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Bohra Ashtami

Dedicated to Sri Krishna, Bohra Ashtami is observed on the Ashada Krishna Paksha Ashtami or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Ashada month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Bohra Ashtami 2018 date is July 6.
The day is of great importance in as Indrani Puja is held on the day in Mithilanchal.
This Ashtami is also famous in Basora as Sheetala Ashtami is observed on the day.
Please note that the information available about Bohrashtami is very sketchy.

Swastika Sacred Symbol in Hinduism - Meaning of Swastika Symbol

In Hindu religion, Swastika symbolizes life and good fortune. Swastik is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘svastika’ – su (good), asti (to be) and ka (a noun ending) – and means ‘it is good.’
There are two types of Swastikas – facing right and facing left. Both the forms indicate the two forms of Lord Brahma – evolution and involution.
In the Swastika Facing Right the arms bend clockwise. It is considered auspicious and represents Lord Ganesh, Surya (Sun) and Nagas (Snakes). In Hinduism, the symbol is widely used during marriages, festivities and other auspicious occasions. It is also drawn on the floor of many Hindu houses. The front page of account books and other records relating to finance often contain the Swastik symbol.
In the Swastika Facing Left the arms bend in anti-clockwise direction. It is considered inauspicious and represents involution.
The Swastika has numerous other symbolisms attached to it. It represents the four directions – north, south, east and west – thus m…

Snake and Ladder had its origin in India - It was known as Moksha Patam or Parama Padam

The game had its origin in India and was called Moksha Patam or Parama Padam or Mokshapat. It was used to teach Hinduism and Hindu values to children. The British renamed it as Snakes and Ladders.

Now, when and who created this game? Most people believe it was created by the 13th century poet saint Gyandev. There are certain references which take the game back to 2nd century BC.
The ladders represented virtues and snakes vices. In the original game square 12 was faith, 51 was Reliability, 57 was Generosity, 76 was Knowledge, and 78 was Asceticism. These were the squares were the ladder was found.
Square 41 was for Disobedience, 44 for Arrogance, 49 for Vulgarity, 52 for Theft, 58 for Lying, 62 for Drunkenness, 69 for Debt, 84 for Anger, 92 for Greed, 95 for Pride, 73 for Murder and 99 for Lust. These were the squares were the snake was found.
The Square 100 represented Nirvana or Moksha.
The British took the game to England in 1892 and named it Snakes and Ladders and changed it acco…

Sama Veda Teachings

I am ‘rta’, the Truth. I was born in the beginning of creation before the birth of the gods. The rishis call me “amrita”.
The divine poet, holding the sweet melodious flute, reposing on the raging waves of the sea, swiftly glides over the endless canopy of the sky.
Distribute they wealth to those who deserve it, And seek the love of God, The most precious treasure of life.
The Lord’s joy manifests through the splendorous beauty and serenity of his creations.
The supreme bliss of this divine love is felt within the soul that is pure and receptive to the sanctity of God’s boundless love. It kindles the innermost self of devotees.
Teachings from the Sama Veda