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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

Chithirai Festival 2011 Live Online on April 16 from Madurai Meenakshi Temple – Watch Thirukkalyanam

Chithirai Festival is one of the most important festivals at the MaduraiMeenakshiTemple. The celestial wedding of Goddess Meenakshi with Lord Sundareswar known as Thirukkalyanam is one of the most important event during the Chithirai festival at the MaduraiMeenakshiTemple and in 2011 it will be telecast live online. Thirukkalayanam live telecast is available on April 16, 2011 from 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM. The live telecast and other details can be found here at the official website of Madurai Meenakshi temple.

Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in May 2011

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in May 2011 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchangam used in India. The festivals, Vrats and auspicious days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST). You can also take help through the comment section on good dates for various purposes. May 1, 2011 – Masa Shivratri Vrat – Shiv Chaturdasi Vrat May 2 – Amavasya begins at 10:05 AM. Somavati Amavasya as it is a Monday May 3 – Amavasi – No moon day. Amavasya ends at 11:46 AM May 4 – Vaishakh month begins in Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka May 5 – Parashuram Jayanti May 6 – Akshaya Tritiya

Swami Tejomayananda Thoughts on Realization

People are happy when God is far away because His proximity poses a problem. Whether we know, we believe or we understand it or not, God is the power that exists in us. So there is no question of not realizing God; we just have to shed certain notions about ourselves. We talk of realization without understanding the meaning of the word “realization”. We imagine some strange experience, like seeing white or ethereal lights. Also realization is not an idea that we have to understand later. Neither does it have to materialize nor manifest. We have to accept that it exists. There are different stages to realisation. The first is to accept the existence of God and know that He is there within us. The second stage is an appreciation of His nature, which becomes clearer through the words of the scriptures and the teacher. At the third stage, you realise that God is your own Self. God is not some material thing or person, it is our very existence. This is the realisation of one’s own essence, …

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.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 15, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on April 15, 2011 – Today is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi – twelfth day of the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi till 3:47 PM. Afterwards Trayodasi or thirteenth day starts.  All time based on India Standard Time. Nakshatra – Purvaphalguni or Puram Nakshatra till 6:07 pm on April 15, 2011. Afterwards it is Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram. Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 11:42 PM night. After that Karka Rasi Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Vishu in Kerala. New Year in Bengal – Poila Baisakh. Rongali Bihu – New Year in Assam. Pradosh Vrat Chaitra Shukla Dwadasi or twelfth day of the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Chaitra Shukla Dwadasi or twelfth day of the waxing phase of moon in Chait month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Hima…