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Story of Kamban writing Tamil Kamba Ramayan – Iramavataram

The most popular version of Ramayana in Tamil is the Kamba Ramayanam written by Kamban. It is known as Iramavataram in Tamil. There is an interesting story behind the writing of Tamil Ramayana which was written during the 9th century.

Kamban was a temple musician at the famous SrirangamTemple and he was also the follower of poet-saint Namalvar. The king of the region wanted to translate the Ramayan from Sanskrit into Tamil and he assigned the task to two poets and Kamban was one of the poet.
Kamban never found the true inspiration to translate the epic. By the time he overcame the writer’s block and found inspiration only 14 days were left for the deadline.
Kamban then started writing the Iramavataram and legend has it that Mother Goddess used to hold the lamp for him so that he can write during night.
Kamban finished the work before deadline and it was liked by all.
Legend has it that once when the Iramavataram was read in the SrirangamTemple; Narasimha Avatar of Bhagvan Vishnu app…

Which is the second avatar of Lord Vishnu? – Second Avatar or Incarnation of Hindu God Vishnu

Second avatar of Vishnu happened during the churning of ocean or Samudra Manthan. This incarnation was to help Devas and Asuras in balancing the churning chord. As per Hindu scriptures the second Avatar of Hindu God Vishnu is the Kurma Avatar – which is referred as the turtle incarnation. The story of Kurma avatar is one that symbolically narrates the process of evolution.
Information about the Kurma Avatar is mainly found in the Bhagavad Purana (Canto 8 Chapter 7), Agni Purana and Ramayana (Balakanda Chapter).
Other resources
Story of the Kurma Avatar of Lord Vishnu Kurma Jayanti
Temple Dedicated to the Kurma Incarnation of Lord Vishnu

Rath Yatra Is Observed at Night at Mubarakpur in Soro near Balasore in Orissa

There is an age-old tradition that Rath Yatra should not be held at night. But Sri Sri Gosein Danda Baladevjeeu temple at Mubarakpur in Soro near Balasore in Orissa has been defying this tradition. The chariots of Jagannath, Bhalabhadra and Subhadra are pulled during the Rath Yatra after sunset. The Rath Yatra is here held on the same day when Puri Rath Yatra is held. Times of India reports  "Like every other year, we followed the same tradition this year too. This has been the trend here for the past five centuries. We are not bothered by this restriction. On the day of Rath Yatra, we follow all rituals as per the Puri temple, with this exception. While in Puri, individual chariots carry the three deities, here we pull only one chariot. All the three deities are placed on the same chariot," temple priest Mahesh Panda said. Besides, the deities here are unique in many ways. They are different from those of Puri in terms of their symmetry. Here the idol of Balabhadra is bigge…

Do not try to stop your thoughts instead make them divine – Swami Chinmayananda

The secret of success in life lies in keeping the head above the storms of the heart.
When a person is left alone, he starts thinking of higher reality - about death, life, soul, God and the mystery of all.
Just as a river is a flow of water, the mind is a continuous flow of thoughts. To think of stopping the mind is foolishness. The attempt of the seeker in the seat of meditation is not to stop the mind or destroy the mind. Give the mind a new direction - change the direction of your thoughts. Do not try to stop your thoughts. Instead, make them divine.
Comfort comes as a guest, lingers to become the host, and stays to enslave us.
Swami Chinmayananda