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Story – Fight between Parashurama and Bhishma in the Mahabharata

The fight between Parashurama, an incarnation of Vishnu, and Bhishma, the grandsire of Kauravas and Pandavas, is the battle of the equals. It was the battle between Guru and Shishya. Parashurama fought for getting justice for Amba, the eldest daughter of King of Kashi. Bhishma fought for defending the valor of Kshatriyas.

Amba, Ambika and Ambalika were daughters of King of Kashi. When the Swayamwara ceremony of the princesses was being held, Bhishma arrived there and defeated all the suitors and won the three maidens. Bhishma won the maidens through Viryashulka – a suitor who shows most valor wins the hand of maiden.
Bhishma performed this deed for Vichitravirya, the king of Hastinapura.
Just before the marriage ceremony, Amba informed Bhishma that she had already chosen the king of Shalva as her groom. So it would not be dharma for her to marry Vichitravirya as she has given her mind to another man.
Bhishma then allowed the eldest maiden to go to king of Shalva. But king of Shalva…

Kakatiya Festival – Warangal Ramappa Temple 800th Anniversary Celebration

The 800th anniversary celebration of the WarangalRamappaTemple known as the Kakatiya Festival will be held from December 21, 2012. Also known as RamalingeshwaraTemple, the temple is dedicated to Shiva and is a classic example of Kakatiya Dynasty architecture.

The year long celebrations will mark 800th anniversary of construction of Ramappa temple. The Hindu reports Inaugural functions of the celebrations will be organised for three days from December 21 at archaeological sites of Kakatiyas at Warangal --Thousand-Pillar temple and Warangal Fort besides, Ramappa temple. The celebrations will also be held at other important places, which form part of Kakatiya Empire.

Angarak Sankashti Chaturthi January 2013 date

Sankatahara Chatruti, or Sankashti Chaturthi , is a monthly fasting dedicated Lord Ganesha. Angarak Sankashti Chaturthi January 2013 date is January 1. Moonrise time or Chandrodaya is at 09:36 PM (Time in Mumbai in India). Sankashti is observed on the fourth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in a traditional Hindu month. When Sankashti Chaturti falls on Tuesday it is known as Angarak or Angaraki Sankashti Chaturthi and is considered highly auspicious.

Sankashta Chaturthi is a highly auspicious day in Marathi culture. Millions of people observe fast on the day in Maharashtra. The concept of Angarak Sankashti Chaturti is more popular in Maharashtra.
Sankashta Chaturthi fasting is considered to be highly auspicious by Lord Ganesh devotees. The Vrat is observed on the Chaturthi falling after full moon – fourth day after Purnima. It begins at sunrise and ends after sighting the moon. 
You may also like to read How to perform Ganesh Sankashti Chaturthi?

Ancient Hindu Traditional Teachings

The face is covered by wrinkles, the head is marked with white hair, and the limbs have slackened but desire alone is still young.
The houseflies long for wounds; the kings crave for wealth; evil people look out for quarrels and the good people try to unite people.
Of all the eighteen Mahapuranas of Vyasa, only two lessons form the essence: to do good to others is punya (merit) and to trouble others is papa (demerit or sin).
It is easy for people to show off knowledge by advising others. But it is hard to get a great man who practices what he preaches.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 17, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on December 17, 2012 – Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:14 AM December 17, 2012. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatra till 1:24 PM on December 17, 2012. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Avittam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Vivah Panchami
Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Panchami or the fifth day of light phase of moon in Margashirsh month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Panchami or the fifth day of waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, M…