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Ayyappa as Kaliyuga Varada – Why Ayyappa is known as Kaliyuga Varadan?

One among the numerous names of Hindu God Ayyappa is Kaliyuga Varada. The popular belief is that Ayyappa protects the devotees in Kali Yuga until the arrival of the Kalki Avatar of Sri Vishnu. This is the reason why Ayyappa is also known as Kaliyuga Varadan.

Like Kalki, the vehicle, or Vahana, of Ayyappa is a horse. Kalki, the tenth incarnation of Sri Vishnu, will put an end to the present cycle of creation and usher in the changes on earth required for the next cycle of creation.

In Kali Yuga, Ayyappa protects those devotees who follow the path of Dharma. He is Kaliyuga Varadan. He annihilates Adharma and makes sure that those devotees who observe Dharma attain Moksha.

Why Ayyappa Devotees Wear Black Dress to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple?
Manikantan – Why is God Ayyappa Known as Manikanta?

Mahabharata Podcast – Listen or Download Mahabharat Audio for free

Mahabharata Podcast is by Lawrence Manzo and it contains audio of each episode from the Mahabharat. You can listen to the reading online or download it for free. The audio is in mp3 format. Lawrence Manzo narrates an abridged version of the Mahabharata. He is retelling it and adds his observations and questions. LinkMahabharata Podcast To listen to the podcast click on the episode link at the beginning of each blog post. To download right click and use the save link as option.

Purnima Vrat February 2011 – Purnima Fasting date in Feb 2011

Purnima Vrat is a fasting observed on the full moon day in a Hindu calendar and it begins with sunrise and ends with the sighting of the full moon in the evening. Purnima Vrat February 2011 date is February 17. It must be noted that the full Monday in Feb 2011 is marked on February 18. But vrat is on the previous day because full moon day ends early in afternoon on Feb 18. Those people undertaking Purnima fasting take a single meal after sighting the moon. In some regions Purnima fasting is dedicated to Mother Goddess. Some people also perform Satyanarayana Puja on the day.

Swami Ranganathananda – Words to Ponder

Belief with most people is simply another name for mental laziness. They cannot understand the meaning of that earnestness that proceeds from an inner spiritual hunger. No dogma, creed, or frenzied acts can satisfy this hunger of a religious heart. Its only bread is spiritual realization. Religion is a matter of inner experience, a getting in touch with spiritual facts of the super sensory levels of experience. Faith in ancient India did not mean a cosy belief in which to find comfort, but a torch by which to set the soul on fire with a longing for spiritual realization. In the absence of this longing and struggle, the belief of the faithful does not differ from the unbelief of the faithless. Swami Ranganathananda

Today in Hindu Calendar – February 14, 2011

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on February 14, 2011 – Today is Shukla Paksha Ekadashi – 11th day of Shukla Paksha in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi from 0200 hrs (02:00 AM) on February 14. Before 0200 AM it is Dasami Tithi. All time based on India Standard Time. Magh Shukla Paksha Ekadashi or11th day of waxing phase of moon in Magha monthin calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Magh Shukla Ekadashi or 11th day of waxing phase of moon in Magha monthin 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 – Mithuna Rasi. Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Mrigasheersham or Makeeryam till 1230 PM on Feb 14, 2011. Then onwarads it is Ardra or Thiruvathirai Nakshatra. 2nd day of Maasi Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. 2nd day of Kumbha Masam in Malayalam Calendar in Kerala. 1…