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Story of Vishnuchitta – Father of Andal

Vishnuchitta was the foster father of poet – saint Andal. He is believed to be an incarnation of Garuda. He is also known as Periyalvar and lived at Srivilliputtur in Tamil Nadu.
Legend has it he was an ardent devotee of Vishnu and offered garlands made from fresh flower daily. He had no knowledge of Vedas. But it is said that Bhagvan Vishnu asked him to go the court of Pandiya King Vallbhadeva and participate in a Vedic competition. Vishnuchitta, the man who had no knowledge in Vedas, expounded the meaning of Vedas and stunned Vedic scholars.
After winning the competition, Vishnuchitta was taken around the city atop a elephant and here he had a vision of Bhagvan Vishnu and he composed the famous ‘Tiruppallandu’ hymn.
After this incident, Vishnuchitta became a great teacher of Vedas.
Today, Vishnuchitta is remembered as the foster father of saint – poetess Andal.

Sri Veda Narayanaswami Temple at Nagalapuram near Tirupati Dedicated to Matsya Avatar of Vishnu

Sri Veda Narayanaswami Temple located at Nagalapuram near Tirupati is a unique temple. It houses the Matsya Avatar Murti of Vishnu. Apart from this, the temple is also famous for sun light directly falling on the main murti in the temple.

On 25th, 26th and 27th of March,  the sun's rays fall on the main deity between 1800 hrs and 1815 hrs. On the first day, the rays fall on the feet, on the second - on the chest and on the third - on the forehead.

Legend has it that Vishnu took the form of Matsya (fish) and annihilated Demon Somakudu who had stolen the Vedas.

The main murti worshipped in the temple is that of the Matsya Avatar of Vishnu. Consorts of Vishnu, Sridevi and Bhudevi, flank the main murti in the sanctum sanctorum.

The Matsya Avatar murti is four-armed and the Sudarsana Chakra is in ready for release posture.

Matsya Jayanti, observed on the third day during the chaitra shukla paksha, is an important festival in the temple. On the day, the processional deity is taken aro…

A guru is a small window into the Infinite – Swami Shantananda Puri

A guru is a small window into the Infinite.
If you can learn from the river and the mountain, sun and the moon, the flora and the fauna, the Infinite itself would become your Guru.
The one whose thirst for the Lord is intense has to take the leap with all his fears and doubts. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Even by observing Nature, including the insentient objects like the trees, mountains, water, the birds, animals, reptiles etc, which are all around us, one can get a lot of lessons, negative as well as positive, which will equip us in our quest for liberation and teach us how to remain happy while living our life in this world. Swami Shantananda Puri

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 1, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on April 1, 2014 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:09 PM on April 1. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Revathi Nakshatra till 1:07 AM. Then onward it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rasi till 1:07 AM. Then onward it is Mesha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Chedi Chand
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Chaitra Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing 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.
Jayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1936 …