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Mother of Balram – Who was the Mother of Balarama, Elder brother of Sri Krishna?

Details regarding the birth of Balram, elder brother of Sri Krishna, are found in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana, Mahabharat and Hari Vamsa. Balram has two mothers – Devaki and Rohini. Balarama was born in the womb of Devaki. As Devaki was imprisoned and Kamsa had decided to kill all the children born to her, the child from the womb of Devaki was placed inside Rohini.

Devaki and Rohini were the wives of Vasudeva.
Even though Balram was born first in the womb of Devaki, his mother is Rohini as she delivered Him.
Balram is an incarnation of Adi Shesha.

English Panchangam 2013 – 2014 in pdf – Download Vijaya Nama English Panchanga for free

English Panchangam 2013 – 2014 is provided by the Thanjavur Panchangam and is known as the Surya Siddhanta Panchangam. The Panchangam is in PDF format and it can be downloaded for free and for April 10, 2013 to March 31, 2014. This is the Vijayanama Panchanga and follows the calendars followed in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

The Panchangam provides all the necessary details and auspicious dates.

Panchangam in English is provided by Thanjavur Panchangam and it is also based on the Surya Siddhanta System.
You can download the Thanjavur Panchangam in English here at the official website.

Chitrapura Temple – Chitrapura Durgaparameshwari Temple near Mangalore in Karnataka

ChitrapuraDurgaparameshwariTemple is a very rare temple in which Mother Goddess is worshipped as Linga. It is believed that Goddess Durga appeared here in the form of Jaladurga. The temple is located near Mangalore in Karnataka.

Legend has it that Durga Devi appeared as Jaladurga to kill demons Chitrasura and Vichitrasura. They demons were followers of Darigasura and they wanted to take revenge on Mother Goddess for killing their master.
Wives of a Gandharva were kidnapped by Chitrasura and Vichitrasura. The Gandharva prays to Vishnu who then deputes Jaladurga to kill the demons. The place where the demons were annihilated came to be known as Chitrapura or Vichitrapura.
Goddess is worshiped here in the form of Udbhavalinga. Mother Goddess Kali is also worshipped in the temple.
Location Chitrapura Bus Station situated on Mangalore - Udupi national highway (NH 17) is at a walk able distance from the temple.
Chithrapura Durgaparameshwari temple is located around 12 km from Hampanakatta, Ma…

Teachings on Real Guru from Guru Gita

Guru devoid of Knowledge, who indulges in falsehood and who is full of vanity should be abandoned. Because when he is not able to find peace for himself, how is he to bestow peace on others?
What special knowledge has a stone in saving other stones from drowning? If it cannot swim across the river by itself; how can it help other stones to swim across?
They (such Gurus) are not at all fit to be worshipped whose reasoning creates painful delusion. Such Gurus should be abandoned from a distance. One should take refuge only in the self-realized ones.
Imposters, habitual sinners, atheists, those who are of the different temperament, slaves of woman, evildoers, ungrateful, rougish, those fallen from Karma Marga, cruel, who indulge in vain discussions, sensualists, those who are angry, violent, unyielding to reasoning, devoid of knowledge, great sinners, crooks , fools, such Gurus should be avoided; and one should only take refuge in the Self realized Guru with single minded devotion and …