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Story – Tulsi Leaf and Sri Krishna Weighed on Balance Scale – Which is Heavy Bhakti or Material Possessions

There is an important story mentioned in Hindu scriptures which prove that Love and Bhakti are the best options to overcome Maya. Legend has it that one day, Sage Narada reached Dwarka and wives of Sri Krishna offered him a gift. Sage Narada wanted to take away Sri Krishna with him as gift.

The wives were not ready to give Sri Krishna. But since they had made a promise; they agreed to give anything that is equal to the weight of Sri Krishna.
Sage Narada agreed and a weighing balance was brought. Sri Krishna sat on one side of the weighing balance. Sathyabhama, one of the wives of Sri Krishna, brought all her gold and placed it on the other pan. But the pan of Sri Krishna remained lower.
More gold, silver, diamonds were added to the pan but still the pan of Sri Krishna weighed more.
The wives had no more material possessions left. Then Rukmini, another of Sri Krishna’s wives, removed all gold, silver, diamonds from the pan and with prayers placed a single Tulsi leaf (Basil leaf). Sri …

Ameda Temple in Kerala That Accepts Snake Murtis (idols) from Sacred Groves

Snake worship, or Nagaradhana is very popular in Kerala. Earlier important houses in an area had a special grove dedicated to serpents which contain plants, shrubs and trees with medicinal properties. But majority of people do not want a sacred grove in their property as this reduces the value of the property in real estate market. So people are removing the Snake Murtis worshipped in the property. One temple which is currently hosting such removed murtis is the AmedaTemple in Ernakulam in Kerala.
The Hindu reports  What happens when there is no one to look after them and the sacred groves (Sarpakavu) are left in the lurch? Just like there are old age homes to take care of the elderly, Ameda Temple is one of the temples that “accepts” the snake spirits of the sacred groves from places that the land owners are unable to maintain. It has the shrines dedicated to the Nagaraja and Nagayakshi along with the main deity known as Saptamathrukkal  “We try to talk to the land owners about prese…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 4, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on December 4, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Panchami or the fifth day during the dark phase of moon till 3:28 AM December 4, 2012. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon.All time based on India Standard Time.

Note - In calendars followed in Gujarat and Maharashtra it is Krishna Pakksha Panchami or the fifth day during the dark phase of moon.

Nakshatra – Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatra till 1:17 AM on December 4, 2012. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayilyam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kartik Krishna Paksha Sashti or the sixth day during the dark phase of moon in Kartik month in calendars followed in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh

Kartik Krishna Paksha Panchami or the fifth day during the dark phase of moon in Kartik month in calendars…

The acts of this life are the destiny of the next – Ancient Hindu Lessons

Evil is a screen which hides the truth.
The acts of this life are the destiny of the next.
The flies seek filth, the bees seek honey. I will shun the habit of the flies and follow that of the bees. I will refrain from finding faults in others and only look for the good which is in them.
The world is imprisoned by its own activity.
The name of God is Truth.
He alone grasps God who does not grasp Him. Anyone who understands God does not know Him.