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How to identify a Good Shaligram Shila? – Salagrama Stones

Shaligram Shila or Salagrama Stones are worshipped as a natural form of Bhagvan Vishnu. Here is a brief not on how to identify a Good Shaligram Shila. This will help you in avoiding cheats who sell fake Salagrama Stones.

A good and auspicious Salagrama is one which has a Chakra, which resembles a naga (cobra) reposing in a spiral.

The spirals in the chakra in the Salagrama should have in them delicate traceries running across them.

Those salagaramas which are the size of an amalaka fruit (gooseberry) or smaller are considered highly effective.

Salagrama may be of the following colors – brownish black, green, white, red, blue, dark brown, jet-black, yellow or multicoloured.

Salagrama Stones That Should Be Avoided Badly mutilated, rough surfaced ones, having large number of holes, scarred with many lines, unusually large sized, having only one loop in the spiral, burnt, very red, those with several chakras in a  line should be avoided.

Source – Elements of Hindu Iconography Part 1

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Ramayana in Telugu in pdf – Download Telugu Ramayan

Ramayana in Telugu in pdf is the version written by Sri Komaragiri Krishnamohana Rao. You can download the Telugu Ramayan at archives for free. It is published by Jayaprada Publications. The size of the pdf file is 6.9 MB.
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Link – Ramayana in Telugu in pdf

A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Thoughts

If you are put into a dangerous position and you know how to save yourself from it, that very danger can become a source of pleasure for you.
In the material world, the living entity directs his will toward sense satisfaction because he has forgotten the spiritual field of willing. When the same will is directed toward satisfying the sense of the Supreme – Krishna – that is the eternal willing of the living entity.
In order to be happy, you must change the quality of your willing through purification. The purification process is bhakti – chanting and hearing the name, qualities and pastimes of the Lord. That purifies the will.
If we purify our existence, we can attain eternal happiness, spiritual bliss. Everyone is working hard for happiness, but how can happiness  be attained in a diseased condition? The material disease is an impediment to happiness. This disease has to be cured.

A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Source – Book – Beyond Illusion and Doubt

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 15, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on October 15, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the light phase of moon till 9:19 AM on October 15. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the light phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Dhanisha or Avittam or Sravishta Nakshatra till 4:42 AM. Then onward it is Shatabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ekadasi Fasting
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Ashwin Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi orthe eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Vijayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivah…