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Story of the Origin of Comets in Hindu Tradition

Comet is a bright object in space that has a tail of gas and dust. The story of origin of comets in Hindu tradition is associated with Shiva destroying the flying cities Tripuri. Legend has it that a powerful demon named Tripuri or Tripurasura built three impregnable cities of gold, silver and iron with the blessing of Shiva. The demon became so powerful and his inflated ego knew no bounds and started attacking and tormenting humans and demi gods (devas) by flying on Tripuri.
Brahma and Vishnu failed to contain Tripurasura who was armed with several boons from Shiva. Finally, the task of annihilating the demon fell on Shiva. The flying cities could be destroyed only with a single arrow. For this the cities had to align in a straight line.
Once in a while the cities aligned in a straight line for a split of a second. Shiva was the only archer who could destroy the cities.
For this purpose, Vishnu himself turned into the fiery arrow – Vishnu Shastra.
Shiva chased the three cities thro…

Importance of Sashtang Pranam – Lying face down on earth before God in Hindu Temple

Sashtang Pranam, or Sashtanga Pranamam, is lying face down on earth and offering prayers to God in a HinduTemple. Sashtang Pranam is one among the numerous ways to wipe out the ego. By lying down before the deity, a Hindu is killing his/her ego and recognizing the Supreme Truth – there is no second only that exists.

When pride and ego are quelled, majority of our problems are solved. This helps in controlling stress and depression. Sashtang Pranam at a temple during early morning hours helps a person to have a good and fruitful day.
Sashtang Pranam is also considered as a very good form of exercise. Lying down on stomach and stretching both the arms in front and bringing them together helps in good blood circulation.
Related Story of Performing Thoppu Karanam to Ganesha

Hindu Calendar 2017 with Tithi in pdf – Download Hindu Calendar 2017 in English for free in pdf

Hindu Calendar 2017 with Tithi in pdf for free download is in English and is based on Calendars followed in North India – Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. A month in this Hindu calendar begins after Purnima and ends on Purnima. All important festivals and fasting 2017 dates are marked in the calendar.

Link – Download Hindu Calendar 2017 with Tithi in pdf
The calendar is based on Purnimat system. A traditional Hindu month begins after Purnima or full moon day.

Hindu Calendar 2018

Story of Mangal Navgraha as Son of Vishnu and Bhumi Devi

There are numerous stories regarding the origin of Mangal Navgraha. One of the famous stories is that Mangal Navgraha is the son of Vishnu and Bhumi Devi.

Legend has it that demon Hiranyaksha in the form of a pig carried Bhumi (Mother Earth) to the netherworld (Patala Loka). Vishnu then took the form of Varaha Avatar and rescued Her.

When Bhumi Devi was saved from the demon, she assumed her real beautiful form. Vishnu fell in love with Her. They were later blessed with a son, Mangal.

As per Skanda Purana Mangal was born out a drop of sweat of Vishnu and was nursed by Bhumi Devi.

It must be noted here that as per Padma Purana Mangal is the son of Shiva.
Vamana Purana states that Mangal was born when Shiva killed demon Andhaka.

Silambam – Stick Fight in Tamil Nadu

Silambam is the famous stick fight practiced in Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Kuchi Vilaiyattu and Kambu Vilaiyattu. It was originally practiced with bamboo sticks; later, steel swords and shields were used.

The bamboo staff that is commonly used in this sport measures 5ft in length. Even today, students learn this art from competent teachers and display their prowess during celebrations.

Before the commencement of Silambam, the combatants pay salutations to Guru and to the four quarters.

In the sport, two persons opposing each other swirl the sticks.

In some instances, one person is surrounded by many opponents on all sides, and the attacked person in the center deals with the opponents.
Today, Silambam has become popular thanks to Tamil Movies.