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Ramayan in Gujarati – Download and Read the Epic Valmiki Ramayana in Gujarati

The Ramayan Epic in Gujarati is provided by Digital Library of India – an undertaking of the Government of India. You can read the Gujarati Ramayana published by Sastum Sahitya Vardhak Karyalay. There is also an option to download but it works rarely. You cannot download it in pdf format.
Link – This is the link to the first chapter of Epic Valmiki Ramayana in Gujarati. (You will need to download software to read the epic from the website)
Please note the links are in a government of India maintained site and you never know when it will be down and when it will resume. So please do not find fault with me as I am just providing valuable information.

Link - This is a second option and even better one to read Ramayana in Gujarati

Mahabharata in Bengali – Read or Download the Epic Mahabharat in Bengali

The Mahabharata Epic in Bengali is provided by Digital Library of India – an undertaking of the Government of India. You can read and download the Bengali Mahabharat credited to Sri Haridas Siddhanta Bagish Bhattacharya. You can read the Bengali Mahabharata Online and there is also an option to download but it works rarely. Please note that it is not in pdf format.
Link – This is the link to the first chapter of MahabharataEpic in Bengali. (You will need to download software to read the epic from the website)
You can get the rest of the chapters by doing a search for Haridas Sidhantvaagish in the author column here in this link.
Please note the links are in a government of India maintained site and you never know when it will be down and when it will resume. So please do not find fault with me as I am just providing valuable information.

Story of Satyaki – Friend of Sri Krishna

Satyaki was a Yadava strong man and a close friend of Sri Krishna and Arjuna. He learned mastery in many weapons from Sri Krishna. Satyaki was also known as Yuyudhana and is mentioned in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana, Harivamsa and the Mahabharata. He was a brave warrior, devout follower of Sri Krishna and supporter of the Pandavas.
Satyaki accompanied Sri Krishna during the coronation of Yudhishtira at Indraprasatha; during the marriage of Abhimanyu at Virata, he also accompanied Sri Krishna who went as emissary of Pandavas to the Kaurava court on the eve of the Kurukshetra war.
As per Srimad Bhagavad Purana, Satyaki was present in all battles that Sri Krishna participated even in the numerous battles against Jarasandha.
Satyaki and his army were present during the 18-day war in the Mahabharata and supported the Pandavas. He and his army defeated many important warriors.
When Ashwathama and Kripa entered the Pandava Camp on the night after the Kurukshetra war and butchered all the warr…

Guru Panchami Vrata in Orissa

Guru Panchami Vrata is observed on the fifth day (Pancham Tithi) during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in the Bhadrapada month (August – September) in Orissa. Guru Panchami Vrata 2017 date is August 26.
The day is dedicated to Guru or the spiritual teacher who guides us from the darkness of ignorance to the light of knowledge.
Some devotees observe a fast on the day. The fasting is from sunrise to sunset and prayers are offered to Gurus and saints especially the sapta rishis.
The day is observed as Rishi Panchami in other regions. In the neighboring Bengal region, the day is observed as Raksha Panchami.
Please note that scriptures also mention about another Guru Panchami Vrata – this occurs when Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi falls on Thursday.

Angiras Rishi Jayanti

Angiras Rishi is one of the mind born sons of Brahma – the Hindu God of Creation. Angiras Rishi Jayanti is the birth anniversary of the sage and it is observed on the fifth day (Pancham Tithi) during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in the Bhadrapada month (August – September). Angiras Rishi Jayanti 2017 date is August 26.
Spiritual organizations and ashrams observe special pujas and rituals on the day.
It is said in the scriptures that Angiras Rishi had attained the statues of Agni through tapas or austerities.

