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Varadaraja Perumal Temple Golden Lizard – Story

At the famous VaradarajaPerumalTemple in Kanchipuram you can touch lizard made of gold and silver for luck. Devotees also touch it to overcome bad results of lizard falling on a person’s body. The story of golden lizard at the Kanchipuram Varadaraja Perumal temple begins with a curse by Sage Gautama.
Sage Gautama had two disciples who were brothers. One day the water they offered to the sage contained two lizards. The angry sage cursed the disciples to become lizards.
The terrified students begged for forgiveness. The sage relented and asked the brothers to perform penance at the VaradarajaPerumalTemple.
Bhagvan Vishnu as Varadaraja was pleased with the penance and blessed them with liberation. He then turned the body of the two brothers into sliver and golden lizard.
He then declared that those who visit the temple should also touch and worship the two lizards which will help in removing all sins and curing all illness.

Somvar Vrat – Monday Fasting Dedicated to Hindu God Shiva

Upvaas, or fasting, in Hinduism is mainly observed for the fulfillment of a vow. Upvas is also referred as 'Vrats.' But 'Vrat' has a wider meaning and it is not just curtailed to the fasting observed for material or other gains. Each day in a week is dedicated to one or more of the gods in the Hindu pantheon. A particular deity is appeased by the devotee on a particular day. Thus Monday is usually dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Upvass, or fasting, on Mondays begins at sunrise and ends at sunset. On the day, food is only eaten after evening prayer. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are worshipped on the day. Of course, no worship begins without remembering Lord Ganesha. The fasting on Mondays in the Shravan month is considered even more auspicious.

It is believed that those people who observe Upvaas on Monday will have their desires fulfilled and will be blessed with wisdom. In some areas, fasting on Mondays is observed by unmarried women to get an ideal husband.

The reason for…

Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple Management to Start Old Age Home For Cows and Bulls

The management committee of the world famous Guruvayur SriKrishnaTemple in Kerala is planning to start a convert a cattle-rearing centre into an old age home for cows and bulls.  Times of India reports  The idea is to use the Vengad facility (at the Devaswom's 90acre facility near Perinthalmanna in Malappuram district) as a care station for aged and unwell cows without any emphasis on milk production, Devaswom managing committee member A Suresan said. Cows in good health will be moved to the Devaswom's milk production centre at Kaveedu near Guruvayur. Even otherwise, milk production from 1,000-odd animals at the facility is just 40 litres per day. The aging cows will be given proper feed and veterinary care.  Bulls there will be isolated so that cows in poor health will not subject to their unwanted attention, veterinarians at the centre said. There are about 25 sheds currently and more will be required for augmenting the care.

Nothing is gained except by sacrifice – Swami Vivekananda

Our thought make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds.
All power is within you. You can do anything and everything. Believe in that.
If you project hatred and jealousy, they will rebound on you with compound interest.
Compare the lowest with the highest man. The difference is in the degree of concentration. This is the only difference.
Vedanta says, ‘We are free and not free at the same time.’ That means that we are never free on the earthly plane, but ever free on the spiritual side. The Self is beyond both freedom and bondage. We are Brahman, we are immortal knowledge beyond the senses, we are Bliss Absolute.
Nothing is gained except by sacrifice.
If you can conserve and use the energy properly, it leads you to God. Inverted, it is hell itself.
Swami Vivekananda