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Story of Lopamudra

Lopamudra was the wife of Sage Agastya and her story is mentioned in the Mahabharata and the Rig Veda. She was the daughter of King of Vidarbha. Legend has it that the king of Vidarbha did not have children. He was once doing penance for a child and Sage Agastya reached the spot.
Sage Agastya using his powers created a girl of great beauty. The girl was given to King of Vidarbha and she was named Lopamudra.
Sage Agastya had never thought about marriage but once he happened to see this deceased ancestors suffering as they could not enter heaven. The ancestors of Sage Agastya were denied heaven as he was not married and he did not have any children.
Sage Agastya was short in stature and lived in the forest. So no girl was ready to marry him. This is when the sage happened to hear about the penance of King of Vidarbha.
When Lopamudra became a maiden, Sage Agastya approached the king and expressed his wish to marry her. The king hesitated but Lopamudra consented to be the wife of the Sag…

Solah Somvar Vrat – Sixteen Monday fasting dedicated to Lord Shiva

Solah Somwar Vrat is observed for sixteen consecutive Mondays and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. A devotee can start Solah Somvar Vrat on the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in any month. But devotees usually begin the fasting in Shravan or Kartik month. Solah Somvar Vrat is observed by women to get good husbands and many also observe it when they are blessed with a good married life. 
It is also believed that observing this Vrat will help in getting one’s wishes fulfilled.
Legend has it that moon (Chandra or Soma) was cursed by Daksha that his body will fade away. It is said that Chandra escaped from this curse after observing the Somvar Vrat.
Many devotees choose the Chaturmas period to observe the Solah Somvar Vrat.
Solah Somvar fasting begins at sunrise and ends at sunset. Some devotees observe 24-hour fast and they only consume water or tender coconut or copra.
Some devotees opt for nuts, milk and fruits while fasting.
On the 17th Monday of the fasting, special pujas dedicated…

Download Ramcharitamanas in pdf for Free – the Ramayana Book of Tulsidas in English with Hindi texts

Ramacharitamanas of Goswami Tulsidas is one of the most popular adaptations of Ramayana. Gita Press, which promotes and spreads the principles of Sanatana Dharma, the Hindu religion among the general public by publishing Gita, Ramayana, Upanishads, Puranas and discourses, is now providing an opportunity to download the entire Ramcharitamanas in pdf for free. You can download the entire book in pdf format.
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Shiva at Baidyanath Dham Helps in Release of Innocent Prisoners

There is a belief in Deograh Jail in Jharkhand that prisoners who help in making the flower crown for Shivling at Baba Baidyanath Dham will be acquitted and released soon. Deograh Jail is located around one km from the famous Baba Baidyanath Dham and it is the prisoners here that prepare the golden crown that is worn on the main Shivling during the Shravan month (July – August). Times of India reports  In fact, the jail has been supplying the 2ft flower crown, trident, flag, 'damru' and special garlands for the late-evening 'shringar', or decoration, of the deity since the colonial days. The grapevine has it, according to Deoghar SP Subodh Kumar, that there was a king who did not have issues. He prayed to Lord Shiva to bless him with a son and, as part of a thanksgiving exercise, he would make arrangements for the preparation of His 'shringar' materials by the inmates of the prison during the month of Shrawan every year.  However, priest Gulab Bhagat has a diff…

Whatever has sprung from the five elements is sheer ignorance – Nisargadatta Maharaj

Everything is enfolded in that seed, just like a whole oak tree is contained in an acorn.
By looking up to others, to so-called “experts,” and following them, or arguing with them, you will not get anywhere. Thus, only you yourself can find out the truth about yourself.
Whatever has sprung from the five elements is sheer ignorance.
There is no question of knowledge dawning in you, because you are that knowledge. It is already there. That is the only condition.
He who is not one with the Brahman and still thinks he is an individual, will always be thinking that something good or bad is going to happen to him, as an entity conditioned by body mind.
Nisargadatta Maharaj