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Story of Haihaya Prince and Son of Sage Tarkshya Arishtanemi – How Death is overcome by Those Following Dharma

The story of Haihaya Prince and Son of Sage Tarkshya Arishtanemi is found in the Markandeya Samasya Parva in the Mahabharata. It is a story that narrates who people who follow Dharma can overcome death. A prince of Haihayas was interested in hunting. Once while on a hunting tradition, the prince shoots an arrow on an antelope. But to his dismay he found that he had shot and killed a Sage who was wearing an antelope skin.

The sorrow and remorse of the prince made him lose his senses. He reached the palace and narrated to the King of Haihayas about the sin he had committed. The entire palace was distressed.
The king along with the prince then reached spot where the unfortunate incident took place. But they could no find the body of the Sage. The searched the entire forest and finally reached the ashram of Sage Tarkshya Arishtanemi.
The king narrated about the incident that happened earlier on the day and now that they could not find the body of the dead Sage.
Sage Tarkshya Arishtanemi…

Book on foods offered to Gods in Hindu Temples in India

Food offered to deities in Hindu Temples in India varies from region to region and it is impossible to write about the subject in a single book as the subject matter is encyclopedic. Book titled ‘Bhog: TempleFood of India’ attempts to explore the various types of food offered to deities in some of the important temples in India. The book is written and published by by Geeta and Arun Budhiraja.
One of the highlights of the book is the images of the various divine food and the recipe.
The book is priced at Rupees 3900/-.
You can find more about the book and how to order it online here at the official website.

Bondage and freedom are states of the outer mind not of the inner spirit – Sri Aurobindo

The entire identification of the self with the body is the primary characteristic of complete barbarism.

All birth is a progressive self-finding, a means of self realization.
Bondage and freedom are states of the outer mind not of the inner spirit.
A compromise is a bargain, a transaction of interests between two conflicting powers; it is not a true reconciliation.
Where there is not the personal egoism of the doer, desire becomes impossible.

Sri Aurobindo

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 25, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on December 25, 2012 – Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 8:25 AM December 25, 2012. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Krittika or Karthigai or Kartika Nakshatra till 9:25 PM on December 25, 2012. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rasi till 1:34 AM. Then onward it is Vrishabha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pradosh Fasting.
Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Dwadasi or the twelfth day of light phase of moon in Margashirsh month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Dwadasi or the twelfth day of waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month in calendars followed in Delhi,…