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Story of Viradha and Sri Ram in the Ramayana

Story of Viradha is found in the Aranya Kanda of the Ramayana. It happens in the Dhandaka forest during the exile period of Bhagvan Sri Ram. Viradha was a huge Rakshasa. He had got the boon that he will not be killed by any weapon. He wore a tiger skin and used to roam around carrying a trident with animals and humans impaled on its prongs.
Viradha makes a sudden appearance before Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman. Before the brother could grasp what was happening, the Rakshasa snatches Mata Sita.
Viradha was the son of Jaya and Shatahrada and he had got the boon from Brahma that he will not be killed by any weapon.
This boon made him arrogant and fearless. He roamed around the world attacking all living beings. He finally made his home in the Dhandaka forest.
Soon a fight ensued between Sri Ram, Lakshman and Viradha.
Sri Ram broke the trident of the demon. In a fit of rage, Viradha carried Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman deep into the forest.
The brothers let the Rakshasa have his wa…

Karumariamman Temple - Chennai

KarumariammanTemple at Thiruverkadu in Thiruvallur near Chennai in Tamil Nadu is dedicated to Goddess Karumariamman – an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. The Goddess in the temple is more closely associated with the Ambika manifestation of Goddess Shakti. She provides security to families and ushers in peace and prosperity. The Aadi festival observed in the temple is very famous.
Unique Murti in ThiruverkaduKarumariammanTemple
The murti worshipped at ThiruverkaduKarumariammanTemple is made of wood. Therefore she is also known as Marachilai Amman.
There is also an eternal burning lamp in the temple. This lamp is surrounded by murtis of Ganesha, Muruga and Surya.
The temple is nearly a 1000 year old.
There are separate shrines dedicated Ganesha, Navgrahas, Muruga and his consorts Valli and Deivayani, Srinivasa and Padmavathi, Dakshinamurty, Angala Parameswari, Uchishta Ganapati, Gayatri Devi, Mahalakshmi, Rajarajeswari, Savitri, Mother Durga and Sage Agastya.
Important rituals and fest…

How you do a thing is more important than what you do - Mata Amritanandamayi

How you do a thing is more important than what you do.
When obstacles appear in life, we need to kindle our inner strength and spread the fragrance of selflessness and love.
Devoid of discriminative thinking, knowledge is incomplete, like word without meaning.
Faith in higher power helps us to control our mind and thoughts.
When action is performed with awareness and compassion, it accelerates one’s spiritual journey. Mata Amritanandamayi

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 21, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on July 21, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the 14th day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the 13th day during the waxing phase of moon till 4:48 AM. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi or the 14th day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Mool or Moolam Nakshatra till 10:44 AM. Then onward it is Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – 
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 - Ashada Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi or the 14th day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashada month in calendars followed in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Vijayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1935 - Ashada Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tit…

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