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Origin of Kaveri River – Story of the Origin of River Cauvery

The interesting story of the origin of River Kaveri, which is known as the Ganga of the South, is associated with Sage Agastya and Lord Ganesha. The holiness of the CauveryRiver is also associated with this legend. Legend has it that once all the saints of world assembled in the Himalayas to hear Hindu God Shiva talking about the secret of the Veda and Tantra.When all the pious people were assembled in Himalayas, the earth tilted. To restore the balance of the earth, Shiva asked Sage Agastya to go south as the spiritual strength of Agastya was equal to that of all the saints in the world.
When he went to South crossing the Vindhya mountain range, he also carried with him Ganga water in a pot (Kamandalu). When Sage Agastya placed his pot on ground to meditate in the South, Ganesha in the form a crow came and tipped the pot down. Water flowed out of the pot and it turned into the KaveriRiver.
In another version of the story, Ganesha came in the form of a rat.
There is also another po…

Download Isha Upanishad PDF in English – Isavasya Upanishad Translation and Commentary

Isha Upanishad is one of the most popular Upanishads and contains the fundamental teaching of Sanatana Dharma which is found in the first stanza of the Isavasya Upanishad. This particular English commentary and translation of Isha Upanishad in PDF format for download is by Swami Paramananda. This is a very old translation and was first published in 1919 and is the English translation from the original Sanskrit.

You can find the Isavasya Upanishad in PDF format here.

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Snana Yatra 2016 date at Puri Jagannath Temple – Snan Purnima 2016

Snana Yatra, or also known as Snan Purnima, is observed on the full moon day (Poornima) in the month of Jyeshtha (June – July) as per traditional Oriya calendar at the famous Puri Jagannath Temple in Orissa. Snana Yatra 2016 date is June 20. On this day, the murtis of Jagannath, Balbhadra, Subhadra worshipped in the temple are bathed.

This is also the first occasion in the course of a year in Oriya calendar when the deities come out of the Puri Jagannath temple.

Snana Yatra takes place around 15 days before the famous world famous Puri Rath Yatra or chariot festival. The ritual bathing of the deities take place at the Snana Bedi located in the northeastern compound of the PuriTemple complex. 108 pots of water are poured on the idols and after this the deities enter into Anavasara or Anasara – a fortnight period of rest and recuperation.

For the next fifteen days, devotees are not allowed the darshan of the idols. It is believed that the deities catch fever after a long ritual bat…

Swami Brahmeshananda Thoughts on Possessiveness

Let us recall the notice put on certain railway stations: ‘Less luggage, happy journey’. Or think of a person burdened with many items of luggage dangling from his hands and shoulders and another person happily striding ahead with just one bag on his shoulder! So also possessiveness adds to our botheration. One has to spend a lot of time and energy in acquiring and keeping them. If they are lost, we feel sorry. Further as we become attached to them, we become dependent upon them for our happiness. Instead of happiness, they bring suffering. They rob our precious time and energy, which could be better utilized for higher pursuits.There is one more side of this idea of living simple life. Think of the widespread poverty. All over the world, there are so many people living in poverty, unable to have two square meal a day or have proper clothing and housing. In such a condition, it is indeed criminal to possess more than one’s basic needs. Every extra morsel of food we take is snatched fr…