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Story of Kamban writing Tamil Kamba Ramayan – Iramavataram

The most popular version of Ramayana in Tamil is the Kamba Ramayanam written by Kamban. It is known as Iramavataram in Tamil. There is an interesting story behind the writing of Tamil Ramayana which was written during the 9th century.



Kamban was a temple musician at the famous SrirangamTemple and he was also the follower of poet-saint Namalvar. The king of the region wanted to translate the Ramayan from Sanskrit into Tamil and he assigned the task to two poets and Kamban was one of the poet.
Kamban never found the true inspiration to translate the epic. By the time he overcame the writer’s block and found inspiration only 14 days were left for the deadline.
Kamban then started writing the Iramavataram and legend has it that Mother Goddess used to hold the lamp for him so that he can write during night.
Kamban finished the work before deadline and it was liked by all.
Legend has it that once when the Iramavataram was read in the SrirangamTemple; Narasimha Avatar of Bhagvan Vishnu app…

2015 Telugu Griha Pravesh Dates in Andhra Pradesh – Housewarming Muhurta as per Telugu Panchang and Calendars in 2015

Griha Pravesha Muhurta is the auspicious time to move into a new house as per Hindu Astrology – this varies from region to region. Here are the auspicious dates in 2015 for the housewarming ceremony as per Telugu Panchang and Calendars followed in Andhra Pradesh. Please note that the Griha Pravesha Muhurtas may vary for various Telugu communities and these dates are only to give a general idea.
February 8, 2015 February 9, 2015 February 10, 2015 February 21, 2015
March 7, 2015 March 9, 2015 March 12, 2015
April 19, 2015 April 23, 2015
May 6, 2015 May 8, 2015

2015 Kannada Griha Pravesh Dates in Karnataka – Housewarming Muhurta as per Kannada Panchang and Calendars in 2015

Griha Pravesha Muhurta is the auspicious time to move into a new house as per Hindu Astrology. Here are the auspicious dates in 2015 for the housewarming ceremony as per Kannada Panchang and Calendars followed in Karnataka. Please note that the Griha Pravesha Muhurtas may vary for various Kannadiga communities and these dates are only to give a general idea.
February 8, 2015 February 9, 2015 February 10, 2015 February 21, 2015
March 7, 2015 March 9, 2015 March 12, 2015
April 19, 2015 April 23, 2015
May 6, 2015 May 8, 2015

Which is the second avatar of Lord Vishnu? – Second Avatar or Incarnation of Hindu God Vishnu

Second avatar of Vishnu happened during the churning of ocean or Samudra Manthan. This incarnation was to help Devas and Asuras in balancing the churning chord. As per Hindu scriptures the second Avatar of Hindu God Vishnu is the Kurma Avatar – which is referred as the turtle incarnation. The story of Kurma avatar is one that symbolically narrates the process of evolution.
Information about the Kurma Avatar is mainly found in the Bhagavad Purana (Canto 8 Chapter 7), Agni Purana and Ramayana (Balakanda Chapter).
Other resources
Story of the Kurma Avatar of Lord Vishnu Kurma Jayanti
Temple Dedicated to the Kurma Incarnation of Lord Vishnu

Rath Yatra Is Observed at Night at Mubarakpur in Soro near Balasore in Orissa

There is an age-old tradition that Rath Yatra should not be held at night. But Sri Sri Gosein Danda Baladevjeeu temple at Mubarakpur in Soro near Balasore in Orissa has been defying this tradition. The chariots of Jagannath, Bhalabhadra and Subhadra are pulled during the Rath Yatra after sunset. The Rath Yatra is here held on the same day when Puri Rath Yatra is held. Times of India reports  "Like every other year, we followed the same tradition this year too. This has been the trend here for the past five centuries. We are not bothered by this restriction. On the day of Rath Yatra, we follow all rituals as per the Puri temple, with this exception. While in Puri, individual chariots carry the three deities, here we pull only one chariot. All the three deities are placed on the same chariot," temple priest Mahesh Panda said. Besides, the deities here are unique in many ways. They are different from those of Puri in terms of their symmetry. Here the idol of Balabhadra is bigge…

Do not try to stop your thoughts instead make them divine – Swami Chinmayananda

The secret of success in life lies in keeping the head above the storms of the heart.
When a person is left alone, he starts thinking of higher reality - about death, life, soul, God and the mystery of all.
Just as a river is a flow of water, the mind is a continuous flow of thoughts. To think of stopping the mind is foolishness. The attempt of the seeker in the seat of meditation is not to stop the mind or destroy the mind. Give the mind a new direction - change the direction of your thoughts. Do not try to stop your thoughts. Instead, make them divine.
Comfort comes as a guest, lingers to become the host, and stays to enslave us.
Swami Chinmayananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 11, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on February 11, 2014 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:35 PM on February 11. Then onward it is Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Ardra or Thiruvathira or Arudhara Nakshatra till 5:21 PM. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Bhishma Dwadasi
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Magh Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magha 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 – Magh…

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