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Godavari River in Hinduism - Religious Importance of River Godavari

River Godavari is also known as Dakshini Ganga or the Ganga of the South. In Hinduism, River Godavari is of great religious importance. The river merges with the Bay of Bengal. Before merging into the sea, it divides itself into seven small rivers, which are named after saints in Hindu religion. There is an important legend mentioned in Hindu scriptures that narrates about the origin of the River Godavari.
Legend has it that Sage Gautama once killed a cow unknowingly. Killing a cow is a major sin in Hinduism and therefore for redemption of the sin he prayed to the Trimurtis (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) and brought down the GodavariRiver to earth. Lord Shiva also gave water from his Kamandalu to help sage Gautama overcome the sin.
When the waters of Godavari flowed on the dead cow, Sage Gautama sprinkled water that Shiva had given him. The cow was thus brought back to life and the sage escaped from the sin of killing a cow.
There is a popular belief that childless women will conceive …

Hadimba Temple in Manali, Himachal Pradesh Might Get World Heritage Site Status

UNESCO, the cultural arm of the United Nations, is actively considering to include HadimbaTemple in Manali in Himachal Pradesh in the World Heritage Site list. Times of India reportsEnthused by the interest shown by the world body, the Archaeological Survey of India and the Himachal Pradesh government are working independently to work out modalities that would catapult this ancient temple on to the august list.

"Hadimba temple is one of the oldest temples in Himachal Pradesh. We are actively pursuing ... all details and employing scientific methods to ascertain its real past," said Arun Sharma, special secretary to the chief minister and the state tourism department's head honcho.

Built in pagoda style, the temple figures in the itinerary of all visitors coming to Manali. "According to our findings, the original temple was built anywhere between 500 to 700 BC. But the structure itself has been built and rebuilt several times, spanning centuries," said Sharma. The…

Smarta Ekadasi – What is Smartha Ekadashi?

If you are used to observing Ekadasi fasting, you might have come across consecutive days marked as Ekadashi. The first day will be usually marked as Smarta Ekadasi and next day will be marked as Bhagavat or Vaishnava. So what exactly is Smarta Ekadasi?

Smarta Ekadasi is based on the calculation that when the sunrises if it is the Ekadasi day then it is Smarta Ekadasi.

Bhagavata, or Vaishnava, Ekadashi observance is based on the rule that Dasami or the tenth day during a lunar fortnight should have ended before Arunodaya (96 minutes period before sunrise on the Ekadasi or the 11th day in a lunar fortnight). As the Sunrise occurs at different times of the same day at different places, maximum of three Ekadasis in a year (sometimes none) will have to be observed on different days in different places.

The Smarta and Vaishnava Ekadasi are based on geographical reasons.

Since the difference is purely geographical, you should consult the nearest Vishnu temple from your home when there is a pro…

Dada J P Vaswani Thoughts and Quotes

If while praying, we can think of worldly matters, why can we not, while doing worldly matters, think of God? Keep in constant touch with God and you will find Happiness always.Teach me O lord to observe all the rules of the Game of life, never to lose my sense of humor, and always to hold my tongue when it is so difficult to hold it.Ask yourself these things before you speak:
Is it true?
Is it necessary?
Will it hurt anybody?Refuse to be disturbed by anything. Refuse to be resentful or unhappy. And you will always feel on top of the world.Dada J P Vaswani You may also like to readDada J P Vaswani Inspirational ThoughtsDada J P Vaswani Teachings