.
Describing the most popular verse

‘नैनं छिदन्ति शस्त्राणि’

Nainam Chhadanti Shastrani

Which teach us about the nature of the soul. So, in this chapter, we learn that our soul neither could be harmed by any weapon nor burnt by fire. Also, neither could be wet by water and it can not be dried by air. Thus, soul considered as indestructible, constant, present, immortal, non-transcendent. At the same time, self-awareness also described, as the most suitable welfare for mankind.


Describe The Authority of Karma


Another popular verse about Karma,

‘कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते’

Karmanyevaadhikaaraste“.

Which tells us about that, a human only authority to do karma. And, not to worry about results or achievements. In other words, we should perform good karmas with devoted efforts without expecting the results. So in this verse importance of untiring deeds of mankind has been told.
Furthermore, it describes two types of human intelligence. First is business intelligence considered as steady intelligence. On the contrary, the infinite (many) types of knowledge called volatile intellects. Which is never concentrated on one stuff.

Describe the Definition of Yoga

Right after this, the verses used in the form of the two most popular definitions of yoga.

‘समत्वं योग उच्यते’

Samatvam Yog Uchyate

Which means that yoga is to keep yourself the same in both stages either success or failure. You should not be irritated by failure or success should not bring arrogance. Stay calm and balanced in both situations.
Second verse

‘योग: कर्मसु कौशलम्’

Yog Karmasu Kaushalam“.

Which tells us that “Yoga” is to perform any act with proper sincerity, reverence, deep interest, proper caution and effort. That means to devote yourself mentally and physically completely with whole interest to perform work. 


Describe the Traits of Mankind


After this, Krishna describes human traits (lust, desire, attachment, craving, anger, fear, and who preserves the senses and mind). He said that when the person is without rage and malice as well as by having his senses under his control. Then only,  his mind feels pleased. In other words, The happiness of the mind brings steadfast in the wisdom of man. Thus, to keep the mind stable, the free state of mind considered as extremely useful.

Introduction to Bhagwat Geeta

Introduction to Bhagwat Geeta

Shrimadbhagwad Geeta is not only the Indian but also the most read religious texts in the world. Translated into almost all languages of the world. In Geeta, there is a wonderful combination of all types of Yoga. Besides to Gyan Yog, Bhaktiyog, Karmayog and Rajyog. Bhagwat Geeta also describes the Sanyasa Yoga, Sankhya Yoga, Shradhayraya Yoga and salvation.

Arjuna and Shri Krishana

Shri Krishan and Arjuna

Chapters and Verses

Containing the total eighteen chapters, And the total seven hundred verses. These seven hundred verses of the Geeta have been spoken and heard by four persons. Of which King Dhritarashtra only spoke one verse. After this,  Sanjay has spoken a total of forty-two (42) verses. Arjuna has spoken the total Eighty-four(84) verses. And, the remaining five hundred seventy-three (573) verses spoken by Yogi Sri Krishna. The highest stanza in the Geeta called Yogiraj Srikrishna.

Importance of Bhagwad Geeta

Knowledge of Geeta tells us how to live life in the right way. The biggest challenge we face today, our physical and mental capabilities. That means, how do we treat our emotions in favourable and adverse conditions. When there is compatibility, there is a sense of arrogance in the person. And, when there is adversity, the situation of stress arises. Both of these conditions are fatal or harmful to us.
Now the question arises, what kind of behaviour should we have in favourable as well as unfavourable conditions? So we could save yourself from vanity and stress. With the unique knowledge of the Gita, we get a very accurate answer to this question.

Composition

Preaching of Geeta to Arjuna given by Shri Krishna. About five thousand years (5000) from today, on the battlefield of “Mahabharata” Kurukshetra. Kurukshetra Located in the eastern Haryana, in India. The Gita is part of the Bhishma festival of Mahabharata. The description of the Geeta begins from the twenty-fifth (25) of Bhishma festival of Mahabharata up to chapters forty-two (42). Hence, Bhagwat Geeta considered as part of Bhishma festival. Geeta is also considered to be a part of the ‘3 Paths’ (PrasthanTrayi). Here path considered as our path of life to Salvation. Hence, the use of the word path means to follow certain guidelines to achieve the ultimate goal or purpose of life. And the word “Trayi” means three. These 3 Paths are Upanishad, Geeta and Vedanta philosophy. Thus, the path of Salvation is learning and adopting these 3 ways in life.

Bhagwat geeta preaching by Krishana to arjuna

Bhagwat Geeta preaching by Krishna to Arjuna

Things Related to the Origin of Bhagwad Geeta

There is always some reason for every work. The origin of any work cannot arise without purpose. Same way, there were many reasons behind the war of Mahabharata. Now the most important question arises that what was the reason behind Geeta’s Preachings. On a battlefield like Mahabharata. According to many scholars and teachers, there can be different reasons.
The Arjuna who was born in a Kshatriya family. Also, grew up in the Kshatriya environment. Whose entire education based on the Kshatriya style. And, who won all those battles that he fought before Mahabharata. Now, he becomes very thoughtful and fearful. What kind of conflicts were there in Arjuna Mins during Mahabharata. That his “Gandiva” (Name of Arjuna Bow) fall from his hands on the battlefield?

