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Two Birds – Swami Vivekananda

Two birds of beautiful plumage, inseparable companions, sat upon the same tree, one on the top and one below.
The beautiful bird below was eating the fruits of the tree, sweet and bitter, one moment a sweet one and another a bitter.
The moment he ate a bitter fruit, he was sorry, but after a while he ate another and when it too was bitter, he looked up and saw the other bird who ate neither the sweet nor the bitter, but was calm and majestic, immersed in his own glory.
And then the poor lower bird forgot and went on eating the sweet and bitter fruits again, until at last he ate one that was extremely bitter; and then he stopped again and once more looked up at the glorious bird above.

Then he came nearer and nearer to the other bird; and when he had come near enough, rays of light shone upon him and enveloped him, and he saw he was transformed into the higher bird. He became calm, majestic, free, and found that there had been but one bird all the time on the tree. The lower bird …

Hindu Calendar – February 20, 2018 – Tithi – Vrat - Good Time – Fasting – Nakshatra – Rashi – Hindu Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing or light phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 3:18 AM on February 20. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 2:25 AM on February 21. All time based on India Standard Time.
Good – Auspicious time on February 20, 2018, as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Revati Nakshatram till 12:15 PM on February 20. Then onward it is Ashwathy or Ashwini Nakshatra till 11:51 AM on February 21.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Revathi Nakshatram till till 2:03 PM on February 20. Then onward it is Ashwathy or Ashwini Nakshatra till 2:01 PM on February 21.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi till 12:15 PM on February…

Basoda Festival 2018 – Basoda Sheetala Ashtami Festival in Rajasthan – Basora Festival 2018

Basoda festival is dedicated to Goddess Sheetala and is observed eight days after Holi festival on the Chaitra Krishna Paksha Ashtami day in Rajasthan. Basoda Festival 2018 date is March 9. The ritual observed on the eight day of waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month (March – April) is also referred as Basora.
During Basoda Festival, Goddess Sheetala is propitiated to get rid of several diseases like chicken pox. A unique ritual of offering stale food is observed during Sheetala Ashtami. Food need for Sheetala Ashtami puja is prepared a day before in advance.
On the Basoda Festival day people do not cook any food. The food is prepared the previous day and it is then allowed to cool down.

On the Basoda festival day, the food is first offered to Goddess Sitala. Every house chooses a special stone which symbolises Goddess Sitala.

The stone is then installed on a red cloth and worshipped with diya, incense, flowers, kum kum, water, yoghurt, wheat and henna. An aarti is performed and man…

Shoorpanakha Creating an Illusion of Ravana to Accuse Sita of Being Unfaithful

There are numerous stories in Indian folklore based on the various episodes in the Ramayana. One such story from Telugu folklore is of Demon Shoorpanakha creating an illusion of her brother Ravana. She uses the trick to accuse Sita of being unfaithful to her husband Bhagavan Sri Ram.

Shoorpanakha wanted to marry by Lord Ram but he rejected the proposal. When the adamant demon attempted to have her desire fulfilled forcibly, Lakshman, brother of Sri Ram, cut off her nose.

She decided to take revenge on Lord Ram.

She took the form of a poor beggar woman, went to the ashram of Sita, and asked her for food.


When Sita went inside to get food; Shoorpanakha drew a sketch of Ravana on the floor and brought it to life by threatening Brahma.

The shadow Ravana hid under Sita’s bed and emerged just as Rama came inside.
Ram accused Sita of being unfaithful and banished her from the ashram.

Note - This story is not in the original Valmiki Ramayana. It is part of Telugu Folklore.

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Nandi Puja Vidhi – Procedure – With Mantra – How To Perform Nandishwar pooja?

Nandi is the bull of Shiva. Nandi Puja is performed for attaining peace and prosperity. Below is the Nandishwar pooja vidhi or procedure along with mantra. This is a simple guide on how to perform Nandishwara Puja and is ideal for performing it at home. When to Perform Nandi Puja? Ideal day to perform the puja: Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi – seventh day during the light or waxing phase of moon.Purvabhadra Nakshtra – when there is Purva Bhadrapada or Poorurttathi nakshatram during the waxing phase of moon in a month.It is doubly auspicious to perform the puja when Saptami Tithi and Purvabhadra nakshatra coincides. Benefits of Performing Nandishwar Puja Relief from various body pains.To overcome serious diseases.Fulfillment of desires.The puja is performed for getting job and success in professional life.
Simple Nandishwar pooja Vidhi The puja should be performed early morning after sunrise or during pradosh period (1.5 hours before sunset).Ideal to perform the puja in a Shiva templeThe mu…

Story of Nageshwar Mahadev

Nageshwar Mahadev is one of the 12 Jyotirling forms of Hindu God Shiva. The story of Nageshwar Mahadev is a classic example of the power of Bhakti in Hinduism.

As per Puranas, there lived a Shiva Bhakta named Supriya. She used to do all her work as an offering to Lord Shiva.

A demon named Daruk was unhappy with the Shiva bhakti of Supriya as it had created peace and prosperity in the region.

Daruka and his wife Daruki were ardent devotees of Shiva and Ma Parvati. The couple had got several boons from Maa Parvati.

The demon devised numerous methods to unsettle and cause obstacles to Supriya. But her devotion remained steadfast.



One day, Daruka kidnapped Supriya and took her to his kingdom.

Here too she continued with her prayers and mediation.

This angered the demon and he decided to kill her.

The threat of death did not move Supriya. She continued with her prayers.

Pleased with the intense devotion of her devotee, Shiva appeared in the prison in the form of Nageshwar Mahadev.

But Sh…

Shiva Mantra For Students – How to Chant Shiva Mantra for Exam and Interview?

Shiva Mantra helps in alleviating fear of exam and for getting good marks and excellent grade in exams. The mantra as per Hindu astrology is good for students attending exam and interviews. Below is the brief idea on how to chant Shiva Mantra for Exam and Interview. Shiva Mantra For Students ॐ ऐंगेऐंॐ Om Aaim He Aaim Om

How to Chant Shiva Mantra For Students? Ideal time – daily early morning hours – one hour before sunrise.Cloth color – White or blueDirection to face – eastFirst offer prayer to Ganesha.Light lamp using cow gheeCreating a mental picture of Shiva in mind.Chant the mantra 11 times using a Rudraksha Mala.Sit in meditation.Start studying after chanting the mantra