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Rudreshwar – Shiva as Rudreshwar

Rudreshwar is a manifestation of Shiva. He got the name after He annhilated Gajasura – the elephant and wore its skin. Rudreshwar appeared in the form of Shivling at Kashi. This is mentioned in the Kashi Khand in the Skanda Purana. The popular belief is that those offering prayers to Rudreshwar will attain moksha or liberation.
Rudreshwar Shivling is currently located near the TripuraBhairaviTemple.
A Rudra kund (pond) was located near the Rudreshwar Shivling – the pond no longer exists. The popular belief is that taking bath in the kund is highly meritorious especially when Chaturdashi (14th day of fortnight) and Arda Nakshatra coincides. As Rudra Kund no longer exists people take bath in holy GangaRiver on the day.

Godh Bharai Dates in November 2014 – Hindu Baby Shower Good Dates in November 2014

Godh Bharai Dates in November 2014 is based on Hindu calendar and Panchang. Godh Bharai is the Hindu baby shower and is one of the auspicious occasions. Below are the good dates in November 2014 for performing this important ritual.  Godh Bharai Dates in November 2014 November 1 Good for Godh Bharai after 10:00 AM November 2 November 3 Good for Godh Bharai till 12:14 PM November 4 November 8 Good for Godh Bharai after 2:29 PM November 10 November 11 November 12 Good for Godh Bharai till 4:14 PM November 14 November 15 November 18 November 19 November 24 Good for Godh Bharai after 11:50 AM November 28 Good for Godh Bharai till 5:59 PM November 30
Bad dates or those dates to be avoided in November 2014 for Godh Bharai –  November 5, 6, 7, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26 and 27.

About Ramayana in Laos

In Ramayana in Laos, Sri Ram is Phralam; Nang Sida is Mata Sita; Lakshman is Phralak; Hanuman is Houliman and Ravana is Hapkhanasouane. Alan Potkin, scholar from the Northern Illinois University, US, is digitally replicating lost Ramayana murals from Laos. Business Standard reports  As per Ramayana in Laos, Sri Ram was born in the Mekong valley. According to Sachchidanand Sahai, national professor (epigraphy), Archaeological Survey of India, it draws cultural parallels between the Ganges and Mekong. As per the Laotian version, Ravana was born in Cambodia and the great war was fought on the banks of Mekong. This is a classic example of how the Khmer, Laotian and Thai civilizations made the Ramayana their own.  Potkin’s project seeks to keep the vibrant renditions of this grand epic intact, ensuring the flow of knowledge from generation to generation. “We should learn a lesson from this project. In India, we keep searching for the ancient. But we forget that even  the modern heritage ne…

Skanda Purana Quotes

Just as some parts of the human body (e.g. the right hand or ear) are held to be purer (than others), so some localities on the earth are held to be holier than others. Teerthas are held to be holy on account of some wonderful natural characteristic of the locality or on account of the unique grandeur of the local waters or on account of the fact that some sage resorted to them (for austerity).  (Skanda Purana, 4.6.43-4)

The great wonder is that Gods take the form of trees.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 27, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on January 27, 2014 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon till 12:54 PM on January 27. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 9:11 PM. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rasi till 9:11 PM. Then onward it is Dhanu Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ekadasi Fasting.
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Magh Krishna Paksha Ekadasi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Magha month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.