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Losing Belief in God – Thoughts on the Backdrop of Uttarakhand Crisis

Losing belief in God is quite natural especially for those who lost near and dear ones in the Uttarakhand rains and flash flood. People who lost their father, mother, brother, sister, sons, daughters, relatives and friends will doubt the existence of God as the crisis happened during a pilgrimage. If you are losing your belief then you never understood the teachings of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). Thus it is better to lose the wrong belief and realize the Truth.
There are two issues here one is pilgrimage and another is belief in God.
Most of the devotees who go on pilgrimage are not real pilgrims. Sadly they are tourists – going to an exotic location like Uttarakhand to have a glimpse of God. These people might have never bothered to visit a nearby shrine which is at a walking distance.
In Sanatana Dharma, pilgrimage (Teerth Yatra) is not going to meet God in some distant place.
Pilgrimage is a walk for self realization. The ultimate destination is of little significance.
In the wal…

Google Crisis Map of the Uttarakhand region 2013 – With Helpline Phone Numbers and Person Finder and Relief Fund Details

Google is doing its bit to help in the Uttarakhand crisis in 2013.  It had earlier created a person finder page. Now Google has come up with an interactive crisis map of the Uttarakhand region. The page also contains helpline phone numbers, person finder and how can help in the relief work.
Link – Google Crisis Map of the Uttarakhand region

Vyasa Gaddi at Naimisaranya – Sage Vyasa Divided Vedas into four and compiled 18 Puranas Here

Vyasa Gaddi at Naimisaranya forest is believed to be the holy spot where Sage Vyasa divided the Vedas into four and compiled 18 Puranas. Vyasa Gaddi is located around 90 km from Lucknow in Sitapur District of Uttar Pradesh.
Earlier the place located on the banks of GomtiRiver was a thick forest. Today there is only a small forest here. A small temple and a banyan tree stands at the place where Vyasa divided the Vedas.
Chakratirtha and Lalita Devi temple are located nearby. The place attracts thousands of devotees on Vyasa Purnima (Guru Purnima) in Ashada Month.

Recently Vedic Scholars from Chennai visited the place and performed yajnas, pujas and chanted the Vedas. You can read about it here in the Hindu.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – June 27, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on June 27, 2013 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon till 7:47 AM. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Dhanishta or Avittam or Sravishta Nakshatra till 8:41 PM. Then onward it is Shatabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rasi till 9:15 AM. Then onward it is Kumbha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – 
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 - Ashada Krishna Paksha Chaturthi tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Ashada month in calendars followed in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu a…