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Story of Balaram and Kandarasura

Balaram and Kandarasura story is associated with the Kendrapara region in Orissa. The famous BaladevaJeuTemple here is associated with the story. Legend has it that demon Kandarasura ruled over the Lalitagiri and Assia mountain ranges in the Kendrapara region in Orissa.
As per Tulasikshetra Mahatmya, the demon troubled all living beings. There was no respite for human beings from the tyranny of the demon. Finally, Balabhadra defeated him.
But the demon escaped and started living in disguise in the KapilasMountain near Dhenkanal. Balarama searched the mountain and finally ploughed the mountain using his Hala or plough.
Finally the demon was discovered and killed. His slain body was thrown around the region.
Shiva temples were erected in the spot where the body parts of the demon fell.
Thus it is believed that the where the trunk of Kandarasura had fallen is called Kandara Padi and which is today known as Kendrapara.
Balabhadra married Tulasi, the only daughter of Kandarasura, on t…

Book – Managerial Ability of Sri Ramanuja in Retrospection

Book titled ‘Managerial Ability of Sri Ramanuja in Retrospection’ is a look into the management skills of Sri Ramanujacharya. The management of several popular Vishnu temples is credited to the great teacher and philosopher. ‘Managerial Ability of Sri Ramanuja in Retrospection’ is written by Srirangam-based scholar, A. Krishnamachari. The Hindu reports Ramanuja’s segregation of the various workers in Srirangam is elaborate and comprehensive. From the five that Tirumangai Azhwar had created, he created 10. Kovanavar (superintendent of the inner organisation of the temple), Tirupani seivar (those who carry out periodic repairs and cleaning), Kodavar, Bhagavata Nambi (archakas), Ullurar (assistants for rituals), Talaiyiuduvar (sthalathar of today), Tirukaragakkaiyar (water providers for temple rituals), Vinappam seivar (Araiyar), Aryabhattal, Dasanambi (flower providers) and Vetrapani.  In addition were another 10 posts - Karalappan (measured the grain), Koil Kata Peruman (guard in Rajam…

Radha Govinda Temple at Vrindavan – Radha Govind Dev Temple near Mathura

RadhaGovindaTemple is one of the biggest Sri Krishna temples in Vrindavan near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, India. It is located at in an area named as Yoga Peetha and is near to the RangajiTemple. The temple was constructed in 1590 AD and then it was a seven storied building but was partially destroyed by Aurangzeb in 1670 AD. Story of the Radha Govind Murti The murti worshipped in the RadhaGovindaTemple was found by Rupa Goswami. Legend has it that a small boy once informed Rupa Goswami that he regularly saw cow shedding milk in a hole.
When Rupa Goswami investigated the area he found the beautiful murti of Krishna.
Rupa Goswami then requested Maharaja Mansingh to build a beautiful temple. The temple was constructed out of red stand stone. Radha Govinda Temple 
The inner courtyard of the temple is noted for numerous carvings. The center of the courtyard has a beautifully sculptured lotus.
The main murti in the sanctum sanctorum has a huge black murti of Bhagvan Sri Krishna flanked by C…

Dadi Janki on Contentment

First of all, understand discontentment. Discontent is caused by constant multiplication of desires.
One desire leads to another until there is never a moment when you feel fulfilled.
Desires are like traps.
Because of endless desires relationships have become very fragile. There is a lot of irritability an anger due to selfish attachments (to possessions and people) and pride (attachment to a particular image of the Self). Where there is discontentment, the heart can never be still because wasteful, negative thoughts destroy peace.
Contentment is the result of spiritual awareness which allows you to recognize negativity. It changes your pattern of thinking. As you tap your huge inner potential, all desires are fulfilled and you regain your Peace.
SourceBook titled - Companion of God  By Brahma Kumaris, Dadi Janki

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 11, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, August 11, 2014 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day till 12:13 AM on August 11. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon till 9:46 PM on August 11. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Shravan or Sravanam or Thiruonam Nakshatra till 12:09 AM on August 11. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Avittam or Sravishta Nakshatram till 10:32 PM. Then onward it is Shatabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi till 11:20 AM. Then onward it is Kumbha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Shravan somvar vrat in Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the …