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Rudramsa Durga

Rudramsa Durga is one of the most popular forms of Durga worshipped in Hinduism. The name Rudramsa indicates that she incorporates in herself aspects of Rudra form of Lord Shiva. The Rudra form that is incorporated in Rudramsa Durga is that of the Shiva that created numerous spirits in anger to destroy those who had deviated from the path of Dharma. She is part of the Goddess Shakti worship.
Some scholars are also of the view that Rudramsa Durga is associated with Lord Shiva who is worshipped at Kedarnath in Uttarakhand. The form of Shiva that is worshipped in Kedarnath is that of a huge buffalo.
Rudramsa Durga is depicted as having dark-blue complexion – Shyamala. She has four arms and wears red-colored clothes – Rakthambhara. She wears gold ornaments and has a unique tapering crown, which is not part of many forms of Durga.
Rudramsa Durga carries in her hands sword, spear, conch and discus. She rides on a lion. In some portraits, sun and moon are depicted on her both sides.

How Ravana got his name? – Story of the name Ravana

Ravana means the one who screams. The story of the name Ravana is associated with Shiva. How the ten-headed demon king in Ramayana got also gives an idea about the arrogance and physical strength of Ravan.

Legend has it that Ravana was arrogant of his powers. Once to impress Lord Shiva, he attempted to lift the KailashMountain. Shiva to quell the arrogance of Ravana simply placed his toe on the mountain. Ravana’s forearm were crushed and he let out a deafening scream.
From this day, he got the name Ravana meaning the one who screams.

Ugadi Quotes and Messages - Kannada and Telugu New Year

This is a collection of favorite Ugadi quotes and messages that we have read, received and some which we have sent and also some that we made for this Ugadi. Let this Ugadi bring peace and prosperity in the lives of all.On this Ugadi, let the bitter taste of neem remind us of the struggles in life and the sweet taste of jaggery the progress that results from the struggle.May this Ugadi be a good one for all of us.Let this Ugadi usher in a Good and Sweet Year, both materially and spiritually.Happy Ugadi and let this be a delightful year, filled with delightful things in each of its days.This Ugadi let us go forward with great hope that all things will be possible.Happy Ugadi, let this year be filled with the things that are truly good.Ugadi stands for new and fresh – Life is always new and fresh – Let us strive to make all days Ugadi.Let this Ugadi give you the strength to do all that you dreamed to do during last year but didn’t dare to do.This is a time of new beginnings and for the…

Ganesha Purana – About Ganesh Puran

Ganesha Purana is one of the minor Puranas. Ganesh Puran is believed to have been written between 11th and 14th century and is credited to the Ganapatya sect – who considered Ganesha as the Supreme Godhead.

The Purana extols that Ganesha is the creator, sustainer and destroyer of the universe.

It consists of 247 chapters and is divided into two parts. The first part contains information about worship of Ganesha. The second part details Ganesha as creator, protector and sustainer of the universe. The second part basically contains stories of Ganesha, his avatars and how he defeated the demons.

The first part is known as Upasana Khanda and the second part is known as Krida Khanda.
Ganesha Gita is also part of Ganesh Puran. In it, teachings of Ganesha on yoga, karma, bhakti and jnana are detailed. It is quite similar to Bhagavad Gita.

Marathi Calendar 2016 – 2017 in pdf – Free Download of Marathi Panchang for Durmukhi Nama 1938 Year

Marathi Calendar and Panchang 2016 - 2017 in pdf is created by the Uttaradi Math and is based on the Panchang and calendars followed in Maharashtra. The Marathi Panchang for Durmukhi Nama Samvatsar 1938 contains auspicious dates like shubh muhurat, marriages (Vivah muhurat), Mundan ceremony, Upanayan, house warming (grih Pravesh) etc. The Marathi Panchang is from April 8, 2016 to March 28, 2017.

This calendar is easy to use and contains all the basic information in a simple format. The numerals used are English.

You can read in pdf format online and download and save copy and read using pdf reader.

The Panchangam and calendar can be downloaded from here - Marathi Calendar of Uttaradi Math in pdf.

Quotes from Yaksha Prashna in Mahabharata

What is heavier than earth, higher than mountains, faster than wind and more numerous than straws?
Yudhishthira: One’s mother is heavier than earth; one’s father is higher than mountains. The mind is faster than wind and our worries are more numerous than straws.

What is more in number than grasses? What does not close its eyes while sleeping? What does not move even after birth? What does not have a heart? What grows with speed? Who is a friend, for one who goes abroad?

Yudhishthira: Worries outnumber grasses. The fish does not close its eyes while sleeping (symbolism of ever awake atman). Eggs do not move even after birth. A stone does not have a heart. The river grows with speed. Education is the only friend of people who go abroad.

What is that which, when renounced, makes one loveable? What is that which when renounced makes one happy and wealth?

Yudhishthira: Pride, if renounced makes one lovable, by renouncing desire one become wealthy, and to by renouncing avarice one becomes…