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Bhishma Panchak Vrat – Bheeshma Panchaka Vrata

Bhishma Panchaka Vrata is observed for five days during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) of Kartik month starting from the Ekadasi day. Bhishma Panchak Vrat 2017 date is October 31 and ends on November 4. Bheeshma Panchakam Vrat was first observed Bhishma of Mahabharata after hearing about it from Lord Krishna.

Bhishma Panchaka Vrata is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is performed for attaining Moksha and for removing effect of sins committed. It is also believed that observing this Vrata will help in gaining good health. Some people observe it for the health of children.

Legend has it that Bhishma, the great grandfather in Mahabharata, performed this Vrat before deciding to leave the human body and merge with the Supreme Being.

In some regions people also perform Bhishma Tarpan on the final day of the Vrat.

A unique ritual during the Vrata is making offering in 5 numbers – five fruits, five flowers etc.

The greatness of this Vrat is mentioned in Padma Purana. The information o…

Book: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism

Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism is a five volume thematic encyclopedia, presenting the latest research on all the main aspects of the Hindu traditions in original essays written by the world’s foremost scholars on Hinduism. The first volume was released in September 2009 and the next four volumes will be released in the next four years. This encyclopedia is more scholarly in nature.Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences.About Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism from flyerThe Encyclopedia explicitly adopts an interdisciplinary and pluralistic approach, and in it, the term “Hinduism” is used critically in the knowledge that most of thetraditions that today make up Hinduism are much older than the term itself.The Encyclopedia aims at a balanced and even-handed view of Hinduism, recognizing the tensions inherent in the academic examination of Hinduism. It emphasizes that Hinduism is a conglomerate…

Thirukural Quotes on Food We Eat

The body requires no medicine if you eat only after the food you have already eaten is digested. – Thirukural 942Once digestion is complete, eat with moderation; that is the way to prolong the life of the body. Thirukural 943Life remains unharmed when one eats with restraint, refraining from foods that have proven disagreeable.Thirukural 945The pleasures of health abide in the man who eats moderately. The pains of disease dwell with him who eats excessively. Thirukural 946The thoughtless glutton who gorges himself beyond the limits of his digestive fires will be consumed by limitless ills. Thirukural 947