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Ganga Saptami – Ganga Puja

Ganga Saptami is believed to be the day when GangaRiver descended onto Earth. In 2017, the date of Ganga Saptami is May 2. Some scholars call it as the birthday or birth anniversary of Goddess Ganga. The day is also known as Jahnu Saptami. It is mentioned in numerous Hindu scriptures that Ganga descended on earth on the seventh day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Vaisakha month.

Details of Goddess Ganga descending on to the earth on the seventh during the Shukla Paksha of Vaisakh month is mentioned in the Padma Purana and Narada Purana.

In Haridwar and other regions, Ganga Saptami is believed to be the day when Goddess Ganga descended from heaven onto Lord Shiva’s matted locks and then flowed onto the Himalayas.

Another legend has it that GangaRiver violently entered into the ashram of Saint Jahnu and distributed his meditation. Overwhelmed by the anger Jahnu Rishi drank Ganga and released her through his ear. This day is marked as Ganga Saptami.

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Bagalamukhi Jayanti 2017 date

Bagalamukhi Jayanti is believed to be the day when Goddess Baglamukhi appeared on earth. It is observed on the Shukla Ashtami or eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Vaishakh month. Bagalamukhi Jayanti 2017 date is May 3. The Goddess is an avatar of Mother Goddess Shakti and is also one of the Dasa Mahavidyas.

Legend has it that the Goddess appeared to protect Dharma which was challenged by an Asura named Madan. The Goddess defeated him and pulled his tongue. The demon then prayed for forgiveness. Symbolically, this suggests that the greatest threat to Dharma is from unwanted speech.

Shakti temples in western and northern parts of India observe special rituals on the day.

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Sarameya in the Vedas

In the Vedas, Sarameya is the combined name of the two dogs of Yama, the god of death. They were individually known as Shabala and Shyama. It is believed that their mother was Sarama, who is believed to be the mother of all dogs on earth.

Sarameya is also found on the flags of Vedic deities who guard the eight corners of the earth.

Some scholars believe that these dogs protect the soul on its journey to the next world.

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Idol of Virabhadra and Daksha Prajapati with Goat Head at Mogili Shiva Temple

Virabhadra is one of the Shiva Ganas. Idol or murti of Virabhadra worshipped at Mogili Shiva Temple is seen along with Daksha Prajapati with goat head. Mogili Shiva Temple is ancient temple dedicated to Shiva and is located around 22 km from Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh.

Virabhadra originated from a single strand of hair that was thrown on to earth by Lord Shiva on hearing the death through self-immolationby Goddess Sati.

A fierce Virabhadra entered the arena where Daksha was performing the yajna. He destroyed everything and cut off the head of Daksha.

Later Shiva replaced the head of Daksha with that of a goat.


At Mogili Shiva Temple, the murti of Virabhadra is made of stone. It is located on the western wing of the main shrine. He is seen holding arrow in the upper right hand, bow in the upper left, sword in the lower right and shield in the lower left hand.
Daksha, with goat’s head stands to the bottom right with hands clasped in ‘anjali’ pose.

Thoughts on Guru from Upadesa Sahasri of Adi Shankaracharya

What is the nature of the teacher? The teacher is one who is endowed with the power of furnishing arguments pro and con, of understanding questions and remembering them, who possesses tranquility, self-control, compassion and a desire to help others, who is versed (through the tradition handed down) in the scriptures and unattached to enjoyments both seen and unseen, who has renounced the means to all kinds of actions (ritualistic etc.), who is a knower of Brahman and is established in it, who is never a transgressor of the rules of conduct, and who is devoid of shortcomings such as ostentation, pride, deceit, cunning, jugglery, jealousy, falsehood, egotism and attachment. He has the sole aim of helping others and a desire to impart the knowledge of Brahman only. Adi Shankaracharya

A man firmly established in freedom is tranquil – Swami Chinmayananda

Rest in Him who is ever the same in your heart and watch the parade of events in the stream of time.

A man firmly established in freedom is tranquil. His equipoise is never broken even when he is investing his entire energies on the world outside for the service of mankind.

You must be ready to accept all things as natural with quiet cheer.

A man of integrity is accepted, believed, trusted and befriended by all.

The spirit of Advaita is not to keep away from anything, but to keep in tune with everything.
– Swami Chinmayananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – May 11, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:36 PM on May 11. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is May 11, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day.
Nakshatra – Ardra or Thiruvathira or Arudara Nakshatra till 3:21 AM on May 11. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 10:23 PM. Then onward it is Pushya or Pooyam or Poosam Nakshatram
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi till 9:01 PM. The onward it is Karka Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mithuna Rashi till…

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