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Story of Amavasya

The story of Amavasya is associated with Chandra, the moon God in Hindu tradition and Daksha Prajapati. Legend has it that Daskha Prajapati had 27 daughters. They are the Nakshatras or birth stars in Hindu astrology. Among the 27 wives, Chandra loved Rohini the most. This caused jealousy among other wives who complained to Daksha Prajapati.

Angry Daksha Prajapati cursed Chandra that he will shed all his beauty and radiance for neglecting his daughters. This resulted in Amavasya or no moon day.
Chandra, who lost his luster, then went to Shiva and complained that without his radiance living beings on earth will suffer.
Shiva promised to help him but he also said that he will not completely remove the curse. Thus we have the waxing and waning of moon.
Another legend has it that Chandra is also known as Somdev – one who is the storehouse of Soma, the drink of Devas. It is said that when the Soma drink is completely finished Amavasya happens. Chandra again produces Soma and when he is full…

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 15 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the 15th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The aim of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the fifteenth 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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Maitrayana Brahmana Upanishad Quotes

As birds and deer do not approach a burning mountain, so evil never approaches those who know the Supreme Truth (Brahman).

What is without thought, though in the center of thought, what cannot be thought, the hidden, the highest – let a man merge his thought there; then will this living being be free from attachment.
Meditation should be directed to the highest being within; then the unclear understanding becomes clear.
By self discipline goodness is obtained; from goodness understanding is reached; from understanding the Self is known; and he who has known his True Self does not return to this world. Maitrayana Brahmana Upanishad

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 31, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on October 31, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Dwitiya tithi or second day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or first day of the waning phase of moon day till 1:48 AM on October 31, 2012. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or second day of the waning phase of moon (dark phase of moon). All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Bharani Nakshatra till 4:29 AM on October 31, 2012. Then onward it is Kartika or Krittika or Karthigai Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi till 11:28 AM. Then onward it is Vrishaba Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – 
Ashwin Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the dark phase of moon in Ashwin month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Kartik Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Kartik month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasth…

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