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Rakshasas in Hinduism – The concept of Rakshas in Hindu Religion

Rakshasas in Hinduism are fierce beings with magical powers that harass all living beings. There are three types of Rakshas – one which attacks saints, human beings, animals and other living beings. The second type of Rakshasas are constantly in war with the Devas. There are also Rakshasas who attack both living beings and Devas (celestial beings).
As per Ramayana and Vishnu Purana, Rakshasas were created by Brahma to protect the waters.
Some Puranas also suggest that they are the descendants of Sage Kashyapa and Khasa, one of the daughters of Daksha Prajapati through their son Rakshas.
Rakshasas can take any form. They can enter a dead body and give it life. They take all forms to cheat and attack other living beings. They also eat human beings.
As per Atharva Veda, Rakshasas generally have the form of human beings. Some have numerous heads and limbs. The skin color is green, blue or yellow. Some have deformities like backward feet or backward looking head.
In the Ramayana, Rakshas…

Trishul in Hinduism – The Trident Symbolism

Trishul, the Trident, is one of the most popular symbols associated with Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga. In the usual interpretation, it is a weapon used by Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga for the restoration of Dharma. But the Trishul has a deeper symbolic meaning.

Trishul is always held by Lord Shiva or it is depicted as rooted on the ground near Shiva. The trident is also part of the iconography of Goddess Durga killing demon Mahisha – the Mahishasura Mardana. The Goddess is depicted as killing the demon with the Trishul.

The Trishul symbolizes the balance of the three forces of preservation, creation and destruction. There are also two other interpretations of the Trishul symbol.

One is that it represents the three aspects of consciousness – cognition, conation and affection. Another is that it represents the three Gunas or Praktriti – Sattva, Rajas and Tamas.

Jyeshtha Nakshatra Date and Time in 2016 – Jyeshta or Kettai Birth Star dates in 2016

Jyeshtha Nakshatra 2016 dates and time based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam.  Jyeshta Birth Star, also known as Jyeshta or Kettai in South India, is the 18th Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Jyeshtha Nakshatra date in 2016. The astrological prediction of the birth star Jyeshta as per Moon Sign is that of Vrischika Rasi. Mars or Mangal is the lord of Vrischika. The color of Jyeshtha is Cream.
Jyeshtha Nakshatra Days in 2016 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)
January 8, 2016 – Friday Time is from 8:57 AM on January 7, 2016 to 9:47 AM on January 8
February 4, 2016 – Thursday Time is from 6:09 PM on February 3 to 7:18 PM on February 4
March 2, 2016 – Wednesday Time is from 2:38 AM on March 2 to 4:20 AM on March 3
March 30, 2016 – Wednesday Time is from 9:41 AM on March 29 to 11:49 AM on March 30, 2016
April 26, 2016 – Tuesday Time is from 3:41 PM on April 25 to 5:54 PM on April 26, 2016
May 23, 2016 – Monday Time is from 9:35 PM on May 22 to 11:37 PM on…

Online Manuscript Cataloguing System in Orissa – E-Pothi on Orissa State Museum Website

The online manuscript cataloguing system in Orissa, E-Pothi, is meant to help research scholars, students and historians access rare manuscripts online. The manuscripts are available online on the official website of OrissaStateMuseum.  Times of India reportsOfficial sources said researchers can view about 40,000 manuscripts, which will be available in soft form in the state museum's website. The originals (hard copies, most of which are palm leaf and scripts and engravings) have been preserved at the state museum. Earlier, researchers had to come to the museum to get copies of the manuscripts on payment of fee, fixed by the museum authorities. The manuscripts are based on Veda, tantra, purana, ayurveda, jyotisha, mathematics, grammar, lexicons, silpasashtra among others. Among these, the most sought-after manuscripts are Jayadev's Geeta Govinda, considered unparalleled in Indian literature. Scripts on alternative medicine Ayurveda are also available in the website.

Swami Sivananda Explains Maya

Maya is tempting you in a variety of ways.
The fisherman puts a little bait on the hook. It is not out of love for the fish that he does so. It is not out of compassion. It is not to appease the hunger of the fish. His motive is to catch the fish. The fishes on account of their desire to eat jump towards the hook. They are killed.
A hunter spreads a net and throws a few grains. It is not to feed the birds, but in order to catch them and to kill them. Even so, Maya wants to catch the poor Jiva.
Therefore, She has put a little bit of polish, a little pleasure-coating in the objects. The objects are pleasure centers only for the deluded man who has no understanding, who has not got the subtle, sharp intellect to know the Truth himself, who is caught in the Samsaric wheel, just as the birds are caught up in the net. Swami Sivananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – May 12, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon till 12:59 AM on May 12. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon till 10:38 PM on May 12. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is May 12, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day.
Nakshatra – Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatra till 7:51 AM on May 12. Then onward it is Shatabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Jyeshta Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moonin Jyeshta month in North In…

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