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Hanuman and Surasa, the sea monster

Hanuman who was on his way to Lanka in search of Mata Sita was stopped by Surasa, the sea monster. Surasa was the mother of Nagas. Devas had taken her help to test the strength of Hanuman.

Surasa stops Hanuman and states that He is her food for the day. Hanuman was in a hurry to reach Lanka and find Mata Sita. So He asks Surasa to leave him now and promises that He will come back and surrender to her after His mission is completed.
Surasa did not agree to Hanuman’s suggestion and kept blocking His way. Hanuman finally agreed that she can eat Him. Hanuman reduced his size to that of a thumb and entered the mouth of Surasa and immediately flew out.
Hanuman thus fulfilled His promise.
Surasa was pleased with the intelligence of Hanuman and blessed him with all success.

1000 Rupees India Commemorative Coin on One Thousand years of Brihadeeswara Temple – Book Online at India Government Mint

India Government Mint, Mumbai has made arrangements for the sale of commemorative coin sets in Proof and Uncirculated varieties released on the occasion of ‘1000 Years of BrihadeeswararTemple’. The denomination of the coins are 1000 rupees and 5 rupees and is available as a set. The set of coins are priced at Rs. 4,875.00. Foreign Nationals can also buy the coin dedicated to BrihadeeswaraTemple (but only in dollars).

You can make bookings for the coin from July 3, 2012 to August 31, 2012.
You can book online or using order form.
Link – You can make booking for the coins online here at the Mumbai mint website.


Built in 1010 AD by Raja Raja Chola, the BrihadeeswaraTemple at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, popularly known as BigTemple, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 1,000 years of BrihadeeswaraTemple was observed in 2010.
Related Virtual Tour of Brihadeeswara Temple

Teaching from Vairagya Shatakam of Bhartrihari

If a person be attached to physical enjoyment, he will have the fear of disease.

If he be attached to his social status he will be afraid of losing it.

If he be attached to his wealth he will fear the hostile enemies who may snatch it away.

If he be attached to honor he will be afraid of humiliation.

If he be attached to power he will fear his enemies who may render him powerless.

If he be attached to his beauty he will fear his old age.

If he be attached to his scholarship he will fear those who may challenge his erudition.

If he be attached to his good reputation he will fear the wicked who may defame him.

If he be attached to his body he will be afraid of death.

All the things of the world pertaining to man are fraught with fear.

Renunciation of attachment alone causes fearlessness.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 17, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on July 17, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi tithi or the thirteenth day during the dark phase of moon till 7:06 AM on July 17. Then onwards it is Chaturdashi Tithi. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 7:40 AM on July 17, 2012. Then onwards it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Mangala Gouri Vrat in North India
Ashada Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the 13th day during the dark phase of moon in Ashada month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Shravan Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the dark phase of moon in Shravan month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Pu…