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Goddess Bhudevi

Goddess Bhudevi is the Mother Earth and she is the consort of Hindu God Vishnu. As per Hinduism, Goddess Bhudevi is the one who nourishes or sustains all living beings. When Adharma rises on earth, she calls for the attention of Vishnu. Many scriptures mention of Goddess Bhudevi complaining to Vishnu regarding the depredations and oppressions caused by demons. Then Vishnu takes an Avatar and installs Dharma by annihilating the demons.
Goddess Bhudevi is always depicted with two arms - right hand holding utpala - the blue lotus in her right raised hand. The other hand is in Varada mudra.
Bhudevi is worshipped in some of the important temples dedicated to Vishnu – especially at TirupatiBalajiTemple. Murtis of Goddess Bhudevi are mainly found in South India.
Goddess Bhudevi also takes the form of cow. This is why in some regions cow is equated with mother earth.

High Resolution Angkor Wat Temples Pictures – Black and White Photos

High resolution pictures of Angkor Wat temples in Black and White are presented by Mark Johanson in the International Business Times. There are 25 photos of the various aspects of the temple including the AngkorWatTemple, Bayon, Angkor Thom, Preah Khan etc.
You can find the 25 images here at ibtimes
Note – as all images are in a single page it might take some time to load.

Swami Chinmayananda – Advice to Parents

When we sit down and try to analyze how to remould and recast our future, we see that it is certainly through the children of today who are going to be the leaders of tomorrow. We must supply them with a vision and teach them to have the courage and heroism to live up to their convictions.
We, the parents, must change. Children learn not from books. Higher values cannot be imparted to the students by institutions, by a society or a community, or even a committee.
Only when a plant is young and we are sincerely watching it, can we train the plant to grow straight. A plant can be trained but not a tree. If the tree has got a bend, it has got a bend - full stop! Then we can only trim the branches but not the trunk.

Today – November 19, 2012 – is Chhath Puja Sandhya Argh – Chhath Dala Evening puja

Today – November 19, 2012 – is one of the most important pujas during Chhath festival – the Chhath Sandhya Argh – the evening prayers dedicated to Lord Surya. Men and women who are undertaking the Chhath fast worship the Sun God and take a ritual bath in a nearby river, pond or sea. Chhath Sandhya Argh is mainly performed along the banks of GangaRiver and Koshi in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, other parts of eastern India, Yamuna in Delhi and Nepal.
Devotees offer ‘Argh’ to setting sun (Lord Surya) along with ‘soop.’ ‘Argh’ and ‘soop’ are offerings and consists of flowers, fruits, sprouted grains, dry coconut, sugarcane, white radish, sweets and khajurees. The offering is made to Surya by standing in knee-deep water.
In the evening pujas are performed at home and a special puja is done for Agni – fire god. This puja is performed in a special area cordoned off by four sugarcane sticks.
On the next day morning, Chhath Sooryodaya Argh – Chhat Dala Morning Puja is performed and the fasting comes …

Today – November 19, 2012 – is Soorasamharam – Skanda Sashti

Today – November 19, 2012 – is Soorasamharam day associated with the six-day Skanda Sashti Vratam and Festival. The day celebrates the victory of Lord Skanda (Murugan) over demon Surapadma. Tamilians, especially Muruga devotees, around world observe fasting for six days before the Soorasamharam day. It is a major festival in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa.
Son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, Skanda is also known as Kartikeya and Subrahmanya. His birth was primarily to kill the demons that had created anarchy on earth. Legend has it that Skanda killed Demon Surapadma (Soorasamharam) on the sixth day of a battle with his ‘Vel’ or lance. Lord Muruga is also the commander of the army of the Devas.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 19, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on November 19, 2012 – Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:56 PM on November 19, 2012. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon (light phase of moon). All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 6:16 AM on November 19, 2012. Then onward it is Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravanam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Surya Sashti Vrat. Chhath Puja - Sandhya Argh. Skanda Sashti Soorasamharam.
Kartik Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Kartik month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Kartik Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the light phase of moon in…