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Ficus Krishnai Tree at Taj Mahal Nursery – This Tree Leaf was used by Krishna to carry stolen Makhan

Ficus Krishnai Tree is believed to have existed during the Dwapar Yug, when Sri Krishna lived on earth. Now there is a single Ficus Krishnai Tree at the Khan-e-Alam nursery behind the world famous Taj Mahal. The Horticulture Department at the Taj, related to Archeological Survey of India also preserves many such rare varieties of tree. Ficus Krishnai is named after Sri Krishna because Krishna used the leaves of this tree, as it made a perfect utensil for young Krishna to carry his stolen ‘makhan’ (butter). Hindustan Times reports The variety is called ‘ficus krishnai’, is classified in the rare category, and is conserved amongst other varieties of that age. Botanical varieties including chandan, peelu, kadamb, harsingar, kareel and bhojpatra relate to the Krishna period and are exceedingly rare to find these days. Despite the lack of awareness regarding these trees, the Horticulture Department at the Taj, related to Archeological Survey of India, has taken initiative to preserve these var…

Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple September 2017 Monthly Puja

SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala opens on the first of every Malayalam month for five days for monthly pujas. In September 2017, the temple opens for the Onam Puja and Kanni Masa puja. During this short period, thousands of Ayyappa devotees visit the hill shrine of Sabarimala to have a darshan of Lord Ayyappa. Onam Puja 2017 is from September 2 to September 6. Thiruonam Puja is on September 4.

 In September 2017, the date of opening for monthly puja is September 16 and the shrine will close on September 21.

Laksharchana, Udayasthamana pooja, padi pooja and pushpabhishekam are performed during these days.
Thousands of devotees in order to avoid the rush choose the monthly opening period to visit the temple. There are also several Ayyappa devotees who make it point to visit the shrine every month.

Rishi Pancham 2012 Date

Rishi Pancham is dedicated to the Sapta Rishis – the seven sages. Rishi Pancham 2012 date is September 20. It is observed on the fifth day (Pancham Tithi) during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in the Bhadrapada month (August – September). In Nepal and North India, the day marks the final day Hartalika Teej fasting.

On the Rishi Panchami day homage is paid to the Sapta Rishis – the seven sages – Kashyapa, Atri, Bharadhvaja, Vishvamitra, Gauthama, Jamadagni and Vashishta. This is an important event for many spiritual organizations in North India.

In Nepal, women observe a strict fast on the Rishi Panchami day – this is part of the 3-day Teej rituals. The fasting is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is also undertaken by men in some regions. Women have a special bath on the day using Datiwan herb. Special Kalash is prepared on the day and prayed to. Women in large numbers visit Lord Shiva temples.

Thoughts from Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Whosoever, in this world, without knowing the Brahman, if he worships and performs sacrifices, and austerities, his work will have an end (will bear no fruits). After taking the human form, it is pitiable to depart from this world without knowing the Brahman. (Yajnavalkya)

Uddalaka's question – Do you know about the Sutraatma, the thread that strings together everything in this universe — you and me, the multitude of worlds and every particle therein?

Yajnavalkya's answer – Vayu is the Sutra by which all things are strung together. Everything gets loosened in a dead person when this Sutra vanishes. Vayu acts as a string holding together every aspect of this world and the next.

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad