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Airavat – About the White Elephant of Indra in Hindu Tradition - Airavata

Airavat is the vahana or vehicle of Indra, the king ofDevas. Airavata is the king of elephants and is believed to have appeared during the Samudra Manthan or churning of ocean. The name is derived from Iravat suggesting that it appeared from water.

Airavat has four tusks and is noted for its pure white color. It was king Prithu who made him the king of elephants.
Airavat is the chief of the elephants that protect the four cardinal points of the earth. He defends the corners of earth. He has also got names like Ardh Matanga (elephant of clouds), Arkasodara (brother of sun), Naga Malla (the fighting elephant). Abharamu is the wife of Airavat.
White elephants are worshipped in India, Thailand and Burma. There are numerous stories in these regions associated with the divinity of white elephants.
Related Symbolism of Airavat

Bhagavad Gita Text in Gujarati – Download Bhagavad Gita Book in Gujarati in Pdf format for free

Srimad Bhagavad Gita Text in Gujarati in Pdf format for free is provided by Swami Shri Adgadanad Ji’s of Yatharth Geeta. This downloadable Gujarati Bhagwad Geeta Book is strictly for personal use. You can only download the eighteen chapters in Gujarati separately and not as a single book.
The Gujarati Bhagavad Gita is in pdf format and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or any other pdf reader installed on your computer.
You can download it in Google drive here.

You can download the Bhagawad Gita in Gujarati from this link also – Gujarati Bhagavad Gita.

If the above link is not working you can try downloading in pdf here at bhuj mandir website.
Note – the chapter headings are given in English. On clicking each chapter you will get the Gujarati Gita.

Dnyaneshwari Teachings on Anger – Desire

Written by Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj, Dnyaneshwari is the most popular commentary on the Bhagavad Gita in Marathi. 
A little poison can spread in the whole body and destroy life. A little desire of the objects of senses in the mind is also ruinous, because it unsettles discrimination (Viveka). Even an ascetic will have the feeling of affection, if he remembers objects of senses in his mind.
The affection will create desire, which is passion (Kama) personified. Where there is passion, there is anger, and anger destroys thought. Wandering thoughts destroy memory, like strong wind blowing out a lamp.
Like the world being gripped by darkness, when the light of the sun disappears, the distortion of memory makes people blind. This blindness in the form of ignorance unsettles the understanding and then complete ruin follows.
The understanding is confused in the same way as a man, who is blind from birth, runs here and there not knowing where he is going. The destruction of memory paralyses…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 8, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on October 8, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during waning phase of moon till 8:56 PM. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Ardra or Thiruvathira or Arudhara Nakshatra till 7:20 AM. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pitru Paksha Shradh fortnight. Jitiya Fasting. 16-day Mahalakshmi Vrat ends.
Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the dark phase of moon inBhadrapad month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Ashwin Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the dark phase of moon inAshwin month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Utt…