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How Bhagavan Sri Ram Killed Ravana?

The last important battle in the Ramayana was between Bhagavan Sri Ram and demon king Ravana. This was an all-important encounter. It was not easy to kill Ravan as he had powerful defense and magical powers. So how did Ram kill Ravana?

In the final battle both Ram and Ravana used several divine arrows against each other. All the arrows were nullified by them. Finally, Sri Ram shot arrows and knocked off each of Ravana’s ten heads. But to the amazement of all standing in the battlefield, new head grew immediately. Each time a head appeared Ravana grew more powerful.

Finally, Sri Ram fired the Brahmastra, which was imparted to him by sage Agastya. Sage Agastya had imparted this powerful arrow to Sri Ram while he resided in the Dandaka forest with his wife Mata Sita and brother, Lakshman.
The Brahmastra pierced through chest of Ravana. He fell down chanting the name of Bhagavan Sri Ram.

Amalaki Ekadasi

Amalaki Ekadasi, also written as Amlaki or Aamalaki Ekadashi, occurs during the waxing phase of the moon in February – March. In 2018, the date of Amalaki Ekadasi is February 26. Ekadasi fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed on the 11th day of waning and waxing phase of moon in a traditional Hindu calendar. The greatness of Amalaki Ekadashi was narrated by Sage Valmiki and is mentioned in the Brahmanda Purana.

It is believed that by observing Amalaki Ekadasi, a devotee attains Moksha and washes away all the sins committed. Special pujas and offerings are made of Amalaki Tree and Lord Parashurama on the day. There are numerous folk tales and stories in Puranas that extols the greatness of Amalaki Ekadasi. Most devotees fast on the day and keep vigil in the night. Those people observing partial fasting abstain from food made of rice.

As this Ekadasi falls before Holi festival the day also forms part of Holi celebrations for some Hindu communities. Thus it is also known as…

Ratangarh Mandir – Ratangarh Mata Temple in Madhya Pradesh

Ratangarh Mata Ka Mandir is an ancient temple located in Datia in Madhya Pradesh. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Durga. Ratangarh Mandir is around 55 km from Datia and around 60 km from Gwalior.

The shrine is located inside forest and is on the banks of Sindh River.

An important offering here is red cloth and bells. The temple is also famous for a huge bell weighing nearly 2000 kilograms.

Kunwar Maharaj Shrine, which is around 5 km from Ratangarh, is associated with the Mata Mandir. Kunwar Maharaj is believed to be the brother of Mata.

The popular belief is that this temple was built in commemoration of his victory over the mughals by Chhatraparti Shivaji Maharaj.
The most important festival observed here is Navratri (September – October) and Bhai Dooj.

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Prabudha Bharata on the Notion of Individuality

The greatness of the human being lies not in its obsession to become distinct or separate, but in its innate pull to converge with the universe and merge with the Real.

Partly the problem with the notion of individuality is that it is a mistaken notion. Instead of seeing oneself as identical with the Real, we generally see ourselves as limited in space and time.

Self-abnegation is an important goal of all faith traditions and that can be achieved only by opening oneself to interactions with different belief systems. It also truly leads one to greatness by becoming part of a greater collective. Even the mental strength of such a person increases manifold.
When one is intent on maintaining one’s distinctions and goes out of the way to appear as unique and different from others, it is difficult or well-nigh impossible to have a deep understanding of others’ wisdom.

Prabhudha Bharata editorial Sept 2016

Hindu Calendar Today – March 7, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:03 AM on March 7. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:55 AM on March 8. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 7, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good day. Nakshatra – Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathirai Nakshatra till 7:22 PM on March 7. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatram till 6:08 PM on March 8.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mrigasira or Makayairam or Mrugasheersham Nakshatra till 6:36 PM on March 7. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatram till 5:46 PM on March 8.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and …

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