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Shayani Ekadasi – Sayana Ekadashi in Ashada Month

Shayani Ekadasi, or Sayan Ekadashi, is observed during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Ashada or Ashara Masam (June – July). In 2016, the date of Sayani Ekadasi is July 15. This Ekadasi is also known as Deva Shayani Ekadasi or Hari Sayani Ekadashi and the Chatur Mas Vrat (four holy months in Hinduism) begins from the day. The night time of Devas begins on this day and it believed that Lord Vishnu goes to sleep from the day.

It is observed as Toli Ekadasi in Andhra Pradesh.

It is popularly believed that by praying and observing Sayani Ekadasi will help in a person from redemption of sins. All the normal fasting rules associated with Ekadashi fasting is observed on Sayani Ekadasi day. You can read the Sayani Ekadasi Vrath Katha in this article.

This Ekadashi is popularly known as Ashadi Ekadasi in Maharashtra. Pandarpur Yatra is held on the day.

Thousands of devout Hindus take a holy bath in GodavariRiver on the day and pray to Lord Ram at the Kala Ram temple.

Ekadasi fastin…

Book: Tantraloka by Abinavagupta – English Translation Project

Tantraloka of Abhinavagupta is a 10th century AD spiritual and literary work presenting the philosophy, religion and yogic sadhana of the non-dual Saiva Agama traditions. A great spiritual literary work in the ‘Shaiva Agamas’ tradition, Tantraloka is composed by Shaiva Acharya Abhinavagupta.Shaiva Agamas are spiritual texts dedicated to Lord Shiva and it identifies Lord Shiva as the supreme. There are 28 Saiva Siddhanta Agamas and is the basis of Kashmir Shaivism and the Shiva tradition in South India. Tantraloka has thirty seven chapters which is sort of an encyclopedia of Oriental tradition. Veer Shaiva of Basava has the famous ritual ‘Lingodhar Diksha’ derived from this book. Similarly, Shaiva Siddhanta of Tamil saints has the philosophical basis, many of them are expounded in this book.Presently there is no English Translation of the Tantraloka available claims Virendra Qazi, Chairman of Lalleshwari International Trust. Only an elaborate translation of Tantraloka has been done int…

Purnima in July 2010 – Full Moon Day or Ashada Poornima

Full moon day in a traditional Hindu calendar is known as Purnima, or Poornima. In Southern parts of India, it is known as Pournami. In 2010, the date of Purnima in July month is July 25. Please note that the Purnima ends on July 26 in most regions. The Poornima in July 2010 is the Ashada Purnima or Ashadi Poornima in most regions and is popularly known as Guru Purnima or Vyasa Poornima. In Tamil culture it is the Aadi Pournami. Gauri Vrata ends on the day in Gujarat.The important and auspicious event on the day is the Guru Poornima or Vyasa Purnima.Ashada Purnima also marks the end of the Ashada month in North India and the highly auspicious Sawan Month or Shravan Maas begins on July 27, 2010.

A story by Swami Vivekananda

There are numerous stories narrated by Swami Vivekananda to illustrate Universal truths. Here is one such story by Swami VivekanandaThere was once a minister to a great king. He fell into disgrace. The king, as a punishment, ordered him to be shut up in the top of a very high tower. This was done, and the minister was left there to perish. Minister had a faithful wife, however, who came to the tower at night and called to her husband at the top to know what she could do to help him. He told her to return to the tower the following night and bring with her a long rope, some stout twine, pack thread, silken thread, a beetle, and a little honey.The good wife obeyed her husband, and brought him the desired articles. The husband directed her to attach the silken thread firmly to the beetle, then to smear its horns with a drop of honey, and to set it free on the wall of the tower, with its head pointing upwards. She obeyed all these instructions, and the beetle started on its long journey. …

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