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Puri Rath Yatra 2008

Rath Yatra, the world famous chariot festival, at the PuriJagannathTemple is celebrated on the second day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu month of Ashadha. On this day, chariots (Ratha) carrying Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra will be pulled to the GundichaTemple, here the deities visit their aunt. In 2008, the date of Puri Rath Yatra is July 4. At PuriJagannathTemple, Lord Krishna is worshipped as ‘Jagannath’ – ‘master of the universe.’ Balabhadra is the elder brother of Lord Krishna and Subhadra is his younger sister. The making of the Raths for the annual yatra begin on the Akshaya Tritiya day. The main rituals associated with Puri Rath Yatra festival is spread over a month and several rituals, like Snana Purnima and Anasara, take place during this period. The Snana Yatra or Snana Purnima (Bathing Festival) will take place on the full moon day in the month of Jyestha (May – June). In 2008, the Snana Purinma is on June 18. On this day, the deities – Lord Jagannath, Ba…

Pandava Bhim Ekadasi - Nirjala Ekadashi

Nirjala Ekadashi, also known as Pandava or Bhim Ekadasi, occurs during the waxing phase of moon in the month of Jyestha (May – June). The greatness of this Ekadasi was explained to Bhima, the second Pandava brother, by sage Vyasa. Hence the Ekadasi is also referred as Pandav or Bhim Ekadasi. In 2017, the date of Nirjala Ekadashi is June 5.

The significance of Nirjala Ekadasi is mentioned in the Mahabharata and Padma Purana. Draupadi and the Pandavas, except for Bhima, used to observe all the Ekadasis. Bhima, who was a voracious eater, could not bear hunger and used to skip the fasting.

Now, Bhima wanted to observe fast and also eat!! So he enquired to Sage Vyasa to find a way out. But since eating and fasting was impossible, sage Vyasa told about Nirjala Ekadasi, which has all the benefits of observing twenty four ekadasis.

Nirjala Ekadasi is one of the strictest fast in Hindu religion and among all Ekadasis. Nirjala means ‘without water.’

Staunch Vishnu devotees who undertake this…

Wise sayings from Poems of Raja Bhartruhari

The face has been attacked with wrinkles,
the head has been painted with white grey hair,
the limbs are all enfeebles;
but desire alone is rejuvenating and remaining young. In enjoyment, there is the fear of disease;
in social position, the fear of falling-off;
in wealth, the fear of hostile kings;
in honor, the fear of humiliation;
in power, the fear of foemen;
in beauty, the fear of old age;
in scriptural erudition, the fear of opponents;
in virtue, the fear of traducers;
in body, the fear of death.
All the things of this world pertaining to man are attended with fear;
renunciation alone stands for fearlessness.Raja Bhartruhari – a well-known poet and philosopher who lived centuries ago(Source: ‘Vairagya Satakam’ by Swami Madhavananda)