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Gagangiri Maharaj Punyatithi at Gagangad near Kolhapur in Maharashtra

Gagangiri Maharaj was a great sage during the 20th century in Maharashtra. His Punyatithi or death anniversary is annually observed in Paush month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Maharashtra. The day is of great significance at the Gagangad Ashram at Gagangad near Kolhapur in Maharashtra. Gagangiri Maharaj Punyatithi 2019 date is February 1.

Gagangiri Maharaj taught about the oneness of nature and living beings.
Thousands of people arrive on the day at Gagangad Ashram and Khopoli Ashram. Special satsangs, prayers, and philanthropic activities are held on the day.
Gagangiri Maharaj Punyatithi is observed on Paush Krishna Paksha Dwadashi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Marathi lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Story of Shamba – Son of Krishna

Shamba was the son of Sri Krishna and his wife Jambavati. The story of Shamba is found in the Puranas and Mahabharata. He was responsible for the annihilation of the Yadavas and the death of Sri Krishna.
Shamba was a very powerful and strong warrior. He had single-handedly defended Dwarka when the city was attacked by the army of King Shalva.
He was in love with Lakshmana, daughter of Duryodhana. He had abducted her from the Swayamvara ceremony but was captured by Duryodhana and the Kauravas. Balarama, the brother of Sri Krishna, rescued them and brought to Dwaraka.
When Dwapara Yuga was coming to an end, Sri Krishna decided to put an end to his avatar. Soon Dharma (righteousness) started disappearing and it was replaced by Adharma.
The Rishis realized what was happening on earth and decided to pay their respect to Sri Krishna. Rishis led by Vishwamitra, Narada, and Kanva reached Dwarka.

Accidently, the Yadavas found out that the sap of Kadamba tree is intoxicating. They started drin…

On Rathas – Chariots Used in Temples in South India

Rathas or chariots are an indispensable part of temples in South India. Mention of Rathas is found in the Sangam literature. Suganthy Krishnamachari has written a wonderful and informative article on TempleRathas in South India. Design, construction, religious importance, architecture and beauty of the chariots are detailed in the article. Excerpts from Temple on wheels in the Hindu  Instructions about the making of the ratha for Vishnu temples, given in the Purushottama Samhita, a Pancharatra agama, conjure up an image of an opulent ratha. It is emphasised that the chariot should have intricate sculpturing, and that the incarnations of Vishnu are to be depicted.   However, beyond all this, there must have been a social purpose behind introducing chariots in temple worship. A ratha is a moving temple, a description no other vahana can lay claim to. Like a temple, it has an adisthanam and Vedis. So a ratha makes it possible for the devotees to worship their favourite God in their own …