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Story of Sage Kandu

Sage Kandu performed intense austerities to attain the ultimate goal – self realization. He built an ashram at secluded spot on the banks of GomatiRiver. He did Tapas by standing between five fires in summer and in winter he performed Tapas by staying in cold water. The story of Sage Kandu is found in the Brahmapurana.

Indra, the King of Devas, was afraid of Sage Kandu’s asceticism as he worried that the sage would unseat him in the heaven.
Indra deputed Pramolcha, an Apsara (damsel), to disturb the austerities of Sage Kandu.
With the help of Kama (god of love), Vayu (wind god) and spring, Pramolcha created a perfect setting in the Ashram. Her songs disturbed the meditation of the Sage. Passion aroused in him and He took her inside the ashram.
Sage Kandu used his powers to turn into a 16-year-old youth and made love to Pramolcha.
Hundreds of years passed. In between Pramlocha asked permission to leave but the sage asked her stay. This continued for several years.
One day Sage Kandu …

About Cherial Paintings – Nakashi Patam in Telengana and its lone practitioner

Cherial Paintings – Nakashi Patam were used by story tellers in Telengana region of India to narrate stories from the Mahabharata, Shiva Purana and Adi Purana. The stories from local legends and myths were also narrated by the storytellers with the help of Cherial paintings.
The Hindu writes about this painting and its lone practitioner  Vaikuntam Nakash is today the lone practitioner of the 500-year-old Cherial painting tradition, just like his father was. His father chose to train his sons Vaikuntam and his brother. The genesis of the art form lay in wall paintings in temples and on ‘vahanas’ and gradually became part of the region’s oral narrative theatre. “We make our paintings on the instruction of the story teller and the narrative sequence. Then the story teller leaves to return after a year during which time the ‘chitrakars’ would have completed the scroll. In the olden days, the chitrakar or nakash would receive articles such as rice and dried coconut, as a fee on the complet…

Papa Ramdas Quotes

Death holds terrors for us. This is because we think we are merely physical bodies subject to birth, growth, decay and death. To shed this fear we must realize that we are immortal and that even if the body perishes we are not going to perish. Only when fear leaves our hearts we shall remain in peace.

We cannot see everything as divine because we have got a mind which is obsessed with desires. Desires debar us from the vision of the Divine in each and everything.
Love is not bargaining; it is not give and take. It is spontaneous merging of souls.
The first quality or virtue we have to develop, before we aspire to have God is humility…you have in fact to unlearn what you have learnt. You must become simple, unsophisticated and childlike.
Papa Ramdas

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Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 3, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on December 3, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi or the fourth day during the dark phase of moon till 2:21 AM December 3, 2012. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon.All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatra the whole day.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kartik Krishna Paksha Panchami or the fifth day during the dark phase of moon in Kartik month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Panchami or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jam…

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