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Story of Balrama and Demon Dhenuka

The story of Balrama, the elder brother of Sri Krishna, and demon Dhenuka is found in the Vishnu Purana. Sri Krishna, Balrama and other gopas used wander through the woods with their cattle. Once during their mini excursions, they reached the region of forest controlled by demon Dhenuka.
The area was filled with Palmyra Palm trees – known as Tal or Taltar in Hindi and Panai in Tami.
The trees were filled with ripe fruit and the gopas wanted to taste them. They asked Balram and Sri Krishna to pluck some fruits.
The brothers shook some trees and brought down numerous fruits.
The fruits made loud noise when they fell down. This alerted Dhenuka. He took the form of an ass and charged towards the brothers.
The demon in the form of ass began to kick Balram on his breast with his hinder heels. Balrama seized both the hind legs and whirled the demon around until he died.
He then tossed the dead body of the demon to the top of a palm tree. Numerous fruit fell down due to this act.
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Word and World and Ancient Indian schools of Thought – Summer School by Chinmaya International Foundation and Manipal University

The main purpose of the 2015 Summer School organized by the Chinmaya International Foundation and ManipalUniversity will be to explore the many ways in which the word and the world have been brought to bear upon each other by the Sanskritic philosophers of ancient and early medieval India. 
It is also important to note that Manipal University (MU) has a Dvaita Philosophy Resource Centre (DPRC) whereas, Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF) focuses on Advaita. The coming together of these two modern institutions rooted in traditions itself is very significant and upholds the spirit of Indian philosophy.
Who can apply?
The two-week International Summer School of six European credits (ECTS) is open for university students, researchers and faculty members from across disciplines.

You can find more details about the course and summer schoolhere at the official website

Sex workers of Varanasi offering Puja at Manikarnika Cremation Ghat during Chaitra Navratri

Nagar Vadhus of Kashi (sex workers or bride of the city) offers a unique puja at Manikarnika Cremation Ghat during Chaitra Navratri. Dance and music are played while the dead are being cremated. This takes place during the seventh night of Chaitra Navratri – March 24, 2018.
This is a very ancient tradition. The sex workers of Varanasi dance and play music while offering prayers to Shiva at Manikarnika Cremation Ghat.
After performing religious rituals, they present dance and music at the makeshift stage amid the burning pyres in respect of the lord of cremation ground.

Truth is the summit of bliss – Teachings from Narada Smriti

Truth is the greatest gift and the highest duty.
If a human being follows truth all his life, then he is a living god.
Following truth is great than performing hundred yajnas.
Truth is the one mode of winning purity, truth the ship that bears men to heaven, truth weighted against a thousands-horse sacrifices outweighs them, truth is the highest oblation, the highest asceticism, the highest morality, truth is the summit of bliss, by telling truth man attains by himself the highest self which is itself truth.

Truth is said to be the one unequalled means of purification of the soul.

The truth is the ladder by which man ascends to heaven as a ferry plies from one bank of a river to the other.
Narada Smriti