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Bhishma Panchak Vrat 2018 date - Bheeshma Panchaka Vrata in 2018

Bhishma Panchak Vrat is observed for five days in the Kartik month (October – November) and is associated with Bheeshma of Mahabharata, who is believed to have observed it first. Bhishma Panchak Vrata 2018 date is from November 19 to November 23. It is observed for five days starting from the Ekadasi during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Kartika month to Purnima or full moon day in Kartik month.

The vrata is dedicated to Srihari Vishnu.

The importance of the Vrata was first narrated by Sri Krishna to Bhishma. It is performed for attaining Moksha and for redemption of sins. It is also believed that observing this Vrata will help in gaining good health. Some people observe it for the health of children.

Legend has it that Bhishma observed the Vrata before leaving his physical body after the end of the Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharata.

In some regions people also perform Bhishma Tarpan on the final day of the Vrat.
A unique ritual during the Vrata is making offering in 5 …

Story of Uttanka in the Mahabharata

Uttanka was the most intelligent and obedient student of Sage Vedamuni. He followed Dharma and this earned him the blessings of his Guru who blessed him with the knowledge and wisdom to become an authority on all scriptures.

When Uttanaka’s education was complete, he asked his Guru to have his Guru Dakshina. The Guru asked him to pay him what his wife wants.

Uttanka asked his Guru’s wife as to what she wanted as Guru Dakshina.

The wife said that she would be observing a fast known as Punyaka. She wanted the divine earrings that belonged to King Paushya’s queen to complete the fast. The fasting date is in three days time.

Uttanka immediately left to accomplish the mission. On the way to the palace, he met Indra, atop a bull. Indra made him eat a bit of bullock’s dung for his welfare.

King Paushya was happy to welcome Uttanka. When Uttanka told about his mission, the king asked him to talk directly to the queen.

The queen was ready to help Uttanka and gave him the earrings. But the qu…

Virgal – Memorial Stone in Hinduism

Virgal in Hinduism is a memorial built to honor a hero who dies while protecting a village, cattle, or saving the honor of a woman. The memorials are known as hero stones and are found in different parts of the country especially in Karnataka.

The custom of erecting Virgal is believed to have begun in the 4th century AD and it continued until the 19th century AD. The maximum Virgal were erected between 13th and 16th century AD.
There are generally bands of carvings on the Virgal, of which the lowest one depicts the hero fighting with the raiders, and the next one shows him going to heaven. At the top is carved a Shivlinga. The fallen hero assumes divine status and is worshipped.

Good Date for Travel in April 2017 – Good and Auspicious Dates for Journey in April 2017

Some Hindus look for good date for travels, especially long distance journey, foreign travel, while traveling on plane, train etc. Here are the good and auspicious dates for journey in April 2017 for travels.
April 1 April 2
April 3 till 1:00 PM April 4 April 5 April 6
April 7 after 9:00 AM April 8 April 9
April 10 good till 10:20 AM
April 11 April 12 April 13 is good till 8:00 AM April 16 is good after 4:40 PM April 17
April 18 is good after 1:40 PM April 19 April 20
April 21 till 4:55 PM April 22 April 23 April 27 is good till 4:25 PM
April 28 April 30

Each human being stands for the divine – Swami Vivekananda

Vedanta lays down that each man should be treated not as what he manifests, but as what he stands for. Each human being stands for the divine, and therefore, every teacher should be helpful, not by condemning man, but by helping him to call forth, the divinity that is within him.

It also teaches that all the vast mass of energy that we see displayed in society and in every plane of action is really from inside out; and therefore what is called inspiration by other sects, the Vedantist begs the liberty to call the expiration of man.

At the same time, it does not quarrel with other sects; the Vedanta has no quarrel with those who do not understand this divinity of man.
Consciously or unconsciously, every man is trying to unfold that divinity. Man is like an infinite spring, coiled up in a small box, and that spring is trying to unfold itself; and all the social phenomena that we see are the result of this trying to unfold.
– Swami Vivekananda