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Story of origin of Brihad Katha – Kathasaritsagara

Brihad Katha is a very large collection of stories believed to have been told to Goddess Parvati by Shiva. Kathasaritsagara is a small portion of the Brihad Katha and is the most popular part of the book. The stories in the Brihad Katha are believed to be the first stories in the world.
It is said that the stories in the Brihad Katha were told by Shiva to entertain Goddess Parvati who was bored in the snow falling Himalayas. The stories were narrated to Goddess Parvati in one of the caves in the Kailash.
Human beings would not have got to hear the stories were it not for a small bird that survived in the cave. The bird heard the stories that were narrated to Goddess Parvati.
This bird then told the stories to a fish. The fish shared it with a Gandharva. The Gandharva narrated it to a Yaksha. Finally it reached the ears of first human.

Nakshatra Vana – Medicinal Plant Garden of Sringeri Sharada Peeta

Nakshatra Vana, located at Menase on the outskirts of Sringeri in Karnataka, is a medicinal plant garden and nursery of Sringeri Sharada Peeta. Here you will find a collection of medicinal plants, trees, flowers, fruit bearing trees mentioned in various Hindu scriptures. Nakshatra Vana also contains plants related to the birth stars of a person. There is also a Navgraha Vana which contains plants related to the Navgrahas.

Jagadguru Shankaracharya established four centers in the four corners of India for the safeguard and propogation of the four Vedas and appointed each of his prime ascetic disciples as the heads of each centre respectively. Sringeri Sharada Peeta is one of the four centers. Deccan Herald reports  Nakshatra vana has plants related to stars. It is believed that worshipping the plants of one’s star is good for the welbeing. Ashwini nakshatra— Strychnos nux vomica (Poison nut), Bharani nakshatra— Embilica officionalis (Amla), Krithika nakshatra— Ficus racemosa (Fig), Rohi…

Anger and resentment are poisons that you drink and die – Sadhguru

Spiritual process is not for the dead or the dying; it is for the living who want to become fully alive in all dimensions of life.
Whether God or somebody else loves you does not make a difference for you.
If you are loving, it makes your life very, very sweet.
Anger and resentment are poisons that you drink and you expect somebody else to die. But life does not work that way. If you drink it, only you die.
Trying to change social, national, or global realities without working on human consciousness means there is no serious intention.
Related Very source of creation is within you; all the solutions arewithin you – Sadhguru

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 20, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on August 20, 2012 – Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the light phase of moon till 6:03 PM on August 20. Then onwards it is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 7:20 PM. Then onwards it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 1:53 AM. Then onwards it is Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Adhik Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Tritiya or the third day during the light phase of moon in Adhi Bhadrapad month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Adhik Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Tritiya or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Adhi Bhadrapad month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar…