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Sugriva Doubts Whether Sri Ram Can Defeat Vali - Story

Rama had promised Sugriva, the monkey king, that he will defeat Vali for him. But Sugriva doubted whether Sri Ram will be able to defeat the powerful Vali. To give an idea about the strength of Vali, Sugriva narrates him the story of how Vali defeated demon Dhundubhi. Sugriva then gives two tests to Bhagvan.
First test is to lift the skeleton of Dundubhi with foot and fling it to a distance. Rama walked up to the huge skeleton of Dundhubhi and lifted it with his toe and flung to a huge distance.
Next Sugriva asked Him to pierce seven sala trees with seven arrows as this feat was performed by Vali.
Sri Ram took a single arrow. He pulled the single arrow and released it. It pierced all the seven sala trees and returned to the quiver of Rama.
Sugriva was jubilant and his doubts regarding the strength of Rama were cleared.

This story is found in the Kishkinda Kanda of Ramayana.

Lalithambikai Temple at Gingee in Tamil Nadu – Selva Lalithambikai Temple

LalithambikaiTemple is located at Chellapiratti near Gingee in Tamil Nadu. The SelvaLalithambikaiTemple houses a unique manifestation of Mother Goddess – the murti worshipped in the temple has the combined Shakti of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati.
The popular belief is that Sage Rishyashringa offered prayers in the temple.
The murti of Lalithambikai worshiped in the temple has eight hands with a crescent moon on forehead. A five-headed serpent forms a canopy over her head. This is a peaceful form of Mother Goddess. She sits with her left leg folding and the right leg hangs down. Her one hand is Abhaya Hasta and another shows her feet.
She holds Akshamala and Kamandala attributed to Mother Saraswathi, discus and conch attributed to Goddess Mahalakshmi and the rope and Ankusa related to Goddess Parvathi.
There is a stone plate in the temple which is believed to be a manifestation of Goddess Lalithambikai – Sage Rishyashringa is believed to have worshipped Mother Goddess on the plate. The…

Shiva in the Rig Veda

In the Rig Veda, Lord Shiva is referred as Rudra and this is believed to be the earliest written record on Lord Shiva. In the Rig Veda (Rigveda), the first reference of Rudra can be found in Book 1, Hymn 43. the second reference of Rudra can be found in Book 1, Hymn 114. the third reference of Rudra can be found in Book 2, Hymn 33.the fourth reference is dedicated to both Soma and Rudra and can be found in Book 6, Hymn 74.the fifth reference of Rudra can be found in Book 7, Hymn 46. The destruction aspect associated with Shiva can be found in most of these hymns. O Rudra, harm not either great or small of us, harm not the growing boy, harm not the full-grown man.
Slay not a sire among us, slay no mother here, and to our own dear bodies, Rudra, do not harm.
Harm us not, Rudra, in our seed and progeny, harm us not in the living, nor in cows or steeds,
Slay not our heroes in the fury of thy wrath. Bringing oblations evermore we call to thee.
Another interesting aspect is that Rudra is consi…

Neem Karoli Baba Quotes

When you see the entire world as the Mother – the ego falls away.
It’s better to see God in everything than to try to figure it out.
The best form is to worship God in every form.
God is everybody. See no difference. See all the same.
Ram is present in each and every particle, and His devotees get His darshan (vision) even now.
Neem Karoli Baba

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 4, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on August 4, 2013 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Tryaodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 11:01 PM. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathirai Nakshatra till 3:20 PM. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pradosh Vrat
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Shravan Krishna Paksha Trayodasi or thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan 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 Samvat…

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