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Pinaka – The Bow That Ram Broke To Marry Sita

Pinaka was the bow that Sri Ram broke during the Swayamvara in the Ramayana to marry Sita. Pinaka, also written as Peenaka or Peenak, is the bow of God Shiva and He had gifted it to Parashuram, the incarnation of Vishnu. King Janaka of Mithila received it from Parashurama. One condition that was set by King Janaka for marrying Sita Devi was that the participant in the Swayamvara should lift the Pinaka bow and tie its string. Sri Ram lifted the bow and in his attempt to tie the string, the bow broke into two with a thunderous sound that shook the universe.

Legend has it that the Pinaka bow was gifted to Parashurama, the sixth Avatar (incarnation of Vishnu), by Shiva. Parashurama before going for deep meditation and austerities had given it to King Janaka for safe keeping.

Eight strong men were needed to move the Pinaka bow around. It is said that Child Sita Devi once while playing with her sisters had pushed the table around on which the Pinaka was placed.

King Janaka who saw this div…

Vaikasi Visakam - Vaigasi Vishagam Dedicated to Muruga

Vaikasi Visagam, or Vaigasi Visakam, is the day when Lord Muruga or Kartikeya, incarnated on earth. Muruga, the general of the army of devas, is also known as Skanda, Kanda, Subrahmanya and Kartik. In 2017, the date of Vaikasi Visagam is June 7 and is an auspicious day in Tamil Hindu calendar.

The birthday of Lord Muruga falls on the Vishakam star in the Tamil month of Vaikasi (May – June). The day is celebrated in temples dedicated to Muruga in India, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and South Africa.

According to Puranas, Devas (gods) were driven out of heaven by demon Surapadman with the help of boons he received from Brahma. Unable to defeat Surapadman, Indra, the king of devas, sought the help of Brahma. But Brahma could only narrate his helplessness as Surapadman had already obtained boons from Brahma through severe penance.

But Brahma did suggest a way out and that was to seek the help of Lord Shiva. When Indra narrated the cruel deeds of Surapadman, an enraged Shiva opened h…

Goddess Jagdamba

Goddess Jagdamba is one among the numerous forms of Mother Goddess Shakti. Amba means mother and in this form She is the mother of the Universe. The name Jagdamba is used in Puranas and other scriptures when Goddess Shakti takes a peaceful form.



Some stories in the Puranas state that before the beginning of a cycle of creation, Goddess Jagdamba appears before Vishnu and asks him to start the next cycle of creation.
Some people use the name Amba and Jagdamba for the same form of Goddess Shakti.
Exclusive temples dedicated to Goddess Jagdamba are found in Maharashtra and in western parts of India.
Some tribes in India worship Mother Goddess in the form of Jagdamba.

Ganga Dashara Festival – Ganga Dasara

Ganga Dasara, also known as Maa Ganga Dashara, is a 10-day festival dedicated to Goddess Ganga (River Ganga or Ganges). In 2017, Ganga Dashara festival date is from May 26 to June 3. The festival is celebrated during the first ten days of the Jyeshta Month (May – June) – the first 10 days during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon).

It is believed that Goddess Ganga touched the earth on the 10th day of the Shukla Paksha of Jyeshta (June 3, 2017). Legend has it that King Bhagirath performed intense austerities to bring down Ganga on to earth so that his ancestors are relieved of their sins. Finally, Ganga descended from heaven and Lord Shiva held Her in his matted locks so that the power of Goddess does not destroy the earth. She then traveled to earth purifying all that she touched.

Numerous ceremonies are held on the occasion including pujas, prayers and other rituals. In recent years, with human greed destroying and polluting Ganga, there are special meetings and padyatras held…

Swami Krishnananda Thoughts

When we are friendly or when we are inimical, we are not encountering a person or a thing; we are encountering a circumstance which cannot be identified with the physical location of a person or a body. We are face to face with some situation which cannot be identified with a solid object.
When we are happy or unhappy, we cannot attribute it to the presence or absence of some physical object.
It is, again, a condition that has arisen, a condition that cannot be seen with the eyes, and we use this word again and again without knowing what it means.
“I am in a very bad condition” or “I am in a prosperous state” are glib statements whose meaning is not so clear.
This is the reason why we cannot easily be happy in this world; if it had been so easy, we would have purchased it in one minute with all the dollars and pounds that we have. That cannot be done because the physical appurtenances and configurations in the form of people and things are not the thing that we have lost.
When a …

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, May 10, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon till 5:08 AM on May 10. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is May 10, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good day
Nakshatra – Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 10:35 AM on May 10. Then onward it is Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Jyeshta Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moonin Jyeshta month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Oris…

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