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Govardhan Hill is Shrinking by the Size of Mustard Seed Daily

Govardhan Hill, which was lifted by Lord Krishna to save the people of Braj from heavy rains and flood created by Indra, is shrinking by the size of a mustard seed daily. The huge hill which was believed to be nearly 30,000 meters high is today just 30 meters high. It is believed that by the end of the Kali Yuga, Govardhan hill will vanish completely.
So why is Govardhan Hill is Shrinking? Legend has it that in the Satya Yuga, Sage Pulastya had cursed the hill that it will reduce by the size of mustard seed daily.
Sage Pulastya was residing in the holy city of Kashi and wanted to have a holy mountain that will match the stature of GangaRiver. He then approaches Dronachala, the king of mountains, and asks him for his son Govardhan.
Dronachala was reluctant to part with his favorite son. But Govardhan agrees to accompany the Sage as he did not want his father to be cursed.
Govardhan agrees to accompany the Sage but on the condition that he should not be kept down. If he is kept down h…

Chandra Grahan 2014 in India – Lunar Eclipse dates in 2014 in India – Chandra Grahanam

Chandra Grahan 2014 dates based on Hindu calendar – India Standard Time. There are two lunar eclipses – Chandra Grahan – in 2014. Only the Chandra Grahan on October 8, 2014 is visible in India. Detail dates of all Chandra grahanam in 2014 are given below:
Chandra Grahan on April 15, 2014 is not visible in India.
Chandra Grahan on October 8, 2014 is visible in India. The eclipse begins in the afternoon of October 8, 2014 at 2:44 PM and ends 6:06 PM evening on October 8, 2014.
Those observing rituals have to follow them on October 8, 2014 as it is marked in Hindu calendar and Panchangs.

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Surya Grahan or Solar Eclipse in India in 2014

Stamps on Hindu Temples by India Post – Postage Stamps on Hindu Temples in India

India Post has issued several commemorative postage stamps on Hindu Temples in India. Here is a look at stamps issued by India Post from 2001 to 2013.
These four stamps were released as part of Temple architecture series in 2001






KonarkSunTemple in 2002

TripureshwariTemple in Udaipur was released in 2003

PuriJagannathTemple in 2003
Tirupati Ananda Nilayam in 2003
BrihadeeshwararTemple in 2010


Light the fire of knowledge and with it set the thorny bush ablaze - Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Suppose a man has a thorn in the sole of his foot. He gets another thorn and takes out the first one. In other words, he removes the thorn of ajnana, ignorance, by means of the thorn of jnana, knowledge. But on attaining vijnana, he discards both thorns, ignorance and knowledge. (The state of vijnana is an intimate relation with God).
The world is like a thorny bush: you have hardly freed yourself from one set of thorns before you find yourself entangled in another. To come out – Light the fire of knowledge and with it set the thorny bush ablaze.

He who is aware of light is also aware of darkness. He who is aware of happiness is also aware of suffering. He who is aware of virtue is also aware of vice. He who is aware of good is also aware of evil. He who is aware of holiness is also aware of unholiness. He who is aware of “I” is also aware of “you”. What is vijnana? It is knowing God in a special way.’ (The passage means both jnana and ajnana exist and one has to remove the latter wi…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 7, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on November 7, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the light phase of moon till 10:40 AM on November 7. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the light phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Mool or Moolam Nakshatra till 7:03 PM. Then onward it is Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pandav Panchami
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Kartik Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in  Kartik month 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 – Kartik Shuk…

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