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Unicorn in Hinduism

As per western concept, unicorn had the body of a horse and a straight horn on its forehead. In Hinduism, the earliest representations o the unicorn are to be found on the seals of the Indus or Harappan Civilization on which it is depicted not with a straight horn but with a curved one.

In Indus seals, the generative organ is very prominently show and at front is a vessel which is generally identified as the fire receptacle, because in some specimens, sparks are seen coming out of it.

The unicorn is depicted in 1161 out of 1755 Indus Seals.
It is believed that the unicorn is attracted to virgins.

Sri Kasht Nivaran Hanuman Mandir in Somnath Temple in Gujarat

Sri Kasht Nivaran Hanuman is was constructed in the 18th century and is within the Somnath Mandir complex in Gujarat. Somnath Temple, which was repeatedly vandalized by Muslim invaders, was rebuilt in 1783 AD by Peshwa of Pune, Raja Bhonsle of Nagpur, Chhatrapati Bhonsle of Kolhapur, Queen Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore and Shrimant Patilbuwa Shinde of Gwalior. The Hanuman temple was built in the boundary of the renovated Somnath temple to have an incident free construction. As Hanuman here gave courage and conviction to built the temple without any hindrance, the shrine came be known as Kasht Nivaran Hanuman.

The murti of Kasht Nivaran Hanuman is five feet tall. He is covered with sindhoor all over his body. He eyes are bright and alert. He has ornaments around his neck and arms. The right hand of the murti is in abhaya mudra.
Sri Kasht Nivaran Hanuman Mandir is small but a beautiful one.

Bhai Dooj 2017 date

Bhai Dooj is an important ritual during Diwali and it celebrates the relationship between brother and sister. Bhai Dooj 2017 date after Diwali is October 21. The day is also observed as Yama Dvitiya.

On Bhai Dooj day, sisters show affection brothers by applying a Tika or Tilak. Legend has it that Lord Yama, the Hindu God of death, after being affectionately welcomed by his sister, Yami, had given the boon that those brothers who receive Tika from their sisters will not have the suffer the pains of hell.

Married women visit her brother’s home on this day or both brother and sister assemble in a convenient place or married sisters invite their brothers to their homes.

Usually, the sister brings a couple of puja items in a ‘thaali’ during Bhai Dooj. This involves coconut, batashas, mithai, fruits, seven paans, roli and little rice.

Sister applies a teeka on the brother and gives him a few of the eatables along with a coconut piece. Bhai Dooj puja is usually done in the morning.


Yama Dwitiya – Diwali Yam Dwitiya

The final day of Diwali celebrations is known as Yama Dwitiya - a symbol of love between brothers and sisters. The day is observed as Bhai Dhooj or Bhau Bij or Bhai Beej in North India. In 2017, the date of Yama Dvitiya is October 21. Yama Dvitiya is the name used popularly in South India, especially in Karnataka. In Maharashtra, the day is known as Bhai Tika. The legend of Yam Dwitiya is associated with Lord Yama, the Hindu god of Death, visiting his sister Yami.

Legend has it that Yamaraj, the God of Death, visited his sister Yami on this day after Diwali. Yami welcomed her brother with garlands and by applying the auspicious tilak on his forehead. She also served him his favorite dishes. They also exchanged gifts. Yamraj is believed to have said to Yami that who receives tilak from his sister will have to never suffer hell. Since then Yama Dvitiya is observed as a symbol of love between brothers and sisters.

Nothing is easier than to fool oneself – Swami Sivananda

Nothing is easier than to fool oneself.

Purity of heart and intensity of devotion and aspiration are that which draw one nearer to God.

One cannot indulge in one’s lower appetites and yet remain spiritually pure.

Perfect self-restraint and purification of mind and heart are the price that the aspirant has to pay for spiritual enlightenment.

As long as the body is there, as long as the mind is there, there will be their drawbacks, in weaker or stronger shades. Constant vigilance is the price that the aspirant must pay.
– Swami Sivananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 1, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon on the entire day on November 1 and till 1:26 AM on November 2. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is November 1, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good date after 3:00 PM. Nakshatra – Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra till 1:41 PM on November 1. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anizham or Anusham Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra till 3:00 PM on November 1. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anizham or Anusham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi till 7:02 AM. Then onward it is Vrischika Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharasht…