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Padmanabhaswamy Temple Timings – Trivandrum Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple Opening and Closing Time

SriPadmanabhaswamyTemple located at Trivandrum in Kerala is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu. The templedarshan timings are from early morning hours to evening. Detail timing both morning and evening is given below. The temple is open only to Hindus and only those wearing traditional dress are allowed inside – Sari for women, Pattu Pavada for girls – For men and boys, Mundu only.

PadmanabhaswamyTemple Darshan Timings:
Morning Hours 3:30 AM to 5:15 AM 6:15 AM to 7:15 AM 8:15 AM to 11:15 AM 12:00 PM to 12:15 PM
PadmanabhaswamyTemple Evening Hours Darshan Timings 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM From Deeparadhana to 7:15 PM.

Kuteti Devi Temple Mela in Uttar Kashi

KutetiDeviTemple, dedicated to Goddess Durga, is located atop Hari Parwat in Uttar Kashi. Kuteti Devi is a deity closely associated with the Maharaja of Kota in Rajasthan. Kuteti Devi Temple Mela 2018 date is April 8. The Mela is annually held on the Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Ashtami as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.

Legend has it that the daughter of a Maharaja of Kota was married to a boy in the village in Uttar Kashi. The princess was unhappy as she was not able to worship Goddess Kuteti. The young couple prayed to the Goddess. She once appeared in the dream of them and said that she will be ever present in Uttar Kashi. As her symbol, She told them that She will find three murtis of her in a field nearby.
The current temple is located at the exact spot were the murtis were found.
The annual fair attracts Goddess Shakti devotees from the region.
KutetiDeviTemple is located about 2 km from Uttar Kashi town center.

Neelkanth Linga

Neelkanth Linga is a very rare form of Shivling – naturally formed and are counted among the Bana Lingas found in the Narmada River. Neelakantha is pure white in color and what distinguishes it from other white colored Lingas is a single black dot on it.  This linga symbolically represents Shiva who drank the poison Halahala that appeared from Samdura Manthan or Churning of ocean. Shiva got the name Neelkanth or the one with blue throat after this incident.

The description about the linga is only found in a text credited to Hemadri, a 13th century who wrote books related to murtis, temple architecture and construction.
Naturally occurring Neelakanth Linga are found in the Narmada River.

Muslim Practicing Yoga – Please Don’t Raise the Eyebrow

Muslim practicing yoga is news because yoga is a sin against Islam. It is blasphemous. The bigger picture is often ignored. When Yoga was first practiced there was no religion in the world. Educated modern people have forcefully thrust the idea of religion into Yoga. Yoga does not teach religion. Yoga is for the welfare of all living beings. Yoga only helps in maintaining a healthy body and healthy mind.

Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) is not sectarian. All it says is that Truth is one and there are several paths to realize Truth. Teachings of Santana Dharma focus on individual’s efforts to have a peaceful and happy coexistence with nature. Yoga is a path just a path. 
Shutting out Yoga just because the great minds that discovered Yoga and propagated them in modern day is associated with a particular religion is narrow mindedness. Yoga is not going to gain or lose anything if Muslims practice Yoga. But people lose a lot of good things in life by ignoring Yoga.
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How to overcome fear of spiritual failure? – Sri Chinmoy

You have to know that failure is and what failure can do. Fear is bound to go when you know that failure is not something shameful, damaging, destructive, or painful. Feel that failure is something natural. When a child starts to walk, he often stumbles and falls down. But he does not feel that stumbling is a failure. He thinks that it is a natural process to stand up for a moment and then fall again.
If you think of failure in that light, not as something that is against or totally distant from reality but as something that is forming, shaping, molding and becoming reality, then there cannot be any fear.
We take failure as something contrary to our expectation and our God-realization. But failure is not contrary to our realization. Failure is something that is urging us towards our realization. What we call failure, in God’s Eye, is only an experience. Sri Chinmoy
Related Sri Chinmoy – Words of Wisdom