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Vaishno Devi Story – Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Story

Vaishno Devi story begins when Mother Goddess Shakti appeared to annihilate the demons on earth who were spreading and encouraging Adharma. Story of Vaishno Devi has it that Mother Goddess Kali, Saraswati and Lakshmi appeared together at a holy spot. From the unimaginable light that they generated appeared a manifestation of the Mother Goddess. This was Ma Vaishno Devi.

She was then born as the daughter of Ratankar and his wife in South India. The happy couple named her Vaishnavi. From a young age, Vaishnavi was highly spiritual and longed to merge with Srihari Vishnu. Her presence on earth made all living beings happy. The spot she resided became heaven.
Years passed by. Vaishnavi then met Bhagvan Sri Ram during his exile period. They both immediately realized each other. She desired to be merged with Srihari Vishnu.
But Bhagvan Sri Ram asked her to continue her austerities and promised her that she will get the opportunity to merge with Him during Kali Yuga. Sri Ram told her that …


Holashtak is associated with the Holi festival in India. Holashtak 2018 beginning date is February 23. It is the combined name used to refer to the eight days prior to Holi festival, which is considered inauspicious by some Hindu communities in North India. Holashtak comes to an end on March 1, 2018.

As per the Hindu Calender followed in North India, Holashtak begins on the Phalgun Shukla Ashtami (eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Falgun month) and ends on the Phalgun Purnima day (full moon day). The Purnima day is observed as Holika Dahan in many regions. For many communities, Holashtak starts with the decoration of the branch of a tree with colorful pieces of clothes. Everyone ties a piece and eventually this is buried underground.

It is considered inauspicious to perform auspicious ceremonies during the period like marriage, housewarming or any of the sanskars. People of certain community also avoid starting of new business etc. The day is considered ideal for perfor…

Matsya Avatar – the Fish Incarnation of Lord Vishnu

Matsya, the one-horned fish, is the first among, the Dasa Avatara, the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The core concept of Hinduism (Sanatana Dharma) is that there is no beginning or end. There is only transformation. When man abandons Dharma and ventures into the territory of Adharma, Nature starts its destructive transformation. We humans term this as apocalypse or total annihilation. Lord Vishnu incarnated as Matsya to save all that was good in the world before its destruction.

Matsya Appearance Just before the total destruction of the world, Matsya, the one-horned fish, swam into the hands of a pious man and asked him to save it from a big fish. The pious man took the fish home and placed it in a small vessel. The fish kept on increasing its size. It was then transferred from the small vessel to a big vessel; from it to a well, from well to a pond, from pond to a lake; and finally it was transferred to the ocean but it still kept growing. The pious man in some Puranas is Manu, i…

Pankoddhar Ekadashi in Orissa

Pankoddhar Ekadashi is observed in the ShriLokanathaTemple in Puri in Orissa before Shivratri. Pankoddhar Ekadashi 2018 date is February 11. The Shivling in the ShriLokanathaTemple becomes visible only from the Pankoddhar Ekadasi day – this happens three days before the Mahashivratri in Phalgun month.

The sanctum sanctorum of SriLokanathaTemple including the Shivalinga is filled with water throughout the year. The water is removed only during the Pankoddhar Ekadashi period. Thousands of people come to the temple to worship during the period.

The offerings that were made throughout the year remains decomposed in water. People believe that it has curative properties. Therefore it is distributed it as Prasad.

Legend has it that Lord Ram during his exile period had meditated here and is believe to have had the darshan of Lord Shiva. The villagers presented Lord Ram with Lau or Lauka (Pumpkin) similar to a Shivling. Lord Rama installed the Lauka at the place where the present day temple …

Forsake Passion – Anger – Greed – the doors to hell – Bhagavad Gita

Of a person meditating on sense objects, Attachment in them arises; from attachment, Desire is born; from desire, It is turned into anger. From anger arises bewilderment; from bewilderment, the memory wanders; from the memory wandering, destruction of the intellect; from destruction of the intellect, one’s intense destruction. This door of hell, which is the destroyer of the Soul, is of three kinds— passion, anger, and also greed. Therefore one should forsake these three (Bhagavad Gita 16.21)
O son of Kunti, a person who is free from these three doors to darkness strives for the good of the soul Thereby he attains the highest Goal (Bhagavad Gita 16.22)