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Story of Origin of Crows in Hindu Tradition

There are two important stories in Puranas regarding the origin of crows. Crows are important Hinduism because one of the unique rituals followed in Hindu tradition during Shradh is offering food to crows. As per Agni Purana, crows in the world were born from Kaki, the daughter of Sage Kashyap and Tamra.
Another story of origin of crows is mentioned in the Shiva Purana. King of Kashi had a daughter named Kalavati – she was an ardent devotee of Shiva and always chanted the Shiva Panchakshara Mantra. She was married to Dasarha, King of Mathura. When Dasarha touched Kalavati intense heat was produced and this burned the hands of the king.
On enquiry it was found the Dasarha was a sinner and was leading an Adharmic life.
Kalavati took Dasaraha to Sage Garga, who purified him with mantras. Through the power of the mantras, sins from Dasaraha came out in the form of crows.
Related Shradh Food Offerings to Crow

Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra June 21, 2012

Rath Yatra, the world famous chariot festival, at the PuriJagannathTemple is celebrated on the second day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu month of Ashadha. Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra 2012 date is June 21, 2012. It is also telecast live online on the day. On this day, chariots (Ratha) carrying Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra will be pulled to the GundichaTemple, here the deities visit their aunt.
At PuriJagannathTemple, Sri Krishna is worshipped as ‘Jagannath’ – ‘master of the universe.’ Balabhadra is the elder brother of Lord Krishna and Subhadra is his younger sister.

The making of the Raths for the annual yatra begin on the Akshaya Tritiya day. The main rituals associated with Puri Rath Yatra festival is spread over a month and several rituals, like Snana Purnima and Anasara, take place during this period.
On this day, thousands of people will pull the three huge chariots carrying Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra through the grand road (Bada Danda) to the Gundicha…

Virtual Tour of Trichy Rock Fort Temples – Pictures – View in 360 Degrees

RockFortTemple, also known as Uchipillaiyar Kovil, is located at Trichy (Tiruchirappalli) in Tamil Nadu. In this virtual tour you can view seven pictures of RockFortTemple from various angles including inside of the temple. You can view the pictures in 360 degrees.
Link – Virtual Tour of RockFortTemple.

The infinite library of the universe is in your mind – Swami Vivekananda

The infinite library of the universe is in your mind.
Teach yourselves, teach everyone his/her real nature, call upon the sleeping soul and see how it awakes. Power will come, glory will come, goodness will come, purity will come, and everything that is excellent will come, when this sleeping soul is roused to self conscious activity.
Everything is in ourselves, and the external world and the external worship are the forms, the suggestions that call it out. When they become strong, the Lord within awakens. The external teacher is but the suggestion. When faith in the external teacher is strong, then the Teacher of all teachers within speaks; eternal wisdom speaks in the heart of that man. He need not go any more to any books or any men or any higher beings; he need not run after supernatural or preternatural beings for instruction. The Lord Himself becomes his instructor.
Related Swami Vivekananda on Japa and Chanting of Om

Today’s Hindu Calendar – June 14, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on June 14, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the dark phase of moon till 10:16 AM. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Revathi Nakshatra till 11:54 AM on June 14. Then onwards it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi till 11:54 AM. Then onwards it is Mesha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – 
Jyeshta Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Jyeshta month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Ashada Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Ashada month in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Hima…