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Story of Bahina Bai – A Great Devotee of Vithal and Sant Tukaram in Maharashtra

Bahina Bai (1628 – 1700) was a great devotee of Lord Vithal and disciple of Sant Tukaram. Her devotion was the cause of great conflict and suffering in the early years of her marriage. Her story is one of suffering for the devotion of god. She is counted among one of the great Bhakti saints in Maharashtra.

Bahina Bai’s husband was jealous and he disapproved of her devotion to Sant Tukaram. One day he beat her mercilessly. The cow and calf that had been gifted to the family moaned and refused to eat.

The cow and calf were devoted to Bahina and took food only from her. Some days later the calf died, and Bahina was so distressed that she was in coma for eight days.

Later she had a vision of Sant Tukaram who blessed her and with a mantra. She became famous and attracted devotees.

Her husband became distressed all the more and decided to leave home and undertake sanyasa. But he fell ill. Unable to endure the pain, he prayed to Sant Tukaram.

An elderly person appeared and advised him to le…

Vijaysanar Perumal Temple at Natham in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu – Second Nava Tirupati Temple Associated with Chandra or Moon

Natham Vishnu Temple, also known as Vijaysanar Perumal Temple or Varagunamangai, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located at Natham in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the Nava Tirupati Temples and one among 108 Divya Desams. This is the second Nava Tirupathi Temple and is associated with Moon (Navagraha Chandra). Natham Vishnu Temple is around 1 km from Srivaikuntam.

There is no separate Navgraha Chandra Murti in the temple. The main deity represents the Navgraha.
The main murti of Vishnu worshiped in the temple faces east and is in sitting posture with one leg folded and the other feet on the ground. Adi Sesha forms a canopy over the head of Lord Vishnu. Moolavar is known as Vijayasanar or Paramapatha Nathan. Urchavar is known as Emmidar Kadivan.

Consorts of Vishnu worshiped here are Varagunavalli and Varagunamangai

The sacred temple pond is known as Agni Tirtha and Deva Pushkarini.

The shrine is noted for its carved pillars and sculptures. There is also a five-tier rajago…

Words to Ponder – Swami Tejomayananda

That which is auspicious, purifies our mind and creates peace and love within us.

An inauspicious sight creates revulsion and agitation and abusive words create anger.

A beautiful sunset elevates us and a macabre sight depresses us.
About fifty years back we found that every Indian home had pictures of Gods and Goddesses in every room. Presently children wake up to rock music, have WWF heroes and pictures of rock stars pasted in their rooms. They dress, speak, think and act like heroes they idolize. With minds filled with desires, agitations and restlessness, we find them unprepared for the studies that they have to undertake.
– Swami Tejomayananda

Source - AMRITABINDU UPANISHAD By Swami Tejomayananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – June 30, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, June 30, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon till 3:22 AM on June 30. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is June 30, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 2:03 AM on June 30. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 3:55 AM on June 30. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mesha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ekadasi Fasting
Kali Yuga Year – 5118
Vikram Samvant …