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Story of Ashtavakra

Sage Ashtavakra was one of the greatest sages of ancient India and had composed the famous Ashtavakra Gita. The story of Ashtavakra is very interesting. His parents were Sage Khagodara and Sujata. It is said when Ashtavakra was in womb of Sujata, he criticized his father for wrongly chanting the Vedas.
Ashtavakra used to listen to Vedas when he was in womb. He learned it and once suggested to his father that he was chanting a mantra wrongly and the sounds created by each syllable matters.
Sage Khagodara got angry and cursed the baby to be born crooked and with curves. The sage out of ignorance believed that the baby was being arrogant.
Sage Khagodara was very poor and once he went to take part in a debate in the court of Janaka hoping to win some prize. There he got into a debate with Vandina, a scholar in the court. The deal was that one who lost in the debate will perform Jal Samadhi, die by jumping into river.
Sage Khagodara lost the debate and performed Jal Samadhi.
Sujata then …

Official Website of Kollur Mookambika Temple in Karnataka

MookambikaTemple located at Kollur in Udupi District of Karnataka is one of the most famous temples dedicated to Mother Goddess. The management of the temple has created an official website of the temple with all important details including history, timing, darshan details, puja, contact details, e-seva and e-donation facility.
Link - Official Website of Kollur Mookambika Temple

It is in the mind alone that one feels pure and impure – Mother Sarada Devi

Everything depends on the mind. Nothing can be achieved without purity of mind. It is said, “the aspirant may have received the grace of the Guru,…but he comes to grief without the grace of ‘one’. That ‘one’ is the mind. The mind of the aspirant should be gracious to him.
By the realization of God the mind becomes pure, and through a pure mind one attains knowledge and awakening.
The mind is everything. It is in the mind alone that one feels pure and impure.
As clouds are blown away by the wind, the thirst of material pleasures will be driven away by the utterance of the Lord’s name.
Related If you want peace, make the whole world your own – Mother Sarada Devi

Shravan Month begins Today – July 4, 2012 – in North India

Shravan Month, or Sawan Mahina, in the traditional Hindi calendar followed in North India is dedicated to Shiva. Special prayers and rituals are performed in Shiva temples and in sacred places associated with Shiva. In 2012, Shravan Mahina is from July 4 to August 2 in traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Somvar or Mondays in the month is considered highly auspicious for the worship of Shiva. Kanwarias travel to the origin of GangaRiver to collect holy water, or Gangajal, to bath the Shivling at their homes or in villages.
Mangala Gouri Puja is observed on Tuesdays in the month.
Shiva temples across North India have special poojas in this month. Deoghar Baidhyanath Dham and KashiVishwanathTemple is visited by millions of Hindus in the month of Sawan.
It is believed that Lord Shiva to save the world drank the poison ‘halahala’ that came out during the Samdura Manthan or churning of ocean. It is said that the gods in Hindu pantheon assembled to witness this holy act of Sh…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 4, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on July 4, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day till 2:18 AM. Then onwards it is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day till 12:12 AM. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the dark phase of moon till 10:18 PM. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya tithi or the second day during the dark phase of moon All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 3:00 PM on July 4, 2012. Then onwards it is Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rasi till 9:18 PM. Then onwards it is Makar Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Holy Shravan Month begins in North India.
Ashada Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the dark phase of moon in Ashada month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and …