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Story of King Muchukunda and Sri Krishna

Story of King Muchukunda and Sri Krishna is found in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. The king was blessed with the darshan of the rare darshan of Srihari Vishnu. King Muchukunda ruled the earth during the Krita Yuga. He helped the Devas in the in the battle against Asuras. Then Kartik, son of Shiva, took over as the general of the army of the Devas. Now Devas decided to give Muchukunda the much needed rest.

But the earth had changed so much during the period. Thousands of years had elapsed and there was no one on earth that King Muchukunda could relate to. So the King wanted to attain moksha. The Devas wanted to help Muchukunda for his service. But they were incapable of granting moksha to the king as it can only be granted by Srihari Vishnu.
The king then said that he was tired and he needed rest. He asked for a boon that will make him sleep for very long time. He also wanted the one who wakes him up to be burnt to ashes. The boon was granted.
The king slept in a cave on earth through S…

Chikka Tirupathi Temple

Chikka Tirupathi Temple, located near Bangalore in Karnataka, is dedicated to Prasanna Venkataramana Swamy and is considered as an alternative to the world famous TirupathiTemple in Andhra Pradesh. The main murti in the temple was installed by Agni – the god of fire. The murti worshiped here is also known as Varadaraja.


The main murti worshipped in the temple is nearly three and half feet and is made of Krishna Shila. The murti stands on a lotus-shaped pedestal. At Chikka Tirupathi, the murti of Balaji is standing with his consort Sridevi and Bhudevi, and there is no separate shrine for Goddess Padmavati.
All the important rituals held in Balaji Temples are followed here including the tonsuring of head.
The annual festival of the temple witnesses the making of a seventy-feet tall wooden chariot.
The most important festivals observed in the temple include Navaratri and Vaikunta Ekadasi.
The belief is that visiting ChikkaTirupathiTemple is equal to visiting TirupatiBalajiTemple.

Unique Website Selling Books Associated with Madhavacharya and Vaishnavism

Madhwakart is a website exclusively dedicated to selling books and other products associated with Vaishnavism. Books associated with various avatars of Vishnu and Vaishnava philosophy in various regional languages in India are available at the website. The website also deals in music, panchangas, pravachanas and other holy items. Almost all the important books in publication credited to Saint Madhavacharya are available at the website.

Link – you can find more information about Madhwakart here

Bharata Gita Quotes

As long as the mind of a man is under the dominating influence of sattva, rajas or tamas, it goes on producing unchecked merit or sin through his sense-organs of perception and action.
If the mind is attached to the objects of senses (which are the products of gunas), it leads the creature to misery (samsara). If it is free from and unattached to them, it takes the Jiva to eternal happiness (moksha – liberation).
Just as a lamp, which emanates flames mixed with soot while it consumes its wick soaked in ghee, later (after the consumption of ghee) betakes itself to its original state, the mind, which is attached to the objects of senses and (consequent) activities, resorts to various courses, and eventually returns to its true original self, when unattached (to them).
Just as air, entering in the form of breath, controls both the mobile and the immobile beings, so does the Supreme Lord Vasudeva, the all-pervading Soul, enter this universe (as the Inner Controller).
Bharata-Gita is in th…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 14, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on March 14, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:49 AM. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon.

Nakshatra– Revathi Nakshatra till 1:29 PM on March 14. Then onward it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi till 1:29 PM. Then onward it is Mesha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Kharmas begins in North India Calendars. KharadaiyinNombu in Tamil Nadu.
Phalgun Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Phalgun Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pr…

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