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Padmapadan – Story of the Disciple of Adi Shankaracharya

Padmapadan was one of the most famous devotees of Adi Shankaracharya. He had written a famous commentary on the Brahmasutra Bhashya of Adi Shankara. Before becoming an ascetic, Padmapadan was a successful businessman. His name before becoming a sanyasi was Vishnusharman. Adi Shankaracharya had given him the name Sanandanan after he became a monk. There is an interesting story, which narrates how Sanandanan got the name Padmapadan. A few disciples thought that Adi Shankaracharya showed undue favouritism to Sanandanan. Adi Shankara was aware that some of his disciples were jealous of Sanandanan. Adi Shankaracharya once decided to show his disciples the depth of Gurubhakti and love that Sanandanan had. He invited his disciples to the bank of Ganga to learn Vedanta. During this time, Sanandanan was washing clothes on the other bank of Ganga. Adi Shankaracharya called him loudly and asked him to join in the Vedanta teaching. Sanandanan immediately started walking on Ganga. His mind was fully …

Jagannath Sadak – Retracing Orissa Trunk Road from Kolkata to Puri Jagannath Temple

Jagannath Sadak, also known as Orissa Trunk Road, was established in 1790. Pilgrims from Kolkata used to travel by foot through this route to reach the PuriJagannathTemple. With the arrival of Railways in India, the road route was abandoned. To rekindle the memory of the old journey, a group of Hindu devotees recently undertook the yatra on foot through the Jagannath Sadak – the journey called Sri Sri Jagannath Sadak Sagada Yatra will cover a distance of 484 kilometers between Puri and Kolkata.
Daily India Reports
Anil Dhir, a Hindu devotee said: "It is an initiative to revive the lost glory of a very old road which used to connect Kolkata with Puri. This road was the lifeline for all the pilgrims who would visit the holy abode at Jagannath around the year and especially for the Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath and was established way back in 1790."
"The road has a very rich history, but with the advent of the Railways in 1898, when the first train left from Howrah to Puri, …

Nag Vrat in Chaitra Month – Nag Panchami in Chait Mahina

Nag Vrat and Nag Panchami in Chaitra Month or Chait Mahina (March – April) is mainly observed in North India. Nag Vrat 2018 date in Chaitra Month is March 22. It is observed on the third day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Chaitra Mahina. The day is dedicated to worship of Snakes.

Special pujas, vrat and rituals dedicated to Nag or serpents are performed on the day.

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

Subhashitam – Wise words to ponder

Listen to good words, even from a child. Wherever there are these six – industriousness, courage, fortitude, intelligence, strength and achievements, there divine co-operation is present. The company of the noble is more pleasant than the moon and the sandal paste. A slap of the hand from an enemy will not hurt, but the angry touch even with a flower from a friend will wound.