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Badrinath Temple Opening in 2008 – Abode of Lord Vishnu

BadrinathTemple or Badarinath Dham is one of the most sacred temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is located in the lofty Himalayan heights in the Garhwal Hill tracks in Uttarakhand at an altitude of 10,248 feet above sea level. In 2008, The Kapat of Shri Badrinath Temple will open on May 9 at 4:00 AM. The image of Lord Vishnu in BadrinathTemple is carved out of Saligramam. Lord Vishnu is worshipped here as Badari Narayan and Badari Vishal.The idol of Badarinarayan is seen under the Badari tree and is flanked by Kuber (God of wealth) and Garuda, Narad, Narayan and Nar. There is also a shrine dedicated to Maha Lakshmi and Adi Shankara. The ideal time to visit the BadrinathTemple is during the Char Dham Yatra from May to October. It is wise to avoid the monsoon season due to the constant threat of landslides.In 2008, the BadrinathTemple will close ten days after Diwali (November 6).The shrine only remains open for six months in a year.

Varuthini Ekadashi – How to observe?

Varuthini Ekadashi occurs during the waning of the moon in the month of Vaisakha (April – May). Varuthini Ekadashi 2016 date is May 3. By observing fast on this particular Ekadasi, sins are cleansed and the person is blessed with happiness and wealth. The importance of this Ekadasi was narrated to Yudhisthira by Lord Krishna.
It is believed that those women who observe the Varuthini Ekadasi will soon step into a fortunate phase in life. Those who undertake this fasting is also blessed with ‘moksha.’
How to observe? On the Dashami day, the day before the Varuthini Ekadasi those devotees who are fasting does not consume food made from urad dal, red lentils, chickpeas, spinach, kondo, and honey. Usually only a single meal is taken on the day and it is never served on bell metal plate. Food is consumed in one’s own house and the devotee abstains from gambling and sex.

On the Varuthini Ekadasi day, people spend the day in reading the Bhagavada Purana and minimum contact with people – this…

Swami Jyotirmayananda on Yamas and Niyamas in Raja Yoga

The yamas (ethical restraints) and niyamas (ethical observances) listed in Raja Yoga are important life codes.The niyamas, or ethical observances, includeSaucha (maintaining physical and mental purity),Santosha (contentment),Tapas (austerity),Svadhyaya (the study of scriptures and repetition of mantra)Isvarpranidana (surrender to God).The yamas, or ethical restraints, includeAhimsa (non-violence), Satya (thinking, speaking, acting on the basis of truthfulness), Brahmacharya (control and sublimation of sex energy), Asteya (non-stealing in both its gross and subtle forms)Aparigraha (non-covetousness or non-hoarding of possessions you do not need). These great yamas and niyamas of Raja Yoga can help a person in developing righteous conduct.Swami JyotirmayanandaSource: Extracts from the Tattvaloka Magazine ‘Advice to Students’, Yoga Research Foundation.