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Spiritual Significance of Taking Holy Bath in Yamuna River

Millions of Hindus take holy bath in Yamuna River, especially during auspicious days. A visit to Yamunotri Temple in Himalayas is also considered highly meritorious. A popular legend states that taking holy bath, or dip, in Yamuna will help in a painless death. This is because Yamuna is believed to be the sister of Yama, the Hindu God of death. Another legend states that Yamuna is the daughter of Surya Bhagava, the Hindu Sun God. Yamuna River originates from a pond named Saptarishi Kund at an altitude of 4421 meter in the Kalinand Mountain. Yamuna River travels for nearly 800 km before merging with Ganga at Prayag in Allahabad. Yamuntori Temple is part of the famous Char Dham Yatra in the Himalayas. In a year due to harsh winter, the temple remains open only from middle May to November beginning.

Book – Hindu Dharma – The Universal Way of Life – Download for free in pdf

Hindu Dharma – The Universal Way of Life is a book based on the lectures by Jagadguru Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swami, the 68th Peetadhipathi of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. The original book was in Tamil and this is an English Translation of the book published by Bhavans. Now you can download the book for free in pdf format. The book contains lectures delivered decades ago in Tamil by Jagadguru Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swami on diverse aspects of Hindu Dharma, on our ancient culture and arts and on a variety of other subjects in our day-to-day life. You can download the book here in pdf format.

Adi Shankaracharya – Sayings

Oh Lord, even after realising that the Truth that
There is no real difference between Jiva and Brahman,
I beg to state that I am Yours and not that You are mine.
The wave belongs to the ocean, not the ocean to the waves. When the same God resides in you, in me and in others, how can you become intolerant and get angry with someone. He is the knower of the self to whom the ideas of “me” and “mine” have become quite meaningless.
Adi Shankaracharya

Today in Hindu Calendar – February 23, 2011

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on February 23, 2011 – Today is Krishna Paksha Sashti – sixth day of the waning phase of Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. Krishna Paksha Paksha Shashti Tithi till 6:55 PM. Afterwards Saptami or seventh day of waning phase of moon starts. All time based on India Standard Time. Magh Krishna Paksha Sashti or6th day of waning phase of moon in Magha month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Phalgun Krishna Paksha Shasti or6th day of waning phase of moon in Falguna 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 – Swati or Chothi till 2:30 PM on Feb 23, 2011. Then onwards it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra. 11th day of Maasi Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. 11th day of Kumbha Masam in Malayalam Calendar in Kerala. 10th d…