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Shiva and Jalandhara, the story

Jalandhara was a demon that appeared from the Ocean. Shiva was responsible for the origin of Jalandhara. Story has it that once an egoistic Indra could not tolerate when Brahma announced that Supreme Truth is Shiva. Indra soon reached Kailash and got into an argument with Shiva. A haughty Indra lifted his weapon Vajra to strike Shiva. Immediately Shiva opened his third eye.

Brahma appeared to pacify Shiva as death of Indra will cause imbalance in the universe as he is leader of the demigods. Without a leader, demons will easily overpower the demigods.
Shiva then warned Indra that soon he will meet an enemy who will remove his pride.
Shiva then cast the fire that appeared from the third eye to the ocean. From the steam thus produced appeared Demon Jalandhara.
Jalandhara was so powerful that all the demons became his followers. He soon overpowered Indra. The king of demigods had no place to go, he became powerless and homeless.
Indra now regretted his action and approached Brahma.
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Avighnakar Chaturthi

Avighnakar Chaturthi is dedicated to Ganesha and is observed on the Shukla Paksha Chaturthi in Phalgun month – fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalguna month. Avighnakar Chaturthi 2018 date is February 19, Monday.

It is highly auspicious when the day falls on Tuesday. Then there is Angarak Yog. Tuesday is the day dedicated to Ganesha.

The popular belief is that prayers offered on the day will help in removing all sorts of obstacles. The vrat offered on the day is highly meritorious. For vrat devotees wake up before sunrise and perform bath. Then they offer prayers to Ganesha. Only simple vegetarian food is eaten on the day. Food is also donated on the day to hungry or poor.
The Vrat ends with the sighting of the moon.

Sharing of knowledge is far more empowering than giving of material wealth – Swami Nikhilananda Saraswati

Everything is interconnected. You cannot pluck a blade of grass without disturbing the distant star.
Sharing of knowledge is far more empowering than giving of material wealth.
As human beings we are governed by emotions that are both negative and positive. Pride is a negative quality Pride manifests in us as feelings and thoughts that proclaim that we are better than others in terms of wealth, appearance, status, popularity, youthful looks, religion and country.
The journey towards perfection is not easy and each living being takes its own unique path to reach perfection. Every experience — good, bad and neutral — helps us in our evolutionary progress.
Related Swami Nikhilananda Saraswati Thoughts on Anger

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 13, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on February 13, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Sashti orthe sixth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Sashti tithi till 4:34 PM on February 13, 2012. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Chitra or Chithirai Nakshatra till 7:36 AM on February 13, 2012. Then onwards it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Magh Krishna Paksha Sashti or the sixth day during the dark phase of moon in Magh month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Phalgun Krishna Paksha Sashti or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
1st day of Maasi Masam in Tamil Calen…

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