11 Mukhi Rudraksha ( Hanuman Rudraksha/ The seed of 11th Rudra)

Hanuman JayantiHanuman was an avatar of lord Shiva who appeared to help lord Rama in the Ramayana. He was strong, intelligent and unconditionally devoted to lord Rama. When Raavana abducted Sita and imprisoned her in Lanka, Hanuman went in search of her . After crossing and leaping over the ocean he reached Lanka, found her and gave her lord Rama’s ring . He burnt half of Lanka with his tail ; wreaking havoc before returning to lord Rama. Hanuman had assisted him in finding his wife, building the bridge to reach Lanka, slaying Rakshasas, reviving Laxmana by providing Sanjeevini and ensuring that Sita is returned safely to his lord Rama. Rama dooth, Pavan Putra, Maruti and Sankatmochan were some of his names.

Raavana the lord of Lanka was blessed by Brahma and Shiva so he defeated and enslaved all the planets using them as a staircase to climb and mount his throne. It was Hanuman who freed all the planets thereby being blessed that he would be free from any ill effects of all planets including the unrelenting Saturn or Deceptive Rahu. Hanuman was a bhramhachari  ( Celibate) and a Chiranjeevi(immortal). The Hanuman Chalisa clearly states that those who recite his name will be protected from evil, negative energies and their diseases or pains would end. The tail of this Monkey faced God could bind the strongest of evil forces and thrash them into a state of hopelessness thereby thwarting every attack.

His body could handle the blow of astraas( weapons)without a scratch. His intellect could solve problems when others gave up. His knowledge and wisdom were pathbreakers. His humility was reflected in his continuous devotion to lord Rama. His gadha( mace) came as the death of any Rakshasa troubling lord Rama or his devotees. Truly Hanuman had made a place for himself in shastraas and prayers but the only place where he found his happiness was at the feet of lord Rama.

Hanuman meditated constantly on lord Rama and once when questioned what was in his heart tore his chest open to show an image of lord Rama. The eleven mukhi Rudraksha or Hanuman Rudraksha has been assigned to this unvawering devotee of lord Rama. Just like Hanuman was also called the Ekadash Rudra, this Rudraksha is fiercely protective of its wearer. The Hanuman Rudraksha is a nemesis for any negative force as per Shaastras. This divine seed has a unique lustrous energy that is very powerful just like Hanuman. It blesses the wearer with wisdom, right judgment, powerful vocabulary, adventurous life and success. Above all it protects from accidental death. The wearer becomes fearless. It also helps in meditation and removes problems during yogic practices.

So how do you wish to wear this rare Rudraksha found in nature?
Do you need to wear it on Hanuman Jayanthi or any day is good?
Will one single Hanuman Rudraksha help or do you need to combine it with another?
Just like lord Hanuman had lord Rama in his heart, do you wish to wear it with a Rama Rudraksha close to your heart?
Log into www. rudralife.com for more details or call us and we will guide you, after all what can be a more potent seed of unconditional devotion and protection??.

Jai Shri Ram
Jai Bajrangbali.

Baisakhi 2017

Surf Background-CS6Baisakhi is celebrated on April 13/14 every year by Sikhs and Hindus. Baisakhi marks the solar New Year and celebrates the harvest in spring. For Sikhs it is a day to honor Guru Gobind Singh and his khalsa warriors. For many it marks the sacredness of Rivers in Hindu culture. Ganges or Ganga is a sacred river that starts from Himalayas and spreads her tributaries across India and Nepal. In mythology her flow from heaven to earth was controlled by lord Shiva by holding her in his matted locks. Rudraksha the tears of Shiva that fell on earth to grow into trees and give us the sacred Rudraksha seeds have gained popularity.

Nepal variety of Rudraksha has been known for their superior quality as compared to other Rudrakshas. Is it not surprising that these trees have many holy rivers as their water source? Over the years due to increasing demand for Rudraksha, there has been rampant entry of fraudulent dealers in this market. Fakes or smaller quality of Rudraksha are being sold. Every year the collector or large beads are becoming rarer to own. Further malpractices by small traders with fakes also results in diminished faith in the actually potent and powerful Rudraksha as customers do not experience the desired results.

