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Goddess Tara in Hinduism

Goddess Tara in Hinduism is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is one of the forms that is part of the Mahavidyas – 10 goddesses who are forms of Goddess Shakti. Special pujas dedicated to Goddess Tara are held during the Chaitra Ashtami day.

In some scriptures Goddess Tara is known as Ugra Tara, a manifestation of Goddess Kali. This form is worshipped in the Kamakhya region in Assam.
Goddess Tara is equated with Goddess Kali in eastern parts of India.
Other Tara in Hindu scriptures
Tara is the name of the wife of Brihaspati, the guru of Devas. She had eloped with Chandra, the moon god. In Chandra, she had a son – Budha.
Tara is also the name of wife of Bali, the Vanara king (monkey king) in Ramayana. She was well known for her beauty and intelligence.
Tara, a Vanara, was also the name of a minister in the court of Bali. He was the son of Brihaspati. He was huge in size and was more intelligent than other monkeys.

Vilacheri Village – Navratri Kollu Dolls Made Here Are Famous

Keeping Navratri Kollu Dolls is a unique tradition in South India. The best Kollu Dolls are made at VilacheriVillage near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. The village is also famous for papier-mache dolls. 
The Hindu reports about this unique village in the The Potter’s Trail a trip organized by Storytrails.
Story trails is a unique new service in the area of creative outings and alternative tours especially in Tamil Nadu.

You can read more about Vilacheri Village here in the Hindu

Sri Krishna’s First Advice to Uddhava in Uddhava Gita

Noble friend, when I (Sri Krishna) leave this world darkness will descend: The dreaded age of Kali will being ~ the age in which all that is auspicious becomes hidden and obscured.

Do not remain here (at Dwarka) when I have gone. You are a worthy soul, but in this darkness which is to come people will indulge in all that is unworthy.
Shake of all attachments whether to family or friends. Roam the world as one free of all attachment, with impartial vision.
Whatever you see, hear or touch know that you cannot know it for what it is. Know that whatever your mind makes of it is like a mirage that will fade away.
A confused mind sees a world of multiplicities, a world of good and bad. This creates a compulsion to act or refrain from acting, depending on what will bring gain and what will cause loss.
Therefore, control your senses and your mind. See this entire universe as the Self and see this self in me, its supreme sovereign.
In this way you will come to know and realize that the self w…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – June 13, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on June 13, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:33 AM. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Note – please note that it is marked Shukla Paksha Chaturthi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat.
Nakshatra – Pushya or Pooyam or Pusam Nakshatra till 5:23 AM. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 - Jyeshta Shukla Paksha Panchami or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Jyeshta month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana…