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Shravan Nakshatra 2012 dates and time – Sravana Nakshatram in 2012

Shravana Nakshatram, also known as Shravan or Sravana, is the 22nd Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Shravana Nakshatra time and dates in 2012. The astrological prediction of the birth star Shravan as per Moon Sign is that of Makara Raasi. Lord Shani or Saturn is the lord of Makara Rashi. The color of Uttarashadha is light blue.

Chandra Grahana Ashuba or Dosha Bhala Parihara Mantra

When there is a Chandra Grahana, or Lunar eclipse, as per Hindu astrology certain Rashi (zodiac) and Nakshatra (birth stars) will be having Dosha Bhalam. The Chandra Grahan will be badly influencing the horoscope of certain persons. The Chandra Grahana on December 31, 2009 is Ashuba or Dosha for Ardra Nakshatra, Mithuna Rashi (Gemini), Karka Rashi (Cancer), Vrishchika Rashi (Scorpio), Meena Rashi (Pisces). Here is the mantra to be chanted by those Ashuba Bhala.

Buy the Entire Garuda Purana Online

There are numerous abridged version of the Garuda Purana available online. But it is hard to find the entire Garuda Puranam as often the readers are misguided by the shorter versions. Recently several of our readers wanted to know where they can buy Garuda Purana in full. There is a full version of the Purana available for sale at Motilal Banarsidas this is in three volumes and is Sanskrit with translation in English.The Garuda Purana is in the form a conversation between Lord Vishnu and his vehicle Garuda, the half-man half eagle bird. The second part of Garuda Purana deals with reincarnation, rituals associated with death and funeral rites and the metaphysics of reincarnation. Several portions of the Purana are followed in funerals performed by certain Hindu communities.There are also several Hindus who consider it unlucky to read Garuda Purana. The book is available online at Motilal BanarsidasGaruda Purana
By J L Shastri
Published by Motilal Banarsidas
Three volumes
Language : Sanskri…

Explore Kashi through Paintings and Photographs of Temples and Murtis

Explore Kashi is a website which provides images of important temples and murtis in and around Kashi. The website claims that Kashi or Varanasi has over 300 Ancient Unexplored Shiva Temples over 800 unexplored Shivalingas. The website is providing pictures and paintings of some of the temples and Shivlings. Other highlights include photographs of Hindu murtis in temples and pictures of important sculptures on the temple walls.You can view the website here - Explore Kashi
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Uttarashada Nakshatra 2012 dates and time – Uttara Shadha Nakshatram in 2012

Uttarashada Nakshatram, also known as Uttiradam or U.Shadha or Uttara shadha, is the 21st Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Uttarashadha Nakshatra time and dates in 2012. The astrological prediction of the birth star Uttarashada as per Moon Sign is that of Dhanu Rashi and Makara Rasi. The first quarter of Uttarashada is in Dhanus or Sagittarius Zodiac and the next three quarters are in Makara or Capricorn Zodiac. Jupiter or Guru is the Lord of Dhanu Raasi. Lord Shani or Saturn is the lord of Makara Rashi. The color of Uttarashadha is copper.

Sankatahara Chaturthi January 2011 date – Sankatahara Chaturthi Vratam Dedicated to Ganesha

Sankatahara Chaturthi is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha in a traditional Hindu lunar month. Sankatahara Chaturthi January 2011 date is January 22. It falls during the waning phase of the moon – fourth day after Purnima or full moon. Vinayaka devotees observe a fast (fasting or upvaas) on this day from sunrise and ends after sighting the moon. The moonrise time on January 22, 2011 is 9:04 PM The importance of Sankatahara Chaturthi Vratam was narrated by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest among the Pandavas. The importance of it is also narrated in the in the Narasimha Purana and Bhavishaya Purana.

Arudra Darisanam 2018 – Lord Nataraja Urchavam at Tiruvannamalai Temple

Arudra Darisanam festival which celebrates the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva as Nataraja in Tamil month Margazhi is observed as Lord Nataraja Urchavam at TiruvannamalaiTemple. Arudra Darisanam 2018 date is January 1.

The festival is observed at TiruvannamalaiArunachaleshwarTemple when the Ardra Nakshatra falls in the month of Margazhi. Special pujas and rituals are held on the day at the temple.

The festival is observed in all most all Shiva temples in South India. The most important festival takes place at the ChidambaramNatarajaTemple

You can read more about the significance of Arudra Darisanam in this earlier article.

Swami Tapovan Thoughts on Samsara

Men flock to sensuous enjoyments as crows flock to pick up crumbs of bread.Samsara is the expansion of ego, the destruction of ego is what is called Liberation.Path of glory lead but to the grave.So long as man thinks that his body is the doer and the enjoyer, action will have its retribution – Samsara will continue.Who can escape scalding if he touches fire? Similarly, if one meddles with sensuous pleasures, how can he escape pollution? Swami Tapovan

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