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Tumburu Theertham at Tirumala – Story of Tumburu Gandharva Tirth at Tirupati

Tumburu Theertham is a sacred lake at Tirumala and it is deep in the jungles. It is around 6 km from Papanasam into the jungles. TTD opens a bridge that gives easy access to Tumburu Theertham on the Phalguna Purnima day (February – March). There is an interesting story that is associated with Tumburu Gandharva Tirth.
Legend has it that Tumburu Gandharva had cursed his lazy wife to become a frog and live in the lake in Tirumala. Tumburu Gandharva later repented and told his wife that she will attain her previous form when Sage Agastya will reach the spot and narrate about its holiness.
After several years, Sage Agastya reached the spot with his students. He sat below a tree in which the frog had found refuge. The Sage narrated about the holiness of the cave – it is believed that one attains moksha or liberation by bathing in the Tirth.
On hearing the words of the sage, the frog regained its previous form.
This sacred lake later came to be known as Tumburu Theertham.
You can trek to the Tumb…

Bheemana Amavasya Vrata July 2011

Bheemana Amavasya Vrata is observed by Hindu women on Ashada Amavasya in Karnataka and is dedicated to Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Bheemana Amavasya Vrata 2011 date is July 30. It is observed on the no moon day (Amavasya) in the Kannada month of Ashada (July – August). On the day women pray for the well being of their husbands, brothers and other male members in the family.
A pair of lamps made using mud known as Kalikamba is made on the day. It represents Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Thambittu Deepa or Thembittu lamp made from flour is made on the occasion and lit to cool all bad emotions like anger, frustration etc.
A delicacy known as Kadubu is made on the day. Dough balls, or Kadubus, have coins hidden in them. Coins are also hidden in idli, kozhakattai, modak and wheat balls. These balls are smashed by brothers or young boys at the end of the Bheemana Puja.
The ritual is also known as Deepasthambha Pooja and Jyoti Bheemeshwara Amavasi Vratam or Pathi Sanjeevani Puja
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21 forms of Ganesha in clay at a Mumbai Ganesh Pandal in 2011

Sculptor Gunesh Gajanan Adval is creating 21 different forms of Ganesha in clay for the 2011 Ganesh Pandal of Vakratunda Mitra Mandal at Sangita wadi in Dombivli East in Mumbai. This Ganesh Chaturthi, Vakratunda Mitra Mandal is celebrating their 21st year as Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal. All the 21 forms of Ganesha will be based on the stories of Ganesh and all the idols will from the imagination of the artist. Mid-day reports
Adval has already completed four of the 21 idols. What's planned for the rest includes, Ganpati resting on a flower, sitting beside a mouse, sitting on the moon, dancing, writing the Mahabharata, battling demons with a mace, fighting with demons with a trishul, seated in a pious position, doing yoga, seated on a swing, riding a mouse, and with a lion, among others. Adval said, "Ten idols will depict Ganesha in his childhood, while another 11 will show him as an adult."
Thirty five year-old Adval, who moved to Mumbai from Kohlapur in 2008, is envir…

Service to living beings breaks the ego – Swami Sivananda

The experience of the glory of spiritual life is preceded by the negation of the narrow life in the body and the mind.
Service to living beings breaks the ego, opens the heart, expands the consciousness and deepens the spirit.
Love softens the hard personality, melts the mind and takes you to God.
Dhyana (meditation) exalts you to the superhuman nature, and reveals to you the treasure of wisdom within, the wisdom that is not given to the worldly, the wisdom that transcends the intellect, the wisdom that man cannot hope to attain until he casts off the shell of his individual ego by surrendering himself to the infinite light, the wondrous light which the spiritually blind do not behold.
Swami Sivananda

How to achieve concentration of mind? - Swami Sivananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 28, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on July 28, 2011 – Today is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi or thirteenth day of the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi from 1:56 AM on July 28 till 1:40 AM on July 29, 2011. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Mrigashirsha or Makayiram Nakshatra till 6:54 AM on July 28, 2011. Afterwards it is Ardra or Arudara or Thiruvathirai Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pradosh Vrat
Ashada Krishna Paksha Trayodasi or 13th day of the dark phase of moon in Ashad month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.
Shravan Krishna Paksha Trayodashi or thirteenth day of the dark phase of moon in Shravan month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
12th day of Aadi Masam …