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Story – Five Husbands of Draupadi and the boon of Shiva

Draupadi had five husbands in the Mahabharata. There are numerous stories that indicate why Draupadi had five husbands. One story links it with a boon given by Shiva.
Legend has it that Draupadi performed intense austerities to please Shiva to get an honest, strong, skilled, handsome and intelligent husband. Shiva who is not used to the ways of the world blessed her with five husbands with one quality she asked for.
Thus Draupadi got Yudhishtira who was honest; Bhim who was strong; Arjun who was skilled; Nakul who was handsome and Sahadeva who was intelligent as her husbands.
This story is narrated to prove that Shiva is Bholenath who is ignorant of worldly ways. He is bliss, pure, ignorant of the ways of the society.

Related Why did Draupadi marry the Pandavas?

Hindu Calendar May 2014 with Tithi in pdf – Download Hindu Calendar May 2014 for free

Hindu Calendar May 2014 with Tithi in pdf for free download is based on Calendars followed in North India – Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. A month in this Hindu calendar begins after Purnima and ends on Purnima. All important festivals and fasting in May 2014 dates are marked in the calendar.
Link – Download Hindu Calendar May 2014 with Tithi
The calendar is uploaded in Google Drive and is shared with all people. You don’t need permission to open the link.

New Venkateswara Swami Temple at Dwarapudi near Mandapeta in East Godavari District

Dwarapudi near Mandapeta in East Godavari District is very popular for an AyyappaTemple modeled on the famous SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. Now a Venkateswara SwamiTemple has been constructed in the same complex. The new temple is noted for its architecture and various murtis in the temple. It took 12 years to complete the three-storied temple. The Hindu reports  According to T.V. Krishna Reddy, member of temples committee complex, Kanakaraju is the main person who strived hard to construct this magnificent temple for one pushkaram (12 years). He said that after visiting ISKCON temple in Bangalore, it was decided to construct the temple on the same lines. He explained that this three-storied temple is having so many specialties including, golden plates, different colours of glasses, Rs.4.50 crore worth “diamond crown” with gold and navaratnas, idols of Viswaroopa, Yamadharmaraja, different avataras of Lord Maha Vishnu including Viswaroopa with marble from Rajasthan, Addala mandapam, Kalyan…

Death conquers only those who identify themselves with bodily life – Mahabharat

Awareness of self is immortality, and false knowledge which cause unawareness of the Self is indeed real death.
Those who are attached to the senses and are driven by desire and identify themselves with their bodies lead hollow lives devoid of any significance and undergo repeated cycles of birth and death.
The wise ones, overcoming desires, destroy all karma, good as well as bad, and become free from birth and death.
Through realization of the Supreme Self, death truly gets conquered.
Death conquers only those who identify themselves with bodily life.

Source - Dhritharashtra - Sanat Suajata Dialogue in the Mahabharata

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 7, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on April 7, 2014 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:12 AM on April 7. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatra till 7:30 AM. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham or Pooyam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Chaitra Durga Ashtami. Ashokashtami
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Chaitra Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth 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.
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