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Story of Apsara Rambha and Ravana

Rambha is one of the most beautiful divine apsaras (damsels) in the court of Indra. There are numerous stories associated with Apsara Rambha. As per a story in the Ramayana, Rambha was the reason for a curse on Ravana due to which he could not touch Mata Sita.

Rambha was betrothed to Nalakubera, son of Vaishravana (Kuber). Vaishravana was the brother of demon king Ravana.

One day Rambha was on her way to meet Nalakubera.

Ravana happened to see her and tried to lure her into satisfying his lust.

She told him that she was going to Nalakubera, who was son of his brother and this made her his daughter-in-law.

Ravana was not ready to listen to Rambha and forcefully violated her.

A dishonored, Rambha went to Nalakubera and told him about Ravana violating her.
Nalakubera cursed Ravana that he would die if he sought to violate the chastity of another woman against her will.

Ekadashi July 2017 date – Monthly Fasting for Vishnu in July 2017

Dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu, Ekadashi Vrat is observed on the eleventh day of a fortnight in a Hindu lunar calendar. Ekadashi dates in July 2017 – July 4 and July 20. On Ekadasi, Fasting from sunrise to next day morning sunrise is generally observed by many Hindus. Some observe the fast from the start time of Ekadasi Tithi and break the fast at the beginning of Dwadasi Tithi.

The Ekadashi Vrat on July 4, 2017 is known as Devshayani Ekadashi. The popular belief is that the night time of the Devas begins on this day. Chaturmasa Vrata also begins from the day. This Ekadasi is also known as Hari Prabodini Ekadasi. The famous Pandarpur Yatra is observed on the day.

The July 4, 2017 Ekadasi is known as Toli Ekadashi in South India.
The famous Ashadi Ekadasi in Pandarpur is held on July 4, 2017

The July 19, 2017 Ekadasi is known as Kamika Ekadasi. This fasting is also referred as Kamda Ekadasi in some regions. In North India and in some parts of eastern India, the Ekadasi is referred as Jay…

Shukra Niti – About Sukraniti Text

Shukra Niti is a text credited to Shukracharya. It is basically a text on morals. Sukraniti also provides lot of information on ancient Hindu culture, sociology and political science.

It is an abridged form of several earlier nitishastras. There is no single opinion regarding the date of composition or origin of the text.

The entire treatise consists of five chapters and it has 2,567 verses.

The first chapter deals with duties and functions of princes.
The second chapter deals with duties of crown prince and other officials. The third chapter narrates the general rules of morality to be observed by kings and his men. The fourth chapter is the longest one and it has several subsections and deals with majority of the aspects of a kingdom. The fifth chapter is miscellaneous in nature.

The non-political part of the book deals with architecture, sculpture, painting, manners and morals, arts, literature and economics.

Supreme Truth cannot be defined in words – Bhagavad Gita Chapter II

Know that all-pervading self is eternally existent. Nobody can destroy it. But the body through which this eternal, indestructible, spirit express is perishable. So why don’t you fight? One who thinks that the Spirit kills or that the Spirit is killed is a fool.

The spirit does not kill, nor can it ever be killed. It knows neither birth nor death. It cannot come to exist or cease to exist.

It is unborn, eternal, changeless and ancient. It is not slain when the body is slain. When one knows the self to be indestructible, eternal and changeless, tell me, Arjuna, who kills whom?
Just as we discard old clothes and put on new ones, the embodies casts off its useless body taking a new one. Weapons do not injure the Self. Fire does not burn It. Water does not drench it. Wind does not dry it. Thus the self cannot be affected by anything. It, at all times, remains as ever-lasting, all pervading, stable, immovable and ancient. It cannot be perceived by the naked eye. It cannot be defined in wo…