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Dwadasha Aditya Tila – Story of Hillock at Vrindavan Radha Mohan Temple

Dwadasha Aditya Tila is a small hillock near the famous RadhaMohanTemple in Vrindavan. The hillock is associated with the famous subduing of the Kaliya Snake incident in the life of Sri Krishna. Legend has it that after vanquishing Snake Kaliya in the YamunaRiver; Sri Krishna took rest on the small hill.
As Krishna was wet, Sri Krishna felt cold and to warm him up it is said that Dwadasha Adityas appeared – 12 suns. They appeared in sky to give warmth to the Lord. Thus the hillock got the name Dwadasha Aditya Tila.
It is said that due to the intense heat produced by 12 suns, Sri Krishna began to sweat and a lake was formed due to this. The lake is known as Praskandara Sarovar.
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Rare Good Muhurat during Raksha Bandhan on August 13, 2011 – Worship of Shravan Kumar

The Raksha Bandhan falling on August 13, 2011 is a highly auspicious day as Shravan Nakshatra and Purnima are falling on the same day. This is a very luck yog. Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam is one among the 27 nakshatras and is associated with Hindu God Vishnu. Women in North India worship a murti of Shravan Kumar.

The time to tie Rakhi Thread is from 11:09 AM to 10:44 PM on August 13, 2011 (Indian Standard Time).
A combination of Purnima or full moon day and Shravan is believed to help in attaining success. Pujas and prayers on the day will help in alleviating all troubles.
On the day women do special pujas for wealth and prosperity.
Women make a murti of Shravan Kumar with cow dung and red geru. They worship Shravan Kumar by tying a raksha sutra on the murti.

Karma Kingdom Game on Facebook – Based on Hindu Culture and Stories

KarmaKingdom Game on Facebook is based on Hindu culture and stories and the game allows participants to donate earned points in the KarmaKingdom game to charities and NGOs in India. The game concentrates on community building and development on an island, where survivors find themselves stranded after chaos and strife nearly destroys the world. Hindustan Times reports
“The point of the game is to ensure that Indian cultural and mythological stories are told to global audiences. The iconography is Indian, but the game also concentrates on the fun element. If a person is not familiar with these icons, they wouldn’t be lost in the game,” says Ashok Desai, CEO and founder of Avasthaa, the company behind the game. As a player, you and a small group of leaders from other districts, provinces and states, decide that a new way of life must be found if humanity is to be saved. Desai says, “It encourages players to build a better new world.” Several popular Hindu gods like Lakshmi, Ganesha and H…

Real happiness abides in Self knowledge alone as all else is fleeting – Ramana Maharishi

You speak of paths as if you are somewhere and the Self somewhere else and you had to go and attain it. But in fact the Self is here and now and you are it always.
Nearly all of mankind is more or less unhappy because nearly all do not know the true Self. Real happiness abides in Self knowledge alone. All else is fleeting. To know one’s Self is to be blissful always.
The happiness of solitude is not found in retreats. It may be had even in busy centers. Happiness is not be sought in solitude or in busy centers. It is in the Self.
All self realized being cannot help benefiting the world. His very existence is the highest good. Ramana Maharishi


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Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 11, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on August 11, 2011 – Shukla Paksha Trayodasi or thirteenth day of the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi tithi till 11:11 PM on August 11, 2011. After 11:11 PM it is Chaturdasi Tithi. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 4:58 PM on August 11, 2011. Afterwards it is Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 11:04 PM. Afterwards it is Makar Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pradosh Vrat. Brihaspati Pujan
Shravan Shukla Paksha Trayodasi or the thirteenth day of the bright phase of moon in Shravan month in calendars followed in Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Shravan Shukla Paksha Trayodashi or the thirteenth day of the light phase of moon in Shravan month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakha…