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Why do we worship Kalash

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A kalash is a brass, copper or earthen pot filled with water. Mango leaves are placed at the rim of the pot and a coconut is kept in the centre. A red or white thread is tied around its neck or sometimes all round it with a diamond-shaped pattern and may be decorated with designs. Such a pot is called a kalasha.

When the pot is filled with rice or water it is called a purnakumbha which symbolises the lifeless body which when filled with divine life gains the power to perform various actions and makes life complete. On all important occasions like the traditional house warming, weddings, and worships, the kalasha is placed with prescribed rituals. It is placed at the entrance as a sign of welcome. It is also used while welcoming holy people.

It is believed that before the creation, Lord Vishnu was reclining on his serpent, the Ananta, in the ocean of milk. From his navel, rose a lotus on which was seated Lord Brahma, the creator who then created the universe.

The water in the kalasha symbolises these primeval waters from which the entire creation originated. It gives life to all and has the ability to create innumerable names and forms, the motionless objects and the animate beings. All the auspiciousness in the world emanates from this energy behind the universe. The leaves and coconut symbolise creation and the thread denotes the love that binds all the creation together. The kalasha is therefore perceived as sacred and auspicious.

The “Kumbha abhisheka” of a temple is done in a grand manner with elaborate rituals including the pouring of one or more kalashas of holy water on the top of the temple. When the asuras and devas churned the milky ocean, the Lord appeared bearing the pot of nectar, which blessed one with everlasting life.

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The Significance of Directions in Vastu Shastra – Part 1

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You must have often heard of the significance of directions and the key role it plays in Vastu. Have you even wondered why are directions so important and why does Vastu Shastra rely so heavily on directions? In this multi-part series, we are going to educate you, the reader, on why directions are so important and the role each direction plays.

Vastu Shastra has traditionally listed 10 directions. However, with the modern compass, we can see only 8 directions. These directions are illustrated in the drawing below as follows:

  • North (Uttar)
  • North-East (Ishanya)
  • East (Purav)
  • South-East (Agneya)
  • South (Dakshin)
  • South-West (Nairuttya)
  • West (Pashchim)
  • North-West (Vayu)

The 9th and 10th directions are defined as the Earth and the Sky

 

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Each of these directions plays a significant role in our lives. The role is defined by a mixture of astronomical alignments, the position of the Sun, Earth’s magnetic field and other scientific reasoning. On the basis of the role that each direction plays and overlaying these directions on a house/property/office, we can determine which role of the house or office should be done in which direction and hence ensuring that the task is done with correct astrological alignments in order to achieve success. The below illustration shows the different rooms/areas that should ideally be allocated to each part of the house or office.

 

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In our subsequent articles, we will talk about each direction in detail, the pros and cons of each of them, why do they exhibit a certain characteristic and what is the best activity to be done in that direction in order to achieve success.

 

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The Significance of Directions in Vastu Shastra – Part 2

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In continuation to our multi-part series where we talk about the significance of each direction, we shall now see the significance of each direction and the role it plays. This would help us better understand Vastu Shastra and why certain changes are recommended.

 

North (Uttar Disha)

The North direction is one of the most prosperous directions in Vastu Shastra. This direction is owed and administered by Lord Kuber, the treasurer of the gods. Pleasing him and hence ensuring that this direction is well served would lead to financial prosperity.

Items to be installed in this direction –

Mirrors are auspicious here since it is supposed to help double your wealth.

Cash boxes, safes, tijoris are also supposed to be installed in this direction.

Slope, well or underground water tank should also be installed in this direction within a property.

Other recommendations –

North is also a source for positive energy. One must always try to face north as much as possible. This is especially true whilst taking business decisions or during family discussions.

Rooms recommended in the north –

For residences, the living room should ideally be present in the north part of the house.

 

North West (Vayu Disha)

The North West corner is ruled by Lord Vayu, the god winds. This direction is also associated with Lord Hanuman, the god of strength. This corner is often associated with new opportunities as the wind brings in a lot of external elements that can possible change our lives and bring it on the right path. However, misuse or wrong use of this corner can also take one off the right path and onto the wrong path in life and lead them into a state of confusion.

Recommendations:

Tall structures must not be present in this corner of the plot

The direction also fosters friendship and co-operation. Hence board rooms and discussion areas should be in this direction in an office environment.

Rooms recommended in the North West –

Board rooms and discussion rooms in offices

Unmarried girls should also try to sleep in the room in this direction since the energy of the wind helps alter their life and finds them a life-partner

In our next blog we shall discuss West and South West zones.

