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How King Nala was able to cook delicious food?

King Nala, of the famous Nala Damayanti story, was a great cook. It is said that he was able to cook delicious and mouthwatering food. But how was he able to cook such delicacies that made everyone fall in love with his cooking.

Legend has it that King Nala of Vidarbha, a Surya Vamshi, used to worship Goddess Hingula. As per Sarala Mahabharata from Odisha, with the blessings of Goddess Hingula anyone can prepare delicious foods. The king had the blessings of the Goddess and that is the reason why anything prepared by the king tasted delicious.

It is said that after getting his food prepared, King Nala would wave his hand over the food he had prepared. This wave would impart special taste and flavor to the food.
Even today in some regions a very good cook is referred to as Nala – thus we have the term Nala Pachakam.

Athalanallur Temple – Gajendra Varadan Temple at Athalanallur in Tirunelveli District

Athalanallur Temple, popularly known as Gajendra Varadan Temple, is located at Athalanallur village near Veeravanallur (near Ambasamudram) in Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu. The temple is associated with the famous Gajendra Moksha incident mentioned in Hindu puranas. The shrine is also known as Arulmigu Gajendravaradaswamy Temple and Sri Bhoomi Nila Samedha Aadhimoola Perumal Temple.



The sanctum sanctorum has the murti of Srihari Vishnu who is worshipped here as Aadi Moolam. He has four arms and is in standing posture. His two consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi are found in standing posture on either side. Murtis of Sage Markandeya and Sage Bhrigu are also found in the main temple.
The processional murti of Gajendra Varadan along with his two consorts is also found in the main sanctum sanctorum.

Sculptures of two huge dwaraplakas are found at the entrance of the Arda Mandapa.

The shrine of Garuda, flag staff and bali peetha faces the main sanctum sanctorum. Chakrathalwar with Narasimha c…

Ardra Nakshatra Tree – Which is the tree associated with Ardra birth star Born People?

There are trees associated with each 27 nakshatrams or birth stars. Ardra Nakshatra also has a particular tree dedicated to it. People born on each nakshatra should worship the particular tree. The tree associated and worshipped by Ardra Nakshatra Born People is Coromandel Ebony or East Indian Ebony or Diospyros melanoxylon.


Hindi name of the Ardra Nakshatra Tree is Abnus or Tendu or Kendu Telugu name is Tuniki Malayalam name is Kari Tamil Name is Karai Kannada name is Abanasi In Marathi it is known as Tendu. Bengali name is Kendu 
Ardra Nakshatra born people should plant the East Indian Ebony tree. Water it. They should also protect the tree.

Baigarh Ganesh Temple near Amarkantak in Madhya Pradesh

Baigarh Ganesh Temple is located at Baigarh near Amarkantak in Madhya Pradesh. It is a kilometer off the Rajendragam – Amarkantak road. A big murti of Ganesha blessing devotees is the main attraction of Baigarh Ganesh Temple.

The murti of Ganesha is lavishly decorated and attracts scores of devotees.


The temple is located amidst lush green forest. Springs can be found near the shrine.

A temple believed to have been built by the Pandavas is located behind the shrine.
Most important festival observed here is the Ganesh Chaturthi.

Yoga Is Perfect Evenness of Mind – Bhagavad Gita

They for whom I am the supreme goal, who do all work renouncing self for me and meditate on me with single-hearted devotion, these I will swiftly rescue from the fragment’s of cycle of birth and death, for their consciousness has entered into me.

When the senses contact sense objects, a person experiences cold or heat, pleasure or pain. These experiences are fleeting; they come and go. Bear them patiently, Arjuna. Those who are not affected by these changes, who are the same in pleasure and pain, are truly wise and fit for immortality.

In the still mind, in the depths of meditation, the Self reveals itself. Beholding the Self by means of the Self, an aspirant knows the joy and peace of complete fulfillment.

Perform work in this world, Arjuna, as a man established within himself – without selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat. For yoga is perfect evenness of mind.
– Bhagavad Gita

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 25, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon till 2:01 AM on January 25. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 25, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Mool or Moolam Nakshatra till 6:49 PM on January 25. Then onward it is Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatra till 4:33 PM on January 25. Then onward it is Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Dhanu Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Y…