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Mathura and Vrindavan Parikrama 2017

Mathura and Vrindavan Parikrama is a spiritual journey undertaken in the Kartik Month (October – November) to holy places associated with Lord Krishna in Mathura and Vrindavan. Mathura and Vrindavan Parikrama 2017 date is October 28. Another day when Vishnu devotees perform the Parikram is during the Dev Prabodini Ekadasi on October 31, 2017.

Mathura and Vrindavan Parikrama is performed for redemption of sins and as form of expressing Bhakti to Lord Krishna.

Some devotees only opt for Mathura Parikrama and it is performed on Akshay Navami day (November 20) and is of three km or nine km and devotees concentrate on walking around the Mathura city. Some of the holy places covered on the Parikrama include Vishram Ghat, RangeshwarTemple, Bhuteshwar, Kaans Qila and Chamunda Devi.

On the same day some people opt for the Vrindavan Mathura Parikrama, which is about 54 km journey. Parikramas are done of both Vrindavan and Mathura.

Large number of devotees perform Parikrama of Vrindavan and Mat…

360 Degree View of Mahabalipuram Temples and Monuments – Virtual Tour of Mamallapuram UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Mamallapuram Temples, earlier known as Mahabalipuram, located along the Coromandel Coast in Tamil Nadu were founded by the Pallava kings in the 7th and 8th centuries and are carved on rocks. They are also on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Now to attract more visitors and to give an idea of the monument at Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation and Department of Tourism and website is providing an online virtual tour of the monuments. In the online virtual tour you can get a 360 degree panoramic view of the monuments from several locations both inside and outside. Sadly many of the important architectural and sculptural gems at Mamallapuram are not part of the virtual tour.
You can view the Virtual Tour of Mahabalipuram Monuments here –

Please note that the images sometimes take long time to load. The images have been clubbed with a Google satellite image. Some of the earlier virtual tours provided by Tamilnadu Tourism and were of much bet…

Panch Bhikam

Panch Bhikam is observed is observed during the last five days of the Kartik month as per the traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Kartik is the eighth month in the traditional lunar calendar. Panch Bhikam 2017 begins on October 31 and ends on November 4. Those who could not take part in the month-long Kartik Snan compensate by participating in the Panch Bhikam – which involves holy dip or bath in a river.

It is said that those participate in the Panch Bhikam bathing ritual will earn the same merit as of performing the bathing ritual for the entire Kartik month.

Hindu women sing songs in praise of Radha and Krishna during the Panch Bhikam. Women light earthen lamps to Goddess Pathwari – the Goddess who blesses travelers.

People also recite the Panch Bhikam Kahani during the five-day period.

Story of Vaikuntha Chaturdasi – Spiritual Significance of Vaikunda Chaturdashi Upvas

Vaikuntha Chaturdasi is observed on the 14th day of the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Kartik month. The day is dedicated to relationship of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. It is believed that Lord Shiva gifted the Sudarshana Chakra to Lord Vishnu on this day. Vaikuntha Chaturdasi 2017 date is November 3.

Legend has it that Lord Vishnu one day decided to visit Lord Shiva who was residing at Kashi. Lord Vishnu collected 1000 lotus flowers from Manasarovar to offer it on the Shivaling at Kashi by reciting the 1000 names of Shiva.

After collecting the flowers from Manasarovar in the Himalayas, Lord Vishnu reached Kashi and was warmly welcomed by Lord Shiva. Lord Vishnu then began to offer the flowers one by one to the Shivling at Kashi. He chanted a name of Lord Shiva and offered one lotus flower.

Lord Vishnu was fully absorbed in the process and Lord Shiva decided to test Him and removed one lotus flower that Lord Vishnu had brought and hid it.

Lord Vishnu chanted the 1000th name…

Way to Success – Swami Vivekananda

Take up one thing and do it, and see the end of it, and before you have seen the end, do not give it up. He, who can become mad with an idea, he alone sees light. . . . Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life — think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.Swami Vivekananda

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