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Kurma Jayanti 2018 date - Appearance Day of Lord Vishnu as Kurma Avatar

Kurma Jayanti celebrates the second incarnation or avatar of Lord Vishnu – Kurma Avatar. Kurman means Tortoise and the aim of this particular avatar was to help the Devas (gods) and Asuras (demons) in helping in Samudra manthan (Churning of ocean). In 2018, Kurma Jayanti as per traditional North Indian calendars is on April 29.

Once due to a curse from Sage Durvasa, the Devas lost all their power and the demons gained upper hand in the battle between good and evil. Soon evil flourished and the demons drew the Devas out of heaven.

The Devas took refuge in Vaikunta and asked Lord Vishnu to help them. He suggested the churning of ocean which would derive Amrit (potion of immortality). By drinking Amrit the Devas will gain immortality and thereby they can defeat the Demons.
Mountain Mandara was used as the churning rod and Snake Vasuki was used as the rope.
But when the churning started the MountMandara started sinking as there was no firm foundation. Lord Vishnu took the form of Kurma …

Chithirai Pournami 2018 – Chitra Purnima – Full moon day in Tamil Month Chitirai in 2018

Chitra Pournami, or Chithirai Poornima, is Tamil ritual observed on the full moon day in the month of Chitirai (April – May). In 2018, the date of Chitirai Pournami is April 30. The Pournami begins at 6:37 AM on April 29 and ends at 6:28 AM on April 30 (Indian Standard Time). Chithirai Pournami is dedicated to Chitragupta, the keeper of deeds in the house of Yama, the Hindu god of death and to Indira, the leader of the Devas.

People perform holy bath in rivers and sacred ponds on to wash sins away.

Special pujas are offered at important temples in Tamil Nadu on the day. Devendra Puja or Indra Puja is held on the day at MaduraiMeenakshiTemple.
Chitragupta Puja on Chithirai Pournami Another important legend associated with Chitra Poornima, involves Lord Indra, the king of Gods, and his Guru Brihaspati. Once Indra and Brihaspati had an altercation, and the Guru stopped advising his pupil. Without the sound counsel of his Guru, Indra committed numerous sins.
Finally, when Brihaspati rele…

Story – Shiva Burning Madana

Madana is the Hindu God of Love and in an important story in the Puranas, Madana was assigned with the mission to stop Lord Shiva’s penance that he started after the death of Sati Devi. Madana is also known as Kamdev.

After the death of Sati, Lord Shiva entered into yogic penance in the Himalayas. Lord Shiva was no longer interested in the world.

Taking advantage of the situation, a demon named Tarakasura, son of Vjranga and Varangi, did Tapas (penance and austerities) and pleased Lord Brahma and got two boons. As the first boon, he asked Brahma to make him the most powerful man in the world. As the second boon he sought that his death should only happen at the hands of a son born to Shiva – thinking that Shiva will never again marry.

After getting the boons, Tarakasura showed his true color and started attacking the demi gods, saints and humans. He defeated all the Kings and Devas and took control over earth and heaven.

All the Devas and saints sought refuge at the feet of Brahma wh…

How to Take Bath as Per Hindu Tradition and the Mantra to Be Chanted

As per Hindu tradition, one should take bath early in the morning. All activities like puja, taking food, doing work etc should be performed after early morning purification. Certain mantras are to be chanted while taking bath. Here is how to take bath as per Hindu tradition.

The best time to take bath is just before sunrise.

First, one has to fill the bucket with water. Then one has to make a triangle in the water using the index finger. Then one has to write the beej mantra ‘Hreem’ (ह्रीं) in the water. You can also write om (ॐ ). After this, one has to offer prayers to the personal deity or to Ganesha.

Then one should take bath. While taking bath, a person can chant any mantra that he/she knows. A person will be blessed with peace and prosperity because of this chanting.

This mantra should be included while chanting -

गंगे च यमुने चैव गोदावरी सरस्वति।
नर्मदे सिन्धु कावेरी जलस्मिन्सन्निधिं कुरु।।

The transliteration of the mantra

Ganga Cha Yamuna Chaiva Godavari Saraswati,
Narmada S…

Story on Anger - Based on an incident in the life of Sri Krishna

Once, Balarama, Sri Krishna, and Satyaki left their palace on some work. All three of them had horses that could run very fast. They soon reached a dense forest. The sun was setting and it was getting dark. Having decided that it was not safe to go any further, they agreed to spend the remaining night there and tied their horses to the trees. The first quarter of the night passed thus. They had to spend the remaining three-quarters in the forest. They decided that each one of them would stand guard by turns, every quarter of the night, while the other two would sleep.
Satyaki's Anger Makes the Ghost Powerful Satyaki had the first turn to stand guard. At that time, there appeared a terrible and frightening ghost. It roared at Satyaki: ‘Hey! If you permit me to eat these two, I would do no harm to you.’

Satyaki roared louder than the ghost: ‘O puny creature! If you wish to live, run from here this very moment! Beware! If you open your mouth, I will crush you!’

Hearing Satyaki’s an…

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Monday, May 8, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:01 PM on May 8. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon on the entire day on May 9 and till 12:13 AM on May 10. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is May 8, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day till 3:30 PM. Nakshatra – Hasta or Atham or Hastam Nakshatra till 10:09 AM on May 8. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatra till 11:44 AM on May 9.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Hasta or Atham or Hastam Nakshatra till 9:44 AM on May 8. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram till 12:01 PM on May 9.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi …