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Story from Hindu Tradition on why Snakes have split Tongue

There is an interesting story in Hindu tradition that explains why snakes have split tongue. The story is associated with the famous rivalry between Garuda and Nagas (Snakes or Serpents). Kadru and her Naga sons cheated Garuda and his mother Vinita and enslaved them for life.

Vinita and Garuda were thus forced to serve Kadru. They were treated badly by Kadru and her sons.  Later the Nagas agreed to free Garuda and his mother, if he brought the Amrit, or Elixer of life, which was in the possession of Indra, the king of Devas.

 Garuda got Amrit from heaven and freed himself and his mother from servitude. He placed the Amrut pot on Durva Grass.

But Garuda played a trick on the Nagas as he did not want them to become immortal after drinking the Amrit.

After giving the Amrit to the Nagas, he asked them to consume it only after purification of the body. When Nagas went to take bath, Indra took back the Amrit.

Nagas were disillusioned as they could not consume the Amrit. So they rolled on t…

A Durga Puja Pandal Theme in Kolkata in 2011 will be based on German Contemporary Art

A popular south Calcutta Durga Puja Committee will have German artist Gregor Schneider, awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2001, designing its Durga Puja Pandal in 2011 (October 2 to October 6, 2011). The pandal will be a thematic recreation of the ancestral home of the Gregor Schneider, born in Rheydt, now called Mönchengladbach-Rheydt. The entire project is known as The Euros-100,000 project — “It’s all Rheydt, Kolkata 2011, Unterheydener Straße 12” — to be part-funded by the German foreign office in India. The project will be the highlight of the inaugural events of the ‘Germany and India Year 2011-12’ and is supported by the German foreign office and German industry, with the Goethe-Institute coordinating on the ground with the local puja organizers. The Telegraph Calcutta reports
Schneider, whose main area of work is constructed rooms, will create the model of the pandal, to be executed by the puja committee and local craftsmen, integrating their own inputs. Haus u…

No meditation equals truth – Sant Kabir Thoughts

No meditation equals truth,
Equal to falsehood there is no sin;
In whoever’s heart lies the truth,
Know it is that heart where God dwells in.

The sweeter a man speaks, the more
You should be careful of him
Since he first shows shallow waters
But later leads to sink in deep water

You are the cage
I, a little parrot of yours
How can that cat Yama
Harm me.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 13, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on April 13, 2011 – Today is Shukla Paksa Dasami – ninth day of the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi till 8:13 PM. Afterwards Ekadasi or eleventh day starts.  All time based on India Standard Time. Nakshatra – Ashlesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatra till 9:27 pm on April 13, 2011. Afterwards it is Magha or Makam Nakshatram. Rashi or Moon Sign – Kark Rasi till 9:26 PM. Afterwards it is Simha Rashi Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Baisakhi in Punjab Chaitra Shukla Dasami or tenth day of the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Chaitra Shukla Dasami or tenth day of the waxing phase of moon in Chait month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir. 30th day of Painguni Masam in Tamil Cale…