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Chandra Grahan 2012 in India

Chandra Grahan 2012 dates based on Hindu calendar – India Standard Time. There are two lunar eclipses in 2012 and both are partially visible in India. Chandra Grahan means lunar eclipse and it is given importance by devout Hindus. The first Chandra Grahan in 2012 is on June 4 – this is a partial lunar eclipse or Arda Chandra Grahan. The second Chandra Grahan in 2012 is on November 28, 2012 – this is a partial lunar eclipse.

Chandra Grahan on June 4, 2012 is visible in India during Moonrise – 15:30 to 17:36 hrs.

Chandra Grahan on November 28, 2012 is visible in India during Mid – Eclipse -20:03 hrs to 22:21 hrs.

Story of the origin of the prayer Subrahmanya Bhujangam and Tiruchendur Murugan Temple

Subrahmanya Bhujangam is a prayer dedicated to Muruga or Kartik. This prayer was composed by Adi Shankaracharya. The popular belief is that Jagadguru Adi Shankara composed this prayer at the famous TiruchendurMuruganTemple at Tirunellveli in Tamil Nadu.
Legend has it that Adi Shankaracharya was suffering from Kasa Roga (severe cough). He tried various medicines and mantra to control the cough. But He could not check the persistent cough with mantra and medicine. Searching for a cure, He reached the TirchendurMuruganTemple.
At the templeHe stood before the presiding deity and composed Subrahmanya Bhujangam in 33 shlokas and offered it to Muruga. As soon as He finished the prayer, the cough disappeared.
Related Thiruchendur Murugan Temple Pictures – Virtual Tour

Book – Rivers of India

The book titled ‘Rivers of India’ by Sunil Vaidyanathan and Shayoni Mitra, is a pictorial journey that explores deep link between the people and the rivers with emphasis on religion, belief and Hindu traditional stories. The book unravels the deep-rooted symbolic relevance of the Brahmaputra, Ganges, Godavari, Kaveri, Krishna, Mahanadi, Narmada and Yamuna.
Apart from the religious significance that the eight rivers hold, the book delves into the different aspects of the rivers -- the economical, cultural and also their significant role in literature, art and culture.
There is also a clear emphasis on the part of the authors to highlight the pollution and unchecked exploitation.
Rivers of India By Sunil Vaidyanathan and Shayoni Mitra Published by Niyogi Books Specifications: Size: 292 X 222mm
Binding: Hard back with Jacket
Page extent: 188
Photographs: 189
Price: INR 2900
You can find more details about the book and buy it online here at Niyogi Books

When you find society in conflict with nature, choose nature - You will never be a loser – Osho

There is only one courage and that is the courage to go on dying to the past, not to collect it, not to accumulate it, not to cling to it. We all cling to the past, and because we cling to the past we become unavailable to the present.
Wherever you find that society is in conflict with nature, choose nature – whatever the cost. You will never be a loser.
The world is an echoing place. If we throw anger, anger comes back; if we give love, love comes back.
The moment you are illuminated, the whole of existence is illuminated. If you are dark, then the whole of existence is dark. It all depends on you. Osho
Related Osho Thoughts on Shivnetra – the third eye

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 26, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on August 26, 2011 – Krishna Paksha Dwadasi or twelfth day of the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadashi Tithi till 1:01 PM on August 26, 2011. After 1:01 PM on August 26, 2011 it is Trayodashi Tithi. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punarpusam or Punirtham Nakshatra till 3:11 PM on August 26, 2011. Afterwards it is Pushya or Pooyam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rasi till 9:11 AM. Afterwards it is Karka Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pradosh Vrat.
Shravan Krishna Paksha Dwadasi or the 12th day of the dark phase of moon in Shravan month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Dwadashi or the twelfth day of the dark phase of moon in Bhadra month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhat…

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