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About the Puri Jagannath Ratha Yatra Chariots

The three chariots (Raths) used for the annual Puri Jagannath Ratha Yatra are newly constructed each year. A particular family of carpenters owns the hereditary right to construct the chariots. The construction of the chariots begins on the Akashya Tritiya day, which is around three months before the actual Ratha Yatra day. Each chariot used in the Rath Yatra has specific size and dimensions. The chariots are a classic example on indigenous engineering marvel.
Sal wood is used for the construction of the chariots. The wood is brought from the forests of Daspalla and Ranapur. Around 2,188 pieces of wood are needed for the construction of the chariots and these are chiseled out by around 125 carpenters. They work for 58 days at the Mahakhala – the front portion of the Palace located near the JagannathTemple.
Iron nails, brackets, clamps and other miscellaneous items needed for the chariots are prepared by the native blacksmiths. The structure above the wheels contains eighteen pillars …

Danda Nacha

Danda Nacha is an unusual ritual performed by devotees in the Ganjam District of Orissa to appease Goddess Kali. Danda Nacha means ‘Punishment Dance’ and in the ritual devotees inflicts pain on themselves.
Dancing for hours in hostile surfaces praising Goddess Kali is the most important part of the ritual. Apart from dancing, devotees find other ways to inflict pain like rolling on hot-tarred road, spending several sleepless nights and barefoot walking for long distances.
Hindustan Times reports "Prior to 13-14 days of "Bisuv Sankranti" we move from village to village worshipping the Goddess Kali and Lord Shiva. We don't stay at one place. We fast the entire day and take some food, fruits or vegetables at night only. We are not even allowed to sleep at night. These are punishments that we give ourselves," said Kana Gauda, a dancer. "I am doing this for the last 26 years. All my wishes have been fulfilled because of this. We used to feel the pain earlier …

Parama Ekadasi in Adhika Masa

The Ekadasi that is observed during the Krishna Paksha or waning phase of moon in Adhika Masa or extra month in a Hindu Lunar calendar is known as Parama Ekadashi. Parama Ekadasi 2015 date is July 12. Observing this Ekadasi is believed to help in removing sins and it also brings in material progress.
Adhika Masa, or the extra month, in a lunar calendar is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and therefore the Ekadasi is also known as Purushottam Kamala Ekadasi. As the month is dedicated to Vishnu, observing this Ekadasi is considered highly rewarding.
All the usual rules associated with Ekadasi fasting are observed on the day.

Kamadhenu Meaning – What is the meaning of Kamadhenu in Hindu religious context?

Vedas look upon the cow as a source of wealth. The cow is extolled as Kamadhenu meaning giver of pleasure, love and desire. Hindus have always regarded cow as sacred and treasured it. In many Hindu religious texts, cattle played an important role in spiritual stories, rituals and economy.
The legend of creation centers on the cow. The cow is mentioned in various contexts as rivers, rains clouds and mother of Gods and earth. These concepts convey that the cow is life giving and is a symbol of femininity.
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Story of Kamadhenu

Katha Upanishad – Wise words of Nachiketa to his father

I understand, Father, the value of power and wealth. People salute money. Money commands honor. Money can buy comforts and conveniences. But I also know that money breeds vanity. Hunger for money erects walls between us. The more intense this hunger becomes, the higher and thicker the walls. What good is the money that splits apart our family? What good is the money that takes away our love and respect for each other? What good is the money that works against our basic needs of peace and happiness.
I also see money as a source of fear. The more we have, the greater the fear of losing it. How can a person run by fear be happy? Our family is a living example of that. It pains me even more when I see the members of our prestigious family teaching others the lesson of fearlessness, whereas they themselves live under fear.
We are believed to be the upholders of a spiritual tradition, but I see us simply as hypocrites. I do not want to kill my conscience by contributing by contributing to …

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 11, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, July 11, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon till 10:48 AM on July 11. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 11, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is good from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Nakshatra – Bharani Nakshatra till 3:10 PM on July 11. Then onward it is Krittika or Kartika or Karthigai Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi till 8:55 PM. Then onward it is Vrishabha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Adhik Ashada Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Extra Ashada month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, …

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