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Chandra Grahan in April 2013 in India – Chandragrahan – Lunar Eclipse April 25 - 26, 2013

Chandra Grahan, Total Lunar Eclipse, will take place on April 26, 2013 in India. According to NASA, the Chandra Grahan is a Parial lunar eclipse and will begin on the night of April 25, 2013 and is visible in India, Dubai, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. The Chandragrahan will be taking place in India between 1:24 AM on April 26 to 1:51 AM on April 26, 2013.

The eclipse in India begins during moonrise so the initial phase of eclipse will not be visible in most parts of India. The time is same throughout India as per NASA.
The following map shows the detail view of the Chandra Grahan on April 25 - 26, 2013 around the world:



Detail timing in India Sparsh or start of Grahan – 1:24 AM on April 26, 2013 Madhya or Middle Eclipse – 1:34 AM Moksha or Eclipse ends – 1:51 AM
This eclipse will be visible in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Burma, Thailand and Indonesia.
Hindu calendars and Panchang have marked the Chandrag…

Hayagriva Beej Mantra – Benefits and Importance of the Mantra

Hayagriva incarnation of Hindu God Vishnu is associated with Vedas. Srihari Vishnu appeared with a human body and horse head to recover the Vedas, which were stolen by Asuras or Demons. Hayagriva Beej Mantra and its importance are mentioned in the Sri Hayagriva Upanishad. The benefit of chanting mantra is that it helps in attaining self realization. On the request of Sage Narada, Brahma taught his all important Beej Mantra.

The single syllable Hayagriva Beej Mantra is ‘Hlaum’
Sri Hayagriva Upanishad says – this single-syllable beeja-mantra is the word Hlaum, which consists of the three letters h, l, and om.
Benefits and Importance of Hayagriva Beej Mantra
They who chant this Hlaum beeja-mantra attain both wealth and learning.They attain knowledge of the transcendental form of Lord Hayagriva and they also attain liberation, becoming free from the entanglement of residing in a material body.They become the rulers of the dik-palas, kings, and nagas.Surya and others diligently chant this …

Siddharameshwara Temple at Yelanadu in Karnataka

Siddarameshwara temple at Yelanadu is located in Chikkanayakanahalli Taluk in Tumkur District in Karnataka. This is one of the 57 temples associated with Shivayogi Siddarama – the holy saint is said to have constructed temples at various place where he under took penance for spreading Shaivism during the 12th century. His Holiness Siddarama is considered as one of the prophets of Lingayat Religion.

The place, where the temple currently stands, was once a thick forest and Shivayogi Siddarama during his journey of spreading Shaivism stayed at this place and performed Tapas under a tree. As time passed he was surrounded by an ant hill. Cattle of a nearby village used to give milk on its own on this ant hill which was observed by the cattle grazer and informed the fact to his master in the village.
A temple was then built on the spot. One of the most important offering in the temple is Ellu or Sesame.
The temple is around 7km from Huliyar and 50 km from Hosadurga Road Railway Station.

Ravana Temples in India - Hindu Temples Dedicated to Ravan in Ramayana

There are several temples dedicated to Ravana in India. Ravan is one of the biggest demons in Hindu Scriptures. Although he is the chief of demons in the Ramayan, Ravana is worshipped for his intense devotion to Shiva and his scholarly trait. Known temples dedicated to Ravana are found in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. It must be noted that there will be numerous other temples dedicated to Ravan which is yet to be recorded.


DashananTemple at ChinnamastikaTemple in Kanpur
DashananTemple is a small shrine dedicated to Ravana on the premises of ChinnamastikaTemple in Kanpur. The shrine is only opened during the Dasara Festival. A 5ft murti of Ravana is found in the temple.
45ft Ravana Murti at KhonpuraVillage in Madhya Pradesh
The huge murti of Ravan is worshipped on the open ground of the KhonpuraVillage. The murti is more than 200 years old. You can read about this murti here.
Mandore in Rajasthan - Ravana is Son-in-Law here
Mandore near Jodhpur in…

Valuable Lessons – Swami Sivananda

Be tranquil within. Let that inner peace and joy radiate through a serene countenance. A serene countenance is peaceful, smiling and serious and does not betray any violent emotions. It is like the surface of a still lake.
Do not boast of your birth, position, qualifications and spiritual attainments. Praise others. See good in all. Treat even the lowliest creatures as your equal and with respect.
Be artless. Be simple in your speech. Do not twist words and topics. Be plain; avoid diplomacy, cunningness and crookedness. Be simple in your dress. Be simple in your food.
Let your words agree with the thoughts; let your actions agree with your words. Let there be harmony among your thoughts, words and actions. Swami Sivananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 17, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on January 17, 2013 – Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:04 PM January 17, 2013. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Uttarabhadra or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 9:26 PM on January 17. Then onward it is Revathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Muruga Sashti Fasting
Paush Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Paush Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana,…

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