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How Snake Vasuki Became Rope for the Churning Ocean?

Vasuki Snake was used by Devas (demigods) and Asuras (demons) as rope during the churning of ocean (Samudra Manthan). The story of Vasuki joining the churning of ocean is very interesting – it shows pride achieves nothing.
When the time of churning of ocean was decided, Garuda was asked to bring Vasuki from his palace. Vasuki resided in the palace of Varuna, the sea god.
Garuda and Nagas (snakes) were enemies. Garuda ordered Vasuki to reach the spot. Vasuki said that as his movement is slow and it would be better if Garuda carried him fast to the destination. Garuda agreed to carry him on his beak.
Garuda took the middle part of Vasuki and flew up into the horizon but the tail and head remained on the ground. Garuda then folded the huge snake into two and flew up into the sky but the result was the same. Garuda could not carry Vasuki and returned without him.
Finally, Shiva stretched his arm into the sea and Vasuki took the form of a bangle and reached the spot of the churning of oce…

Live Darshan from Saptashrungi Devi Temple in Nashik

SaptashrungiDeviTemple in Nashik is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti and is considered as a half ShaktipeetahTemple. The temple administration is now offering online live darshan during the opening hours of the temple. The live streaming is available for free.

Saptashrungi Devi Mandir is located within seven mountains and it is believed the right hand of Goddess Sati fell here.
Saptashrungi Devi means the goddess of the seven hills.
You can have live Darshan from Saptashrungi Devi Temple here at the official website.

Tamil Vaigasi Month 2018 - Vaigasi Masam in 2018 in Tamil Calendar

Vaigasi is the second month in a traditional Tamil calendar. In 2018, Vaigasi Month begins on May 15, 2018 and ends on June 14. The most important and auspicious day in the month is the Vaigasi Visakam (May 28, 2018). Special pujas and rituals are held in the month in the famous SrirangamRanganathaTemple in Tamil Nadu.

Ekadasi dates in the month are on May 25 and June 10, 2018
Shiva Pradosham dates are May 26 and June 11.

Sashti Muruga Fasting is on May 20.

Vaigasi Pournami or full moon day is on May 29

Vaigasi Ammavasi is on May 15 and June 13

Pillayar Sankatahara Chaturthi is on June 2 (Ganesh Sankashti Chaturthi)

The next month in Tamil Calendar is the Aani Month.

Brahma’s Advice to Priyavrata in the Bhagavad Purana

The man who wants to conquer his indriyas should live the life of an ordinary man: marry, breed children: and, at the same time, try to conquer his arch enemies. Once he has subdued them the perfect man can walk fearlessly in the midst of men.

Think of the example of a besieged city. Enemies are attacking the city and the king defends it by taking refuge in a fort. The fort gives him succor. Even so, if a man takes refuge at the Feet of the Lord he can easily repel the six enemies and he can, at the same time, enjoy the things of the world which have been given to him by the Lord to be enjoyed. After his span of life is ended he becomes one with Him: the Jivatma and Paramatma become one.
A man who has conquered his senses and who has realized that he is none other than the Paramatman, is the best person to live in the world of men. Detached as he is, from the worldly objects he will be the ideal man to move among men who have so much to learn and this emancipated soul can help others…