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Manikantan – Why is God Ayyappa Known as Manikanta?

One of the popular names of Hindu God Ayyappa is Manikantan. Ayyappa was first found by the king of Panthalam in Kerala during one of his hunting expeditions. The little boy who was lying alone in the dark deep forest had a jewel round his neck. Since he was found with this jewel he was named as Manikanta.

Another version of the story says that it was not jewel but Ayyappa was found with a small bell. In Malayalam 'mani' is the term used for small ghanta, or bell, and also for precious stone.

Ayyappa is a symbolic creation from a fusion of Vishnu and Shiva.

Ayyappan is the son of Shiva and Vishnu who takes the form of Mohini.

The queen of Panthalam sends Manikanta to the forest to bring leopard's milk to cure her stomach pain. The stomach pain was a method feigned by the queen to eliminate Manikantan and install her son as the next king.

Manikanta goes to the forest and returns to the palace riding a leopard, said to be Lord Indra Himself, with other leopards following.

Kartavirya Arjuna Jayanti – Karthaveerya Arjun Jayanthi

Kartavirya Arjuna is popular in Hindu Puranas as the thousand armed king who defeated Ravana. Kartavirya Arjuna Jayanti 2018 date is November 14. Kartaviryarjuna Jayanti is observed annually on the Shukla Paksha saptami day (seventh day of the waxing phase of moon) in Kartik month. Somavanshiya Sahasrarjun Kshatriya Samaj and Kansara Samaj in India believe that they are from the lineage of Karthaveerya Arjuna.
Sage Dattatreya was the guru of Kartavirya Arjuna. It is believed that he got his thousands arms as a blessing from Sage Dattatreya.

Some scholars are also of the view that Kartavirya Arjuna is an incarnation of the Sudharshana Chakra of Hindu God Vishnu.

Legend has it that once he blocked Godavari using his thousand arms to take bath with his queens. This enraged Ravana who was bathing on one side of Godavari. It is said that in the battle that followed Kartavirya Arjuna humbled the Ravana.

Kartika Somavara Vratam 2018 – Monday or Somvar Fasting in Kartik Month in Telangana - Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka

Mondays in the month of Kartik is observed as Kartika Somavara Vratam in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. The fasting is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Kartika Masam 2018 in Kannada and Telugu calendars begins on November 8 and ends on December 7. Kartika Somavara Vratam 2018 dates are November 12, November 19, November 26 and December 3.

In Hinduism, Mondays are generally dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. But the Mondays in the month of Shravan and Kartik are considered special by Lord Shiva devotees.

Somvar (Monday) gets its name from one of thousand names of Lord Shiva – Someshwara. The crescent moon (Soma) on the matted locks of Shiva gives him the name Someshwara.

It is believed that the moon observed Somavara Vratam to escape from the curse of Daksha and to get the blessings from Lord Shiva and a spot in His matted locks.

It must be noted that Kartik month in North India is generally dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Kartik month in Maharashtra and Gujarat is also similar to t…

Bheeshma Panchaka Vrata Procedure – How to observe Bhishma Panchak Upvasa?

Bheeshma Panchaka Vrata is observed during the last five days of the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) of Kartik month. Bhishma Panchak begins on Kartik Suddha Ekadasi day. The Vrata gets it name from Bhishma of Mahabharata as it was he observed it first after hearing about it from Lord Krishna. In 2018, Bheema Panchaka Vrata begins on November 19 and ends on November 23.

Period of Bheeshma Panchaka and the story Karthika Shudda Ekadashi to Karthika Shudda Hunnime (Kartik Purnima).

Bheeshma did the upavasa for five days from Karthika Shudda Ekadashi to Karthika Shudda Hunnime, lying on Sharapanjara – bed of arrows. On the tenth day of the Mahabharata battle, Bheeshma was hit by a volley of arrows from Arjuna and the arrows pierced through the body of Bhishma and it formed a bed. Since Bhishma had got the boon that he can decide the time of his death he chose to see the end of the battle lying on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. While lying on the Sharapanjara on the battle field he …

It is the Spirit of the Quest which Helps – Sant Kabir

The guru who babbles through the ears teaches the limited. The guru who teaches the way to the Unlimited (Supreme Being) is very different. When you meet the guru who knows the Supreme, you are able to realize the Self.
The true Guru removes the veil from the eyes, and gives the true vision of Brahma: He reveals the worlds in Him, and makes me hear the un-struck Music.
It is the mercy of my true Guru that has made me know the Unknown; Kabir says: The Guru is great beyond words and great is the good fortune of the disciple.
It is the Spirit of the quest which helps; I am the slave of this Spirit of the quest.

–  Sant Kabir

Timeless Wisdom – Sant Kabir