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Chandan Yatra at Puri Jagannath Temple in Orissa

Chandan Yatra, also known as Chandan Mahotsava, is one of the most important yatras at the world famous PuriJagannathTemple in Orissa, India. In 2018, the date of Chandan Yatra is April 18. Chandan Yatra begins on the third day during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Vaisakha month (April – May). It is also the Akshaya Tritiya day and the construction of the chariots or Rathas for the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra also begins on the day.

Chandan Yatra is observed at the Narendra Tank at Puri. Origin of Chandan Yatra is traced back to the Mahabharata era. The Pandavas were in the final year of their exile and was leading the Ajnatha Vasa (living in disguise among public). They were residing in the court of King Virata. After the killing of Kichaka by Bhim, King Virata came to know that the Pandavas are living his palace.

King Virata soon befriended the Pandavas and asked them to help him in having the darshan of Lord Krishna. Yudhishtira advised King Virata to conduct a boat r…

All the 18 chapters of Bhagavad Gita in a 1 cm Square Tablet - the world's smallest Bhagavad Gita

Thanks to Nano Technology, the entire Bhagavad Gita in Sanskrit is now inscribed in a 1 cm square tablet of 24 carat gold and is further developed into a gold pendant. Pawan Sinha from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, has created the Bhagavad Gita tablet and he has patented the Nano Technology of Gita tablet. Tanishq, branded jewelry, chain has launched this Gita gold pendant in India keeping in mind the Akshaya Tritiya on April 27, 2009.The Limca Book has recognized this tablet form of Gita as the world's smallest Bhagavad Gita. The tablet also contains a figure of Lord Krishna playing flute, which is smaller than a speck of sand.To see the tablet form of Gita you need to view it under a 20X microscope and if you wish to read it you need to view it under a 200X microscope!!!Times of India reportsAccording to Pawan Sinha of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): "It took over six years to create this first mini-book.

The Limca Book has recognized this ta…

Vajrasuchika Upanishad on Who is a true Brahmin

Who is a true Brahmin? Is it the individual soul, the body, based on birth, knowledge, work, or performing the rites? It is not the individual soul (jiva), because the same soul passes through many bodies.It is not the body, because all bodies are composed of the same elements even though Brahmins tend to be white, Kshatriyas red, Vaishyas tawny, and Sudras dark in complexion. It is not birth, because many sages are of diverse origin.It is not knowledge, because many Kshatriyas have attained wisdom and seen the highest reality. It is not work, because good men perform works based on their past karma.It is not performing the rites, because many Kshatriyas and others have given away gold as an act of religious duty.

The true Brahmin directly perceives the soul, which functions as the indwelling spirit of all beings, blissful, indivisible, immeasurable, and realizable only through one's experience. Manifesting oneself directly through the fulfillment of nature becomes rid of the fault…

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