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Hidimbi Devi – Hidimbi Worshipped as Goddess

Hidimbi was the wife of Bhima, the second of the Pandava brothers. A demoness by birth, Hidimbi is worshipped in Himachal Pradesh. She is the guardian deity of tribals and travelers. She protects those who venture into forests and travels through forests and mountains. Hidimbi is also the mother of Ghatothkach.

Hidimbi and her brother Hidimba were demons. They robbed and ate travelers who ventured into the forest they lived. They also polluted the ashrams of Saints. A group of Saints sought help of Bhima to get rid of the demons. Hidimba was overpowered by Bhima. Hidimbi changed her character after meeting Bhima. She fell in love with the strong Bhima. They both got married and led a peaceful life.
But soon Bhima realized his Dharma and decided to leave the forest. Hidimbi did not follow Bhima as she was accustomed to the forests. She also hid from Bhima the fact that she was pregnant as she did not want Bhima to abandon his Dharma and stay in the forest.
Hidimbi gave birth to Ghatot…

Insurance Planned for Char Dham Yatra Pilgrims

Char Dham Yatra is one of the most popular Hindu pilgrimages and involves visit four Hindu religious sites in Uttarakhand state of India – these are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. As the Yatra involves some risk, the State Government of Uttarakhand is planning to introduce a personal insurance system.

Daily Pioneer Reports To provide financial relief to pilgrims, especially those for the Char Dham Yatra, the State Government is going to introduce a personal insurance system. Pilgrims will have to pay a mere Rs 15 as a premium at the time of registration for the yatra and will get Rs 1 lakh as compensation in case of accidental death.
Char Dham Yatra 2012 begins on April 24, 2012.
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Man cuts himself off from the great river of life, then laments that life is dry – Paramahansa Yogananda

Mankind is engaged in an eternal quest for that something else he hopes will bring him happiness, complete and unending, for those individual souls who have sought and found God, the search is over. He is that something else.
Man cuts himself off from the great river of life, then laments that life is dry. He separates his ego from the vast ocean of consciousness, then complains that he feels alienated.
Man never acts by his power alone. He couldn’t even breathe were not air, and the very power of breathing, provided to him by Nature. Living is a cooperative act also. Man errs only if he intrudes his sense of personal importance into his contribution to the general good. Paramahansa Yogananda
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Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 29, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on February 29, 2012 – Shukla Paksha Saptami orthe seventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Saptami Tithi or the seventh day till 2:32 PM on February 29, 2012. Then onwards it is Shukla Paksha Ashtami or the eighth day during the light phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Krittika or Karthigai or Kartika Nakshatra till 2:33 PM on February 29. Then onwards it is Rohini Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishaba Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Phalgun Shukla Paksha Saptami or the seventh day during the light phase of moon in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Phalgun Shukla Paksha Saptami or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and …