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Story of Draupadi Making Fun of Duryodhana in Indraprastha

Story of Draupadi making fun of Duryodhana in Indraprastha is an important incident in the Mahabharata. Indraprastha is the magical palace of the Pandavas. It was built by Maya. All the kings were invited for the coronation of Yudhishtira. Duryodhana went around the city and he was filled with envy. As Duryodhana was admiring the palace and staring at its roof, he fell into a pond. Draupadi who happened to notice this laughed at Duryodhana and made the comment – blind son of blind parents. Duryodhana did not take the insult lightly. He swore that he would one day avenge the insult. Related Story – How Drona and Drupada Became Enemies in the Mahabharata?

Kalika Vrat – Fasting Associated with Goddess Kali

Kalika Vrata is a fasting associated with Goddess Kali. Kalika is also one among the numerous names of Goddess Kali. This vrat and chanting of the name of Goddess Kali together is known as Kalika Vrata. The vrat is observed in the Ashwin Month (October – November). The main rituals are observed on the eighth day during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month. This is also the eighth day of the Navratri Vrat. A devotee must worship the form of Kali with eighteen hands. In Kalika Vrat, Goddess is worshipped along with her weapons. Apart from fasting from sunrise to next day before sunrise, a devotee also should stay awake throughout the night on Ashtami day. Red color flowers are offered to Goddess Kali. Devotees undertaking the fasting can consume water, fruits and other vrat foods. Salt is avoided. Puja is performed at night. Fasting is only kept on Ashtami day but puja is performed from Ashtami day up to Diwali Amavasya.

Inner Wisdom – B K Jayanti

We are unaware of the tremendous energy that we have within our own beings. We allow our mind to be distracted by all the things that are outside us. We don’t generally acknowledge that the soul itself is the creator of its own thoughts, its own feelings and even its own personality. Our life is usually based on a series of reactions to everything that is happening to us from the external world of stimuli. Through a very simple practice of turning your mind inward and being able to direct your thoughts, you become able to become your own creator and discover the knowledge within you. In meditation, you become aware that your soul is a separate entity from the physical body – you become aware of it as a point of light. This enables you to change the image you have of yourself, and have the awareness of your eternal image. The more you do this, the more you will find that your whole life is filled with light and peace. These characteristics of the soul then start to express