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Surpakarna Ganesh – Story of the Surpakarna form of Ganesha

Surpakarna Ganesha is one among the names of Ganapati. The story of Surpakarna form of Ganesh is associated with Agni, the Hindu fire god. Surpa means winnowing basket and indicates the big ear of the elephant-headed god.
Legend has it that once Agni, the fire god, was cursed by a group of Rishis to lose his luster. They cursed him to become extinguished and be lost forever.
This curse made Agni powerless. He started losing his luster. There was commotion in the universe. Without fire there was no yajna, there was no food and there was imbalance in the universe.
Ganesha took pity on Agni and in order to save the universe fanned Agni into life again with his ears. He used his ears like a surpa or winnowing basket.
For this divine act, Ganesh earned the name Surpakarna.

Gajuwaka Ganesha - Biggest Ganesh Idol during 2014 Ganesh Chaturthi at Vizag – Tallest Ganeshas in Vishakapatanam in Andhra Pradesh

The tallest and biggest Ganesh idol during Ganesh Chaturthi 2014 is the nearly 85-ft Gajuwaka Ganesha in Vishakapatanam in Andhra Pradesh. Last year also this Ganesh murti at Vizag was the tallest. It is located at Lanka Grounds in Gajuwaka in Vishakapatnam. Dondaparthy Ganesha in the Dondaparthy area at 75 feet is the next tallest.
Another highlight – Sri Bhaktanjaneya Sweet House will be entering the Guinness Book of World Records for the fourth time in 2014 for their 8,060 kg laddoo to Gajuwaka Ganesha.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 29, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, August 29, 2014 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the light phase of moon the entire day on August 29. And till 12:35 AM on August 30. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Hasta or Atham or Hastam Nakshatra till 12:28 PM on August 29. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithira or Chithirai Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ganesh Chaturthi – 12-day Ganapati Festival Begins. Pathar Chauth.
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Hima…