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Story of Shiva Feeding Stone Elephant with Sugarcane

Story of Shiva feeding stone elephant with sugarcane is found in the Halasyamahatmyam. The story depicts Lord Shiva’s love and compassion for his devotees.

Once, when the king of renowned Pandya Empire in South arrived for his regular morning prayers at the famous Madurai Meenakashi Temple, Lord Shiva appeared on the scene in the guise of an ascetic, just outside the sanctum sanctorum.

When he blocked the path of the king, the royal guards ordered Him to move away, but the ascetic refused. The king demanded, “Who are you?”

“I am an ascetic of great occult powers,” replied the ascetic. “I am subservient to none, and the Lord of all. I am omnipotent!”

At this point, a farmer brought a sugarcane and offered it to the king. Determined to belittle the ascetic, the king asked Him to command the huge sculpture of the elephant in front of the shrine to eat the sugarcane out of his hand.

The mystic immediately ordered the stone elephant to do so, whereupon the latter momentarily came to life,…

Sri Rudram

The 16th chapter of the Krishna Yajurveda contains 66 mantras and they are known as Sri Rudram. Devotees of Shiva perform abhisheka (sacred bath) on Shivling reciting these mantras. In every mantra, Rudra devata is praised.
He is the embodiment of anger and fury. He is the controller of all vocations. People chant the Sri Rudram to pleas Him.
The mantra is chanted for obtaining auspiciousness. It is also chanted for the destruction of all enemies.

Amavasya December 2017 date and time – Amavas or No moon day in December 2017

Amavasya also referred as no moon day or new moon day in a Hindu lunar calendars is dedicated to performing Shradh and Tarpan rituals. Amavasya December 2017 date is December 18. It begins at 9:10 AM on December 17 to 11:09 AM on December 18, 2017. This is the Margashirsh Amavasya in calendars followed in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra. In North India, it is the Paush Amavasya.

Amavasya Vrat is on December 17. Shradh and Snan Dan is also on December 17.

In Tamil Calendar, it is the Amavasai in Margazhi Masam. In Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala it is the Amavasi or Karuthavavu in Dhanu Masam.

In Bengal calendar it is the Amabashya in the Paush month.
This day is chosen for performing Shradh and Tarpan by many Hindu communities.
Some Hindu communities observe a partial fast on the day and only take single meal on the day.

You cannot understand anything without developing faith – Sathya Sai Baba

The human body is a prey to many ailments. Man regards all of them as bodily ailments. But not all of them are entirely related to the body. Purely bodily ailments can be treated by medicines. But most ailments in the world today have their origin in the mind. The aberrations of the mind set up reactions in the body and cause various diseases. The main cause of many human ailments is rooted in the mind.

Try to know the truth. But do not waste your time in trying to understand some abstract concepts which you are unable to comprehend.
Develop firm faith that God exists. Also have the faith that you are God. You cannot understand anything without developing faith. First and foremost, develop faith in the concept of “I.” Only then you can understand what is meant by ‘you.’ Without knowing “I”, how can you know ‘you’?
– Sathya Sai Baba