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Vrishabhadri or Vrishabhachala – The name of Tirumala Hills in Satya Yuga

The Tirumala Hill abode of the TirupatiBalajiTemple is as holy as Vaikunta, the abode of Vishnu. It is believed that Srihari Vishnu had brought the sacred hill to earth from Vaikunta. In different yugas, the Tirumala Hill is known by different names. It is known as Vrishabhadri or Vrishabhachala in Krita or Satya Yuga.

Krita or Satya Yuga is the first among the four yugas as per Hindu Tradition. It is the age of Truth. Legend has it that during Krita Yuga, a demon named Vrishabhasura captured the Tirumala Hill and started performing a gruesome penance. He used to cut his head and offer it with a flower to the Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu. His head would grow back again and he continued the same terrible austerity the next day. Fed up with this terrible tapas, holy men deserted the seven hills surrounding Tirumala.

Finally, Srihari Vishnu appeared before Vrishabhasura and asked him the reason for his austerity. The demon said that he wanted to fight Vishnu.

Vishnu agreed and a terrible…

Arattupuzha Pooram Live Online - Arattupuzha Temple Festival 2011 live

ArattupuzhaTemple has a history of more than 3000 years and is dedicated to Sastha.  The most important festival in the temple is the Arattupuzha Pooram. Kerala Tourism will be airing the final two days festivities live online on March 18, 2011 and March 19. The seven-day festival featuring special rituals, elephant pageantry, colorful processions and traditional percussion ensembles attract thousands of people. The temple is located in Thrissur District in Kerala. Arattupuzha Pooram festival is unique in many ways. It features the largest elephant pageantry among the temple festivals in the country. Also the 'devamela' or the divine gathering of deities held on the concluding day of the festival is attended by 23 deities. Arattupuzha Pooram Live Online is fro 6:00 p.m. on March 18, 2011 to 2:00 p.m. on March 19, 2011. You can watch the Pooram live here at Kerala Tourism website.

Chaitra Ashtami 2018 date – Chait 8

Chaitra Ashtami or Chait 8 is observed on the eighth day during the Chaitra Navratri and is one of the most auspicious days during the nine-day festival. Chaitra Ashtami 2018 date is March 25. The day is popularly known as Durga Ashtami. Chait 8 is observed on the Shukla Paksha Ashtami or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra Month (March – April).

The day is also the most important day during Basanti Puja.

Fasting dedicated to Goddess Durga is observed on Chaitra Ashtami by a large number of Hindus, especially in North and Eastern parts of India.

Tarashtami, Mahashtami, Mahanisha Puja and Annapurna Parikrama are observed on the day.

In eastern parts of India, Chaitra Ashtami is observed as Ashokashtami. Annapurna Puja is also observed on the day.

Dr Radhakrishnan – the Meaning and Concept of Avatar

Wherever there is a serious tension in life, when a sort of all-pervasive materialism invades the human souls, to preserve the equilibrium, the Supreme, though unborn and undying, becomes manifest in the human body to overthrow the forces of ignorance and selfishness.

By His teaching and example, he shows how a human being can raise himself to the higher grade of life.