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Goddess Bhargavi

Goddess Bhargavi is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi as per certain Puranas and scholars. Another school of thought states that she is an avatar of Goddess Parvati. Legend has it that Rishis (Saints) who were rich in knowledge were unable to satisfy their material needs. To live in the world they needed to create wealth.

To help the Rishis, Sage Bhrigu created Bhrigu Samhita – which contained art of prediction, palmistry, vastu shastra etc. He asked the Rishis to do prediction future and take fee for it.
Since Sage Bhrigu provided wealth to them, the Rishis concluded that Goddess Lakshmi was his daughter and called the Goddess Bhargavi – one who was conceived by Sage Bhrigu.
Another legend has it that Goddess Bhargavi was an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. She was the daughter of Sage Bhrigu and wife Khyati. In this form she wed Shiva as Chandrashekhara.

Vishwakarma Temple in Guwahati in Assam

VishwakarmaTemple in Guwahati in Assam is dedicated to Lord Vishwakarma, the divine architect in Hindu religion. There only very temples that are exclusively dedicated to Vishwakarma. VishwakarmaTemple in Guwahati in Assam is located at the base of the famous KamakhyaTemple.

The temple was established in 1965 and is today visited by thousands of people. The temple is also an important converging point during Biswakarma Puja. Today many people instead of keeping Vishwakarma Murti at home are opting to offer prayers in the temple.
The temple offers nirmali – holy water – which is taken by traders and smiths to sprinkle on their tools. Times of India reports  The temple was founded by Bhabakanta Sarmah, a panda (priest) of the Kamakhya temple, in association with Mahabir Prasad Dhirasaria, a contractor. Legend goes that Sarmah was visited by Lord Vishwakarma in his dream, which inspired the priest to consecrate the temple on his land at the base of the famous Kamakhya temple.  "My gr…

Atmabodha Upanishad Quotes

Just as sugar is found permeating all the sugar juice – from which sugar is extracted – so I am full in the three worlds in the form of the non-dual Brahman.
Like the bubbles, waves, etc., in the ocean, so all beings, from Brahma down to worm, are fashioned in Me; just as the ocean does not long after motion of waves, so to Me, there is no longing after sensual happiness, being Myself of the form of spiritual Bliss.
An intelligent person who sees both nectar and poison rejects poison; so having cognized Atma, I reject those that are not Atma.
The sun that illuminates the pot both within and without is not destroyed with the destruction of the pot; so the Sakshi (witness) that illuminates the body is not destroyed with the destruction of the body.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 1, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on October 1, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during waning phase of moon till 8:50 AM. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Revati Nakshatra till 5:02 PM. Then onward it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rasi till 5:02 PM. Then onwards it is Mesha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pitru Paksha Shradh fortnight
Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the dark phase of moon inBhadrapad month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Ashwin Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the dark phase of moon inAshwin month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, …