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Vindhyavasini Chalisa in Hindi

Vindhyavasini Chalisa is the forty couplets (chaalisa) dedicated to Goddess Vindhyeshwari. It is highly powerful and it is believed that Ma Vindhyavasini will bless whoever recites it regularly. It can be sung as a bhajan during the worship of Goddess Durga. Vindhyavasini Chalisa in Hindi is given below. The Hindi text is in picture format and not in pdf. You can right click and save it for future use.

Story of Balakhilyas

Balakhilyas are a group of saints mentioned in Puranas and Hindu epics and they number sixty thousand. They were the sons of Prajapati Kratu and Santati. They were also known as Valakhilyas. The Balakhilyas were only of the size of a thumb but were bright as the sun and had control over the senses.

Balakhilyas are associated with Surya. It is believed that they travel along with Surya in the form of birds.
Balakhilyas are also mentioned in the Ramayana. It is said that they used to perform meditation in the ashram of Vasishta.
There are numerous stories associated with Balakhilyas in Hindu scriptures. One of the most famous stories is associated with the birth of Garuda. It was the result of the penance done Balakhilyas to replace Indra that Garuda was born. Sage Kashyapa minimized this effect by pacifying the Balakhilyas. Thus Garuda overthrew Indra but was reinstated later.

The Story of Mahiravana and Hanuman

Mahiravana kidnapping Sri Ram and Lakshman and Hanuman rescuing them is a famous story found in Puranas and local traditions. There are several versions of the story and Mahiravana is also known as Patalravana or Patal Ravan. In some versions it is Hanuman that kills Mahiravana and in some versions it is Sri Ram.

Mahiravana was one of the sons of Ravana and he did not take part in Ram-Ravan war in the Ramayana as he did not support Ravana kidnapping Sita. Mahiravana was a sorcerer and an ardent devotee of Goddess Kali.

Randhan Chhath – Randan Chat

Randhan Chahath, or Randan Chant, is a unique ritual observed in Gujarat in Shravan month (July – August). In 2017, Randhan Chhath date is August 13. It is observed on the sixth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in Sawan. The day is meant for preparing food (randhan) for the next day, which is Shitala Satam.

Randhan Chhath is not a ritual but is a preparation day for the Shitala Satam day. No food is cooked on Shitala Satam, people eat only what is prepared on Randan Chat.

Food items that are prepared on Randhan Chath are those that will stay for 24-hours. All women in the family participate in the cooking. Some people opt for spicy and fried food.

After the cooking is over on Randan Chat, the earthen hearth is cleaned using cow dung. The ash remains in the hearth.

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Punyatithi - Death Anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Sri Ramakrishna Punyatithi is the death anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. As per Gregorian calendar, Sri Ramakrishna died on August 16, 1886. The corresponding date in Hindu Lunar Calendar is the Shukla Paksha Dasami, or the tenth day of the waxing phase of moon, in Bhadarapad month. This date in 2017 is on September 1. In 2017, it is the 131st death anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.
The day is observed by remembering the philosophy and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna. Pujas are offered on the day at various places in India.
The sacred relics of Sri Ramakrishna are kept at the RamakrishnaTemple at Belur Math.

Only a man who works intensely can know what rest is – Sadhguru

When a person has made ultimate reality the goal in his life, action becomes meaningless. Once action is meaningless, any kind of self-image is of no great significance.
Only a man who works intensely can know what rest is.
A man, who has become wise enough, sees that whether he carries gold or garbage, it is anyway burdensome.
Good and bad were mainly invented by people who are selling tickets to heaven.
When you have no need to do anything and you simply do what is needed, there is no karmic attachment to it.
Related Closer the relationship the more effort you should make to understand them – Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 23, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, August 23, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon till 8:01 AM on August 23. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 23, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good day.
Nakshatra – Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra till 6:40 PM on August 23. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Triketta or Kettai Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Durvashtami
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Shravan Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarak…

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