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Panvati or Panoti – A Woman Symbolically Representing Bad Astrological Influences

Panvati, or Panoti, is a woman mentioned in Hindu scriptures and she symbolically represents the all the bad astrological influences caused by the Navgrahas or nine planets. The most popular image of Panvati is that of Hanuman trampling on her and holding her hair.

As per Hindu astrology or Jyothi Shastra, the Navagrahas play very important role in the fate of a man. The good alignment of nine planets is very important for prosperity and peaceful life as per horoscope. But usually the planets are never in good alignment and cause lot of trouble and these troubles are symbolically represented by Panvati.

The popular belief is that Hanuman has the power to overcome the Navgrahas. Therefore people pray to Hanuman to find solutions to troubles caused by the nine planets.

Thus Hanuman overpowering Panvati represents his ability to keep the Navgrahas under check and help his devotees.

Eco-friendly fetus-shaped Crematorium planned in Kochi in Kerala

Cities in India are growing but without finding answer to basic needs like water, waste management etc. Even worse is the issue of cremating the dead in cities in India. Most of the crematoriums maintained by government are unhygienic and lack proper facilities. Many concerned citizens of India are making serious efforts to give the dead a dignified exit from earth. Thrikkakkara Panchayat near Kochi in Kerala is planning a Eco-friendly fetus-shaped Crematorium. Deccan Chronicle Writes
The unique project comes under Thrikkakkara Crematorium Trust of which Georgekutty is the chairman. The design of the crematorium has been inspired by a spiritual quest. Shaped in the form of a foetus, it's been conceived and designed by world renowned architect Gurjit Matharoo. Matharoo, in fact, has specialized in crematorium designs. “Those interested can join us as members. We want to convert this into a people’s movement”, says Georgekutty. “Kochi is a city of apartments. But, many of them don’t …

Gupt Navratri in July 2011

Gupt Navratri also known as Ashada Navratri and Varahi Navratri is observed in the Ashad month as per traditional calendar followed in North India. Goddess Varahi is worshipped during the period. Gupt Navratri 2011 (dates) is from July 2 to July 9. This particular Navratri is mainly observed in North India and is for nine days from the first day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Ashada Mahina.

The most important event during the nine-day period is community worship of the nine forms of Durga or Shakti. Women in a locality gather in a household during evening and worship Mother Goddess.

Yudhishtira answers Yaksha – Teachings from Mahabharat

What is more numerous than grass? The thoughts that arise in the mind of man are more numerous.

What is the highest refuge of virtue? Liberty is the highest refuge of virtue.

Who is the friend granted by gods to man? The wife is the friend bestowed on man by the gods.

The most valuable of all possessions? Knowledge

The best of all gains? Health.

The best of all kinds of happiness? Contentment. The Situation - One day during the exile, the Pandavas were extremely thirsty. Nakula, the youngest of Pandavas, went to get some water from a nearby pond. When Nakula did not return one by one the Pandavas went looking for the other and finally Yudhisthira, the eldest, discovers the four brothers lying dead near the pond. Suddenly, Yudhisthira hears the voice of Yaksha who warns him not to drink the water from the pond before he has answered his questions; otherwise, he would also be dead. Yudhishtira agrees to answer the questions of Yaksha.
The above are a few of the questions asked by Yaksha.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – June 23, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on June 23, 2011 – Today is Krishna Paksha Ashtami – eighth day of waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi from 4:00 AM on June 23. Before 4:00 AM it is Saptami Tithi. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Purvabhadrapada or Puruttathi Nakshatra till 9:04 AM. Afterwards it is Uttarabhadrapada or Uthritathi Nakshatram.

Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rasi till 2:29 AM. Then onwards it is Meena Rasi.

Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Kalashtami, Bhairavashtami. Dnyaneshwar Palki begins from Alandi for annual Pandarpur Yatra.

Jyeshta Krishna Paksha Ashtami or eighth day of waning phase of moon in Jaishata month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.

Ashada Krishna Paksha Ashtami or eighth day of waning phase of moon in Ashada month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Prade…