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Story – The Marriage of Nala and Damayanti

Nala Damayanti is a romantic tale in the epic Mahabharata. Damayanti was the princesses of Vidarbha. She learns of the handsome and righteous Nala, ruler of Nishada, from a swan sent by Nala.

Father of Damayanti, King Bhima announces her Swayamwara – the marriage function in which she will choose her husband among the assembled princes.

Nala sets out for the Swayamwara. On his way, Indra, Agni, Varuna and Yama confront him. Each of them wanted to marry Damayanti and urges Nala to ask her to choose one amongst them.

Nala obliges but Damayanti rejects the suggestion.

The disappointed Devas takes the form of Nala and reaches the Swayamwara venue.

However, Damayanti is able to identify the real Nala and choose him.
Evil spirits Kali and Dwapara too wished to attend the Swayamvara. But they were late and they felt disappointed. They decided to wreak vengeance on Nala. Kali enters the body of Nala, and makes him play a game of dice with his evil brother Pushkara. Nala loses the game and bo…

Gudiya Festival

Gudiya Festival is mainly observed in Shravan month mainly in rural areas in Uttar Pradesh. Gudiya festival 2017 date is July 27. On the same day Nag Panchami festival is also organized.
As part of the Gudiya Festival, children beat up cloth-made dolls. But this practice has been stopped as it indirectly cultivated violence against women. Today in many regions, baby dolls are kept on swings and people swing it.  Women sing folk songs and apply mehndi on hands.

People also indulge in kite flying (patang baazi) on this day.

Goddess Sri Lakshmi Llladro Idol – Porcelain figurine from Lladro – Goddess Lakshmi Murti

Goddess Sri Lakshmi Idol is from the world famous Spanish Company, Lladro, noted for high quality porcelain figurines. Lladro during the past couple of years had released idols or murtis of various Hindu gods. Goddess Sri Lakshmi is part of the series. Sri Lakshmi murti shows the goddess in sitting posture and blessing devotees. She has four arms and she holds lotus in two hands. The price of the murti is Rs 90,000/-.

Lladro figurines are noted for its beauty, detailing and no compromise in materials used.

Kamika Ekadashi

Kamika Ekadasi is observed during the waning phase of moon in the month July or early August. In 2017, the date of Kamika Ekadasi is July 19. The importance of this Ekadashi was narrated by Lord Krishna to Yudhisthira and is found in the Brahmavaivarta Purana. Originally, it was narrated by Lord Brahma to Narada Maharishi. It is believed that observing this Ekadashi is equal to bathing in sacred rivers on auspicious days.
Offering Tulsi leaves to Lord Vishnu on this day is considered highly auspicious. Another important offering made is lighting ghee or sesame oil filled lamps at Sri Krishna Temples. Observing this Ekadasi is also equal to reading all the scriptures dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
It is believed that all the sins and remorse will be washed away if a devotee strictly observes the Kamika Ekadashi fast. It is mentioned in scriptures that those devotees fasting on this day wins the favor of Yamraj, the lord of death. For fasting the usual method is followed.

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Real success lies in helping everybody rise higher – Swami Tejomayananda

Success is not about becoming richer, wealthier and more knowledgeable while keeping everybody else ignorant and poor. Real success lies in helping everybody rise higher and higher.

When we speak of victory, there should be prosperity, continuous development and growth and abiding values. Only that kind of victory is true, meaningful victory.

In victory, there must be prosperity and wealth as well as continuous growth – no stagnation. There must be backed by abiding values. Many times, after wealth has been acquired, people forget the value of hard work. That is why a poor person works very hard and becomes rich, while his son, who has readymade wealth, does not understand the value of hard work and slowly loses everything.
If we have firm policies in life, that alone will take us to prosperity and victory. We may win in the short run, but without honesty or values, it will soon disappear.
– Swami Tejomayananda

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, July 29, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon till 10:21 AM on July 29. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 29, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good day after 10:50 AM Nakshatra – Krittika or Karthigai or Kartika Nakshatra till 6:59 AM on July 29. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Krittika or Karthigai or Kartika Nakshatra till 6:41 AM on July 29. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishaba Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Vrishaba Rashi.
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