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How Jackfruit Came to Have Spikes? Story from Mahabharata

An interesting story as to how jackfruits came to have spikes is found in the Mahabharata. The folktale begins with Bhima pretending to have fever. He requested Draupadi to massage his legs. Bhima then took large jackfruits and covered it with clothes.

Draupadi massaged the jackfruits thinking it to be the firm limbs of Bhima.

When Draupadi saw the other Pandavas laughing, she removed the clothes and discovered the jackfruits.
An embarrassed Draupadi in anger cursed the jackfruits to have spikes. Thus, jackfruits were no longer smooth.

Thakurani Yatra at Ganjam District in Orissa – Visit of Budhi Thakurani

Thakurani Yatra is annually held in Ganjam District in Orissa. It is the visit of Goddess Budhi Thakurani to Berhampur and Chatrapur. Thakurani Yatra is held once in two years at Berhampur. When the yatra is held at Berhampur it is not held at Chatrapur.
People from both the towns invite the Goddess worshipped in Buddhi Thakurani temple to their towns. She is the daughter of one of the important household in the town and her visit is marked by numerous rituals, fairs and festivals.
A temporary temple is raised to accommodate the Devi.
The visit lasts for a month. Chants of shlokas, mantras, conchs, beating of bells, firecrackers and dancing set the tone for the month long festivity.
Nowadays, the festival is famous for people adorning numerous costumes of characters from Hindu scriptures and other characters from day-to-day life.

Raja Sankranti 2017 date in Orissa

Raja Sankranti is a three-day festival dedicated to girls and women in Orissa. Raja Sankranti 2017 date is June 15. It is a three-day festival and the first day is known as Pahili Sankranti (June 14, 2017). The festival also welcomes the impending monsoon season and people do not indulge in farming. Mother earth is given three days rest. The third day of the festival is known as Basi Raja (June 16, 2017).

A major highlight of the festival is the special swings prepared for women and girls on huge banyan trees in villages.

There is a popular belief that the three-day period of Raja Sankranti is meant for unmarried girls who will be getting married in the coming year. Women are seen in colorful dresses and well-groomed on all the three days.

The festival is associated with fertility cult. Women observe for three days all the rules that they observe during the menstruation period. Young women are equated with Mother Earth during Raja Sankranti.

Nirjala Ekadashi 2017 date – Nirjala Ekadasi Fasting in 2017

Nirjala Ekadasi is one of the most popular and toughest Ekadashi Fasting days. In 2017, the date of Nirjala Ekadashi date is June 5, 2017 (Monday). Nirjala Ekadashi is also known as Pandav Bhim Ekadasi fast. The difference from other Ekadasis and Nirjala is that devotees do not drink water on the day. Ekadasi fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed on the 11th day of a fortnight in a traditional Hindu calendar.

Legend has it that Bhima, the second of Pandava brothers, wanted to observe Ekadasi fasting but still eat food. But fasting and eating was not possible. So Sage Vyasa advised Bhim to observe Nirjala Ekadasi fasting which falls during the waxing phase (Shukla Paksha) in Jyeshta month as it has the benefits of observing all the 24 Ekadasis. Thus Bhim was able to get the benefits of all Ekadasis by observing Nirjala Ekadasi.

Nirjala Ekadasi is one of the strictest fast in Hindu religion and among all Ekadasis.

Nirjala means ‘without water.’ Staunch Vishnu devotees who …

Knowledge of Katha Upanishad

His form is not to be seen. No one beholds Him with the eye. By controlling the mind by the intellect and by incessant meditation He is revealed. Those who know this (Brahman) become immortal.

When the five organs of knowledge are at rest together with the mind, and when the intellect ceases functioning (becomes calm), that they call the highest state.

Beyond the Avyakta is Purusha, all-pervading and devoid of Linga (indicative sign). He who knows Him is liberated and obtains Immortality.

Beyond the senses is the mind, higher than the mind is the intellect, higher than the intellect is the great Atman, higher than the Mahat is Avyaktam (the unmanifested).
A wise man, having understood that the senses, separately produced, are distinct from the Atman, and also their rising and setting, grieves no more.
Katha Upanishad

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:31 AM on June 15. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the elevnth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is June 15, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good day till 8:40 PM. Nakshatra – Chitra or Chithira or Chithirai Nakshatra till 8:41 PM on June 15. Then onward it is Swati or Chothi Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Chitra or Chithira or Chithirai Nakshatra till 8:20 PM on June 15. Then onward it is Swati or Chothi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 7:25 AM. Then onward it is Tula Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Kanya Rashi till 6:48 AM. Then o…

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