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Saptarishi Ashram – Haridwar

Saptarishi Ashram Haridwar is dedicated to Saptarishis in Hindu tradition. Sapt Rishis are the seven ancient sages in Hinduism - Kashyapa, Atri, Bharadhvaja, Vishvamitra, Gauthama, Jamadagni and Vashishta. Saptarishi Ashram is located around 5 km from Har Ki Pauri. The spot is around 1.5 km from Bhima Goda.
Located near the Saptarishi Ashram is the Saptadhara or Saptasarovar.  Legend has it that the Saptarishis meditated here and Ganga formed seven streams to cater to the Sapta Rishis.
Another nearby sacred spot is the Paramarth Ashram.
Nearby the Ashram there are numerous Ghats as River Ganga is only a two minutes walk from the Ashram.
Across the River on can see the famous Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Ashram compound also houses several temples.
The Ashram also has numerous small cottages which are rented out to devotees.
Sculptors of five Pandava brothers and Panchali are a highlight at Saptarishi Ashram. It is believed that Pandavas passed through the place during their Swarga…

TV Series Upanishad Ganga on Doordarshan from March 2012 - Based on Teachings from Upanishads

Upanishad Ganga is a 52-episode television series produced by Chinmaya Mission and directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi. Upanishads are the source of all the teachings of Sanatana Dharma. There is no parallel to the universal teachings found in them. Upanishad Ganga will be aired on Doordarshan from March 11, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 10.30 AM.

Chandraprakash Dwivedi, who captured the imagination of the nation as Chanakya in the Doordarshan serial, is at the helm of this unique television series.

From promotional material "Upanishad Ganga", a treasure trove of stories Never told before on celluloid. A series depicting the story of you and me. A series depicting the concept of Upanishads. A series exploring vedic culture. A mammoth attempt to unravel the glorious heritage of India. Indepth Reasearch on Indian Wisdom.
Inspiration and concept Swami Tejomayananda.
The Hindu reports  “Upanishads or Vedanta deal with the issues, the quandaries that we face even today. Questions like what…

Words of Wisdom - Sant Ravidas

How to escape? I recite the name Ram.
Lord, if you are sandalwood, I am water; with the fragrance in all parts of my body. Lord, if you are a cloud, I am a peacock; looking for you like a chakora for the moon. Lord, if you are a lamp, I am the wick (bAti); with the light burning day and night. Lord, if you are a pearl, I am the thread; together like gold and suhaga. Lord, you are the master and I servant; thus is the devotion of Raidas.
Related Teachings from poems of Sant Ravidas

Today – February 7, 2012 – is Thaipusam

Thaipusam, observed today – February 7, 2012 – is one of the biggest festival dedicated to Hindu God Muruga. Thaipusam is mainly celebrated by the Hindu Tamil speaking community in India (especially in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh), Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka and in many other parts of the world were Tamilians have settled.

Goddess Parvati presented the ‘vel’ (lance) to Lord Muruga on the Thai Pusam day to defeat the demons. Like most Hindu festivals, Thaipusam too celebrates the victory of good over evil. 
The most important event on the day is that of devotees carrying various types of Kavadi to the Murgan temples. The most important Kavadi pilgrimage takes place at the Batu caves in Malaysia and Murugan temples in Tamil Nadu.
Read more about Thaipusam Legend behind taking Kavadi to Murugan Temples Thaipusam Stories Significance of Kavadi in Murugan Temples What to do on Thaipusam Day? Significance of Thaipusam Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Malaysia

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 7, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on February 7, 2012 – Purnima orthe full moon day inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi tithi till 4:02 AM on February 7, 2012. Then onwards it is Purnima Tithi. Purnima tithi ends at 3:38 AM on February 8. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Pushya or Puyam Nakshatra till 1:36 PM on February 7, 2012. Then onwards it is Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatram
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Purnima (full moon day). Purnima Vrat. Sant Ravidas Jayanti.Thaipusam
Magh Purnima or full moon day in Magh month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Magh Purnima or the full moon day in Magh month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
24th day of Thai Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. 24th d…