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Goddess Shodashi – About Mahavidya Shodashi

Shodashi Goddess is one of the dasa Mahavidyas – the ten goddesses of wisdom. Her name means that she is the goddess who is always 16 years old. Origin of Goddess Shodashi happens after Shiva burning Kamdev into ashes for disturbing his meditation. Shiva after the death of Sati had entered into a deep meditation. Without his energy no creation was possible and this led to an imbalance in the universe. To bring him out of his deep meditation, Sati took birth as Parvati. But Parvati failed to wake up Shiva from his meditation. Kamadeva, or Manamatha, the God of love was given the mission of disturbing the meditation of Shiva by infusing the seeds of love. But the glance of an angry Shiva burned Kamdev into ashes. Devas and Rati, the wife of Kamdev, prayed before Shiva for the life of Kamdev. Shiva then stared at the ashes and from it appeared a demon named Bhandasura. He was so powerful that he made the entire world his slave. Sage Narada then requested the Devas to perform a yajna and f…

Himalayan Dhyan Yatra by Isha Foundation of Sadhguru

Himalayan Dhyan Yatra by Isha Foundation is a pilgrimage arranged by Isha Foundation of Sadhguru to the important spiritual places in the Himalayas in India. The yatra comprises two weeks of meditations, treks and camping in some of the most idyllic yet powerful places in the Garhwal region of the Indian Himalayas. The pilgrimage includes important spiritual destinations like Haridwar, Guptkashi, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Gaumukh etc. Apart from the Himalayan Dhyan Yatra by Isha Foundation of Sadhguru also conducts Kailash Yatra. Both the yatras are open to Indian nationals and also for foreign nationals. The last date of registration for the Himalayan Dhyan Yatra is August 10th. You can do a pre-registration online. Nothing is mentioned about the fees. You will have to get a medical fitness certificate to be part of the Yatra. You can find more details about Himalayan Dhyan Yatra by Isha here.

Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in June 2011

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in June 2011 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchangam used in India. The festivals, Vrats and auspicious days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST). You can also take help through the comment section on good dates for various purposes. June 1, 2011 – Amavasya – No moon day June 1 – Shani Jayanti June 1 – Vat Savitri Amavasya Vrat June 2 – Jyeshta month begins in calendars followed in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka. June 4 – Rambha Tritiya June 7 – Muruga Sashti Fasting, Aranya Shasti June 7 – Jamai Sashti in Bengal

Swami Brahmananda – Pearls of Wisdom

The world is so constructed that if you wish to enjoy its pleasures, you must also enjoy its pains. Whether you like it or not, you cannot have one without the other. It is a mistake to think that the sadhana cannot be practiced for lack of time. The real cause is agitation of the mind. If you wish to work properly, you should never lose sight of two great principles: first, a profound respect for the work undertaken, and second, a complete indifference to its fruits. Thus only can you work with the proper attitude. Swami Brahmananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – May 17, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on May 17, 2011 – Today is Purnima – full moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Purnima till 4:46 PM on May 17, 2011. After 4:46 PM it is Krishna Paksha Pratipada or first day of the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time. Nakshatra – Vishaka or Vishakam till 6:59 PM. Afterwards it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatram. Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi till 1:17 PM. Then onwards it is Vrischika Rasi Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Purnima Snan. Vaishakh Purnima or full moon day in Vaishakh month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Vaishakha Purnima or full moon day in Vaishakh month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir. 3rd day of Vaigasi Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. 3rd day of Edava Masam in Malayalam Cal…

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