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Sukh Deva Jayanti – Shukdev Jayanti

Sukh Deva, or Shukdev, is the son of Veda Vyasa and Vatika. When in the womb of Vatika, Shukdev used to listen to the philosophical discussions taking place between Sage Vyasa and other saints. In 2018, Shukdev Jayanti date is April 16. He also remembered his previous births as a result of it. Due to the teachings, the child was unwilling to come out of the womb and finally, Lord Krishna persuaded the child to come out of the womb.

Legend has it that the fetus in Vatika’s womb continued to grow and did not come out at the end of the ninth month. It was immersed in the philosophical discussions taking place. The child learned all the important scriptures and philosophical treatises in the womb itself. The child continued to grow inside the womb and this created physical pain to Vatika.

Finally, Sage Vyasa learned that child is not coming out as he does not want to live in a world of suffering and illusion. Vyasa tried to convince the child that the world of illusions will not affect h…

Book: 7 Secrets from Hindu calendar Art

7 Secrets from Hindu calendar Art by Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik is an attempt to unravel the secrets behind the Hindu calendar Art and find answers to questions like – What is the source for the imagery of Hindu calendar Art? What is it saying? The book honestly tries to unveil legends, tales and symbolism associated with calendar art of Hinduism. Instead of color images, book uses the black and white renditions of the art.Apart from the popular Hindu deities, the book also attempts to unravel the local and region deities that are represented in Hindu calendars. There is the usual explanation of who is who in a calendar and a synopsis to the legend represented in the picture but what makes the book stand out is the narration of the symbolism in each calendar art.The chapters in the book are:Ganesha’s secret - Different people see God differentlyNarayana’s secret - What dies is always rebornArdhanari’s secret - God is within, Goddess withoutShiva’s secret - Withdrawal leads to destructionD…

Shani Amavas June 2010

Shani Amavasi, or Sani Amavasya, is the no moon day that falls on a Saturday or Shanivar. The Amavasi falling on June 12, 2010 is on Saturday. Saturday is considered to be day to worship Shani and an Amavas falling on Saturday is considered one of the auspicious days to propitiate Shanichwara. Shani is feared by some people and also Amavasi as both are considered to affect people’s fortunes. The Shani Amavas in June 12, 2010 as pert traditional North Indian calendars is the Jyeshta Amavasi and is also observed as Shani Jayanti. In Calendars followed in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, the Amavasi in June 2010 is the Nija Vaishaka Amavasi or Vaishaki Amavas. You can find more details about Shani Amavasi in this article.

Rabindranath Tagore on the Upanishads

Though many of the symbolical expressions used in the Upanishads can hardly be understood today or are sure to be wrongly interpreted, yet the messages contained in these, like some eternal source of light, still illumine and vitalize the religious mind of India. They are not associated with any particular religion, but they have the breadth of a universal soil that can supply with living sap all religions which have any spiritual ideal hidden at their core, or apparent in their fruit and foliage. Religions, which have their different standpoints, each claim them for their own support.Rabindranath Tagore(Source: from the Forward by Rabindranath Tagore to The Philosophy of the Upanishads by S. Radhakrishnan)