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Ekadasi Stories in Gujarati – Ekadasi Vrat Katha in Gujarati in pdf

There are 24 Ekadasi in a year and each of them has a particular story dedicated to it. Reading the Ekadasi vrat Katha is considered highly meritorious. The Bhuj Mandir in Gujarat is now providing all the Ekadasi stories in pdf format. You can download the katha in Gujarati for free.
You can download Ekadasi Stories in Gujarati here in pdf.
The book is only for personal use and it should not be published with the prior written permission of the publisher.

Name of Wife of Bharata – What is the name of Bharata’s Wife in Ramayana?

Bharata was the second son of King Dasharatha and the brother of Sri Ram in Ramayana. Bharata married one of the daughters of King Kusadhvaja, who was the brother of King Janaka. Any idea what is the name of Bharata’s wife. Majority of the people might not know the name because she is not as famous as Mata Sita or Urmila.
Name of wife of Bharata is Mandavi. She was the second daughter of King Kusadhvaja.
Bharata and Mandavi had two sons named Subahu and Surasena.

Beauty Spot on Chest - Til on Chest Meaning - Is it Good or Bad Luck?

Til, or beauty spot, on Chest is interpreted as both good and bad in Hindu culture. Luck or unlucky factor depends on the position of the beauty spot on the right side of the chest or on the left side of the chest.
It is widely believed that if the til or beauty spot is on the right side of the chest then the person will have good relation with the opposite sex.
If the til is on the left eye then person will have bad relation with the opposite sex.
Are such things mentioned in Hindu scriptures? No. These are traditions followed by some communities in some regions. Such things are not followed by all Hindus.
Should I believe in them? No you don’t need to believe in such things as it has nothing to do with the core teaching of Hinduism.

Ketu Gayatri Mantra Text in Hindi and English

Ketu Gayatri Mantra is a powerful mantra ideal for those having troubles related to Ketu Navgraha in their horoscope. Below is the text of Ketu Gayatri Mantra in Hindi and English. The mantra can be chanted on all days in the evening. Chanting of it is considered highly meritorious. The mantra is in picture format. You can download and save it for personal use. 
Ketu Gayatri Mantra in Hindi

Ketu Gayatri Mantra in English

Kodandarama Temple in Tirupati – Sri Kodandaramaswamy Temple

KodandaramaTemple, also known as SriKodandaramaswamyTemple, is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman and is located in the heart of Tirupati in Seemandhara in India. It is a very old temple and is believed to have been built in the 10th century AD by a Chola King.
A unique aspect of the temple is that there is a subsidiary shrine dedicated to Hanuman it is located directly to opposite to the main temple. This temple dedicated to Anjaneya Swami is very famous.
As per legend, the temple is dedicated to visit of the Bhagvan Sri Ram to Tirupati during the exile period in the Ramayana.
The most important festival in the temple are Sri Ramanavami (birthday of Sri Ram) and Ugadi (Telugu/Kannada New Year).
Another important festival is the annual Brahmotsavam.
A popular shrine dedicated to Kodandarama is located in Karnataka at ChunchanakatteVillage near KR Nagara in Mysore. You can get information of that temple here - Kodandarama Temple at Chunchanakatte.

Unique Samyapuram Mariamman Murti Worshipped in the Samayapuram Temple

Samayapuram Temple located near Trichy in Tamil Nadu is a very popular temple dedicated to Goddess Mariamman – a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. The murti (idol) worshipped in the temple is unique as it is made using sand and clay.
As the murti is made using sand and clay, no abhishekam is performed using water, milk, honey, sandalwood paste, coconut water or any kind of liquid.
The usual abhishekam is performed on a small murti that is kept in front of the main murti. All important rituals are performed on this small murti.
The main murti of Samayapurathal or Mariamman made using sand and clay is performed abhishekam once in a year with flowers. This ceremony attracts more than 100,000 people and is known as poochoriyal orshowering of flowers. This is held during the last Sunday in Tamil Masi month and subsequent Sundays in Panguni month.
The temple is also famous for devotees making offering of replica of body parts. Those having ailments to a particular part of the body b…

Always hold an attitude of indifference to things which are not conducive to your inner development – Swami Chidananda

We cannot run away from our senses and mind, but we have to understand the working of the mind. As long as we live in the world, its objects are there, its attractions, good and bad. We cannot remove all the objects from the world. We have to live in the world and therefore try our best to adjust to the environment by discrimination and by developing an attitude of indifference when we are in the midst of objects
A saint has said that, if you want to go through a forest infested with thorns, you cannot cover the forest with a thick carpet to easily walk over. Instead of trying to cover the forest with a carpet, a wise man will equip himself with a pair of shoes or sandals. The positive way is, to always hold an attitude of indifference to things which are not conducive to your inner development, and keep the mind fixed upon something good.
Always do mental repetition of God’s Name, constant remembrance of God or of some great ideal. This is a positive hold to which the mind may cling…