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How Vishnu Got Kaumodaki Mace?

Kaumodaki is the mace or club of Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu. Krishna, the Purna Avatar of Vishnu, received the Kaumodaki Mace from Agni. Legend has it that Agni gave Vishnu the mace for helping in performing the Khandava Dahanam or the burning of the Khandava forest. The story how Vishnu got Kaumodaki mace is found in the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata.
Agni had got the Kaumodaki Mace from Varuna, the sea god. 
Once there was a king named Shvetaki. He conducted several types of yajnas for several years and this filled the kingdom with smoke. The yajna place was continuously under smoke and the Rishis found it difficult to even breathe. They all left the place.
This did not deter Shvetaki who decided to conduct another yajna for 12 years but none of the Rishis were ready to take part in it.
Shvetaki then prayed to Shiva for a solution and He gave him Durvaasas as the priest for the yajna.
Durvaasas continued the yajna for 12 years pouring unlimited materials into Agni.
Agni was now overfed…

Goddess Bageshvari Worship on Tuesdays in Shravan Month

Goddess Bageshvari is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Tuesdays in the Shravan Month is dedicated to the Goddess. Mangalvar or Tuesdays in the Shravan Month (July – August) is generally dedicated to worship of Mother Goddess. In 2017, Shravan month in North India is from July 10 to August 7. The month is also famous for the Mangalagauri Puja on Tuesdays.
The most important puja and rituals are held at the Bageshvari Temple at Gaya in Bihar.
Devotees offer prayers for a good harvest, peace and prosperity.
A mela is held during the period in the vicinity of the Bageshvari Temple at Gaya and it attracts thousands of people.

Vaikunta Chaturdasi at Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi

Vaikunta Chaturdasi festival at KashiVishwanathTemple in Varanasi is unique as Bhagvan Vishnu is allotted a special place in the temple on the day. Vaikunta Chaturdasi 2017 date is November 3. The belief is that offering prayers on Vaikunta Chaturdasi will help in attaining Vaikunta – symbolically Moksha.
On the day, Shiva and Vishnu are worshipped together. Bel patra or bilva leaves are offered to Vishnu and Tulsi is offered to Shiva on the day.
Devotees offer Gangajal (water from GangaRiver), akshat, chandan, flowers, bilva leaves, Tulsi to both Vishnu and Shiva on the day in the temple. The most important offering on the day is earthen lamps and wicks made of cotton.
Please note that the day is also observed as Kashi Vishwanath Pratishta Diwas.

Study Ramaraksha Stotram Online – With help of text and audio

Ramaraksha Stotram is dedicated to Bhagvan Sri Ram. Now you can learn the entire prayer online. You can read the Sanskrit text, transliteration in English, easy break up of words, meaning and gist. The course also provides audio help. The entire course is free.

The prayer is credited to Budhakaushika and is chanted for gaining protection. The prayer is chanted by many Hindus daily.
You can study Ramaraksha Stotram Online here. 

One succeeds in spiritual life by adoring God through his natural activities –Bhagavad Gita

Noble souls, having divine nature, adore Me with single-mindedness, knowing Me as the immutable source of everything. Always glorifying Me and striving for perfection, these persons of firm dedication adore Me by paying repeated obeisance and being ever endowed with devotion.
From whom is the evolution of all beings, by whom is everything pervaded — by adoring Him through one’s work, a human being achieves perfection.
A human being succeeds in spiritual life by adoring God through his natural activities. (Chapter 18. 46)
Whoever offers Me even a leaf, a flower, a fruit, or a drop of water with love, I accept that gift from the pure-hearted soul. Bhagavad Gita

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 28, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on January 28, 2014 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon till 10:40 AM on January 28. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Mool or Moolam Nakshatra till 7:44 PM. Then onward it is Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pradosh Vrat
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Magh Krishna Paksha Dwadasi or the twelfth 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.
Vijayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1935 – Paush Krishna Pa…