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Ballal Vinayak Form of Ganesha

Ballal Vinayak is the form of Ganesh worshipped at Pali in Maharashtra, which is one among the Ashta Vianayaka Temples in Maharashtra. The name Ballal Vinayak is the result of a boon given by Ganesha to child Ballala whose unwavering devotion resulted in Ganesh appearing to rescue him. Ganesha promised Ballal that from then onwards his name will be taken before him. The murti worshipped is also known as Ballalesvara Vinayak and Ballala Vinayaka.

Ballal Vinayak represents strength.
Legend has it that young Ballala was an ardent devotee of Ganesha. He and his friends used to worship Ganesha. Once Ballal and friends went to forest and worshiped a huge stone murti of Ganesh.
The parents of other children complained to Ballal’s father that his son was making their children lazy by always worshiping Ganesha deep in forest.
Fed up with constant complaints, Ballal’s father went to forest and found Ballal and his friends in deep meditation. Seeing Ballal’s father approaching all the children ra…

Annamurti – Manifestation of Hindu God Vishnu Associated with Food

Annamurti is a manifestation of Hindu God Vishnu and is associated with food. This form of Vishnu is similar to the Annapurna incarnation of Goddess Shakti (Maa Parvati). In this manifestation, Vishnu is the god of kitchen and food.

Annamurti form of Vishnu has two arms. On hand holds a ball of rice and another hand holds payasam (sweet or kheer prepared using rice, sugar and milk).
Murti (idol) of Annamurti is found in the famous Srirangam Temple in Tamil Nadu in India.
At Srirangam, he is the presiding deity of the kitchen in the temple.

Good date for giving birth in August 2018 – Auspicious dates for birth of baby in August 2018

There are many couples who look for good dates for giving birth of baby. These are the good dates for giving birth in August 2018. Please note that the auspicious date of birth of baby does not mean that everything will be auspicious. Horoscope etc is prepared after looking into numerous considerations. So consider this only just as a guide.

Good dates for birth of baby in August 2018

August 2 August 3 till 12:03 PM August 4 August 6 good time from 2:20 PM to 8:35 PM August 8 August 14 good after 4:45 PM August 15 August 16 August 17 good till 3:55 PM August 19 good till 2:25 PM August 23 August 24 August 25 good till 3:05 PM August 26 August 27
August 30 August 31

Story of Apsara Urvashi

Urvashi is a celebrated apsara in the court of Indra, the king of Devas. Legend has it that she was created from thigh of Narayana. Uru means thigh and hence the name Urvashi. She was created to rival the beauty of other damsels in Indra’s court like Menaka, Rambha and Tilottama.

Indra, the king of the Devas, according to his innate character thought that Nara Narayana wanted to overthrow him and rule over the heaven. So he sent Apsaras (nymphs) to disturb the two saints with sexual passion. Seeing the Apsaras, Narayana placed a flower in his thigh and immediately sprung from it a voluptuous nymph whose charms far excelled those nymphs sent by Indra. Since this beautiful nymph came out of the thigh she was called Urvashi.

Due to a curse, Urvashi had to live on earth and here she married King Pururavas. (you can read the story here)
Another famous story associated with Urvashi is her desire to make love to Arjuna, the third of the Pandava brothers in the Mahabharat. (youcan read the s…

Sri Ram Lamp – Lithophane Votive Light of Srirama from Lladro

Sri Ram lithophane is a molded artwork in thin very translucent porcelain that can only be seen clearly when back lit with a light source. It is an ideal Srirama lamp for offering prayers in puja rooms and for meditation. Lladro, a Spanish firm noted for high quality porcelain figurines – Hindu religion related figurines include various forms of Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi, Ram Darbar and Shiva.

Sri Rama – lithophane votive light from Lladro is priced at Rs 6,000 /-
The size of the lamp is 12 X 9 cm.

Lladro signature stores are there in New Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bangalore. It is also available in famous jewelry shops and boutiques.

Purnima November 2017 Time and Date – Full Moon Day in Hindu calendar in November 2017

Purnima is the full moon day in a traditional Hindu calendar and fast is observed on the day. In November 2017, the date of Purnima is November 4. The Purnima fasting is marked on November 3. The time is from 12:58 PM on November 3 to 11:14 AM on November 4. The Purnima in November 2017 is the Kartik Purnima in most regions. 
Tripurari Purnima is observed on the day.
Tulsi Puja final day rituals end on the day.
Dev Diwali is observed on the day in many regions.
Bhishma Panchak Vrat ends on Kartik Purnima day
Panchuka ends in Orissa
Some of the other rituals that are observed on November 4 Purnima day areare AkashdeepKarikeshwar Puja in OrissaKapal Mochan MelaRash YatraKartik Swami Darshan in Maharashtra

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

Three Type of Followers – Bhagavan Sri Ram in the Ramayana

Bhagavan Sri Ram: In this world there are three types of followers. The best of the them carries out the work allocated to him by the leader, and goes even farther and, creatively anticipating the leader’s wishes, fulfils them too – yo hi bhrityo niyukttah san bhartraa karmani dushhkare; kuryaat tad anuraagena tamahuh purushhottamam.

The mediocre follower does not, though capable, do anything more than what the leader commanded him to do – yo niyuktah param kaaryam na kuryaannaripateh priyam; bhrityo yuktah samarthashcha tamaahurmadhyam naram.

And the worst follower is he who though capable, does not even carry out the leader’s wishes – niyukto nripateh kaaryam na kuryaadyah samaahitah; bhrityo yuktah samarthashcha tamaahuh purushhdhamam.
(Valmiki Ramayana, Yuddha Kandam, Sarga 1, Sloka 7-9)