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Purnima July 2017 date and time – Full moon day or Poornima in July 2017

Purnima is the full moon day in a traditional Hindu calendar and fast is observed on the day. In July 2017, the date of Purnima is July 9. The time is from 7:31 AM on July 8 to 9:36 AM on July 9. The purnima fasting is marked on July 8. The Purnima in July 2017 is the Ashada Purnima in most regions.

Guru Purnima and Vyasa Puja are observed on July 9.

Some Hindu communities observe fast on Purnima day. Special pujas and rituals are performed in many temples.

The day is also the last day in the Ashada month in the traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.

Story of Rukmi in the Mahabharata

Story of Rukmi is found in the Mahabharata. Rukmi was the son of Bhishmaka, King of Vidarbha, and brother of Rukmini (wife of Krishna). He performed intense austerities and attained Brahmastra (powerful arrow) from Parashurama and other Divyastras from Sage Druma. However, Rukmi was rude and arrogant and even his father could not control him.

Rukmi wanted Rukmini to marry Shishupala, king of Chedi. But Rukmini was in love with Krishna. Sri Krishna carried her away from temple on the day of her marriage.

Rukmi and his army chased Krishna but were defeated.

Feeling utterly humiliated, Rukmi did not return to Kundinapura, the capital of Vidarbha. He founded a new township named Bhojakata and it later became the capital of Vidarbha.

Rukmi then did intense penance and pleased Shiva who blessed him with Mahendra weapon. With this weapon, he expanded his kingdom.

His relationship with Sri Krishna became cordial in later years. Subhagi, daughter of Rukmi, married Pradyumna, son of Sri Krishn…

Hemakuta Temple – Group Temples on Hemakuta Hill in Hampi

Hemakuta Hill at Hampi consists of some of the earliest temples built by the Vijayanagara rulers. The hill is dotted with many smaller temples. The shrines do not exhibit any great architectural features.

All the temples at Hemakuta hill have three peaks, three vestibules a common navaranga mandapa and an entrance porch.

The temples are built of granite. A band of floral designs are found in the temple. Navaranga has devakosas (niches for gods), which are now empty but once contained images of gods and goddesses which were destroyed by Muslim invaders.
The sanctums of the temple are too empty.

The most striking aspect of the temples are its shikhara, which belongs to Kadamba-Nagara style with stepped pyramidal variety.
Majority of the temple in Hemakuta hills belongs to Hindu God Shiva. There are many rock-cut lingas. There are also shrines dedicated to Prasanna Virupaksha and Prasanna Anjaneya.