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Baba Kaal Bhairav

Baba Kaal Bhairav is a manifestation of Shiva worshipped in Varanasi. The popular belief is that darshan at KashiVishwanathTemple is incomplete with the permission of Baba Kaal Bhairav – it simply means that one should first visit His shrine before visiting KashiVishwanathTemple.
Baba Kaal Bhairav is also the guardian of Kashi – the kotwal of Varanasi.
Legend has it that Baba Kaal Bhairav appeared from the third eye of Shiva. He severed the arrogant fifth head of Brahma.
The local people believe that one needs the consent of the deity to live in Kashi.
The most important temple dedicated to Shiva as Baba Kaal Bhairav is located in Varanasi. There are also many other big and small shrines dedicated to this manifestation of Shiva in many places in North India.

Youth Who Could Not Speak Blessed with Power of Speech at Vakula Mata Temple in Tirupati

A youth was blessed with power of speech after he was offered Tirtham or holy water at the VakulaMataTemple in Tirumala Tirpuati. VakulaMataTemple is one of the subsidiary shrines in the world famous TirupatiBalajiTemple. It is believed that Venkateswara or Balaji is the lord of miracles and no one knows what blessings he showers on his devotees. New Indian Express reports  True to the devotees’ belief that Lord Venkateswara/Balaji of Tirumala showers different kinds of blessings on ardent devotees, the presiding deity showered an unusual boon on Deepak, 18, who did not have the power of speech,  when he managed to utter a few words. Deepak mouthed the words as soon as he swallowed the ‘teertham’ (holy water) offered by the priest of the Vakula Mata temple, one of the sub-temples of the TirumalaTemple.  When he called his mother ‘amma’ and said a few other words, his family members erupted in joy and they spread word about the miracle among the fellow-devotees and temple officials.  D…

Radha Gopinath Temple in Vrindavan

RadhaGopinathTemple in Vrindavan is dedicated to Bhagvan Sri Krishna and the murti worshipped here is known as Gopinathji. It is believed that Vajranabha, the great grandson of Sri Krishna installed the murti. The original and old temple was partially destroyed by Aurangazeb. The present new temple is located near the old temple.

The red colored sandstone building has an outer and inner courtyard. The outer courtyard has a black and white marble tiled floor. A huge painting of the Ras Lila of Sri Krishna can be seen on one of the walls.
There are five murtis in the Sanctum Sanctorum. In the center is the murti of Sri Krishna holding a flute and is worshipped as Gopinathji.
Murtis of two of Radha’s friends, Lalitha and Vishaka, are found in front of the murti of Gopinathji. Behind is found the murti of Radha and her sister Ananga Manjari.
Legend has it that Ananga Manjari was reborn as Jahnava Devi and she married Nityananda. She used to perform prayers daily at the temple. Moved by…

Don’t Preach What We Can’t Practice

Quite often we tend to preach but never practice what we preach. It is like a smoker teaching his children the bad aspects of smoking while smoking. If you are preaching then be the example. Do not make mistakes and then try to justify it and then again continue preaching. Your words won’t have any effect. For other people to value you and your word you should first walk the talk.
The older generation is always preaching but they forget that they are stuck with their pasts. They are unable to keep pace with the times. Thus they end up unnecessarily criticizing the younger generation. Also forgetting what they had done in their younger days. The older generation should preach universal values and follow them in their life. Times change and we should learn to respect and encourage the goodness in the present.
Universal values that make an individual a good living being should be passed on to our children. We should carefully watch our own behaviour.
Talking ill of others, unruly beha…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 14, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, August 14, 2014 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon till 2:59 PM on August 14. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Uttarabhadrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatra till 6:08 PM on August 14. Then onward it is Revati Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Bhadrapad 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…