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Mani Mahesh Yatra 2017 – Pilgrimage to Manimahesh Lake and Kailash Peak in Himachal Pradesh

Manimahesh Yatra is an annual Hindu pilgrimage to ManimaheshLake and KailashPeak in the Bharmaur Region of Chamba District in Himachal Pradesh, India. The official Manimahesh Yatra 2017 begins on August 14 from Chamba and the holy dip in Manimahesh will be on August 29, 2017. The official yatra, or pilgrimage, follows the ‘Chhari’ (holy mace) from the LakshaminarayanTemple in ChambaTown. The state government of Himachal Pradesh conducts the Manimahesh Yatra.

Manimahesh Yatra begins on the Sri Krishna Janmashtami day and ends on the Radha Ashtami day. This usually takes place in month of August or September.

The water of the ManimaheshLake is believed to be holy and pilgrims take a holy dip and pray to the reflection of the KailashPeak on the Lake. There is also a four-faced Shivalingam installed near the lake.

The pilgrimage is a tough one and is undertaken by staunch Shiva devotees and adventure trekkers. The sacred ManimaheshLake is located at the height of 13,500 feet and the jour…

Story of Ganga Captured by Sage Jhanva in His Ear – Why Ganga is also known as Jhanavi?

King Bhagiratha had brought Ganga down on to earth through intense austerities to free the souls of his ancestors. But during the journey of the river from Himalayas to Gangasagar in Bengal there were numerous difficulties. One such story is that of Ganga being captured by Sage Jhanva in his ear. Due to this incident Ganga is also known as Jhanavi.
King Bhagiratha rode his horse swiftly down the Himalayan slopes and the HolyGangaRiver was following him. The ashes of his ancestors were lying at present day Gangasagar.
On the way, the king passed through the ashram of Sage Jhanva. But Ganga was about to destroy the Ashram of the sage. To avoid any trouble to his ashram and its living beings, the powerful sage calmly took her into his body through the left ear.
Soon King Bhagiratha discovered that Ganga was not following him. He then returned to the ashram of Sage Jhanva and pleaded with the sage to release the holy river.
The Sage obliged and allowed the GangaRiver to come out of his …

On Forgotten Hindu Soldiers Who Participated in World War I

The role of Hindus in the First World War is by and large expunged from the history books. They have been conveniently ignored and forgotten. Hindu sepoys were one of the highest numbers of volunteers as combatants and non-combatants in World War I.
You can read more about the Hindu Soldiers Who Participated in World War I in this article with numerous references.
The role of Hindus in the First World War is by and large expunged from the history books.  Merely a cursory gaze at the figures reveals startling fact – In total 1,338, 620 Hindus participated in the war. This number exceeds the total number of army personnel from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa by 178,000.
Hindu soldiers were involved in the lands as diverse as Palestine, France, Syria and Mesopotamia. A school of thought says it was the Hindu army which changed the course of the war by turning German soldiers at Marne.
Thousands of Hindu soldiers lost their lives and no hero’s welcome awaited the survivors…

Akhileshwar Dham at Lohardaga – Akhileshwar Shiva Temple at Bhandra near Lohardaga

Akhileshwar Dham is an 8th century ShivaTemple located at Bhandra, around 12 km from, Lohardaga in Jharkhand. A part of the original temple was rebuilt around 50 years ago after it had collapsed.
A Swayambhu Shivling of three feet is worshipped in the temple. A copper naga is found near the Shivling.
The Goddess worshipped in the shrine is known as Satbahini. The sanctum sanctorum also houses a small Shivling.
The temple is a famous destination in the region for conducting marriages.
Bali or sacrifice was earlier practiced in the temple but has not been stopped completely.
An important fair is held during the Shravan Purnima here.
Jagannath Rath Yatra is also held at the temple.
During the Shravan month, Shiva devotees from neighboring areas bring water to offer to the Shivling.

Real Poverty is the greed for more and more – Swami Rama Tirtha

The more you get, the more you become greedy, niggardly and less happy. Happiness lies not in accumulation of wealth but in content only.
Rise above desires and they are fulfilled; beg and their fulfilment recedes further from you.
Mind can be purified by killing all selfish desires one by one and singing the syllable OM.
One who rises above all desires is always spreading good as spontaneously and naturally as a flower gives perfume, or a star spreading light, without even being aware of it.
The real poverty does not consist in want of riches but in an unsatiated want or greed for more and more.
Swami Rama Tirtha 

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 5, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithior the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:52 AM on August 5. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Vishakha or Vishakam Nakshatra till 6:54 AM on August 5. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi till 12:51 AM. Then onward it is Vrischika Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Shravan Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day of the waxing phase of moon in Shravan 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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