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Hindu Calendar 2009 with Pictures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses

Calendar with photos of Hindu Gods and Goddess is one of the most sought after calendars by Hindus. But very few calendars are available online with Muhurats, Tithis and other details. This 2009 calendar with pictures of Hindu Gods and Goddess only contains important festival dates. It is available online for sale. These are not free download calendars but are priced and will be shipped to the address.This 2009 Hindu Gods and Goddesses Wall Calendar is from Amber Lotus. The depth and majesty of Hinduism's pantheon of deities is illustrated in this calendar and the art is by Pieter Weltevrede. The photos contain a brief description of the deity. Note: This is not a detailed Hindu calendar with Panchangam etc. It gives importance to drawings and is primarily a wall calendar.Size Closed: 12" x 12" Size Opened: 12" x 24" Online price of this calendar ranges from $5 to $12 and is available at Amazon
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Karthigai Deeepam – Karthika Deepam in Tamil Nadu and Kerala

Karthigai Deeepam, or Karthika Deepam, is the festival of lights in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. In 2017, the date of Karthigai Deepam is December 2, Saturday. In Tamil Nadu, it is observed on the full moon day( or a day earlier) in the month of Karthigai (November-December). In Kerala, the festival is known as Trikartika or Kartika Vilaku and is held in the month of Vrichikam (November – December). Lighting traditional oil lamps in the evening after sunset (during twilight period) is the main event on the day.
Karthigai Deeepam is also observed as Bharani Deepam and Vishnu Deepam in Tamil Nadu and is an auspicious day for both Shaivites and Vaishanvites.
Talk about Karthigai Deepam and the picture that comes to mind is that of rows and rows of lamps or ‘vilakku’. On this day, every Hindu home lights the traditional Vilaku (diyas) in the evening. Locally, these lamps are known as ‘agal vilakkus.’

The day is also highly auspicious for Lord Muruga devotees as he was taken care by the six Kr…

Yudhishtira and Yaksha – Questions and Answers from the Mahabharata

One day during the exile, the Pandavas became extremely thirsty and asked Nakula, the youngest of Pandavas, to get some water from a nearby pond. When Nakula did not return one by one the Pandavas went looking for the other and finally Yudhisthira, the eldest, discovers the four brothers lying dead nearby the pond. Suddenly, Yudhisthira hears the voice of Yaksha who warns him not to drink the water from the pond before he has answered his questions; otherwise, he would also be dead. Yudhishtira agrees to answer the question of Yaksha.
Here are famous answers given by Yudhistira to the question of Yaksha which revived all the four brothers.
What makes the sun shine daily? – The power of Brahman (Absolute).
What does a person need to rescue him from danger? – Courage.
Which science should man study to become wise? – A man does not acquire wisdom just by studying the Shastras (sciences), but by associating with wise men.
Is there anything that sustains more nobly than the earth? – The …