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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…

Badrinath Temple Opening Date in 2017 – Opening and Closing dates in 2017

BadrinathTemple, or Badarinath Dham, is one of the most popular and sacred temples dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu and is part of the Char Dham Yatra. In 2017, the date of opening of the Kapat of Shri Badrinath Temple is May 6. The closing date is after Diwali (October 19, 2017). Badrinath shrine is located in the Himalayan heights in the Garhwal Hill tracks in Uttarakhand in India at an altitude of 10,248 feet.

At Badrinath, Sri Hari Vishnu is worshipped as Badari Narayan and Badari Vishal. The idol of Badarinarayan is seen under the Badari tree and is flanked by Kuber (God of wealth) and Garuda, Narad, Naranarayana. There are also shrines dedicated to Maha Lakshmi and Adi Shankara.

Badrinath shrine only remains open for six months in a year and remains closed during winter (October to April).

The mountain that we see on the backdrop of of Badrinath temple is the Neelkanth Peak. Two mountains, Nar and Narayan are on the sides.

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.’

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 19, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, April 19, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day or the no moon day till 12:36 AM on April 19. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:39 PM on April 19. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 19, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good day after 11:00 PM
Nakshatra – Ashwathy or Ashwini Nakshatra till 4:03 PM on April 19. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Vaishakh Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Vaishakh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jhark…