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Saraswati Pushkaram 2013 at Kaleshwaram in Andhra Pradesh

Saraswati Pushkaram 2013 as per Telugu calendars and Panchang is from May 30, 2013 to June 10, 2013. Saraswathi Pushkaram is held once in 12 years at Kaleshwaram in Andhra Pradesh. It is believed that SaraswathiRiver flows underground along with Pranahita and Godavari rivers at Kaleshwaram.
According to the Kaleshwaram temple history, Pushkaram for SaraswathiRiver is conducted when ‘Guru’ (Jupiter) enters ‘Mithuna’ (Gemini) sign. 
Kaleshwaram temple is located around 135 kilometer east of Karimnagar. The town is 277 kilometer north of Hyderabad. 
Pushkara, or Pushkarams, is a popular Hindu ritual and festival which is held along 12 rivers. A Pushakaram along a particular river takes place once in 12 years when Jupitar (Brishaspati) enters a particular zodiac.

The ritual of pushkaram is more popular in Andhra Pradesh.

The main ritual involves taking a holy dip the river. In Saraswati Pushkaram, holy dip is taken in Pranahita and Godavari rivers.

Ashwini Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility – Ashwini Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage

Ashwini Nakshatra Marriage compatibility or matching stars with Ashwini for marriage in detail is given below. It is the first among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology.
The very best matching stars or the most combatable stars are Swathi, Vishaka (4th quarter), Anusham and Shravan.
Other good matching stars with Ashwini Nakshatra are Ashwini, Bharani, Rohini, Hastam, Vishaka (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Jyeshta, Moola, Purvashada, Purva Bhadrapada, Uttara Bhadrapada, and Revati.
Kartika (1st Quarter), Mrigasira, Ardra, Punarvasu, Pushya, Maka, Purvaphalguni, Chithra (third and fourth quarter), Uttarashada, Dhanishta, Sadayam are okay – means neither good nor bad.
Starts that do not match or not compatible with Ashwini Nakshatram are Kartika (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Aslesha, Uthraphalguni and Chithra (1st and 2nd quarter).

Ekambareswarar Temple Chennai – Shiva and Shani Temple at Sowcarpet in Chennai

EkambareswararTemple at Sowarpet in Chennai is dedicated to Shiva and is also an important Shani Temple. It is believed that worshipping in the temple brings relief from Shani related astrological problems. The temple is more than 1000 year old and houses numerous unique murtis (idols).
The main temple is dedicated to Shiva (Ekambareswarar) and Goddess Parvati (Kamakshi).
The main murti worshipped in the temple is a Shivling. The murti of Mother Goddess is located on the base of the Shivling. There is a Sri Chakra in front of the Goddess.
Story of ChennaiEkambareswararTemple
Legend has it that there lived an ardent devotee of Shiva in the Sowcarpet region in Chennai. He used to visit the famous EkambareswararTemple at Kanchipuram on all important occasions and also on Pradosh days. But once on a Pradosham fasting day he had lot of work and his employer did not allow him to go to Kanchipuram. But still the devotee managed to reach the Kanchipuram temple.
While returning back he was dea…

Rare Murti of Goddess Saraswati in National Gallery of Australia – Should it not be in a Hindu Temple?

A rare murti of Goddess Saraswati is part of the collection National Gallery of Australia. A murti (ignorantly referred as idol) is a form given to a deity for worship in Hinduism. This particular Goddess Saraswati murti belongs to the early-mid 12th century, Hoysala dynasty in Karnataka in India.
Goddess Saraswati is the goddess of learning, art and literature in Hinduism. The Australian reports  A sculpture of Sarasvati is one of the highlights of the Asian collection at Canberra's National Gallery of Australia. It was acquired in 2011 with the support of Melbourne couple Pauline and John Gandel, who also gave the gallery a gift of $7.5 million in 2010.  She is adorned with lavish jewellery and seated cross-legged on an elaborate throne. She has four hands and each holds a symbolic feature: an elephant goad to nudge humankind towards virtuous living, a garland of beads for devotion, a noose showing that earthly desires are destructive and holding us back, and a palm-leaf manuscr…

Panchadashi Teachings

Teachings from Panchadashi of Sage Vidyaranya
The ego is the patron, the sense objects the audience, the intellect the dancer, the sense organs musicians playing on their instruments; and the lamp illumining them all is the witness consciousness.
As a lamp reveals all objects while remaining in its own place, so does the witness consciousness, itself ever motionless, illumine the objects within and without (including the working of the mind)
When all forms have been destroyed, the formless space still remains. So, when all the names and forms are negated, what remains is the imperishable Brahman.
Just as the cotton-like flowers of the Ishika reed are burnt by fire in a moment, so the accumulated past actions of the knower are burnt up because of realization. Panchadashi of Sage Vidyaranya