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Bhaktraja Bheekhajana – The story of Sant Bhaktraja Bheekhajana and Laxmi Narayan

Bhaktraja Bheekhajana was a very popular saint of the 16th century especially in Rajasthan and northwestern parts of India. A popular legend of Sant Bhaktraja Bheekhajana is associated with the LakshmiNarayanTemple in Jaipur. Laxmi Narayan is a form of Hindu God Vishnu. It is said that the Saint was once denied entry into the LakshmiNarayanTemple. Bhaktraja Bheekhajana went to the back side of the temple and started fasting and he also told those gathered that Bhagavan Lakshmi Narayan will appear before him. The fast continued for several days. Bhaktraja Bheekhajana sat meditating on Bhagavan Lakshmi Narayan. Then one day the walls of the temple fell down and the murti of BhagavanLakshmiNarayanTemple moved to where Bhaktraja Bheekhajana was sitting and gave him darshan. Reference about this incident can be still found on the walls of the LakshmiNarayanTemple in Jaipur. The popular Bhakti song of Bheekhabhawani in Rajasthan is credited to Bhaktraja Bheekhajana.

Athirathram 2011 at Panjal in Kerala – Official Website – Back To Vedic Age To Witness The World’s Oldest Surviving Ritual

Athirathram is a Vedic yajna, or sacrifice, and is one of the world’s oldest surviving ritual. Athirathram 2011 will be organized from April 4 to April 15, 2011 at Panjal in Thrissur District in Kerala. During the Athirathram, the Vedic rituals and yajnas performed during the period of the Vedic age will be recreated. For 12 days, one will be transported to the era of the Vedas and Upanishads. Today, the knowledge of Athirathram is only preserved by select Namboothiri (Brahmin) families in Kerala. Athirathram invokes the abundance of the Universe through the recital of the all Vedas over 12 days. It is very rarely performed and is an opportunity to learn about how yajnas were conducted during the Vedic period. You can get all information about Athirathram here at the official website.

Swami Vivekananda Quotes on Freedom

You must remember that freedom is the first condition of growth. What you do not make free, will never grow... Let men have the light of liberty. That is the only condition of growth.

We struggle hard to attain to some goal and then discover we do not want it. This dissatisfaction we are having time after time, and what is there in the mind if there is to be only dissatisfaction? What is the meaning of this universal dissatisfaction? It is because freedom is every man’s goal. He seeks it ever, his whole life is a struggle after it. The child rebels against law as soon as it is born. Its first utterance is a cry, a protest against the bondage in which finds itself.

Freedom means independence of anything outside, and that means that nothing outside itself could work upon it as a cause. The soul is causeless, and from this follow all the great ideas that we have. You cannot establish the immortality of the soul, unless you grant that it is by its nature free, or in other words, but it cann…

Today in Hindu Calendar – January 26, 2011

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on January 26, 2011 – Today is Krishna Paksha Saptami – 7th day of waning phase / dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. Saptami Tithi till 0720 hrs (7:20 AM) on January 26. Then onwards it is Ashtami Tithi. All time based on India Standard Time.
Note in calendars followed in Maharashtra the day is marked as Sashti and Saptami or 6th and 7th day. Paush Krishna Paksha Sashti and Saptami or 6th and 7th day of waning phase of moon in Poush month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Magh Krishna Paksha Saptami or 7th day of waning phase of moon in Magha month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir. Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi. Nakshatra – Chitra or Chithirai Nakshatram till 0855 hrs (8:55 AM). Then onwards it is Swati or Chothi Nakshatra. 12th day of T…