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The Story of the Dog that followed Pandavas in the Pilgrimage of Death in the Mahabharata

After the great Mahabharat war, the Pandavas ruled the kingdom for 36 years. Then they decided to relinquish their kingdom and go on their last journey – Sanyasa and Vanaprastham. The five Pandava brothers – Yudhishtira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva –and their wife Draupadi left for the Himalayas. They were followed by a Dog.

They started climbing the Himalayan mountains and soon one by one starting with Draupadi they fell down and fainted and died. Now only Yudhishtira, the eldest of Pandavas, was left and keeping him company was the dog. Without looking back the two continued their journey.
Then one day suddenly Indra appeared before Yudhishtira in his chariot. Indra wanted to take Yudhishtira to heaven in the human form as he was the most pious among Pandavas and he was the one who had never strayed from the path of Dharma.
Yudhishtira refuses to enter the chariot without his brothers and Draupadi. Indra assures him that he will meet with them in heaven as they have alrea…

Ratha Sapthami Festival at Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple

Ratha Sapthami, or Rath Saptami, is an important annual festival held at Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple. The most important event on the day is the procession of Lord Venkateswara (Malayappaswamy) and his consorts atop seven Vahanams (vehicles).

Tirumala Tirupati Temple scriptures indicated that Ratha Sapthami (also written as Radhasapthami) is being organized from 1565. On the day, Lord Ventateswara along with His consorts Sri Devi and Bhudevi are taken on a procession around four mada streets atop seven vahanams – Suryaprabha Vahanam, Chinnasesha Vahanam, Garuda Vahanam, Hanumantha Vahanam, Kalpavruksha Vahanam, Sarvabhoopala Vahanam, Chandraprabha Vahanam besides Chakrasnanam.

The uniqueness of the festival lies in the fact that devotees can view and get the blessing of Balaji atop different Vahanams. Even during the famous Brahmotsavams, Lord Balaji mounts only on two Vahanams (vehicles). But on the Ratha Sapthami day, devotees are blessed by the processional deities of Lord Ven…

Pushya Nakshatra Tree – Which is the tree associated with Pushya birth star Born People?

There are trees associated with each 27 nakshatrams or birth stars. Pushya Nakshatra also has a particular tree dedicated to it. People born on each nakshatra should worship the particular tree. The tree associated and worshipped by Pushya Nakshatra Born People is Pipal or Ficus Religiosa.



Hindi name of the Pushya Nakshatra Tree is Pipal Telugu name is Bodhi-drumamu Malayalam name is Arayal Tamil Name is Aracu Kannada name is Arali In Marathi it is known as Pimpal Bengali name is Asbattha
Pushya Nakshatra born people should plant the Bamboo. Water it. They should also protect the tree.

Kodanda Rama – About Hindu God Kodandarama

Kodanda Rama is a popular name of Bhagavan Sri Ram in South India. Temples dedicated to Hindu God Kodandarama are found in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The Rama with bow is referred to as Kodanda Rama.


Kodanda Rama is always represented as a royal personage of bewitching beauty, well developed body, having broad eyes, long arms, curly tresses, and auspicious marks.
When represented as the consecrated deity within a temple, Rama is generally seen standing with queen Sita on the left and faithful brother Lakshmana on the right. Ram and Lakshman hold bows and arrows. The bow is called Kodanda.

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Story of the Birth of Sri Rama

Bengali Marriages Dates 2018 – Bengali Hindu Marriage Dates in 2018

Bengali Hindu calendar is different from the calendars followed in other regions in India especially in North India. Marriages dates in West Bengal in 2018 are given below based on Panchika 1424 - 1425. This dates based on Panchang and calendar are to give an idea. The dates are from January 2018 to December 2018.

Bengali Marriage Dates 2018 English Calendar Dates

January 2018 – January 21, 22, 23, 24, and Jan 26. February 2018 – February 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 18, 19, 20, and Feb 24. March 2018 – March 1, 3, 5, and March 6 April 2018 – no date till April 14, 2018 May 2018 – Panjika not prepared June 2018 – Panjika not prepared July 2018 – Panjika not prepared August 2018 – Panjika not prepared September 2018 – no dates October 2018 – no dates November 2018 – Panjika not prepared December 2018 – Panjika not prepared

Please note that sometimes the marriage time on a day might be at night or before sunrise.

Also when it is mentioned there are no marriage dates, a local astrologer might be able …

Charchika Temple at Banki in Cuttack District, Odisha

Located on the banks of Renuka River, Charchika Temple at Banki is an important Shakti shrine in the region. The temple is around 53 km from Cuttack in Odisha. Goddess Charchika is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti.



Charchika Temple is one of the eight important Shakti shrines in Odisha. Goddess Chamunda is known as Charchika in this part of Odisha.

The murti worshipped in the shrine is that of the fierce form of Chamunda. She has eight arms. She is seated on a prostrate human body and wearing a garland of human skulls. She displays khadga, shula, katari and varadamudra in her four right hands whereas the four left hands represent severed head, blood-cup, damru and leaving a finger of the remaining hand soaked in blood.

The celings, walls and pillars of the temple are noted for its carvings from stories in the Puranas and motifs.
The most important festivals observed here are Durga Puja and Kumar Purnima.

Life of harmony can be lived by rising above our limited egocentric view of things – Swami Chinmayananda

After carefully analyzing our weaknesses, the masters in the religious fields advise us to grow in strength and gain mastery over situations in life by living in harmony with them.

The life of harmony can be lived by rising above our limited egocentric view of things and happenings, and expanding our mind to accommodate a constant awareness of the totality of the world, the entirety of mankind and the vastness and wholeness of the universal problems.

When this total and consummate perception is developed and maintained, man’s individual problems sink into insignificance and absurdity.
When man views his problems from a purely egocentric and individual angle without this vision of totality, problems assume exaggerated and enormous proportions and crush him.
– Swami Chinmayananda 

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 27, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, January 27, 2017 (Today) – Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 5:04 AM on January 27. Then onward it is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 27, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 10:12 PM on January 27. Then onward it is Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 9:49 PM on January 27. Then onward it is Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 3:18 AM. Then onward it is Makar Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Dhanu Rashi till 2:54 AM. Then onward it is Makar Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat …

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