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Purnima August 2010 - Sawan Poornima or Full moon day in Sravan month 2010

The Purnima in August 2010 is the Shravan Poornima or Sawan Purnima and is of great significance. Purnima, or Poornima, is the full moon day in the traditional Hindu calendar. In South India, it is known as Pournami and in some regions it is referred as Pournima. Some devout Hindus observe a fast on the day from morning to evening. August 2010 Purnima date is August 24. The Shravan Poornima date marks the end of the holy Shravan month in North India. The day is observed as Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi Poornima.The annual Amarnath Yatra comes to end on the Shravan Purnima day.The day is observed as Narali Purnima in Maharashtra and western coast of India.This full moon day known as Gamha Poornima in Orissa.
Hayagriva Jayanti and Yajurveda Upakarma are also observed on the day. In South India, Brahmins observe the day as Avani Avittam.

Participate in Parliament of the World’s Religions 2009

Talk about Parliament of the World’s Religions and the first thought that comes to the mind of a Hindu is that of Swami Vivekananda addressing the first Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893. Sisters and Brothers of America,It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us. I thank you in the name of the most ancient order of monks in the world; I thank you in the name of the mother of religions, and I thank you in the name of millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects. …..Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. But their time is come; and I fervently hope that the bell that tol…

Balaram Jayanti 2017 Date - Balram Jayanthi

Balaram Jayanti celebrates the appearance day of Lord Balaram, the elder brother of Lord Krishna. In 2017, the date of Balaram Jayanti is August 7 in many regions of India. In North India, it is observed on August 13 - Baldev Chat. In some regions it is observed on the Akshaya Tritiya day that is on April 18, 2018. Balarama Jayanthi is observed on the Shravan Purnima (August) day in many regions in India. In some regions it is observed in Vaishakh month (April or May).

Lord Balaram was born as the seventh son of Devaki and Vasudeva. As Kamsa was killing all the children of his sister Devaki, an unborn Balaram was transferred to the womb of Rohini, another wife of Vasudeva. Balaram was thus born as the son of Rohini.

The popular belief is Lord Balram is an incarnation of Ananta – the snake on which Lord Krishna sleeps.

Special prayers are offered on this day in Lord Krishna temples. Lord Balaram symbolizes strength and devotees pray for physical strength and a healthy life.

In Orissa…

Pavitra Ekadasi Vrat Katha – Pavithra Ekadashi Story

Pavitra Ekadasi is observed on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in the Shravan month as per traditional North Indian Calendar. The corresponding Ekadasi in other regions is known as Putrada Ekadashi. The Pavithra Ekadasi Vrat Katha (Story) narrates how a king was able to beget children after observing the Ekadasi.Legend has it that a king named Mahijit had no children. The sad king one day convened the assembly of all the citizens and wanted to know what sin he had committed for not having children.A group of citizens decided to visit the Ashramas of great saints and find out the reason why King Mahijit was not having children. After traveling for days they finally reached the Ashram of Sage Lomasa.Sage Lomasa had the power to see the past, present and future. Sage Lomasa realized that King Mahijit was a merchant in his last birth and used to travel around selling his goods. Once during his journey he became very thirsty and soon reached a lake but he saw a thi…

Motivational Teachings from Swami Vivekananda

The Vedanta recognizes no sin, it only recognizes error. And the greatest error, says the Vedanta, is to say that you are weak, that you are a sinner, a miserable creature, and that you have no power and you cannot do this and that. Every time you think in that way, you, as it were, rivet one more link in the chain that binds you down; you add one more layer of hypnotism on to your own soul. Therefore, whosoever thinks he is weak is wrong, whosoever thinks he is impure is wrong, and is throwing a bad thought into the world. This we must always bear in mind that in the Vedanta there is no attempt at reconciling the present life with the ideal; but this false life must go, and the real life which always exists must manifest itself, must shine out. No man becomes purer and purer; it is a matter of greater manifestation. The veil drops away, and the native purity of the soul begins to manifest itself. Everything is ours already – infinite purity, freedom, love, and power. Swami Vivekananda (…

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