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How Arjuna Got the Brahmastra in the Mahabharata?

Brahmastra, capable of annihilating the whole world, is an arrow possessed by very few warriors in the ancient world. Arjuna possessed the arrow and he was blessed with it by Drona, his Guru in the Mahabharata.
Once when Drona and his students were bathing in the GangaRiver a huge fish like species caught hold of the leg of Drona. The Guru tried numerous means to pull his leg out but he could not move his leg from the mouth of the huge fish.
The students tried to pull out the Guru but they too failed. They tried numerous other means to save Drona but nothing yielded the desired result. The fish kept pulling Drona deep into the river.
On hearing the commotion, Arjuna appeared on the scene and immediately shot an arrow right on the head of the fish. The fish, writhing in pain, released the leg of Drona. The Guru then swam to safety.
Drona then rewarded his most favorite disciple for saving his life by imparting the knowledge of Brahmastra.
Arjuna was advised not to use Brahmastra again…

Nimishamba Temple Srirangapatna Darshan Timings – Mysore

NimishambaTemple is dedicated to Mother Goddess and is located in the Srirangapatna area in Mysore in Karnataka. The details temple timings are given below. The temple has extended darshan and closing and opening timings during festivals and other important temple days.

NimishambaTemple Timings: Daily Timie: 6:00 AM to 8:30 PM

General Holidays
5:00 AM to 8:30 PM

Magahunnime day
2:00 AM to 8:30 PM

During Dhanurmasa
4:00 AM to 8:30 AM
During festivals and special days the timings vary.

Ekadash Rudra Shiva Temple in Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand

EkadashRudraShivaTemple located at Hanuman Chowk in Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and Ambikaji (Goddess Parvati). Eleven Shivling and an eight metal alloy murti of Goddess Ambika. The temple was built in 1901 AD by queen of Jaipur. There are also murtis of Ganesha and Nandi in the temple.
The most important festivals observed in the temple are the Navratri and Shivratri.
The temple is open from 5:00 AM in the morning.
The temple is located at Hanuman Chowk at the center of Uttarkashi town. There are numerous hotels and shopping places at Hanuman Chowk.

Yoga Vasishta – Words To Remove Ignorance

Like the straight thin filament of a lotus stalk which does not part asunder, even though the stalk is broken, all the Vasanas which have been clinging to us from a long time are not and will not be destroyed except through a long continued practice of meditation and introspection.
The wise say that the best thing for a man to do in this world is to give up, without the least longing, Vasanas – all affinities for objects – which cause the mind to fluctuate and take men away from  moksha (liberation) and the stainless path.
Immense wealth, friends, relatives, Benares and other sacred places, bathing in the Ganges and other waters, the hermitage of Munis, religious austerities afflicting the body and other like things are not the sure means of ever reaching the higher state; but it is through the mind’s efforts that the immaculate and supreme Seat can be attained. Yoga Vasishta

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 1, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on April 1, 2013 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Panchami and Sashti Tithi or the fifth and sixth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon till 6:07 AM. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon.

Note – In calendars followed in Gujarat and Maharashtra it is marked of Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day only.
Nakshatra – Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra till 4:58 AM.  Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Eknath Sashti
Phalgun Krishna Paksha Panchami and Sashti Tithi or the fifth and sixth day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Phalgun Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon in Phal…

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