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How alcohol became intoxicant, story in Hindu tradition

A story in the Devi Bhagavatam explains how alcohol (Madya) became intoxicant. Legend has it that Ashwinidevas (Ashvinikumars) were once banished from Devaloka (heaven) by Indra, the king of devas. Madya the drink associated with Devas were also banned to Ashwinidevas.

Ashwinidevas took refuge in the Ashram of Sage Cyavana. During this period the Sage conducted a special yajna and invited Ashwinidevas to partake the Yajnamsha.
Indra objected to this by stating that they were banished from heaven and were not allowed to drink wine.
Sage Cyavana was not ready to accept Indra’s arguments. A fight ensued between them.
Sage Cyavana produced from the sacrificial fire a demon named Mada. The demon fought with Indra and defeated him. When the demon was about to kill Indra, he took refuge at the feet of Sage Cyavana.
Sage Cyavana forgave Indra and withdrew the demon.
As the demon had no place to go, Sage Cyavana asked him to reside in alcohol, dice, hunting and prostitutes.
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Limited Edition Hanuman Idol in Gold from Faberge and Amrapali

International Design Company, Faberge, and Indian jewellery house, Amrapali, have come together with a unique limited edition Hanuman idol in 18-carat gold with mechanical movement. Hanuman murti can bow his head and also reveal the miniature sculpture of Sri Ram and Mata Sita in his heart.
Only just 18 pieces of the murti are available worldwide and is part of the divine heritage collection launched by Faberge and Amrapali.  India Today reportsSet in 18 carat solid yellow gold and encrusted with diamonds, amethysts, and malachites, the idol's novelity lies in its precise mechanical movement, handcrafted by artist Lawrence Heyda. Press the foot of the idol and the intricate mechanism allows the Hanuman to bow his head, open his arms and reveal the illuminated miniature sculpture of Lordships Sita and Rama in his heart. Limited to just 18 pieces worldwide, it would take more than just prayers to procure one. Price on request.

It is our attitude that causes depression - Swami Sukhabodhananda

No matter how enthusiastic we are and however well we motivate our colleagues, even a small failure could plunge us into the abyss of depression. At such times view failure as merely postponed success…that is all! There is nothing in it to make us depressed. Treat failure as fertilizer for success.
It is our attitude that causes depression.
Your energy field will also touch people. So create good vibrations around you.
Treat each experience as unique; then your being starts relaxing. Then you will no longer think of life as an emotional dungeon.
Related Excellence happens when there is love to grow and contribute- Swami Sukhabodhananda Motivational Sayings

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 15, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on February 15, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Ashtami orthe eighth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Ashtami tithi till 11:53 AM on February 15, 2012. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra till 4:16 AM on February 15, 2012. Then onwards it is Anuradha or Anizham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Sita Ashtami. Kala Ashtami. Hora Ashtami (Kashmir).
Magh Krishna Paksha Ashtami or the eighth day during the dark phase of moon in Magh month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Phalgun Krishna Paksha Ashtami or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Or…