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How Lakshmana Killed Indrajit in the Ramayana?

Indrajit was the son of demon king Ravana. He had defeated Indra and had in his possession numerous divine arrows. Apart from this, he also could use magical powers in the battlefield. He also had the power to become invisible. It was nearly impossible to kill Indrajit. So how did Lakshmana kill Indrajith in the Ramayana?

Indrajith was nearly invincible in the battlefield. Ravana had put all his hopes on his son to defeat Rama’s army. Indrajit hid behind the clouds and showered arrows on Rama’s army. Many soldiers were hurt and it caused serious damage to the monkey army.

Lakshmana could not counter Indrajit because he was invisible.

Indrajith now became overconfident. He thought that soon he would put an end to the monkey army and Ram and Lakshman.

So he made victorious sounds and asked the monkey army to leave Lanka.

Lakshmana had learned the art of shooting arrows at the vibrations of a sound from his father Dasharatha.

Lakshmana picked up the Indra Astra and shot in the directio…

Siddheshwar Yatra in Solapur

Siddheshwar Yatra in Solapur in Maharashtra is annually held for four days to SiddheshwarTemple. In 2019, Siddheshwar Yatra in Solapur begins on January 13 and ends on January 16.
Siddheshwar is one among the most important teachers of the Lingayat sect. He was an ardent devotee of Shiva and is believed to have composed numerous devotional poems.
Siddheshwar Yatra in memory of a young girls’ devotion for Siddheshwar. Legend has it that a young girl wished to marry Siddheshwar after she was impressed by his teachings.
But Siddheshwar denied her permission to marry him. But the girl was adamant and finally Siddheshwar gave her permission to marry his Yoga Danda (stick held by yogis). This symbolic marriage function is annually held for four days and is known as Siddheshwar Yatra. The Nandi Dhwajas (flag mast) are presumed as bride and groom for the marriage.
The yatra is noted for the huge Rangolis that are drawn to welcome the yatras. Apart from the rituals, a huge fair is held for 15…

Sita Bani Temple

Sita Bani Temple is located inside Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand. The legend associated with the temple began in the Treta Yuga, when Lord Ram banished Mata Sita to the forest.

It is believed that Sita Bani Temple is located at the spot where Sita lived in the forest along with Luv and Kush. Legend also has it that Mata Sita entered into lap of Mother Nature at the Sita Bani Temple.

To reach Sita Bani or Vani Temple, one has to travel around 20 kilometers from Ramnagar. After this, one has to descend around 20 steps to reach the temple area.

The temple is a small structure. One can see a murti of Mata Sita with Luv and Kush sitting on her lap. There is a beautiful Shivling near the sanctum of Mata Sita.

Lord Ganesha is also worshipped in the sanctum.
There is a small pond in the vicinity with water that tastes sweet.

Sri Ramakrishna – Story on Renunciation

Talking about intense renunciation, Sri Ramakrishna tells Mahimacharan this story:

‘A certain woman said to her husband: “So-and-so has developed a spirit of great dispassion for the world, but I don’t see anything of that sort in you. He has sixteen wives. He is giving them up one by one.”

The husband, with a towel on his shoulder, was going to the lake for his bath. He said to his wife: “You are crazy! He won’t be able to give up the world. It is never possible to renounce bit by bit. I can renounce. Look! Here I go.”
He didn’t stop even to settle his household affairs. He left his home just as he was, the towel on his shoulder, and went away. That is intense renunciation!’

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 5, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, January 5, 2017 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:09 AM on January 5. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 5, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good date till 2:00 PM. Nakshatra – Uttarabhadrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatra till 2:13 PM on January 5. Then onward it is Revathi Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Uttarabhadrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatra till 4:45 PM on January 5. Then onward it is Revathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Meena Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Y…