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Treasures that appeared during Samudra Manthana or Churning of Ocean

Samudra Manthana, or Churning of Ocean, is a very popular incident mentioned in the Hindu Puranas. Samudra Manthan is the churning of the ocean performed by Asuras (demons) and Devas (gods) to obtain Amrita or nectar of immortality. Apart from Amrita numerous other things too appeared during the churning.

The divine things that appeared are – Cosmic Poison – Halahala Kamadhenu – Wish fulfilling cow Goddess Lakshmi – Goddess of prosperity Saranga – Bow Airavata - White elephant Ucchaishrva – Flying horse Panchanjya – Conch Shell Vaijayanti – Garland of flowers Rambha and others – Nymphs Varuni – God of Wine Kama – God of Love Kalpavriksha – Tree in Heaven Chintamani – the gem with the power to fulfill dreams Akshaya Patra – The pot that is always full Dhanvantri – God of medicine Amrita – Elixir of life or nectar of immortality

Today is Assamese New Year – April 15, 2011 is Rongali or Bohag Bihu in Assam

Today – April 15, 2011 – is observed as Rongali or Bohag Bihu in Assam state in India. It is the Assamese New Year and the first day of the Bohag month. The festival is a three-day affair. The second day is the New Year. Bohag Bihu is a festival with its roots entrenched in Mother Nature. Mother Nature throws off her old garbs and comes out afresh in magnificent hue and glory. This lifts up the spirit of people and rekindles hope and positive energy. You can find more details about Assamese New Year in this article.

Today is Bengali New Year – April 15, 2011 – Naba Barsha or Poila Baisakh

Today – April 15, 2011 – is the first day of the Baisakh month in Bengal and it is observed as Naba Barsha or Poila Baisakh – the Bengali New Year.  It is the first day in the traditional Hindu Bengali Calendar. In Bengali houses, Naba Barsa is welcomed with elaborate alpanas (rangolis).
kalash is placed in the center of the alpana pattern and it symbolizes prosperity. Houses are elaborately decorated with flowers. Another important event is the Prabhat Pheries or early morning processions. You can get more details about the Bengali New Year in this article.