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Goddess Savitri

Goddess Savitri is a manifestation of Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of learning and arts. As Savitri, She is the consort of Hindu God Brahma. A story in the Puranas suggests why Goddess Saraswati appeared as Goddess Savitri. Brahma once wanted to conduct a yajna. But he had no wife – as per Vedic rule a man without a wife could not conduct a yajna. So Brahma requested Goddess Saraswati to be his spouse and sit by the side of him in the yajna.

Saraswati agreed to be the consort of Brahma and said that she will appear in the form of Savitri to be the consort.

Thus Saraswati appeared as Goddess Savitri to be the divine consort of Brahma.

There is another story associated with Goddess Savitri and Brahma. The story shows the close link between Savitri and Goddess Gayatri. It states that after agreeing to be the consort of Brahma, Savitri left to purify herself.

Hours passed but Savitri did not appear for the yajna. So Brahma looked around and saw a milkmaid. He passed her through…

Book – Vishnu Temples of Kanchipuram

Book titled Vishnu Temples of Kanchipuram by R. Nagaswamy attempts to unravel the history, stories, location, architecture and other aspects of the beautiful temples dedicated to Vishnu in Kanchipuram. The book provides new insights into the sculptures that are part of the Vishnu Temples. An important highlight of the book is the many photographs that help as a visual aid.

The book is ideal for those who are interested in temple sculpture and architecture and also for those who want to learn about the numerous sculptures and stories that adorn the walls of some of the important Vishnu temples in Kanchipuram.

The book is currently in hardbound and is costly by Indian standards. Hope the paperback edition will be less costly but no information about it.

You can read more about the book and also buy it online here at DK Printworld Vishnu Temples of Kanchipuram
Author - R. Nagaswamy
Published by – D.K. Printworld
Price – Rs 4320/-

The whole ocean is present at the back of each wave – Swami Vivekananda Teachings and Sayings

External teacher offers only the suggestions which make the internal teacher to work to understand things. The whole ocean is present at the back of each wave. Desire, ignorance and inequality – this is the trinity of bondage. No man should be judged by his defects. The man who is frightened into believing God, really does not believe in anything.
Swami Vivekananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – May 24, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on May 24, 2011 – Today is Krishna Paksha Saptami – seventh day of waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Saptami till 1:12 PM on May 24, 2011. Afterwards it is Krishna Paksha Ashtami or eighth day of the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time. Nakshatra – Dhanishta or Avittam till 9:05 PM. Afterwards it is Shatabhisha or Sadhayam or Chathayam Nakshatram. Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rasi till 9:13 AM. Afterwards it is Kumbha Rasi. Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Saptami or seventh day of the waning phase of moon in Vaishakh month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Jyeshta Krishna Paksha Saptami or seventh day of the waning phase of moon in Jyeshta month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu …