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Book – The Mahabharata Volume I Translated By Bibek Debroy

This new edition of The Mahabharata Volume I translated by Bibek Debroy and published by Penguin Books India is the first book in a 10- volume unabridged translation of the epic Mahabharata. The translation is based on the Critical Edition compiled at the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute. Mahabharata has rarely been translated in full into English and this is a complaint that readers of Mahabharata have always had. Through the 10-volume translation, Bibek Debroy attempts to unravel the innumerable sub-plots in the Epic Mahabharata which has more than 80,000 shlokas or couplets. About The Mahabharata Volume I from Bibek DebroyVolume 1 consists of most of Adi Parva, in which much happens before the Kouravas and the Pandavas actually arrive on the scene. This volume covers the origins of the Kuru clan; the stories of Poushya, Poulama and Astika; the births of the Kouravas and the Pandavas; the house of lac; the slaying of Hidimba and Baka; Droupadi’s marriage; and ends with the Pan…

Chithirai Month 2017 – Tamil Chithirai Masam 2017 in Traditional Calendar in Tamil Nadu

Chithirai is the first month in a traditional Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. The first day or Chithirai 1 is observed as New Year by many Hindu Tamil communities. Chithirai Month in 2017 begins on April 14 and ends on May 13. Some of the important and auspicious days in the month include Chithirai festival at Madurai Meenakshi Temple and Pournami.

Note – The previous DMK government of Tamil Nadu through a legislation had made Thai (January - February) the first month and Pongal the New Year but many Hindu communities still follow Chithirai as the first month. This legislation was cancelled by the next government that came into power.

Chithirai Pournami and Amavasai Chithirai Amavasai is on April 26, 2017.

Pournami, or full moon day, in Chithirai month is on May 10, 2017.

Thirukkalyanam or Celestial Wedding Festival at MaduraiMeenakshiTemple which is known as Chithirai festival is held in this month.

Ekadasi Fasting dates in Chithirai Masam are April 23 and May 6

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Food for thought – Dr S Radhakrishnan

Gorgeous flowers justify the muddy roots from which they spring.The law of karma encourages the sinner that it is never too late to mend.Service of one’s fellows is a religious obligation. To repudiate it is impiety. When the wick is ablaze at its tip, the whole lamp is said to be burning.Those who separate themselves from the rest of the world in the name of religion or race, nation or polity, are not assisting human evolution but retarding it.Dr S RadhakrishnanYou may also like to readDr S Radhakrishnan Quotes on HinduismDr Radhakrishnan on EqualityWords of Wisdom Dr S Radhakrishnan

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