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Patal Ravan – Story of Patala Ravana

Patal Ravan is not one of names of Ravana, the king of Lanka. Patala Ravana was a dear friend of the ten-headed Ravan. This demon got the name Patal Ravan after he took refuge in Patal or the underworld. Legend has it that fed up with the atrocities of Asuras (demons), Srihari Vishnu decided to annihilate them. Fearing the attack of Vishnu, a group of demons took refuge in Patala. The leader of this group was Ravan and thus he got the name Patala Ravana.

Patal Ravan did intense tapas and pleased Brahma. As boon, Patala Ravan asked for the power to fly and also that he will only be killed when the ruby Bramarendra Neelam that he wears will be broken.

Patal Ravan is also the nephew of Demon Malyavan. He also had a brother named Kumbodaran.

Ravana, the king of Lanka, was impressed with the powers of Patal Ravan. They soon became thick friends.

During Ram-Ravan war in the Ramayana, Patal Ravan kidnapped Sri Ram and Lakshmana who were sleeping in their tent. Hanuman who came to know about the…

Read Many Ramayanas – A.K. Ramanujan’s Controversial Ramayana Essay – Read it before forming an opinion

A.K. Ramanujan’s Controversial Ramayana Essay – ‘Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translations’ was dropped from from the BA (honours) syllabus by DelhiUniversity after protests from Hindu Groups. Hindu groups called the essay ‘obscene’ and ‘blasphemous’ and filed a writ petition in the high court. Finally the essay was dropped after a vote in the academic council.
The History Department in DelhiUniversity plans to protest the removal of the essay as they feel the academic council has bowed before the Hindu Right wing in the country.
So we will be hearing lot of noises on this subject all routine – secular versus religious fundamentalists.
If you happen to be one troubled by all this noise – then form an opinion after reading the essay not by listening to the secularists and fundamentalists.
You can read the essay here - Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translations.
Same is embedded below


Photo Tour of Haridwar Kumbha Mela

This particular photo tour consists of photos taken during Haridwar Kumbha Mela January 2010 by Jyothi Karat. She was able to capture the true spirit of the Kumbha Mela. She was also lucky to be welcomed by Naga Sadhus and this provided for some rare visual treat.
You can take the photo tour of Kumbha Mela here at Mathurbhumi newspaper.


Related What is Kumbh Mela? Story of Kumbha Mela Significance of Kumbh Mela Naga Sadhus

Sarvarta Siddha Yog November 2017 Date and Time

Sarvartha Siddha Yoga is a good time for all ceremonies like house warming, opening of shops, buying, booking of cars etc. as per Hindu panchang and calendar, especially those followed in North India. In November 2017, Sarvarta Siddha Yog dates are November 2, 6, 9, 15, 24, 25, 28 and November 30, 2017. Below is the detail time for November 2017.

sunrise on Nov 2 to 3:54 AM on Nov 3
sunrise on November 6 to before sunrise on Nov 7
sunrise on November 9 to before sunrise on Nov 10
sunrise to 2:58 PM on November 15
7:08 AM on Nov 24 to 9:12 AM on November 25
12:44 PM on November 28 to before sunrise on Nov 29
sunrise on November 30 to before sunrise on Oct 1

On Seeing God – Anandamurti Gurumaa

You cannot see God in person because God is not a person, God is not a body; God is not a human being. Can you see the fragrance? Can you see the words that I speak? You can see my lips moving, my hands etc but can you really see the words? Can you see the body of the sound? You can't see the body of the sound and the body of the fragrance. You say that I am sad, I am happy. Have you ever seen what sadness looks like? Have you ever seen what happiness looks like?
You experience these things. So God cannot be seen as a person. I am sorry to say that, but that's the truth. Those people who say I have seen Ram, Krishna, Shiva or Hanuman and they say that they believe that they have seen the God, I would just comment that it is just a fragmentation of their mind. It is just an imagination of their mind.
It is the conditioning of human mind that we tend to believe in some form and we say this is God and then we wish to see them again in our prayers and in our dreams and if some one …

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 19, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on October 19, 2011 – Krishna Paksha Saptami or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Saptami tithi till 3:28 PM on October 19, 2011. After 3:19 PM on Oct 19, it is Krishna Paksha Ashtami or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Ardra or Thiruvathira or Arudara Nakshatra till 6:03 AM on October 19, 2011. Afterwards it is Punarvasu or Punirtham or Punarpoosam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ahoi Ashtami Vrat
Ashwin Krishna Paksha Saptami or the seventh day of the waning phase of moon in Ashwin month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
Kartik Krishna Paksha Saptami or the seventh day of the dark phase of moon in Kartik month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, U…

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