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Shukradwadashi Vrata – Shukra Dvadashi Vrat

Shukradwadashi is observed when the 12th day during a Hindu lunar fortnight falls on a Friday or Shukrawar. The day is considered highly auspicious for propitiating Lord Vishnu. Some devotees fast on the Shukra Dvadashi Vrat day and offer prayers to Vishnu.
A popular story mentioned in the Bhavishya Purana narrates the importance of the Shukra Dvadashi Vrat. A pious man once found a man lying on hot sand – he had boils all over his body and was thirsty. The pious man soon found out that the man lying on the sand was a rich trader. He was so immersed in acquiring material possessions that he never cared for his family and never helped the poor. He was cursed to suffer on the hot sand by a Sage.
The pious man then said that he had observed the Shukradwadashi Vrata and the punya (good results) he had got out of it is still with him. He said he will transfer it to the trader so that he will be relieved of the curse. The trader acquired the results of the Shukra Dvadashi Vrat and then l…

Upanishads Thoughts and Quotes

To many it is not given to hear of That (meaning God) which dwells in eternity. Many, though they hear of it, do not understand it. Wonderful is he who speaks of it. Intelligent is he who learns of it. Blessed is he who, taught by a good teacher, is able to comprehend it. (Katha Upanishad)
He who knows Brahman as the Eternal Embodiment of Truth and Knowledge, seated hidden in the cave (depth of the heart), in the ether above, he enjoys all blessings at one with Brahman, the omniscient. (Taittiriya Upanishad)
The syllable Om, which is the imperishable Brahman, is the universe. Whatsoever existed, whatsoever now exists, whatsoever shall exist hereafter is Om.(Mandukya Upanishad)
The senses are the horses and the roads they travel are the mazes of desire. When a man lacks discrimination and his mind is uncontrolled, his senses are unmanageable like the restive horses of a charioteer. But when a man has discrimination and his mind is controlled, his senses, like the well-broken horses of…