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Hindu Calendar 2014 with Tithi in pdf – Download Hindu Calendar 2014 for free

Hindu Calendar 2014 with Tithi in pdf for free download is based on Calendars followed in North India – Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. A month in this Hindu calendar begins after Purnima and ends on Purnima. All important festivals and fasting 2014 dates are marked in the calendar.
Link – Download Hindu Calendar 2014 with Tithi in pdf

The calendar is uploaded in Google Drive and is shared with all people. You don’t need permission to open the link.

Story of Maricha in the Ramayana – Demon Maricha

Maricha was the son of Demon Sunanda and Tadaka in the Ramayana. He was also the uncle of Ravana. Story of Maricha can be found in the Bala Kanda and Aranya Kanda of Ramayana. It is believed that in his previous birth, Maricha was a gatekeeper in the Vaikunta and was cursed to be born as a Rakshasa. He was promised that he will get relief from curse when he will be killed by Sri Rama in the Treta Yuga.
Maricha used to disturb the Saints in the DandakaForest. He faced the power of the arrows of Sri Ram and Lakshman when he attempted to disrupt the yajna of Vishwamitra which was protected by the two brothers.
After this incident, there was change in Maricha’s character, he grew matted hair and spend his life in an ashram.
After the death of Demon Khara, Ravana arrives at the Ashram of Maricha. In the discussion that follows, Maricha convinces Ravana not to attack Rama.
The second meeting between Maricha and Ravana takes place after Surpanakha complains about Sri Ram and Lakshman. He a…

Why Pandavas Could not Save Abhimanyu in the Mahabharata War?

Abhimanyu, the son of Arjuna and Subhadra, was killed on the 13th day of the Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharata. Subhadra repeatedly asks Krishna and Pandavas - “How can Abhimanyu be killed when Pandavas and Krishna are present in the same battlefield?” Why Pandavas could not save Abhimanyu?
On the 13th day of the battle, Drona, the commander of Kauravas, constructed Chakra Vyuha – a circular type of battle combination. Only Krishna, Arjuna and Abhimanyu knew how to break the Vyuha.
Kauravas had made a detailed plan. They knew that Chakra Vyuha would be easily broken by Arjuna. So they asked Samshaptakas to keep Arjuna busy.
Samshaptakas (Trigartas) are warriors who had taken an oath to die or kill Arjuna. Arjuna and Krishna was busy fighting them the whole day and was on another part of the Kurukshetra.
Now only Abhimanyu knew how to break the Chakra Vyuha. Yudhishitra asked Abhimanyu to penetrate the Vyuha so that other warriors in the Pandava side can follow him.
But the four Pan…

The 21 Ganapati Names For Prayer

The 21 names of Ganapati are used in worship by many devotees. The names are chanted while offering prayers to Ganapati. The 21 Ganapati names are:


Kottai Periya Mariamman Temple near Salem in Tamil Nadu

KottaiPeriyaMariammanTemple is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman incarnation of Mother Goddess Shakti. The temple is located at SalemTown in Tamil Nadu. The presiding deity of the temple is known as Kottai Periya Mariamman.
The widespread belief is that she protects devotees from contagious diseases like Small Pox, Chicken Pox etc. As Mother she protects her children from all sorts of natural calamities.
Angapradhashanam is an important ritual in the temple. A devotee rolls round the TempleParikrama in the ritual.
For curing eye related problems, people offer Kannikkais. Dolls, human parts made in metals are offered in the temple.
By way of submitting kannikkais such as doll having the appearance of human being, the Kannadakkam, which is made up of a Gold, Silver or metal plate bearing the impression of eye of human being, for the curing their eye problem, by the Goddess.
The murti worshipped in the temple is unique it faces northeast. Mother is not stamping on the head of a demon. She…

Chedian shrine – On Hindu Temple in the Quanzhou in China

Tamil traders are believed to have lived in Quanzhou in China in the 13th century. They are believed to have built several Hindu temples here. Chedian shrine is one among the surviving temples but the main murti worshipped here is considered by the villagers as another form of Guanyin, the female Bodhisattva who is venerated in many parts of China. The Hindu reports  Local scholars are still unsure about her identity, but what they do know is that this shrine’s unique roots lie not in China, but in far away south India. The deity, they say, was either brought to Quanzhou — a thriving port city that was at the centre of the region’s maritime commerce a few centuries ago — by Tamil traders who worked here some 800 years ago, or perhaps more likely, crafted by local sculptors at their behest.  The Chedian shrine is just one of what historians believe may have been a network of more than a dozen Hindu temples or shrines, including two grand big temples, built in Quanzhou and surrounding v…

Shiva as Baijnath – The Story of Baijyanath Shiva Temple at Purulia in West Bengal

BaijnathShivaTemple is located at Purulia in West Bengal. There is an interesting story related to the BaijyanathTemple. The story shows that what matters is unwavering devotion not rituals and namesake worship and prayers.  Legend has it that the present day BaijyanathTemple was neglected by priests and devotees as it was in a dilapidated state and was in the jungle.

Baiju, a woodcutter, in the region used to reverently tap the linga at the temple daily with his axe before going into the jungle for cutting the wood. He continued this practice for years. Once a group of priests who came to have a look at the temple saw, Baiju tapping the linga with his axe.

They felt this was as insult and cursed Baiju that for this blasphemous act he will be destroyed by the third eye of Shiva.

Suddenly a voice came out from the linga stating that Baiju is my favorite devotee and no power in the world will destroy Him. Without fail he regularly comes and taps me. His this action is more pious and ear…

Swami Ramdas Quotes

To realize God is to be God-like; nay, to be God. God is absolute existence, consciousness and bliss. When you know you are immortal, omniscient and everlasting joy, then you have verily realised God. Now your heart is the heart of God, replete with love, forgiveness and compassion.

God being omnipresent, you are now blessed with an equal vision. Your love goes to all alike. Ill will and revenge are not in your nature. We do not seek advantage over others or exploit them. You are aware that you and everyone are one in Spirit; in other words, you behold all beings and creatures as the multiple expressions of your own Self.

You have not gained anything new when you have realized God. You are already That. But you have at the moment become conscious of your divine nature which was already yours.

Intellectually, you are the light of the world. In feeling, you are omnipresent love. In action, you are the personification of divine energy. In every aspect of your life, you are the expressio…