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Story of Masoor Dal and Kamdhenu

Masoor Dal is a popular lentil used in India to cook dals. The dal is also one of the important offering to Goddess Kali. Some Hindus do not consume masoor dal and is associated with Kamdhenu’s blood and is therefore a tamasic food. There is also a story that connects Masoor Dal with Kamdhenu, the wish fulfilling cow.
Legend has it that Sahastrabahu Arjuna tried to steal Kamdhenu, the divine cow that could confer all desires, from Sage Jamadagni's ashram. He could not take the cow away easily and therefore he attacked the divine cow with arrows.
It is said that a massor dal plant appeared wherever Kamadhenu’s blood fell on earth.
Therefore some Hindus do not eat Masoor dal.
Please note that dishes prepared from Masoor dal is today consumed by majority of Hindus although scriptures have categorized it as Tamasic food, which causes lethargy and arouses passion and temptations.

Vishakha Nakshatra Date and Time in 2018 – Visakha Nakshatram date in 2018

Vishakha Nakshatra 2018 dates based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Vishakha Birth Star, also known as Visakha, is the 16th Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Vishakha Nakshatra date in 2018. The astrological prediction of the birth star Vishakha as per Moon Sign is that of Thula Rashi and Vrischika Rasi. The first three quarters of Vishaka is in Tula (Libra Zodiac) and the last quarter is in Vrischika (Scorpio Zodiac). Venus or Shukra is the Lord of Thula and Mars or Mangal is the lord of Vrischika. The color of Vishakha is Golden.

Vishakha Nakshatra Days in 2018 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)

January 11 and January 12, 2018, Thursday and Friday Time is from 5:01 AM on January 11 to 7:27 AM on January 12, 2018

February 8, 2018, Thursday Time is from 12:16 PM on Feb 7 to 2:19 PM on Feb 8, 2018

March 7, 2018, Wednesday Time is from 9:04 PM on March 6 to 10:34 PM on March 7, 2018

April 3 and April 4, 2018, Tuesday and Wednesday Time is from 6:22 AM …

Nirjala Ekadashi 2018 date – Nirjala Ekadasi Fasting in 2018

Nirjala Ekadasi is one of the most popular and toughest Ekadashi Fasting days. In 2018, the date of Nirjala Ekadashi date is May 25, 2018 (Friday). Nirjala Ekadashi is also known as Pandav Bhim Ekadasi fast. The difference from other Ekadasis and Nirjala is that devotees do not drink water on the day. Ekadasi fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed on the 11th day of a fortnight in a traditional Hindu calendar.

Legend has it that Bhima, the second of Pandava brothers, wanted to observe Ekadasi fasting but still eat food. But fasting and eating was not possible. So Sage Vyasa advised Bhim to observe Nirjala Ekadasi fasting which falls during the waxing phase (Shukla Paksha) in Jyeshta month as it has the benefits of observing all the 24 Ekadasis. Thus Bhim was able to get the benefits of all Ekadasis by observing Nirjala Ekadasi.

Nirjala Ekadasi is one of the strictest fast in Hindu religion and among all Ekadasis.

Nirjala means ‘without water.’ Staunch Vishnu devotees who u…

Swati Nakshatra date and time in 2018 – Swathi Birth Star dates in 2018

Swati Nakshatra 2018 dates based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Swati Birth Star, also known as Swathi in South India, is the 15th Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Swati Nakshatra dates in 2018. The astrological prediction of the birth star Swati as per Moon Sign is that of Tula Rashi (Libra Zodiac). Venus or Shukra is the Lord of Thula. The color of Swati is black.

Swati Nakshatra Days in 2018 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)

January 10, 2018, Wednesday Time is from 3:05 AM on January 10 to 5:01 AM on January 11, 2018

February 7, 2018, Wednesday Time is from 10:53 AM on Feb 6 to 12:16 PM on Feb 7, 2018

March 6, 2018, Tuesday Time is from 8:18 PM on March 5 to 9:04 PM on March 6, 2018

April 2, 2018, Monday Time is from 5:52 AM on April 2 to 6:22 AM on April 3, 2018

April 30, 2018, Monday Time is from 2:07 PM on April 29 to 2:47 PM on April 30, 2018

May 27, 2018, Sunday
Time is from 8:36 PM on May 26 to 9:38 PM on May 27, 2018

June 23, 2018, Satur…

Paka Lakshmi – Goddess of Kitchen in Tirupati

Paka Lakshmi is the Goddess of Temple Kitchen in Tirupati Balaji Temple in Tirumala. She is also known as Potu Thayar or Vakula Malika Ammavaru.

