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Story of Sukanya and Sage Chyavana

The story of Sukanya and Sage Chyavana is mentioned in the Devi Bhagavad Purana. Legend has it that King Sharyati, his queens and only daughter Sukanaya once went on a hunting expedition. They put their tent near a pond in the forest. Nearby there was a big anthill. Sukanya saw two shining points in ant hill. Out of curiosity, she took a stick and drove them inside the shining spots.

Suddenly blood started to ooze from the two spots. The soldiers opened up the anthill and found Sage Chyavana who was meditating. The two shining spots were the eyes of the Sage.
Sage Chyavana had been meditating for several years and his entire body was covered up by anthill.
Blinded and unbearable pain made Sage Chyavana angry and he was about to curse the princess, when her father intervened and asked for pardon.
Sage agreed to not to curse, if the king agreed to marry his daughter to him. The sage argued that a blind man constantly needs to help of loyal and devoted person.
Princess Sukanya, who real…

Spiritual and Symbolic Meaning of the Story of Kumbh Mela

The basic story associated with Kumbh Mela is the churning of ocean or Samudra Manthan. But there is spiritual and symbolic meaning to the story which is quite often missed. The story is symbolic – the churning of ocean by Devas (demigods) and Asuras (Demons) is always taking place in us. There is a constant fight in us to overcome the lower mind – the place of desire, ego, jealousy and ignorance.

When we finally defeat the craving of the body and ignorance, we will get the amruta or elixir of life. We are merged in truth. We defeat the temporary and find bliss in the permanent.
The Kumbh – the pot – is the human body. It is our free will as to what we want to churn out of it.
Kumbh Mela thus is an opportunity for us to reflect.
It is also a venue for the best minds to meet. It is also a venue for common seekers to mingle with the Gurus.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 24, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on January 24, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth 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 4:26 AM on January 24. Then onward it is Trayodasi tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 9:56 AM on January 24. Then onward it is Ardra or Thiruvathira or Arudhara Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pradosh Vrat
Paush Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the 13th day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Paush Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the 13th day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand…

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