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Story of Sri Yantra

Sri Yantra is one of the most popular Yantras and it symbolically represents Mother Goddess Shakti. The story of the greatness of Sri Yantra is associated with Adi Shankaracharya and Shiva.

As per Hindu scriptures, once Adi Shankaracharya did penance on the Kailash. He performed various austerities and this pleased Shiva.
Shiva then appeared before Adi Shankara and granted him a boon. The holy saint did not wish anything for himself. Instead he asked for a permanent solution for finding peace and prosperity in the world.
Shiva then narrated about the greatness of Sri Yantra. He said that Mother Goddess resides in the Sri Yantra and therefore proper worship of it helps in attaining peace, prosperity and liberation.

The Glory of OM – in Upanishad Ganga Serial

Upanishad Ganga series explains about glory of OM through the story of a Guru and Shishya who is given the sacred mantra but is unable to realize the value of it. OM – A Gem of a Mantra is presented brilliantly in the 39th episode of Upanishad Ganga Serial produced by Chinmaya Mission and directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi.

The episode also contains the story of Muruga (Kartik) narrating the greatness of OM to Shiva.
You can watch is thought provoking episode here on Youtube - A Gem of a Mantra

Teachings from the Gita

The Self is unmanifested, beyond all thought and beyond all change; knowing this, you should not grieve.

Death is inevitable for the living; birth is inevitable for the dead. Since these are unavoidable, you should not grieve.
Just as a reservoir is of little use to people when the country is flooded all around, so the scriptures are of little use to the illumined man or woman, who sees the Lord everywhere.
They live in wisdom who see themselves in all and all in them, whose love for the Lord of Love has consumed every selfish desire and sense craving tormenting the heart. Bhagavad Gita

Today – February 15, 2013 – is Vasant Panchami

Today – February 15, 2013 – is Vasant Panchami, a popular festival in North India, and it heralds the arrival of the spring season and coincides with Saraswati Puja. ‘Vasant or Basant’ means spring and ‘Panchami’ is the fifth day in a Hindu lunar calendar after Amavasi in Magh month. On the day, Saraswati Puja is performed in North and Eastern parts of India on the day. Yellow color, which symbolizes prosperity and love, is given importance on the day. 
Read more about Vasant Panchami

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 15, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on February 15, 2013 (Today) – 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 Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:56 AM on February 15. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Revathi Nakshatra till 6:05 AM on February 15. Then onward it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi till 6:05 AM. Then onward it is Mesha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Basant Panchami. Saraswati Puja.
Magh Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moonin Magh month calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Magh Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Utta…

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