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Story of Goddess Kanyakumari and Demon Bana

Goddess Kanyakumari is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Parvati and she appeared in the form of a virgin (Kanya) to annihilate demon Bana. The story of Goddess Kanyakumari begins with demon Bana being cursed by Sage Markandeya.
Legend has it that once Sage Markandeya was performing austerities. He was offering oblation to the gods and an arrogant demon Bana asked a share of the oblation. This audacity angered the Sage and He cursed Bana that he will be killed by a woman.
The demon was greatly distressed and sought the advice of his Guru, Shukracharya. Guru asked his student to ask for forgiveness and for a change in curse – not any woman but a virgin woman should kill him.
Bana was granted his wish by Sage Markandeya. The demon thought he had become immortal as there would be no virgin woman who would have the strength to defeat him and kill him.
Bana now became arrogant and attacked men, saints and gods. Heaven was attacked by the demon and the Devas fled to Kailash and took refuge…

Study Gita Dhyana Shlokas Online

Gita Dhyana Shlokas are the nine Meditation Verses on the Gita believed to have been written by Madhusudana Saraswati. Some scholars claim that it was written by Shridhara Swami. Now you can study the nine Gita Dhyana Shlokas online for free with translation, meaning, transliteration and audio.
Gita Dhyana Shlokas form an invocation to the Bhagavad Gita. It praises the Holy Gita and Sri Krishna.
You can study the Gita Dhyana Shlokas online here at VedantaVision.

Shvetashvatara Upanishad – Words of Wisdom

I have known that Great Being [that Cosmic Self]. It is beyond ignorance, and it is self-luminous like the sun. If a spiritual seeker knows that Self, he [automatically] goes beyond death. There is no other way of reaching the goal.
I know this Self, which never ages, which is eternal, and is also the Self of all. It is all-pervasive, everywhere, and in every being. Those who know Brahman [the Self] declare that it is without birth [and also without death]. They [the knowers of God] say it is eternal.— Shvetashvatara Upanishad, III.8, 21
Retire to a solitary place, such as a mountain cave or sacred spot. The place must be protected from the wind and rain, and it must have a smooth, clean floor, free from pebbles and dust. It must not be damp, and it must be free from disturbing noises. It must be pleasing to the eye and quieting to the mind. Seated there, practice meditation and other spiritual exercises. Shvetashvatara Upanishad, 2:10
As you become absorbed in meditation, you will r…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 20, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on March 20, 2014 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is is Krishna Pakha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon till 10:23 PM on March 20. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 3:28 PM. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat. Moonrise time is at 10:03 PM
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Chaitra Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Chaitra month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Vijayanam…