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Story of Raksha Bandhan

There are three popular stories associated with Raksha Bandhan. The most popular is the one associated with Vishnu’s Vamana Avatar and King Bali. Another story is mentioned in Bhavishya Purana and another in the Mahabharat. The most popular belief is that Raksha Bandhan ritual started after Goddess Lakshmi made King Bali her brother by tying Rakhi.

Vishnu took Vamana Avatar to help Indra, the king of Devas, who was on the verge of being overthrown by King Bali. The Asura King Bali was going to complete 100 yajnas which would automatically grant him the powers of Indra.
Vishnu promised to help Indra. Vishnu appeared as dwarf Vamana and requested for three portions of land that his feet can measure.
King Bali immediately agreed. Vishnu then took giant form and in two steps measured earth and heaven. As there was no place to keep the third step, King Bali asked Vamana to keep the third feet on his head.
King Bali was thus pushed to the netherworld.
Vishnu was moved by the Bhakti and Dha…

Official Website of Thirunallar Shani temple – Thirunallar Saneeswaran Temple

Thirunallar Shani temple is one of the most popular dedicated to Shani Bhagavan in India. The official administration of the temple has created a website of the temple with all necessary information including history of the temple, how to reach the temple, puja timings, festivals etc. There is also an option for e-puja.

ThirunallarSaneeswaranTemple, also known as Sri Dharbaranyeswarar Swamy Devasthanam, is a rare temple where Shani Bhagavan murti is in blessing form.
Link - Sri Dharbaranyeswarar Swamy Devasthanam Official Website

Nag Panchami Today – July 23, 2012

Today, July 23, 2012, is Nag Panchami. Naga Panchami, an important Hindu festival dedicated to Nagas or Snakes, is held on the fifth day after Amavasya in the Shravan month (mid July – mid August). In Hindu tradition, Sri Krishna overpowered the deadly snake Kaliya and performed the famous Kaliamardhanam on a Naga Panchami day.
The monsoon season is at its zenith during the Shravan month and the burrows of the snakes will be filled with water and the snakes move to areas occupied by humans. The pujas conducted are to avoid snake bites and to keep the nagas happy.
You may also like to read What to do on Naga Panchami? Legends and Stories associated with Naga Panchami A Quiz on Nagas (Snakes or Serpents) in Hindu Tradition

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 23, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on July 23, 2012 – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:37 AM on July 23. Then onwards it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 12:06 PM on July 23, 2012. Then onwards it is Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 5:54 PM. Then onwards it is Kanya Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Nag Panchami. Shravan Somvar Vrat. Aadi Pooram. Kalki Jayanti in certain calendars in North India
Shravan Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Shravan Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or fourth day du…