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Story of Ganesha as Gajanana and Lobhasura

Gajanana is one of the eight avatars of Ganesha as per the Mudgala Purana. It is stated in the Mudgala Purana that one of the mission of the Gajanana Avatar was to annihilate Lobhasura – the demon greed.

Kubera, the treasurer of wealth, once visited Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Pleased with the devotion of Kubera, Shiva blessed him with the vision of the divine couple whenever he wanted.
After the blessing Kubera made it a point to have the vision of divine couple daily. Soon Kubera was enamored by the beauty of Goddess Parvati and he gazed Her with lustful thoughts. Goddess Parvati who realized this gave an angry look at Kubera. Kubera was trembling in fear at the look of the Goddess and from the fear was born the demon named Lobhasura.
Lobhasura did penance and propitiated Shiva. He was granted the boon of fearlessness. The spiritual strength and lack of fear made Lobhasura powerful and he became to the ruler of the three worlds.
Power made the asura corrupt and he led a demonic life …

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 5 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the fifth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The intend of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the fifth chapter of the Gita. The questions might be tough. The aim of the quiz is to study Gita.
You can use Bhagavad Gita in your home to find answers as this will help you in understanding Gita more.
If there any mistakes or you would like to add more questions please mail the corrections and questions to hindublog@gmail.com

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Swami Vivekananda on Self Restraint

It is the greatest manifestation of power – this tremendous restraint; self restraint is a manifestation of greater power than all outgoing action.
A carriage with four horses many rush down a hill unrestrained or the coachman may curb the horse. Which is the greater manifestation of power, to let them go or to hold them.
A cannon-ball flying through the air goes a long distance and falls. Another is cut short in its flight by striking against a wall, and the impact generates intense heat.
All outgoing energy following a selfish motive is frittered away; it will not cause power to return to you; but if restrained, it will result in development of power. This self-control will tend to produce a mighty will, a character which makes a Christ or a Buddha.

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on August 15, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the 13th day during the dark phase of moon till 8:58 PM on August 15. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the 14th day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punartham Nakshatra till 6:37 PM. Then onwards it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi till 12:13 PM. Then onwards it is Karka Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pradosh Vrat
Shravan Krishna Paksha Trayodasi or the 13th day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Trayodasi or the 13th day during dark phase of moon inBhadrapad month in calendars followed Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh…

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