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A 16th Century 80 feet high elephant statue at Azhagar Kovil Village near Brihadeshwara Temple in Tamil Nadu

A majestic 16th Century 80 feet high elephant statue is located at Thuravu Melazhagar – Azhagarkovil and Azhagapuri – temple at AzhagarKovilVillage which is around 6km from BrihadeshwaraTemple at Gangaikondacholapuram. Like numerous such monuments and statues associated with Hindu religion, this one too needs urgent repair and attention. The story here too is the same there is total neglect from authorities and Hindu society. The sheer size and the intricate designs that are part of the Azhagarkovil elephant statue would have easily placed it in the category of National Monument in any country around the world other than India. In India, government authorities spend lavishly on creating statues of corrupt politicians and of all those Tom Dick and Harry whom the politicians think has the capacity to create vote banks. Suganthy Krishnamachari writes in the Hindu Gazing at the Azhagarkovil elephant, whose majesty even the scaffolding and the thatch are unable to obscure, one cannot help w…

Bheema Jayanti – Bhimasena Jayanthi

Bheema Jayanti is believed to be the day when the second of the Pandava brothers, Bhimasena, was born. Bheema Jayanti 2017 date is November 27. It is observed on the 8th day of the Shukla Paksha of Margashirsh month. Kunti is believed to have given birth to Bhima with the blessing of Vayu or the wind god.

All the important victories of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata are built around the pillar Bhima. He is the brute force that crushes all that stands in the path of Dharma.

In the 18-day Kurukshetra battle in the Mahabharata, all the 100 Kauravas including Duryodhana and Dushasana were killed by Bhima.

Temples dedicated to Bhima in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra conduct special pujas and processions on the day.

Nag Panchami in Margashirsh Month – Naga Puja

In Margashrish Month (November – December), a Nag Panchami and Naga Puja festival, pujas and rituals are held in many parts in western India. Nag Panchami in Margashirsh Month 2017 is on November 23. This particular Nag Puja or rituals, dedicated to Snakes, is observed on the fifth or Panchami day during the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Please note that the most popular Nag Panchami is observed in Shravan month (July – August).

In some regions, Nag Devi – the female serpent, is worshipped on the Nag Panchami in Margashirsh Month.

Swami Kriyananda Thoughts on Meditation

Meditation gives meaning to everything one does. The Bhagavad Gita says, "To the peace less person, how is happiness possible?" Inner peace is like lubricating oil: It enables the machinery of our lives to function smoothly. Without mental peace, our emotions and the various demands placed upon us in our lives grind together and create inner stress, leading eventually to a physical or nervous breakdown.
Psychometric studies have shown that meditation produces a healthy ego, that it expands a person's world view and enables people to cope better with the stresses of life. Meditators, in addition, have shown significant gains in overcoming depression, neurotic behavior, and feelings of social inadequacy.
Meditation develops concentration, so essential for success in every activity.

Swami Kriyananda