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Brahmendra Swami Punyatithi at Dhavadashi near Satara – Birth Anniversary of Brahmendra Swami at Dhawadshi

Brahmendra Swami Punyatithi is observed in Shravan month. It is the birth anniversary of Brahmendra Swami, a great sant who spread the teaching of Dharma. The day is of great importance at Dhavadashi or Dhawadshi near Satara. Brahmendra Swami Punyatithi 2024 date is August 14. A temple dedicated to Brahmendra Swami is located at Dhawadshi. Hundreds of people visit the shrine to pay homage to the pious soul. Spiritual programs are organized on the day. Brahmendra Swami Punyatithi is observed on Shravan Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the 9 th day during the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra. 

Jainath Temple near Adilabad in Telangana - Lord Vishnu Temple with Six Feet Tall Murti

Jainath Temple, popularly known as Lakshmi Narayana Swami Temple, is located 30 km east of Adilabad in Telangana. The small shrine houses a six-feet tall murti (idol) of Lord Vishnu in the form of Lakshmi Narayana Swamy. The murti is carved out of a single black granite stone. Jainath Temple History – Jainath Temple was constructed by a Pallava chief. A prakrit stone inscription depicting 20 shlokas mention about the Pallava chief. Bhagvan Vishnu is worshipped here as Lakshmi Narayana Swami. The stone murti has four arms and holds mace, chakra, shankh and lotus. Lakshmi Narayana Swami Brahmotsavam held from Kartik Shukla Paksha Ashtami to Kartik Krishna Paksha Ashtami (November) is the most important festival observed here. The main shrine is a small one and is located on a platform which is two feet high.

Story of Nriga, the king who became a chameleon

When Sri Krishna was living on earth, a chameleon entered a well, the only source of water in a village. People thought the chameleon would spoil the water so they attempted to remove it. All the efforts of the villagers failed. Sri Krishna who heard about the problem visited the well. On seeing him, the chameleon changed into a human being and he narrated his previous life. The chameleon was a king named Nriga in his previous life. The king used to perform charity. He distributed cows and wealth among the poor and needy. The king derived lot of pleasure from the charity and this made him arrogant and careless. Once, the king donated a good looking cow to a Brahmin. But the cow escaped from the house of the Brahmin and joined the king’s herd. King Nriga was careless and without noticing donated the cow again to another person. Soon, the Brahmin and the new owner had a fight over the issue. They then approached Nriga for a solution. Nriga realized that he

Sant Bhakre Maharaj Punyatithi – Death Anniversary of Sant Bhakre Maharaj

Sant Bhakre Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Shravan month. It is the death anniversary of Sant Bhakre Maharaj, who spread the teaching of humanity, love and truth. Sant Bhakre Maharaj Punyatithi 2024 date is August 7. Sant Bhakre Maharaj has numerous followers in Northern Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Hundreds of followers participate in the various spiritual programs organized on the day. Sant Bhakre Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Shravan Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month.

Akhandananda Saraswati Jayanti – Birth Anniversary of Akhandananda Saraswati

Akhandananda Saraswati Jayanti is observed in Shravan month. It is the birth anniversary of Sri Akhandananda Saraswati who was also known as Maharajshri. Akhandananda Saraswati Jayanti 2024 date is August 4. Akhandananda Saraswati (1911–1987) was a great exponent of Srimad Bhagavad Purana. He also taught Vedanta and explored the world of Bhakti. As per astrologers Sri Akhandananda Saraswati was destined to die at the age of 19 but his unwavering devotion saw him overcoming it. He established the famous Anand Vrindavan Ashram. Akhandananda Saraswati Jayanti is annually observed on Shravan Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India.

Shyena – The Divine Hawk in Vedas

In Vedic literature we come across a divine hawk named Shyena. The bird is a divine messenger and is identified with Agni. Shyena ascended to the heaven and brought Soma or nectar of immortality to earth. Thus, Soma is also known as Shyenabhrita. The soma that was brought to earth from heaven was used for rejuvenation and revitalization of all things on earth. The common type of altar that is built for Vedic yajnas is in the form of Shyena with outstretched wings.

Book – The Gita for Children

The Gita for Children is written by Roopa Pai and published by Hachette India. The book basically attempts to unravel the teachings in the Bhagvad Gita through anecdotes, trivia, fun and analogies of modern popular writers and artists. About the book from the publishers It's one of the oldest books in the world and India's biggest blockbuster bestseller! But isn't it meant only for religious old people? But isn't it very long... and, erm, super difficult to read? But isn't the stuff it talks about way too complex for regular folks to understand? Prepare to be surprised. Roopa Pai's spirited, one-of-a-kind retelling of the epic conversation between Pandava prince Arjuna and his mentor and friend Krishna busts these and other such myths about the Bhagavad Gita. Lucid, thought-provoking and brimming with fun trivia, this book will stay with you long after you have turned the last page. Book Title : The Gita for Children Author: Roopa Pai Publ

Story of Manabasa Gurubar – Thursday Worship Of Goddess Lakshmi In Odisha

Manabasa Gurubar is the worship of Goddess Lakshmi on Thursdays in the Margashirsh month (December) in Odisha. The story of Manabasa Gurubar is associated with Jagannath and Balabhadra in the famous Puri Jagannath Temple. Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi on one Thursday in Margashirsh month left her abode in the Jagannath Temple and went to receive worship from her female devotees. During her wander, she came across the home of a low caste woman, who was worshipping her with great devotion. Goddess Lakshmi entered her home, accepted her worship, and ate the food she cooked. Soon the fortune of the poor woman changed. She became rich overnight. Balabhadra, the elder brother of Jagannath, realized what had happened and he demanded that Goddess Lakshmi should not allowed back in the Shri Mandir as she had eaten from the hands of a low caste woman. When Goddess Lakshmi returned, she was stopped at the main door of the temple. Goddess Lakshmi soon realized the reason f

Girling Yatra at Kuktoli near Kavathe Mahankal

Girling Yatra is annually observed in Shravan month. It is an important festival and fair at the Shiva temple located at Kuktoli near Kavathe Mahankal in Maharashtra. Girling Yatra at Kuktoli at Kuktoli in 2024 is on August 12. The main ritual on the day involves abhishek of Shivling. Hundreds of people visit the temple during the period. Shivratri and Mondays in Shravan month (August) are the most important dates at the temple. Girling Yatra at Kuktoli is observed on the second Monday of the Shukla Paksha, or waxing phase of moon, in Shravan month.