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Story of Sage Agastya Killing Demons Vathapi and Ilvala and Arthamuru Village

Arthamuru is a village located in East Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh and the popular belief is that Sage Agastya killed demons Ilvala and Vathapi here. Demons Ilvala and Vathapi used to rob and kill people and hide the loot in ArthamuruVillage. It is said that in modern times people who used to dig at Arthamuru to make house, wells, ponds etc used to receive gold and other valuables which is believed to have been hidden by demons Ilvala and Vathapi.
Vathapi had the power to change into any form. Ilvala knew the ‘Mritasanjivani’ mantra to bring back the dead to life. They used these powers to loot and kill people.
Fed up with Ilvala and Vathapi, Sage Agastya decided to put an end to their demonic activities.
One day Sage Agastya was passing by the area controlled by Ilvala and Vathapi. The demons decided to kill the Sage. For this Ilvala appeared in the form of an ordinary man. Vathapi changed his form into delicious food items.
Ilvala invited Sage Agastya for food. Sage Agastya who …

Children to Become Hindu Priests to Overcome Shortage of Priests during Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai

More than 12,000 public Ganesh Chaturthi pujas are held during the annual Ganeshotsav (August – September) in Mumbai. There are also thousands of private pujas. To do all these pujas there are only around 3,500 priests. To overcome the shortage children are being trained to perform pujas during Ganesh Chaturthi. BBC reports
The festival organisers have decided to train 700 young boys and girls this year so that more priests can be made available. Interestingly, many of the children taking the "crash course" in priesthood are girls. "I know there will be some hesitation [to hire us] in the beginning because we are so young and then we are girls. But once [the clients] know that we are as good as traditional priests, they will hire us," says a visibly excited 15-year-old Neha. And Manohar, also 15, says he has "stopped lying" ever since he began attending the classes.
"I am learning to be pious which would help me being accepted by those who need the se…

Ksheera Vrata during Chatur Masa

Ksheera Vrata is observed during the third month of the Chatur Mas and is observed mainly in South India by certain Hindu communities. The month long Vrata is dedicated to Srihari Vishnu. Ksheera Vrata in 2017 begins on September 3 ends on October 1. Ksheera Vrata begins on the 12th day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad Month. During this one month food prepared using milk are avoided by Hindu communities that observe the Chaturmasa Vrata.
The Vrata begins on the Shukla Paksha Dwadashi in Bhadrapad month.
All food made from milk is avoided in the month. Paneer, curd, butter, ghee etc are avoided.
The belief is that the four month Chaturmasa Vrat is kept to flush out toxins and regain health. This is the reason why certain particular food items are avoided during the four months.
The next cycle of Vrata is known as Dwidala Vrata – Ashwin Shukla Paksha Dwadasi to Kartik Shukla Paksha Ekadasi.

Avadhuta Gita – Pearls of Wisdom

He who has conquered the feelings of pleasure, wrath, avarice, attachment, vanity and aversion, this one is peace itself, and free from all pride.
Hold not the immature, the credulous, the foolish, the slow, the layman and the fallen to have nothing good in them. They all teach something. Learn from them. Surely we do not give up a game although we have mastered it?
The whole universe is a projection of the mind; therefore it is a mode of the mind. The true nature of the mind is bliss, and when the mind is stilled, bliss absolute is revealed.
Avadhuta Gita


Quotes from Avadhuta Gita on Brahman that alone is