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Why Hanuman Felt No Pain When His Tail Was Set On Fire in Lanka?

Hanuman’s tail is set on fire in Lanka but Hanuman feels no pain – this wonderful incident is mentioned in the Sundhara Kanda of Ramayana. Hanuman who allowed himself to be captured by Indrajit is taken to the court of Ravana. Here Hanuman tries to reason with Ravana regarding the release of Mata Sita.
Demon King Ravana does not listen to Hanuman but decides to kill Him. Vibhishana, brother of Ravana, argues that it is not as per Dharma to harm a messenger. Finally, Ravana decides to punish Hanuman by setting His tail on fire.
Rakshasis rushed to Sita to inform her about the decision of Ravana.
Mata Sita is horrified at the fate of Hanuman. She then invokes Agni, the god of fire. Sita says that if it is true that she has served her husband as her only lord, if it is true that she has observed all vrats and performed tapas with pure mind, then Hanuman should not feel the heat of fire.
Agni then blesses Hanuman.
Hanuman whose tail was set on fire too was amused that even though it was…

Story of Urvashi and King Pururavas

Story of Urvashi and King Pururavas is found in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana and Padma Purana. Pururavas was the son of Budha and Ila. He was a great ruler and warrior. He even won several battles for Indra by defeating demons that tormented heaven and earth.
While Pururavas was ruling earth, Urvashi the celestial maiden was cursed by Brahma to be born on earth (In some Puranas it is mentioned that she was cursed by Sage Bharata).
Urvashi who had heard about the greatness of Pururavas met him. The king was bewitched by the beauty of Apsara Urvashi and wanted to marry her.
She agreed to marry him on three conditions: He would keep her two lambs under safe protection. He would allow her to live on ghee. He would never appear naked before her.
The king agreed to all the conditions and lived happily with her.
Urvashi was one of the greatest dancers in heaven and Indra and other Devas were missing her. So they decided to get her back to heaven.
Gandharvas were deputed to bring back Urvashi…

Ashtadasa Bhuja Mahalakshmi Durga Temple at Kurichi near Pattukottai in Tamil Nadu

AshtadasaBhujaMahalakshmiDurgaTemple at Kurichi houses a very rare murti of Goddess Durga. The murti here is made of Navapashana – containing 9 herbal ingredients. The murti worshipped in the temple has 18 hands (ashtadasaujam). It is seated on a lion and is 12 feet tall.
The murti worshipped in the temple is believed to have the combined energy of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi.
The Vinayaka murti in the temple is located under a Rudraksha Tree.
The widespread belief is that Mother Goddess here cures serious illness. People also pray here to get rid of marriage delays and child birth.
AshtadasaBhujaMahalakshmiDurgaTemple timing is from 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM and from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

AshtadasaBhujaMahalakshmiDurgaTemple is located in Kurichi village, 10 km from Pattukottai on the Pattukottai-Aranthangi road.

Story of Goddess Kali Standing on Shiva

Goddess Kali standing on Shiva is a popular image in Hindu tradition. Legend has it that after defeating Mahishasura and other demons, Goddess Kali was still outraged at the Adharma on earth. She continued destroying everything before her. All living beings were foreseeing eternal doom. To escape from the wrath of Goddess Kali they approached Shiva.
To stop Goddess Kali from destroying the cosmos, Shiva went into the battlefield and lied down motionless among the corpses of demons.
Goddess Kali moved across the corpses destroying and cutting them into pieces, suddenly she found herself standing on top of a beautiful male body. For a moment she stood still and then she looked down at the body and saw it was Shiva, her husband.
When she realized she was touching her husband with her feet, Goddess Kali stretched out her tongue in shame and the destruction came to an end.
Shiva then pacified the Goddess and danced with her. Together they started creation again and made the world free of …

Good Lessons – Sant Kabir

I have touched neither ink nor paper and have not handled a pen. The importance of things and their qualities have come to my mind through oral tradition.
Trees can’t eat their fruits, nor rivers their water; Saints are born to take away pain and give pleasure.
Noble man is like the shield comes forward in distress remains quite far behind in peace and happiness.
You forget the Lord in happiness, in sorrow you remember says Kabir, who will listen to the inconsistent man’s prayer.

From words of mouth know the man noble or ignoble. Deeds form the words of mouth either fair or foul. Sant Kabir

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 7, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on August 7, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day till 2:35 AM on August 7. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or first day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatra till 10:17 PM. Then onward it is Magha or Makam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rasi till 10:17 PM. Then onward it is Simha Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Shravan month begins in calendars followed in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa.
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Shravan Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or first day during the waxing 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, Chhattis…