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What is Pradosh Kaal? – The period of Pradosh Kaal in Hinduism?

Pradosh Kaal in Hinduism is the twilight period. The twilight period on the 13th day during the waxing and waning phase of moon (Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha) is the Pradosh Kaal. Golden rule is that Trayodasi tithi should be present during twilight period. If not Pradosh kaal is observed a day earlier or a day later.
The Popular belief is that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are at their happiest mood during the period and they will bless devotees during the period. Desires are fulfilled when prayers are observed during the Pradosh Kaal.
Roughly it can be stated that Pradosh Kaal is the period 1.5 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset.

Hinduism History

One word that defines Hinduism history is time immemorial.

It must be noted that the term ‘Hindu’ and ‘Hinduism’ is not found in any of the important ancient religious texts associated with Hinduism. The word ‘Hindu’ came into being with the arrival of Muslims invaders. They called the people who lived along the Sindhu River as ‘Hindu’ and the place ‘Hindustan.’ The term Hindu and Hinduism was first widely used by the British.

Most historians shy away from fixing a particular period mainly because their claims will be easily challenged by other scholars. Every theory regarding the origin of Hinduism has been challenged and it is an ongoing controversy.

The earliest evidence of Hinduism is found in the Indus Valley civilization (3300–1700 BC). Several figurines unearthed from here are 3-faced indicating them to be the forerunner of Hindu trinity and some quite similar to Lingas – the worshipping form of Lord Shiva.

But it must be understood here that the cultural level and style of l…

Story of Origin of Sword in Hinduism

Story of origin of sword in Hinduism is mentioned in the Puranas. Devas, or demigods, were constantly harassed by the demons (asuras). Fed up with this constant fighting, Devas asked Brahma for a solution.

To help the Devas, Brahma along with numerous other rishis performed a yajna in the Himalayas. During the course of the yajna, a dreadful creature appeared from the havan kund (sacrificial fire). It had a thin and skinny body, which was deep blue in color. Its teeth were sharp and ugly looking. Although thin, it showed great strength and power.

When it moved around, the earth started trembling, huge waves appeared in the oceans, there were huge winds, trees started falling and meteors appeared in the sky.
Brahma then asked the powerful being to take the form of a sword and protect Dharma.

Kigga Temple at Sringeri in Chikkamagalur District – Rishyashringeshwara Swamy Temple in Karnataka

Kigga Temple, also known as Rishyashringeshwara Swamy Temple, is a unique shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva and Sage Rishyashringa. The temple is located at Kigga in Sringeri in Chikkamagalur District, Karnataka. The story of the temple is associated with the legend of Sage Rishyashringa.

Legend has it that Sage Rishyashringa and his wife performed intense austerities and meditation to please Shiva at Kigga. Shiva appeared in the form of Chandramouleshewara before the Sage and his wife.

When Shiva appeared before Sage Rishyashringa he was so excited that as boon he asked Shiva to join with him. The sage really wanted to ask for moksha, or he wanted to merge with Shiva.

The main murti worshipped in the temple is a combined form of Shiva and Sage Rishyashringa.
Subsidiary deities include Mother Goddess, Goddess Durga, Ganesha, Subrahmanya and nagas.

Concentration purifies and calms the surging emotions – Swami Sivananda

Of all virtues, compassion and humility are the most important virtues, which a saint always possesses.

Those who practice concentration evolve quickly. What others take six hours to do can be done within half an hour by one who has concentration.

Concentration purifies and calms the surging emotions, strengthens the current thought and clarifies the ideas.

Concentration helps a man in his material progress also. 
Kill all memory of past experiences. March forward. Look not back.
– Swami Sivananda

Hindu Calendar Today – March 8, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar today on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:55 AM on March 8. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:03 PM on March 8. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 8, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day till 11:30 AM. Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 6:08 PM on March 8. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatram till 5:16 PM on March 9.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 5:46 PM on March 8. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatram till 5:12 PM on March 9.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi till 12:27 PM. Then onward it is Karka Rash…