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How Peacock Got Beautiful Feathers? – Story in Hindu Tradition

An interesting story in the Uttara Ramayan narrates how peacocks got beautiful feathers. As per Hindu tradition, 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 (demi gods) including the king of Devas, Indra, had arrived to partake in the yajna. When the Devas saw Ravana approaching the mountain in his Pushpak 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 attract all the livin…

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 sentiments of p…

Amrita Siddhi Yog September 2017 Date and Time

Amrita Siddhi Yog is a good period in Hindu lunar month and is ideal and auspicious for important ceremonies like buying, house warming, bringing car home, closing of home deal, opening of shops, booking of cars etc.  In September 2017, Amrit Siddhi Yog date and time is September 8. This auspicious time for new beginnings and buying is followed in North India.
On September 8, 2017 – Amrita Siddhi Yoga is from 1:36 PM on Sept 8 to before sunrise on Sept 9

He is silent who having the capacity to speak utters no idle word – Mahatma Gandhi

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.
Silence of the sewn-up lips is no silence. One may achieve the same result by chopping off one’s tongue, but that too would not be silence. He is silent who, having the capacity to speak, utters no idle word.
Not till the spirit is changed can the form be altered. The form is merely an expression of the spirit within. We may succeed in seemingly altering the form but the alteration will be a mere make-believe if the spirit within remains unalterable.
In the march towards Truth, anger, selfishness, hatred, naturally give way, for otherwise truth would be impossible to obtain. A man who is swayed by negative emotions may have good enough intentions, may be truthful in word, but he will never find the truth. Mahatma Gandhi
Related Mahatma Gandhi on Idol Worship

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on August 24, 2011 – Krishna Paksha Dasami or tenth day of the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi till 1:37 PM on August 24, 2011. After 1:37 PM on August 24, 2011 it is Ekadasi Tithi. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 2:28 PM on August 24, 2011. Afterwards it is Ardra or Arudara or Thiruvathira Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishaba Rasi till 1:44 AM. Afterwards it is Mithuna Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Shravan Krishna Paksha Dasami or the tenth day of the dark phase of moon in Shravan month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Dasami or the tenth day of the dark phase of moon in Bhadra month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Ja…