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Swami Karpatri Jayanti

Swami Karpatri Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Swami Karpatri (1905-1980) – a Hindu Saint and philosopher of the Dashanami Monastic Tradition. Swami Karpatri Jayanti 2018 date is August 13. He lived during the 20th century and founded the Dharma Sangha in Varanasi and was a great teacher of the Vedanta tradition. His Jayanti is observed on the second day of the Shukla Paksha of Shravan month.

Some of the popular saints of the 20th century were the students of Swami Karpatri. The original name of Swami Karpatri was Har Narayan Ojha; he was later ordained as
Hariharananda Saraswati. But he came to be popularly known as Swami Karpatri – one who uses his hand as the plate to eat food.

The day is observed with satsangs, discussions and readings from the teachings of Swami Karpatri.

Nagchandreshwar Darshan at Ujjain on Nag Panchami Day

Nagchandreshwar is a unique manifestation of Hindu God Shiva and this rare murti of Shiva is located on the third storey of the MahakaleshwarTemple in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. Nagchandreshwar Darshan 2018 date is August 15. This rare murti of Shiva as Nagchandreshvar is open to darshan only on the Nagpanchami day in Shravan month.

Nagchandreshwar darshan happens in a year only on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha of Shravan month. In this form Hindu God Shiva is more associated with the Nagas (Snakes) and Chandra (Moon).

Thousands of devotees arrive on the day at MahakaleshwarTemple to have darshan of Shiva as Nagchandreshwar.

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Importance of Nag Panchami in Hinduism

Story on the Greedy Nature of Ravana

Ravana, the demon king in the Ramayana, was very greedy. Here is a story which exposes the greedy nature of Ravan.

Once, Goddess Parvati said to Lord Shiva that she wanted to live in a palace like Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. She complained that she was fed up with living under a tree.

Shiva told Mother Goddess Parvati that palace was not in their luck and it was better to live under a tree, as it was comfortable.

But Goddess Parvati was adamant.

So Shiva built a palace.

The house warming ceremony (Griha Pravesha) was to be done and a priest had to be invited. Shiva decided to call Ravana who was an expert in all rituals and pujas.

Ravana, an ardent devotee, of Shiva came and performed the pujas and rituals.

At the end, it was the time to give Dakshina. Lord Shiva asked Ravana what he wanted as Dakshina (gift).

Ravana immediately asked for the palace.
Without hesitation, Shiva asked him to take it. Thus, Shiva and Goddess Parvati came under the tree again.

The Six-Fold Factors of Surrender in Vaishnava Sampradaya

As per Vaishanava Sampradaya there are six-fold factors of surrender to the supreme truth. This surrender is known as Saranagati. It also makes taking refuge in the Lord.

The six fold factors of Sarnagati are: Entertaining favorable thoughts Renouncing unfavorable thoughts Having firm faith that God will protect Actually seeking refuge in the Lord Submitting oneself completely at the mercy to the Lord Expressing one’s total helplessness.

Pradosh Vrat August 2017 – Shiva Pradosha Vrat in August 2017

Pradosh, also referred as Pradosha Vrata and Shiva Pradosham, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pradosh occurs twice in a Hindu month – on the 13th day during the waning and waxing phase of the moon. August 2017 Pradosh dates are August 5 and August 19. As per traditional calendar followed in North India, both the Pradosh are in Shravan month this makes it very auspicious.

Both the Pradosh are falling on Saturday and therefore it is known as Shani Pradosh.

Some Shiva devotees only fast during the Pradosh falling during the waning phase of moon.
The strictness of the fast depends on the devotee. The fast is broken in the evening after prayers. The puja and worship is done in the evening.

The Pradosh period is in the evening from 1.5 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset.

Most devotees make it a point to be present at a Shiva temple during this period.

You may also like to read How to observe Pradosh Vrat?

Behind the Layer of Ignorance There is Big Surprise – Swami Sukhabodhananda

Identification is the root of all suffering. Cut the root and one is truly free.

Every point of suffering is an opportunity for enlightenment.

Our ignorance has no limits. Beware of this.

Behind the layer of ignorance there is big surprise.

Flexibility is the mother of creativity.

You and your body are not two but a manifestation of one. Like the leaf is the manifestation of the root. The soul is the invisible body and the body is the visible soul. Seeing this truth is great discovery.
– Swami Sukhabodhananda