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Story of Origin of Chitragupta

Chitragupta is believed to be the keeper of the account books containing the good and bad deeds performed by human beings on earth. Yamraj decides whether a person should go to heaven or hell consulting the book prepared by Chitragupta. There are two interesting story regarding the origin of Chitragupta.

One story states that Goddess Parvati one day asked Brahma to create a person who will keep an account of the activities of living beings. It is said that Braham then drew the picture of Chitragupta on a wood and then gave life to it. This story is more popular in South India. Here he is depicted with a nail (narayam) and palm leaf. The nail is used to write on palm leaf.
Another story which is popular in North India, Chitragupta was born from the body of Lord Brahma. He is always depicted as carrying a pen and inkpot. Since he was born from the body of Lord Brahma, he was known as Kayastha and in earth he was known as Chitragupta.

Gogaji Temple Fair and Festival in Rajasthan in Bhadrapad Month

GogajiTemple is a famous shrine dedicated to Shri Gogaji Maharaj – person who attained the status of Nath and is worshipped today. GogajiTemple is located at Gogamedi in Nohar Tehsil in Hanumangarh District in Rajasthan. In 2017, Gogaji Temple Fair and Festival is from August 8 to September 6, 2017. The annual Mela and festival begins on Shravan Purnima and ends on Bhadrapad Purnima.

The temple is visited by thousands of people and it is believed that Shri Gogaji Maharaj cures those bitten by snakes. He is also worshipped for wish fulfillments.
The main murti in the temple is that of a Gogaji riding a horse. The architecture of the temple is an amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim elements.
The Goga Navami day attracts many devotees which fall on the Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Navami.
During the annual one-month mela a cattle fair is held.

Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute – Sanskrit Center Struggles

Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute attached to the SanskritCollege in Mylapore is struggling like majority of Sanskrit related institutions and publications. Government apathy and lack of interest among Hindus in preserving the ancient language and Sanskrit texts are the main reason for the institute’s struggle.
Times of Indiawrites
The institute, one of the three involved in Sanskrit research in the country , has been surviving on private donations . With not enough resources , the management is unable to pay the faculty the benefits of the sixth pay commission. Institute director V Kameswari said the Union government stopped its financial support in 1995, after which it has been solely dependent on donations .
“The institute has a trove of rare palm leaf manuscripts and books not just about Sanskrit literature but also on architecture , fine arts , geography, history and astronomy in Sanskrit ,” says Kameswari.

The institute was started as a private non-profit organisation in 1944 …

Annamalai Swami Sayings

Grace is important. In fact it is essential. It is even more important than effort. Realization of the self comes through both effort and grace. When one makes a steady effort to abide in the self one receives the guru's grace in abundance. The grace comes not only through the form of one's guru. When you meditate earnestly all the Jivanmukthas of the past and the present respond to your efforts by sending you blessings of light.
Continuous attentiveness will only come with long practice. If you are truly watchful, each thought will dissolve at the moment that it appears. But to reach this level of disassociation you must have no attachments at all. If you have the slightest interest in any particular thought, it will evade your attentiveness, connect with other thoughts, and take over your mind for a few seconds; and this will happen even more if you are accustomed to reacting emotionally to a particular thought. Annamalai Swami
Annamalai Swami was a disciple of Sri Ramana Ma…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 30, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on July 30, 2012 – Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the 12th day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:05 PM on July 30. Then onwards it is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the 13th day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta till 2:17 AM on July 30, 2012. Then onwards it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rasi till 2:17 AM. Then onwards it is Dhanu Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Shravan Somvar Vrat. Som Pradosh Vrat.
Shravan Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or 12th day during the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Shravan Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or 12th day during the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month in calendars followed Delhi, Rajastha…

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