 

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Plants and Vastu

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Plants, flowers and saplings are often used to decorate the house and bring more peace. It helps us reconnect with nature, adds natural beauty to the house, brings down external noise levels from the streets, attracts birds and hence gives a warm feeling. We all like to decorate our houses using plants but doing so all the time may not necessarily be a good idea. Vastushastra has defined the types of plants that are acceptable to be placed inside the house and plants that are not. In this article, we will be throwing more light on the do’s and dont’s of placing plants around the house.

 

Flowering plants

Any flowering plant can be generally kept inside the house unless it has thorns or grows in the form of a creeper.

  1. Peace Lilies signify peace and harmony and can be used to brighten up a dull atmosphere
  2. Purple colour flowering plants signify wealth and hence bring prosperity
  3. Growing Lotus and Jasmine plants inside the house are considered very lucky

 

Creepers

It is a strict NO to have creepers inside the house. Creepers can be grown outside the house in a garden but must not take the support of a wall or fence, it needs to be independent.

  1. Money plants are the only exception to this rule which can be grown within the house. However, inside the house too it needs to be independent and not grow using the support of walls or grills.

 

Thorny plants and cacti

Plants that usually have thorns and/or are a species of cacti, should not be kept inside the house. Thorns signify negative energy and can also be hazardous to children and other occupants of the premises. A rose bush is the only exception to this rule and it can be grown inside the house.

 

Bonsai plants

Bonsai plants should not be kept inside or outside the house. Since bonsai is maintained by restricting the growth of the plant, it can affect the life of the grower as well.

 

Fruit plants

It is usually difficult to grow plants that bear fruits since the plants are usually very large. Growing fruit-bearing plants outside the house is not a problem. Growing a lemon plant inside the house is considered to be very lucky.

History of Vastu

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Have you ever wondered when, how and where did the science of Vastushastra come into being? Who created it, on what principles are it based on and what is the objective of this field? This article aims to throw more light on how this concept came into being from ancient times to it’s more modern force.

As per Sanskrit, Vastu Shastra can be translated to ‘the science/teachings on the art of dwelling’. It is supposed to have come into existence as far as 6000 BC and the ruins of Harappa and Mohenjo-daro are known to have been built using VastuThe mention of Vastu can also be found in our Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas where they talk extensively about architecture and construction. Many ancient temples and palaces of kings were built on these principles.

Vastu was initially conceptualised to be a manual for city-building and town planning. Most of the rules of Vastu were based upon astrology, wind directions and the Sun and how to foster the energy of the elements in order to make life more healthy and prosperous. Since life for people was extremely simple, they relied heavily on the power of the elements to lead their daily routines. Hence, they built their homes to better harvest this energy for their benefit.

Over time, these doctrines of Vastu have been given a more structured shape and have often been associated with Hindu Mythology. The Vastu we see today is a well-researched subject taking our modern lifestyle into consideration which blends science with belief. In modern application, Vastu is used to bring prosperity and overcome hurdles by going back to the science used by our ancestors to harvest the power of the elements in order to overcome our problems.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Om Mantra

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In Hinduism, we often come across ‘Om’. A sacred symbol as well as a chant often said with prayers. We place the symbol on places of religious significance and constantly say the word when we pray, but why do we do that? Why do yogis and spiritual gurus stress the importance of using the word ‘Om’?

The Om Mantra or “AUM” is the highest sacred symbol in Hinduism. Om is considered to be sacred and resonates a high spiritual and creative energy. It is believed to represent the basic sound of the universe; the cosmic vibration that gives birth to all other sounds.

Om is a representation of the Hindu trinity which consists of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Om is finite as well as infinite. It also represents the 3 Vedas – Rig Veda, Yajur Veda and Sama Veda.

The Om mantra is considered to have high spiritual and creative power and chanting it in a high and prolonged note raises vibrations of the individual practicing it and, as a result, people who chant it feel alive, at peace and centered. It affects every part of the body. Om is considered so divine in Hinduism that they place it before and after every other Mantra.

We all know that in order to attain good physical health and happiness, the body requires adequate exercise, proper diet, and rest. More importantly and more overlooked, is the health of our inner self which also requires nourishment and attention. When we neglect our spiritual inner self, we become imbalanced and negative in attitude and emotions. “Om” destroys the negativity of the mind.

Chanting of the Om Mantra purifies the environment around you and creates positive vibrations. Om not only benefits the person who is chanting it but also to the people around them wherever its vibrations flow. It cleanses your aura and can be recited by anyone. It can place you in a meditational state which deeply relaxes your body. Your concentration increases when you chant this universal hymn. The ॐ chanting removes toxin from your body. It is said to give you better immunity and self-healing powers. It improves your concentration and helps you focus on whatever your goals may be.

Hence, every individual must take out a few mintues daily, to close their eyes and meditate and chant the word ‘Om’ to calm the mind and body.