Rudralife is an organization that is dedicated to supplying high quality of original Rudraksha beads. The beads are lab tested and certified. Also information regarding its metaphysical healing properties is provided in accordance with Shaastras. Rudraksha are multifaceted and found in nature from 1 to 21 mukhi. Each one is assigned a deity from the Hindu pantheon. Scientifically they have magnetic fields that help the wearer of the Rudraksha experience an optimum state of balance. This year your option to celebrate Baisakhi the solar new year by buying a good quality of Rudraksha can come as a blessing to your life.

When customers show a preference for the larger, genuine collector beads automatically the demand will stop the act of plucking fruits earlier to provide smaller variety of Rudraksha. When Customers stand firm on quality, frauds are forced to exit the market. So this Baisakhi come and celebrate with us by buying our certified lab tested Rudraksha. If the Rudraksha has come as a blessing to your life your choice may come as a blessing to the trees and rivers. You can avail our free astro- numerology services with your Rudraksha.

Baisakhi is a festival of abundance that shows that harvest is complete, crops ready to sell, fairs, special thanksgiving prayers, meeting friends and festive foods. Today we would like to abundantly thank our customers for buying our energized products and sharing their positive testimonials. We invite more people to celebrate Baisakhi with us by buying a Rudraksha that is specifically meant for this occasion. So which Rudraksha is it? Is it a specific combination worn on this day that will bring you good fortune? Still can’t decide??? Log in to www.rudralife.com or call us we will guide you. Even better, visit us after calling to buy the Rudraksha and get it energized by a Vedic pundit immediately before you wear it.

Nine Days of Chaitra Navaratri Celebrations at Rudralife

Chaitra Navratris from 28th March to 4th April’2017 was celebrated with great devotion at Rudralife.Nine forms of Shakti were worshipped on each of nine days, their decoration matching with the specific colour of that day. Beautiful Rangolis were designed at the office entrance and at the office temple.MahaPrasad was offered at each day. Navchandi paath was performed during these nine days and on the Ramnavami day, the festivities concluded with Havan.

GUDI PADWA

Gudi Padva (Marathi: गुढी पाडवा Gudī Pāḍavā also known as Ugadi in Telugu), is the Marathi name for Chaitra Shukla Pratipada. It is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month to mark the beginning of the New Year according to the Luni – Solar Hindu calendar. This day is also the first day of Chaitra Navratri and Ghatasthapana; also known as Kalash Sthapana, is done on this day. The practice of raising the Gudi was started by Shivaji Maharaj to welcome the New Year and symbolizes victory “Vijay Dhwaj”. Since then this culture of raising Gudi’s has been followed in and around the strong holds of the Maratha kingdom.

In south India, first day of the bright phase of the moon is called pāḍya. Konkani Hindus variously refer to the day as संसरपाडवो or संसरपाड्यॆ (saṁsāra ‘pāḍavo/ saṁsāra pāḍye) संसार (saṁsāra) being a corruption of the word संवत्सर (saṁvatsara). Konkani Hindus in Karnataka also refer to it as उगादि, ಯುಗಾದಿ(ugādi).

Gudi Padva in other States Known as Guḍī Pāḍavā (“Gudhee Paadavaa”) in Maharashtra, this festival is also known as

  • Samvatsar Padvo among Hindu Konkanis of Goa and Konkani diaspora in Kerala.
  • Yugadi among the rest of Konkani diaspora in Karnataka and Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Navreh or Navreh amongst Kashmiri Pandits.

In other parts of India this festival is celebrated during :

  • Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Yugadi in Karnataka.
  • Cheti Chand among the Sindhi people.

In Indonesia is the day is celebrated Balinese New Year . One of the important days in Bali, Indonesia is Nyepi , the Balinese New Year. It is without doubt one of the quietest New Year Celebration on Earth.The date of this unique day of silence alters depending on the Balinese Calendar , the Saka, which is 78 years behind the Gregorian calendar and follows a lunar sequence.

