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Story of Sashti Fasting

Sashti Fasting, or Shasti Vritham, is dedicated to Hindu God Muruga and is observed on the sixth day of the Shukla Paksha, or waxing phase of moon, in a Hindu lunar calendar. Muruga is also known as Kartik, Skanda, Subrahmanya and Shanmugha. There is an interesting story behind observing the Sashti Fasting.One of the most important divine acts associated with Lord Muruga is the annihilation of demons led by Surapadma. This divine act to restore dharma is known as Soorasamharam. Demon Surapadma had numerous powers and one of it was to make himself and the one fighting him invisible. He employed this power when he was engaged in a fight with Muruga. Goddess Parvati and other devas who were unable to see Muruga due to this demonic influence observed a fast. Finally Muruga appeared before them on the next day after annihilating demon Surapadma. Goddess Parvati and other devas broke their fast. It is believed that devotees started observing Sashti fasting after this incident.

Maithili Divas

Maithili Divas is observed as the birthday of Mata Sita, who is also known as Maithili. In 2018, Maithili Divas date is April 24. Maithili is Jagajjanani - mother of universe and King Janaka found her in Mithila region in India. The day is also observed as Janaki Jayanti and Sita Navami.

The day is of great significance to the Maithili speaking community across the country.

Maithili Divas is observed on the ninth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Vaishakh month (April – May).

Maithili is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and is worshipped in temples dedicated to Lord Ram.

Baglamukhi Jayanti

Baglamukhi Jayanti is believed to be the day when Goddess Bagalamukhi incarnated on earth protect devotees and restore dharma. Baglamukhi Jayanti 2018 date is April 23. The Goddess is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and is one of the Mahavidhyas.

There are several legends associated with Goddess Baglamukhi and most of them are popular in the western parts of India. A popular legend says that Goddess Shakti took the form of Baglamukhi to protect the universe from a huge storm that had the capacity to destroy the universe.

Baglamukhi is the eighth Mahavidhya among the 10 Mahavidhyas.

The goddess is worshipped in the form a powerful yantra.

Another popular legend associated with the Goddess has it that she stopped a demon named Madan by pulling his tongue out. The demon realized his mistakes and prayed to the Goddess and he was forgiven. The popular image of Goddess Baglamukhi has he pulling the tongue of the demon.

Baglamukhi Jayanti is annually observed on Vaishakh Shukla Paksha …

Ashtavakra Samhita Quotes

There is no heaven or hell or liberation... nothing but the Self in this expanded cosmic consciousness.
It is bondage when the mind desires or grieves at anything, rejects or accepts anything, feels happy or angry at anything.
The renunciation of desire alone is renunciation of the world.
Non-attachment for sense-objects is liberation: love for sense-objects is bondage.
Bondage consists only of desire, and the destruction of desire is liberation.

You are pure consciousness — the substance of the universe. The universe exists within you. Don’t be small-minded.
You are unconditioned, changeless, and formless. You are solid, unfathomable, and cool.  Desire nothing. You are consciousness.
That which has form is not real. Only the formless is permanent. Once this is known, you will not return to illusion.
Just as a mirror exists both within and without the image reflected, so the Supreme Self exists both within and without the body.
Just as the same space exists both within and without a …