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Story of Bhairava and Demon Nila

Legend has it that Demon Nila once took the form of a wild elephant and started harassing the people of Kashi. He destroyed the crops of the people and ran amuck the fields. Shiva then ordered his doorkeeper, Bhairava to save the city from Nila. The story of Bhairava and demon Nila begins here.

Bhairava attacked Nila who had taken the form of a fierce elephant. He cut the trunk of the elephant and damaged his legs and trunk.
When Bhairava was about to slay the elephant, he asked that his skin should serve as Shiva’s mantle. Bhairava promised that his wish will be fulfilled.

Thus Shiva is depicted sometimes as wearing elephant hide.

Kalubai Mandhar Devi Temple Paush Purnima Festival

KalubaiMandharTemple is located at Mandradev in Satara District in Maharashtra and is dedicated to Kaleshwari Devi. In 2019, Kalubai Mandhar Temple Paush Purnima Festival is on January 21. On the full moon day in Paush month (January – February), a major festival takes place here and is attended by thousands of devotees. Kaleshwari Devi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and is a hugely popular deity in this region of Maharashtra.

KalubaiMandharTemple is located atop a mountain – 1200 m high.
On Paush Purnima more than 200,000 people gather at the temple. Devotees offer green colored saree to Kaleshwari Devi on the day.
KalubaiMandharTemple is about 18 km from Wai and 120 km south of Mumbai.

Yamai Devi Yatra in Satara

Sashti Viratham February 2017 Date – Muruga Shasti Fasting in February 2017

Sashti Viratham, or Muruga Shasti, is a fasting day dedicated to Hindu God Muruga. Sashti falls on the sixth day after Amavasai (no moon) and Pournami (full moon) in a month in traditional Hindu calendar. Sashti Viratham February 2017 date is February 2 (Thursday). The Shasti day after Amavasi is considered highly auspicious by Muruga devotees and many observe a fast on the day.

Muruga is also known as Skanda, Shanmugha and Subramanian. In North India, Muruga is known as Kartik or Kartikeya. Shasti Fasting is widely observed in South India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Singapore especially by Tamilians and Malayalis.

Sashti Viratham is considered highly auspicious and many Muruga devotees observe a 24-hour fast, while some take a single meal on the day. Devotees visit Lord Muruga temples from early morning and some people only eat the Prasadam given from the temple.

Some Muruga temples conduct special pujas and spiritual discourses. There are also temples that provide food to devotees on …

Asta Sambhu Temples in Bargarh in Odisha – Ashta Shambhu or Eight Shiva Temples in Odisha

Asta Sambhu, or Ashta Shambhu, is the collective name given to eight important Shiva temples in Bargarh District in Odisha. The concept of Ashta Shambhu is famous in Orissa. Two of the these temples are today located in Sambalpur.

The eight Asta Sambhu Temples are:

Bimaleswar Temple at Huma in Sambalpur Kedarnath Temple at Ambabhona in Bargarh Baidyanath Temple at Deogaon in Bargarh Balunkeswar Temple at Gaisama in Bargarh Mandhata Baba Temple at Maneswar in Sambalpur Swapneswar Temple at Sorna in Bargarh Visweswar Temple at Soranda in Bargarh Nilakantheswar Temple at Nilji in Bargarh
Visiting the eight temples is the above sequence is considered highly meritorious. People also visit all the eight as part of getting their desires fulfilled.

Truth is not a closed book – Swami Tathagatananda

Truth is not a closed book.

Our internal dissensions, selfishness, mutual jealousy and hatred were among the principal causes of our degeneration.

The spiritual ideal is for life, and life must be lived truly and well in all its spheres – private, social and international.

The universe, being nothing but God, hence is looked upon by the Hindu mind as a temple or body of God. It is divine and sacred. This ultimate truth, the oneness of God, man and the universe, has been revealed to Hindu mystics down the age.
Spiritual truth, being the goal of human fulfillment, can never be attained without moral perfection. Morality is not an end in itself, nor ultimate good, yet without morality, a person cannot realize the supreme harmony within as well as without.
 – Swami Tathagatananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 6, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, January 6, 2017 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Ashtami and Navami Tithi or the eighth and ninth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:00 AM on January 6. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:03 PM on January 7. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 6, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date. Nakshatra – Revathi Nakshatra till 1:09 PM on January 6. Then onward it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Revathi Nakshatra till 3:45 PM on January 6. Then onward it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi till 1:09 PM on January 6. Then onward it is Mesha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Raja…