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Story of Bhakti Devi and Sons – The Merits of Reading Bhagavad Purana

A symbolic story mentioned in the Padma Purana extols the merits of reading Srimad Bhagavad Purana. The story is associated with Bhakti Devi and her sons. Legend has it that Bhakti Devi and her sons who were residing in South India, decided to walk up to Gokula.

The two sons of Bhakti Devi were named Jnana and Vairagya. During the long walk the mother and two sons became aged.
But as soon as they entered Gokula, Bhakti Devi became young again. But her two sons remained old.
Bhakti Devi asked Sage Narada who was at the time in Gokula to turn her sons young again.
Sage Narada took the help of Sanakadi Rishis. The Rishis asked Sage Narada to read out the Srimad Bhagavad Purana to the two sons. When Narada narrated the Bhagavad Purana the sons of Bhakti Devi became young again.
This story symbolically suggests that gaining jnana and practicing vairagya should not make a person aloof from society. He should not put on the garbs of maturity and keep people out. Along with Jnana and Vairagy…

Nimishamba Temple at Srirangapatna, Mysore – Karnataka

NimishambaDeviTemple is located about 3 km from Srirangapatna near Mysore in Karnataka. Nimishamba Devi is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. The highlight of the temple is the Sri Chakra carved on black stone – Krishna Shila – worshipped in the sanctum sanctorum. It has the Bija-Aksharas and was worshipped by Adi Shankaracharya and Sri Vidyaranya.

Story of the Origin of Temple Legend has it that a king Sumanaska wanted to perform a yajna for the welfare of the people. The king assigned the duty of performing the yajna to the prince of kingdom and Rajarshi Muktaraja. When the yajna started, two demons named, Janumandala and Sumandala overpowered the prince of the kingdom and disturbed the yajna.
Rajarshi Muktaraja then prayed to Mother Goddess Shakti. Goddess Parvati appeared and annihilated the demons. She did not even take a fraction of a second to kill the demons.
In memory of the divine event, Rajarishi Muktiraja built a temple dedicated to Goddess Shakti. As Mother Goddess only ap…

Rig Veda Chanting – Complete Audio of Rg Veda

This Rig Veda Chanting is provided by Veda Vichara website. You can listen to the complete Rg Veda for free. The chanting of the Rig Veda is as per the Shakala Shaka which is widely prevalent in South India.

There are a total of 64 files. You can listen to each audio file through the mp3 player on the website. The time of a single file varies from 3o to 5o minutes.
You can listen to Rig Veda Chanting here

Download Rig Veda Text in English in Pdf Format

Nisargadatta Maharaj – Wise Words

You are that which is prior to the arrival of I-am-ness. When we did not know anything, that is our true state. That is reality. In that state we did not even know our own existence.

Then spontaneously came the thought or the knowledge ‘I am.’ This knowledge started the sense of duality, subject and object, sin and merit and the entire gamut of interrelated opposites. Whatever was before the knowledge ‘I am’ is Truth. Whatever is subsequent is false.
Many names have been given to the sense of presence or I am ness: Maya, Prakriti, Ishwara etc, but nevertheless it is an illusion, pure ignorance.
Prakriti, with the cooperation of the conceptual Purusha creates the world and peoples it with innumerable forms. It is Maya in action that makes consciousness mistakenly believe that. It is the particular form itself. Thus it assumes the identity of the particular form and forgets its nature.
Nisargadatta Maharaj

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 4, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on April 4, 2013 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon till 8:44 PM. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon.

Nakshatra – Poorvashada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 12:02 AM.  Then onward it is Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatram till 10:34 PM. Then onward it is Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 5:40 AM. Then onward it is Makar Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Phalgun Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Chaitra Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Chaitra month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan…