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Urvashi Island on Brahmaputra River in Assam – Hindu God Sculptures Are Revealed When the River Recedes

When the Brahmaputra River recedes after rainy season at Guwahati in Assam, the island of Urvasi reappears and reveals rock-cut Hindu God Sculptures which includes a panel with ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu, sculptures of Lord Shiva and Ganesha and on a lone rock overlooking the river is a female form that some historians describe as that of Urvashi, the celestial nymph in Hindu Puranas.

The sculptures are only visible during the dry period. The small island north of the CJM court in Guwahati does have one feature that stands out tall through out the year – a pillar made of brick and mortar. Assam Tribune Writes about this unique Urvasi Island which emerges from underwater for a short period with Hindu sculptures  According to the Kalika Purana, Urvasi, the celestial nymph was called upon to pay obeisance to the Goddess Kamakhya. The sculpture, however, does not face the Nilachal hill where the Kamakhya temple is located; instead it looks out northward.

According to archaeologist D…

Virtual Tour of Kannyakumari Vivekananda Rock Memorial – Online 360 degree view of the Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Located on a rocky protrusion out at sea, Vivekananda Rock Memorial at Kannyakumari in Tamil Nadu attracts thousands of visitors daily and it on the Vivekananda Rock here Swami Vivekananda meditated and decided upon to awaken the true spirit of India. Now, Tamil Nadu Tourism is providing an online virtual tour of Kannyakumari Vivekananda Rock Memorial. In the virtual tour you can view a 360 degree panoramic view of the memorial from several different angles. The images used are of high quality.

You can view the Virtual Tour of Kannyakumari Vivekananda Rock Memorial here.


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Story of Lord Ayyappa and Poonkodi

Ayyappa was concerned about the recapturing of Sabarimala which had fallen in the hands of Maravas. For mustering strength, he joined the camp of a famous warrior Mooppil to learn Ezhappayittu. Mooppil had a beautiful daughter named Poonkodi.
Poonkodi fell in love with Ayyappa. Poonkodi did not aspire for physical love. She only wanted to be a partner in the spiritual quest and to help in capturing Sabarimala. Ayyappa agreed to her wishes.
Mooppil who learned about his daughter’s love interest asked his forces to help Ayyappa in his mission to recapture Sabarimala from the Maravas.
Ayyappa forgot about the promises made to Poonkodi as he was busy finding friends to fight the Maravas.
Ayyappa soon defeated the Maravas.
But he did not return to fulfill the promise made to Poonkodi. She then reached the spot where Ayyappa was meditating.
Poonkodi found an Ayyappa who had turned unworldly and had taken to deep meditation. As she sought only spiritual partnership, he asked Poonkodi to go…

Shatabhisha Male Characteristics – Shatataraka or Sadhayam Birth Star Born Male Character

One of the most important characteristics of Shatabhisha Nakshatra born Male is that they will have independent thinking. Another important character of the birth star is that they will be hard working. Other Shatataraka or Sadhayam Nakshatra Male Characteristics are given below:
Will be loved by all
Will have leadership qualities. Will face difficulties in the initial phase of life Will be a spendthrift. Will not be kind. Will be always looking for shortcuts. Will even win over enemies through love. Will not be keen towards food. Will change with changing times. Will be adventurous

Dhanishta Male Characteristics – Sravishta Birth Star Born Male Character

One of the most important characteristics of Dhanishta Nakshatra born Male is that they will fulfill their desires. Another important character of the birth star is that they will be keen in science but equally religious. Other Sravishta Nakshatra Male Characteristics are given below:
Will have good leadership qualities Happy to stay away from home. Will be interested in music and other arts. Will be wealthy Will have good habits. Will have lots of desires. Will have shot temper. Will have a happy life. Will not hesitate from lying. Will be flexible in many matters.

Shravan Nakshatra Male Characteristics – Sravana Birth Star Born Male Character

One of the most important characteristics of Shravan Nakshatra born Male is that they will be truthful and will have good patience. Another important character of the birth star is that they will only take a decision after giving proper thought. Other Sravana Nakshatra Male Characteristics are given below:
Will have good knowledge of science Will be come famous. Might not show enough courage in new ventures. Will have lot enemies. Will stay away from home. Will marry as per desire. Will have good earning but there will be lot of spending too. Will be spiritual. Will get married quickly. Might face eye related health issues. Will garner respect from friends and colleagues.

Sand Art Animation Film on the on Nabakalebara in Puri Jagannath Temple

The entire process of Nabakalebara ritual in PuriJagannathTemple is present through sand art animation film for the common people to have an easy grasp of the entire ritual. Nabakalebara is the change of the murtis worshipped in the world famous PuriJagannathTemple in Orissa. It happens very rarely – only when there is an Adhik Ashada Masa in traditional Hindu lunar calendar.
You can watch the Sand Art Animation Film here on the official website of Nabakalebara.

People with determination will achieve whatever they aim – Thirukural

The four qualities wanted in a leader – courage, liberality, knowledge and energy.
Alertness, learning and quickness of decision are essential for a leader.
Men of spirit do not lose their heart when they meet with defeat – like the elephant plants its legs only more firmly when it is hit by the deep piercing arrow.
Procrastination, forgetfulness, sloth and sleep – these four are the cosy pleasure boats of those that are fated to perish.
People with determination will achieve whatever they aim in the manner they aim.
Thirukural

Today’s Hindu Calendar – June 24, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:34 AM on June 24. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is June 24, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good day.
Nakshatra – Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 6:14 PM on June 24. Then onward it is Hasta or Atham or Hastam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Adhik Ashada Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Extra Ashada month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgar…