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Sukaramukham Hell – Reserved for Bad Rulers and Authorities

Details regarding Hells in Hinduism are found in the Puranas especially the Garuda Purana. Sukaramukham Hell is mainly used to punish kings, rulers and people who hold authority. In the Sukaramukham Hell, people are bound with ropes by attendants of Yama and beaten to pulp until they faint. After they recover their senses, the beating is repeated.

Those who try to escape are bound and pushed again into the hell.

This concept of heaven and hell in Hindu tradition is based on Puranas. Such stories and incidents in Puranas are meant to keep human beings disciplined on earth.

Upanishads state that hell and heaven are on earth and lucky are those who realize the true self and attain bliss here. 
Vedas do not have the concept of hell.

Bhitargaon Temple near Kanpur

Located at Bhitargaon around 50 km from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Bhitargaon Temple is a 5th century AD Hindu shrine. The shrine is one of the earliest terracotta structures and is entirely built using brick. The main sanctum sanctorum is no longer in use. The temple is famous for its terracotta sculptures.

The present day structure is largely a reconstruction. The top quarter portion of the present day Shikhara is incomplete as there is no unanimity as to how the ancient structure looked like. The original structure collapsed in a lightning in 1878.

The temple is famous for its terracotta figures especially that of Shiva-Gajari, Ganesha, Shiva-Parvati, Vishnu annihilating Madhu-Kaitaba, Durga killing Shubha – Nishumbha, Krishna Balarama, Varaha, Vishnu, Gaja Lakshmi, Ganga and Yamuna.

The spire, though damaged shows a stepped pyramidal design and staggered ornamentation with crescent topped niches depicting Krishna Lila scenes, Ravana begging alms from sita and Nara Narayana.
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Purnima August 2017 Time and Date – Full Moon Day in August 2017

Purnima is the full moon day in a traditional Hindu calendar and fast and holy bath is performed on the day. In August 2017, the date of Purnima is August 7. The Purnima fasting is marked on August 7. The time of Purnima tithi is from 10:28 PM on August 6 to 11:40 PM on August 7. The Purnima in August 2017 is the Shravan Purnima in most regions.

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 Shravan month in the traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.

Auspicious days include
Raksha Bandhan is observed on August 7.
Amarnath Yatra ends on August 7.
Nariyali Purnima in Maharashtra on August 7.
Upakarma - August 7

Inner and outer are mere terms, and not ultimate reality – Vedanta Kesari

To get rid of bondage, one has to begin from where one is — and slowly turn one’s time, space, and other causes into means to purify the mind and reach the inner divinity. In classical metaphors used in explaining Vedanta, it is illustrated by way of saying, ‘break the space enclosed by a pot and merge it with the larger space.’ Inner and outer are mere terms, and not ultimate reality.

Slowing down does not mean promoting inactivity and inefficiency but, paradoxically, slowing down helps one achieve greater and truer happiness. This simply means making space in our crowded lives, space to think over what is right and wrong, and learning to examine our lives in the perspective of the ultimate goal of life.

One must find time for introspection and self-study which are vital to check if one is going in the right direction. It may look difficult, even impossible, at first but a careful and honest review of one’s life and activity would reveal that there are certain things we can do witho…