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Charvaka Philosophy – Charvak Darshan

Charvaka Philosophy is related to materialistic ideas and rejects the idea of Karma and Moksha. Also known as Lokayata (related to the world), the teachings in Charvak Darshan are atheistic. The teachings were propounded by Charvaka and are believed to be older than 6th century BC.

There are no original texts associated with Charvaka Philosophy. People came to know about Charvak Darshan from the reference about the philosophy in later texts.
The main teachings of Charvaka Philosophy are: There is no God There is no life after death. All that is here came from nature and not from God. Fire is hot and water is cold due to its nature. Darshans (spiritual teachings) were found by man and not god Charvaka also states that Vedas were written by Jokers. The school of thought gives importance to direct perception or Anubhava.
Important teachings of Charvaka Philosophy are found in the Sarvadarshna Samgraha of Madhavacharya. In the book, Madhavacharya refutes the teachings of Charvaka.

Mother of Bhishma Pitamaha in Mahabharata

Bhishma Pitamaha in Mahabharata is the grandsire who saw several generation of his family due to the boon that he can decide the time of his death. But who is the mother of Bhishma Pitamaha? Mother of Bhishma is Ganga – River Ganges.

Bhishma was the son of King Shantanu and Ganga.
Ganga who had taken away Bhishma after birth had returned him to Shantanu when he had attained adulthood.

Related Story of the Birth of Bhishma in the Mahabharat Bhishma Narkatari Temple at Kurukshetra

Ghatasthapana Good Time on April 11, 2013 – Auspicious time to perform Chaitra Navratri Kalash Sthapana Puja in 2013

Ghatasthapana, or Kalash Sthapana Puja, is the one of the most auspicious ceremony during Chaitra Navratri festival in North India and in Nepal. The good time for Ghatasthapana on April 11, 2013 is from 6:16 AM to 10:19 AM. Navarati Kalashsthapana Puja involves invoking the mother Goddess in a Pot or Kalash and sowing of seeds (barely etc).

The pot is sprinkled with water on all the nine days. Pujas and other rituals are performed.
At the end of the ninth day, the barley shoots will reach a height of 2 to 3 inches and its then pulled out and distributed.