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Story of observing 108 Sashti Vratam

Sashti Vratam is a monthly fasting dedicated to Hindu God Muruga (Kartik) and is observed on the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon. Some devotees observe 108 Sashtis, which is for nine years. There are numerous stories regarding the origin of Sashti Vratam. This particular story is associated with Goddess Parvati and it narrates the importance of observing 108 Sashtis.

Legend has it that once Muruga wanted to know the meaning of Pranava Mantra (OM) from Brahma. Brahma said that he is the meaning of ‘OM.’

Muruga did not like this answer and got angry and imprisoned Brahma for not properly answering his question and for belittling Pravanam.

Shiva intervened and asked Muruga why he had imprisoned Brahma. Muruga said that Brahma told him that he is the embodiment of knowledge and when asked the meaning of ‘OM’ he did not give the correct answer and this punishment is for his arrogance.

Shiva then asked Muruga to tell the meaning of ‘OM’. Muruga told Shiva that the meaning of ‘OM’ …

Listen to Garud Puran Audio in Hindi in mp3 for free

Garud Puran is one of the Sattvika Puranas and is believed to have been first narrated by the Divine Bird Garud, the Vahana or Vehicle of Hindu God Vishnu. Now you can listen to Garud Puran Audio in Hindi in mp3 format for free.  It narrates the glory of Vishnu and contains chapters like observing Vratas and on rituals dedicated to the dead. This unique opportunity is provided by the Ved Puran Website.
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Rukmini Vrata

Rukmini Vrata is observed on the eighth day during the waning phase of moon (Krishna Paksha Ashtami) in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Rukmini Vrata 2017 date is November 10. Married women for begetting children observe the Vrata.
A fast is observed on the day from sunrise to till moonrise. Married women offer prayers to Shiva, Parvati and Sri Krishna on the day.
Rukmini Vrat Katha is read by those women observing this fast.

It is a mere self-delusion to seek the fullness of love in any man or woman - Swami Abhedananda

It is true that human nature seeks companionship and longs for a suitable match for love; but all mortal companions on this plane are only for the time being.
That craving of the soul will not be absolutely satisfied until the Eternal object of love is discovered. The Eternal object of love can be realized in the finite and concrete man or woman when we rise above the physical plane and understand that each individual soul is divine and immortal.
It is a mere self-delusion to seek the fullness of love in any man or woman. Therefore it is necessary to make the Eternal Ideal the object of all human affection. Swami Abhedananda
Swami Abhedananda is a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa 
Related Swami Abhedananda on the Concept of Good and Evil

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 20, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on October 20, 2011 – Krishna Paksha Ashtami or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Ashtami tithi till 3:00 PM on October 20, 2011. After 3:00 PM on Oct 20, it is Krishna Paksha Navami or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punirtham or Punarpoosam Nakshatra till 6:25 AM on October 20, 2011. Afterwards it is Pushya or Pusam or Pooyam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rasi till 12:19 AM. Then onwards it is Karka Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ahoi Ashtami Vrat in Madhya Pradesh calendars. Guru Pushya Amrut. Pushya Nakshatra during Diwali.
Ashwin Krishna Paksha Ashtami or the eighth day of the waning phase of moon in Ashwin month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
Kartik Krishna Paksha Ashtami or the eighth day of the dark phase of moon in Kartik month in calendars f…