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Parashuram Dwadasi Vrata

Parasuram Dwadashi Vrata, or Jamdagnya Parshuram Vrata, is a Hindu austerity dedicated Lord Parashuram, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. In 2018, the date of Parashuram Dwadasi Vrata is April 27. Parashuram Dwadasi Vrata is observed on the twelfth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Vaisakh month (April – May). Devotees observe a complete fast (fasting) on the day.

Parasuram Dwadasi Vrat begins at sunrise and ends on the next day morning after sunrise. The fasting commences after purifying the body (by taking a bath). An idol of Lord Parshuram is worshipped by offering flowers and other usual puja articles associated with Lord Vishnu. In some regions, the idol or Parshuram is placed inside a pot of water.

Devotees who observe the fast remain awake during the night.

It is believed that those observing Parashuram Dwadasi Vrata will have their wishes fulfilled and will attain moksha.

Parashuram is also known as Jamdagnya and the Vrata is popular in some regions as Ja…

Mohini Ekadashi - Importance of Mohini Ekadasi

Mohini Ekadashi occurs during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in the month of April/May. In 2018, the date of Mohini Ekadasi is April 26. Ekadasi fasting, which falls on the 11th day of a lunar fortnight, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is believed that one will be able to overcome sadness and remorse by observing Mohini Ekadasi.

Mohini Ekadashi falls in the month of Vaishakha in calendars followed in North India and other regions. It falls during Chithirai Month in Tamil Calendar.

The importance of Mohini Ekadashi is mentioned in the Surya Purana. The greatness of it was narrated to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna.

Sage Vasishta talks about this Ekadasi to Lord Ram who approaches the Sage with a heavy heart after his separation from Sita. Sage Vasishta suggests to Lord Ram he will be able to over the sadness and remorse by observing Mohini Ekadasi. As it will help him to overcome ignorance and distress created by Maya. The sage also says that the Ekadasi helps in removing the b…

Story of Shiva and Vyaghrapada – One Blessed With Feet of a Tiger

Vyaghrapada means one with the feet of a tiger. Sage Vyaghrapada was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. He was the son of Rishi Madhyandina. To attain the blessings of Shiva, he started performing prayers, puja and intense penance in a forest.

He was adamant that he wanted to give the freshest of flowers as offerings but bees always defeated him. They sucked the nectar out of flowers before he could reach them.

Seeing his devotee’s troubles, Shiva blessed the Sage with eyes, claws, and feet of a tiger. Thus the sage was able to move at lightning speed through the forest. He could freely move without bothering about thorns, sharp stones, bushes and other wild animals.

Vyaghrapada continued with his penance and pleased with his devotion Shiva appeared before him and he performed the Ananda Tandavam before the sage.

This story is mainly of Tamil origin and in some retellings; Vyaghrapada is not a sage but a Shiva gana.

Story of Kannappan – Who Donated His Eye to Shiva

Bhadwa Mata Temple near Neemuch in Madhya Pradesh – Famous for Curing Illness

Mother Goddess Shakti worshiped in the Bhadwa Mata Temple near Neemuch walks out of her sanctum sanctorum during the night. She roams around the temple. If her eyes fall on a devotee, then the person will be cured of all illness. Bhadwa Mata Temple is located around 18 km east of Neemuch at Bhadwa Village in Madhya Pradesh. Bhadwa Mata Temple History The origin of the temple is lost in antiquity. The shrine in its present form was founded during the rule of the Parmar kings between 10th and 11th century AD. Additions and deletions were done during the 7th, 14th and 15th centuries. During the 17th century, the temple came under the control of Gwalior rulers.

From the 7th century onwards, Bhils have been performing puja here. The present murti of Goddess worshiped in the temple was installed during the 15th century. Some parts of the present temple structure were constructed during the 14th century. Story of Bhadwa Mata Temple The original murti of Bhadwa Mata worshiped in the temple i…

Rabindranath Tagore Thoughts on Greed

The greed of gain has no time or limit to its capaciousness (spatial largeness and extensiveness).

The one object of greed is to produce and consume.

Greed has pity neither for beautiful nature nor or living human beings.

Avidya is the ignorance that darkens our consciousness, and tends to limit it within the boundaries of our personal self. It is this ignorance, this limiting of consciousness that creates the hard separateness of the ego, and thus becomes the source of all pride and greed and cruelty incidental to self seeking.

Every endeavor to attain a larger life requires of man to gain by giving away, and not to be greedy.
Rabindranath Tagore

Hindu Calendar Today – May 5, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, May 5, 2017 – 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 10:16 PM on May 5. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:58 PM on May 6. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is May 5, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good day. Nakshatra – Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 8:11 AM on May 5. Then onward it is Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 8:20 AM on May 6.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 5:02 AM on May 5. Then onward it is Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatram till 6:09 AM on May 6.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Simha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspi…