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Shakuni Temple at Pavithreswaram in Kerala - Temple Dedicated to Shakuni of Mahabharat

Sakuni, or Shakuni Mama, the uncle of Kauravas, in the Mahabharata is one of the most hated characters in Hindu scriptures especially the Mahabharata. His name is associated with villainy and people talk about him scornfully and with disrespect. But Sanatana Dharma sees a person in terms of Gunas. It is true that Tamasic characteristics was dominant in Shakuni but he too had Sattvic elements and this was recognized by a community in Kerala and there is an ancient temple dedicated to Shakuni at Mayamkottu Malancharuvu Malanada Temple at Pavithreswaram near Kottarakkara.



Mayamkottu Malancharuvu Malanada Temple at Pavithreswaram

The most important exhibit in the temple is a throne ( a granite stone inside the temple) believed to have been used by Shakuni. There are no usual pujas and Tantric rituals at the temple. Offerings to the temple include tender coconut, silk, toddy etc. The temple is maintained by the Kurava community of the region.

The temple does not have a proper temple struct…

Daityas – Story of Daityas in Hindu Religion

In Hindu religion, demons (asuras) are referred to as Daityas. They were the sons of Diti and Sage Kashyapa.

Diti served Sage Kashyapa with devotion to attain a valiant son. She was blessed with a child but Indra killed the embryo and cut into forty nine pieces and they became Maruts (a group of Devas).

Indra was the son of Aditi, another wife of Sage Kashyapa, and she did not like Diti’s son to be powerful and challenge Indra. So it was on her advice that Indra killed the son of Diti.

This cruel fate did not deter Diti from giving up, she continued serving Sage Kashyapa and she was blessed with two powerful sons, Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu.

These two Daityas defeated Indra numerous times.
Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu are believed to be the ancestors of Daityas.

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Creation of World in Vaishnavism - Associated with Hindu God Vishnu

The Vaishnava school of thought refers to creation of the world as Jagat Srishti. As per Vaishnavism, the cause of the universe and the basis of its existence is Hindu God Vishnu. He gives birth to brahma – through a lotus coming out of his navel. This first creation after the Pralaya or great deluge is known as Samasti Srishti.

The order of creation Jagat Karana – The reason behind all creation – Vishnu sleeping on banyan leaf on sea. He commences Samasti Srishti – birth of Brahma.

Brahma then creates the Vedas, 14 lokas (7 above and 7 below), devas, yajna, tapas, vastu and purusharthas.

Brahma then creates Pradhana Tattva.

Pradhana Tattva gives birth to Mahat Tattva.

Mahat Tattva creates the Gunas – Sattvika, Rajasika and Tamasika.

Next panchabhutas are created – space, air, fire, water and earth.

Panchabhutas create 11 indriyas – sound, speech, sight, taste, smell, hands, legs, arms, skin, secreting organs and mind.

Panchabhutas are mixed in a definite proportion to create living b…

Sen Jayanti – Sen Samaj

Sen Jayanti is associated with the Sen Samaj and is observed on the 12th day of the Krishna Paksha of Vaishakh month (12th day during the waning phase of moon). Sen Jayanti 2017 date is April 23. It is believed that Guru Sen Bhagat (Sri Sant Shiromani bhakt Senaji Maharaj) appeared on the day.

Special programs are organized on the day by the Sen Samaj – which includes helping the poor, satsang etc.

Processions, prayer meetings, food donation are also part of the Jayanti celebrations. Protection of cow and nature is another important activity on the day.

Sen Bhagat was an inspirational leader and Guru who helped the community in attaining the much needed unity and progress. He created an environment in which the community could find their own inspiration and self respect.

He created an environment in which the community could find their own inspiration and self respect.
He interacted with all the people without showing any fear or favor. All were equal for him. His sole aim was to enh…

Our own ego thinks that we are always right – Swami Chidanand Saraswati

Our own ego thinks that we are always right, that everyone around us should do things that way we say.

We always fight over little things. Everything is an argument. This is a matter of ego.

We tend to spend so much time arguing or holding grudges that we forget to love each other. We forget to be thankful for what God has given us.
We have been given a finite amount of vital energy in our bodies, a finite number of hours each day, and a finite number of days in our lives. Why should we waste so much energy and time engaged in the battle of will?
– Swami Chidanand Saraswati

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Hindu Calendar Today – April 20, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Thursday, April 20, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon on the entire day on April 20 and till 12:10 AM on April 21. Then onward it isKrishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 20, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day. Nakshatra – Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatra till 9:39 PM on April 20. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Avittam Nakshatram till 10:25 PM on April 21.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 12:20 AM on April 20. Then onward it is Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatra till 1:51 AM on April 21.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtr…

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