Astronomical

This new moon day has special meaning from Astronomy point of view. The Sun is supposed to be in first point of Aries, which is first sign of Zodiac and is a natural beginning of Spring. Many civilizations have known this. People of ancient Egypt knew this and Nowruz (literally New Day) in Persia is also based on this observation. The Sun however may not be exactly in Aries due to Lunar month. This is adjusted by adding an “Adhik” (Literally an extra) Lunar month every three years to ensure New Year Day (Gudhee Padwa) indeed matches observed season.

Agricultural

India is a predominantly agrarian society. Thus celebrations and festivals are often linked to the turn of the season and to the sowing and reaping of crops. This day marks the end of one agricultural harvest and the beginning of a new one. In this context, the Gudi Padwa is celebrated at the end of the Rabi season.

Historical

This day also commemorates the commencement of the Shaka calendar after Gautami Putra Satakarni, also known as Shalivahan defeated Sakas in battle in 78 A.D.

Religious

According to the Brahma Purana, this was the day in which Lord Brahma created the universe after Pralaya and the Kaal (Time) began its march from this day onwards.

Seasonal

On this day, the sun assumes a position above the point of intersection of the equator and the meridians. According to the Hindu calendar, this marks the commencement of the Vasanta Ritu or the spring season.

Gudi

On Guḍī Paḍava, a gudi is found sticking out of a window or otherwise prominently displayed in traditional Maharashtrian households. Bright green or yellow cloth adorned with brocade (zari) tied to the tip of a long bamboo over which gaathi (sugar crystals), neem leaves, a twig of mango leaves and a garland of red flowers is tied. A silver or copper pot is placed in the inverted position over it. Altogether, it is called as Gudi. It is hoisted outside the house, in a window, terrace or a high place so that everybody can see it.

Some of the significances attributed to raising a Gudi are as follows:

  • Maharashtrians also see the Gudi as a symbol of victory associated with the conquests of the Maratha forces led by Chhatrapati Shivaji. It also symbolizes the victory of King Shalivahana over Sakas and was hoisted by his people when he returned to Paithan.
  • Gudi symbolizes the Brahmadhvaj (Brahma’s flag) mentioned in the Brahma Purana, because Lord Brahma created the universe on this day. It may also represent Indradhvaj (the flag of Indra).
  • Mythologically, the Gudi symbolizes Lord Rama’s victory and happiness on returning to Ayodhya after slaying Ravana. Since a symbol of victory is always held high, so is the gudi (flag). It is believed that this festival is celebrated to commemorate the coronation of Rama; post his return to Ayodhya after completing 14 years of exile. So, people celebrated victory of lord Rama every year by raising Gudi. The Gudi is said to ward off evil, usher in prosperity and good luck into the house.
  • The Gudi is positioned on the right side of the main entrance of the house. The right side symbolizes active state of the soul.

Rangoli

On the festive day, courtyards in village houses will be swept clean and plastered with fresh cow-dung. Even in the city, people take the time out to do some spring cleaning. On this day, people young and old begin their day with a holy bath and wear new clothes. Those who reside in the villages choose to take a dip in a sacred river next to the local temple. This ritual is meant to cleanse their bodies and souls and prepare them for a new dawn.

Traditionally, Maharashtrian women wear a kashta or a nauvari — a nine-yard saree tucked at the back, while the men are dressed in a kurta pyjama and sport a saffron or red turban. Women and children work on intricate rangoli designs on their doorsteps, the vibrant colours mirroring the burst of colour associated with spring. Everyone dresses up in new clothes and it is a time for family gatherings.

Traditionally, families are supposed to begin the festivities by eating the bittersweet leaves of the neem tree. Sometimes, a paste of neem leaves is prepared and mixed with dhane, gul/gur (jaggery), and tamarind. All the members of the family consume this paste, which is believed to purify the blood and strengthen the body’s immune system against diseases.

Maharashtrian families also make shrikhand and Poori or Puran Poli on this day. Konkanis make Kanangachi Kheer, a variety of Kheer made of sweet potato, coconut milk, jaggery, rice flour, etc.

