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Story of Hanuman as the Brother of Sri Ram

There are numerous stories in Hindu tradition that talks about the birth of Hanuman. One such story suggests that Hanuman is the brother of Sri Ram. Legend has it that an Apasara Woman – a heavenly being – was once cursed by Brahma to be born as a hawk on earth. She pleaded for forgiveness and Brahma said that in Treta Yuga you will get a portion of sweet dish prepared in a yagna but you will not be able to eat it, when this incident happens you will be relieved of the curse. In Treta Yuga as per Ramayana, Dasharatha conducted Putrakameshti Yajna to beget sons. The sweet dish that he received from the yajna was distributed among his wives – Koushalya, Kaikeyi and Sumitra. When Kaikeyi was about to eat her share, a hawk snatched a portion of it and flew up into the sky. As it was very hot, the hawk could not consume it and it fell from her beak. The sweet dish fell into the hands of Anjana who was meditating on Shiva to beget a son. She ate the sweet and later became pregnant and gave bi…

Shivratri Festival 2011 Live Online by Isha Foundation

Isha Foundation of Sadhguru is offering live online telecast of the Shivratri celebrations on March 3, 2011 from IshaYogaCenter near Coimbatore. Please note that Shivratri is observed on March 2, 2011 in India as per most calendars. But some communities and ashram are observing it on March 3 including Isha foundation. The live webcasting is from 6:00 pm on March 3, 2011 to 6:00 am on March 4, 2011. To watch the live webasting you need to register online. You can find more about the Shivratri Festival of Isha Foundation here at the official website. You may also like to read Live online Darshan fromKashiVishwanathTemple

Swami Chinmayananda Essential Teachings

Devotion does not mean Love to the Lord alone. It is to embrace all creation for all are his forms only. A true devotee expands his love to identify with all and feels his essential oneness with the totality. He continuously remains in the condition of just “BE”. Love is essentially something, very much of a subjective experience, that it refuses to be fully and efficiently handled by language. Worship is an act wherein the organs of perception and action, and the mind are brought together to play at the altar of His glory. The seeker gets his inspiration from the contemplation of His beauty, Love and Grace. Swami Chinmayananda

Today in Hindu Calendar – March 1, 2011

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on March 1, 2011 – Today is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi – twelfth day of the waning phase of Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. Krishna Paksha Paksha Dwadasi Tithi till 7:52 PM. Afterwards it is Trayodasi or thirteenth day of waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time. Magh Krishna Paksha Dwadasi or 12th day of waning phase of moon in Magha month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Phalgun Krishna Paksha Dvadasi or 12th 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 – Makar Rashi Nakshatra – Uttarashada or Uttiradam Nakshatra till 6:38 PM on March 1, 2011. Then onwards it is Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatra. 17th day of Maasi Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. 17th day of Kumbha Masam in Mala…