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Cuckoo Bird – Koel – in Hindu Tradition

Cuckoo – known as koel, kuyil or kokila in India – in Hindu tradition is a symbol of fertility. The bird is the Vahana or vehicle of Jayakara, a companion of Kamadev, the god of love in Hinduism. Sometimes Jayakara is depicted as riding a chariot drawn by Cuckoos. A popular legend of Goddess Sati is also associated with the Cuckoo bird. 
There is a legend that Goddess Sati spent 1000 celestial years as a cuckoo before she got back her shape and merged with Shiva. This happened after the incident mentioned in the Puranas in which Sati immolated herself. It is said that she took the cuckoo form as a punishment for not listening to Shiva’s warning. Shiva had warned that She will be insulted at the yajna of Daksha Prajapati. She went to the yajna in spite of the warning and had to self immolate Herself after hearing insults hurled on Shiva by Daksha. 
There is also a popular vrat known as Kokila Vrat in North India in Ashada month (June – July). It is performed by woman for the welfare of…

Watch Sri Sri Ravishankar’s Satsang and other Art of Living Programs Live Online

The official website of Art of Living of Sri Sri Ravishankar is providing live streaming of satsangs and other spiritual programs. You can watch the programs live online or recorded versions of the same. The programs include discourse of the Gita, Satsangs, meditation courses and other spiritual discourses. Link – You can Art of Living Programs Live Online here at the official website.

Sani Jayanti June 2013 date

Sani Jayanthi is believed to be the day when Shani Bhagavan, one of the Navagrahas made its appearance on Earth. Sani Jayanti June 2013 date is June 8. The day is also known as Sani Amavasya. Shani is feared by those people who believe and follow astrology, as Shani has the capacity to create malefic influence on the horoscope and thus in their life.

On Shani Jayanti day, people perform special pujas at Navagraha Temples or in Shani Temples. Those Hindus having Saturn cycle or Shani cycle or Sade Sathi in their horoscope perform special pujas like Shani Yagya or Homa.

Some devotees observe a fast (fasting or upvaas) on the day and the rules observed are similar to Shanivar Vrat or Saturday Fasting.

Swami Parthasarathy – Words of Wisdom

Desire and ego are the root cause of most of the problems that we face. We need to overcome them, if we want to make the world a better place to live. This can be done by performing selfless service to society. Yagna means performing one's duties without ego or egocentric desires. It means pursuing the Self rather than losing oneself in the quagmire of illusions caused by the senses. For the most part, people live their lives selfishly, acting merely to fulfil their desires and craving for the fruits of actions. They try to achieve their own personal goals and cling to them. The philosophy of right action envisages working for a greater cause, a higher ideal. The highest ideal that one can aspire for is Self-realisation. To work towards it, you have to first choose an activity that suits your nature. Fix an ideal that you are capable of attaining. Pursue the ideal; make sure that your personal likes and dislikes do not interfere with your higher pursuit. Do not waste your energy in …

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 22, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on April 22, 2011 – Today is Krishna Paksha Panchami – fifth day of waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi or fourth day of the waning phase of moon till 1:02 AM. Afterwards it is Panchami or fifth day.  All time based on India Standard Time. Nakshatra – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 9:25 am on April 22, 2011. Afterwards it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram. Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi till 9:24 AM. Then onwards it is Dhanu Rasi. Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Chaitra Krishna Paksha Panchami or fifth day in Chaitra month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Panchami or fifth day in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir. 9th day of Chithirai Masam in Tamil Calendar followed…