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Goddess Sharada – About Goddess Sharada Devi

Goddess Sharada is the goddess of learning. Sharada Devi means the goddess who imparts the essence of knowledge. Sarada, also known as Saraswati, is a manifestation of the Supreme Truth. She blesses devotees with knowledge and spiritual wisdom.

She is depicted as pure white in color. She is of exquisite beauty and is worshiped as seated on a lotus. She holds in her four hands, a lute (Veena), book, rosary and one hand is in blessing posture.

The most famous temple dedicated to Goddess Sharada is located at the Sringeri Matha, also known as Sarada Peetham. 
Adi Shankaracharya installed Goddess Sharada as a Sri Yantra on a rock; and another her murti form in a sandalwood.

Mother of Ravana - Who is the Mother of Ravan in the Ramayana?

Ravana is the demon king the epic Ramayana. His birth was not divine or through magical means. So who is the mother of Ravana? As per epic Ramayana, Ravan was the son of Kaikasi (Kaikashi).

Kaikasi was the daughter of Sumali, a rakshasa chieftain. She married Sage Vishravas to have powerful children who will help the rakshasas in overcoming the devas, or demi gods.
Related Story of Kaikasi

Holika Dahan Muhurat Time in 2018 – Auspicious Time to light the Holika Dahan Fire on March 1, 2018

Holika Dahan Muhurat or auspicious time to light Holika Dahan fire is followed by many Hindu families in North India. In 2018, Holika Dahan is on March 1. On the night before Holi Dhulendi (playing with colors), people light fire with old things, sticks, branches and leaves and this symbolizes the victory of the good over evil. In most regions, it is known as Holika Dahan

The Good time provided most astrologers are from 6:19 PM to 8:45 PM on March 1.

Holika Dahan symbolically represents the burning away of all forms of negativity in life like ego, anger, frustration, intolerance and unwanted desires.

How to do Holika Dahan Puja?
Holika Ropan

Significance of Holi in India - Importance of Holi Festival Hinduism

Like most Hindu festivals, the religious significance of Holi is that it commemorates the victory of good over evil. And there are numerous religious myths associated with Holi. For many, Holi might have narrowed down to playing with colors but in rural India it is still a harvest festival. Holi is celebrated during the spring season, when all the trees and plants are filled with flowers of various hues. There is a sweet smell everywhere. Nature’s beauty is at its best during this period. And these natural Holi colours give new hope and joy to life.

In rural India, especially in Orissa and Bengal, the local deities come to each home during the period. Here they are given sweets and fruits from recent harvest. Holi is celebrated when the granaries are full and our farmers have enough money. They rejoice the fruits of the labor.

Holi is a time to burn the dirt of yesterdays (Holika Dahan). Farmers do this by burning the agricultural waste. On personal level, one can burn all the ill…

Mandar Parvat at Banka in Bihar

Mandar Pravat is located in Banka District in Bihar. The holy mountain is around 45 km south of Bhagalpur city. It is believed that this Mandar Parvat was used by Devas and Asuras during the churning of ocean, or Samudra Manthan, mentioned in Hindu Puranas.

There is a Lakshminarayan Mandir located on the foothill of the mountain. The temple s surrounded by paapaharini kund (sacred water body).

It is believed by people here that the Mandhar hill is erected atop Kurma Avatar – the tortoise incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Other holy places atop the hill are Sita Kunda and Narasimha Cave. Head of Madhu Demon can be seen near the cave.

Legend has it that Bhagavan Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman visited the cave during their exile period in the Ramayana.

In the Samudra Manthan, Snake Vasuki was used as the churning rod. The patterns that are visible on the mountain is believed to have been created by the serpent when the churning took place between the Devs and Asuras.
A huge fair is organize…

Progress On The Spiritual Path With One-Pointed Effort

A lazy tramp sauntering along the road saw an old man sitting at the door of his house and stopped to ask him the whereabouts of a certain place. ‘How far is the village of Rampur?’ he asked.

The old man remained silent.

The man repeated his query several times. Still there was no answer.

Disgusted at this, the traveller turned to go away.

The old man then stood up and said, ‘Rampur is only a mile from here.’

‘What!’ said the tramp, ‘Why did you not speak when I asked you before?’

‘Because then,’ said the old man, ‘you seemed so halting and careless about proceeding; but now you are starting off in good earnest, and you have a right to an answer.’

Many of us journey through life like the lazy tramp in this story. This is especially true in the case of our spiritual life which is figuratively an inner journey to freedom. Even after resolving to tread the spiritual path, we are often unable to progress on the path with one-pointed effort.
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Hindu Calendar Today – March 3, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, March 3, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:25 PM on March 3. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:05 AM on March 4. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 3, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good day. Nakshatra – Ashwathy or Ashwini Nakshatra till 3:20 AM on March 3. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram till 1:46 AM on March 4.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Ashwathy or Ashwini Nakshatra till 1:41 AM on March 3. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram till 12:04 AM on March 4.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mesha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspiciou…