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Manikyamba Devi – Hindu Goddess Manikyamba

Manikyamba Devi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. The popular belief is that the spot where left cheek of Goddess Sati fell after her death is the spot where Goddess Manikyamba Devi appeared. This spot is believed to be the DraksharamamTemple (Sri Bhimeswara SwamiTemple) in Andhra Pradesh. Legend has it that after Sati’s death, Shiva started the dance of destruction with Sati’s body. It was destined to create havoc in the universe and in order to avoid the annihilation of the universe, Vishnu cut the body of Sati using his Sudharshana Chakra. As per the legend in South India, the body fell in 18 spots known as Ashta Dasa Peetahs. The spot where the left cheek of Goddess Sati fell is spot associated with Goddess Manikyamba Devi. Out of the eighteen places Sri Manikyamba of Draksharama is the twelfth place. This story is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. Draksharamam is located about 28 Km from Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.

Eco-friendly Traditional Hindu Funeral Pyre by Mokshada

Mokshada system is an eco-friendly way of performing the last rite keeping intact all the beliefs of Hinduism. This funeral method involves minimal use of wood while keeping the age-old Hindu tradition of burning wooden pyres intact. Vinod Agrawal, an engineer from Uttarakhand, is behind the Mokshada system which is functional in Mumbai and Dehradun. Times of India reports "We have tried to create a balance with simple technique that allows full combustion of dead body with minimal loss of heat and thus save up to 75 per cent of wood that is usually lost in the process when performed in traditional style," said Vinod Agrawal, an engineer from Uttarakhand region and mastermind who conceptualized the idea (nearly two decades ago) while talking to TOI on Sunday. Saying that the technique did not involve electricity as it could hurt the sentiment and devotion of Hindu family, he emphasized that it also used wood in small quantity (around 25 per cent of what is required for burning …

Mahakali Jayanti 2017 Date – Kali Jayanthi in Jammu and Kashmir

Mahakali Jayanti is observed by Kashmiri Pandits and other Hindu communities in Jammu and Kashmir on the Ashtami day or the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) of Poush or Pausha month (December – January). Mahakali Jayanti 2017 date is December 10. Special rituals are observed on the day at Goddess Shakti temples.

The day is dedicated to Mahakali or Kali or Bhadrakali form of Goddess Shakti.

Some communities perform Shradh using vegetables on the day.

Various manifestations of Goddess Shakti including Mahakali are worshipped as Kul Devi or family deities by Hindu communities in this region.

Hast Nakshatra 2011 - Hastam Nakshatram dates in 2011

Hast Nakshatra 2011 dates based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Hast Nakshatram, also known as Hastam or Hasta in South India, is the 13th Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Hast Nakshatra dates in 2011. The astrological prediction of the birth star Hasta Nakshatra as per Moon Sign is that of Kanya Raasi (Virgo Zodiac). Budha or Mercury is the Lord of Kanya Rashi. The color of Hast Nakshatra is Deep Green.

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Sayings

I cannot stand anyone calling me guru. It irritates me. Who is the guru? Satchidananda (God) alone is the guru.

Work with your hands, but let your mind remain at His (God) feet.

Lust and greed are at the root of worldliness.

This world is a slippery place. Unless one is careful one is apt to fall. If you control the tongue and the sexual instinct, you will live happily wherever you may be.

When the goal of spiritual life is reached, there remains only compassion in the heart.

Make your lips and your heart the same. – Be sincere in every way.

Today in Hindu Calendar – December 15, 2010

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on December 15, 2010 – Today is Shukla Paksha Navami or ninth day of waxing phase / light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. Navami Tithi till 1102 hrs on December 15, 2010. Then onwards it is Dasami Tithi. All time based on India Standard Time. Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Navami or ninth day of Margashirsh month in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Shukla Paksha Navami or ninth day of Margashirsh month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir. Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rasi. Nakshatra – Uttarabhadra or Uttrattathi till 1011 hrs on December 15, 2010. Then onwards it is Revati Nakshatra. 29th day of Karthigai Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. 29th day of Vrischika Masam in Malayalam Calendar in Kerala. 28th day of Agrahan month in Bengali Calendar. Auspicious days – Na…

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