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Significance of Akshaya Tritiya

Every moment is auspicious on the Akshaya Tritiya day, which falls on the third day of the bright half of Hindu month Vaishakh. ‘Akshaya’ in Sanskrit means ‘that which never diminishes.’ It is also the birthday of Parashurama, Lord Vishnu’s Sixth incarnation. In 2018, Akshaya Tritiya is on April 18. In western parts of India (Maharashtra and Gujarat) it is marked on April 28. Today, Akshaya Tritiya has become the ‘Hindu gold rush’ day.
Astrologically, it is believed that the sun and the moon are most radiant and best placed on the Askhaya Tritiya day. Many devout Hindus choose the day to conduct auspicious functions. There is no need to select a ‘muhurat’ on this day as the entire day is devoid of malefic influences. Large number of marriages and several new beginnings take place on the day.
There are numerous legends associated with Akshaya Tritiya. According to the Puranas, the day marks the beginning to Treta Yuga. On this day, Veda Vyasa began the composition of the Mahabharata. …

Story of Shukracharya and Demoness Kritya

To please Lord Shiva and learn the science of immortality, Shukracharya performed intense austerities. Shiva told Shukracharya that all that is born will perish one day. Guru Shukra was the Guru of demons or Asuras.

The Maharishi then demanded Shiva to teach him the Sanjivani Vidya, which can cure any diseases, wounds, and thus bring back a dead person to life.

Shiva, who is the lord of herbs and medicine, taught Shukracharya the Sanjivani Vidya.

Shukracharya then used the science to revive dead demons who were killed in battle with the demigods. Thus, Devas, or demigods, lost all battles against the demons. There was chaos in the universe. Adharma was propagated by the demons.

Lord Brahma then complained to Shiva about the cosmic imbalance.

Shiva promised to find a solution.

In the next battle between the Devas and Asuras, a strange looking creature appeared on the battlefield. It was the demoness Kritya. She sucked Shukracharya into her body.
Shukracharya remained in the stomach o…

King Janaka in Hindu Scriptures and Ramayana

King Janaka is a philosopher king mentioned in Hindu scriptures. He is the foster-father of Sita in the Ramayana. But all these Janaka are not the same. ‘Janak’ means ‘pitha’ or ‘father’ or ‘fatherly figure’ and those dutiful rules who won the heart of his subjects were called as Janak. Thus, Janaka is a term used in Hindu scriptures to refer to an ideal monarch – an ascetic king – rajarishi. King Janaka was liberated though he lived amongst passions. He had immense properties and wealth, position and power. He had everything, but he was calm. (Swami Satyananda Saraswati 1923 – 2009) As per Satapatha Brahmana, Janaka was the name assumed by the kings of Videha Kingdom.

King Janaka in Brhadaranyaka Upanishad Brhadaranyaka Upanishad mentions about a King Janaka performing a yajna involving gifts to find out the greatest philosopher in the land. He offered a thousand cows with ten pieces of gold tied to the horns of each cow and informed the assembly that the greatest philosopher among t…

Religion and spirituality are keys meant to open our hearts – Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

Today the phase of human life known as youth is disappearing. We jump straight from childhood into old age. In fact, youth is the bindu – the center point of life. It is a time when we are neither child nor adult. It is a time for living in the moment as well as the ideal stage for training the mind. But is the present generation properly making use of this period.

Religion and spirituality are keys meant to open our hearts, enabling us to view everyone with compassion. Due to our lack of discrimination, the very keys meant to open our hearts are locking them shut.

The foundation of all positive change is true education.
We should eliminate the egoistic notion that our life will become fruitful through human effort alone. We should bow down. Only then will the power supporting the cosmos flow into us.
– Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

Hindu Calendar Today – April 24, 2017 – Tithi, Pradosh Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Monday, April 24, 2017 – 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 Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 9:28 PM on April 24. Then onward it isKrishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 7:45 PM on April 25. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 24, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Uttarabhadrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatra till 9:48 PM on April 24. Then onward it is Revati Nakshatram till 8:49 PM on April 25.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Purvabhadrapada or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 1:40 AM on April 24. Then onward it is Uttarabhadrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatra till 12:05 AM on April 25.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, G…