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Bahulara Temple near Bishnupur in Bankura District in West Bengal

Siddheshwara Temple, locally known as Behula Temple, is a 11th century temple dedicated to Shiva. It is located at Bahulara near Bishnupur in Bankura District, West Bengal. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) protects the temple as it is considered as a classic example of terracotta style of temples. It is also a rare surviving terracotta temple that was built before the invasion of the region by Muslim rulers.
The temple is located on the western bank of Darakeshwar River and has murtis of Ganesha, Durga and Shiva.
A highlight of the temple is the huge bells that hang from the roof.
Shivratri is the most popular festival here. Another important date is the Bengali New Year.
Bahulara is around 25 km from Bishnupur Town.

Goddess Nanda Devi

Goddess Nanda Devi is an incarnation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Nanda Devi means the Goddess of Bliss. She resides in the Nanda Devi Mountain in the Himalayas. She is the source of life and She nourishes and replenishes the earth.
There are numerous temples dedicated to Goddess Nanda Devi in Uttarakhand. The most famous temple is located at Almora. Another important temple is the Naina Devi Temple at Nainital. In certain temples, She is worshipped along with Goddess Sunanda.
Goddess Nanda is a kind, compassionate and caring for of Goddess Shakti. But the people in the region believe that she can take the fierce form of Durga to protect Dharma.
A popular legend has that Saptarishis or seven sages reside on the Nanda Devi Mountain praying to the Goddess.
Nanda Devi Fair held at Ranikhet is a popular mela in this region.

Krishna Aur Kans 3D Animation Movie

Krishna Aur Kans is India's first stereoscopic animation film to be released in 3D and it will hit theaters during the first week of August 2012. The movie narrates childhood stories of Sri Krishna. What makes the movie different from earlier Krishna related animation movies is that this one is in 3D.

You can view the theatrical trailer of Krishna Aur Kans here.
'Krishna Aur Kans' is directed by Vikram Veturi.
Script and dialogues are by Kamlesh Pandey
Music by Shantanu Moitra,
Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire
Songs rendered by Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghosal, Sunidhi Chauhan and Ustad Rashid Khan.

Nirvanashtakam Teachings

I do not have hatred or passion, greed or delusion,
I do not have arrogance or an attitude of envy, Nor do I hanker after the four goals: Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha, Righteousness, wealth, pleasures or liberation, I am the embodiment of bliss consciousness! I am Shiva (the auspicious God!) I am Shiva (the auspicious God!) (Nirvanashtakam 3)
Nirvanashtakam – composed by Adi Shankaracharya
Related A Shloka from Nirvanashtakam

Today’s Hindu Calendar – May 15, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on May 15, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi orthe tenth day of the waning phase of moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon till 8:02 PM on May 15, 2012. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the dark phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Purvabhadra or Pooruttathi Nakshatra the full day on May 15, 2012. And till 12:33 AM on May 16.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rasi till 6:11 PM. Then onwards it is Meena Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day of the waning phase of moon in Vaishakh month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa
Jyeshta Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day of the waning phase of moon in Jyeshta month in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punja…

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