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Vrikodhara – A name of Bhima in the Mahabharata - Voracious Appetite of Bhim

Vrikodhara is one among the numerous names of second of the five Pandava brothers in the Mahabharata. Vrikodhara means the wolf bellied. Vrika means 'the wolf' and udara means 'the belly.' He got the name because of his voracious appetite which was like that of a wolf.

Bhima gorged himself on any feast spread before him.

Due to this, he got into trouble when Duryodhana mixed deadly poison in his food and threw him into River Ganga.

Another time Bhima ate all the food that the villagers had given to Bakasura. Bhima ate the food and then killed the asura and rescued the villagers

There are numerous stories of food associated with Bhima. Avial a famous South Indian dish is believed to have been created by Bhima.
During the incognito year of the exile in the Mahabharat, Bheema became the chief cook in the palace of Virata. It is said that he was an excellent cook.

In the Mahabharata, of the entire food prepared for the Pandava brothers, half of it was eaten by Bhima (Adi …

Kamada Ekadashi - What to do on Kamda Ekadasi Vrat?

Kamada Ekadashi is observed during the waxing phase of moon in March/April. It is said in the scriptures that observing Kamada Ekadasi will help in getting rid of sins and increasing virtue. The greatness of this Ekadasi fasting was narrated to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna and is mentioned in the Varaha Purana. In 2018, the date of Kamada Ekadashi is March 27.

The Vrat is also known as Phalada Ekadasi as people will have their wishes fulfilled after observing it.
What to do on Kamda Ekadasi Vrat? The day before Kamda Ekadasi, the person should have a single meal without rice or grains. The devotee should meditate, read stories of Vishnu and chant mantras of Vishnu.

On Ekadasi day one should wake up and take bath, then perform puja to Vishnu as per your capability. Simply offering prayers is also more than enough.

The offering to Vishnu on the day include fruits, flowers, til, milk and panchamrut.

The puja is repeated in the evening. At night, you should keep vigil by reading stories o…

Understanding Atman and Brahman – The Difference Individual Self - Universal Self

Atman is individual self and Brahman is the universal self. When we have deep understanding of Hinduism we will realize that there is only Brahman and Atman is unreal. So for a truly self-realized person there is no difference between the two. They are just names in the state of ignorance.

Realization of Atman and Brahman is the spiritual goal in Santana Dharma. Only this can lead to bliss. Scholarly approach and mere study of scriptures will not take us to our goal. This has to be realized. We have to realize that by individual effort.
The goal of one’s life should be to come face to face with the source of all speech, the source of all Thought — the Brahman. That requires one to annihilate the mind by going to its root, ignorance. (Prabhudha Bharata) It is through individual self that we realize the universal self.
Who am I? Am I the body or the seed. I cannot be the body. Then I must be the seed. But from where did the seed come from. What is the energy source behind the seed? It is…

The unreal never is. The real never is not – Bhagavad Gita

Notions of heat and cold, of pain and pleasure are born, O son of Kunti, only through the contact of the senses with these objects. They have a beginning and an end. They are impermanent in their nature. Bear them patiently.

That calm man who is the same in pain and pleasure and whom these cannot disturb alone is able to attain to immortality.

The unreal never is. The Real never is not. Men who possess knowledge of the truth fully know both these.

This is unborn, eternal, changeless, ever-itself. It is not killed when the body is killed.
For he who is born, death is certain; for he who dies, birth is certain. For that which is unavoidable, therefore, thou ought not to grieve.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter II

I am the thread that runs through all these pearls – Bhagavad Gita

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 6, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, April 6, 2017 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth 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 11:18 AM on April 6. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:09 AM on April 7. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 6, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good date. Nakshatra – Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatra till 1:13 AM on April 6. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayilyam Nakshatram till 12:35 AM on April 7.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Aslesha or Ayilyam till 11:00 PM on April 6. Then onward it is Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 11:34 PM on April 7.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Karka Rashi till 11:00 P…