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Bhutas in Hindu Tradition

Bhutas are divine beings mentioned in Hindu Puranas. In Hindu tradition, some people mistake Bhutas as ghosts but they are not ghosts. Brahmanda Purana states that Shiva as Nilalohita Rudra created Bhuta. This happened after Sati’s death. Rudra Shiva created Bhutas in Sati but resembling Nilalohita form.
Shiva as Rudra controls the Bhutas. The leader of Bhutas is Ganapati. It Matsya Purana, it is Nandi who is the leader and in Vamana Purana it is Veerabhadra who is the leader. Vamana Purana states that there are 110 million Bhutas.
Bhutas have lean body, fat protruding and hanging lips, long ears, red eyes, sharp and long teeth, long nails, pointed and big eye brows and the body color is blue. They wear snakes across the body as sacred thread – poonol or Janai.
Bhutas are experts in using Trident (Trishul), bow, sword, etc. They do not like music.
They have fought along with Devas in many battles against demons.
In folklore and rural traditions, Bhutas have numerous magical powers and the…

Siddhesvara Dham in Sikkim – 108 Feet Statue of Shiva and Replicas of 12 Jyotirlinga and Chardham near Namchi

Siddhesvara Dham in Sikkim created atop Solophok hilltop, 5km from Namchi, has a 108 ft tall statue of Shiva, replicas of 12 Jyotirlingas, models of sacred Chardham – Hindu Temples of Jagannath, Badrinath, Dwaraka and Rameswaram and a 18-feet statue of Kirateshwar – a hunter incarnation of Shiva.
Siddhesvara Dham was consecrated by Shri Jagadguru Sankaracharya Swami Swarupananda Saraswati on November 8, 2011 and is now open to public.

The giant statue of Shiva in sitting posture and is located at the highest point of the Solophok hilltop.
Namchi is 75km from Gangtok and is the administrative headquarters of South Sikkim

Kaishika Ekadasi

Kaishika Ekadasi is observed during the waxing phase of moon in Kartika Month in Tamil Nadu. Kaishika Ekadasi is associated with music – Kaishika Raga. In 2016, Kaishika Ekadasi date is December 10.
The story associated with Kaishika Ekadasi is found in the Varaha Purana. It narrates the deeds of a pious man named Nampaduvan – who was from a low caste. He was an ardent devotee of Srihari Vishnu.
Once while going to a temple during an Ekadasi, Nampaduvan was attacked by a Brahma Rakshas (Ghost). Nampaduvan pleaded with the Brahma Rakshas to allow him to complete his Ekadasi Vrat. He agreed to become his food after the vrat and prayers are over.
Brahma Rakshas agreed after several persuasions.
Nampaduvan went to the Vishnu temple observed Ekadasi and sang numerous songs dedicated to Vishnu.
When the Ekadasi was over, Nampaduvan, as promised, started to the spot where Brahma Rakshas was standing. On his way Srihari Vishnu appeared in the guise of a man and tried to stop him from return…

There is no friend like energy, if you nurture that, it will never fail you - Bhartrihari

The good man shuns evil and follows good; he keeps secret that which ought to be hidden; he makes his virtues manifest to all; he does not forsake one in adversity; he gives in season: such are the marks of a worthy friend.
The sun opens the lotuses, the moon illumines the beds of water lilies, the cloud pours forth its water unasked: even so the liberal of their own accord are occupied in benefiting others.
Idleness is a great enemy to mankind. There is no friend like energy, for, if you cultivate that, it will never fail.
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Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 11, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on November 11, 2011 – Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi from 12:59 AM on November 11, 2011. Before 12:59 AM it is Purnima or full moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Bharani Nakshatra till 6:35 AM on November 11, 2011. Then onwards it is Krittika or Karthigai or Kartika Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rasi till 1:15 PM. Then onwards it is Vrishabha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kartik Krishna Paksha Pratipada or the first day during the dark phase of moon in Kartik month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Pratipada or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand,…