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Bhakta Ramadasu Keertanas – Download Bhadrachalam Ramadasu Songs for free

Bhakta Ramadasu was an ardent devotee of Sri Rama. He composed several Keertanas and prayers dedicated to Vaikunta Rama at the temple of Bhadrachalam. His Keertanas are now offered by the official website of BhadrachalamTemple for free download. Nearly 30 songs of Bhakta Ramadasu are available for download.
Link – Bhakta Ramadasu Spiritual Songs

Story of Vatsasura and Krishna – Demon Vatsa in the form of Calf

Kamsa had appointed numerous demons to kill Sri Krishna. Vatsasura was one such demon. He decided to kill Sri Krishna on the banks of Yamuna. The story has it that demon Vatsa took the form of a calf and joined the herd of calves that Sri Krishna and Balrama were attending to.

The demon followed Sri Krishna. The demon went wherever the Lord went. Krishna soon realized who the calf was. He then secretly told to Balrama about the presence of a demon among the calves.
Sri Krishna then pretended as if he knew nothing. The brothers behaved normally. Then casually Sri Krishna approached the demon who was unaware that he had been discovered.
In a swift move, Sri Krishna caught hold of the hind legs of the calf and whirled him round and round. He then hurled him on to a wood apple tree. Both the demon and the tree fell down creating a huge noise.
The ground was filled with fruits of wood apple. The other gopas who were with Sri Krishna were amazed at the sight.
Because Sri Krishna touched hi…

Hindu Temple in Britain Opens Its Doors for Gay Marriage

The Apple Tree Centre, in Ifield Avenue, Ifield, which is home to the Gurjar Hindu Union, is now able to host civil ceremonies as it was granted marriage license. The temple authorities have opened the temple to all people regardless of race, religion or sexuality. This means couples can legally register their marriage, exchange their religious vows and hold their reception under one roof in the temple.
thisissussex writes Trustee Bharat Lukka is encouraging all sections of the community to consider having their big day at the temple.  He said: "Times have changed and we need to change with it. We need to respect everyone.
"Hindus are generally laid back about religion and everyone in our community has been supportive of the idea. We are quite lucky to have a young community in Crawley so they are quite relaxed about issues and understanding.  "We hold Indian weddings there now but we have wanted to open it up to all religions and sections of the community for some time…

Sri Ram’s advice to Lakshman in the Ramayana

Like a flash of lightning in a mass of clouds unstable are all worldly enjoyments. Life is also like a drop of water upon a piece of heated iron – liable to disappear any moment.

Like a frog hanging in a serpent’s throat being yet desirous of eating the serpent’s flesh with his teeth, men of the world are desirous of enjoyment of unstable worldly objects, even though they are being swallowed up by the serpent of time.
Fickle like a shadow is fortune, unstable like the waves of the ocean is youth, the pleasure derived from the company of women is like a dream, life is short and yet embodied beings have so much attachment to these.
I am this body. The notion is called avidya. I am not this body but the intelligent self. This is called knowledge.
Avidya is the cause of the world, knowledge of self destroys impressions created by Avidya. Those desirous of emancipation should, therefore, always strive for the acquirement of knowledge of self.
These advices were given by Bhagvan Sri Ram to…

Today – February 26, 2013 – is Attukal Pongala - World’s largest annual gathering of women

Today – February 26, 2013 – is Attukal Pongala at the AttukalTemple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Millions of Shaktis have arrived to propitiate the Supreme Mother Goddess Shakti – the life force behind all animate and inanimate. All the women that have descended to Attukal in Trivandrum from various parts of Kerala, India and around the world are here to cook Pongala to Goddess Attukal Devi. They participate in the Attukal Pongala ritual, which is the largest annual gathering of women in the world.
The goddess worshipped at Attukal temple is Kannagi who is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva.
The 'Pongala' ritual comprises preparing ‘prasad’ for the deity. Women cook rice and jaggery in earthen pots and they offer it to the goddess. They also cook different type of sweet dishes – called ‘mandaputtu,’ ‘appam,’ ‘therali’ – made out of rice powder and jaggery. Coconut tree fronds are used to cook the ‘prasad.’

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 26, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on February 26, 2013 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day till 2:01 AM. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 2:09 AM on February 26. Then onward it is Purvaphalguni or Pooram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Attukal Pongala in Trivandrum - Largest gathering of women in the world.
Magh Krishna Paksha Pratipada or the first day during dark phase of moon in the Magh month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Phalgun Krishna Paksha Pratipada or the first day during dark phase of moon in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, …