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Book: Puffin Mahabharata for Children

This version of the Mahabharata for young readers in English is written by Namita Gokhale, a multi-faceted Indian novelist and publisher. The book is published by Puffin Books, publishers of fiction, picture books and children's classics. A major highlight of this Mahabharat for Children is the illustrations by painter and animator Sudhasattwa Basu.The beauty of this version of the Mahabharata is that it really caters to children by keeping the narration smooth and simple. There is a nice little explanation of the cycles of times in the beginning. What makes the book a more interesting read is that the author does not forget about the weaknesses in Pandavas and points out the flaws in their characters along with that of the Kauravas.Numerous stories that are part of Mahabharata are also mentioned in the book. The Bhagavad Gita and the other philosophical discussions are explained in simple language. Puffin Mahabharata
Author: Namita Gokhale
Published in India by Penguin Books India,…

Sital Sasthi 2017 – Sitalasashti Yatra 2017 in Orissa

Sital Sasthi, or Sitalasashti, is the marriage function of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati observed in Orissa. In 2017, the date of Sital Sasthi is May 31. The festival begins on the Jyeshta Shukla Panchami day. The most famous Shitala Sasthi yatra (Sital Shasthi Jatra) is held at Sambalpur in Orissa.

Symbolically, Lord Shiva represents the scorching heat of the summer and Goddess Parvati the first showers. It is believed that lavish wedding is for a good monsoon.

The first day of the festival is known as Shiva Bibaha or Siba Bibaha. Next is the famous Jatra or procession of the Gods.

In rural villages the festival is held like a real marriage. The arrival of Shiva for marriage and the procession of the two deities are a major event.

You can find more details about Shitala Sasthi including the wedding process in this article.

Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in June 2009

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in 2009 June – based on major Hindu calendars used in India. The festivals and auspicious days are based on Indian Standard Time.June 2nd – Ganga DasaraJune 2nd – Manasa Devi Puja BengalJune 3rd – Gayatri Mata JayantiJune 3rd – Ekadasi – Bhim Nirjala EkadashiJune 5th – PradoshJune 5th – Vaikasi VisagamJune 7th – Purnima – Full moon day – Vat Savitri PurnimaJune 7th – Sant Kabir JayanthiJune 8th – Ashada month begins in North Indian CalendarJune 11th – Ganesh Sankashta ChaturthiJune 15th – Tamil month Aani beginsJune 15th – Malayalam month Mithunam beginsJune 16th – Aashar month begins in BengalJune 19th – Ekadasi – Yogini EkadashiJune 20th – Shani PradoshJune 22nd – Somvati AmavasiJune 22nd – Ambubasi festival begins in AssamJune 23rd – Ashada month begins in Gujarat and Maharashtra calendarJune 24th – Puri Jagannath Ratha Yatra June 25th – Ambubasi festival endsJune 27th – Skanda PanchamiJune 28th – Shasti Vrata

Sant Jnaneswar Quotes

Those who try to cross Maya or illusion on the strength of their intellect get lost, Those who try to cross using knowledge are swallowed by pride, Those who take the help of the books are consumed by ego and arrogance,Those who perform ritualistic actions get caught in issues of right or wrong, Those who use youthful strength get consumed by lust, Those who perform external yajnas are caught in the web of desire and ambition.The ideal path to cross over Maya or illusion is of spiritual devotion. Alertness is required to avoid the pitfalls of ego and desire.Sant Jnaneswar (1274-1296 A.D)Sant Jnaneshwar, also known as Jnanadeva, is the author of the Jnaneshwari, a Marathi commentary on the Srimad Bhagavad Gita. You may also like to readQuotes from Jnaneshwari

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