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Padma Ekadasi or Deva Sayana Ekadashi in July

Deva Sayana or Devasayana or Padma Ekadasi occurs in the ‘shukla paksha’ (waxing phase of moon) of Ashada month (June – July). In 2016, the date of Padma or Deva Sayana Ekadasi is July 15. It is of great importance as it is believed that after this Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu goes to sleep as it is the night of devas and therefore it is also referred as Vishnu Shayani Ekadasi. The Chaturmas Vrata begins from this day.
The greatness of Padma Ekadasi was explained to Sage Narada by Brahma. Lord Krishna narrated about the significance of it to Yudhisthira and thus humans came to know about the glory of this Ekadashi. The glory of it is mentioned in the Bhavisyottara Purana.
It is believed that those observe this Ekadashi is blessed with happiness. Even hearing about it is considered highly auspicious. Interestingly, Deva Sayana Ekadashi is observed as a mark of pure devotion. There is no yearning for material gains.
Those who fast on the day do not eat rice or food prepared using rice. All …

Ramayana Photo Group on Flickr by British Library

As part of its ongoing Ramayan Exhibition, British Library in London has started a Ramayana Photo Group on Flickr and it is inviting photos from around to world in its new Flickr Ramayana Now group. The group is dedicated to pictures and photos of the great Indian epic, the Ramayan. If your photograph is impressive it will be displayed in British Library’s Summer Exhibition – The Ramayana: Love and Valour in India's Great Epic.Some of the photographs already displayed on Flickr explore how Ramayan has been represented and retold over the centuries in different countries and cultures. Most photographs are of modern day presentation of the immortal epic. If you have Ramayana related photographs, you can upload your photographs, pictures and images to the British Library’s group on Flickr. Selected photographs will also be displayed on the British Library website. You can find the British Library Ramayana Now group on Flickr here.RelatedSee and Read 17th Century Ramayan Online

A Poem by Surdas

Gopal has slipped in and stolen my heart, friend.
He stole through my eyes and invaded my breast
simply by looking – who knows how he did it? –
Even though parents and husband and all
crowded the courtyard and filled my world.
The door was protected by all that was proper;
not a corner, nothing, was left without a guard.
Decency, prudence, respect for the family –
these three were locks and I hid the keys.
The sturdiest doors were my eyelid gates –
to enter through them was a passage impossible –
And secure in my heart, a mountainous treasure:
Insight, intelligence, fortitude, wit.
And then, says Sur, he had stolen it –
With a thought and a laugh and a look –
And my body was scorched with remorse.


(Source: Song of the Saints of India, Translated by J.S.Hawley and Mark Juergensmeyer.)