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Aja or Annada Ekadasi Vrat Katha – Story of Aja and Annada Ekadashi

Aja, or Annada Ekadasi, is observed during the waning phase of moon (Krishna Paksha) in the month of Bhadrapad in North India. The corresponding period in other regions is the Krishna Paksha of Shravan month. Aja Ekadasi Vrat Katha was narrated to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna. The story of Annada Ekadashi is associated with the famous king Harischandra.King Harischandra was famous for his truthfulness and honesty. Once Sage Vashista praised the truthfulness of Raja Harischandra but Sage Vishwamitra was not ready to accept it and he decides to test King Harischandra. Vishwamitra vows to prove that Harischandra also lies. As a result of Vishwamitra’s tests, King Harischandra had to give up his kingdom and family and had to take refuge in Kashi. He becomes an undertaker in Kashi. But never lies. He always upheld truthfulness and proper code of conduct.One day the great sage Guatama met King Harischandra and the king narrated his sad tale to him. Sage Gautama advised King Harischandra to …

Maheshwaram Ganesha – Largest Silver Ganesh Idol in the World

Episode Silver store in Lower Parel in Mumbai has created 11 Silver Ganesh idols which are five feet high and 4.5 feet in width making them the largest and tallest silver Ganesh idols in the world. The cost of this Big Silver Ganesha is 23.5 Lakh (2.35 million Indian rupees). This precious sterling silver Ganesha idol is called Maheshwaram Ganesha.It is a limited edition Ganesha Idol and only 11 pieces of this Silver Ganesha Murti will be sold worldwide.
The idol will be unveiled on August 18, 2009 at the High Street Phoenix Store as part of the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival.Mid-day.com reportsThe Lord is seated, with a conchshell, the Bhagvad Gita, and a lotus in his hands. His vahan, the mouse, moves around him playfully, and is depicted in multiple positions around him. His crown is embedded with emeralds, while the ornaments are crafted using rubies and other semi-precious stones.For Deepak Whorra, MD and Head Designer at Episode, considers the Maheshwaram Ganesha one of the toughest p…

Sashti Fasting in August 2011 – Shasti Vratam

Shashti Vratam, or Muruga Sashti, is a fasting day dedicated to Lord Muruga. August 2011 Shasti fasting date is August 5. Sashti falls on the sixth day after Amavasai (no moon) and Pournami (full moon) in a month in traditional Hindu calendar. The Shashti day after Amavasi is considered highly auspicious by Muruga devotees and many observe a fast on the day. Sashti fasting is considered highly auspicious and many Muruga devotees observe a 24-hour fast, while some take a single meal on the day. Devotees visit Lord Muruga temples from early morning and some people only eat the Prasadam given from the temple. Some Muruga temples conduct special pujas and spiritual discourses on the day. There are also temples that provide food to devotees. Lord Muruga is also known as Skanda, Shanmugha and Subramanian. In North India, Lord Muruga is known as Kartik or Kartikeya. Shasti Fasting is widely observed in South India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Singapore especially by Tamilians and Malayalis. Rela…

Marathi Bhadrapad Month 2010 – Bhadra Mahina in Marathi Calendar

Bhadrapad, or Bhadra, is the sixth month in a traditional Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra, India. In 2010, Bhadrapad Month in Marathi Calendar begins on September 9 and ends on October 7. It is an auspicious month and the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival takes place in the month. Other important rituals include Jyeshtha Gauri Puja, Ganesh and Gauri Puja and the Pitru Paksha Shradh. Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha is from September 9, 2010 to September 23.Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha is from September 24 to October 7, 2010.Bhadrapad Purnima (full moon day) is on September 23, 2010. (It must be noted that Purnima begins on September 22 in many regions).Bhadrapad Amavasi is on October 7.Other important festivals and auspicious days includeGanesh Chaturthi – September 11Hartalika Teej Vrat – September 11Rishi Panchami – September 12Jyeshta Gauri Puja – September 15Anant Chaturdasi – September 22Pitrupaksha Shradh begins on September 24It must be noted that Bhadrapad Month in traditional cal…

Sri Chinmoy on the Difference between Prayer and Meditation

When we pray, we speak and God listens. When we meditate, we listen and God talks. When we pray, we feel that we are going up to God. When we meditate, we try to become calm and quiet and allow peace, light and bliss to descend.When we pray, often there is a subtle desire for something. We may call it aspiration because we are praying to become good or to have something divine. But there is always a feeling of being a ‘divine beggar’. In meditation we do not ask God for anything. We just enter into the sea of His Reality. At that time God gives us more than we could ever imagine.In prayer we feel that we have nothing and God has everything. In meditation we know that whatever God has, either we also have or we will someday have. We feel that whatever God is, we also are, even though we have not yet brought our divinity forward. When we pray, we ask God for what we want. But when we meditate, God showers on us everything that we need. We see and feel that the whole universe is at our d…

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