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Why Sri Krishna built the city of Dwarka and Shifted from Mathura to Dwarka?

Sri Krishna decided to build the city of Dwarka and shift from Mathura in the north to the western coast of India to respect the boon given by Lord Shiva to Kalyavan, son of Garga Rishi. The story of Sri Krishna moving to Dwarka is misinterpreted by some people. They think Sri Krishna ran away from Mathura. That is incorrect. Krishna moved to save Yadavas.

Why was Krishna forced to build the city of Dwarka? Garga Rishi, an important Sage and head priest of the Yadava dynasty, was once ridiculed by the Yadavas as belonging to the third sex. Garga Rishi did not take the slight lightly and was infuriated by the laughter of the Yadavas. The angry sage took a vow to beget a son who would terrorize the Yadavas.

The Rishi then married a Yavana (Greek), princess. The sage then propitiated Lord Shiva and got a son who was named Kalyavan.

After his birth, Kalyavan propitiated Shiva through intense penance and gained the boon that he will not be killed by a person born in the Yadava clan.


Lakshmi Narasimha Temple at Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain

Lakshmi Narasimha Temple is located near the corridor of Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain. The shrine is dedicated Narasimha Avatar of Lord Vishnu. The story of Lakshmi Narasimha Temple in Mahakaleshwar Temple is found in the Skanda Purana.

As per Skanda Purana, the anger of Narasimha did not end with slaying of demon Hiranyakashipu.

Shiva then advised Narasimha to visit the spot where Mahakaleshwar Shivling is located in Mahakaal Vana (present day Ujjain). Narasimha visited the spot and got rid of his anger.

In the temple, Narasimha is seen along with Goddess Lakshmi and Bhakta Prahlada.

Special prayers are offered here on Vaishakh Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi – the Narasimha Jayanti day.

Special pujas and offerings are performed on Saturday and Chaturdashi as per Hindu calendar.

Training the Senses – Prabuddha Bharata

Apart from the maximum possible abstention from sense-objects, a change in attitude towards them would enable one to have the least possible harm from them, even when exposed to them.

This can be done by constantly reminding the mind that basic food, shelter, clothing, and other basic needs are required to continue one’s spiritual life and that the ultimate goal is to realize one’s true nature.

By constantly telling the mind to think in such a manner, the mind becomes gradually free of its attachment to things more than absolutely necessary. This is also an exercise to increase the strength of mental resolves.

Even these basic needs have to be fulfilled with an idea that one is divine. The sense-objects and the sense-organs should be seen as aids to the training of the mind. However, this training should not be through the abundance of the sense-objects but by abstaining from them. This way, the sense-objects become tools for realizing one’s divinity.
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Hindu Calendar Today – May 26, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, May 26, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day till 1:28 AM on May 26. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:01 PM on May 26. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:33 PM on May 27. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is May 26, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – There is no good and auspicious time. Nakshatra – Kartika or Krithigai or Kartika Nakshatra till 12:40 AM on May 26. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram till 11:00 PM on May 26. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 9:12 PM on May 27
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Kartika or Krithigai or Kartika Nakshatra till 12:10 AM on May 26. Then onward it is Rohini Na…