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Story of Badrinath and Goddess Lakshmi

Badrinath is one among the several names of Lord Vishnu and it is associated with the Badari Tree (Ber, Jujube, Indian plum). The story as to how Vishnu got the name Badrinath is associated with Goddess Lakshmi. At Badrinath Temple in Uttarakhand, Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu is doing penance. It is said that once Sage Narada rebuked Vishnu for indulging in world pleasures. The Lord then decided to do penance at Badrinath. Thus at BadrinathTemple, Bhagvan Vishnu is worshiped in the meditation posture.

On seeing Vishnu doing penance in open harsh conditions in the Himalayas, Goddess Lakshmi took the form of a Badari Tree and gave protection from the adverse weather.

After this divine incident, the place got the name Badrinath and Vishnu the name Badari Narayan.
The murti of Vishnu worshipped is carved out of Shaligramam stone. Badari Narayan is seen under the Badari tree, flanked by Kuber and Garuda, Sage Narada, Narayan and Nar.

Poush Month 2018 – 2019 in North Indian Hindu Calendar – Paush Mahina 2019

Poush Mahina is the tenth month in a traditional Hindi calendar followed in North India. Paush Month 2018 - 2019 begins on December 23, 2018, and ends on January 21, 2019. This calendar is followed mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana, Bihar, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and other North Indian states. A month in these regions is calculated from the day after Purnima or full moon to the next Purnima. The current year in the Hindi Calendar is Saka 2075.

Note - It must be noted that Poush month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka begins on December January 6, 2019, and ends on February 4, 2019.
Chaturthi Vrat or Sankashti Ganesh Chaturti in Poush Month 2018 is on December 25, Tuesday. The Chandrodaya or Moonrise time as per North Indian calendars is 8:10 PM. As it is Tuesday, there is an Angarak Yoga.

Poush Month 2018 - 2019 Krishna and Shukla Paksha
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Heaviest Hindu Temple Bell at Ratangarh Mata Temple in Datia, Madhya Pradesh

Ratangarh Mata Temple in Datia in Madhya Pradesh is dedicated to Goddess Durga. This popular shrine is also home a big temple bell. It is one of the heaviest bells in a Hindu Temple.


The bell was made out from small bells donated to the temple by devotees.
The weight of the bell is 1935 kg.

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You are in contradiction with yourself – Jiddu Krishnamurti

A mind that is caught up in knowledge as a means to freedom does not come to that freedom.

For the stillness of the mind, its complete quiet, an extraordinary discipline is required;… the mind then has a religious quality of unity; from that there can be action which is not contradictory.

Seeing this vast fragmentation both inwardly and outwardly, the only issue is that a human being must radically, profoundly, bring about in himself a revolution.
The word ‘individuality’ means ‘indivisible,’ not fragmented. Individuality means a totality, the whole, and the word ‘whole’ means healthy, holy. But you are not an individual, you are not sane, because you are broken up, fragmented yourself; you are in contradiction with yourself, separated, therefore you are not an individual at all.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti