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Story of the birth of King Prithu

Prithu was one of greatest emperors of ancient India. Story of his divine birth is found in the Puranas. In the great lineage of Dhruva, there was a king named Anga. He had a son named Vena, who was cruel and arrogant from childhood. King Anga was distressed with the behavior of his son. He made innumerable efforts to reform his only son. But all his efforts failed and in terrible anguish he left his kingdom.
As there was no ruler, the Saints were compelled to make Vena the next king.
After being made king, Vena’s adharmic activities only increased.
Vena declared himself as god and unleashed a reign of terror.
Fed up with his activities, Vena was killed by his subjects with the help of saints.
As there was no one to take over the kingdom, dacoits and thieves began to loot people. There was utter lawlessness.
The saints thought it was their responsibility to find a ruler.
They then took the body of Vena and churned it while chanting mantras. From it appeared a human couple. The male w…

Flag Hoisted Atop Puri Jagannath Temple

The flag hoisted on the Nila Chakra atop the PuriJagannathTemple is called as Patita Pavana Bana. The term ‘patita pavana bana ‘means ‘Purifier of the Fallen’. The flag is believed have the power to remove sins from the heart of the people. It is believed that mere sighting of the flag helps in redemption of sins.

Anasara – Sacred Ceremony in Puri Jagannath Temple

Anasara happens after the ritual bathing of the deities worshipped in the PuriJagannathTemple. 108 pots of water are poured on the idols and after this the deities enter into Anavasara or Anasara – a fortnight period of rest and recuperation. 


For the next fifteen days, devotees are not allowed the darshan of the idols. It is believed that the deities catch fever after a long ritual bathing and therefore does not return to sanctum sanctorum for the next fifteen days.
During this period, the Sabara daitas (specially appointed people) repaint the murtis or idols of Jagannath, Subhadra and Balabhadra.
During Anasara period three Patta paintings of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are worshiped in the temple.

Pushkara in Hinduism

As per Hindu scriptures, Pushkara is the son of Varuna, the Hindu god of ocean, rain, water and the rivers. Pushkara performed intense austerities to please Shiva and Brahma. They gave a boon each. Brahma blessed him with residence in the waters in his Kamandalu (water pot). Shiva blessed him with Jala Tattva Siddhi. By virtue of the boons, Pushkara became the King of all Thirthas or sacred water bodies and was regarded as the Theerthapalaka or the keeper of the sacred waters.
Pushkara is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Pushti’ meaning nourishment and ‘kara’ means one who conducts it. Thus pushkara is the energy that nourishes. Thus Pushkara in reference to sacred rivers means the one who energize the rivers and provide spiritual purification.
Pushparaksha is also one of the names of Lord Vishnu and the meaning of the name is one with lotus eyes.
The famous sacred water body in Tirumala temple is also known as Swami Pushkarini.
Pushkar is also a famous pilgrim center in Rajasthan.

Biggest Edition of Bhagavad Gita with Paintings by Srinivas Fine Arts

One of the biggest editions of Bhagavad Gita with illustration is published by Srinivas Fine Arts. The book contains translations and transliterations in Hindi and English. This is a neutral version of the scripture sans subjective views of any of the saints.
The paintings are as per the guidelines of the Chitra Sutra of Vishnudarmottara Purana.


The book is priced at Rupees 38,750.  Srinivas Fine Arts writes
This masterpiece has been crafted with the world's most precious eco-friendly materials. To preserve for generations, this special edition is printed on the finest paper sourced from the Sustainable European forests which is FSC certified and acid free. The entire edition is printed with environment friendly vegetable inks made of natural ingredients from Japan. The golden gilded fore-edges and the metal corners of this premium edition add a touch of class.You can find more about the book and how to buy it here at the official website.

Chothi Nakshatram Female Characteristics – Chothi Birth Star Born Female Character

One of the most important characteristics of Chothi Nakshatra born female is that they will be humble. Another important character of the birth star is that they will not be interested in luxury items. Other Chothi Nakshatram Female Characteristics are given below:

Will always be happy. Like a simple life. Will have fights and difference of opinion with relatives. Will be keen in borrowing money. Will always uphold high moral standards. Will stay away from home for long periods. Will not change the opinion they have once made.

Atham Nakshatram Female Characteristics – Atham Birth Star Born Female Character

One of the most important characteristics of Atham Nakshatra born female is that they will be of helpful nature. Another important character of the birth star is that they will even win over enemies with their loving nature . Other Atham Nakshatram Female Characteristics are given below:

Will speak sweetly. Will be wealthy. Will stay away from home. Will be scholars. Will have good sex drive. Will have good patience. Will be interested in material things. Might be interested in doing small types of theft.

Uthram Nakshatra Female Characteristics – Uthiram Birth Star Born Female Character

One of the most important characteristics of Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra born female will be loved by all. Another important character of the birth star is that they will be scholars. Other Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra Female Characteristics are given below:

Will be flexible in many matters. Will have a large-hearted. Will never forget those who have helped them. Will gain respect from relatives. Will have a good and peaceful life. Will always stand for justice. Will have good control over home. Will always be ready to help those in trouble.

Lessons from Maitrayaniya Upanishad

A king named Brihadratha, having established his son as the king and considering this body as impermanent became dispassionate and went into the forest. There he performed severe austerities and stood with uplifted arms gazing at the sun. At the end of a thousand days, the honourable knower of Atman, Shakayanya, blazing like fre without smoke, came near the ascetic.
He said to Brihadratha, ‘Arise, arise, ask for a boon’.
Brihadratha saluted Shakayanya and said, ‘O Revered sage, I don’t know the Self. We have heard that you know the Self. Please tell us about the Self.’
Shakayanya replied, ‘Such things were discussed in the past. This question is very difficult to answer, O Aikshvaka, ask some other desired thing.’
Touching the feet of Shakayanya with his head, Brihadratha uttered these words.
O Revered sage, in this foul-smelling, inconsequential body, which is a mass of bones, skin, muscle, marrow, flesh, semen, blood, mucus, tears, rheum, feces, urine, wind, bile, and phlegm, w…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 1, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 8:39 AM on July 1. Then onward it is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 1, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good day.
Nakshatra – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 3:59 AM on July 1. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam or Moola Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi till 3:59 AM. Then onward it is Dhanu Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Purnima fasting
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Adhik Ashada Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Extra Ashada month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Him…

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