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Sri Ramanujacharya Jayanthi

Ramanuja Jayanti or Ramanujacharya Jayanthi celebrates the birthday of Ramanujacharya, the philosopher who advocated bhakti or devotional worship as a method to attain salvation or moksha. Ramanuja amalgamated bhakti and philosophy of Upanishads and gave bhakti tradition an intellectual basis. In 2018, Sri Ramanujacharya Jayanthi is on April 21. Some communities will be observing it on April 19 (especially in Tamil Nadu).

Freedom to choose a personal god and reach Brahman realization through Bhakti or devotion was preached by Ramanuja and this form of spiritual path is followed by a large section of Hindus.
Ramanuja organized temple worship and founded centers to propagate the devotion of Lord Vishnu and his consort Sri or Mahalakshmi.
He preached that the phenomenal world is real and taught to reach the ultimate reality (Brahman) by proceeding to a conclusion by reason or argument rather than intuition. This was just opposite to the Vedanta of Shankaracharya.
It is believed that Ra…

Guhyakas – Deities in Hinduism

Guhyakas are attendants of Kubera, the treasurer of Gods. They are considered to be minor deities in Hinduism. As per Vayu Purana, Guhyakas are handsome but crooked too. They are similar to Yakshas. In social hierarchy among celestial beings, they are lower to Gandharvas but equal to Yakshas.
In the Mahabharata, Guhyakas had fought with Bhima. The second of the Pandava brothers had accidentally entered the region of Kubera. Here he had fought with Guhyakas who were guarding the place. Mahabharata mentions them as weird creatures.
Guhyakas reside on Kailash, HemakutaMountain and GandhamadanaMountain. They are usually present where Kubera rules.
As per some scriptures, Guhyakas are half horse or half bird.
It is also believed that brave warriors that die in battle go to the land of Guhyakas.

To Restore Old Glory – Renovation work Undertaken at Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Temple at Triplicane in Chennai in Tamil Nadu

Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Temple at Triplicane in Chennai in Tamil Nadu was built during the 7th century AD. Unscientific renovation undertaken during early years had caused serious damage to the original structure. Now efforts are being made to restore the temple to its original form.
Modern marble slabs on the floor have been removed to reveal the coarse granite that old temple architecture is so famous for.
Compromises made in the name of convenience are being reversed.
Oil lamps are now used for illumination. The Hindu writes
“Yes, Panchavarnam, as stipulated in the science of temple building is used,” the officer explains. The figures have indeed come alive from the bland ivory that they hitherto sported. Each tier of the Rajagopuram, a stately structure of beauty, tells stories from the epics and the puranas. Yes, episodes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata are depicted in detail.  However, with the front Mantapam rising up, the grandeur is not visible from the ground level. “Th…

Short Life History of Adi Shankaracharya in pdf

A short life history Adi Shankaracharya in pdf is given below. Adi Shankaracharya needs no introduction to a devout Hindu. He revived Sanatana Dharma from the clutches of rituals and spread the teachings of Vedanta.

Legend has it that when he was eight years old he wanted to become a Sanyasi, but his mother did not give permission. Not long afterward, he was attacked by a crocodile. He cried out to his mother to allow him to renounce the world a moment before death so that he could reach liberation from birth and rebirth. His mother consented, and Shankara was miraculously released from the mouth of the crocodile.
He then proceeded to tour India and debate all those whom he encountered. Eventually he became known as the most brilliant philosopher of his time. Following the lineage of his Guru’s guru Gaudapada, he argued that Brahman was the only reality. He saw the world as a mere trifle, an illusion, or maya, unreal from the point of view of the ultimate. Shankara wrote commentaries…

Adi Shankara Jayanti - Birth Anniversary of Adi Shankaracharya

Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti or Shankara Jayanthi falls on the 5th day during waxing of moon in the month of Vaisakh (May-June). Although there is a difference of opinion regarding the period of Adi Shankara, his birthday is celebrated annually on the same day – on the 5th day of the Shukla Paksha of Vaisakha. In 2015, the date of Adi Shankara Jayanti is April 23.

One of India’s greatest philosopher and saint, Shankara appeared at a time when there was a complete destruction of culture and morality. 
There was utter chaos and confusion and Shankaracharya set the house in order with his peaceful message of Vedanta. He used the unparalled teachings in the Vedas and the Upanishads to give form to the concept of religion, which was still not practiced by Sanatana Dharma.
Adi Shankaracharya is also considered as an incarnation of Lord Shiva by many people.
The right way to honor this great saint is to study his works. A single idea of his, if adopted with sincerity can make you a better p…

Adi Shankaracharya – Spiritual Guidance

Childhood skips off in sport and play. Youth flies off in pursuits of love-making. As one grows older he is drowned in worry about the security and future of his wife and children. One’s whole life gets spent in some kind of worry or other. And at no stage does man find time to lift his thoughts to God.
If the mind ever so slightly strays from the ideal and becomes outgoing, then it goes down and down, just as a play-ball inadvertently dropped on the staircase bounds down from one step to another.
Everywhere in the spiritual scriptures, the very characteristics of a person who has attained fulfillment [through spiritual realization] are taught to be the means of sadhana as these are attainable through practice and effort. [Thus], those that are attainable through practice and effort, verily become means of sadhana [for a spiritual aspirant or sadhaka] as well as the [natural] characteristics [of a person who has attained to realization].
Khsama is a complete absence of agitation in …

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 23, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, April 23, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:32 PM on April 23. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 23, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day after 3:04 PM
Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram or Mrigasheersham Nakshatra till 2:25 PM on April 23. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti. Surdas Jayanti
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Vaishakh Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Vaishakh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jh…