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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.

Yama Dwitiya 2018 date – Importance of Diwali Yam Dwitiya - Why It Is Observed?

The final day of Diwali celebrations is known as Yama Dwitiya - a symbol of love between brothers and sisters. Yama Dwitiya 2018 is November 9. Yam Dvitiya is the name used popularly in South India, especially in Karnataka. The legend of the festival is associated with Lord Yama, the Hindu god of Death, visiting his sister Yami.

Story of Yama Dwitiya - Why It Is Observed? 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.
When is it Observed? It is observed on the second day of the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Kartik month and is one of the last celebrations during Diwali.

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