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Pushpaka Vimana – Origin of the Flying Machine of Ravana

Pushpaka Vimana is the legendary flying machine of Ravana mentioned in the Ramayana. Ravana had carried away Sita in the Pushpaka Vimana. Origin of Pushpaka Vimanam as per Vishnu Purana is associated with Surya, the Sun God. It is believed that Pushpaka Vimana was carved out using matter from Sun.
Legend has that Surya married Samjna, the daughter of Vishwakarma. But Samjna was unhappy with her married life due to the unbearable heat of Surya. She complained to Vishwakarma, who agreed to solve the problem.
It is said that Vishwakarma requested Surya to reduce his heat and he reduced 1/8th of his heat. The flying machine was produced using the reduced heat of Sun.
Another legend has that to reduce the heat of Surya, Vishwakarma removed a part of the burning matter from Surya – it said that Surya was grounded on a grinding machine for the purpose.
The matter that was removed from Surya fell on earth and from it was created the Pushpaka Vimanam – the flying machine.
Vishwakarma created …

Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Festival March – April 2017

The annual festival (Ulsavam) of the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala is held during the Malayalam month of Meenam. The festival commences with the Kodieyettam – hoisting of the temple flag. Devotees can have the darshan of Lord Ayyappa during the 10-day festival. In 2017, Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Festival (dates) will be held from March 31, 2017 to April 9, 2017.
The temple will open at 1730 hrs on March 31. The temple festival, Ulsavam, will begin on the same day with the Kodiyettam – hoisting of the temple flag.
Arattu, the bathing of the deity, and the closing ceremony of the temple festival will be held on  April 9, 2017.
There will be also special pujas for Panguni Uthiram on  April 9, 2017
The temple closes on  April 9, 2017.

In 2017, temple will again open for Vishu Puja on April 10, 2017 to April 18, 2017.
Thousands of Ayyappa devotees who like to avoid the huge rush during the Mandala Makaravilakku season (November – January) make use of the monthly puja days, Vishu Puja …

Devarishi – Who are the Devarishis in Hinduism?

Devarishi is a term frequently used in Hindu scriptures especially the Puranas, Mahabharata and Ramayana. But who are the Devarishis? Saints (Rishis) who had attained self realization no longer belong to the earthly plain. They now live among the celestial beings or devas. The rishis that reside in the celestial world is referred as devarishis.
There is no known criterion as to what distinguishes a Rishi from a Devarishi.
A Devarishi could visit the celestial world and return back to earth and reside among human beings.
The most popular Devarishis are:
Narada Asita Bhurbhuva Brishaspati Kashyapa Lomasha Parvata Tanu Shukracharya Vasishta
The term Devarishi is widely used to refer to Narada. This is because he had access to all the worlds including Kailash and Vaikunta.

Book – Butterflies, Parottas and the Bhagavad Gita

The book titled “Butterflies, Parottas and the Bhagavad Gita” is written by Hari Haran M.D. For some the title may be, funny for some and intriguing for others. Let the reader decided the value of the title. The book is a genuine attempt to unravel the holy book Bhagavad Gita through everyday happenings.
The first chapter of the book is spent on creating the problem. The solution to the problem is found in the Bhagavad Gita. The first chapter is titled “World”. Everyday we all face numerous problems and silent suffer without realizing that solutions are there to all problems. We only need to make the effort.
The book titled “Butterflies, Parottas and the Bhagavad Gita” is this effort to find solutions to problems and not to suffer and burn in them.
Important teachings from the Bhagavad Gita are quoted and then a real life situation is created to explain the point.
The language used is simple and it is a very good read especially for all those who are prejudiced that spiritual books …

True prayer is inner communion – Shirdi Sai Baba

Seek not for love on earth or in heaven, knowing life to be transitory wake up from your ignorance and strive to attain knowledge and freedom before death.
Prayer must come from the bottom of the heart, not from the lips.
Prayer and worship has a very significant effect in one’s wellbeing.
Through worship the heart gets rooted in the divine and mind becomes focused on the one goal.
True prayer is inner communion.
God knows what to give and when.
Prayer and worship leads you step by step to perfection.
True worship is feeling the inner divinity. Shirdi Sai Baba

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 10, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon till 5:56 AM on March 10. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Swati or Chothi Nakshatra till 7:22 PM on March 10. Then onward it is Vishakha or Vishakam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Rang Panchami
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Chaitra Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth 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 Kashmir.
Jayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1936 …

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