Why the Preaching of Geeta Needed

These conflict in the Arjuna mind called ‘Raga’. Raga addressed in the Geeta as a spell. When Arjuna says to Krishna, O Krishna! You take my chariot between the two armies. I want to see which are the great people who have come here for war purpose? After this, Sri Krishna raises the chariot in the middle of both the armies. As soon as Arjun sees all his acquaintances. He saw his grandfather, Guru Dronacharya, maternal uncle, cousins other relatives. Standing in front of him as warriors to fight against him. He had attachments towards them. Because they used to be part of his entire life. So, Arjuna lost into the situation and remembers all those old incidents in which he used to spend time with them all. Whether it is Bhishma’s grandfather, Guru Dronacharya or other relatives.
The people, the substance or time, that make us feel the pleasure of being a kid, student or pleasure of a human being. The strong desire to feel and remember those moments and memories called “Raga”.

The same happened with Arjun here. He remembers all the pleasures or pleasures spent with his grandfathers, gurus, brothers and relatives, and he did not want to lose them at all by placing them on the battlefield. So, he was scared of this situation and had questions in mind. Sri Krishna told him about the immortality of the soul and the mortality of the body. Then explain the inevitability of the action originated by nature. As soon as he got answers to his conflicts in mind and he is ready for war.

Overall, Geeta is Based upon those Questions of Arjuna and Answers by Shri Krishna.

Bhagwat geeta preaching by Krishana to arjuna

Karma The Things Behind Theory of Karma

Karma The Things Behind Theory of Karma

Karma, A Sanskrit word means– “actions” or “deeds”. Law of karma occupies a central position in Indian philosophy. The spiritual law which was, later on, explained scientifically as Newton’s third law of Physics. “To every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
Thus, According to Indian philosophy, we are because of our Karma. So, it decides our future in this or the next birth.

आत्मानं सततं ज्ञात्वा कालं नय महामते।
प्रारब्धमखिलं भुञ्जन्नोद्वेगं कर्तुमर्हसि ॥

aatmaanan satatan gyaatva kaalan naymahaamate.

praarabdhamakhilan bhunjannodvegan kartumarhasi .

Hey intelligent man, spend your life always in the knowing the supreme bliss, enjoying the whole of your Life without making any complaint.

As we all know, good deeds bring you a good result and your bad deeds bring bad for you. As time progress your Karma processed, calculated and incorporated gradually in your life. Indian soteriologies predict that future rebirths and your situations get planned accordingly. Thus, The actions you perform in your present life gets reflected.
In Addition, Karma serves two main purposes in Indian philosophy. One, motivate you to live a moral life. Next, providing you with an explanation of the primary existence of evil.

Theory of Karma

Theory of Karma

All the four systems of Yoga – Jnana, Raja, Bhakti and Karma teach us to live positively. Either in thoughts, words and deeds. Good actions support in producing positive memories.

Yajnavalkya, The first philosopher of human history. And, introduced the concept of Karma, mentioned in the book Brihadaranyaka Upanishads. Yet, the person, good or bad. He gets what he does.

Let’s know a few things about Our Cycle- Theory of Karma

Sanchita

Sanchita Basically it means “what we reap, what we sow”. The deeds either good or bad gathered together. Starting from the present including all the previous ones considered. But at this level, the good karma does not cut the effect of the bad. All the karma needs to be resolved. This karma symbolized arrows in a quiver. The arrows show your accumulated karma.

Praarabdha

It’s like the arrows are discharges and are on their flight. Also, the part of Sanchita. And is ready for the action. Prarabdha, that portion of the past actions, which is responsible for the present self. This symbolizes that the arrow has left the bow and flying through the sky ready to hit the target.

Kriyamanna

Kriya means Action Going on at Present. Kriyamanna, The active or the current one. The arrow has just hit the target. And the target is feeling the pressure. The degree of main is the degree we experience. The result of this act creates a new one for you.

Aagami

This can also be referred to as the future self. It follows Sanchita. It’s more like the arrow is ready to discharge from the bow. If all the environment and conditions are favourable, it leads to Praarabdha. This is the stage when the arrows are set in the bow.

Here is a video to know it more clearly

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6fS4hKliLU

Controlling your Karma

There are various meditation techniques that help us to burn out the Sanchita Karma. Also, many People know through dream awareness about the effect of Aagamikarma. Even so, Through proper medication and appropriate actions, one can kill and destroy Agami karma. Life provides you with various situations to prove yourselves. It’s us on how we react. A humble and peaceful approach may help us to reduce the effect.
Stopping Praarabdha  requires a real understanding of yoga and spiritual power.
So, The effect of all these can be easily eliminated by self-knowledge, determination and “Om medication”. Silent Japa of “Om” would guide one to cross the ocean of Samsara and attain the freedom of rounds of birth and rebirth attaining moksha.

Theory of Karma