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Nabadwip in Hinduism – Vaishnava Pilgrim Center in West Bengal

Nabadwip is a famous Vaishnava pilgrim center associated with Hinduism. It is located in West Bengal and is one of the important places associated with Sri Krishna Chaitanya, the founder of the Bengal School of Vaishnavism. Mayapur associated with ISKCON is located across the river from Nabadwip.
Popularly known as Nadia, Nabadwip consists of nine islands. Four of the islands are on the eastern bank of Bhagirathi and the rest five are on the western bank.
It is believed that when BhagirathiRiver changed its course and a huge island emerged on the east of the river and the new island was called Nabadwip.
Nabadwip was the capital of Bengal during the 12th century and it was a center of Sanskrit and Hindu philosophy, especially of NeoLogicSchool of philosophy.
There are more than 150 temples in the region.
Dola Purnima and Rash Purnima are the important festivals in the region.

Hindu Festivals in April 2015 – Hindu Vrat – Fasting – Rituals in April 2015

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in April 2015 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days in April 2015 are based on Indian Standard Time (IST).
April 1, 2015 – Pradosh Vrat April 1, 2015 – Madan Dwadasi, Vaman Dwadasi, Anag Trayodasi April 3 – Purnima Vrat April 3 – Painguni Uthiram April 4 – Purnima April 4 – Chandra Grahan – Lunar Eclipse Visible in India April 4 – Hanuman Jayanti

About the tree that is used to make the new murti of Jagannath during Nabakalebara at Puri Jagannath Temple in Orissa

The tree that is used to make the new murti (idol) of Jagannath during Nabakalebara at PuriJagannathTemple in Orissa has to pass numerous tests. The neem tree used to make the murti is referred as Daru.
The selection of daru is made as per the instructions mentioned in the pothi (manuscript) which is with the Daitapatis.
Darus are no ordinary neem trees. Since Jagannath is dark, the tree from which his murti is to be carved has to be dark. The tree should have four principal branches, symbolizing the four arms of Narayana.
However, as Jagannath’s siblings are fair, the wood for their idols are lighter in colour. The Jagannath tree should have four principal branches, symbolizing the four arms of Narayana.
The daru will be collected from the Neem tree having the symbols of Sankha, Chakra, Gada and Padma on it.
The Neem tree should be close to a riverbank or a pond and there must be a termite mound or a crematorium near it.
The tree should be located near a three way fork on a road or…

Swami Vivekananda on the Word Atman

I will not translate this word to you in English because the idea does not exist in Europe; it is untranslatable. The modern attempt of German philosophers is to translate the word Atman by the word ‘Self’, and until that word is universally accepted, it is impossible to use it. So, call it as Self or anything, it is our Atman. This Atman is the real man behind. It is the Atman that uses the material mind as its instrument, its Antahkarana as is the psychological term for the mind.
Vedanta Kesari Magazine published by Ramakrishna Mission, Chennai, Explains more about the term and what Swami Vivekananda meant
Etymologically the term Atman means that which is eternal (from the Sanskrit root word  att, ‘that which exists always’).
So, eternal soul means Atman. Is there also non-eternal soul? In a way, yes, and that is called Jiva which is Atman plus body and mind (so it becomes jivatman).
While Atman is never born or grows or decays and dies, in its embodied state it seems to undergo c…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 31, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day of the waxing phase of moon till 9:00 AM on March 31. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 31, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day after 12:39 PM
Nakshatra – Aslesha or Ayilyam Nakshatra till 1:01 PM on March 31. Then onward it is Magha or Makam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi till 1:01 PM. Then onward it is Simha Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ekadasi Fasting
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Chaitra Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh,…

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