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कालसर्प दोष की भ्रांति और ज्योतिषीय यर्थाथ –

ज्योतिषीय आधार पर कालसर्प दो शब्दों से मिलकर बना है ‘‘काल’’ और ‘‘सर्प’’ । काल का अर्थ समय और सर्प का अर्थ सांप अर्थात् समय रूपी सांप। ज्योतिषीय मान्यता है कि जब सभी ग्रह राहु एवं केतु के मध्य आ जाते हैं या एक ओर हो जाते हैं तो कालसर्प…

सरस्वती मां की पूजा से पायें सफलता –

माघ मास के शुक्ल पक्ष के पंचमी तिथि को सरस्वती मां की पूजा की जाती है… क्योंकि इस दिन विद्या की देवी सरस्वती का जन्म हुआ था. इसलिए इस दिन पूरे भारत में देवी सरस्वती की पूजा-अर्चना की जाती है… भोर में सरस्वती देवी की पूजा करे … कलश के…

सूर्योदय-सूर्यास्त और छठपूजा

..भगवान सूर्य के अर्घ्यदान की विशेष महत्ता है।संध्या काल में रक्त चंदनादि से युक्त लाल पुष्प, चावल आदि ताम्रमय पात्र (तांबे के पात्र में) जल भरकर प्रसन्न मन से सूर्य मंत्र का जाप करते हुए भगवान सूर्य को अर्घ्य देकर पुष्पांजलि देनी चाहिए। इस अर्घ्यदान से भगवान ‍सूर्य प्रसन्न होकर…

हिन्दू धर्म में माघ पूर्णिमा का महत्व

हिन्दू धर्म में धार्मिक दृष्टि से माघ मास को विशेष स्थान प्राप्त है। भारतीय संवत्सर का ग्यारहवां चंद्रमास और दसवां सौरमास माघ कहलाता है।मघा नक्षत्र से युक्त होने के कारण इस महीने का नाम का माघ नाम पडा। ऐसी मान्यता है कि इस मास में शीतल जल में डुबकी लगाने…

श्रावण मास में मंगलवार व्रत

श्रावण मास में मंगलवार के व्रत का विषेष महत्व है। मंगलवार को मंगलागौरी व्रत करने से सौभाग्य की प्राप्ति होती हैं। जिस जातक के विवाह में बाधा हो, विषेषकर कन्या के विवाह में बाधाक को दूर करने के लिए इस व्रत को किये जाने का विधान शास्त्रों में है। प्रातःकाल…

On oat flour and elephant garlic

While not coeliac, I am wheat-/gluten-sensitive, yet I can tolerate porridge oats. Having lived in Australia for many years, I enjoyed oat bread, but can’t find it here. I’d bake my own if I could only get oat flour and a good recipe. Some healthfood shops stock oat flour –…

Making fresh pasta is a rite of passage

Leo Tolstoy thought it was good for the soul to make your own shoes. As a result he spent his later years hobbling around with terrible corns. Some things are better left to the experts. For most people, pasta falls into that category. The dried stuff you buy in the…

Do ‘superfoods’ really exist?

In the early 1990s, a cookbook called Superfoods appeared in the bookshops. It was co-written by the alternative medicine practitioner, Michael Van Straten, who is one of a handful of people said to have coined what has become one of the most spuriously bandied-about marketing terms of our times. The…

A well-done steak isn’t a food choice: it’s a crime

Ido so love animals, especially dead, sliced up and roasted ones, their very life blood oozing out of them to the rim of my plate; the colour of conker on the outside, of velvet plush within. Stop wrinkling your nose like that. If it wasn’t for people like me wanting…

The secret of the Mediterranean diet? There is no secret

Whoop-de-doo, researchers at King’s College London and the University of California claim to have identified the “secret” underpinning the oft-quoted healthfulness of the Mediterranean diet. From their lab tests on mice (not just any old mice, genetically modified ones) they conclude that when olive oil and vegetables are eaten together,…

Eat more anchovies, herring and sardines to save the ocean’s fish stocks

Cut back on tuna and salmon and load your plate instead with herring and sardines if you want to help save the world’s fish. So says the scientist who led the most comprehensive analysis ever carried out of fish stocks in the world’s oceans and how they have changed over…

Summer prawn salad

This is a lovely fresh, crunchy salad with a hint of spice. You can substitute the prawns with crayfish meat, which is delicious and sweet, and should be cheaper too. Good delis and fishmongers stock it: opt for fresh UK-caught crayfish wherever possible. Serves two 100ml olive oil, plus 2…

Make your own bacon

Buying bacon’s a lottery. There’s no telling the quality of pork that went into it, or the quantity of water added to bulk it out. If you want something that’s guaranteed to please, you’ll have to make it yourself. Start with a kilo or two of good, fresh pork –…

How to eat a persimmon

Our fruit bowls are becoming more adventurous. Having embraced the kiwi, the mango and the pomegranate we are now, it seems, passionate about persimmons. Supermarkets including Asda reported sales of the yellowy-orange, usually tomato-shaped fruits more than doubled last year to more than 4m, making them the fastest-selling exotic fruit…

Cornish blue: the greatest of cheese

General de Gaulle is famously said to have remarked of France “How can you govern a country that produces 246 varieties of cheeses?” The same can probably be said of Britain these days, and one of those cheeses, Cornish blue, has just won the top award at the World Cheese…

Homemade yoghurt: something for the live-culture vultures

Yoghurt. We get through masses of it in our house. In fact, most things I cook for my children go well with yoghurt – breakfast, lunch or dinner. There’s the blob of fruity yoghurt my six-year-old likes to perch on top of her breakfast cereal or the plain blob my…