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Vaikasi Visakam 2017 date - Vaikasi Vishakam Festival in 2017

Vaikasi Visakam 2017 is an auspicious day in Tamil culture and is believed to be the day when Lord Muruga, or Kartikeya, made his divine presence felt on earth. In 2017, the date of Vaikasi Visakam festival is June 7. Lord Muruga is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and is widely worshipped in South India,Malaysia, Singapore, and Sri Lanka and in other places having Tamil population.

The birthday of Lord Muruga falls on the Vishakam Nakshatram in Vaigasi month. On the day, devotees visit shrines dedicated Lord Muruga and perform ‘pal abhishekam’ – bathing the deity in milk. Some devotees also take Kavadi to Muruga Temples.

You can find more details about Vaikasi Vishakam in this article.

Rukmini Harana Ekadasi

Rukmini Harana Ekadasi is an important ritual observed in the PuriJagannathTemple. It is observed on the Shukla Paksha Ekadasi in Jyeshta month or the 11th day during the waxing phase of moon in Jyeshta month. Rukmini Harana Ekadasi 2017 date is on June 5.
Marriage of Bhagvan Sri Krishna and Goddess Rukmini is observed on the day in JagannathTemple.
The main ritual involves traditional marriage Lord Madana Mohana as Bhagvan Sri Krishna and Goddess Lakshmi as Goddess Rukmini.
Thousands of devotees arrive to witness this divine marriage.
On the day the famous Nirjala Ekadasi is observed in other regions.

What are the Benefits of Wearing Char Mukhi Rudraksha?

Char Mukhi Rudraksha is dedicated to Hindu God Brahma. It also has the blessings of Navgraha Budha. So what are the benefits of wearing Char Mukhi Rudraksha? There are numerous benefits especially it improves intelligence and helps in studies.
The main benefits include:
Wearing char mukhi rudraksha helps in improving memory power. Improvement of intelligence and knowledge. Good for students as it helps in studies. Good for singers as it improves speech and sound. Mental tensions are removed. The four faces represent dharma, artha, kama and moksha – the four purusharthas in Hinduism. Redemption of sin associated with killing of animals or other living beings. Spiritual insights and divine knowledge. It is used by some people to attain divine powers.

Mantra to Overcome Fear of Death in Hindi and English

The greatest fear on earth for human beings is fear of death. There is a mantra to overcome the fear of death. It is dedicated to Yama, the Hindu God of death. You can read the mantra below in Hindi and English. You can also chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ to overcome the fear of death.
The mantra is:

Maihar Devi

Maihar Devi is a manifestation of Goddess Shakti. She is popularly known as Maa Sharda. The most popular temple dedicated Goddess Maihar is referred as MaaShardaDeviTemple and is located at Maiher in Satna District in Uttar Pradesh.
Legend has it that when Shiva was carrying the body of Sati around the world and Vishnu used his Sudarshana Chakra to cut the body of Sati, the right breast of Goddess Sati fell at Maihar.
The popular belief is that Goddess Maihar is mother to her devotees. She blesses her devotees with knowledge and strength. Devotees that strive for self realization and salvation, or Moksha, never return without fulfilling them.

Who is the mother of Nakula and Sahadeva in the Mahabharata?

Nakula and Sahadeva are the twin brothers among the Pandavas in the Mahabharata. But Queen Kunti was not their mother. Then who is the mother of Nakula and Sahadeva?
The mother of Nakula and Sahadeva was queen Madri. She was the second wife of King Pandu.
Queen Madri was able to conceive Nakula and Sahadeva by invoking the Ashwinikumars.

Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Jayanti - Birth Anniversary of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj

Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj, also known as Rajashri Shahu, was a great social reformer and he was the Maharaja of the State of Kolhapur in British India between 1884 and 1922. Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj birth anniversary is annually held on June 26. In 2017, it is the 143rd birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj.

During his rule he implemented scores of welfare schemes for the downtrodden. He also started numerous path breaking reformations for freeing people from untouchability.
His contributions: Implemented reservation policy for untouchables. Legal reforms Abolition of untouchability. Pioneer of student hostel movement. Education and employment for lower castes Free education for all Opened hostels for all people in Kolhapur Abolishing child marriage Widow Remarriage A patron of the theatre, music and sports

Parthasarathy Temple Story – History of the Triplicane Parthasarathy Temple in Chennai

Located at Triplicane in Chennai, ParthasarathyTemple is a popular shrine dedicated to Sri Krishna. The story of the temple is associated with Sage Atreya and King Sumathy. The history of the temple begins with Sage Vyasa gifting the murti (idol) of Lord Parthasarathy to Sage Atreya.
Legend has it that Sage Atreya had this deep wish to have darshan of Sri Krishna. To fulfill the wish, Sage Vyasa asked Rishi Atreya to travel to south to a forest filled with Tulsi plants and offer prayers to the murti of Parthasarathy.
Rishi Atreya traveled along with the murti to south and reached the forest and settled near a pond.
During this period, King Sumathy, an ardent devotee of Lord Balaji of Tirupati, wished to have darshan of Sri Krishna in the form in which he delivered Gita to Arjuna. To fulfill his wish he performed intense austerities.
Tirupati Balaji appeared in the dream of the king and directed him to the Tulsi forest.
The king realized his dream when he met Sage Atreya and had dars…

Temple Which Has 32 forms of Ganesha - Single Temple With All 32 Forms of Ganapati

The 32 forms of Ganesha are mentioned in the Mudgala Purana. Temples in which all the 32 forms worshipped in murti form is not known.  But there is an ancient temple in Karnataka in which one can view the 32 forms on the temple wall.

At the NanjangudShivaTemple, you can view all the 32 forms of Ganapati. NanjundeshwaraTemple or the SrikanteshwaraSwamyTemple is a popular Shiva Shrine located near Mysore in Karnataka. The temple is famous for its architecture and sculptures. There are more than 100 rare sculptures in the temple which is also one of the biggest temples in Karnataka.
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Swami Chinmayananda on the Section Aranyakas in the Vedas

The very term, by which the book containing the Upanishads is called, Aranyakas, means that which is to be taught and studied in the forest.
 It means that a field of peace and majesty is necessary for the mind and intellect vehicle to speed out and take off from the gross, material earth – earthly thoughts and considerations.
You need not look aghast at this statement. Even when you have some small personal problem, say to resign the present job or not, what do you do? Don’t you walk out of home and go to a quiet and silent park and lying down there under a tree, mentally review the pros and cons and come to a final decision?
When an ordinary material problem needs this much of solitude, peace and space-sense about us, how much more should one need the help of a right atmosphere to delve within and seek the Eternal Well of Life? Swami Chinmayananda
Source – Discourses on Kenopanishad by Swami Chinmayananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – June 10, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithior the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:13 PM on June 10. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithior the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 3:01 PM. Then onward it is Vishakha or Vishakam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pradosh Vrat
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Jyeshta Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon in Jyeshta month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
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