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Story of the origin of Garlic in Hindu Tradition

Garlic (Lasun, Belulli, Veluthulli, Rasuna, Vellay poondoo and Tellagadda) is an important ingredient in many dishes prepared by Hindus. The story of the origin of Garlic in Hindu tradition is associated with Samudra Manthanam or the churning of the ocean episode.

Legend has it that a fight ensued between Asuras (demons) and Devas (demigods) over the Amrut (elixir) that was obtained due to Samudra Manthana or the churning of the ocean. Both started pulling the Amrut pot. Drops of Amrit started falling out from pot due to the pulling. The belief is that Garlic appeared from the drops of Amrit that fell on to the ground.

It is believed that garlic has powers to mitigate food poisoning. It also helps in proper digestion.

Audio Video DVD collection of Synopsis of Vedas in Hindi and English

NGO Routes2Roots (R2R), in collaboration with IFFCO Foundation, has come up with an audio-video collection in DVD, titled Vedas in Hindi and English. The collection aims to introduce basic teachings found in Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda to young generation. The collection has both audio and video and includes booklets and subtitles. Sanskrit scholars have lented voice to the Vedic mantras in an authentic manner. Asian Age reports
Talking about the need to produce Vedas in a popular format and if it was solely to do with the value-degradation among youth today, Tina Vachani of R2R, says, “It is not only targeting the youth of today but to the majority who would like to connect with their traditional culture. Today, Sanskrit is not a common man’s language which makes it tough to understand the Vedas. By translating it into Hindi and English we can understand the age-old wisdom of the sages and how it is applicable in our day to day life. Not the least it will connect …

Manu Smriti Quotes

Desire is never extinguished by the enjoyment of desired objects; it only grows stronger like fire fed with clarified butter.
The houses in which female relations are not being duly honored perish completely as if destroyed by magic.
Unrighteousness practiced in this world does not at once produce its fruit but advancing slowly, it cuts off the roots of him who committed it.
Unless one be asked, one must not explain anything to anybody, nor must one answer a person who asks improperly; let a wise man, though he knows the answer behave among men like an idiot. Manu Smriti
Related Quotes from Vedas on Acquiring Wealth or Money

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 18, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on October 18, 2011 – Krishna Paksha Sashti or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Sashti tithi till 3:17 PM on October 18, 2011. After 3:17 PM on Oct 18, it is Krishna Paksha Saptami or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram or Mrigashirsham Nakshatra till 5:14 AM on October 18, 2011. Afterwards it is Ardra or Thiruvathira or Arudara Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Skanda Sashti in North India. Tula Sankranti at 2:34 PM.
Ashwin Krishna Paksha Sashti or the sixth day of the waning phase of moon in Ashwin month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
Kartik Krishna Paksha Sashti or the sixth day of the dark phase of moon in Kartik month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Hary…