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Story of why crocodiles have rough and tough skin in Hindu Tradition

There is an interesting story in the Hindu tradition that narrates why crocodiles and chameleons have rough and tough skin. The story is found in the Rig Veda. The story is associated with Apala, a ugly woman and Indra, the king of devas.

Apala was not a good looking woman. She had coarse and dry skin. Her husband rejected her due to her ugly skin.

She left home and reached a jungle. Here she made a hut and started a life away from the society. One day while searching for fruits and vegetables, she came across a strange plant. She picked up the tender part of the plant and started chewing it. It was the Soma plant.

Soma plant was considered highly precious by Devas and Indra, the king of gods, had a special liking for it. The accidental extraction of the Soma juice by Apala caught the attention of Indra.

He appeared before her and told her that she had extracted the Soma juice and offered her a boon for not sharing the secret.

Apala only had on thing to ask as boon and she asked In…

Rath Saptami Katha – The story associated with Ratha Saptami

Rath Saptami is dedicated to Lord Surya or Hindu Sun God and is observed on the Magh Shukla Saptami (seventh day during Waxing phase of moon in Magh month). The popular belief is that Lord Surya rode a chariot tied with seven horses to annihilate demons Mandeha. This is the popular story associated with Ratha Saptami and this Katha is listened to by people on the day.
Some stories suggest that Mandeha a group of demons tried to overpower Surya. But he was able to kill them with his light. It is believed that Surya rode the chariot and annihilated the demons on Magh Shukla Saptami day.

(Please note that there are numerous version to the above story and one story suggest that the demons try to block Surya daily but he fights them and moves forward with the strength of ‘argya’ performed early morning by humans on earth.)
Another popular story indicates that Vishwakarma – the divine architect – had built the Chariot of Surya on the day. This story suggests that the chariot was built for…

Purvaphalguni Nakshatra Tree – Which is the tree associated with Purva Phalguni birth star Born People?

There are trees associated with each 27 nakshatrams or birth stars. Purvaphalguni 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 Purva Phalguni Nakshatra Born People is flame of the forest or Butea monosperma.

Hindi name of the Purvaphalguni Nakshatra Tree is Palash or Tesu Telugu name is Modugu Malayalam name is Shamata Tamil Name is  Porasum, Parasu Kannada name is Muthuga In Marathi it is known as Palas Bengali name is Polash
Purvaphalguni Nakshatra born people should plant the flame of the forest. Water it. They should also protect the tree.

Learn to let go and relax

The offering of a true devotee is dearer to God than all external forms of worship.

How can we judge the sins of others when our sins are looming over our heads?

Learn to let go and relax. This will help in overcoming many tough situations in life.

Never give a thought about benefit. Help people whenever you can.

Love and forgiveness are the pillars of any relationship.

Possessions and power should make us more humble. They are like sifting sands.


Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 29, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, January 29, 2017 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:09 AM on January 29. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 29, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day after 1:05 PM. Nakshatra – Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatra till 11:52 PM on January 29. Then onward it is Shathabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatra till 11:03 PM on January 29. Then onward it is Shathabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi till 11:29 AM. Then onward it is Kumbha Rashi.
In western parts …