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Aruna – Story of Aruna the Sun’s Charioteer and the Red Sky of Dawn

In Hindu Tradition, Aruna is the charioteer of Surya (the Sun God) and he is also the red sky of dawn or during sunrise. The story of his divine birth is mentioned in the Astika Parva of Mahabharata. Aruna was the son of Sage Kashyapa and Vinita (some scholars refer her as Vinata.) Aruna was born with half-body because of his mother’s impatience.Sage Kashyapa had two wives – Kadru and Vinata. Once Sage Kashyapa asked his wife to ask a boon each. Kadru asked for one thousand Nagas or serpents as her sons. Vinata wished for two sons who were greater in strength than the thousand sons of Kadru.Sage Kashyapa gave them the boons and asked to nurture the embryos with care.In due course of time, Kadru gave birth to one thousand eggs and Vinata gave birth to two eggs. The eggs were carefully placed in a steaming vessel. After several years, thousand sons emerged from Kadru’s eggs. But nothing emerged from the two eggs of Vinata. As days passed Vinata grew impatient and she was also jealous of…

Koliyak Fair in Gujarat – Koliak Shivling and Temple in Arabian Sea

KoliyakVillage, 28 km from Bhavnagar in Gujarat’s Saurashtra region, is famous for NishkalankMahadevShivTemple which is located in the sea. The temple is visible only when the waves subside. Every year during the last week of Shravan and during the Bhadrapad month (August – September) a special fair is held here which is visited by more than 200,000 people.

The temple is dedicated to Shiva and the Pandavas established it on a no moon night in Bhadra Month. The Shivling becomes visible only when the waves subside. Desh Gujarat reports It is said that Pandavas established Nishkalank or Nakalank Mahadev on a new moon night of the Indian calendar month of Bhadarva. Shivlinga of God Shankar was established on an island, over the sea about 3 km to the east of Koliyak. This temple can be reached only at specific day and time. It has to be noted that the place gets inundated under the tide so the visitors should leave the place before 1:00 pm. The event also coincides with traditional fair, wh…

Varah Panchami

Varah Panchami is dedicated to the Varaha Avatar of Hindu God Vishnu and is mainly observed by the Kashmiri Pandits and other Hindu communities in Jammu and Kashmir. Varah Panchami 2017 date is August 26. It is observed on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad Month.
Legend has it that Vishnu took the form of the Varaha (boar) to rescue Earth from Demon Hiranyaksha who dragged the earth to the bottom of the sea. Varaha killed the demon and raised the earth out of the water with his tusks.

Symbolically, the dragging of earth by demon Hiranyaksha is Tamas (Evil) overcoming human beings. Bloated with ego, man falls deep into misery. The only saving grace is that of self realization. When it happens we slowly move out of deep dark pit – that is symbolically represented by Varaha uplifting the earth with his tusks.
Please note that the Varah Jayanti in North India observed on the second day of the the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad M…

Swami Ranganathananda Quotes

Are you growing spiritually? Can you love others? Can you feel oneness with others? Have you attained peace within yourself? And do you radiate it around you? That is called spiritual growth, which is stimulated by meditation inwardly, and by work done in a spirit of service outwardly.  God is described as the friend of all beings. No cause for fear. The God of fear vanished from Indian religion long long ago. In its place came the God of love, and therefore, Sri Krishna says, “I am the friend of all.” Knowing Me as such, a person attains Peace. As soon as I consider myself merely a functionary, I reduce myself to nothing. But if I know that I have got a basic being, a certain basic identity which I preserve throughout my life, then I invest every function I perform in society or in the State with the energy and grace of that fullness of being.
Swami Ranganathananda 

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