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Story – How Drona and Drupada Became Enemies in the Mahabharata?

Drona and Drupada were great friends during their childhood days. However, they later became enemies. This is an important story in the Mahabharata and it had far reaching consequences. Drona and Drupada were students of Bharadwaja. During the time of education both Drupada and Drona became great friends.

Drupada was the son of King Prsata, who ruled Panchala. Drona was a poor Brahmin.

When they were students, Drupada had promised Drona that he would help him financially when he becomes the king of Panchala.

After education, both returned to their respective places. Drona became a great archer but remained poor. He got married and had a son, Ashwathama. He found it difficult to make both ends meet. Fed up with poverty, Drona one day approached Drupada who was now the king of Panchala.

However, King Drupada did not care to recognize Drona as a friend. When Drona tried to remind him of their friendship, Drupada insulted him.

Drona then vowed to avenge the insult.

Drona then became the …

Bharani Nakshatra date and time 2017 – Barani Birth Star Dates in 2017

Bharani Nakshatra 2017 dates and time based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Bharani Birth Star, also read as Barani, is the second Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. As per Hindu astrology Bharani Nakshatra, or birth star, falls under Mesha Rashi or Aries. Mangal is the Lord of the Rasi. The lucky color of Bharani is Blood red. The astrological predictions of this Nakshatra as per Moon Sign are that of Mesha Raasi.

Here are the dates of Bharani Nakshatra in 2017 as per India Standard Time:

Time in North - South and Eastern parts of India

January 8, 2017 Time is from 11:15 AM on January 7 to 9:28 PM on January 8, 2017.
February 4, 2017 Time is from 7:16 PM on February 3 to 5:40 PM on February 4.
March 3, 2017 Time is from 3:20 AM on March 3 to 1:46 AM on March 4.
March 31, 2017 Time is from 11:24 AM on March 30 to 9:54 AM on March 31.
April 27, 2017 Time is from 7:32 PM on April 26 to 6:04 PM on April 27.
May 24, 2017 Time is from 3:43 AM on May 24 to 2:16 AM o…

Ashwini Nakshatra Date and Time 2017 – Aswini or Ashwathy Birth Star Dates in 2017

Ashwini Nakshatra 2017 dates based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam in India. Ashwini Birth Star, also read as Aswini or Ashwati, is the first Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. As per Hindu astrology Ashwini Nakshatra, or birth star, falls under Mesha Rashi or Aries. Mangal is the Lord of the Rasi. The lucky color of Ashwini is Blood red. The astrological predictions of this Nakshatra as per Moon Sign is that of Mesha Rasi.

Ashwini Nakshatra Dates and Time in 2017:

Time in North - South and Eastern parts of India

January 7, 2017 Time is from 12:42 PM on January 6 to 11:15 AM on January 7, 2017.
February 3, 2017 Time is from 8:42 PM on February 2 to 7:16 PM on February 3.
March 2, 2017 Time is from 4:43 AM on March 2 to 3:20 AM on March 3.
March 30, 2017 Time is from 12:44 PM on March 29 to 11:24 AM on March 30.
April 26, 2017 Time is from 8:49 PM on April 25 to 7:32 PM on April 26.
May 23, 2017 Time is from 4:56 AM on May 23 to 3:43 AM on May 24.
June 20, 2017 …

Deoghar Tapovan Mandir in Jharkhand

Tapovan Mandir is nestled in a quiet and serene spot near Deoghar in Jharkhand. The temple is around 10 km from Deoghar town. Deoghar Tapovan is located at an altitude of 500 feet atop a hill. This has been a place of meditation for thousands of years. There are numerous legends associated with the place.

The popular belief is that demon King Ravana performed austerities here to take Lord Shiva to Lanka. Devas then took the help of Hanuman to disturb the austerities of Ravana. A huge stone broken by Hanuman into two to disturb the meditation of Ravana can be found in the temple complex.

Legend has it that Bhagavan Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman stayed on the hill during their exile period in the Ramayan. Sage Valmiki is also believed to have stayed and meditated here.

During 19th century, a saint named Balananda Brahmachari performed intense tapas for more than 50 years here. He worshiped Lord Shiva. He is believed to have had darshan of Shiva here.

People believe that one of the c…

Hanuman Jayanthi Fasting – How to observe Hanuman Jayanti Fast?

Hanuman Jayanthi is the birthday of Hindu God Hanuman and is observed on the Purnima or full moon day in Chaitra month (March – April). Some people observe Hanuman Jayanthi Fasting or Vrat on the previous day of actual Jayanti day – this is most popular in Maharashtra and western parts of India. In North India, Hanuman Jayanthi Fasting is observed on the actual Jayanti day. In 2017, Hanuman Jayanti is on April 10 for some communities. Others will be observing it on April 11, 2017, the Hanuman Jayanti day.

Women can observe Hanuman Fasting

Women can observe fasting on Hanuman Jayanti. There is no restriction on ladies performing fasting, puja and rituals dedicated to Hanuman. All those who stop girls from worshiping Hanuman and superstitious and they should not be listened to.

How to Hanuman Jayanti Fasting?


For those who are observing the Hanuman Jayanthi fasting at home, preparations begin early in the morning.

After thoroughly cleaning the home and purifying the body (taking bath), i…

Honesty is looking upon everything with an equal eye – Srimad Bhagavatam

O eternal companion, certainly you are not just the son of Yashoda but the immanent witness in all embodied beings. In response to the prayer of Brahma, the creator, you have risen among the Yadavas to protect the world.

No power is beyond the reach of the sage who has controlled his mind, senses, nerve currents, and disposition and who concentrates on me.

He who worships me constantly and exclusively through the performance of his duties, knowing my presence in all beings, soon attains steadfast devotion.

The highest charity is the relinquishing of the idea of violence toward all beings.

Penance is the giving up of desires.

Valor is the conquest of one’s nature.
Honesty is looking upon everything with an equal eye.
– Srimad Bhagavatam

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 21, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, April 21, 2016 (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 7:34 AM on April 21. Then onward it is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 21, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date till 8:20 AM.
Nakshatra – Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatra till 3:46 AM on April 21. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatra till 4:14 AM on April 21. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 4:58 PM. Then onward it is Tula Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Kanya…

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