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Brahmaputra River in Hinduism

As per Hinduism, BrahmaputraRiver is a unique river as it is one of the rare holy rivers in India that is worshipped as a God and has a male name. Majority of the holy rivers in Hindu Religion are worshipped as Goddesses and has a female name like Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Kaveri etc. 
Brahmaputra is called the son of Brahma and has its source near the LakeManasarovar in MountKailash. The legend associated with Brahmaputra is found in the Hindu Holy Scripture, Kalika Purana.
Legend has it that Brahmaputra was the result of Lord Brahma’s desire to give birth to a son who will help humanity. For this he chose Amogha a pious woman. After the child was born he was placed near KailashMountain. Suddenly the child transformed into a huge body of water for the benefit of humans, saints and Devas (Demi Gods). A river that started to flow from the large water body was named as Brahmaputra.

Krishna and Kaliya Naag – Story of Sri Krishna and Kaliya Mardan

Story of Krishna and Kaliya naag is one of the most popular incidents during Sri Krishna’s childhood. Kaliya was a five-headed snake who made Yamuna River his abode and poisoned its waters killing animals and other living beings. The story of Krishna defeating the serpent is known as Kaliya Mardan.


Kaliya and his attendants took refuge in a deep pool in Yamuna to escape from Garuda, who is the sworn enemy of Snakes.
Kaliya poisoned everything in the surrounding of Yamuna River. Vapours and bubbles in the river killed even birds that flew over the region.

Seeing the terrible situation, Sri Krishna dived into the toxic waters. He moved fast towards the deep pool and a battle ensued between serpent attendants of Kaliya. Sri Krishna easily overpowered them and then the real battle began between Krishna and five-headed Kaliya.

Krishna overpowered the powerful Kaliya and emerged from the river dancing atop the middle head of Kaliya. The dancing left the mark of Krishna’s feet on the head o…

What is Paksha in a Hindu Calendar?

A paksha is the moon’s fortnight – lunar fortnight. Two pakshas make a month – Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha. The fortnight during which the moon is waxing is called Shukla or Shuddha or the bright phase of moon. This begins with the end of Amavasya (No moon day) and lasts up to the end of Pournami (Purnima or full moon day).
The fortnight during which the moon is waning is called Krishna or Bahula. This lasts from the end of Poornima (full moon) to end of Amavasi (No moon).
Each chandramana maas or lunar month consists of both the pakshas (halves), Shukla paksha (Bright half) and Krishna Paksha (Dark half).
A month in the calendars followed in North India begins with the Krishna Paksha – after the full moon or Purnima.
A month in traditional calendars followed in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka begins with the Shukla Paksha – after Amavasi or no moon.

Book – Hinduism: Beyond Rituals, Customs and Traditions

Book titled ‘Hinduism: beyond rituals, customs and traditions’ is written by Promod Puri. As the title indicates, the book explores the world of Hindu rituals, customs and traditions. From the Press Release of the book 
 Why are there so many gods and goddesses in Hinduism? Why worship an idol? Is going to temple mandatory in the faith? What impact does the caste system have on Hindu society? Why do some rituals make perfect sense while others are so vague? What are the secular and diverse characters in Hinduism? What physics principles constitute the sound of Om? What is karma and its role in our day to day lives?  These and more subjects are eloquently dealt with in the just released book titled "Hinduism: beyond rituals, customs and traditions" by Vancouver-based writer Promod Puri.  The 130-page book on Hinduism written in a concise and clear manner is an easy reading of all aspects of Hinduism for every level of reader. Also, it is for those whose knowledge of the fait…

Be as you are – Ramana Maharishi

There is neither creation nor destruction, neither destiny nor free will, neither path or achievement. This is the final truth.

Be as you are.

Reality must be always real. It is not with forms and names. That which underlies these is the reality. It underlies limitations, being itself limitless. It is not bound. It underlies unrealities, itself being real. Reality is that which is. It is as it is. It transcends speech. It is beyond expressions ‘existence, non-existence’ etc.

You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. Since you are awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it. All that you have to do is to give up being aware of other things, that is of the not-Self. If one gives up being aware of them then pure awareness alone remains, and that is the Self. Ramana Maharishi

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