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Manibhadra in Hinduism

Manibhadra is the name of a Yaksha in Hinduism. Reference of this semi divine being is found in the Mahabharata. In Vana Parva Chapter 65 of the Mahabharata it is stated that a caravan of traders were attacked by wild elephants because they did not offer prayers to Manibhadra.
Yakshas are semi-divine beings that can change form at will.
In some texts, Manibhadra is associated with money and is also a guardian deity of a direction.
Manibhadra is also an important deity in Buddhism and Jainism.

2014 March – Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious days in March 2014

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in March 2014 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchangam used in India. The festivals, Vrats and auspicious days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST). You can also take help through the comment section on good dates in March 2014 for various purposes including house warming, joining job, buying car or house, moving into new rented home etc.
March 1, 2014 – Amavasya March 2, 2014 – Phalgun Month begins in calendars followed in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. March 3 – Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti March 6 – Sashti Fasting March 8 – Holashtak begins in North India March 12 – Amalaki Ekadasi Fasting March 13 - Pradosh in North India and South India
March 14 – Pradosh Vrat in western parts of India March 14 – Karadayin Nonmbu in Tamil Nadu March 15 – Meena Masam begins in Malayalam Calendar March 15 – Painguni month begins in Tamil Calendar March 16 – Holashtak ends in North India March 16 – Purnima – Full moo…

Tree of Enlightenment at Joshimath Associated with Adi Shankaracharya

There is a cave at Joshimath in Uttarakhand and it is believed that Adi Shankaracharya mediated and lived in the cave. Near this cave there is a mulberry tree which is known as tree of enlightenment. Locals refer to it as Kaplavriksha and existed since the times of Adi Shankaracharya.
The tree is now very old and is not in a great condition.
But the tree still foliages in the spring time.
Joshimath or Jyotrimath is one of the four maths established by Adi Shankaracharya. The other three are the Sringeri Math in Karnataka, Govardhana Matha in Puri and Sharda Matha in Dwaraka.

Meaning of Satsanga

The primary meaning of the word satsanga is the company of the holy, meaning, association with and becoming one with the supreme Self, which is of the essential nature of Truth. That means — to remain steady in mental modification merged in the form of Brahman (brahmakara-vritti). All ignorance and worldly bondage become annihilated if the mind remains even for a moment in that mental modification.
The secondary meaning of the word satsanga is the company of holy people, sadhus, who remain mediating on the supreme Self whose essential nature is Truth. To study the books written by the great souls who are the knower of Truth, and to read their instructions illuminated by their experiences are also termed sat-sanga. That is because it is through their instructions that union between the aspirant and the supreme Self, whose essential nature is Truth, can occur.
Source – Notes on Yoga-Vasishtha-Sara by Swami Dhireshananda - Swamiji is monk in the Ramakrishna Order

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on February 28, 2014 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 4:11 PM on February 28. Then onward it is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Dhanishta or Avittam or Sravishta Nakshatra till 9:16 PM. Then onward it is Shathabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rasi till 10:03 AM. Then onward it is Kumbha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Phalgun Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Falgun month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Vijayanama Samva…