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Chakradhar Swami – Information on Chakradhar Swami and the Mahanubhav Panth

Chakradhar Swami is the founder of Mahanubhav Panth. The sect was founded during the medieval period in Maharashtra. The five revered deities or personalities of the sect are known in Marathi as Pancha Krishna – Sri Krishna, Dattatreya, Changa Deo Raul (Chakrapabi), Govinda Prabhu (a saint of the sect) and Chkradhar. Information of Chakradhar Swami is found in the Marathi Lal Charita, the life of the great saint recorded by his disciples.
Nothing concrete is known about the birth and origin of Chakradhar Swami. It is believed that Mahanubhav Panth existed during the period of Chakradhar Swami. He spread it far and wide and turned it into a mass movement.
Chakradhar Swami’s teaching in Marath was simple. He asked people to shed materialistic achievements and pursuit of worldly happiness.
The sect was against worship using Murti. He asked people to know the Real Truth and Be in Touch with That through love and devotion.
Mahanubhav Panth follows the Dwaita Philosophy – it preaches that…

Grahan 2014 in India – Eclipse dates in 2014

Grahan 2014 dates based on Hindu calendar – India Standard Time. There are two partial solar eclipses - Surya Grahan - in 2014. There are two lunar eclipses – Chandra Grahan – in 2014. Only the Chandra Grahan on October 8, 2014 is visible in India. Detail dates of all grahan in 2014 are given below:
Chandra Grahan on October 8, 2014 is visible in India. The eclipse begins in the afternoon of October 8, 2014 at 2:44 PM and ends 6:06 PM evening on October 8, 2014.
Chandra Grahan on April 15, 2014 is not visible in India.
Surya Grahan on April 29, 2014 is not visible in India.
Chandra Grahan on October 8, 2014 is visible in India from 2:44 PM to 6:06 PM.
Surya Grahan on October 23, 2014 is not visible in India.

Kansra Devi Temple at Chakradharpur in Jharkhand – Chakradharpur Kansra Devi Mandir

KansraDeviTemple is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti and is located in a serene spot surrounded by hills and forest near Chakradharpur in West Singhbhum District in Jharkhand. The temple is located around 15 km from Chakradharpur. The murti worshipped in the temple is very old but the temple was recently built.
Legend has it that Goddess Shakti appeared as Kansra Devi in the dream of local Munda king. She told him that her murti (idol) is buried in the nearby BinjayRiver and ordered him to do the needful. The king did as per the request of Goddess Shakti and built her a temple.
The murti of Goddess Kansra Devi worshipped in the temple is black in color and she has a child in her lap.
The temple is open from morning to 2 PM in the afternoon.
A unique aspect of the temple is that there is no evening aarti or puja in the temple.
Couples offer prayers in the temple with supari for getting a child.
The temple also accepts sacrifices – goat, hen, cock, duck and sheep are sacrificed in th…

Makar Rashi Mantra in Hindi – Makara Rashi Mantra

Makar Rashi is the tenth Rasi among the 12 moon signs as per traditional Hindu moon astrology. This Makara Rashi Mantra in Hindi is the most important mantra and is chanted for overcoming all astrological related troubles that Makar Rashi faces.
The mantra is highly meritorious and helps in avoiding danger, getting jobs and solving marriage related problems.
The mantra can be chanted while performing daily prayers.  Makara Rashi Mantra in Hindi

Just fasting cannot wash off sins – Wisdom from Mahabharata

The words of truth are good. But words that bring goodness are better than truth. Those words that bring goodness to the living indeed constitute truth. This is my verdict.
Just fasting cannot wash off sins. Fasting dries up flesh and blood only.
The penance of one who practises non-violence becomes everlasting. He always gets the merits of performing sacrifices. One who is non-violent is like a mother and father to all living beings.
A companion is a friend for the traveller. The wife is a friend for one who stays at home. A doctor is a friend for the diseased; and charity is a friend for one who is dying. Mahabharata 

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 6, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on November 6, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the light phase of moon till 1:04 PM on November 6. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the light phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Jyeshta or Triketta or Kettai Nakshatra till 8:39 PM. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishchika Rashi till 6:39 PM. Then onward it is Dhanu Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Kartik Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in  Kartik 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/ Sha…