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Why Rukmi Did Not Participate in the Mahabharata War?

Rukmi, the brother of Rukmini, wife of Sri Krishna did not participate in the Mahabharata war. He along with Balarama were the two important warriors of the era who did not participate in the 18-day Kurukshetra war. Rukmi did not participate in the war because he was rejected by Pandavas and Kauravas.

Rukmi was the son of King Bhishmaka and the ruler of Vidarbha. His downfall was his boastful character.
For the preparation of the impending war, Arjuna visited Krishna at Dwarka. Rukmi who was present there thought that Arjuna desperately wanted the help of Krishna because he was afraid of Kauravas. Rukmi told Arjuna that he had a great bow in his possession which was blessed by the Devas and with him on his side Arjuna need not worry about the end result of the war.
Arjuna did not like the boastfulness of Rukmi. The brother-in-law of Krishna had indirectly hinted that Arjuna was afraid of Kauravas. Arjuna retorted back by saying that Rukmi was not need in his side and he can manage wi…

Remains of one of the Biggest Ancient Hindu Temples in Bali Island in Indonesia Discovered

Construction workers who were digging for drainage discovered remains of the one of the biggest ancient temples in Denspasar in BaliIsland in Indonesia. The ancient temple believed to have been built in 14th century is located near a Hindu learning center on Jalan Trengguli in East Denpasar. The excavation is in progress to there are currently no good photos of the temple.
Jakarta Globe writes The Denpasar Archeology Agency took over the excavation and have uncovered an 11-meter-long structure. “We will continue the excavation until [the whole structure is revealed],” said Wayan Suantika, an official with the agency. Suantika told reporters that, judging by the square structure’s similarity to ancient temples found in East Java, it likely dates back to the 14th Century. “The strengthener layers in between the stone plates were another characteristic usually found in 13th or 14th Century [structures],” he said.BaliIsland is home to most of the Hindus in Indonesia.

Sivajnanadeepika Teachings

The body is called the temple of God.

Rare are the jnanis, while innumerable are the ritualists.
It is quite certain that one can never become a Brahmin by wearing the sacred thread, or by keeping the tuft of hair.
Fake teachers make false distinction between punya and paapam and confuse devotees.

Today – October 29, 2012 – is Kojagari Lakshmi Puja and Vrat

Today – October 29, 2012 – is Kojagari Lakshmi Puja and it is observed on the Purnima (full moon day) after Durga Puja. Kojagari Vrat is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and is observed in Bengal, Orissa, and other parts of eastern India and also in some regions in western India.

It is believed that on Kojagari Poornima night in Aashin month (Ashwin Mahina), Goddess Lakshmi visits the homes of devotees and blesses them. Therefore special Laksmi Puja is held in the evening on the day in homes.
On the day women draw Alpana or Alpona patterns (something similar to Rangoli) at homes. Most preferred Alpana is that of Goddess Lakshmi’s feet.
Small clay murtis of Goddess Lakshmi are installed in many households on the day and prayers are offered. Special vegetarian dishes, fruits and sweets are offered to Goddess Lakshmi on the day.
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Today – October 29, 2012 – is Sharad Purnima

Today – October 29, 2012 – is Sharad Purnima. It is observed on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashwin (September – October). Popular belief is that the divine Raas Lila of Lord Krishna with Radha and Gopis happened on the Sharat Purnima night. Also on Sharad Purnima day, moon is believed to be the closest to earth and it is believed that moon’s rays contain nourishing elements.

As moon’s rays have several curative properties, people spend the evening under moonlight. In some regions, Poha, puffed rice, and kheer, sweet, is prepared and left in the moonlight and is consumed later.
The day is also referred as Raas Lila Divas or Ras Lila day and its significance is mentioned in the 10th chapter of the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. Sharad Poornima is of importance in places associated with Lord Krishna like Mathura, Braj, Vrindavan and Nathwara.
Sharat Punima Vrat is observed on the day in some regions by Hindu communities.
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Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 29, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on October 29, 2012 – Purnima tithi or full moon day in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Purnima tithi or full moon day the whole day and till 12:02 AM on October 30, 2012. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Revati Nakshatra till 12:16 AM on October 29, 2012. Then onward it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rasi till 12:16 AM. Then onward it is Mesha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Purnima. Purnima Vrat. Sharad Purnima. Kojagari Lakshmi Puja.
Ashwin Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Ashwin month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Ashwin Purnima Tithi  or the full moon day in Ashwin month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
13th day of Aippasi Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. 13th day…