Om Namo Shivaya (Evening 8:00 pm everyday)
Lord Shiva Tandav (Dance & Meditation)
Nataraja is the name given to the Hindu god, Shiva, in his role as the cosmic dancer and god of dramatic arts. Derived from Sanskrit, nata means "dance" and raja means "king." Hence, nataraja means "king of dance." The popular belief that Shiva is the creator, preserver and destroyer is symbolized in the form of Nataraja. He is typically depicted encircled by an arch of fire, symbolizing samsara (circle of death and rebirth) and the cosmic fire that consumes all and creates all.
Indian Henna Decoration
Mehndi is a form of body art originating from the Indian subcontinent, in which decorative designs are created on a person's body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant (Lawsonia inermis). Dating back to ancient India, mehndi is still a popular form of body art among the women of the Indian subcontinent, Africa and the Middle East.
Mehndi is derived from the Sanskrit word mendhikā. The use of mehndi and turmeric is described in the earliest Hindu Vedic ritual books. It was originally used for only women's palms and sometimes for men, but as time progressed, it was more common for men to wear it. Haldi (staining oneself with turmeric paste), as well as mehndi, are Vedic customs, intended to be a symbolic representation of the outer and the inner sun. Vedic customs are centered on the idea of "awakening the inner light". Traditional Indian designs are representations of the sun on the palm, which, in this context, is intended to represent the hands and feet. Mehendi has a great significance in performing classical dance like
Immunity & Ayurveda
Indian cuisine. It’s colorful, flavorful, and the spices are not only tasty—they come with a plethora of health benefits. These spices can be used in either sweet or savory dishes and they will leave your taste buds asking for more. Take a look at our list below for some common Indian spices and the medicinal benefits that each one provides.
Sacred Vedic Art of India –Yantra- Mandalas
“Yantra” Scared Vedic Art of India Yantra & Mantra has lock and key relationship to energies in our personal consciousness. India land of Seers - Sages and Spirituality. Ancient seers or ‘Rishi’ “saw” these Diety energies both as light bodies and as geometric patterns called “Yantra”. They “herd” them as inner sound which they then articulated as “mantra”. Out of their experiences came practices that let us touch these energies emotionally, mentally and even spiritually. On personal psychological level, Deity meditation gives us access to a power that works on a deeper level than is available through conventional psychology. “Immerse in the Deity power and emerge with source code” Meditating with a Deity can help you integrate and work with some of your elemental qualities. Deity meditation has powerful psychological benefits. It is unshakable psychological knots for instance issues with power of love. As a spiritual practice it opens up transparent forces within your mind and heart. It can become powerful forces for devotional feelings, put you in touch with protective energies, and subtly clear inner vision so that you see the world in a softer more loving way. The Deity become the focus of your meditation and act as an inner guide, protector and as the one addressed in petitioner prayers. When you invoke deities though meditation visualization, inner dialogues and mantras you bring their light and energy into you own body and Deity practice helps us embody the subtle powers of the universe. It affects us psychologically, spiritually and also physically. It can protect us, empower us, touch us unconditional love and inner enlighten us.