The Story and Mythology Behind Holi

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Holi, the festival of colors – primarily celebrated in India. It is the most fun-filled, noisy and lively of all Hindu festivals. It’s an occasion that brings lot of joy and happiness, fun and play, music and dance, and of course lots of bright colors!

With winter neatly tucked up in the attic, it’s time to come out of our cocoons and enjoy this spring festival. Every year it is celebrated on the full moon day in Falgun, sometimes in the month of March, and glorifies good harvest and fertility of the land. The festival also holds significance with respect to end of winter season and the onset of summer season.

There are several mythological stories behind the origins of the festival. The most popular one is related to the killing of Holika. Mythology states that when Prahlad disobeyed the orders of Hrinyakashyapu and kept praying for Lord Vishnu, Hrinyakashyapu took the help of his sister, Holika, to kill him. Holika took Prahlad in her lap and sat in a bonfire as she had immunity against fire. However, to everyone’s amazement, Holika was burnt alive while Prahlad was unaffected. Thus, Holika Dahan is celebrated a day before Holi. Hence, Holi festival commemorates the victory of good over evil.

Holi got its name as the “Festival of Colors” from Lord Krishna, a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, who liked to play pranks on the village girls by drenching them in water and colors. The morning is a free-for-all carnival of colours, where participants play, chase and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water, with some carrying water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight. The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and other musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People visit family, friends and foes to throw coloured powders on each other.

It is said this festival encourages the feeling of brotherhood in the society. People from all communities and religion participate in this joyous and colorful festival and strengthen the secular fabric of nation.

Vastu Kripa would like to wish you and your family a very happy and safe holi. We at Vastu Kripa promote a environmentally safe holi and advocate the use of herbal colours and less water. Happy Holi!

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The Significance of Directions in Vastu Shastra – Part 3

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In continuation to our multi-part series where we talk about the significance of each direction, we shall now see the significance of each direction and the role it plays. This would help us better understand Vastu Shastra and why certain changes are recommended.

West (Paschim Disha)

The west is controlled by Lord Varuna or the Lord of the Waters. The planet that sits in this direction is Saturn and hence this direction is not considered auspicious. The lower abdomens of the Vastu Purush sit in this direction. Usually women seem to benefit a lot from this direction.

Items to be installed in this direction –

Overhead water tanks and staircases are advised in this direction.

Garage or workshed can also be installed in this direction.

Other recommendations –

Avoid keeping big doors or openings in the west. It is believed that solar energy is lost if big openings are present on the west of the house.

Rooms recommended in the north –

Toilets in the room should be on the west if possible.

South West (Nairuttya Disha)

The South West corner is known to be the area of the devil and is hence the most inauspicious part of the house. The area is associated with the planet Rahu and this part of the house or property must be left un-tilised.

Recommendations:

Heavy objects and items of storage must be kept in this corner. The heavy weight helps bring down the negative impact of this area

During construction, all building materials must be kept in this corner

Within the kitchen, the fridge and other heavy items should be placed in this corner

In our next blog we shall discuss South and South East zones.

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The Amazing Power of Tulsi

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India is a country of traditions and customs.There are many explanations given about the spiritual, religious and medicinal benefits of Tulsi.

Tulsi or Holy basil is a sacred plant in Hindus. Tulsi, also know as Hari Priya, is the beloved of Lord Narayan. As one legend goes, Tulsi was the devoted wife of Shankhachud, a celestial being. An untoward incident in her life made her believe that Lord Krishna had somehow tricked her into sinning. Hence, she cursed him to turn into a stone (shaligram). Seeing her devotion and adherence to righteousness, the Lord blessed her saying that she would become the worshipped plant, Tulsi, that would adorn his head. This instance gave Tulsi it’s importance and it was imprinted in the Hindu scriptures that all offerings to Lord Vishnu and his various avatars, including Sri Rama and Sri Krishna, would be incomplete without the offering of the Tulsi leaf.

It is believed that nothing on earth can equal to the virtues of Tulsi, being the only plant that is regarded as self-purifiying. Apart from religious significance, it is great for medicinal purposes too. The plant extract is used to cure n prevent many illnesses and diseases. Boiling tulsi leaves and serving it with tea or even as plain water, is widely used as a deterrant to illnesses such as fever, malaria, cough and cold. Eating the leaves of Tulsi on a regular basis is supposed to help clean the blood of various impurities.

Tulsi is also widely used as a flavouring substance in tea and as a garnish on various dishes. According to ancient texts, Tulsi is glorified as the one who helps in bringing people closer to the divine.

We hope this increased your knowledge of this sacred plant. Some more tips will be coming your way soon. Keep reading!

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