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Vibhuti or Bhasma Should Be Used Wet or Dry?

Vibhuti or Bhasma is the sacred ash worn by Hindu devotees. There is a doubt among many devotees whether Bhasma should be used wet – after making it a paste (damp) – or dry. Bhasma that we receive from temples should worn dry. That which is kept at home should be made into a paste and worn.

Vibhuti that we bring from temples should not be mixed with the stock at home.

After applying Vibhuti paste, one should not wash the hands but cleanse it by applying the remnant on other parts including legs and hands.

The article originally written and contributed by Sarma Sastrigal. It is found in the book titled ‘The Great  Hindu Tradition’ written by Sarma Sastrigal.
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Mahabharata Story of Python Capturing Bhima and Yudhishtira Releasing His Brother

The story involving Bhima, Python and Yudhishtira is mentioned in the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata. The story has it that a python caught Bhima in its coils; despite his immense strength, Bhima was unable to free himself. Yudhishtira then comes in search of Bhima and is puzzled how the strong Bhima is in the coil of a python.

The python then explains to Yudhishtira that Bhima will only escape if someone answers his questions correctly.
The question and answer session begins and Yudhishtira correctly answers all questions. Yudhishtira who was amazed by the knowledge of python and himself asks it several questions.
When the question and answer session was over, the python releases Bhima and suddenly turns into a human being. The man then narrates his story. His was King Nahusha and was from the same lineage of the Pandavas. He was cursed by Sage Agastya due to his pride and arrogance. The sage had then predicted that he will get back the human form when a man answers correctly all his…

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the tenth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The aim of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the tenth chapter of the Gita. The questions might be tough. The aim of the quiz is to study Gita.

You can use Bhagavad Gita in your home to find answers as this will help you in understanding Gita more.
If there are any mistakes, suggestions or you would like to add more questions please mail the corrections and questions to [email protected]

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Sarvasara Upanishad Teachings

Atma falsely superimposing the body and others which are not Self upon Himself, and identifying Himself with them – this identification forms the bondage of the Self.

The freedom from false identification of Self is Moksha.
Avidya is that which causes the false identification of Self.
Vidya is that which removes the false identification.
The idea of pleasure is that modification of the mind known as love. The idea of pain is that modification of the mind known as hate. The cause of pleasure and pain are sound, touch, form, taste and odor.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 26, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on September 26, 2012 – Shukla Paksha Ekadasi or the eleventh day of waxing phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:26 AM on September 26. Then onwards it is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatra till 1:20 PM. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Jyeshta or Avittam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ekadasi Fasting. Jal Jhulani Ekadasi. Dol Gyaras
Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha EkadasiTithi or the eleventh day of waxing phase of moon inBhadrapad month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day of waxing phase of moon inBhadrapad month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Biha…