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Story of Goddess Meenakshi and Shiva – The Deities Worshipped in Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai

Goddess Meenakshi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti – Adi Parashakti. The story of Goddess Meenakshi and Shiva who are worshipped in Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai is found in the Halasya Mahatmyam.

Goddess Meenakshi was born as the daughter of King Malayadhvaja and Kanchanamala. She was named Tadatagai. She was the sole child of the royal couple and soon became well versed in arts, science and warfare.

After the death of Malayadhvaja, she ascended throne and went on a conquest of the northern regions.

Here in the Himalayas, she met Lord Shiva who promised her that he would marry her in Madurai.

As promised, Shiva appeared as Soma Sundareswarar – the most handsome man in the universe with a crescent moon on this head. The marriage took place and it is celebrated even today in Chithirai month in Madurai Meenakshi Temple.

Shiva then stayed in Madurai with his wife and ruled over the kingdom for some time. He performed numerous miracles to please his queen. In cour…

Meghamala – An Ancient Hindu Text on Meteorology

Meteorology was a highly developed science in ancient India. Hindus were particularly concerned about the pattern of rainfall and as it was vital to the agrarian economy. Meghamala is an ancient Hindu text that dealt exclusively on meteorology. The book is in the form of a dialogue between Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune, possesses four manuscripts of Meghamala - Raudri Meghamala, as section in Gargi Samhita, Maheshwari Meghamala, Bhairavokta Meghamala.

The topics dealt in the books include classification of clouds, predicting future rainfall, types of clouds, measurement of rains and other related matters.
No critical edition of the text is available.

Kumbh Mela 2016 – Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016 dates in Madhya Pradesh in India

Kumbh Mela is the sacred holy pilgrimage in Hinduism. Kumbh Mela 2016 dates are from April 22 to May 21, 2016. It will be taking place at Ujjain on the banks of Shipra River in Madhya Pradesh in India. Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016 detail dates are given below.

The Kumbh Mela will begin on April 22, 2016
Shahi Snaan (Royal Holy Dip) – April 22, 2016 Pancheshani Yatra Start – May 1, 2016 Vratparv Varuthini Ekadashi – May 3, 2016 Vaishakh Krishna Amavasya – May 6, 2016 Akshaya Tritiya – May 9, 2016 Shankracharya Jayanti – May 11, 2016 Vrishabh Sankranti – May 15, 2016 Mohini Ekadashi – May 17, 2016 Pradosh – May 19, 2016 Narasimha Jayanti – May 20, 2016 Pramukh Shahi Snaan – May 21

The four Mondays during the period are also considered highly auspicious to take holy dip. April 25, 2016 May 2, 2016 May 9, 2016 May 16, 2016
Planetary Position

The Ujjain Kumbh Mela is held on the banks of Shipra River at Ujjain when Sun is in the zodiac sign Aries (Mesha) and Jupiter in the zodiac Leo (Simha). Th…

Bhagavad Gita Quotes on Self Reliance

Wherefrom has come upon you, at this critical situation, this dejection, un-Arya-like, disgraceful, and not conducive to the attainment of heave, O Arjuna?’ (Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 verse 2)

Never yield to this unmanliness, O Partha! It does not befit you. Casting off this mean faint-heartedness, stand up, O Scorcher of your enemies! (Chapter 2 verse 3)

Raise yourself by yourself, don’t let yourself down; for you are your own friend, you are your own enemy. (Chapter 6 verse 5)

When one has conquered oneself (when one has thoroughly disciplined mind and sense organs), one becomes one’s own friend; but when not so disciplined, one becomes, as it were, one’s own enemy. (Chapter 6 verse 6)

Swami Ranganathananda (former president of Ramakrishna) comments on the above verses.
Stand up, assert your own manhood, your own womanhood. Develop your inner strength. What a beautiful, what a powerful, teaching! Only in the Gita, among the world’s scriptures, do you get this clear-cut teaching of sel…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 19, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:59 AM on April 19. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 19, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date.
Nakshatra – Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra on the entire day on April 19 and till 1:16 AM on April 20. Then onward it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra on the entire day on April 19 and till 1:10 AM on April 20. Then onward it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 5:39 AM on April 19. Then onward it is Ka…

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