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Bid for Personal Yoga Session with Baba Ramdev on eBay India – Charity Auction

eBay India on March 18, 2011, Friday started a charity auction for a personal yoga session with Baba Ramdev. The auction ends on March 25, 2011. The minimum bidding price is Rs 1,001. Proceeds from the auction would go to former cricketer Kapil Dev's NGO Khushii Foundation India. The foundation works for underprivileged people in rural and urban India.  You can bid or learn more about this unique charity auction here at eBay India.

Supermoon in Hindu Astrology

Today – September 28, 2015 – is Purnima or full moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang and there is also a supermoon today. As per Hindu astrologers, this supermoon has no adverse effect. People should not be scared of the supermoon and it is an excellent opportunity to view the moon at such a lose distance. There is no effect on any Rashi or Nakshatra. As per many astrologers, the concept of supermoon is largely ignored in Hindu astrology.

Supermoon happens when the moon comes closest to earth. This phenomenon happens at regular intervals but today’s supermoon is the closest in 20 years.

The years of supermoon – 1955, 1970, 1992 and 2005 – have been unfortunately accompanied by natural disasters. This year too was no different with the huge earthquake and subsequent Tsunami in Japan.

Vetal Sashti

Vetal Sashti is observed during the Baishakh or Vaisakh month (April – May) in Jammu and Kashmir. Shashti or Shasti is the sixth day during a lunar fortnight. Vetal Sashti 2018 date is April 6. Vetals are subsidiary deities that are worshiped in many temples in the region.

Vetal is a spirit occupying the body of a dead human being or animal.

Vetal appears as characters in many folktales and stories associated with Hindu tradition. The most famous among is the stories of Vikram and Vetal.

The fairs and rituals on the day are associated with paying respects to Vetals. Vetal Sashti is observed during the Baishakh Krishna Paksha or waning phase of moon.

Holika Dahan Quotes from Bhavishya Purana

Sage Narada talks to Yudhishtira about the importance of Holika Dahan on Phalguna Purnima day. Oh Emperor! On phalgun Purnima day, people of your kingdom should be allowed to have fun and frolic without any fear. Boys should go out and gather dry sticks for Holika burning in an atmosphere of hearty laughter; hullabaloo and hymn chanting to destroy the demon. The effigy of evil Holika (Hiranyakashyap’s sister and Prahlad’s aunt) is burnt to annihilate all evil forces and to make a fresh beginning. You may also like to read Sri Sri Ravishankar Thoughts on Holika Dahan