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Shatarupa – the concept of Goddess Shatarupa

The concept of Shatarupa is closely associated with creation. It tries to explain the birth of the different living beings on earth. Shatarupa means one that can take numerous forms. The concept of Shatarupa is also an extension of the core teaching of Sanatana Dharma that all living forms are the manifestation of the Supreme Truth.
The symbolic story – Legend has it that the first being that was created by Brahma was Goddess Saraswati. Brahma was unable to control his passions for the first female form.
Knowing the intention of Brahma, Goddess Saraswati moves away from Brahma taking the form of a cow. To follow her, Brahma takes the form of a bull. The Goddess then becomes a mare; Brahma becomes horse. Every time Goddess Saraswati turned into a bird, animal or tree, Brahma took the male form.
The Goddess who thus took different forms came to be known as Shatarupa.
Such stories are meant to simplify the core teaching of Sanatana Dharma which is otherwise difficult for common man to u…

Official website of Athirathram 2012 at Kaimukku Mana in Thrissur in Kerala

Kaimukku Mana at Mattathurkunnu near Irinjalakkuda in Thrissur District in Kerala will be performing Athirathram in the Aaswalayana (Pakazhiyam)-Boudhayana tradition from March 23, 2012 after 112 years. The people associated with the vedic ritual has created an official website.

You can get details about the Athirathram 2012, about Kaimukku Mana, live videos and other articles at official website.
LinkWebsite of Athirathram 2012 at Kaimukku Mana

When we think that God is near all our burdens will diminish – Mata Amritanandamayi

If there is a resting place nearby, the mere thought that the luggage which you are carrying can soon be unloaded lightens the burden. In the same way, when we think that God is near, all our burdens will diminish.
God is very close to you, that is why you cannot see Him. Is it possible to see our own face without the aid of a mirror? And will it be possible to see our image in a mirror if the mirror is completely covered with dust? Look after wiping away the dust particles and cleaning the mirror; then certainly you can see.
Searching for God outside ourselves is like trying to catch fish by emptying the ocean. Therefore, become introspective and look within.
The moment you remember your parents, relatives, friends or your favourite food, you see them in your mind’s eye. You have to build a similar attachment to God. That is the purpose of japa, meditation and satsang. Mata Amritanandamayi
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Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 21, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on March 21, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi orthe fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the 14th day during the dark phase of the moon till 6:08 PM on March 21, 2012. Then onwards it is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Shatabhishak or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatra till 8:15 AM on March 21, 2012. Then onwards it is Purvabhadra or Poruruttathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Hinglaj Puja. Saka Era year 1934 begins in Indian National Calendar.
Phalgun Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi or fourteenth day during the dark phase of moon in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Chaitra Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi or the fourteenth day during waning phase of moon in Chaitra month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, …