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Story of Malikapurathamma at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

Malikapurathamma is the Goddess that is worshipped in a subsidiary shrine at SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. MalikapurathammaTemple is visited after having darshan of SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. As per the story of Malikapurathamma, she is Demoness Mahishi who was annihilated by Ayyappa.
When Mahishi – the buffalo-headed demon – was killed by Ayyappa, she changed into a beautiful woman. Mahishi in her previous birth was the daughter of Sage Galvan. She was cursed by a student of Galvan to become a buffalo headed demon.
With Ayyappa killing Mahishi, she attained reprieve from curse.
The beautiful woman wanted to marry Ayyappa. But Ayyappa told her that he is a Brahmachari. Ayyappa asked her to reside near his temple in Sabarimala. Her temple in time came to be known as MalikapurathammaTemple.
Ayyappa also told her that He will marry her when no first timer (kanni Ayyappa) comes to Sabarimala Ayyappa temple.

Story of Mahishi

Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga in February 2014 – Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga Date and Time in February 2014

Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga dates and time in February 2014 based on Hindu Panchang and calendar followed in North India. Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga is a good day for all ceremonies including moving into new house, opening of shops, buying gold, bikes and cars, booking of cars etc. as per Hindu panchang and calendar, especially those followed in North India. In February 2014, Sarvarta Siddhi Yoga dates are February 3, 7, 9, 13, 16, 22, and February 31. Below is the detail time for February 2014.
February 4, 2014 – sunrise to 9:55 AM on February 4 (Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga) February 6 – sunrise to 9:39 AM on February 6 February 8 – 11:15 AM to next day before sunrise February 10 – sunrise to 2:50 PM February 13 – sunrise to 10:23 PM February 19 – sunrise to 7:24 AM
Sarvartha Siddha Yoga occurs three or four times in a month and is only followed in North India.

Uttarashada Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Uttara Shada Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Uttarashada Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. Uttara Shada is the 21st birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Uttarashada marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Uttara Phalguni, Swathi and Purvashada
Other good matching stars with Uttarashada are Ardra, Pushya, Purva Phalguni, Hasta, Anuradha, Mool, Uttarashada, Shravan, Shatabhisak and Purva Bhadra (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter)
Ashwini, Bharani, Krittika, Rohini, Aslesha, Magha, Chitra, Vishaka (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Jyeshta, Dhanishta, Purva Bhadra (4th quarter), Uttara Bhadra and Revathi are okay – means not bad.
Stars that do not match with Uttarashada are Mrigasira, Punarvasu and Vishaka (4th quarter).

Story of Devapi – Elder Brother of Shantanu in the Epic Mahabharata

Devapi belonged to the clan of Kurus and was the son of Pratipa, king of the lunar race. As per Bhagavad Purana and Mahabharata, he was the elder brother of Shantanu and Bahlika. Legend has it that when Shantanu became the king of Hastinapura there was no rain for 12 years. This resulted in a terrible famine.
People believed that the severe drought was the result of younger brother (Shantanu) occupying the throne, when the elder brother (Devapi) was still alive. As a solution to the drought, Shantanu then offered the kingdom to Devapi. But he rejected it and instead agreed to be the chief priest for conducting a yajna to invoke gods for rain. Devapi thus succeeded in bringing rain to Hastinapura.
There are numerous reasons given as to why Devapi was excluded from the throne. Brahadevata states that he suffered from a skin disease.
Mahabharata states that Devapi was crippled and so the people objected to him ascending the throne.
Bhagavad Purana states that when he was denied the thro…

Upanayan Dates in 2014 - Auspicious Time in North India for Upanayana in 2014

Upanayan Dates in 2014 based on calendars and Panchang in North India. Hindus who strictly follow the Muhurat or Astrology, perform Upanayana during auspicious time and astrologically correct days. Below given are the Upanayan dates in 2014. It is based on Calendars and Panchang 2014 followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
All dates are based on Indian Standard Time.
January 2014 – Upanayana dates are January 23. February 2014 – Upanayan dates are February 9, 10, 16, 17 and February 20 March 2014 – March 3, 12, 13, 18 and March 19 April 2014 – April 1, 4, 9, 10, 16 and April 18 May 2014 – May 1, 2, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16 and May 19 June 2014 – June 2, 8, 15, 29 and June 30 July 2014 – July 5 and July 7 August 2014 – No Upanayan dates September 2014 – No Upanayan dates October 2014 – No Upanayan dates November 2014 – No Upanayan dates December 2014 – No Upanayan…

Ganesha Murti (Idol) made of 21 lakh Shivlingi Seeds

Shivlingi Seeds are so named because the seeds resemble Shiva Lingam. Jagjit Singh Chhabra, based in Indore, created a 3-feet murti of Ganesha using Shivling seeds. The murti is unique and the effort put behind it is monstrous because the dimension of the Shivlingi seed is 5.5 mm in length, 3.5 mm in width and 3.5mm in height. He used 2,100,000 (21 lakh) seeds to create the 3-feet Ganesh murti.
Shivlingi is a medical plant found in India. Botanical name is Bryonia laciniosa Linn. In English, it is known as Diplocyclos palmatus, Lollipop climber, and Native bryony.
You can find more details about this unique effort and contact Jagjit Singh Chhabra here at his blog.
Shivlingi is known as Linga konde balli in Kannada; Aiviralikkova and Neyyunni in Malayalam; Aiviralikkovai, Shivalingakkay, Iyveli in Tamil and Linga Donda in Telugu.

When One is Self Realized He Immediately Becomes Happy and Joyful – Bhagavad Gita

After many births and deaths, one who is actually in knowledge surrenders unto Me, knowing Me to be the cause of all causes and all that is. Such a great soul is very rare. (Bhagavad Gita 7.19)
When One is Self Realized He Immediately Becomes Happy and Joyful (Bhagavad Gita 18.54)
Of all yogis, the one with great faith who always abides in Me, thinks of Me within himself, and renders transcendental loving service to Me – he is the most intimately united with Me in yoga and is the highest of all. That is My opinion. (Bhagavad Gita 6.47)

The humble sages, by virtue of true knowledge, see with equal vision a learned and gentle brahmna, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog eater. (Bhagavad Gita 5.18)

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 20, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on November 20, 2013 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the dark phase of moon till 11:45 PM on November 20. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the light phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 4:52 PM. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathirai Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rasi till 3:46 AM. Then onward it is Mithuna Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashm…

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