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Lingodbhavamurti form of Shiva

Shiva appeared as Lingodbhavamurti – a linga form with no beginning and end – before Vishnu and Brahma. Lingodbhavamurti is represented as a cylindrical pillar of fire with the image of four-armed Shiva seen inside in the center of the linga. In some murtis, Brahma and Vishnu are also shown. In some they are represented by swan and boar.
Legend has it that Vishnu and Brahma wanted to know who was superior and this led to a fight. Lord Shiva intervened and said whoever can find out the origin or end of Shivling is superior. Lord Shiva appeared before them in the form of a huge pillar of fire - Lingodbhavamurti. Lord Vishnu went down searching and Brahma went up searching. Both traveled and traveled but never met the beginning or end.
After the futile search, Lord Vishnu and Brahma prayed to Shiva and appeared before them in the form of Jyotirlinga and this day of the appearance of Lord Shiva is celebrated as Shivratri.

Lingodbhavamurti form of Shiva can be found in the walls of Shiva …

Purvaphalguni Nakshatra date and time in 2014 - Poorva Phalguni Birth Star date in 2014

Purvaphalguni Nakshatra 2014 dates based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam.  Purva Phalguni Birth Star, also known as Poorva Phalguni or Pooram in South India, is the eleventh Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Purvaphalguni Nakshatra date in 2014. The astrological prediction of the birth star Purva Phalguni Nakshatra as per Moon Sign is that of Simha Rashi (Leo Zodiac). Surya or sun is the Lord of the Raasi. The color of Purvaphalguni is light brown.

Purvaphalguni Nakshatra Days in 2014 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)

January 20, 2014 From 7:51 PM on January 19 to 9:36 PM on January 20
February 16, 2014 From 3:10 AM on February 16 to 5:01 AM on February 17
March 16, 2014 From 10:41 AM on March 15 to 12:20 PM on March 16
April 12, 2014 From 5:35 PM on April 11 to 7:37 PM on April 12
May 9, 2014 From 12:54 AM on May 9 to 3:02 AM on May 10
June 6, 2014 From 8:22 AM on June 5 to 10:35 AM on June 6
July 3, 2014 From 3:49 PM on July 2 to 6:04 PM on July …

Speed of light in Vedas – Speed of Light Was Mentioned in Rig Veda

In his commentary on the Vedas, Sayana mentions the speed of light. Sayana was a 14th century commentator on the Vedas. He lived in the Vijayanagar Empire. Speed of light as mentioned in Rig Veda commentary (RV 1.50.4).

"[O Sun,] bow to you, you who traverse 2,202 yojanas in half a nimesha.".

"tatha ca smaryate yojananam. sahasre dve dve sate dve ca yojane ekena nimishardhena kramaman"

"तथाचस्मर्यतेयोजनानांसहस्त्रंद्वेद्वेशतेद्वेचयोजनेएकेननिमिषार्धेनक्रममाणनमोऽस्तुते॥" 
More information on this subject can be found in this article in the Wikipedia.
Information shared by Abhishek Chandan

Reflections from the Bhagavad Gita

Knowledge is indeed better than blind practice; meditation excels knowledge; surrender of the fruits of action is more esteemed than meditation; on surrender, peace follows immediately.
He who hates no creature and is friendly and compassionate to all, who is free from attachment and egotism, equal-minded in pleasure and pain, and forgiving.
Who is ever content and meditative, self-subjugated and possessed of firm conviction, with mind and intellect dedicated to Me – he who is thus devoted to Me is dear to Me.
He with whom the world is never annoyed and who is not himself annoyed with the world, he who is free from elation, intolerance, fear and anxiety – he is  dear to me.
He who is free from wants, who is pure, efficient, unattached, untroubled and has given up all selfish undertakings – he who is thus devoted to Me is dear to Me.
(Bhagavad Gita Chapter 12 verses 12 - 16)

Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 2, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on September 2, 2013 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or twelfth day of the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasii Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon till 12:52 AM on September 2. 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 – Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 12:59 AM. Then onward it is Pushya or Pusam or Pooyam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pradosh Vrat
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or twelfth day of the waning phase of moon in Bhadrapad 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/ Sha…

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