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Indra and Surabhi – the Kamadhenu

Indra once happened to see Surabahi, the Kamadhenu (divine cow), crying in the Indraloka. Indra asked he why she was crying.

Surabhi then described the troubles that her children are going through in the world. She told him that her sons were ploughing without rest. They were always tied to the yoke of farmers.

She said that she was overwhelmed by their sufferings and tears rolled out from her eyes.

Indra’s heart melted due to the tears of Surabhi.
Indra then caused heavy showers in the world, when ploughing became impossible. Thus the sons of Surabhi (oxen) got rest in the world.

Narasimha Swamy Anjaneyar Temple – Namakkal in Tamil Nadu

Narasimha Swamy Anjaneyar Temple is a unique shrine dedicated to Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu and Hanuman (Anjaneyar). Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped here as Namagiri Thayaar. The shrine is located around 1 kilometer from Namakkal town in Tamil Nadu.



Legend has it that Hanuman brought the murti of Narasimha Swamy worshipped here from the Himalayas. Hanuman carried the mountain with the medicinal herb to save Bhagavan Sri Ram. The mountain contained a Shaligram form of Narasimha, which was worshipped by Bhakta Prahlada.

Hanuman had to place the mountain at Namakkal during his journey to Lanka. The Shaligram did not move from its spot. Therefore, Hanuman decided to place it there. He then returned with the rest of mountain to Lanka to save Bhagavan Sri Ram.

Hanuman murti is standing on the western side of the temple in the open and offering prayers to Narasimha Swamy. People worship Anjaneyar here to get relief from horoscope related problems – especially those related to Rahu and Shani.

Uttaraphalguni Nakshatra date and time in 2017 - Uttara Phalguni Birth Star date in 2017

Uttaraphalguni Nakshatra 2017 dates based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Uttara Phalguni Birth Star, also known as Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram in South India, is the eleventh Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Uttaraphalguni Nakshatra date in 2017. The astrological prediction of the birth star as per Moon Sign is that of Simha Rashi (Leo Zodiac). Surya or sun is the Lord of the Raasi. The color of Purvaphalguni is light brown.

Uttaraphalguni Nakshatra Days in 2017 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)

Time in North - South and Eastern parts of India

January 17, 2017 Time is from 1:49 AM on January 17 to 2:53 AM on January 18, 2017.

February 14, 2017 Time is from 9:18 AM on February 13 to 10:16 AM on February 14.

March 13, 2017 Time is from 4:54 PM on March 12 to 5:46 PM on March 13.

April 9, 2017 Time is from 12:36 AM on April 9 to 1:20 AM on April 10.

May 7, 2017 Time is from 8:20 AM on May 6 to 8:59 AM on May 7.

June 3, 2017 Time is from 4:10 PM on Jun…

Purvaphalguni Nakshatra date and time in 2017 – Purva Phalguni Birth Star date in 2017

Purvaphalguni Nakshatra time and dates in 2017 based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam.  Purva Phalguni Birth Star, also known as Poorva Phalguni or Pooram in South India, is the eleventh Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Purvaphalguni Nakshatra date in 2017. The astrological prediction of the birth star Purva Phalguni Nakshatra as per Moon Sign is that of Simha Rashi (Leo Zodiac). Surya or sun is the Lord of the Raasi. The color of Purvaphalguni is light brown.

Purvaphalguni Nakshatra date and time in 2017

Time in North - South and Eastern parts of India


January 16, 2017 Time is from 1:14 AM on January 16 to 1:49 AM on January 17, 2017.
February 13, 2017 Time is from 8:51 AM on February 12 to 9:18 AM on February 13.
March 12, 2017 Time is from 4:33 PM on March 11 to 4:54 PM on March 12.
April 8, 2017 Time is from 12:21 AM on April 8 to 12:36 AM on April 9.
May 6, 2017 Time is from 8:11 AM on May 5 to 8:20 AM on May 6.
June 2, 2017 Time is from 2:07 PM…

Hindu Festivals in May 2016 – Hindu Vrat – Fasting – Rituals in May 2016

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in May 2016 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST).

May 3, 2016 – Varuthini Ekadasi Vrat – Ekadashi Fasting May 4 – Pradosh Fasting May 5 – Shiv Chaturdasi Vrat May 6 – Amavasya No moon day

Inward Gaze Alone Can Protect Us from Suffering and Trouble

At the individual level, the problem of the outward gaze keeps us preoccupied with the problems of others, other beings or things. We are always concerned with this person or that thing and set out to correct them, all the time unaware of the manifold problems we are suffering from, both physical and mental.

These are the symptoms of the deeper problem of not understanding our true nature, which is spiritual. If we desire material or spiritual success, if we desire peace, we need to turn our gaze inwards. This inward gaze alone can protect us from suffering and trouble. Just like machines that come with a self-repairing mechanism, we need to develop a self-analysing and self-correcting mechanism.

If we need peace, we need to take a moment and analyse this life of ours, its pace and its destination. Where are we headed to? What pace are we travelling in? Such questions need to be asked constantly and at every moment of our lives. The inward gaze has to be so penetrating that we should…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 29, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, April 29, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon till 4:19 PM on April 29. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 29, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date after 9:13 AM.
Nakshatra – Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 5:27 PM on April 29. Then onward it is Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 9:47 PM on April 29. Then onward it is Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Dhanu Rashi t…

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