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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

Horse Head Of Sage Dadhichi And Ashwini Kumars – The Story

Story of Ashwini Kumars and Sage Dadheechi is found in Srimad Bhagavad Purana. Ashwini Kumars, the celestial physicians, asked Sage Dadhichi to teach them the Supreme Truth – knowledge of Brahman. The sage was also the guru of Indra, the king of Devas. Before teaching Ashwini Kumaras the knowledge of Brahman the sage wanted to consult Indra. Indra asked the sage not to impart the knowledge of Braham to Ashwini 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 Dadhichi 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. Ashwini Kumars replaced the original head of Sage Dadhichi and revived him. After this incident Sage Dadhichi was also known

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 ch

Thrikkakkudy Rock-Cut Temple At Kaviyoor Near Thiruvalla In Kerala

Thrikkakkudy Rock-Cut Temple at Kaviyoor, 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. It is believed that the temple was carved before 10th century AD.  The temple is created by cutting in between two rocks. The temple follows the Pallava style of architecture.  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.