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Birthday of River Vitasta or Jhelum in Kashmir

The birthday of River Vitasta or Jhelum is celebrated annually by Kashmiri Pandits. The birth date of VitastaRiver is known as ‘Veth Truvaha’ and the celebrations take place at Om Vethvathur (Verinag) in Annatnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. According to Hindu Mythology, Goddess Parvati appeared as VitastaRiver on the 13th day of the bright fortnight of Bhadrapad.According to Nilamata Purana, Sage Kashyap in order to save the people from a water demon drained the lakes. The demon was killed but due to the draining of waterbodies the present day region of Kashmir faced severe drought. People approached Sage Kashyap to find a way to get water as the drought was getting severe and more fatal than the attack of water demon. Sage Kashyap prayed to Lord Shiva for a river which will be immune to demons and which will have good clean water. Lord Shiva agreed and he struck the ground near his abode with his trident and Goddess Parvati gushed forth in the form of a river. The opening created …

Watch Animated Mahabharat Cartoon Online for Free

Free online animated Mahabharata cartoon is part of the recently added animation section at Mahabharat cartoon (34 min 2 sec) is available in both English and Hindi. You can also view the cartoon in five episodes under different titles – Birth of Kauravas and Pandavas, Draupadi Swayamvara, Abhimanyu Caught in Chakravyuha, Battle of Karna and Arjuna and Defeat of Duryodhana. The free online version can be played in low bandwidth (256 kbps and above) and in high bandwidth (for 512 kbps and above). Many people in India using 128 kbps might find it difficult to watch the online version. The animated Mahabharata can be downloaded for $2.99. One has to be a bit patient as the online video screen will only appear after 30 second google ads. The animated Mahabharata is produced by Fountain Music Company.

Ram Sethu Issue brings forth the Pseudo Secularism in Indian Political Parties

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s remarks on Lord Ram and Ram Vilas Vedanti announcing bounty on Karunanidhi's head has given an ugly and violent turn to the Ram Sethu Controversy. Instead of condemning Karunanidhi and Vedanti, mainstream political parties in India and regional political parties who have representatives in the Cabinet and Parliament have remained silent on the issue. This once again clearly demonstrates the pseudo secularist attitude of Indian Political Parties. When the Central government submitted an affidavit stating there was No Lord Ram, some of the partners in the UPA coalition like Lalu Prasad Yadav came out against the affidavit and the government immediately withdrew it. As expected, the Communist Parties (CPI-M and CPI and numerous other splinter communist groups) – always in the forefront on demanding action against Hindu groups for their fundamentalist actions – supported the affidavit.Unnecessary comments by Karunanidhi like ‘No Lord Ram’, ‘wh…

Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in October 2007

2nd October 2007 – Sashti6th October 2007 – Ekadasi6th October 2007 – Puratassi Saturday11th October 2007 – Amavasi (Some Calendars are stating 10 and 11 as Amavasi)11th October 2007 – Mahalaya (Pitri Paksha) ends – Pitra Visarjan (In some calendars Shradh ends on 10th October)12th October 2007 – Navratri Begins12th October 2007 – Tirupati Navratri Brahmotsavam Begins13th October 2007 – Puratasi Last Saturday17th October 2007 – Sashti (Durga Puja Begins)18th October 2007 – Saraswati Puja begins, Maha Saptami19th October 2007 – Durga Ashtami,Maha Ashtami 20th October 2007 – Mahanavami 20th October 2007 – Navratri Puja Ends21st October 2007 – Vijayadashmi or Dusshera (Durga Puja Ends)22nd October 2007 – Ekadasi25th October 2007 – Poornima (Pournami)26th October 2007 – Poornima (In some calendars)26th October 2007 – Valmiki Jayanti28th October 2007 – Aipasi Karthigai (Tamil)29th October 2007 – Karva Chauth Vrat

Nisargadatta Maharaj Sayings

The world is like a sheet of paper on which something is typed. The reading and the meaning will vary with the reader, but the paper is the common factor, always present, rarely perceived. When the ribbon is removed, typing leaves no trace on the paper. So is my mind – the impressions keep on coming, but no trace is left.When you demand nothing of the world, nor of God, when you want nothing, seek nothing, expect nothing, then the SupremeState will come to you uninvited and unexpected.