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Sage Agastya Presenting Divine Weapons to Sri Ram

The divine weapons that were used by Bhagvan Sri Ram in the Ramayana were presented by Sage Agastya to Him. Sri Ram met Sage Agastya in the Dandaka forest and the meeting is mentioned in the Aranya Kanda of the Ramayana.
Agastya gifted Sri Ram Vishnu’s Bow – the divine bow inlaid with gold and encrusted with gems was designed by Vishvakarma. The bow was also known as Brahmadatta as it was once given to Vishnu by Brahma.
Two quivers which are inexhaustible was the next divine gift. They were given to Sage Agastya by Indra. The arrows in the quivers will never run out in a war.
Sage Agastya then gifted Sri Ram a divine sword with a silver scabbard. Vishnu used to fight asuras using this sword.
An armor that cannot be pierced by weapon was also given to Sri Ram. This was gifted to Sage Agastya by Indra.
Sage Agastya also said that when Sri Ram needs a chariot, Matali, the charioteer of Indra, will bring the chariot of Indra and He will be able to use it.
All the above said weapons were…

Nila – Consort of Vishnu

Nila is the third consort of Vishnu. The first two are Shri (Goddess Lakshmi) and Bhudevi (Mother Earth). Information about Nila Devi is found in the Vedic hymn Nila Sukta. Nila pardons the mistakes and shortcomings of devotees.
Nila symbolically represents Daya (compassion) and Kripa (Grace) aspects of Vishnu.
Nila Sukta is chanted to propitiate Nila Devi. Those people who live in remorse and shame of sins committed get relief after chanting Nila Sukta.
Andal who is worshipped in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu, is combined form of Bhudevi and Nila.
Nila Devi is also addressed as Grithavati (intelligent and gentle), Mahadevi (chief goddess), Nappinnai (consort of Krishna), Payasvathi (source of milk), Vishnupatni (consort of Vishnu), Asha (All pervasive) and Manota (Worshipped in mind).

Prathyangira Devi Temple near Kumbakonam – Ayyavadi Pratyangira Devi Temple

PrathyangiraDeviTemple is located at Ayyavadi near Kumbakonam in Thanjavur District in Tamil Nadu. GoddessPrathyangira is an Ugra Avatar or powerful incarnation of Mother Goddess Shakti. The most important ritual at AyyavadiPratyangiraDeviTemple is Nikumbala Yajna performed on no moon days. It is said that Bhagvan Sri Ram performed this yajna to overcome Ravana and Indrajith.
Lord Shiva is worshiped as Agastheeswarar and Mother Goddess is also worshipped as Dharma Samvardini.
Prathyangira Devi murti is black in color wears crescent moon on the head and she holds trident, pasa, damaru and is accompanied by Goddess Lakshmi and Saraswathi.
Shiva’s manifestation of Sharabha is also worshipped in the temple. The belief is that Sharabha appeared to control the Narasimha avatar of Vishnu. Prathyangira Devi is believed to have appeared from the forehead of Sharabha.
Nikumbala Yajna 
Nikumbala Yajna performed on no moon days attracts thousands of devotees. It is performed to defeat enemies, to …

Centuries old ancient Bell weighing 800 kg repaired at Poovanur Sathuranganathar Temple in Tamil Nadu

Welding Research Institute (WRI) of the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) recently repaired a centuries old ancient temple bell belong to the PoovanurSathuranganatharTemple in Tamil Nadu. The bell weighs around 800 kg and was not in use for 70 years due to cracks on it.

Such initiatives need to be encouraged as it helps in restoring our tradition and culture.
The bell weighs 800 kg Thickness 80 mm Height 750 mm The crack on the bell was 350 mm long and 25 mm wide from the bottom because of continuous usage. The Hindu reports  Briefing about the complex repair welding process, Mr. Easwaran said: “The alloy bell which weighs about 800 kg is essentially made of brass with a thickness of 80 mm and a height of 750 mm and had developed a crack of 350 mm long and 25 mm wide from the bottom because of continuous usage. A special fixture and heating burner were developed and the bell was welded at a controlled temperature using special consumables and flux.”  “The nadam of the bell remi…

Tirukkural on Speaking Pleasant Words

Pleasant words, full of tenderness and devoid of deceit, fall from the lips of virtuous men.
Better than a gift given with a joyous heart are sweet words spoken with a cheerful smile.
Poverty provoking sorrow will not pursue those who speak joy-producing words to all they meet.
Humility and pleasant words are the jewels that adorn a man; there are none other.

Words yield spiritual rewards and moral excellence when they do not wander far from usefulness and agreeableness.  Tirukkural

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 24, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on July 24, 2013 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the 2nd day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the 2nd day during the waning phase of moon till 7:31 PM. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the 3rd day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravanam Nakshatra till 6:04 AM. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi till 5:25 PM. Then onward it is Kumbha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – 
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Shravan Krishna Paksha Dwitiya  or second day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month in calendars followed in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Vijayanama S…