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Story of Hanuman in Jain Ramayana

There are numerous retellings of Valmiki Ramayana. Each retelling is based on the teachings and ideas of a particular religion or community or sect. In Jain retelling of Ramayana, the main difference from the original is that Hanuman is not a celibate. Here is the synopsis of the story of Hanuman in Jain Ramayana – the story from Paumacariya (meaning the deeds of Padma – the Jain name of Sri Ram) of Vimalasuri.

The key difference from the original –  Hanuman is not mentioned as an Amsha Avatara of Shiva.He is the son of a Vanara who has a name sounding like Pavan – the Hindu wind god.Hanuman is a relative of Ravana.Hanuman marries relatives of Ravana.He allies with Sugriva through marriages with family members of Sugriva.Hanuman is at first angry at Sri Ram for killing a relative of Ravana. As per Vimalasuri’s retelling Hanuman belongs to the Vanara lineage. Vanara and Rakshasa (to which Ravana belongs) belong to the Vidyadhara lineage. This lineage consists of super beings who can ch…

Swami Nikhilananda Saraswati on Prayer

To fully understand the power of prayer we should know what prayer is. Is  prayer only supplication or entreaty or is it reaching out to a higher power?

Prayer is the tuning of our mind, our personality, our understanding, our Self, to God or the divinity within us. It is not about how to fulfil our list of never ending wishes and desires. It is channel through which we understand God in his vast, eternal oneness.
Our mind is like a receiving set and the Teacher is the one who moves the knobs to the required radio station. A good radio, sensitive to the touch of the tuner, will tune into the radio station and ‘hear’ the sounds being transmitted. Tune your mind so that you come to understand your Teacher, yourself and God.
We must understand that at a deep level we are all connected. Even the movement of a tiny sand grain influences the whole universe. If we know the secret of the sand grain, we will in turn understand the secret of the entire cosmos.
Swami Nikhilananda Saraswati


Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 20, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on March 20, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi orthe thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the 13th day during the dark phase of the moon till 5:35 PM on March 20, 2012. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the 14th day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatra till 7:18 AM on March 20, 2012. Then onwards it is Shatabhishak or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rasi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Shiva Chaturdasi. VaruniParv
Phalgun Krishna Paksha Trayodasi or thirteenth day during the dark phase of moon in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Chaitra Krishna Paksha Trayodasi or the thirteenth day during waning phase of moon in Chaitra month in calendars followed in Delhi, Raja…