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How Peacock Got Beautiful Feathers? – Story In Hindu Religion

An interesting story in the Uttara Ramayana narrates how peacocks got beautiful feathers. As per Hindu religion, peacock (mayil or mor) is the vehicle of Kartik or Muruga and Sri Krishna adorns a peacock feather on his hair. Legend has it that it was Indra who blessed peacocks with beautiful feathers. Ravana was on his way to conquer the world when he arrived at a mountain named Ushiravira. There a king named Marutha was conducting a yajna. All Devas (demigods) including the king of Devas, Indra, had arrived to partake in the yajna. When the Devas saw Ravana approaching the mountain in his Pushpaka Vimana, they took the form of various birds and hid in the bushes and forest. When Ravana left the mountain, the Devas again assembled at the place of the yajna. Indra had taken the form of a peacock to escape. He was pleased with the form of peacock. Indra then called peacocks in the mountain and told them that from that day onwards peacocks will have feathers that will

Chithirai 1 To Be official Tamil New Year Again

Chithirai 1 , the first day of Chithirai Month, which falls on April 14, is observed as Tamil New Year – Puthandu for thousands of years. The previous DMK – led government in Tamil Nadu had changed the Tamil New Year from the first day of the Tamil month of Chithirai (mid-April) to first of Thai (mid-January) through legislation in 2008. The current AIADMK government has now reversed the decision. The previous DMK government argument  for changing the New Year was... The decision to change the New Year date by the state government is based on a decision made in 1922 when over 500 scholars, led by Maraimalai Adigal, founder of the Thani Tamil Iyakkam (Pure Tamil Movement) met at Pachaiyappa’s college in Chennai and decided that Tamils needed a separate calendar in the name of Tamil savant Tiruvalluvar. They also determined that the birth year of Tiruvalluvar was 31 BC. The present AIADMK government has reversed the 2008 decision stating that it did not take into account the sentiment