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Goddess Sharda

Goddess Sharda is one among the numerous names of Goddess Saraswati. In this form she is the fountainhead of Knowledge. There is an interesting symbolic story associated with Goddess Sharda.
Legend has it that Shiva once opened his third eye and a terrible fire, Vadavagni, appeared from it. It threatened to destroy the universe.
There was huge panic all around. Goddess Saraswati remained calm. When Devas wanted to know how she can sit calmly when Vadavagni is burning the earth. She said that Shiva’s fire only burns those that are Adharmic – the corrupt and evil.
Saraswati Maa then took the form of a river and carried the Vadavagni into the ocean. She told that it will remain in the ocean till the time there are people on earth who follow Dharma. It will come out of ocean and destroy the world when there is no Dharma left on earth.
The saints who witnessed this event called Her, Goddess Sharda, the goddess who removes darkness of ignorance and ushers in light of knowledge.

Bangalore – Sabarimala Train Tour Package 2012 -2013 – Indian Railways Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Package Pilgrimage Tour

Bangalore – Sabarimala Train Tour Package is organized by Rail Tourism India, the tourism arm of the Indian Railways. The special package in 2012 includes confirmed rail tickets, accommodation and darshan at SabarimalaAyyappaTemple during Mandala Makaravilakku season in 2012-2013. The package is available on Sundays - November 25, December 2, 9, 16, 23 and December 30, 2012. And also on January 6, 2013.

You can board the train from Bangalore Railway Station.
Single occupancy rate is Rs 2386/- 
You can book the tickets online and find more about the Bangalore – Sabarimala Package here atthe official website of Rail Tourism India.

Skanda Upanishad Teachings

Bound by husk, it is paddy; freed from husk, it is rice. In like manner Jiva is bound by Karma. If karma perishes, Jiva is Sadashiva. So long as he is bound by the bonds of karma, he is Jiva. If freed from its bonds, then he is Sadasiva.
The heart of Vishnu is Shiva. The heart of Shiva is Vishnu. As I see no difference between these two, therefore to me are prosperity and life. There is no difference between Shiva and Vishnu.
To see oneself as not different from Him (Supreme Being) is jnana or wisdom.
To make the mind free from sensual objects is dhyana and giving up of the stains of the mind is Snana.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 18, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on October 18, 2012 – Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the Third day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or Third day of waxing phase of moon till 1:46 PM on October 17. Then onwards it is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or fourth day of waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Note – It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya and Chaturthi in calendars followed in Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Nakshatra – Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra till 5:45 AM. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rasi till 12:09 AM. Then onward it is Vrischika Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Navratri Third day. (Navratri third and fourth day is marked in calendars in Western parts of India - Maharashtra, Gujarat)
Ashwin Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the Third day during the light phase of moon in Ashwin month in calendars followed in Karnataka and Andhra Prade…

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