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Shiva and Chidambaram – Story of Nataraja Dance at Chidambaram Temple

Nataraja, Shiva as cosmic dancer, is an attempt by human mind to capture the cosmic creation. Nataraja Shiva at ChidambaramTemple in Tamil Nadu is of great significance as Shiva performed the Ananda Tandavam here. The story of Nataraja Dance performed here begins when a sect of people named Vamvargis are blinded by faith and lead the path of Adharma. They forced people to join their sect and follow Adharmic practices.

Shiva objected to cruelty in the name of worship and tried to make them understand Dharma. Vamvargis did not listen to Shiva and decided to belittle him through confrontation.
The senior priests of the sect first produced a poisonous snake from fire and threw it at Shiva. With a smile, Shiva made the snake his garland.
Then the priests unleashed a fierce tiger on Shiva. Within a blink of an eye, the tiger was subdued and Shiva tore the tiger skin with his little nail finger and wrapped it around him.
The priests then unleashed a dwarf sized demon – Apasmara Purusha – wh…

Kodungalloor Bharani Festival in 2017 – Kodungallur Devi Temple Kavutheendal Festival in Meenam Month in 2017

KodungallurBhagavathyTemple at Kodungalloor in Thrissur District in Kerala is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti (Bhagavathy) and is a very popular Shakti Shrine in India. Kavutheendal 2017 date is March 29 and Kodungalloor Bharani Festival is on March 30. Kavutheendal and Bharani festival in Malayalam Meenam month is the most popular festival here.

The highlight of the festival is the largest congregation of oracles (Komarams or Vellichapads) on the Kavu Theendal day. Dressed in red, with untied hair, brandishing their swords both men and women Komarams create an electric atmosphere.
The oracles perform a mad run around the temple. They throw objects inside the temple mainly sticks which signifies the Kavutheendal. The oracles also sing numerous songs that are associated with the legend of the Goddess and those associated with farming, culture and mother earth.
Another highlight is the hurling of abuses at the deity – locally known as Kodungallur Bharani Pattu. The lyrics of the song …

Panch Dwaraka Darshan Tour from Tamil Nadu by Indian Railways

Rail Tourism division of Indian Railways is offering a 13-day trip in April 2012 from Tamil Nadu to the Panch Dwaraka Temples. The trip includes visit to Pushkar, Nathdwara, Kankroli Dwaraka, Dakor Dwaraka, DwarakanathTemple, Bet Dwaraka and NishkalankMahadevTemple.

The trip is from April 1, 2012 to April 13, 2012.
Cost – Rupees 6670/- per person.
Online booking available.
The Trip includes: Journey by Sleeper Class train Accommodation in Non AC Dormitories / Hall Comfortable Non AC road transfers (55 seater buses) Vegetarian food (All meals) Hygienic Kitchen on train Experienced tour escort and security on train
You can book ticket and get more details here at the official Rail Tourism Website of Indian Railways.

You cannot expect everlasting happiness in the world around us – Swami Sivananda

A knowledge of the ways and habits of the mind and its operations, the laws of the mind and the method of mental control and mental discipline, is very necessary if you want to enjoy real happiness and peace of an unruffled and abiding nature.

You cannot expect everlasting happiness and perennial joy in the world of sense around us. The mischievous monkey – mind plays havoc in a variety of ways and causes and cares, worries and anxieties. Money, property, women and children do not give permanent satisfaction. This is the experience of all people.
Desire is the seed from which sprouts ceaseless births. Desire arises from a sense of imperfection or limitation, by identifying with the finite body, mind and ego.
The secret of successful teaching and discipline is the proper training of the child. Every teacher should have faith in the child.
Related Swami Sivananda Quotes on Peace

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 12, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on March 12, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Chaturthi and Panchami Tithi orthe fourth and fifth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the dark phase of the moon till 6:57 AM on March 12, 2012. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Note - It is Panchami Tithi or the fifth day of waning phase of moon only in calendars followed in Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Nakshatra – Swati or Chothi Nakshatra till 1:59 PM on March 12, 2012. Then onwards it is Vishakha or Vishakam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Rang Panchami.
Phalgun Krishna Paksha Chaturthi and Panchami or fourth and fifth day during the dark phase of moon in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Phalgun Krishna Paksha Panchami or fifth day duri…