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Kripi in the Mahabharata - Story of the Wife of Dronacharya

In the Mahabharata, Kripi is the wife of Drona and sister of Kripa or Kripacharya. Story of the birth of Kripi is found in the Agni Purana. She was the daughter of Rishi Sharadvan and celestial nymph Janapadi. Although Sharadvan was born in the lineage of saints, he was more interested in Dhanurveda (science of archery). To show his deep interest some scriptures states that he was born with bow and arrow.

An expert archer from a young age, Sharadvan did intense penance in the forest to learn all the nuisances of archery. Keeping his bow and arrow nearby he performed Tapas to get blessings from the Trimurtis.

As the intensity of the penance of Sharadvan increased, Indra, King of Devas, felt threatened. He saw Sharadvan as a potential threat to his throne and status.

To break the penance, Indra deputed celestial nymph Janapadi. She enticed Sharadvan in numerous ways but found on success. Finally she succeeded but just for a moment – Sharadvan lost his senses for a moment but he immedia…

Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple at Amaravati in Guntur District – Amareswara Temple in Andhra Pradesh

Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple, is one of the Pancharama Kshetras, and is located at Amaravati in Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh. Lord Shiva is worshipped here as Amareswara. The temple is located around 20 km northwest of Guntur at the sacred spot of Amararama in Amaravati.

The white Shivling worshipped in the temple is 15 feet high. There is a red stain atop the Shivling. Legend has it that a nail was inserted to stop the Shivling from growing. The red color is blood. Even today one can see red color stains on the Shivling.

Mother Goddess Shakti is worshipped here as Bala Chandika.

Located on the banks of Krishna River, the architecture of the temple is typical Dravidian style. There are four gopurams or South Indian style temple towers. The temple is believed to have been built during the 10th century AD. It underwent renovation in the 14th and 17th centuries.

Saptarishis is believed to have worshipped the Shivling.

Temple timings 6 AM to 1 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM.

God is the one goal of all our passions and emotions – Swami Vivekananda

God is the one goal of all our passions and emotions. If you want to be angry, be angry with Him. Chide your Beloved, chide your Friend. Whom else can you safely chide? Mortal man will not patiently put up with your anger; there will be a reaction.

Where is there any enjoyment but in Him? What enjoyment can there be in little clods of earth? It is the crystallised essence of infinite enjoyment that we have to seek, and that is in God. Let all our passions and emotions go up unto Him. They are meant for Him, for if they miss their mark and go lower, they become vile; and when they go straight to the mark, to the Lord, even the lowest of them becomes transfigured.

All of the energies of the human body and mind, howsoever they may express themselves, have the Lord as their one goal, as their Ekayana. All loves and all passions of the human heart must go to God. He is the Beloved. Whom else can this heart love? He is the most beautiful, the most sublime, He is beauty itself, sublimity it…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – June 8, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:34 AM on June 8. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is June 8, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good day till 11:59 AM
Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 10:51 AM on June 8. Then onward it is Pushya or Pooyam or Poosam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 7:45 AM on June 8. Then onward it is Pushya or Pooyam or Poosam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi 5:05 AM. Then onward it is Karka Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mithuna Rashi till 1:56 AM. …

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