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Govardhan Hill is Shrinking by the Size of Mustard Seed Daily

Govardhan Hill, which was lifted by Lord Krishna to save the people of Braj from heavy rains and flood created by Indra, is shrinking by the size of a mustard seed daily. The huge hill which was believed to be nearly 30,000 meters high is today just 30 meters high. It is believed that by the end of the Kali Yuga, Govardhan hill will vanish completely.
So why is Govardhan Hill is Shrinking? Legend has it that in the Satya Yuga, Sage Pulastya had cursed the hill that it will reduce by the size of mustard seed daily.
Sage Pulastya was residing in the holy city of Kashi and wanted to have a holy mountain that will match the stature of GangaRiver. He then approaches Dronachala, the king of mountains, and asks him for his son Govardhan.
Dronachala was reluctant to part with his favorite son. But Govardhan agrees to accompany the Sage as he did not want his father to be cursed.
Govardhan agrees to accompany the Sage but on the condition that he should not be kept down. If he is kept down h…

Stamps on Hindu Temples by India Post – Postage Stamps on Hindu Temples in India

India Post has issued several commemorative postage stamps on Hindu Temples in India. Here is a look at stamps issued by India Post from 2001 to 2013.
These four stamps were released as part of Temple architecture series in 2001

KonarkSunTemple in 2002

TripureshwariTemple in Udaipur was released in 2003

PuriJagannathTemple in 2003
Tirupati Ananda Nilayam in 2003
BrihadeeshwararTemple in 2010

Light the fire of knowledge and with it set the thorny bush ablaze - Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Suppose a man has a thorn in the sole of his foot. He gets another thorn and takes out the first one. In other words, he removes the thorn of ajnana, ignorance, by means of the thorn of jnana, knowledge. But on attaining vijnana, he discards both thorns, ignorance and knowledge. (The state of vijnana is an intimate relation with God).
The world is like a thorny bush: you have hardly freed yourself from one set of thorns before you find yourself entangled in another. To come out – Light the fire of knowledge and with it set the thorny bush ablaze.

He who is aware of light is also aware of darkness. He who is aware of happiness is also aware of suffering. He who is aware of virtue is also aware of vice. He who is aware of good is also aware of evil. He who is aware of holiness is also aware of unholiness. He who is aware of “I” is also aware of “you”. What is vijnana? It is knowing God in a special way.’ (The passage means both jnana and ajnana exist and one has to remove the latter wi…