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Panchdev Shakti Kavach

Panchdev is the name given to the five important deities in Hinduism. Panchdev Shakti Kavach is the amulet worn by people who believe in the protection offered by it. Panchdev are Ganesha, Vishnu, Shiva, Durga and Surya. Offering prayers to the five deities before the beginning of any venture is considered highly meritorious.

The mool mantras associated with the Panchdevatas are etched in the Kavach.
The kavach is worn by those people who are facing constant failures in life. It is believed that the Panchdev Shakti Kavach provides with the necessary confidence to face tough situations boldly.

Adi Kedareshwar Temple Dedicated to Shiva in Badrinath

AdiKedareshwarTemple is located near the Badrinath Temple in Uttarakhand. The temple is dedicated to Shiva. AdiKedareshwarTemple is a small shrine and is situated at Govind Shila, above Tapt Kund (hot spring), and is on the way to BadarinathTemple.

The greatness of the AdiKedareshwarTemple at Badrinath is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. Shiva is here worshipped as Kedareshwar. The belief is that those who cannot travel to Kedarnath can perform worship at the temple as it is equal to visiting KedarnathTemple.
Story of Adi Kedareshwar Temple Legend has it the region where the current BadrinathTemple is located was the dwelling place of Shiva and Parvati. Vishnu was looking for a place to mediate and liked the place. He then approached Shiva and Parvati as a child and requested them for permission to do penance in the region. Shiva and Parvati agreed and vacated the place and moved to Kedarnath. This is the reason why the place is known as Adi Kedareshwar.
Related Story of Badrinath Temple

Chardham Yatra 2013 from Mumbai Spiritual Tour Packages from Indian Railways

Indian Railways is offering Chardham Yatra 2013 spiritual tour packages from Mumbai in  June 2013. Chardham Yatra is one of the most popular Hindu pilgrimages and involves visit four Hindu religious sites in Uttarakhand state of India – these are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. Now Indian railway is offering spiritual tour packages to the four shrines from Mumbai.

The tour itinerary is Mumbai – Haridwar – Jankichatti – Yamunotri – Jankichatti – Uttarkashi – Harsil – Gangotri – Uttarkashi – Srikot – Kedarnath – Birhi – Badrinath – Joshimath – Kirtinagar – Haridwar – New Delhi. The tour is for 13 days and 12 nights.

Chardham Spiritual Tour starts in the month of June 2013.
Adult Triple occupancy rate per person in economy package is 23650/-. There are various other packages.
You can find more details about the Chardham Spiritual Tour Packages from Indian Railways at the official website of Rail Tourism India.

The measure of our freedom is the measure of our ability to give love - Swami Chinmayananda

The measure of our freedom is the measure of our ability to give love. It is our inner shackles that take away all our love from us and make us hungry and thirsty for love of others. There in man becomes a slave to the world of tempting objects and charming beings.

In spite of all our best efforts we may slip now and then. But that need not worry us. We are imperfect ones trying our best to gain perfection. Let every slip in us be an education for us. Let us grow expand ultimately to improve to shine out.
Let our present actions atone for our past mistakes.
Be honest to yourself, to your convictions. Let the world bark: the world around you will never remain silent. Swami Chinmayananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – May 17, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on May 17, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 4:49 PM. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Aslesha or Ayilyam Nakshatra till 11:31 PM. Then onward it is Magha Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rasi till 11:31 PM. Then onward it is Simha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ganga Saptami
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 - Vaishakh Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Vaishakh month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Vijayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Sa…