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Origin of the Birth of Sugriva in the Ramayana – Vanara King Sugriva

Monkey King Sugriva in the Ramayana is the son of Surya and Aruna. Aruna is the charioteer of Surya, the sun god. In the Ramayana, Vanara King Sugriva, Hanuman and his soldiers had helped Sri Ram to trace Mata Sita and also played a huge part in defeating Ravana and his army. Origin of the birth of Sugriva is based on Aruna taking woman form and a curse of Gautama Rishi.

Aruna wanted to witness the dance of celestial maidens in the heaven. For this he took the form a woman and sat among the Devas.
Aruna was next day late to report to Surya. When Surya wanted to know the reason for being late, Aruna narrated about the last night incident.
Surya now wanted to see the woman form of Aruna. He then took the woman form. Surya was enamored by the beauty of Aruna who was now Arunadevi.
Surya and Arunadevi copulated and Arunadevi gave birth to a male child.
Surya and Aruna entrusted the baby with Ahalaya Devi the wife of Gautama Rishi.
Ahalaya Devi loved the child so much that she began to ig…

Ramayan Serial on Zee TV from August 12, 2012

A brand new depiction of Ramayan will be aired on Zee TV in serial format at 11:00 AM on Sundays starting from August 12, 2012 in India. In Europe, the Ramayana series will be telecast from August 19. The promo of the serial currently available indicates that there will be more extravagant sets from the earlier serial versions of Ramayan. Over acting actors and over the top the dialogues had ruined some of the recent TV versions of Ramayan. Hope the Ramayan on Zee TV will be different – importance will be given to the core teaching of Ramayan.

Ramayan on Zee TV is produced by Sagar Arts.
Ramayan of Ramanand Sagar in 1990s is still in the memory of the viewers and people are eager to see it again and again because of the simplicity and honesty with which it was presented.
Promo of Ramayan Serial on Zee TV

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 17 – Teachings

Without any definite goal in life, without planning our onward march towards the ideal, we are apt to fall a victim to the various temptations enroute and exhaust ourselves in the bylanes of life. To stick constantly on to the grand road to success is to assure for ourselves a happy pilgrimage to Truth. (17.16)
Without faith, no one can come to shine in any field of activity. No one can hope to gather any profit at all out of any activity, if he has no faith in it. Both in the secular activities of the market place and in the sacred performance of religious acts, the factor that determines the quality and quantity of the result is our faith in our efficiency and goodness, in our chosen field of our activity. (17.28)
He who feels impoverished by his giving has not done a charity.  (17.22)
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Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 6, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on August 6, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the dark phase of moon till 7:08 AM on August 6. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Note in calendars followed in Maharashtra and Gujarat it is Panchami Tithi.
Nakshatra – Uttarashada or Uthrittathi Nakshatra the full day and till 12:53 AM on August 7, 2012.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Shravan Somvar Vrat in Maharashtra and Gujarat
Shravan Krishna Paksha Chaturthi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month in calendars followed in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Shravan Krishna Paksha Panchami or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month in calendars followed in Maharashtra,…