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Padmini Ekadasi Vrat Katha – The Story of Adhik Masa Padmini Ekadashi

The Ekadasi fasting named Padmini Ekadashi happens only when there is an Adhika Masa or Extra month in a Hindu Lunar Calendar. There is an interesting associated with Padmini Ekadasi. This Katha was narrated by Pulastya Muni to Sage Narada.
In the Treta Yuga there lived a King named Krtavirya. He was a very powerful and famous king. But the king had no son to inherit the kingdom and the King was worried about the future of his people after his death. So he decided to go to forest and do tapas and other austerities to please Lord Vishnu.

Krtavirya’s wife, Padmini, came to know about her husbands intentions and decided to go along with him. The king made an ashram near Sage Atri and started performing austerities but he was not able to please Lord Vishnu. A worried Padmini then consulted Sage Atri’s wife Anasuya. She advised her to observe two ekadasis falling in the Adhika Masa.
Krtavirya and Padmini then observed the two Ekadasis falling in Adhika Masa. Soon Lord Vishnu appeared be…

Ashwini Kumars and Sage Dadheechi – The Story

Story of Ashwni Kumars and Sage Dadheechi is found in Srimad Bhagavad Purana. Ashiwni Kumars, the celestial physicians, asked Sage Dadheechi to teach them the Supreme Truth – knowledge of Brahman. The sage was also the guru of Indra, the king of Devas, in this subject matter.
Indra asked the sage not to impart the knowledge of Braham to Ashiwni Kumars. Indra warned that if he did he will lose his head.
Celestial physicians had no problem in overcoming the difficulty. Ashwini Kumars replaced the head of Sage Dadheechi with that of a horse.
The horse-headed sage then imparted the knowledge of Brahman to Ashwini Kumars.
Indra who came to know about the transgression of his command threw his Vajra weapon at the sage from heaven. The weapon chopped off the head of the sage.
Aswhini Kumars replaced the original head of Sage Dadheechi and revived him.
After this incident Sage Dadheechi was also known as Ashvashira.

Bala Ganapati – Child form of Ganesh – Bala Ganapathy

Bala Ganapati is one among the 32 forms of Ganesha. This is the child form of Ganesha and is worshipped to keep the mind calm and tension free. Bala Ganapathy mantra is ‘Karasthe kadali choothapana sekshookmodakam bala suryamimam vande devam balaganaadeepam.’

The face of Bala Ganapati is of a child elephant. The usual posture is sitting. But there are also sleeping and crawling postures.

The color that is associated with this form of Ganesha is that of the early morning sun.

Bala Ganapati has four hands. The left hands hold sugarcane and jackfruit and the right hands hold a bunch of banana and mango. The trunk is shown holding a Modak.

The popular belief is that offering prayers and chanting the mantra associated with Bala Ganapati will help in improving health and also soothes the mind and keeps it tension free. It is also said that worship of this form of Ganesha by children will help in attaining good health and intelligence. Bad habits of children will also change through prayers…

Significance of Hanuman Ashtak

Hanuman Ashtak, also known as Sankatmochan Hanuman Ashtak, is a prayer dedicated to Lord Hanuman. ‘Ashtak’ means eight and the prayer contains eight verses. Hanuman symbolizes strength and unfathomable devotion.
Hanuman Ashtak contains the important exploits of Lord Hanuman on Earth. For example, a verse in the Ashtak sings praise of Hanuman for bringing the Sanjivani to save the life of Laskhman. Ani sanjivani hath dai tab, Lakshman ke tum pran ubaro,
Ko nahin janat hai jag men Kapi sankat mochan nam tiharo, In this way, each verse talks about the greatness of Lord Hanuman.
Devotees mediate on Lord Hanuman by reciting the verses. It is believed that by reciting the verses, a person develops mental strength and deep devotion. In temples, Hanuman Ashtak is recited after the Hanuman Chalisa.

What does Hanuman Mean?

Thrikkakkudy Rock-Cut Temple at Kaviyur, near Thiruvalla in Kerala

ThrikkakkudyRock-CutTemple at Kaviyur, near Thiruvalla in Kerala is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This unique rock-cut temple has a two-and-a-half-feet tall Shivling in granite. It has been installed on a raised platform inside the 10-feet-high and seven-feet square sanctum sanctorum.

The Hindu reports  The walls are plain and polished with a six-feet-high door. Structures of two ‘Dwarapalakars’ stand on either side of its entrance. There is a broad verandah in front of the sanctum sanctorum.  The images of Lord Vinayaka and a sage in granite are carved on the wall of the verandah. A deep, narrow, perennial natural pond between two rocks is another attraction here.

Uttarashada Nakshatra Male Characteristics – Uttara Shada Birth Star Born Male Character

One of the most important characteristics of Uttarashada Nakshatra born Male is that they will be always trying to attain new heights. Another important character of the birth star is that they will be punctual. Other Uttara Shada Nakshatra Male Characteristics are given below:
Will be humorous. Will have lot of enemies Will be unhappy many times Will travel a lot Will be proud. Will be scholars. Will show kindness to those who are suffering. Will become famous. Will maintain high standard of cleanliness.

Purvashada Nakshatra Male Characteristics – Purva Shada Birth Star Born Male Character

One of the most important characteristics of Purvashada Nakshatra born Male is that they will be openhearted. Another important character of the birth star is that they will be of forgiving nature. Other Purva Shada Nakshatra Male Characteristics are given below:
Will have strong and good friendship
Will have good intelligence. Will be respected by relatives. Will have good children. Will get a spouse as per desire Will be honored of hard work Will be overcome by emotions easily. Will be interested in all sorts of enjoyment. Might face difficulty in marriage.

Mool Nakshatra Male Characteristics – Moola Birth Star Born Male Character

One of the most important characteristics of Mool Nakshatra born Male is that they will know how to achieve their target. Another important character of the birth star is that they will start new business. Other Moola Nakshatra Male Characteristics are given below:

Will have good wealth. Will have good knowledge Will have a poor health with frequent diseases. Will have a wavering mind. Will gain respect and important position among siblings. Will talk sweetly. Will be a spendthrift. Will not be thankful. Will be interested in listening to spiritual books.

Meditation is the ending of thought – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Man, in order to escape his conflicts, has invented many forms of meditation. These have been based on desire, will and the urge for achievement, and imply conflict and a struggle to arrive. This conscious mind and in this there is no freedom. All effort to meditate is the denial of meditation.
Meditation is the ending of thought. It is only then that there is a different dimension which is beyond time.
A meditative mind is silent. It is not the silence which thought can conceive of; it is not the silence of a still evening; it is the silence when thought – with all its images, its words and perceptions – has entirely ceased.
Jiddu Krishnamurti