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Pechi Amman Temple in Madurai in Tamil Nadu – Pechiamman Temple Madurai

PechiAmmanTemple is a unique temple as the deity worshipped in the temple is the one who provides speech to people who cannot speak. Pechu also means speech. PechiammanTemple is located at Simmakkal around 2 km from the MaduraiMeenakshiTemple. It is situated within the MaduraiTown limit.
The popular belief is that those people having speech problems like stammering, those unable to speak, various other communication problems get relief by offering worship in the temple.
The murti worshipped in the temple is an incarnation of Mother Goddess Durga. The murti is Swayambhu – it appeared on its own. The murti is depicted as holding a sword in one hand and head of a demon in another hand.
The temple is located on the banks of the VaigaiRiver. Local legend has it that she is the guardian deity of villages. It is also believed that she guards the MaduraiMeenakshiTemple.
A Host of Subsidiary Shrines
Another unique aspect of the temple is that the temple has subsidiary shrines of most important…

Before Dying Ravana Becomes Guru of Sri Ram

After hit by an arrow of Bhagavan Sri Ram, Ravana lies on the battlefield wounded. Hanuman then reminds Sri Ram that in spite all his follies, Ravana was a great scholar and his knowledge should not be lost forever. Both Sri Ram and Lakshman went to a dying Ravana to learn from him. They wanted to make the demon king their Guru.

An arrogant Lakshman first approached Ravana and stood near his head and demanded that he share his knowledge with the victors as they will use it for the good of his people. But Ravana did not speak.
Then Bhagavan Sri Ram approached Ravana. Kneeled near the feet of Ravan and offered his respects. Sri Ram said that He had to take the life Ravana because He had to protect His wife as it was His Dharma. He also said that He respected the scholar in Ravana and would be great if he shared his knowledge as it will be of great use to the world.
Bhagavan Sri Ram’s humility pleased Ravana and accepted him as his pupil. Thus Ravana became the Guru of Sri Ram.
Ravana s…

Kalyanji Temple Shravan Purnima Festival in Rajasthan

Shravan Purnima Festival at KalyanjiTemple in Dighi in Rajasthan attracts thousands of devotees. The temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu. In 2017, Kalyanji Temple Shravan Purnima Festival date is August 7. People walk to the temple from distant place to attend the Shravan Purnima.
Singing and dancing are part of the journey that takes place during the period to KalyanjiTemple. Other important event includes satsang, fair etc.
The temple located at Dighi in Rajasthan and is located around 70 km from Jaipur.

Hinduism and Nature - Today is World Environment Day

Today - June 5 - is World Environment Day. Nature and Hinduism are so entwined that it is quite impossible to think about one without the other. The need for an ecological balance is stressed in the Vedas and Upanishads and this message is repeated in the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Gita, Puranas and in the messages of Hindu saints. Mother Nature is worshipped in Hindu religion. But for majority of Hindus, worship is confined to temples and homes and thus they are equal contributors in global warming, pollution and emissions.
Here are a few thoughts which ancient seers of Sanatana Dharma had shared more than 5000 years ago regarding the importance of nature and majority of them are highly relevant today. One should not destroy the trees. (Rig Veda Samhita vi-48-17)Plants are mothers and Goddesses. (Rig Veda Samhita x-97-4)Trees are homes and mansions. (Rig Veda Samhita x-97-5)Sacred grass has to be protected from man's exploitation (Rig Veda Samhita vii-75-8)Plants and waters are treasu…

Teachings on Attachment in Chapter Two of the Bhagavad Gita

Teachings on Attachment from Bhagavad Gita Chapter Two

Thy right is to work only, but never to its fruits; let not the fruit-of-action be thy motive, nor let thy attachment be to inaction. (Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 Verse 47)
Perform action, O Dhananjaya, abandoning attachment, being steadfast in Yoga, and balanced in success and failure. Evenness of mind is called Yoga. (Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 Verse 48)
He whose mind is not shaken by adversity, and who in prosperity does not hanker after pleasures, who is free from attachment, fear and anger, is called a Sage-of-Steady-Wisdom.  (Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 Verse 56)
He who is everywhere without attachment, on meeting with anything good or bad, who neither rejoices nor hates, his Wisdom is fixed. (Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 Verse 57)
When a man thinks of objects, "attachment" for them arises; from attachment "desire" is born; from desire arises "anger" . . . From anger comes "delusion" ; from delusion &…

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on June 5, 2013 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwadashi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadashi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon till 3:46 PM. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 1:00 PM. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pradosh Vrat
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 - Jyeshta Krishna Paksha Dwadashi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Jyeshta month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Vijayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka1935 - Vaishakh Krishna Paksha…

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