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Panchajanya Conch of Sri Krishna – The story how Lord Krishna go the Shankh Panchajanya

Panchajanya is the holy conch of Lord Krishna and the divine conch is also worshipped in Hinduism. One of the popular images of Lord Krishna in Hindu religions is that of Him blowing the Shankh Panchajanya at the beginning the 18-day Kurukshetra battle in the Mahabharata. There is an interesting story which explains how Sri Krishna came into possession of the Panchajanya.
The Guru of Sri Krishna was Saint Sandipani. After the completion of his education, Lord Krishna wanted to offer a Guru Dakshina. As Guru Dakshina Guru Sandipani asked Lord Krishna to find his lost son.
After searching for a while, Lord Krishna found out that the Guru’s son was captured and abducted by a demon named Panchajana. The demon lived under the sea in the form a conch shell.
Krishna soon entered into a fight with the demon and killed him. He rescued the son of Saint Sandipani and took the conch shell.
The conch, Panchajanya, is named after this demon.
Another legend suggests that the Panchajanya was one of th…

Sravana Vratham Dates for 2015 – Sravana Vratham 2015

Sravana Vratham is observed by certain Vaishnava communities in South India. The Vratham is dedicated to Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu. The fasting on the day is similar to Ekadasi. Here are the Sravana Vratham 2015 dates:
Sravana Vratham Dates for 2015 May 10
June 10
July 4
July 31
August 27
September 24
October 21
November 18
December 15

Akshaya Tritiya Story in Hindu Scriptures and Puranas

One of the most important and popular story associated with observing Akshaya Tritiya is that of Sri Krishna and Kuchela. Another significant story is that of the Pandavas receiving the Akshaya Patra from Krishna. Interestingly, Sri Krishna plays and important part in the stories associated with Akshaya Tritiya.

In the most famous story associated Akshaya Tritiya, Kuchela, a poor Brahmin and schoolmate of Sri Krishna, visited Sri Krishna with the intention of asking some financial favor. Kuchela, also known as Sudama, carried with him handful of poha or aval (beaten rice). Kuchela was received warmly by Sri Krishna at Dwarka. On reaching, the palace of Krishna, Kuchela was ashamed to give the ‘poha’ to Krishna – as it was filled with stones and it also was drenched in his sweat.
But the ever playful Krishna noticed the small bag in the hand of his schoolmate and soon grabbed it and ate a handful of ‘poha’. Kuchela could not believe his eyes, Krishna, the Lord all beings, eating his po…

Sri Ramakrishna on Self Surrender

An illustrative example of self-surrender by Sri Ramakrishna
When Rama and Lakshmana went to take their bath in PampaLake, they thrust their bows into the ground. Coming out of the water, Lakshmana took out his bow and found its tip stained with blood.
Rama said to him: ‘Look, brother! Look. Perhaps we have hurt some creature.’
Lakshmana dug in the earth and found a big bullfrog. It was dying.
Rama said to the frog in a sorrowful voice: ‘Why didn’t you croak? We should have tried to save you. You croak lustily enough when you are in the jaws of a snake.’
The frog said: ‘O Lord, when I am attacked by a snake I croak, saying: “O Rama, save me! O Rama, save me!” This time I found that it was Rama who was killing me; so I kept still.’