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Story of Srikalahasti Shivling and Spider

SrikalahastiTemple, located at Srikalahasti near Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, is a famous shrine dedicated to Shiva. The Shivling worshipped in the temple is famous for the three signs on it – the three signs are of spider, snake and elephant. The story of the spider associated with Srikalahasti symbolizes the importance unwavering devotion.

Once there was a spider who was an ardent devotee of Shiva. It once stumbled upon a Shivling in the forest. It began to worship Shivling by weaving beautiful patterns of web around it. The spider would each day make a new pattern of web and offer to Shiva.
This act of devotion and offering continued for several years.
One day Shiva decided to test the devotion of the spider. As usual the spider was about to complete the new pattern of web for the day suddenly a fire engulfed the web and burnt it up.
The spider then again started weaving another web, this one too caught fire when it was about to be completed.
The spider was not dispirited and it c…

Ashtavakra Gita in English in pdf format

Ashtavakra Gita is a classical text associated with Advaita school teaching and contains the teaching of Sage Ashtavakra. You can download the Ashtavakra Gita English translation for free in pdf format from the below link. The Ashtavakra Samhita is in the format of a dialogue between Sage Ashtavakra and King Janaka. 
Link - Ashtavakra Gita in English in pdf format
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Lessons from Panchatantra

Shun him who is rogue and fool.
Scholarship is less than good sense, therefore seek intelligence.
Nothing is impossible if one has intelligence.
For lost and dead and past The wise have not laments Between the wise and fools Is just this difference.
Wrong doings will always be wrongful A wise man will not direct his mind towards it. However tormented by thirst one is None drink the water of puddles That lie on well trodden highway

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 29, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on January 29, 2013 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon till 11:01 AM on January 29. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 6:33 PM on January 29. Then onward it is Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign –  Simha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Paush Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moonin Paush month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Magh Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moonin Magh month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punj…

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