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Hindu Festivals in July 2016 – Hindu Vrat – Fasting – Rituals in July 2016

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in July 2016 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST).

July 1 – Yogini Ekadasi Vrat Vaishnav July 2 – Pradosh Vrat July 2 – Monthly Shivratri Fasting – Shiva Chaturdasi Vrat July 4 – Amavasya – No moon day – Somvati Amavasya July 5 – Ashada month begins in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashta. July 6 – Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra

Eklavya in the Mahabharata – Story of Ekalavya and Guru Dronacharya

Eklavya in the Mahabharata is the son of Nishada King Hiranyadhanu. His story begins when he approached Guru Dronacharya to learn the art of archery. Ekalavya was an excellent archer but Dronacharya refused to teach him.

Guru Drona refused to teach him because he did not belong to the warrior class (Kshatriya). But the real reason was Drona feared that Ekalavya will surpass his favorite student Arjuna.

Eklavya then installed a clay image of Dronacharya, took blessings and started practicing archery. In due course of time, he mastered the art of archery on his own.

One day Dronacharya saw a barking dog being quietened with arrows. Seven arrows where shot into the mouth of the dog without injuring it. Dronacharya was amazed at this demonstration of archery. Upon searching, he found out that it was Ekalavya who had done this; as the dog was barking and disturbing his practice.

Guru Drona found that Eklavya was practicing archery in front of his clay image.

Guru soon realized that his un…

Kallapiran Temple at Srivaikuntam in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu – First Nava Tirupati Temple Associated with Surya or Sun

Kallapiran Temple, also known as Sri Vaikuntanatha Swamy temple, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located at Srivaikuntam in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the Nava Tirupati Temples and one among 108 Divya Desams. This is the first Nava Tirupathi Temple and is associated with Sun (Navagraha Surya). Srivaikuntam Kallapiran Temple is around 40 km from Thoothukudi.

There is no separate Navgraha Murti in the temple. The main deity represents the Navgraha.

The main murti of Vishnu worshipped in the temple faces east and is in standing posture with Adi Sesha forming a canopy over His head. Moolavar is known as Sri Vaikuntanatha Swamy. Urchavar is known as Sri Kallapiran.

Consorts of Vishnu worshipped here are Vaikuntanayaki and Chornathanayaki.

The sacred temple pond is known as Bhrigu Tirtha.

The shrine is noted for its carved pillars and sculptures of Yalis and animals. There is also a nine tier rajagopuram.

Sun rays Fall on the Murti in Chithirai

On the sixth day of Tamil Mont…

Joy for most people is a rare visitor in their lives – Sadhguru

Joy for most people is a rare visitor in their lives. Joy is not a goal by itself. But it is a background milieu that is needed for any aspect of your lie to happen wonderfully. Whether you eat, dance, sing, love, live or die, if it isn’t there as a backdrop, you will have to drag your way through life. But once joy is your constant companion, life just breezes through you.

I body, mind and energy don’t walk together, human beings will be one big mess. Right now for most people these three are aligned in different directions. Your mind is thinking and feeling one way; your physical body is going another way; your energy another way. Yoga is simply the science of aligning these three dimensions.

Yoga simply means to be in perfect tune. When you are in yoga, your body, mind and energy and existence are in absolute harmony.
When your body and mind are in a relaxed state and at a certain level of blissfulness, you can be free of so many nagging ailments.
 – Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev


Today’s Hindu Calendar – June 29, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Navami and Dasami Tithi or the ninth and tenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon till 5:50 AM on June 29. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is June 29, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Revati Nakshatra till 3:53 AM on June 29. Then onward it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Revati Nakshatra till 8:31 AM on June 29. Then onward it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi till 3:43 AM. Then onward it is Mesha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Meena Rashi till 5:38 AM. Then onward it is Me…

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