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Story of Vaikunta Ekadasi

Story of Vaikunta Ekadasi is mentioned in the Padma Purana. The Purana indicates that Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu took the form of ‘Ekadasi’ – female energy – to kill demon Muran. This happened during the month of Margazhi (Dhanur Masa). Impressed by ‘Ekadasi,’ Vishnu told her that whoever worships him on this day will reach ‘Vaikunta’ (heaven).
Like all other Ekadasi days, devotees fast on Vaikunta Ekadasi and observe vigil the whole night. Some people indulge in meditation, Japa and singing of Hari Kirtan.
Rice is avoided during Ekadashi days as it is believed that the demon Mura finds a dwelling in the rice eaten on Ekadasi day.
Vaikunta is a symbolic place. In reality Vaikunta does not reside outside. But it is here in us. Realizing this we attain Vaikunta.

Story of Ravana Trying to Lift Shiva’s Bow and Marry Sita in the Court of Janaka

King Janaka had declared that he will give Sita’s hand in marriage to one who will lift up Shiva’s bow and tie the string. Many princes came and tried but failed. According to folklore in Orissa, Jharkand and Bihar, Ravana too arrived in Mithila and attempted to lift the bow of Shiva.
Ravana was a huge figure and the people of Mithila were amazed by his physical appearance. They believed he would lift up the bow and marry Sita. Filled with pride, Ravana attempted to lift the bow of Shiva. He almost succeeded in lifting the bow. Ravana then looked around and smiled contemptuously. The smile caused his downfall; he lost his balance and fell down with the bow on top of him.
Soldiers attempted to pull out the demon king but they could. They attempted to lift the bow and they could not move it an inch.
Sita who was witnessing the event slowly walked up to Ravana and lifted the bow with one hand and placed it in its spot.
Ravana immediately walked out of the palace and disappeared into the…

Good Dates in October 2014 for Flat – Land – Property Registration – Auspicious days in October 2014 For Registration in Hindu Calendar and Panchang

Good Dates in October 2014 for Flat – Land – Property Registration is based on Hindu calendars and Panchang followed in India. Majority of Hindu look for auspicious dates for flat, Villa, house, land and property registration. These are the good dates for such purpose in October 2014. Good Dates in October 2014 for Flat – Land – Property Registration October 2, 2014 October 3 October 5 October 6 October 8 October 9 October 10, 2014 October 13 October 15 October 16 October 17 October 19, 2014 October 20 October 21 October 24 October 29, 2014
Bad Dates or Days to be avoided in October 2014 for Flat – Land – Property Registration –  October 1, 4, 11, 12, 22, 25, 26 and October 27.

Paramapada Ekadasi

Paramapada Ekadasi is observed mainly in temples in South India – especially at TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple, SriRanganathaTemple at Srirangam and in numerous other Vishnu Temples in South India. This Ekadasi is popularly known as Vaikunta Ekadasi and Mukkoti Ekadasi. In 2017, Paramapada Ekadasi is on December 29.
It is known as the Paramapada Ekadasi because on this day Paramapada Vaasal or the door to the Vaikunta in the sanctum sanctorum of Vishnu temple is open to devotees. This door is also known as ‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ or ‘Swargada Bagilu’ (the gate to the heaven).
Devotees are allowed to pass through the Vaikunta Dwaram on this day. Symbolically the door leads to Vaikunta – the abode of Srihari Vishnu.
This Ekadasi is known as Mukkoti Ekadasi at the Bhadrachalam SriRamaTemple.
Related Vaikunta Ekadasi at Sri Ranganatha Temple in Srirangam

Mukkoti Ekadashi

Mukkoti Ekadasi, dedicated to Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu, is popularly known as Vaikunta Ekadashi in South India. In 2017, the date of Mukkoti Ekadasi is December 29. Mukkoti Ekadashi is celebrated during Dhanur Masam on the day of either Pushya or Margasira shuddha Ekadasi (December – January) as per Telugu Calendar and is a major event in BhadrachalamTemple in Andhra Pradesh.

The famous Teppotsavam ritual takes place at Bhadrachalam during the period.

The main event on Mukkoti Ekadasi is the Vaikutha Dwara Darshanam – the ‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ or ‘the gate to the heaven’ is opened on this day in Vishnu Temples in South India. This is the passage encircling the innermost sanctum of the VishnuTemple. Thousands of devotees queue up to pass through the Gate of Vaikunta on this day.

Vishnu devotees also fast on the day and keep vigil all night. They avoid all sort of food made of rice.
This Ekadasi is of great importance at the TirupatiBalajiTemple andSrirangam SriRanganathaTemple and and is…

Knowing Brahman – Upanishads

The Self is not certainly adequately known when spoken of by an inferior person; for it is thought of variously. When taught by one who has become identified with it, there is no further cogitation with regard to it, for it is beyond argumentation, being subtler even than the atomic quantity. (Katha Upanishad, 1.2.8)
Since he is the Ear of the ear, the Mind of the mind, the Speech of the speech, the Life of the life, and the Eye of the eye, therefore intelligent people, after giving up (their self-identification with the senses) and renouncing this world, become immortal. (Kena Upanishad, 1.2)
This earth is (like) honey to all beings, and all beings are (like) honey to this earth. The shining immortal being who is in this earth, and the shining, immortal, corporeal being in the body, (these four) are but this Self. This (Self-knowledge) is (the means of) immortality; this (underlying unity) is Brahman; this (knowledge of Brahman) is (the means of becoming) all.  (Brihadaranyaka Upan…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 9, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on January 9, 2014 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:09 AM on January 9. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Revati Nakshatra till 1:43 AM. Then onward it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi till 1:43 AM. Then onward it is Mesha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Paush Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi  or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush 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/ Shalivahana Saka 1935 – Paush Sh…