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Kamla Ekadasi – Adhik Masa Kamala Ekadahi

Kamala or Kamla Ekadasi is the name given to the Ekadashi fasting falling in the Adhik Maas or Extra month in a traditional Hindu Lunar Calendar. Kamla Ekadasi 2015 dates are June 28 and July 12. Kamala Ekadasi is also known as Padmini and Padma Ekadasi. It is also known as Purshuttam Ekadasi.
All the usual rules associated with Ekadasi fasting are followed on the day. You need to only fast on a single day depending on the Ekadasi followed in your region or by your community.
The Adhik Masa is also known as Purushottam Mas and is dedicated to Lord Krishna.
This year the Adhik Maas is the Adhik Ashada Masa
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Padmini Ekadasi Story

Padmini Ekadasi – Adhika Masa Padmini Ekadashi

Padmini Ekadasi is observed during the waxing phase of moon or Shukla Paksha in the Adhika Masam or the extra month that is added to Hindu Lunar Calendar. Padmini Ekadasi 2015 date is June 28.  This Ekadasi is also known as Kamala Ekadasi and Purushottam Ekadasi.
The greatness of Adhika Maas Padmini Ekadashi was narrated to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna. It is believed that people who observe this Ekadasi reaches Vaikunta – the abode of Vishnu. It also helps in redemption of sins.
All the usual rules associated with Ekadasi fasting are observed on the day. Scriptures states that food items like rice, urad dal, chickpeas, spinach, honey etc are avoided on the day.
You may also like to read How to observe Ekadasi Fasting? Ekadasi Food – What food can be eaten during Ekadashi fasting
Padmini Ekadasi Story

The story of Kusha Grass and The Birth of Kush – the son of Sri Ram and Sita

Kusha or Durva is the name of the grass that is widely used in prayers and rituals in Hindu tradition. An interesting folktale connects Kusha grass to the birth of Kush, the son of Sri Ram and Sita. As per the folktale, after her banishment from Ayodhya, Sita gave birth to Luv at the ashram of Sage Valmiki.

One day Sita left Luv in the custody of Sage Valmiki and went into the forest to collect firewood. But when the sage left for his daily prayers, Luv wandered into the forest and followed his mother. Upon returning, Sage Valmiki on not finding the child became tense.

Valmiki searched for Luv everywhere but was unable to find him. The sage thought that some wild animals might have carried the child away. He could not even think about saying this to Sita. Therefore, he took a Kusha grass, used his divine powers, and created another Luv, who had all the qualities and characteristics of the original Luv.

Sita soon returned with Luv and was surprised to see the twin. Valmiki then explai…

Goddess Jwalamukhi – The Story of Origin of Hindu Goddess Jwalamukhi

Goddess Jwalamukhi is an incarnation of Mother Goddess Shakti. The Goddess appeared in the form of a fierce flame on earth. Legend has it that once two demons named Chand and Mund looted all the wealth of Devas. Symbolically, it suggests that the Devas lost their peace and prosperity to the two demons.

The Devas then propitiated Shiva to get back the lost treasures. Shiva was pleased by the long and intense penance performed by Devas and appeared before them. Shiva assured them that Mother Goddess would appear in the form of flame and help them.



Chand and Mund had hid all the wealth that they had stolen from Devas in a cave in a hill where the present day Jwalamukhi Temple is located in Kashmir.

Goddess Jwalamukhi then appeared on the hill, consumed the two demons, and returned the wealth to the Devas.

The Goddess then decided to reside on the hill in this form.

Goddess Jwalamukhi is popularly worshipped in the form of a yantra.

The most popular temple dedicated to Goddess Jwalamukh…

Story on the Importance of the Immersion of Mortal Remains in Ganga River

Mortal remains in Hindu tradition is the bones that that are collected from the funeral pyre. There is a popular belief that immersion of the mortal remains in the Ganga River will help in attaining Moksha. The story narrating the importance of immersing mortal remains in Ganga is mentioned in the Kashi Kanda (Chapter on Kashi) in the Skanda Purana.

There lived a man who did not lead a good life. He did not respect elders and women and committed numerous sins. Once he was travelling through a forest and there a tiger killed him.

The lieutenants of Yama, the Hindu God of Death, arrived on the scene and carried his soul to Yama. Meanwhile, the tiger ate the body of the man and vultures ate what was left. A vulture carried a piece of his bone and flew up into the sky. Another vulture tried to snatch the piece of bone.

While this was happening, Chitragupta, the keeper of records of all actions of human beings on Earth, was reading the deeds of the man to Yama. For the sins committed, h…

Flying Hanuman Idol (Murti) at Trinidad Temple

Flying Hanuman Murti is located at Todd’s RoadHinduTemple at Caparo in Trinidad and Tobago. The murti is based on the incident in the Ramayan of Hanuman carrying the mountain with the Sanjeevani Herb to save the life of Lakshman, the younger brother of Lord Ram, who was struck and rendered unconscious by the arrow of Indrajit, son of Ravana. The Flying Hanuman, which is air brushed and stands at about 12 feet tall, with a width of five feet, is portrayed holding a mountain in its left hand on an I-beam pole, which towers 20 feet above ground.


The flying Hanuman Murti was designed and executed by Sculptor Marlon Emmons for the private Hindu temple belonging to Harrinarine Persad of Harripersad & Sons Ltd.

Guardian Trinidad writes about the Flying Hanuman Murti The Flying Hanuman statue took approximately seven months to design and construct, at minimal cost, a feat Emmons believed was noteworthy, because a project of this nature would normally have taken approximately two years to…

No one can make him happy except himself – Swami Vivekananda

Man thinks foolishly that he can make himself happy, and after years of struggle finds out at last that true happiness consists in killing selfishness and that no one can make him happy except himself.
We hear ‘Be good’, and ‘Be good’, and ‘Be good’, taught all over the world. There is hardly a child born in any country in the world, who has not  been told, ‘Do not steal’, ‘Do not tell a lie’, but nobody tells the child how he can help doing them. Talking will not help him. Why should he not become a thief? We do not teach him how not to steal; we simply tell him, ‘Do not steal.’ Only when we teach him to control his mind do we really help him.
All actions, internal and external, occur when the mind joins itself to certain centers, called the organs. Willingly or unwillingly it is drawn to join itself to the centers, and that is why people do foolish deeds and feel miserable, which, if the mind were under control, they would not do. What would be the result of controlling the mind? …

Today’s Hindu Calendar – June 27, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, June 27, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:59 AM on June 27. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is June 27, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day.
Nakshatra – Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra the entire day on June 27 and till 1:00 AM on June 28. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Adhik Ashada Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth 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, Utta…