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Nag Hill Caves at Pushkar

NagHillCaves at Pushkar in Rajasthan is a favorite spot for sadhus (Saints) during the Pushkar Fair. There are caves in Nag Hill in which Sage Agastya and Sage Bhartrhari is believed to have mediated for long period. These caves are occupied by saints from different parts of India and Nepal during the Pushkar fair. The Sadhus arrive here to take part in the Kartik Purnima Snan or holy dip in the PushkarLake on the full moon day of Kartik month (October – November).The caves are located inside the forests of Nag Hill. It is believed that Sage Bhartrhari got the boon of immortality at one of the caves in Nag Hill and he is still meditating in one of them.The cave Sage Agastya is a large one and is deep inside the forests. Another cave here is the Jalmahadhi cave in which Lord Parashuram is believed to have stayed for several years.Another unique sport at Nag Hill is the Adhar Shila passing under this stone will attain peace. The hills are located a kilometer south of Pushkar.

Manabasa Gurubar 2016 dates – Goddess Laxmi Worship in Orissa on Thursday of Margasira Month

Manabasa Gurubar is the worship of Goddess Lakshmi in the month of Margasira as per traditional Oriyan calendar. Manabasa Gurubar 2016 dates are November 17, November 24, December 1, and December 8. In Orissa, it is believed that Goddess Laxmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity, visit homes in Margasira month.

During the period the houses are kept neat and clean. Alpana is drawn to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. Special pujas are offered to Goddess Lakshmi and Oriya scripture Mahalakshmi Purana is read on all Thursdays in the month.

A special pot used to measure paddy in Orissa is filled with freshly harvested paddy and is kept in the puja area and this symbolizes prosperity.

Goddess Lakshmi is the consort of Lord Jagannath and she is worshipped as an independent deity in many regions of Orissa. Gajalakshmi Puja is another popular ritual dedicated to Goddess Laxmi in Orissa.

Thought: Why do we have desires? – Swami Visharadananda

Why do we have desires? Because we tend to identify ourselves with our body-mind ego. We forget our divine nature, our atman-nature which is ever fulfilled and free from all worldly needs. We forget that whatever we want, we already have that. Do we want to be a significant person? The fact is that we are already the most significant being in the world. This whole world exists because of this inner core of our being. Drawing strength from it, the sun and the moon exist. But we do not see the significant nature of our Self because we have identified ourselves with our body-mind adjuncts (upadhi). It is this wrong self-identity which is the cause of our problems and sufferings.Swami Visharadananda(Source: Excerpt from an article titled Spiritual Values of Gita published in the January 2009 edition of The Vedanta Kesari)