30 Aug 2016

Honey & Its Benefits - Health Benefits of Honey

Honey is one of the unique and purest gifts of nature to man. It is a divine product of Mother Nature. It is used during Pujas, together with other wholesome products such as ghee, curd, and milk. It is used especially while performing the abhisheka or bathing ritual of a deity. According to Sanatan philosophy, the best things are to be offered to Divine such as gold, silk, coconuts and fruits to God. Honey is a special place amongst the offerings. Just like Gold which does not rust or corrode with weather or time, similarly, honey also remains fresh and pure for years. In Egypt, a jarful of honey is placed with the mummies dating 1500BC, when the jar was unsealed it was as fresh not having any fungus and bacteria free.

Making of honey by tiny honeybees by laboriously collect nectar from flowers and plants and deposit it in the beehive which by itself a mystic storage. During winters, the honey is solidified and with onset of summers, it melts to its natural state. Fact is that the honeybees gather honey for their queen bee to maintain her youth and vigour. When man discovered this secret, he used it for his benefit. In our ancient time's man successfully used honey to care ailments and revitalize man’s vigour. In Ayurveda as well as in allopathy, the use of honey is considered as rejuvenating. Honey on Breakfast tables in homes is Must Have. According to our ancient scriptures and Ayurveda, the quality and ingredients of honey varied, depending upon the vegetation and flowers from which the bees collected the honey and season in which it was collected.

Honey obtained from flowers of neem tree is considered good for patients with poor digestive system. Honey collected from white flowers look whitish, while the honey collected from mustard, mango, and saffron flowers is golden in its countenance. Honey collected in the month of Kartika (Oct-Nov) is full of medicinal value, but not commonly available. Himalayan honey turns white after solidifies, it has gentle smell.  Pure honey does not dissolve by itself when put into water. A point of caution is that honey must not be heated or consumed the same weight of honey and ghee together. It becomes poisonous. 

A mixture of Honey, ghee, curd, milk and sugar are mixed to prepare madhuparka and distributed after puja in temples and homes as Prasad because of nature’s nectar to mankind.

28 Aug 2016

The Importance and Benefits of Tulsi

We Hindus always follow our traditions and rituals, many of us unknowingly the great  value, scientifically logics behind our traditions. Today we talk about the sacred plant of Tulsi and its importance in our rites and rituals. Hindu households worship the plan and grown in the center of the house. It's essential to use Tulsi leaves in Puja as it purifies itself. 


The Tulsi is the queen of all Indian herbs. Our Puranas describe it as Goddess Lakshmi. It has the incomparable qualities. Apart from the religious significance, the tulsi has great medicinal value too. Modern scientific research offers impressive evidence that the tulsi reduces stress, enhances stamina, relieves inflammation, lower cholesterol, eliminates toxins, protects against radiation, prevents gastric ulcers. Moreover, it effective in supporting the heart, blood vessels, liver, and lungs. It is great mosquito repellent.

Importance-of-TulsiAnother property of the tulsi leaves is that they can absorb ultraviolet radiation, which is why tulsi leaves are placed on food items during the eclipse to protect them from radiation. It is very sensitive to any strong odors.  

The plant discharges electrical impulses at night which are harmful to humans, and so it is forbidden to pluck it at night. It has quantity of mercury which is harmful to the gums, therefore, tulsi leaves have to be swallowed when given as Prasad and are not to be chewed. Among, Hindus, water soaked with tulsi leaves is given to the dying to raise the departing soul to heaven due to its magnificent qualities.

Bijli Mahadev Temple in Kullu, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Bijli Mahadev is one of the sacred temples of God Shiv, in form of Linga made up by butter and sattoo in Himachal Pradesh, situated at an altitude of about 2,460m in the Kullu Valley. Bijli Mahadev is one of the excellent temples in India. Located 22 km from Kullu across the Beas river, it can be approached by a rewarding trek of 3 km. You can hire Himachal Taxi's to go up there. Beautiful but dangerous tracking compel you to chant the God all the way.

In this temple of lightning, it is said that the tall staff attracts the divine blessings in the form of lightning. A panoramic view of Kullu and Paravati valleys can be seen from the temple. The 60 feet high staff of Bijli Mahadev temple glistens like a silver needle in the sun.


It is believed that the priest of the temple has to restore the Shiva linga placed inside the temple using butter and sattoo after every lightning as it shatters to pieces with flash of lightning. The lightning is once in every year. All the village people brings butter and sattoo and till the Linga wake up again the temple is closed for visitors, only priest can reopen it. The peace and beauty of nature are the true blessings of the God here. 

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14 Aug 2016

Shri Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple in Shimla

Sri Sankat Mochan Hanuman
Shri Sankat Mochan temple is located at Taradevi Kalka-Shimla national highway NH-22. It is 5km from the Shimla. You can easily approach to this temple because as it is situated on the road side on the national highway. This temple is dedicated to monkey God Lord Hanuman. This temple is the one of the most popular tourist attraction of Shimla. It is located in the lush of greenery because it is surrounded by forests & the backdrop consists of the imposing & lofty Himalayan ranges. The environment of this place is very peaceful. In this place, you can meditate, enjoy the peace & peaceful surrounding. This temple was a small shrine in the older days but now it is three storey building.

The history of the temple is that, around the 1950s, Baba Neeb Karori Ji Maharaj came to this beautiful place in the search of peace & calm. He stayed here for 10 days in the hut & realized that this was the best place for meditation & soulful introspection. Then he desired there must be a temple of Lord Hanuman should be constructed. Baba’s devotees the then Lt. Governor of Himachal Pradesh late Raja Bajrang Bahadur Bhandari & Sh. Bhagwan Sahai took the responsibility to fulfill their Guru,s desire and started the construction of the temple in the year 1962.Finally, the temple constructed on the 21st June 1966. 

Sankat Mochan Hanuman shimla

The temple was small in the back days but now due to the huge inflow of devotees, the temple has grown by leaps & bounds and today spread on a huge area. This temple is mainly dedicated to Lord Hanuman, though in the complex you should also find the idols of Lord Rama, Shiva & Ganesha separately. There is also a special temple built up of Baba Neeb Karori Ji Maharaj. The temple of Lord Ganesha is made in the south Indian style of architecture and is worth the visit.  

Sankat Mochan Hanuman Shimla

There are many facilities for the people in the temple. Here the three storey building used for many purposes. Every Sunday, the huge hall in the building is used for distributing the Langar to the devotees. One portion of the building is used to conduct many auspicious ceremonies such as marriages, engagements & many other sacred rituals. The temple charges a very nominal fee for this. Priests & the maintenance staff who worked here day & night use the rest of the building as a residential complex. There is also an Ayurvedic clinic in the building. There are also thirty well maintained, neat & clean toilets for the devotees & the staff. 

So, whenever you visit the Shimla must visit this temple full of peace & greenery.       

Also Visit: Jakhu Temple Shimla