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Dwidala Vrat – Dvidala Vrata during Chaturmasa

Dwidala Vrat is part of the Chaturmasa Vrata and is the last phase of the four-month Chatur Mas Vrat. Dvidala Vrata begins on the Dwadashi day in Shukla Paksha (12th day during waxing phase of moon) of Ashwin month and ends with Kartik Shukla Ekadasi. In 2017, Dwidala Vrat begins on October 2 and ends on October 31. Dvidala Vrata is also known as Bahubeeja Vrat.

Dwidala here implies those grams, lentils and seeds that break into two equal parts. Such lentils and grams are avoided during the period. Those lentils that are avoided are black gram, green gram, bengal gram, masoor al, horse gram, red gram, etc,.

Some people also avoid green leaves during the period and those plants that produce vegetables with numerous seeds.

Dwidala Vrat is only observed by some Hindu communities.

Ramayana in Indonesia

The earliest known reference of Ramayana in Indonesia dates back to the 9th century AD and is in the form of bas-reliefs in Prambanan in Central Java. The various written version of Ramayana in Indonesia are Kakawin Ramayana, The Serat Ram, The Javanese Uttarakanda, the Carit Ramayana, the Serat Kanda, and the Rama Kling.Kakawin Ramayana is credited to Yogishvara and is considered to be the oldest version of Ramayana in Indonesia. It is believed to have been written between the 10th and 13th century AD. It sticks to the original version and is believed to be a translation of Bhattikavya, a 5th century version of Ramayana in Kashmir. The Uttarakanda and Balakanda are not found in Kakawin Ramayana.Two of the popular modern adaptations of Kakawin Ramayana are Serat Ram and Carit Ramayana. The Javanese Uttarakanda is an independent literary work and describes mainly the genealogy of demons and Vanar Sena (Monkeys). The Serat Kanda and Rama Kling version of Ramayana in Indonesia has strong…

Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple Calendar 2010 of TTD Released

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTDs) has brought out the 12-month calendar for 2010 with pictures of Sri Venkateswara. Currently there is no online version of the calendar. The calendar was released during the Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam on September 28, 2009. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) calendar is available in three varieties – Sri Venkateswara Swamy Calendar, Sri Vari and Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Calendar and Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Calendar.It would have been nice if TTD could make these calendars available online in PDF or JPEG format.The calendars are available for purchase at the TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple and at all the TTD Kalyanamandapams in Andhra Pradesh. (Source TTD News)

Padmanabha Dwadashi

Padmanabha Dwadashi is observed on the 12th of Shukla Paksha (during the waxing phase of moon) in Ashwin month (September – October). Padmanabha Dwadashi 2017 date is October 2. Lord Vishnu is worshipped in the form of Anantha Padmanabha on the day. The worship on the day is a continuation of previous day, which is known as Pasanakusa Ekadasi.
On Pasankusa Ekadasi day, the Anantha Padmanabha form of Lord Vishnu is worshiped.
Worship on Padmanabha Dwadashi helps a person attain liberation and his desired results. Staunch Vishnu devotees believe that worship on Ekadasi and Dwadashi of the Anantha Padmanabha will help them attain Moksha.

Swami Krishnananda Thoughts

Swami Krishnananda is a saint associated with the Divine Life Society, Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh, IndiaYour energy becomes less and less as you desire things more and more. Whoever wants things, loses energy; whoever is one with things, becomes filled with energy. One who is united with things has no desire for things; this is the way one becomes filled with energy. When things stand outside us, they take away our energy; if they are one with us, they give us energy. This is the secret of Yoga. Nothing should stand outside us; everything should be one with us. You cannot be a friend of anybody when that person is outside you. A person has to be one with you in thought and being; then he is a real friend. This is how you can be a friend of all things, even God Himself. When you become the very things that you want, all energy comes in. This is the secret behind success. You have to intensely feel that you already have what you want. Then things will really come to you, without your …