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Bevu Bella: How to prepare Ugadi Pachadi?

Bevu Bella, or Ugadi Neem leaf Pachadi, is an indispensable offering on Ugadhi, the Kannada and Telugu New Year day. This unique Bevu or Neem leaf preparation symbolically represents the different facets of life – sweet and bitter experiences of life.
Bevu Bella is just a simple mixture of fresh neem leaves and unprocessed broken jaggery. It is usually offered as a Prasad on the morning of Ugadi in many temples in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. It is also prepared in almost all homes. Ingredients Handful of fresh neem leaves.¼ cup or three spoon broken jaggery Preparation Clean the neem leavesGrind with a little waterAdd jaggery into the mixture.Some people to avoid the bitter taste of neem add banana, honey or grated coconut. Bevu Bella is eaten on empty stomach on the Ugadi day. Dry Bevu Bella Ingredients Fresh tender neem leavesJaggery proportionate to the number of neem leaves. Preparation Mix tender leaves and jaggery and serve dry. Another preparation during Ugadi is the Neem fl…

Story of Uchchaihshravas – The Horse of Indira

The story of the origin of Uchchaihshravas is found in the Bhagavad Purana. This divine horse appeared during the churning of ocean (Samudra Manthan) by Devas (demi gods) and Asuras (demons). Uchchaihshravas means one with long ears or one that neighs loudly.
Uchchaihshravas is white like the moon and has seven heads. This flying horse was taken by Indra, the king of Devas. It is also the king of the horses.
The color of the tail of Uchchaihshravas was the reason for Vinata and Garuda becoming the slave of Kadru and her serpent sons. Vinata was sure that the tail of Uchchaihshravas was white but Kadru said it was black. After a bitter argument it was decided that whoever was wrong would become the slave of the winner.
Kadru’s serpent sons hanged to the tail of Uchchaihshravas and made it appear black, when in reality the tail was white. Thus Vinata and her son Garuda became the slaves of Kadru and her sons.
Another story has it that Goddess Lakshmi once happened to see Uchchaihshrava…

Book – The Seduction of Shiva: Tales of Life and Love

Book titled ‘The Seduction of Shiva: Tales of Life and Love’ is compiled and translated by Aditya Narayan Dhairyasheel Haksar. The stories of love and longing from various Sanskrit texts including Puranas are part of the book. Indian Express writes  ”All great literature deals with the theme of the relation between the sexes and I have tried to bring together a collection of stories covering as big a period as possible,” Haksar said during the book release here recently. The first story in the anthology talks about how the god Shiva is seduced by Mohini, the female form assumed by Vishnu. In another tale, Urvashi curses the Pandava prince Arjuna when he rejects her advances. The protagonist in another story pursues pleasure first as a man and then as a woman. “The stories in the ‘Seduction of Shiva’ have been taken over a over 1500 years let me drew material from not only from what is called secular writing but also literature traditionally regarded as scriptural like tales from the P…

Hingalaj Puja 2017 date – Goddess Hinglaj Mata Jayanti in 2017

Goddess Hingalaj Mata is a manifestation of Goddess Shakti and she takes her name from the mountain cave Hinglaj on the Makran coast in the Lyari District of Balochistan in Pakistan. Hingalaj Mata Puja date in 2017 is March 26. Many people from India travel to HingalajTemple to offer pujas during her Jayanti period.

Legend has it that Vishnu cut the body of Goddess Sati – to stop Shiva’s lament after Sati’s death – part of her head fell at Hingalaj or Hingula. Thus this is one among the 51 Shaktipeeths.

Hingalaj Mata gave darshan to her devotees on the 13th day of the Krishna Paksha of Chaitra Month as per traditional calendar followed in North India.

Swami Brahmananda Teachings

Remember God before beginning the work and remember God in the end.  Also remember Him in between.
Every night before you go to sleep, think for a while how much time you have spent in doing good deeds and how much time you have wasted; how much time you have spent in meditation and how much you have wasted in idleness. . . Onward, onward! Never be satisfied with your present state of growth. Try to create a burning dissatisfaction within yourself. Ask yourself, ‘What progress am I making? None!’ and apply yourself ever more diligently to the task.
Why do you think that you cannot do it because you failed once or twice? One has to try again and again.
With unwavering faith in the words of the guru, the disciple must practice repetition of the mantram and meditation on its meaning. Thus will he find peace.
Swami Brahmanandawas the first the first President of the Ramakrishna Order

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 28, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on March 28, 2014 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon till 5:53 AM on March 28. 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 – Dhanishta or Avittam or Sravishta Nakshatra till 5:18 AM. Then onward it is Shatabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –  Pradosh Vrat. Hinglaj Mata Jayanti
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Chaitra Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Chaitra month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and …