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Srikantha – Manifestation of Shiva

Srikantha is a manifestation of Shiva. Srikantha means beautiful neck – the reference here is to the dark blue neck that Shiva got after drinking the halahala poison. Srikantha is also one of the ekadasarudras – 11 forms of Rudra Shiva.
There are also other references in Mahabharata regarding how Shiva got the name Srikantha. It is said that Indra hurled a thunderbolt on Shiva and it made a mark on his throat and he got the name.
Some ancient sculptors of Shiva as Srikantha depict him with five heads and 10 hands. Some sculptors give prominence to the blue throat.
Goddess Shakti is referred to as Srikanthardhasaririni – who is half the body of Srikantha (Shiva).

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 17 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the 17th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The aim of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the seventeenth 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.

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Bhagavad Gita Chapter 16 Quiz
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 17 Quiz

Swami Bhuteshanandaji Maharaj Thoughts

Often we hear people discussing that they are unhappy. It is indeed surprising that with whoever we may talk he says he is unhappy. Perhaps people have a temporary respite from worries and miseries, but they always become unhappy immediately preceding and succeeding that state. Nonetheless we remain so much absorbed in whatever little temporary pleasures or happiness we get that we do not remember unhappiness or the one that follows it. Though we are reminded of it by our true well wisher, we remain largely oblivious of this need. We rather think what is the need for it.
And who is the  true well wisher? Indeed, God who is truly our own person, or well-wisher, in search of whom we have come into this world, and only when we will reach His lotus-feet that we shall be in everlasting peace.  
But do we really consider this world as an alien land? If we care to examine our mind a little we shall find that no matter how fleeting may be our life here in this world which is a mixture of ple…

Today – November 14, 2012 – is Govardhan Puja – Bali Pratipada – Gujarati New Year

Today – November 14, 2012 – is the day after Diwali and numerous rituals and pujas are held today by Hindu communities. The most important rituals are Govardhan Puja, Annakut, Bali Pratipada and Hindu Vikram Year 2069 or Gujarati New Year begins on the day after Diwali.
GovardanMountain, near Mathura, which was lifted by Shri Krishna to save the people of Braj from heavy rains and flood, is worshiped on the day and is known as Govardhan Puja. Devotees offer different types of food on the day to Sri Krishna and this large amount of food forms a mountain. Therefore the festival is also known as Annakut, a mountain of food. Govardhan Parikrama, circumambulating the hill, is an important event on the day.
Bali Padyami, or Bali Pratipada, is observed after Deepavali in Karnataka and Maharashtra. Balipadyami celebrates the reign of Asura King Balindra, popularly known as Mahabali, who was killed by Vamana, an incarnation of Vishnu. Legend has it that due to a boon given by Lord Vishnu, King …

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 14, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on November 14, 2012 – Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Amavasya Tithi or no moon day till 4:01 AM on November 14, 2012. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon (light phase of moon). All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Vishakha or Vishakam Nakshatra till 1:50 PM on November 14, 2012. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi till 8:13 AM. Then onward it is Vrischika Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Annakut. Govardhan Puja. Gujarati New Year - Vikram Smavat 2069 begins. Bali Pratipada.
Kartik Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Kartik month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Kartik Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the light p…