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Hanuman Chanting Garuda Mantra to Save Sri Ram and Lakshman from the effect of Nagapasha

Hanuman chants the Garuda Mantra in the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana to save Sri Ram and Lakshman from the effect of Nagapasha arrow. Indrajit, the son of Ravana, was a master magician and prince of illusions. During the battle in the Ramayana he disappears into the sky and shoots Nagapasha arrow to tie down Sri Ram and Lakshman. Nagas or poisonous snakes form coils on the body Rama and Lakshman and they are made immobile. The poison takes effect on the brothers and both fall unconscious.
The only way to save Sri Ram and Lakshman is by breaking the coils of poisonous snakes. This deed can only be performed by Garuda.
Hanuman then sat down facing east and started chanting the Garuda mantra. Garuda is Lord Vishnu’s vehicle. He is also the avowed enemies of snakes.
Hardly had Hanuman finished chanting the mantra, there was a huge wind in the sky. The huge wind causes waves to rise like mountains. It was the arrival of the divine bird Garuda.
All the snakes had bound Sri Ram and Lakshm…

Sthala Vrikshams in Tamil Nadu Hindu Temples to be preserved through Cloning

Each HinduTemple is Tamil Nadu has a tree attached to it and it is known as Sthala Vriksham. The trees are so unique that some of them are considered as miracle tree. The Vanni tree at the MagudeshwaraTemple at Kodumudi and the mango tree at the EkambershwaraTemple at Kancheepuram are nearly 3,500 years old. Now the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) Department in Tamil Nadu is planning to preserve these unique trees through cloning. The Hindu reports  Describing every Sthala Vriksham as a unique germplasm, a recent communication of the department urges the officials to take the help of experts from the Agriculture Department or the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) for the task.  The communication, issued by Additional Chief Secretary R. Kannan to HR&CE Commissioner P. Dhanapal, also asks the executive officers to ensure that enough clones are kept in carefully quarantined, separate places in nandavanam or flower garden. Even in private temples, the HR&…

Godh Bharai Dates in May 2015 – Hindu Baby Shower Good Dates in May 2015

Godh Bharai Dates in May 2015 is based on Hindu calendar and Panchang. Godh Bharai is the Hindu baby shower and is one of the auspicious occasions. Below are the good dates in May 2015 for performing this important ritual.
Godh Bharai Dates in May 2015
May 1 May 2 May 8 May 9 May 11 May 12 May 14 May 21 May 22 May 23 May 24 May 26 May 27 May 28 May 31
Dates to be avoided in May 2015 for Godh Bharai – May 3, 4, 5, 10, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and May 29.

When That shines, everything shines after That – Upanishads

He is never seen, but is the Seer; He is never heard, but is the Hearer; He is never thought, but is the Thinker; He is never known but is the Knower. There is no other seer but Him, no other hearer but Him, no other thinker but Him, no other knower but Him. He is the antaryami (inner ruler), your own immortal Self. Everything else but Him is mortal. (Brahadaranyaka Upanishad III.7:23)
The one controller of all, the inner Self of all beings, who makes His one form manifold – those wise men who realize Him as existing in their own self, to them belongs eternal happiness and to none else. (Katha Upanishad V. 12)
There the sun does not illumine, nor the moon and the stars; nor do these lightings illumine; nor does the fire. When That shines, everything shines after That. By Its light, all his is lighted. (Katha Upanishad V. 13)
Upanishads

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 16, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during waning phase of moon till 6:27 AM on December 16. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Hasta or Atham or Hastam Nakshatra till 5:29 PM on December 16. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Dhanu Sankranti. Kharmas (inauspicious month starts in North India). Margazhi month begins in Tamil Culture. Sani Peyarachi at Thirunallar Shani Temple.
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
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