Ugadi Panchanga Sravanam

On this day mantras are chanted and predictions made for the New Year. Later, people traditionally gather to listen to the recitation of the religious Panchanga of the coming year, and to the general forecast of the year to come. This is the Panchanga Sravanam, an informal social function where an elderly and respected person open the new Panchagam pertaining to the coming year and makes a general benediction to all present. Ugadi celebrations are marked by literary discussions, poetry recitations and recognition of authors of literary works through awards and cultural programmes. Recitals of classical Carnatic music and dance are held in the evenings.

Dhanteras

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Dhanteras or Dhana Trayodashi, Marathi: धनत्रयोदशी is the first day of the Indian Diwali and Nepalese Tihar festival. The festival is known as “Dhanatrayodashi” or “Dhanvantari Trayodashi”. It is celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin

Dhanvantari is worshipped on the occasion of Dhanvantari Trayodashi. Dhanvantari is considered to be the teacher of all physicians and the originator of Ayurveda.

Significance of Dhanteras:

On the day of Dhantrayodashi Goddess Lakshmi came out from the ocean of milk during the churning of the Sea. Hence, Goddess Lakshmi, along with Lord Kuber is worshiped on the day of Trayodashi.

Legends:

An ancient legend links the occasion to an interesting story about the 16-year-old son of King Hima. His horoscope predicted his death by snake-bite on the fourth day of his marriage. On that particular day, his newly-wed wife did not allow him to sleep. She laid out all her ornaments and lots of gold and silver coins in a heap at the entrance of the sleeping chamber and lit lamps all over the place. Then she narrated stories and sang songs to keep her husband from falling asleep. The next day, when Yama, the god of death arrived at the prince’s doorstep in the guise of a Serpent, his eyes were dazzled and blinded by the brilliance of the lamps and the jewellery. Yama could not enter the Prince’s chamber, so he climbed on top of the heap of gold coins and sat there the entire night listening to the stories and songs. In the morning, he silently went away. Thus, the young prince was saved from the clutches of death by the cleverness of his new bride, and the day came to be celebrated as Dhanteras. The following day came to be called Naraka Chaturdashi (‘Naraka’ means hell and Chaturdashi means 14th). It is also known as ‘Yamadeepdaan’ as the ladies of the house light earthen lamps or ‘deep’ and these are kept burning throughout the night glorifying Yama, the God of Death. Since this is the night before Diwali, it is also called ‘Chhoti Diwali’ or Minor Diwali.[3]

According to another popular legend, when the Gods and demons churned the ocean for Amrita or nectar, Dhanvantari (the physician of the Gods and an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) emerged carrying a jar of the elixir on the day of Dhanteras.

Although Dhanteras has become associated with wealth and people buy gold or silver jewellery and utensils on this day, there is no association of either wealth or gold with Dhanvantari, who is a provider of good health rather than wealth.

Preparations for the festival:

On the day of Dhanteras, business premises are renovated and decorated. Entrances are made colorful with lanterns and traditional pattern of Rangoli designs to welcome the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. To indicate her long-awaited arrival, small footprints are drawn with rice flour and vermillion powder all over the houses. Lamps are kept burning all through the night.

Traditions :

On Dhanteras Hindus consider it auspicious to purchase gold or silver articles or at least one or two new utensils. It is believed that new “Dhan” or some form of precious metal is a sign of good luck. “Lakshmi Puja” is performed in the evenings when tiny Diyas of clay are lit to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. “Bhajans”, devotional songs in praise of Goddess Lakshmi, are also sung.

Celebrations :

Dhanteras is celebrated with devotion and enthusiasm. “Lakshmi Puja” is performed in the evenings when tiny diyas of clay are lit to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. Bhajans, devotional songs in praise of Goddess Laxmi, are sung and “Naivedya” of traditional sweets is offered to the Goddess. There is a peculiar custom in Maharashtra to lightly pound dry Coriander seeds (Dhane in Marathi for Dhanatrayodashi) with jaggery and offer as Naivedya.

In villages, cattle are adorned and worshiped by farmers as they form the main source of their income.

