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Mahabharata on Twitter – A Narrative Experiment with Tweets

Mahabharata is one of the longest epic - 100,000 stanzas – and is one of the most important holy scriptures in Hindu religion. Twitter is a short messaging service – a tweet can only 140 characters – that works over multiple networks and devices. Mahabharat, which is an ocean, is being taken drop by drop and is slowly being collected in Twitter. The person behind this unique literary attempt is Chindu Sreedharan, a Kerala-born journalist doing media research in England. According to him, Mahabarata on Twitter is a retelling of the Mahabharata – an experiment into if/how a narrative can be developed as tweets.The narrative used on twitter is mainly inspired by the novel Bhimsen by Prem Panickar.Mahabharata on Twitter is seen through the eyes of Bhima.A single message on twitter should be limited to 140 characters. You can read it on the internet or on your mobile.Here are few tweetsA tweet - We had all lived in the forest. Us five, Mother, father Pandu and aunt Madri. The rishis there …

Som Pradosh Vrat – Soma Pradosha

Observed on the 13th day of a lunar fortnight, Pradosh, also referred as Pradosha Vrata and Shiva Pradosham, is a highly auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva. Som or Soma Pradosh is observed when Pradosha Vrata day falls on a Monday. Som Pradosh 2017 dates are April 24 and May 8

Monday is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered highly auspicious day to offer pujas and prayers to Lord Shiva.


Pradosh as the name indicates is a period just before sunset and after sunset.

Roughly, the Pradosha period is between 1.5 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset. It is said that Lord Shiva and Parvati are in a happy mood during Pradosham period and they shower blessings on devotees.

Shiva devotees fast on the Pradosham day and the fast is broken after evening pujas. Most Shiva devotees also spent time at Shiva temples. Special pujas are performed in temples during the period.

You may also like to read How to observe Pradosha?

Shravan Purnima 2017 time and date – Full moon day in Sawan Month 2017

Shravan Purnima, or the full moon day in the month of Sawan, is a highly auspicious day in Hinduism. Nariyali Poornima and Raksha Bandhan are observed on the day. Shravan Purnima 2017 date is August 7. The Purnima begins at 10:29 PM on August 6 and ends at 11:40 PM on August 7.

Shravan Purnima Vrat is on August 7.

Sawan Poornima also marks the end of holy month Shravan in North India.
This Purnima is 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.

The annual Amarnath Yatra and Jhulan Yatra also concludes on the day.

Osho on Why Hindus Don’t use the Word God-Fearing

In English we have a word, ‘god-fearing,’ for religious people. A god-fearing person can never be religious, because if you fear God you cannot love him. Love and fear cannot exist together. With fear, hate can exist, love cannot exist with fear, anger can exist, love cannot; with fear you can bow down, but you cannot surrender; with fear you can be in a relationship between a slave and a master, but there cannot be a love relationship.Hindus and Buddhists have a totally different attitude, and that attitude is different because they think the whole existence is a cosmic play; you can be playful. Osho(Source: Vedanta – The Supreme Knowledge)

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