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The Concept of Avatar or Incarnation in Hinduism

Avatar, or Incarnation, is an important aspect of Hinduism. Lord Krishna explains about Avatar in the Bhagavad Gita – When righteousness declines and unrighteousness increases in the world, God takes birth in an avatar or incarnation to save and protect the honest and destroy the sinners. Avatar in Hindu religion is popularly associated with Lord Vishnu and nine Avatars of Lord Vishnu has already appeared and the 10th Kalki will appear in future. Hindu Puranas also mentions about several Avatars of Lord Shiva. There are also several minor incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Symbolically, an avatar happens when a human being (or any living being) realizes that all animate and inanimate is that Supreme Being and performs his/her Dharma. An avatar happens when the veil is removed and the individual starts to see the Supreme Being in everything - there is no two.

Full Moon Calendar 2010 – Based on India Time

The full moon day in a traditional Hindu calendar followed in India is known as Purnima. Fasting on full moon is considered highly auspicious. Here are the Full Moon days in 2010. The dates and time are based on Indian Standard Time. Full moon day in January 2010 is and important date during the Haridwar Kumbh Mela.Please note that in some regions full moon day might start a day early and overlap into the next day. January 30, 2010 – Full moon day

Online Virtual Tour of Ettukai Amman Temple in Kolli Hills in Tamil Nadu - Ettukai Amman Temple Pictures

EttukaiAmmanTemple is an ancient temple located in the Kolli hills in Namakkal District of Tamil Nadu. This ancient and powerful deity is known as Kolli Paavai of Ettukkai Amman. The small temple attracts numerous pilgrims on Amavasi or no moon days. Now to attract more visitors and to give an idea of the Ettukai Amman Temple, Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation and Department of Tourism is providing an online virtual tour of the monuments. In the online virtual tour you can get a 360 degree panoramic view of the temple in highly quality pictures. There is only a single image in this virtual tour.
You can view the Virtual Tour of Ettukai Amman Temple at here –

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Magh Snan 2018 dates, Allahabad - Sangam - Prayag

Magh Snan is the holy bathing ritual at Sangam in Allahabad in the Magh month as per traditional calendar followed in North India. Magh Snan 2018 begins on January 2 and ends on February 13, 2018. Sangam at Prayag or Allahabad is the point where the three holy rivers – Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meets. Taking a holy dip at the confluence of these three rivers is believed to help in attaining Moksha.

The important bathing dates during Magh Snan: January 2 (Paush Purnima)
January 14 (Makar Sankranti)
January 16 and 17 (Mauni Amavasya)
January 22 (Basant Panchami)
January 31 (Maghi Poornima)
and February 13 (Maha Shivratri)
The popular belief is that taking bath during the auspicious period when Sun or Surya enters Makar Rashi or Capricorn Zodiac will help in attaining moksha. The northern transition of sun is believed to be highly meritorious and helps in attaining moksha.

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Jitamitra Teertharu Aradhana - Sri Jitamitra Tirthara Aradhane

Jitamitra Teertharu is teacher and scholar from the medieval period associated with the Madhwa community. Jitamitra Teertharu Aradhana 2017 date is December 18. Annually Sri Jitamitra Tirthara Aradhane is held on the Margashirsha Amavasi day. This is the day when the great saint disappeared from the earth.

Jitamitra Teertharu was born as Anantappa. Through strong devotion and knowledge he was able to get the blessings of the Lord Vishnu. Legend has it that a Shaligrama stone opened its mouth and took food from Anantappa.

Sri Vibudendra Tirtharu who witnessed this miracle gave Sanyasa Ashrama to Anantappa and named him as Jitamitra Tirtha.

There are numerous miracles associated with Jitamitra Teertharu – once Jitamitra Tirtha was imparting lessons to his students on the banks of KrishnaRiver. Suddenly there was a flash flood and all the students ran away. After seven days when the students returned to the spot they found Jitamitra Tirtha still in meditating posture and the flash flood…

Dr S Radhakrishnan on Freedom to Select a Form of the Supreme

Some of the symbols employed by religions are common. Fire and light are usually adopted to signify the Ultimate Reality. It means that the minds of the people are formed similarly and experiences of people do not differ much from one part of the world to another. Even conceptions about the origin and nature of the world often agree, though they arise quite independently. The images are all framed to meditate between the Supreme Absolute and the finite intelligence. The individual is free to select or worship any form of the Supreme. This freedom of choice of Ishta Devataaradhana (freedom to choose a personal deity) means that the different forms are all included in the supreme. The acceptance of one form does not mean the rejection of others.Dr S Radhakrishnan(Source: The Principal Upanishads page 138-39 - S Radhakrishnan, HarperCollins Publishers India – 2003 edition)Related Dr S Radhakrishnan on Symbols