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Adi Kailash Yatra 2017 dates – Pilgrimage to Chota Kailas, Om Parvat and Gauri Kund 2017

Thousands of Hindu devotees and adventurous mountain trekkers partake in the annual Adi Kailash Yatra to have a glimpse of the formation of the Sanskrit letter ‘ॐ’ (om or aum) from snow on the Om Parvat. In 2017, the Adi Kailash Yatra conducted by Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) from June 10, 2017 to August 25, 2017. MountAdi Kailash, popularly known as Chhota Kailash and Baba Kailas, is one of the abodes of Lord Shiva in the Himalayas. The annual yatra takes place from June to September.

Story – When Mithila Burns Nothing of Mine Burns – King Janaka

King Janaka is mentioned in numerous Hindu scriptures. Here is a popular story associated with King Janaka. Disciples of the great Sage Yajnavalkya felt that the sage was partial to Janaka. As two of them held continuous discussion on philosophy.

Once, Yajnavalkya decided to demonstrate to his other students the superior wisdom of King Janaka.

One day when Sage Yajnavalkya was holding a philosophical discourse, a soldier brought the news that Mithila city was on fire. All the students of Yajnavalkya rushed out to save their possessions.

King Janaka did not move and continued to listen to the discourse.

The other students returned soon as the news was fake.

Sage Yajnavalkya asked King Janaka that the other students ran to save their meager possessions; as king, he had expensive possessions to save but he did not move from his spot.

The king answered – “When Mithila Burns Nothing of Mine Burns”
The other students then realized that Janaka had transcended his ego and the notions of “I”…

Chanting name of Bhagvan Sri Ram is the only way to supreme happiness in Kali Yuga – Ramnavami Thoughts

Sri Ramnavami Thoughts 

The name of Bhagavan Sri Ram is a wish-yielding tree, the very home of beatitude in this age of Kali (current era – the dark kali yuga), by remembering which Tulsidas was transformed from an intoxicating drug like the hemp plant into the holy basil.
Not only in this Kali age, but in all the four ages, at all times (past, present and future) and in all three spheres (viz., heaven, earth and the subterranean region) creatures have been rid of grief by repeating the name of Sri Ram.
The verdict of the Vedas and the Puranas as well as of saints is just this; that love of Rama is the reward of all virtuous acts.
In the first sage, through meditation; in the second age, through sacrifice; and in the Dwapara age the Lord is propitiated through worship. This age of Kali, however, is simply corrupt and the root of all impurities, where the mind of man wallows like a fish in the ocean of sin. In this terrible age the name of Bhagvan Sri Ram alone is the wish-yielding tre…

Jambukeswarar Temple Thiruvanaikaval near Trichy in Tamil Nadu

Jambukeswarar Temple at Thiruvanaikaval near Trichy is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is around 5 kilometer north of Trichy, or Tiruchirappali, in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the temples in which Shiva is worshipped as element of nature – one of the Panchabhoota Temples. Shiva is worshipped here as water.


At Jambukeswarar Temple, the sanctum sanctorum is beyond ground level and the Shivling is always surrounded by water. Mother Goddess is worshipped here as Akilandeshwari.
A saint is said to have performed intense austerities at the spot where the present temple stands. The saint offered a Jambu or gooseberry fruit to Shiva here and then swallowed it with the seed.

The saint continued his meditation and in due course of time the seed sprouted and grew into a tree in the body of the saint.

Moved by the intense austerity, Shiva appeared before the saint. As a boon, the saint asked the presence of Shiva near the tree. Shiva then appeared in the form of a Shivling here and he got the …

One attains greatness through austerities – Mahabharata

One becomes learned through the sacred texts.

One attains greatness through austerities.

One becomes intelligent by serving the elders.

Rain is the best among those that descend. Seeds are supreme among those that are sown.

A person who does not render offerings to the five – gods, guests, servants, ancestors and himself – breathes, but is not alive.

The mind is swifter than the wind.
Worries are more numerous than men.
Mahabharata

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 15, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, April 15, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth 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 2:12 AM on April 15. 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 April 15, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date till 3:35 PM.
Nakshatra – Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatra till 7:30 PM on April 15. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayilyam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatra till 3:36 PM on April 15. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayilyam Nakshatra
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Karka Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Sri R…

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