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Akshamala in Hinduism – Rosary in Hindu Religion

Akshamala is the rosary in Hindu religion. In Hinduism, it is usually made of seeds of plants especially of Rudraksh or Tulsi. Akshamala is used for keeping track of the number of a prayer is chanted. Usually a prayer is chanted 51 or 108 or 1000 times.
Worshippers of Shiva use Akshamala made using Rudraksha. Worshippers of Vishnu use rosary made of Tulsi seeds (Basil plant seeds).
Akshamalas are also be made of coral, clay, plastic crystal, or other gems. These types of Akshamala are considered inferior by some worshippers.
Tantric practitioners use various other types of Akshamalas. One of the common used rosaries is that of skulls carved into coral, ivory or clay.
Akshamala is usually made of 51 or 108 beads.
Akshamala is also found in the hand of many Hindu deities. They are also part of Murtis and Sculptures of Hindu Gods.

Mother of Bhim – Who is the Mother of Bheema in the Mahabharata?

Who is the mother Bhim in the Mahabharata? Was Bheema divine born or from a human mother. Story mentioned in the Mahabharat answers as to who is the Mother of Bhim. Queen Kunti was married to Pandu, the prince of Hastinapura. But Pandu could not have sexual union with Kunti because of a curse.
Kunti in her teenage due to her service to Sage Durvasa had got a boon that she will be able to summon a god and have children in him.
Pandu requested Kunti to make use of the boon.
Thus Bheema was born when Kunti summoned Vayu, (the wind god in Hinduism)
The mother of Bhim is Kunti.
Now a question arises as to did Kunti give birth to Bheema or she received him as an infant as a blessing from Yama.
No one has ever bothered to answer this question in the scriptures but it is widely believed that she gave birth to Bhim.

Book on Saraswati River – Vedic Sarasvati River

VedicSarasvatiRiver is a new book the SaraswatiRiver which disappeared long time ago. The book is written by P S Thakkar, a retired scientist from ISRO and now a researcher. The book states that the SaraswatiRiver had its origin in the MountKailash and merged with the Arabian Sea on GujaratCoast. The writer is of the view that the river disappeared from the surface of the earth due to tectonic activities including earth quake. Times of India writes "If we look at our religious scriptures, Saraswati has been hailed as one of the most important rivers of the land. We find its mention in all four Vedas, Brahmans, Puranas and both the epics - Ramayan and Mahabharat. Right in Mahabharat, we get description that the flow of the river had started thinning. About 2,500 years ago, the river disappeared," says Thakkar. Thakkar claims that Saraswati started from a lake northeast of Mansarovar in Tibet and entered today's Uttaranchal. It then flowed in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar before …

Desiring is the only erroneous doing; so cast that off and become happy – Avadhuta Gita

When all is One, then there is neither birth nor death.
The fundamental human consciousness by which you contemplate upon Being – that fundamental human consciousness is also Brahman itself. Thus that fundamental consciousness is also not there.
Then bondage meaning mind going in other directions, and liberation meaning mind residing in the Self – all this has also become Brahman; then there is neither good nor bad as well, because all that too has become Brahman.
When all is One, then oh child, why do you still cry? What is name and form for the One now? Therefore, neither name nor form is yours or mine. Thus neither is there name nor form.
The Self is Omnipresent; therefore It is in every place. Desiring is the only erroneous doing; so cast that off and become happy.
Avadhuta Gita

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 18, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on December 18, 2013 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:22 PM on December 18. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon.
Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra 12:07 AM. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathirai Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Paush Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Paush 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 – Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or t…

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