Sapta Rishi Puja 2017 Date – Saptarishi Pujan

Sapta Rishi Puja is dedicated to the Saptarishis – the seven sages. Saptarishi Pujan 2017 date is August 26. It is observed on the fifth day (Pancham Tithi) during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in the Bhadrapada month (August – September). In Nepal and North India, the day marks the final day Hartalika Teej fasting.
On the Sapta Rishi Puja day homage is paid to the Sapta Rishis – the seven sages – Kashyapa, Atri, Bharadhvaja, Vishvamitra, Gauthama, Jamadagni and Vashishta.
Saptarishi Pujan is an important event for many spiritual organizations in North India.

Ma Lalitha Devi Temple at Meerapur in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh – Maa Lalitha Devi Mandir

MaaLalithaDeviTemple is one of the Shaktipeetahs as it is believed that the finger of Goddess Sati fell here. This is a unique GoddessShaktiTemple as she is worshipped in three forms – Ma Lalitha, Ma Saraswati and Ma Kali. It is believed that the Pandavas visited the temple and offered prayers here.
Apart from the murtis of the Mother Goddess, there is a famous Shakti Yantra in the sanctum. There is also a separate shrine dedicated to Shiva in the form of Paras Shivling. Outside the sanctum sanctorum there is a murti of Baba Kaal Bhairav.
Apart from this the temple has murtis of Ganesha, Balgopal Krishna, Sri Ram and Mata Sita, Lakshman, Lakshmi Narayan, Radha Krishna, Hanuman and the Navgrahas.
The most important festival celebrated in the temple is Navratri.
An annual fair is held for three day starting from Vaishakh Shukla Paksha Saptami.
The main Goddess worshipped in the shrine Ma Lalitha is also considered a Tantric Devi.

The temple is also famous for Pandav Koop believed to h…

Old Malayalam Hindu Devotional Songs – Bhajana Keerthanas – Keerthanaratnangal Available in audio and book format

A collection of nearly 500 old Malayalam Hindu devotional songs is being released in book and also audio format by Sri Sathish Chandran. The book has already been published. It contains 451 Keerthanams, Ashtotharanamavalis and 9 Mangalams. The audio series of old Malayalam Hindu Devotional Songs is currently being released. The first audio CD containing 10 songs was recently released.
You can find more details about the book and cds and also contact details here at the website - Keerthanaratnangal

Why are the Jagannath Chariots or Rath pulled to the Gundicha Temple?

In the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra, the three chariots are pulled to the GundichaTemple and the deities stay here for nearly a week. But why are the chariots pulled to the GundichaTemple? The temple is known as the Garden House of Sri Jagannath and is located around 3 km from the Puri Jagannath Temple.
The GundichaTemple is named after Queen Gundicha, the wife of King Indradyumna. This king was responsible for installing the deities in the JagannathTemple.
The king had a divine order to take a wood found on the sea near Puri and construct the murti to be worshipped in the temple which he was planning to construct in his capital. But no artisan had the knowledge to sculpt the divine murti. It is said that Vishwakarma, the divine carpenter, came in the form an old man and agreed to carve the murtis.
But he had set a condition, he will complete the murtis in 21 days but no one should look into the chamber in which the work was going on.
The king agreed and the work began at the spot wher…

Varad Laxmi Vrat 2017 in Shravan Month in North India

Varad Laxmi Vrat is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and is observed on Fridays during the Shravan Shukla Paksha – waxing phase of moon in Shravan month. Varad Laxmi Vrat 2017 dates are July 28 and August 4 as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India.
The puja, fasting and other rituals on the day is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. It is believed that she bless devotees during the period. Varad here signifies the power of the goddess to give boons.
There is a belief that Goddess Lakshmi appeared during the Samdura Manthan or churning of ocean. This happened in the Shravan month.
The famous Varalakshmi Puja is also held during the period.

We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us – Rabindranath Tagore

We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.
Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument while the song I came to sing remains unsung.
By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.
Truth comes as conqueror only to those who have lost the art of receiving it as friend.
We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us.
Rabindranath Tagore

Today’s Hindu Calendar – June 25, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithior the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 10:48 AM on June 25. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithior the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Krittika or Kartika or Karthigai Nakshatra till 1:11 AM. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Ashada Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Ashada 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 …