Wishing all a Happy and Prosperous Diwali

Deepavali –The Festival of joy and happiness

Deepavali –The Festival of joy and happiness

Diwali is an important festival for Hindus. The names of the festive days as well as the rituals of Diwali vary significantly in different regions of India. In many parts of India ,the festivities start with Dhanteras, followed by Naraka Chaturdasi on second day, Deepavali on the third day, Diwali Padva dedicated to husband-wife  relationship on the fourth day, and festivities end with Bhau-Beej dedicated to brother-sister  bond on the fifth day. Dhanteras usually falls eighteen days after Dussehra.

Diwali is marked by celebrations around Fireworks, lights, sweets and many such things. Houses, shops and other establishments are all lit up with lights. The air around the festivities is marked by regular bursting of crackers .The festivities are never complete without exchange of sweets amongst relatives and friends. The whole idea behind the festivities is to bring out the best in us and create a joyous atmosphere. The challenges that are a part of our everyday existence are given a go by and are replaced with joy and fervor.

It is an important time for traditional businessmen who enthusiastically welcome Goddess Laxmi on Laxmi Puja day. New books of accounts are created in the hope that the year ahead will offer more and better opportunities for earning wealth and prosperity. The demands of maintaining the Joyous mood are met by increased spending of money giving a boost to all businesses irrespective of their type and size.

At the time of this revelry there is also a need to exercise caution so that revelries don’t end up on a miserable note. The continuous bursting of firecrackers leads to a surge in amount pollutants in the air causing breathing disorders and similar health issues. There is an absolute need to exercise caution so that one person’s celebration does not heap miseries on another person. Similar concerns are there around sound pollution and severe burn injuries. A sense of balance is required to avoid the unpleasant incidents. There is an urgent need to channelize some of these expenditure for more meaningful purposes.

Let us pledge to celebrate this Diwali in an eco-friendly way by avoiding smoke creating high decibel crackers. Instead, let us spread love, joy and happiness.

Wishing all a very happy Diwali and a prosperous year ahead!!

Importance of Festivals

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India, since time immemorial has been a melting pot of religions and cultures. Each religion had its own cultural ethos and contributed to creating vibrancy amongst its followers and others in the Society. Each of these religions followed its own set of rituals which at times differed from each other, but what was common to all these religions was the festivals they celebrated and these festivals helped to bring people together and foster harmony.

Each of these festivals helped to create a spirit of celebration amongst people and helped them to bond and remain united. Festivals provided the people an opportunity to get over the struggles of daily existence and celebrate the best in life. Most of these festivals were a celebration of the five elements that went on to form the human body and helped people to understand the importance of each of these elements. It also helped people to understand the relation between each of these elements and the human beings.

Many of the festivals were dedicated to various gods, goddesses and saintly beings from different religions, and the festivals were a way of commemorating their greatness. The underlining message in all the festivals was about the victory of good over evil, stressing on the people to lead a righteous way of life.  The festivals encouraged the people to ignore the negative in the people around and embrace a positive way of life. It provided people with an opportunity to come together ignoring any ill-will that anyone may be nursing and help people to maintain peace and harmony.

The festivals also contributed to the enhancement in economic activity, as there was an increase in consumption of food, clothing and other material to maintain celebratory mood in the society. The festivals provided an opportunity for the young in the society to interact with the elderly and to gain a better understanding of the cultural values.

India, being a land of various religions had a rich tradition of celebrating different religions. While the Hindus contributed to the joy of celebration by celebrating festivals like, Holi , Raksha Bandhan, Dusshera  and Diwali, the Muslims joined in with Eid, the Christians added in with Christmas and Easter. Each of these festivals along with the festivals of the other religions ensured that people remained in a mood of continuous joy and festivity adding to the positive energy amongst the people. This ensured that people remained healthy in body and spirit, leading to peace, harmony and well – being in the society. Along with the celebrations it has been a tradition amongst Hindus to adorn Rudraksha or offering them to others during festivals as these beads are considered holy and helpful in achieving spiritual growth and attaining overall wellbeing.