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Story of Chirakari in the Mahabharata

Story of Chirakari in the Mahabharata is found in the dialogue between Bhisma and Yudhishtira after the Mahabharat war.

A wise, young ascetic Chirakari, finds himself in a tricky situation when his father, suspecting his wife’s fidelity, tells him to kill his mother, and then angrily goes to the forest.

The son, true to his name Chirakari (one who deliberates thoroughly before deciding), always takes his time to analyze the pros and cons of any issue before arriving at any conclusion, and then acts only after due contemplation.

Here he was caught in the crosscurrents of allegiances: memories of his mother’s selfless love competing against the respect he owed his father.

Reeling under great stress, the young ascetic continued to mull for days on end over the options available to him, ultimately deciding to abide by the command of his father.

He procured a sharp sword, which he spent endless hours honing and filing, driven by the thought of sparing his mother any more pain than one s…

Jayanti Nirnaya of Madhawacharya

Jayanti Nirnaya is one of the 37 works of Madhawacharya. It lays down the rules and procedures for observing Sri Krishna Jayanti or Janmashtami, the birthday of Bhagavan Sri Krishna.

As per the text, on the eighth day of the waning phase of moon in Shravan month, if the birth star Rohini prevails at night, that day is Sri Krishna Jayanti. Bhagavan appeared on earth, on Rohini Nakshatra, on Shravan Krishna Paksha Ashtami in Dwapara Yuga.

Devotees should observe the day with devotion and fasting.

In the morning, one has to bathe and perform the prescribed early rituals and recite the hymn ‘yojnaya yojnapataye’. Also one should listen to discourses or recite holy texts glorifying Bhagavan’s deeds. The fast also begins in the morning.

Mid-day another bath should be taken and the rituals repeated.

At night when the moon rises, the entire family should offer oblations to Bhagavan Sri Krishna and Chandra, the moon god. The offerings include milk and water. Arghya mantra should be recited t…

Godh Bharai Dates in August 2017 – Hindu Baby Shower Good Dates in August 2017

Godh Bharai Dates in August 2017 is based on Hindu calendar and Panchang. Godh Bharai is the Hindu baby shower and is one of the auspicious occasions. Below are the good dates in August 2017 for performing this important ritual.

Godh Bharai Dates in August 2017

August 1 is good after 12:20 PM August 2 is good till 3:15 PM August 4 is good after 5:55 PM
August 5 August 6 August 9 August 10 is good till 12:40 PM
August 11 August 12 August 13
August 14 is good after 8:40 AM August 16
August 17 is good after 12:45 PM
August 18 August 22 August 23 August 24
August 25 August 26 August 27 is good till 5:40 PM