--> Skip to main content


Showing posts from September 16, 2016

Surya Grahan 2017 in India – Solar Eclipse dates in 2017 in India – Surya Grahanam

Surya Grahan 2017 in India (Solar Eclipse dates) based on Hindu calendar and panchang – India Standard Time. There is one annular and one total solar eclipse - Surya Grahanam - in 2017. But they are not visible in India. Detail dates of Surya Grahan in 2017 are given below: Surya Grahan on February 26, 2017 is not visible in India. It is only visible in South America, Atlantic Ocean, southern Africa and Antarctica. Surya Grahan on August 21, 2017 is not visible in India. It is only visible in North America and South American. In fact, next Solar Eclipse that is visible in India is only on December 26, 2019. Related Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse in 2017 in India

Story of the Birth of Kamsa

There several stories regarding the birth of Kamsa (Kansa), the maternal uncle of Sri Krishna. The popular belief is that Kamsa is the son of Queen Padmavati and King Ugrasena of Mathura. But as per Bhagavad Purana and other several other Puranas King Ugrasena did not father Kamsa. Kamsa was born to Dramila, a Gandharva, and Padmavati wife of Ugrasena. Padmavati who was in her monthly periods walked in the forest. Dramila saw her and felt attracted to her. He violated her and made her pregnant. Angered at this, she cursed Dramila thus: "Since you have procreated a child in me, while knowing that I am wife of another man this son will be killed by a boy born in my husband's family." Years later Kamsa ascended the throne after putting King Ugrasena in prison. According to the curse of Padmavati, Sri Krishna was born in the family of Ugrasena and he killed Kamsa.

Thuravoor Temple – Narasimha Temple at Thuravoor In Kerala

Thuravoor Temple is located on the National Highway 47 between Kochi and Alappuzha in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Bhagavan Narasimha (man-lion avatar of Vishnu Bhagavan) and Maha Sudarshana Moorthy (Sudarshana Chakra of Vishnu Bhagavan). The shrine is around 25 km south of Kochi and around 5 km from Cherthala. There are two separate shrine is the same temple compound. There are two sanctum sanctorum and two gold-plated flagpoles. Anapandhal, or elephant rostrum, in the shrine is the largest in Kerala. The murti of Lord Narasimha worshipped in the shrine belonged to Swami Padmapada, disciple of Adi Shankaracharya. Its origin is traced to Kashi. The Narasimha Murti worshipped in the shrine is Ugranarasimha with four arms. It is in standing posture. There is a murti of Shiva too on the southern side of the sanctum who can be seen through a narrow window. The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Ganapati, Sastha, Nagas, Bhagavathy and Brahmarakshas. Th