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Nataraja Statue at Home – Can It Be Kept in Home?

Can Nataraja statue be kept at home is a doubt among several Hindus. This is because there is a belief that the Nataraja form of Shiva is associated with Tandav – dance of destruction. As this form of Shiva is associated with the negative energy it should not be kept at home. This is mere superstition. We should be proud of the Nataraja murti and not spread superstition about it.

Firstly, Shiva or Nataraja is not associated with destruction in the negative sense. Shiva is responsible for regeneration. One cannot but marvel at the deep insight and sweep of imagination of our ancients to visualized cosmic energy in the form of Nataraja. The dance of the Nataraja symbolizes truth and beauty; realization and dissolution; force and rhythm; movement and change; time flowing and time still. The Nataraja is a representation of the divine as creator and artist.
Indira Gandhi – Former Prime Minister of India
(Source: In her foreword to C. Sivaramurti's monograph of 1974 on Nataraja) Nataraj…

Maa Vaishno Devi Mandir at Rourkela - Vaishno Devi Temple at Rourkela in Odisha

Vaishno Devi Temple at Rourkela in Odisha is a replica of the famous Vaishno Devi Mandir in Jammu. The temple is located atop the Durgapur Hill. One has to climb more than 700 steps to reach the mandir. The shrine is at 15 min walking distance from Rourkla Railway Station.

The temple is built atop the hill and part of the shrine is inside a cave. It is white in color and one can see the tower or gopuram from a distance. The main shrine is inside a cave which is lit up.

The main offering here include red cloths, flowers and other puja items.
Atop the hill there is also a shrine dedicated to Bhairavnath form of Shiva.

Champak Dwadasi date in 2018 – Champaka Dwadashi

Champak Dwadasi is observed on the 12th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the moon) of Jyeshta Month (May – June). Champaka Dwadasi 2018 date is June 24. The day is of great significance is Lord Vishnu temples in Orissa. The day is also observed as Ram Dwadashi and Raghav Dwadasi.

Some people observe it as the second day of the Rukmini Haran. The day is also of great importance at the famous LordJagannathTemple in Puri.

The leaves and flowers of Champak flowers are used for the puja on the day. This observance is limited to certain Hindu Vaishanava communities. The main event on the day is held at JagannathTemple.

Performing puja of Lord Krishna (Vittalnath form of Krishna) with Champak flowers is considered highly auspicious. It is believed that doing so will help in attaining moksha. The offering is also seen as a way to get blessed with Sidhi and Vishnu Lok. Constant delays in various spheres of life is removed after doing puja on the day.

In some regions, murtis of Bhag…

Difference between science and religion – Dr S. Radhakrishnan Explains

A man had asked Dr. Radhakrishna a question:

“Sir, since you are a great philosopher, can you explain the difference between science and religion, as there seems to be a contradiction between the two? Religion speaks of something that is not seen and people have faith in that. But in science one says, ‘No, I only accept what I see,’ so it appears that scientists are anti-religious.”

Dr Radhakrishnan answered:

“It is something like this: A little science takes you away from religion but more of it brings you nearer religion.”

Those students who have studied only a little bit of science speak of religion and God in derogatory terms. But great scientist Albert Einstein had a positive view of religion.
SourceHindu Culture – An Introduction by Swami Tejomayananda ~ page 14 - 15

Hindu Calendar Today – June 6, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It isShukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:09 PM on June 6. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:45 PM on June 7. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is June 6, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time after 8:25 PM. Nakshatra – Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 9:17 PM on June 6. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram till 11:35 PM on June 7.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 8:27 PM on June 6. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram till 11:18 PM on June 7.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is T…