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Yakshas in Hinduism

Yaksha was worshipped during the Vedic age. They are divine beings that can change form at will. The female counterpart is known as Yakshi. The most famous incident associated with Yaksha occurs in the Mahabharata – all the four Pandava brothers except Yudhishtira are killed by a Yaksha for not answering his questions. Later all are brought to life when Yudhishtira successfully answers all questions.

One of the most important Yakshas in Hindu tradition is Kubera, the god of wealth.
Yakshas live in caves, mountains, forests, trees, water bodies and in cities created by them in sky. They have enormous powers.
Today, Yaksha is a subsidiary deity in many temples in South India.
In villages both Yaksha and Yakshi reside in sacred trees.
Stories of Yaksha are found in the Mahabharata, Ramayana and Puranas.
It must be noted that Yakshi in certain regions in India is equated with the female ghost.

Chollangi Amavasya

Chollangi Amavasya is observed on the no moon day (Amavasi) on the Paush Amavasya day as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh. Chollangi Amavasya 2018 date is January 16 and January 17.

Chollangi is a village near Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. Situated on the banks of GodavariRiver, the village is a point where seven streams of Godavari merges with the Bay of Bengal.
Chollangi Amavasya is one of the most auspicious dates during the Sapta Sagara Yatra. The yatra is a pilgrimage to the seven mouths of GodavariRiver.
Thousands of people arrive at Chollangi to take bath in the holy GodavariRiver on the Chollangi Amavasya day.

Kollur Temple Timings - Kollur Mookambika Temple Opening and Closing Time

MookambikaTemple located at Kollur in Udupi District of Karnataka is one of the most famous temples dedicated to Mother Goddess. DetailKollurTemple opening and closing timings are given below:
Opening and Darshan Timing for devotees – 5:00 AM to 7:15 AM 7:45 AM to 11:30 AM 12:00 PM to 12:20 PM 12:45 PM to 1:30 PM
Evening opening and Darshan Time 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (darshan not permitted during certain period of pujas)

Hey Bholenath – Film Based on Story of Vidyapathi and Shiva

Vidyapathi was an ardent devotee of Shiva. The story of Vidyapathi and his devotion for Shiva is the theme of a new film named Hey Bholenath. Film is directed by Santosh Badal and produced by Sanjay Rai and is scheduled to release in March 2013.

It is said that Shiva who was impressed by Vidyapati’s devotion came and stayed with him as his servant. It is said that once when Vidyapati was going to a distant place, he fell down in a desert area. He wanted water and the servant brought water. While drinking the water, Vidyapati sensed it was special and such water could not be found in the desert area. Shiva then reveals himself before Vidyapathi.

Where desire is, there is no bliss – Swami Sivananda

Where desire is, there is no bliss; where bliss is, there is no desire…
Pain is a blessing in disguise. Pain is an eye-opener. Pain is your silent teacher. Pain will turn your mind toward God….
Faith is the belief in the unknown. Faith heals, faith creates, faith works wonders, faith moves mountains. Faith is the searchlight for God-finding.
The goal of life is to become one with the Eternal…You cannot reach the goal without leading a righteous life and without possessing a pure heart.  Swami Sivananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 5, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on March 5, 2013 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon till 1:58 PM. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon.

Nakshatra – Jyeshta or Triketta or Kettai Nakshatra till 7:16 PM on March 5. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rasi till 7:16 PM. Then onward it is Dhanu Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Sita Ashtami
Magh Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during dark phase of moon in the Magh month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Phalgun Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during dark phase of moon in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, …

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