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What is Pind Daan Puja?

What is Pind Daan Puja?

Respect for family and ancestors is a pillar of Vedic culture the Hindu religion is filled with reverential worship and rituals to Gods Goddess and Ancestors; departed and loved ones. Most of these rituals are aimed to ease the journey of the person towards final salvation Moksha. The Hindu way of life covers concepts of life and the afterlife in one continuous and seamless process. Hinduism has unique and complex rituals related to last rites. Last rites rituals in Hinduism are almost same throughout the Indian sub-continent. It is called  Pind Daan, it is one of the most important Hindu rites. Pind Daan is considered as a way to salvation, performing Post death ceremony in Hindu family is considered a must to do obligation for every Hindu.
Why Do Hindus Fast?

Why Do Hindus Fast?

However, fasting is not only a part of worship but a great instrument for self-discipline too. It is a training of the mind and the body to endure and harden up against all hardships, to persevere under difficulties and not give up. According to Hindu philosophy, food means gratification of the senses and to starve the senses is to elevate them to contemplation. Luqman the wise once said, "When the stomach is full, the intellect begins to sleep. Wisdom becomes mute and the parts of the body restrain from acts of righteousness."
Why Do We Touch Peoples Feet?

Why Do We Touch Peoples Feet?

As a child I have been accustom to touching certain elders feet, mainly my parents and grandparents.  I would always to do this on special occasions, like or New Year when I met my grandparents. My understanding…. To seek blessings when ever I embark on something new or have to do something new, special or auspicious I would seek blessings from my parents touching their feet.  They would lovingly place their hands on my head and then I would also get the most comforting hugs. But why do we do this?
Hindu Stories Imagery, Death and Destruction…What Should We Expose Our Children Too?

Hindu Stories Imagery, Death and Destruction…What Should We Expose Our Children Too?

Many Hindu stories from the scriptures are brimming with demons and Asuras, who are strong, powerful and evil, full of darkness and despair to gain power and destroy the world.  They seem to always want the boon of immortality, but the gods being one step ahead they never win. They are not the best to look at, some of the descriptions from the scriptures of how the demons, looked and behaved are horrific, and quite violent. I would love to hear your views on what we should expose our children too, here are my thoughts
Nataraj King of Dance

Nataraj King of Dance

One of the first statues I remember as a child is the iconic bronze statue or Shiva standing on an asura with a circle of flames. So what does Nataraj mean? Nataraja or Nataraja, the dancing form of Lord Shiva. 'Nataraja' means 'King of Dancers' (Sanskrit nata = dance; raja = king). Shiva is shown as dancing on an halo of flames, lifting His left leg and balancing himself of the demon Apasmara who is a symbol of ignorance. The upper right hand holds a 'dumroo' that stands for the male-female vital principle, the lower shows the gesture of assertion to be without fear. As a symbol, Shiva Nataraja is a glorious art form. It combines in a single image Shiva’s roles as creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe and conveys the Indian conception of the never-ending cycle of time.

What is Aarti?

What is Aarti?

Aarti is one of the most important and popular rituals of the Hindu faith. Aarti has been performed since the Vedic period.  It is a ceremony performed in  greeting and thanksgiving of the deities, where devotees are reminded of God’s presence. In Sanskrit, the word ‘arti’ is composed of ‘aa’, meaning complete, and ‘rati’, meaning love. The Aarti is an expression of one’s complete love towards God. It is sung and performed with a deep sense of adoration, and meditative awareness.
Who is Hanuman’s Family?

Who is Hanuman’s Family?

Hinduism is full of the most intriguing stories, there are variations in spelling and retelling of events. Even if they are just stories they all have their own charm, and more than anything our next generation are willing to learn…The Jai Jais Way!

We have a blog about how hanuman was born, “How did Hanuman get a monkey face”, but who is his family? He is known as Pavan Sutra (Son of the wind god).  He was actually born to Goddess Anajana (a celestial nymph), and Lord Kesari (a powerful Vanara). Hanuman is also son of the wind-god Vayu, who in several stories played a direct role in Hanuman's birth. Hanuman is mentioned in several other texts, such as the epic Mahabharata and the various Puranas.

Hanuman's Powers

Hanuman's Powers

Hanuman had great powers. One morning, he saw the sun rising and thought it was a beautiful fruit. He decided to get hold of it so that he could have it. Indra, the king of gods, saw Hanuman leap into the sky and wanted to stop him. He threw his weapon, the Vajra (thunderbolt) Hanuman fell to earth, wounded.

Hanuman’s enraged father Vayu the Wind God decided to go on a strike until the one who hurt his child was punished. There was no gentle cooling breeze when the sun blazed down. No power to move the rain-bearing clouds. The affect was that humans and animals couldn’t breathe. Vayu’s strike made life on earth very difficult.

Mother Earth Day. Who is Bhumi Devi?

Mother Earth Day. Who is Bhumi Devi?

Bhoomi Devi is our Sacred Goddess Mother Earth. She is the mother of every life that has ever taken birth from her and has lived upon her. Bhoomi Devi is a combination of two words namely 'bhoomi' and 'devi'. Bhoomi refers to earth and Devi refers to Goddess in, thus Bhoomi Devi is Earth Goddess. Bhoomi Devi is the consort of God Varaha, who is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Devi Bhoomi is depicted as a beautiful shapely Goddess adorned with a lot of jewellery. She sits on a lotus, wearing a heavy crown and many jewellery around her neck, hands and feet. She sits there calmly with a smile on her face.

How was Rama Born?

How was Rama Born?

Extract from The Jai Jais Legends Series “Ramayana”

Thousands of years ago, there lived a great king called Dasharatha in the beautiful city of Ayodhya, the capital of the kingdom of Kosala in the state of Uttar Pradesh. He was known for his loyalty to the gods and his bravery in battle; he had helped the gods in their fight against many fierce and strong demons, a privilege that was granted to only a few mortals. King Dashratha’s people loved him dearly as he was kind and fair. The kingdom was happy and prosperous, but King Dasharatha was filled with deep sadness; even though he had a wonderful kingdom and three wives, he had no heir to the throne, and was becoming older.

Who is Goddess Sita?

Who is Goddess Sita?

Sita is a Hindu goddess and one of the central figures in the Hindu epic, Ramayana and its other versions. Sita was the abandoned natural child of Bhūmi, Mother Earth, and was discovered in a field. She was adopted by King Jananka of Mithila (now Nepal) and his wife Queen Sunaina. She has a younger sister, Urmila, and the female cousins Mandavi and Shrutakirti. Sita is known for her dedication, self-sacrifice, courage and purity. Let's find out more The Jai Jais Way about this beautiful goiddess.
When Hanuman Met Rama

When Hanuman Met Rama

Every rendition of the Ramayana one theme that is so precious, is the loyalty and devotion of Hanuman to Rama and the bond they share. Talking of the Ramayana, one cannot ignore the relationship between Lord Rama and his able devotee Lord Hanuman. In fact, it will be fair to say that the battles that Lord Rama won effortlessly had a major role that was played by Lord Hanuman. Such was the dedication of Lord Hanuman towards his master that he would often put himself in trouble to protect the dignity of his master and his wife. Lets find out The Jai Jais Way how they met.