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Padma Ekadasi – Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Padma Ekadashi

The Ekadasi fasting observed on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapad month in traditional North Indian calendar is known as Padma Ekadasi. In 2018, Padma Ekadasi date as per North Indian calendar is September 20. It must be noted that the Devashayani Ekadasi observed in the month of Ashada month is also referred as Padma Ekadashi.

Padma Ekadasi is observed during the Chaturmas period.

This Ekadasi is also referred as Vaman Ekadasi, Parsava Parivartini Ekadashi and Jaljhlini Ekadasi.

The name of this Ekadasi varies from region to region. But the legend associated with this Ekadasi remains the same. It is said that Lord Vishnu who is sleeping during the Chaturmas period changes his sleep position on this Ekadashi day.

All the usual fasting rules associated with Ekadasi fasting is observed on the day. Some people opt for a strict complete fast.

Scientists Attempt to Find Sanjeevani Herb of Ramayana

In the Ramayana, Lord Hanuman carried the mountain with the Sanjeevani Herb to save the life of Lakshman, the younger brother of Lord Ram, who was struck and rendered unconscious by the arrow of Indrajit, son of Ravana. For thousands of years, scientists, Ayurveda practitioners and common people, have been trying to identify the exact Sanjivani Herb that brought back Lakshmana to consciousness. Sanjeevani literally means something that offers life. Now a group of scientists from Bangalore have zeroed in on two plants grown in the Western Ghats, Aravali and the Vindhyas, which could be the Sanjivani herb that saved the life of Lakshman. Kalyan Ray writes in Deccan HeraldA fern Selaginella bryopteris and an orchid Flickingeria fimbriata, could be the potential species representing Sanjeevani, said researchers from the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bangalore and College of Forestry, Sirsi.“S.bryopteris is known to offer protection against heat shock and ultra-violet ray sho…

Rig Veda Quotes

Maho Arnaha Saraswati Pra Chetayati Ketuna
Dhiyo Vishwa Vi Raajati(Mandal 1 Hymn 3 Verse 12)
Only 'knowledge' can help us to know the universe, which is vast like an ocean. It enlightens all minds.
Knowledge destroys the darkness of ignorance. There are two ways of obtaining knowledge – from an able guru and through self-study. By attaining knowledge, the mind becomes enlightened. We should try to acquire knowledge from all sources and by all means – studying the scriptures, contemplation, meditation, etc. Scriptures are invaluable sources of knowledge because it is only through their study that the mind is filled with good thoughts. Good thoughts help us in leading a virtuous life. This is the sure way for growth of the mind and to acquire eternal happiness and peace.
Asmantsu Tatra Chodyendra Raye Rabhaswatah
Tu Vidyumna Yashaswatah(Mandal 1 Hymn 9 Verse 6)
O radiant one! Inspire the diligent and the successful only to earn wealth.
Only those who are industrious can earn wealth.…