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Baraha Dwadashi

Baraha Dwadashi is observed in Magh Month. The day is of great significance to Vaishnava devotees. Baraha Dwadashi 2018 date is January 28.
The day is of importance at Puri Jagannath temple.
Baraha Dwadashi is annually observed on the Magh Shukla Paksha Dwadasi or the 12th day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu calendar and panjika followed in Orissa.

Maharloka – One of the Worlds Mentioned in the Hindu Scriptures

Maharloka is one of the worlds mentioned in the Hindu scriptures. As per Vayu Purana, the rulers of the Kalpa live in the world. The rulers of the Kalpa are known as Kalpadikaris. A Kalpa is a period of cosmic time – it is around 4,320 million years of human beings. A Kalpa is one day of Brahma.
Some scholars are of the view that Kalpadikaris are great saints, who at the end of a Kalpa move to the Maharloka.
Ganadevas and Yamas are also residents of the Maharloka.
At the end of a Kalpa the three worlds are destroyed – the three worlds are Bhur, Bhuvar and Svar.
But Maharloka is not destroyed but the residents of Maharloka move to the next loka above it known as Janarloka.

Srikovil or Sanctum Sanctorum at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

Srikovil or the sanctum sanctorum at Sannidanam - SabarimalaAyyappaTemple is plated using gold. The life story of Ayyappa from His birth on earth to His disappearance at Sabarimala is written on copper sheets and is superimposed on the Srikovil.
The punapratishta or murti reinstallation was performed in 1951.
The gold plating of the srikovil was completed in 1997 – around 32 kilograms of gold and 1904 kilograms of copper were used for the purpose.
The murti of Ayyappa worshipped at SabarimalaAyyappaTemple is that of Brahmachari. He is also referred as Shasta.
There is a belief that the murti was created by Parashurama and Ayyappa merged in it.

Oriya Calendar 2015 in PDF format – Download Odiya Panji - Orissa Calendar 2015

This Oriya Calendar 2015 is provided by Kohinoor press and is published by the website nuaodisha. You can download the Odiya Panji for free. The calendar contains important festivals in Orissa and uses Oriya script for numbers. The months and weeks are also written in Odia or Oriya language. The calendar of 2014 is in jpeg format but you can convert it into pdf format.
You can visit the nuaodisha website and download it here – Oriya Calendar 2015

Universal Truths in Chapter 2 of the Bhagavad Gita

The Atman (the Real) is deathless. It cannot be destroyed. Death is an experience, not of the Atman, but of the body.
The body is subject to change, disease, old age, and death. It has to be cast off like a worn out garment, so that the Atman may assume other embodiments. For death is certain for the born, as is birth for the dead. Thus grieving over death is futile.
The enlightened aspirant must realize that his right is to work, and work alone. The fruits, the results of the work, should never be his concern.
He whose mind is free from anxiety amid pains, indifferent amid pleasures, loosed from passion, fear and rage, he is called a seer illumined. Chapter 2 of the Bhagavad Gita