Satvik- Yogic Food
The concept that contrasts with and is opposed to sattva is Tamas. A sattvic diet is thus meant to include food and eating habit that is "pure, essential, natural, vital, energy-giving, clean, conscious, true, honest, wise" A sattvic diet is meant to include foods and eating habits that are "pure, essential, natural, vital, energy-containing, clean, conscious, true, honest, wise". A sattvic diet can also exemplify the religious principle Ahimsa, the doctrine of non-violence, or not causing harm to other living things, which is one reason why yogis often follow a vegetarian diet. A sattvic diet is a regimen that places emphasis on seasonal foods, fruits, dairy products, nuts, seeds, oils, ripe vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and non-meat based proteins. Some sattvic diet suggestions, such as its relative emphasis on dairy products, is controversial. A sattvic diet is sometimes referred to as yogic diet or yoga diet in modern literature. In ancient and medieval era Yoga literature, the concept discussed is Mitahara, which literally means "moderation in eating"
Goddess A Day: Hindu goddesses are the representation of Shakti, the feminine source of power in the universe. They are highly revered and powerful and play a central role in the creation, protection, and destruction of the universe. Here is a list of 10 Hindu goddesses who are the source of this power. Radha: Radha is known for her immense devotion towards Krishna, which reflects the longing of each devotee to be united with the supreme. It was through the power of her devotion that she was able to achieve the status of goddess. Kamadhenu: Kamadhenu is the mother of all cows and the goddess of plenty. She is capable of fulfilling the deepest wishes of her devotees. Tulsi: Tulsi is the goddess worshiped and revered in the form of a basil plant. The herb has medicinal as well as mythological importance in Hinduism. Ganga : Ganga is the personification of the River Ganga and is a popular goddess in Hindu mythology. Devotees strongly believe that bathing in the holy river will wash away sin and negativity. Sita: Sita is the representation of feminine power and virtue. Kali: Kali is the fierce representation of Shakti. She is also known as the destroyer or the one who liberates the soul and provides moksha or enlightenment. Kali is seen as a fierce and angry goddess with a garland of skulls, a knife and a bowl in her hands. Saraswati: Saraswati is the goddess of wisdom, music, and learning. She is also known as Sharada. Lakshmi: Lakshmi is the famous goddess of wealth, abundance, and fertility. She is worshiped during the festival of Deepawali, or the festival of light. Parvati : Parvati is one of the goddesses of the Tridevi. She is also known as Gauri. She is the wife of Shiva and the mother of Kumar and Ganesh. Parvati is the caring and motherly representation of Shakti. Durga: Durga is perhaps one of the most well-known manifestations of Shakti. She is also the representation of feminine power in the universe. Goddesses in Hinduism are the divine representation of the cosmos and they are complementary to their male counterparts. Both the masculine and the feminine deities complete the divinity of the universe. Female deities are functional deities with each goddess representing a part of Shakti and the cosmos. Different deities are worshiped by different devotees on the basis of their philosophy and ideology.
Discover which goddesses are you?
Forest Bathing :Forest bathing is the practice of immersing yourself in nature in a mindful way, using your senses to derive a whole range of benefits for your physical, mental, emotional, and social health. It is also known as Shinrin-yoku. ‘Shinrin’ means forest and ‘Yoku’ stands for bathing. The idea took birth in Japan in the 1980’s and proved to be a very effective tool to overcome the ill effects of a hectic life and stressful work environment. Forest bathing is taking time to unwind and connect with nature to improve your health. Simply put: Forest bathing is retreating to nature to immerse in the forest atmosphere.
Forest bathing has many benefits, including:
Creating kung fu fighting killer cells.
Decreased risk of heart attack.
Protection against obesity and diabetes.
More energy and better sleep.
Clearer, more comfortable skin.
Soothing relief for sore muscles.
Mural Art-Not celebrated enough, the Kerala Mural is truly fantastic and historic...
Although the Kerala Mural originated in the 9-10th century, the art proliferated from the 16th century onwards. It was in the 16th century that Srikumara wrote the Silpratna, a Sanskrit text on painting and related subjects, which may have been useful for artists. It could also explain why this tradition received such a strong impetus at the time.The paintings present a highly stylised version of the gods, with wide open eyes, elongated lips and the color palette consist of just a five colors panchavrna or red, yellow, green, black, and white colors are derived from natural sources. These murals are painted in a very organised and specific manner – each body part has a specific measurement. Each figure has it's won charm and magnetism, whether it's god or demon.
Rituals such as homam, & yagnam are prescribed in the Vedas. The general significance behind all these rituals is to seek the help of deities (divine beings) that are capable to deliver one from sins and to make one acquire punyam (merit) to fulfill one’s material or spiritual desires.
Relief from unnecessary problems
Protection from external forces
Resolve relationship issues
Create cordial atmospheres at work and at home
Clarity in thoughts and deeds
Get rid of negativity