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Putrada Ekadasi Vrat Katha – Story of Putrada Ekadashi

Putrada Ekadasi Fasting is observed during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Shravan month (July – August) in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Orissa. This Ekadasi fasting is observed as Pavitra Ekadasi in North India. Putrada Ekadashi is also observed during the waxing phase of moon in December/January. An interesting story associated with this Ekadasi fasting suggests that it observed for begetting children. Legend has it that a king named Suketumana had no children. He and his wife, Saivya, performed several austerities and religious performances but without any success.The king was worried that he will not have children to perform his last rites and other rituals for forefathers. A sad king left his kingdom and wandered through many lands and finally reached the ManasarovarLake in the Himalayas. Here he was greeted by saints. He wanted to know what the saints were doing at the ManasarovarLake. They said that they were here to observe the Putrada Ekadas…

Book – Spiritual Handbook India by Stephen Knapp

Spiritual India Handbook – a guide to a guide to festivals and traditions, temples and holy sites – written by Stephen Knapp explores the holy places in India. Stephen Knapp, a writer and philosopher, is noted for his works related to Santana Dharma. Basically, the book is a guide to foreign travelers who intent to visit holy sites in India. It’s not the usual travelers guide but a guide that apart from the basic information, gives details of why the spot is holy and what benefits you get by visiting the place – more of such spiritual notes. For Example this is how Stephen Knapp introduces MathuraAs we begin our tour of the holy places of East and Central India, the first major holy place to see is only a short three hour ride by train or bus ride south from Delhi. Now that they have built a nice highway through the area, the road is much faster than it used to be. Vraja, which has a perimeter of 168 miles and is composed of many villages and towns, is considered nondifferent from the…

Damodar Dwadashi in Shravan Month

Damodar Dwadashi, or Damodara Dwadasi, is observed on the 12th day of the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) of Shravan month. In 2018, the date of Damodar Dwadashi is August 23 and is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The previous day is observed as Pavitra Ekadasi Vrat. Damodara is one among the numerous names of Lord Krishna and Dwadashi is the 12th day of a lunar fortnight in Hindu calendar.

Some people continue the Ekadasi fasting (observed on the 11th day) to Damodar Dwadashi. On the Dwadasi day, it is not a complete fast but people avoid all types of grains and beans.

Damodar Dwadashi Vrat is more popular in North India and with staunch followers of Vaishnavaism. Generally, Dwadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and devout Hindus break the Ekadasi fast on the morning of Dwadashi.

Thoughts on Creation from Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad contains several ideas of creation of the universe and living beings. Here is one such idea found in it.
He, verily, had no delight. Therefore he who is alone has no delight. He desired a second. He became as large as a woman and a man in close embrace. He caused that self to fall into two parts. From that arose husband and wife. Therefore, as Yajnavalkaya used to say, this body is one half of oneself, like one of the two halves of a split pea. Therefore this space is filled by a wife. He became united with her. From that human beings were produced. (Chapter 1, 4, 4).Dr S Radha Krishna explains this idea as –Both are his elements. The two are not separate and the theory is not one of final dualism.The original being, atman or self, looks around and sees nothing else but himself. When he realizes his loneliness, he has two feelings one of fear and the other of desire for companionship. His fear is dispelled when he realizes that there is nothing else of which he…