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Story – How Krishna managed to keep 16008 wives happy? – Sage Narada Wanted to Know

There is an interesting story in the 10th Skandha of Srimad Bhagavad Purana regarding how Krishna managed to keep his 16008 wives happy. Sage Narada was always curious about the activities of Lord Krishna on earth. He kept a close watch on Sri Krishna as he got new knowledge each time he interacted with Krishna.

One day, Saga Narada was curious as to how Krishna managed to satisfy his 16008 wives. He thought this was a good opportunity create rift among the wives and Krishna.

Sage Narada visited the house of one of the wives and he found Krishna there. So he decided pay a visit to the house of another wife and play some mischief but here too he found Sri Krishna chatting with his wife.

Sage Narada was not ready to give up so he visited all the 16008 houses and he found Sri Krishna in each of the house.

Narada was wonder-struck to find Krishna engaged in conversation with his wives in all the houses he visited.
Later Sage Narada realized that only Krishna exists and rest all are our …

Sankranthi in Karnataka – Kannada Makara Sankranti

Sankranthi, or Makara Sankranti, is a harvest festival in Karnataka as is the case in other parts of India. In 2018, the date of Sankranthi in Karnataka is January 14. Sankranthi is celebrated when sun transcends from Sagittarius to Capricorn during the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. Sankranthi means ‘change of direction’ and is based on solar event and it also marks the arrival of Spring Season. In Kannada culture, Sankranthi is synonymous with ellu (sesame-jaggery mix), sugar candies and sugarcane.

Uttarayana, the day time of Devas, begins from Sankranthi and the next six months are considered highly auspicious. There are also numerous other legends that are associated with Sankranthi.

The day before the festival all the houses are thoroughly cleaned. And on the day of Sankranti, green mango leaves are used to decorate doors and windows and the thresholds of houses and colorful rangoli is drawn on the doorsteps. People also fly kites on the day.

Talk about Sankranthi a…

Bihu 2018 – Magha Bihu or Bhogali 2018 date

Bhogali Bihu, or Magha Bihu, is the harvest festival of Assam and is observed in the Assamese month of Magh (January). Magh Bihu 2018 date is January 14. ‘Bhogali’ means ‘feasting’ in Assamese and is a two-day festival and dedicated to Lord Agni, the Hindu fire god. Uruka is the first day of the Bhogali Bihu festival and it is on January 13, 2018.

On the first day of the Bhogali Bihu festival, known as Uruka, young men construct ‘mejis’ or ‘bhelaghars’ with bamboo and wood pieces in farmland or open spaces. A community feast is held on the Uruka night, which includes fish delicacies.

The next day is the Makar Sankranti day, which is the Magh Bihu day, and the ‘meji’ is lit and a lavish feast is held. The ashes of the meji are scattered on the farmlands to increase fertility.

There are three Bihu in an Assamese calendar year. The most important Bihu is the Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu and it is on April 15, 2018.

You can read more about Magh Bihu in this article.

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Nrusinghanath Temple at Bargarh in Odisha

Nrusinghanath Temple at Bargarh in Odisha is an ancient shrine dedicated to Lord Nrusinghanath (manifestation of Lord Vishnu). The temple is located on the sacred Gandhamardan Hills. Legend has it that it is the same hill which Hanuman carried from the Himalayas to Lanka in the epic Ramayana. The main murti worshipped in the temple is carved on a black granite stone.

Legend has it that a demon took the form of a mouse and started troubling the people of the region.
Lord Vishnu then took the form of a feline – Marjara Keshari and chased the mouse demon. It entered into a tunnel and never came out. Lord Nrusinghnath alias Marjara Keshari is still guarding the tunnel at the shrine.

Papaharini stream has its source near the temple.

The construction of the temple is believed to have started in the 9th century AD.
One has to walk through numerous steps before reaching the shrine. There is also a beautiful waterfall in the vicinity of the temple.

The aim of life is to avoid misery and attain eternal bliss – Swami Chidananda

The aim of life is to avoid misery and attain Eternal Bliss. Birth in this world is inseparably connected with misery. If you wish to avoid misery, pain and sorrow, you must avoid rebirth. Knowledge of Brahman is the only means of avoiding rebirth.

Meditation and meditation alone, (no other process has been discovered since Creation), has the power to reach up to the ultimate God-experience.

Radiantly effulgent, you have come here upon earth to shine, illumine all, and leave this world a thing of brightness.

Meditation is a subject of the most vital importance to everyone who wants happiness and peace, who wants to find strength within, who wants a truly integrated, radiant and magnetic personality. On every level of your life, meditation brings rewards in terms of your true spiritual nature, in terms of the spiritual experience which it bestows upon you.
- Swami Chidananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 13, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, January 13, 2017 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon till 4:04 PM on January 13. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 13, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date. Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 2:29 AM on January 13. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 1:19 AM on January 13. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatram till 11:49 PM on Jan 13. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gu…