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Goddess Jyestha – Hindu Goddess of Misfortune

Goddess Jyestha is the elder sister of Goddess Lakshmi. She is the goddess of misfortune. The characteristics of the Goddess are similar to Alakshmi. She symbolically represents poverty.

Goddess Jyeshta is usually depicted with a large belly and long nose.
The vehicle associated with Jyestha is ass. Her banner has the image of a crow. Sometimes she is also associated with owl.
Linga Purana indicates that she came out of Samudra Manthan (Churning of Ocean) and she finds her abode where people are unclean and inauspiciousness thrives. She avoids all those places that have divine presence. She looks for ego-inflated bodies.
In Hinduism, Goddess Jyestha symbolically reminds us that the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi should not give way to pride, indiscipline and arrogance. Unclean body, unclean surroundings, sloth and avarice are invitation to the goddess of misfortune and in auspiciousness.

Info on Official Website of Gaya Pindadaan and Shradh – Vishnupad Temple

Millions of Hindus perform Pindadaan and other Shradh rituals at the famous VishnupadTemple at Gaya in Bihar during the Pitru Paksha period (September – October). To help devotees the government has created an official website with information about priests who perform rituals, calendar, photos, videos, ghats where Shradh and pindadan is performed, and other basic information.
Link – Official Website of Gaya Pindadaan and Shradh

Amanaska Yoga Quotes

Always leave behind the material, the mental and the troublesome. Always turn to that which is stainless, beyond the mind and beyond appearance.

Some who are full of pride (although) knowing a multitude of Shastras, do not know the teaching, and (would not know it) even through hundreds of texts.
The tree of the mundane world will fall when the root(s) of the mind are uprooted by the yogi who grows strong through the nectar of equanimity.
The knower of the highest reality knows that the highest reality is beyond the duality of existence and non-existence; (it) passes beyond (both) sleep and wakefulness (and) is free from life and death.
Amanaska Yoga - Amanaska Yoga is a dialogue between Shiva and Sage Vamadeva. 
Source - The Amanaska Yoga A Critical Edition, Translation and Study by Jason Birch

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 11, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on October 11, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during waning phase of moon till 10:43 PM. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatra till 11:19 AM. Then onward it is Magha or Makam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi till 11:19 AM. Then onward it is Simha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pitru Paksha Shradh fortnight. Ekadasi Fasting.
Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the dark phase of moon inBhadrapad month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Ashwin Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the dark phase of moon inAshwin month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan…

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