Food for Lord Balaji, other deities and devotees are prepared with her blessings.
Special Tirumanjanam is offered to her during the Kakapudi festival observed during Kanuma Festival (the day after Sankranti festival).

Sal Tree in Hinduism

Sal Tree known as Salva, Sakhu, Sal, Khandar and Sakva, is associated with local gods and goddesses. Abodes of Gods are found under Sal tree in many places in India. In Hinduism, the tree is associated with Vishnu.

Lord Buddha was born under a sal tree and he attained salvation under the tree.



Sal wood tree is used to build temples – pillars and roofs. Murtis and sculptures in temples are carved from the wood.

Salabhbhanjika, or sal tree maiden, is a decorative sculptural element in many Hindu temples. A maiden is depicted as grasping the branch of the flowering sal tree.

Sal tree resin (Sambrani) is used to make incense which is used in Hindu ceremonies.
In the hills of North India, Sal tree is never cut as it is held sacred to a local goddess.

Tribes in India have Sal groves, which are dedicated to the forest god or goddesses.

Farhul in Chota Nagpur Plateau and Baha in Orissa are two festivals associated with the tree. It is observed by the tribes of the region.

The marriage of Bag…

Chitra Nakshatra date and time 2018– Chittirai Birth Star dates in 2018

Chitra Nakshatra 2018 dates based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Chitra Birth Star, also known as Chittirai in South India, is the 14th Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Chitra Nakshatra dates in 2018. The astrological prediction of the birth star Chitra as per Moon Sign is that of Kanya Raasi (Virgo Zodiac) and Thula Rashi (Libra Zodiac). The first half of Chitra Kanya Rashi and the next half is on Tula Rasi. Budha or Mercury is the Lord of the Kanya Raasi and Venus or Shukra the Lord of Tula. The color of Chitra is black.

Chitra Nakshatra Days in 2018 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)

January 9, 2018, Tuesday Time is from 1:46 AM on January 9 to 3:05 AM on January 10, 2018

February 6, 2018, Tuesday Time is from 10:17 AM on Feb 5 to 10:53 AM on Feb 6, 2018

March 5, 2018, Monday Time is from 8:16 PM on March 4 to 8:18 PM on March 5, 2018

April 1, 2018, Sunday Time is from 5:56 AM on April 1 to 5:52 AM on April 2, 2018

April 29, 2018, Sunday Time is…

Teachings from the Poems of Kanakadasa

I am a humble non-entity and you are the donor of the entire world. I am without any wisdom and you are the all influential Lord, granting salvation to the devotee.

Just as the learned ones bring up a young parrot, teach it and pleasingly to listen to its gentle words, O Lord, kindly instruct me so that my tongue utters your string of names, and protect me forever.

Protect us, O Lord forever.
Haribhaktisara of Kanakadasa

Hasta Nakshatra dates and time 2018 – Hastam Birth Star Date in 2018

Hasta Nakshatra 2018 dates based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Also known as Hastam or Atham in South India, it is the 13th Birth Star among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Hast Nakshatra dates in 2018. The astrological prediction of the birth star Hasta Nakshatra as per Moon Sign is that of Kanya Raasi (Virgo Zodiac). Budha or Mercury is the Lord of Kanya Rashi. The color of Hast Nakshatra is Deep Green.

Hasta Nakshatra Days in 2018 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)

January 8, 2018, Monday Time is from 1:10 AM on January 8 to 1:46 AM on January 9, 2018

February 5, 2018, Monday Time is from 10:28 AM on Feb 4 to 10:17 AM on Feb 5, 2018

March 4, 2018, Sunday Time is from 8:55 PM on March 3 to 8:16 PM on March 4, 2018

March 31, 2018, Saturday Time is from 6:30 AM on March 31 to 5:56 AM on April 1, 2018

April 28, 2018, Saturday Time is from 2:01 PM on April 27 to 1:53 PM on April 28, 2018

May 25, 2018, Friday Time is from 7:45 PM on May 24 to 7:59 PM on May 25, 201…

Hindu Calendar Today – June 2, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, June 2, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It isShukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:21 AM on June 2. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:02 AM on June 3. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is June 2, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – Good time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 4:10 PM on June 2. Then onward it is Uttaraphalguni or Uthram Nakshatra till 4:42 PM on June 3.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 12:01 PM on June 2. Then onward it is Uttaraphalguni or Uthram Nakshatram till 1:26 PM on June 3.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 10:18 PM. Then onward it is Kanya Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharash…

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