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Son in Law Day in Bengal in 2016

Son in Law day is observed on the sixth day during the Shukla Paksha (Waxing Phase of moon) in the month of Jaishto (May – June) in Bengal. In 2016, the date of Jamai Sasthi is June 10. Sons-in-law are invited and honored on the day by the in-laws and is social custom in Bengal. Mother-in-laws cook special dishes especially Hilsa fish on the day for the sons-in-law.
The son-in-law is traditionally welcomed to the house on the day and a yellow thread is tied on the wrist. He is then given gifts and in return he gifts the mother-in-law.
Then a sumptuous dish is served which mainly includes vegetarian and fish dishes.
The day is popularly known as Jamai Sashti. Jamai means son-in-law and Sashti means the sixth day of a fortnight.

Kumbha Rashi Rudraksha – Which Rudraksha Should Kumbha Rashi Born People Wear?

Kumbha Rashi born people should wear Rudraksh with six or 13 faces and seven or 14 five faces. Wearing of which will bring in all round success to Kumbha Rashi or Aquarius Zodiac. Each Rashi born people as per Hindu Astrology should wear a particular face Rudraksha for success, love, peace and prosperity.
The deity associated with six face is Kartik or Skanda or Muruga. The deity dedicated to 13 face is again Kartik. The deity associated with seven face is Kamdev. The deity dedicated to 14 face is Shiva.
Those wearing six and 13 face will also have the blessings of Shukra. Similarly those wearing seven and 14 face will also be blessed by Shani Bhagvan.
Along with wearing of the Rudraksh one should practice self control, worship of personal deity and good thoughts.
Performing food donation and distributing clothes after the wearing the Rurdraksh is highly meritorious for Kumbha Rashi People.
It is believed that wearing the above said Rudrakshas by a Kumbha Rashi person will remove al…

Apala – A Woman Saint during Vedic Period

Apala is the name of a woman saint mentioned in the eighth mandala of the Rig Veda Samhita. She is also mentioned in the Satyayana Brahmana. It is believed that Apala is the daughter of Sage Atri. She is believed to have had a serious skin disease. Due this her husband, Krshasava, abandoned her.
Sage Atri advised Apala to do intense penance to please Indra. She is believed to have offered the juice of somalata plant to Indra when she appeared before her.
It is believed that Apala asked for three boons – one to transform the barren field of her father into fertile land, cure for her father’s baldness and a cure to her skin disease.
Indra grants all the three boons.
To eradicate her skin disease Indra cleanses her thrice – first her human body, next her vital breathing and finally her soul. After this ritual Apala transforms into a beautiful woman.
Story of Apala is found in the Sukta 91 of the 18th manadala of the Rig Veda. Seven mantras here dedicated to Indra were chanted by Apala.

Mythology and Legend: Why is Akshaya Tritiya Celebrated?

Akshaya Tritiya is one of the most auspicious days in the Hindu calendar and is considered ideal for new beginning and investment. One of the most important legends associated with observing Akshaya Trithiya is that of Lord Krishna and Kuchela. Another significant mythology is that of the Pandavas receiving the Akshay Patra from Krishna. Interestingly, Lord Krishna plays and important part in the stories associated with Trittiya.

In the most famous story associated Akshaya Tritiya, Kuchela, a poor Brahmin and schoolmate of Sri Krishna, visited Krishna with the intention of asking some financial favor. Kuchela, also known as Sudama, carried with him handful of poha or aval (beaten rice). On reaching, the palace of Krishna at Dwarka, Kuchela was ashamed to give the ‘poha’ to Krishna.
But the ever playful Krishna noticed the small bag in the hand of his schoolmate and soon grabbed it and ate a handful of ‘poha’. Kuchela could not believe his eyes, Krishna, the king, eating his poha.
It…

Map during Ramayana Period

There are several maps that claim to represent the Ramayana period. But there is lot of discrepancies in majority of the maps. Here is a link to a high resolution map of Ramayana period published by the University of Chicago. Two routes that Bhgavan Sri Ram took are shown in the map.
You can view the high resolution map here.

People feel sorrow when they are holding on to situations – Dadi Janki

When the mind is strong external difficulties stay external – they do not shake from inside and do not rob a person of stability.
Internally, people do create many difficult situations for themselves. Arrogance, for example, makes you feel disrespect and causes you sorrow. Arrogance brings a desire for regard and respect and when you don’t receive these, you feel it to be an insult.
To become upset, or to be unhappy about something, even to have an off-mood, is like putting a drop of poison into a pot of nectar. It spoils everything. It doesn’t just take away peace, it brings unhappiness.
People feel sorrow when they are holding on to situations. They forget that these situations are external to them. All it takes is to let go. Once they achieve this, they become happy and peaceful again and can begin to smile. How often have we looked back on some previous trouble and wondered what all the fuss was about. Dadi Janki

Today’s Hindu Calendar – May 1, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on May 1, 2014 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithior the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:46 AM on May 1. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithior the third day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Krittika or Kartika or Karthigai Nakshatra till 9:42 AM. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –Parashuram Jayanti
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Vaishakh Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Vaishakh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Jayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1936 – Vaishakh Shukla Paks…

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