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Varah Avatar in Vishnu Purana

There are two versions of Varah Avatar, one is in Vishnu Purana (Part I. Chapter 4), and other in Srimad Bhagavata (Part III, Chapter 13). They differ in details.

The account in Sri Vishnu Purana was provided by Sage Parasara in reply to a query by his pupil Maitreya.

The context in Vishnu Purana is creation at the beginning of the present Sweta Varaha Kalpa.

As per the account in Vishnu Purana, Narayana woke up from His deep sleep at the end of the previous Kalpa called Padma Kalpa. He surveyed His surroundings and He found that there was only water, water everywhere, the earth being visible nowhere. The earth was swallowed up by the swirling waters around it.

Narayana then saw a lone lotus leaf floating in the water indicating that its support, the earth, was beneath it.

To retrieve earth and restore it to its former position, Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu took the form of a boar, which is suitable for diving fearlessly into the slushy and slimy waters of the ocean.

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Clay Sculptures Associated With Wish Fulfillment at Shree Sadashiva Rudra Temple at Ujire in Karnataka

Shree Sadashiva Rudra Temple at Ujire in Karnataka is a famous Shiva Temple. What makes the temple unique is the offerings made here by devotees. A clay sculpture associated with the wish is offered to the deity before and after wish fulfillment. The clay offerings symbolize the never ending materialistic desires of human beings.

For example if a person want to get a job then he/she offers clay sculptures of chair and table, for curing eye ailments sculpture of an eye is offered, for begetting children it is cradle, those wishing a car offer the sculpture of a car etc. One can see a whole lot of different mud sculptures the temple.

The sheer number of clay sculptures in the temple gives an indication of the desire fulfillment that had taken place after offering prayers here.

The offerings are usually made on Mondays along with a coconut and kilogram of rice.

All the offerings are placed in a circular shaped pile near the temple.
The shrine is located at Surya and is around 6 km from …

Even the most precious things of the world have to be passed by – Sadhu Vaswani

Even the good things of life, friends, loved ones, riches, health, knowledge are but flowers and fruits: he receives them as gifts from the Purushottama to strengthen him in his pilgrimage: but he does not forget that his goal is God. Even the most precious things of the world have to be passed by, left behind to reach the Home. He is a vairagi. All things perish: but Krishna is Eternal. Such a man does his daily work, but he had gone beyond “duty” to Nirvana, the Great Mystery of Illusion and adoration.
The divine men are fundamentally spiritual. They are jivas who, living in this world, are not swayed by maya. They remember the pledge of purity they took in their true, their spiritual Home. And in this world they show, in their thoughts, aspirations and actions, that desire (trishna) does not dominate them. They walk the way of yoga, keeping themselves detached from bhoga. They show, from their very birth, tendencies of the dive way of life. They are gifted jivas: they bring with t…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 28, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, July 28, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth 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 12:35 PM on July 28. 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 July 28, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Bharani Nakshatra till 8:35 AM on July 28. Then onward it is Krittika or Karthigai or Kartika Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Bharani Nakshatra till 8:11 AM on July 28. Then onward it is Krittika or Karthigai or Kartika Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi till 2:11 PM. Then onward it is Vrishaba Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mesha Rashi till 1:48 PM. Then onwar…