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Balarama Purnima – Balram Purnima

Balarama Purnima is observed on the Shravan Purnima day in North India. Some Hindu communities believe that it is on this day that Balaram appeared on earth. In 2018, Balarama Purnima date is August 26.
Legend has it that Balarama was transferred from the womb of Devaki to the womb of Rohini to avoid persecution by Kamsa. In Vrindavan, after the arrival of Lord Krishna, Balarama and Krishna participated in numerous adventures. Balaram was also the Guru of Duryodhana and Bhima. He avoided joining the army of either Pandavas or Kauravas in the 18-day Mahabharata war.
The popular belief is Lord Balram is an incarnation of Ananta – the snake on which Lord Krishna sleeps. 
Special prayers are offered on this day in Lord Krishna temples. Lord Balaram symbolizes strength and devotees pray for physical strength and a healthy life.

Why Ravana could not forcibly approach Mata Sita?

Ravana kidnapped Mata Sita with the intention of marrying Her. He never used force but was pleading with Sita for her love. A demon like Ravana would have used force instead of pleading. So, why Ravana could not forcibly approach Mata Sita?
The answer to it is found in the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana. Ravana himself answer this question when one of his ministers, Mahaparshva, wants to know why he did not forcibly take Mata Sita.
Ravana once saw and apsara named Punchikasthala. She was going to the abode of Brahma.
Ravana approached her lustfully and raped her.
Punchikasthala reached the abode of Brahma crying. Brahma realized what had happened and he cursed Ravana that from then if he takes a woman by force his head will break into thousand pieces.

Khatvanga – Staff with Human Skull Attached to Bone

Some of us must have noticed the weapon a human skull attached to bone in the hands of tantrics and also in images of certain gods. It is known as Khatvanga. This is a weapon that comes from very ancient times. In modern times, the bone is replaced with decorated wood.
Khatvanga in its original form is very rare but some Tantrics attending the Ambubachi Mela at KamakhyaTemple in Assam holds it.
Khatvanga is a sort of club (gada). The handle is made up of the bone of forearm or leg. The end portion of the bone is attached to human skull.
The bone was replaced by wood during the Chalukya and Hoysala period. They used intricately carved wood.
There are several different types of Khatvanga today without human skull. The skull is made using metal or wood. In some the human skull is attached to Trishul. In some the skull is attached to sword or spear. Some people have created designer Khatvanga in which more than one skull is attached in different styles. But these are not prescribed in …

How to observe Hariyali Teej? – What to do on Hariyali Teej?

Hariyali Teej is observed on the third day after new moon in the month of Shravan. It is also known as Singhara Teej. Here is a brief idea on how to observe Hariyali Teej? or What to do on Hariyali Teej? The day is dedicated to Goddess Gauri (Parvati).
Early morning after bath and other purifications, women offer prayers to Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Some people observe a partial fast – eat fruits only.
Women gather together and play on the swing. They sing songs or listen or read stories of Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Women pray for the welfare of their husbands and for a happy married life. Unmarried women observe Hariyali Teej for a good husband.
Many women make it a point to dress richly and neatly on the day – symbolically the women are asking Goddess Parvati to bless them that they will be like this on all days.
One of the important rituals on the day is performing Annadanam or doing food donation.
The main ritual on the day is making various offerings to Shivling and Goddess P…

Chellandi Amman Temple near Karur in Tamil Nadu

ChellandiAmmanTemple located at Madhukarai near Karur in Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati. Legend has it that Chellandi Amman appeared before Chera, Chozha and Pandya kings and asked them to stop wars that were troubling her devotees. As Goddess gave darshan to the three kings she came to be known as Chellandi Amman.
Chellandi Amman is seated on a lion in temple.
There are murtis of Aariya Raja and his wife Chandanathammal, Pechiyamman, Madhurai Veeran and Kathavarayan. Chandana Karuppar riding a horse can be seen on the eastern side of the temple.
There is also a murti of Shiva near the eighteen steps leading to KaveriRiver. People believe that by praying to Lord Shiva, women can be blessed with children.
Location - MadhukaraiVillage is 20 km from Trichy on the Trichy –Karur road.

Lessons in Vedic Math

Vedic math makes complicated calculations simple. It is a wonderful tool for school children to solve Maths problems easily. You can find a few lessons in vedic maths here in The New Indian Express  We are going to learn how to multiply a number by a 2-digit number ending in 9 like 29, 39, 49 etc. We are going to use the numbers nearest these with a zero ending to multiply and complete our problem.
Let us see this with an example.
1. Example: 43 x 29
Step 1: 29 is near 30. So we first multiply the given number 43 by 30.
43 x 30 = 1290 
Read more in The New Indian Express

Teachings from Meditation on Brahman – Adi Shankaracharya

Free of all limitations And with uninterrupted awareness, Having known thus that I am Brahman, How can one become one who observe castes and orders of life?
He who does contemplation for a moment on the Self thus as, ‘I am Brahman,” Having the conviction that oneself is always Brahman, Should move about happily.
I am free of beginning, middle, and end. I am never one bound at any time. By nature blemishes, pure, I, indeed, am He. There is no doubt of this.
By continuous, lifelong practice, one who strives shall become one liberated while alive. I am not the body and not the prana; and, likewise, not the senses, indeed.

Teachings from Sri Brahmanucintanam – Meditation on Brahman