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Kanyakubja – Story of the city of hunchbacked maidens

Kanyakubja means the city of hunchbacked maidens. The story of this sad city is associated with a curse of Vayu.

Kushanabh was the king of Mahodayapur. He married Ghritachi, an apsara or heavenly damsel.

They had several daughters. They were as beautiful as their heavenly maiden mother.

The beautiful maidens were proud of their beauty. And this pride led to their downfall.

Vayu, the Hindu God of wind, approached the maidens for marriage. But they refused the proposal by saying that He was not of their standards.

An angry Vayu cursed them to become hunchbacks or Kubja.
From then onwards the capital city of King Kushanabh came to be known as Kanyakubja.

Varalakshmi Puja 2017 date – Varamahalakshmi Festival and Vratam in 2017 date

Varalakshmi Puja is observed by married women in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and other parts of South India. Varamahalakshmi Festival 2017 date based on Hindu calendar and panchang with details is given below. Varalakshmi Puja 2017 date is August 4Goddess Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity – is worshipped on the day. Varamahalakshmi literally means the boon granting goddess.

The Friday before the Full Moon, or Pournami day, of Tamil Month Aadi is chosen to perform Varalakshmi Puja. The corresponding month in the Kannada, Marathi and Telugu Calendar is the Shravan month.

Worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on Varalakshmi Vrata day is equivalent to worshipping Ashtalaksmi – the eight goddesses of Wealth, Earth, Learning, Love, Fame, Peace, Pleasure, and Strength.

The importance of Varalakshmi Puja is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. It is believed that importance of Varalakshmi Puja was narrated to Goddess Parvati by Lord Shiva.

Goddess Parvat…

Janmashtami 2018 date – Sri Krishna Janmashtami Date in 2018

Sri Krishna Janmashtami celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna. Sri Krishna Janmashtami 2018 date based on calendars and panchang in India is given below. It is observed on the eighth day of the Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapad month as per traditional calendar followed in North India. The corresponding months in other region is the Shravan month. In 2018, the date of Janmashtami is September 2 in southern, western and eastern parts of India. In North India, it is on September 3, 2018.

Tamil Nadu and Kerala follow solar calendars and the festival is observed annually in Tamil month Aavani and Malayalam Chingam month in Kerala. Once in three years there is a difference in dates in calendars followed in other regions (which is lunar calendar) with the calendars followed in these two states.
Detail 2018 dates of Sri Krishna JanmashtamiMaharashtra, Goa, certain communities in Gujarat, Assam, Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and those people that follow Smarta Tradition - September 2No…

Ambalpady Temple – Ambalpady Sri Mahakali Temple in Udupi – Karnataka

Ambalpady Sri Mahakali Temple is located at Ambalpady near Udupi in Karnataka. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mahakali and Lord Janardhana (Lord Vishnu). The temple is located around 3 km from Udupi town.

Legend has it that Goddess Mahakali appeared here to protect the devotees from Adharma. Lord Vishnu descended to help Goddess Mahakali to defeat Adharma and he now resides in the temple along with Mother Goddess. The shrine is also known as Ambalpady Mahakali Janardhana Temple.

The sacred temple pond is known as Janardhana Pushkarni.

The temple compound has separate shrines for Lord Janardhana and Goddess Mahakali.

A devotee should first offer prayers to Goddess Mahakali.

The murti of Goddess Mahakali worshipped is carved out of wood and is 6 feet tall. There is also an original stone murti of Motehr Goddess in the sanctum sanctorum.

The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Lord Ayyappa, Mukhyaprana Anjaneeya and Navgrahas.

The Janardhana Temple is a big structure wi…

Nine Principal Doctrines in Shastras According To Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

The Shastras according to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu  teach nine principal doctrines:

Hari is one without a second.

He is always vested with infinite power.

He is the ocean of Rasa or enjoyable spiritual feelings.

The soul is His separated part.

Certain souls are engrossed by Prakriti or His illusory energy.

Certain souls are released from the grasp of Prakriti.

Devotion is the only means of attaining the final, object of spiritual existence.

Overflowing love for Krishna is alone the final object of spiritual significance.
All spiritual and material phenomena are manifestations of Hari, the manifestation, which can neither be said to be different from nor identical with the Almighty.

Hindu Calendar Today – July 28, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, July 28, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:15 AM on July 28.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:23 AM on July 29.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 28, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 8:11 AM on July 28. Then onward it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram till 9:00 AM on July 29.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 4:40 AM on July 28. Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram till 4:41 AM on July 29.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 9:39 PM on July 29.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa a…