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Surdas Jayanti

Surdas, the blind saint and poet, sang about the childhood adventures of Lord Krishna. In 2018, the date of Surdas Jayanthi is April 20. The bhajans that Surdas sang were simple, easy to sing and contained short incidents from the life of Krishna peppered with philosophical teachings and moral lessons. Sursagar is his collection of poetry and is an important literary work that helped in spreading the Bhakti movement in North India.

It must be noted that historians and scholars have no one opinion regarding Surdas's birth and death. An Indian postage stamp indicates that Surdas was born in 1479 A D and left his body in 1586.

Legend has it that Surdas had the darshan of Lord Krishna in a dream and Krishna asked him to go to Vrindavan. Here he found an able Guru in Shri Vallabhacharya, who was an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna. After gaining knowledge of Hindu scriptures, Surdas began to sing devotional songs dedicated to Lord Krishna in Vrindavan. His fame soon reached Mughal courts…

Madurai Meenakshi Temple Chithirai Festival 2017 Live Telecast Online – Watch Thirukalyanam Live Streaming

Chithirai Festival is one of the most important festivals at the MaduraiMeenakshiTemple. The celestial wedding of Goddess Meenakshi with Lord Sundareswar known as Thirukalyanam (May 6, 2017) is one of the most important events during the Chithirai festival at the MaduraiMeenakshiTemple and in 2017 it will be telecast live online from 10:00 AM to 11:10 AM.
You can watch the live streaming of Pattabishegam on May 6, 2017, from 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM in the evening.

Flag hoisting ceremony will also be aired live on April 24, 2017, from 10:30 AM to 11:40 AM.

The live telecast and other details can be found here at the official website of Madurai Meenakshi temple. (Please note that in some years they only show the recording of the event)

Hindu Temples Where Women are Denied Entry – Hope Such a List Do Not Exist in Near Future

Couple of Hindu Temples in India denies entry to women – this is mostly associated with the menstruation cycle of women and some due to superstition. It must be noted here that majority of the South Indian temples do not allow devotees inside the sanctum sanctorum – touching the murti is not allowed. This is applicable to all devotees irrespective of gender. But there are some temples that do not permit women even inside the temple premises and this article is about those temples. Below is the list and hope such a list never exists in near future.

Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala Women between 10 and 50 years of age are not allowed to enter the temple complex. The reason sighted is that Lord Ayyappa is a Brahmachari or celibate. Another reason is that women cannot perform the 41 day Vratam - women between the age of 10 and 50 will not be physically capable of observing `vratham' for 41 days on physiological grounds (menstruation cycle).

The matter is presently under the consid…

Bhartrihari Caves near Ujjain

Bhartrihari caves, near Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, are dedicated to Raja Bhatrihari, who renounced his throne and became one of the greatest philosophers and teachers of ancient India. The caves are located on the banks of Shipra River and are around 5 km from Ujjain Railway Station.


It is believed that after realizing the futility of worldly life, Raja Bhatrihari decided to give away his kingly status. He gave his crown to his younger brother, the legendary King Vikramaditya.

It is believed that Bhartrihari spend his ascetic life in these caves.
He wrote Shringarshataka, Vairagya shatak, and Nitishatakam in these caves. The walls of the natural caves are noted for its sculptures.

Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari Quotes

Man does not value what he has, but once he loses something, he goes all out to get it back.

How can you perceive what is real happiness unless you are ready to experience the opposite – that is pain and unhappiness.

Any gift that comes free is not valued in this world.
It is only on the blackboard of pain and suffering that you can write with the white, the story of true joy in life.
Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari

Hindu Calendar Today – April 28, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, April 28, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:06 PM on April 28. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:39 AM on April 29. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 28, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good date. Nakshatra – Karthigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakshatra till 4:26 PM on April 28. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram till 2:45 PM on April 29.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Karthigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakshatram till 1:39 PM on April 28. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram till 10:56 AM on April 29.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Vris…

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