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Hanuman and Mermaid Sovan Macha – Story in Reamker, Cambodian Ramayana

The story of Hanuman and Mermaid Sovan Macha is found in Reamker, the Cambodian Ramayana. The monkey army on the orders of Bhagavan Sri Ram started the construction of the bridge to cross the ocean and reach Lanka.

Ravana ordered his mermaid daughter, Sovan Macha, to destroy the bridge. She was the queen of the fishes and rules over the ocean. The upper half of her body was that of a beautiful woman, while the lower half is that of a fish.

She along with her companions started removing the stones placed by the monkey army.

Worried and puzzled monkeys complained to Hanuman.

Hanuman went into the ocean discovered that Sovan Macha and her companions were taking away the stones.

He tried to capture them but it was impossible.

Hanuman then explained to her about their mission to rescue Mata Sita.

She and her companions then abandon the idea of destroying the bridge.
After listening to the stories narrated by Hanuman, she falls in love with him and marries him.

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Choodi Puja

Choodi Puja, or Chudi Pooja, is observed during Shravan month in Karnataka especially by the Gowd Saraswat Brahmins (GSB) in Karnataka. In 2017, Shravan Month in Karnataka begins on July 24 and ends on August 21. Tulsi Plant and Lord Surya are worshipped during Choodi Pooja, which is observed on Fridays and Sundays in Shravan Maasa (month). The main ritual involves exchange of a small bouquet of flowers by married women.
Choodi is derived from the Kannada word ‘Soodi,’ which means a tied bundle. The main ritual involves arrangements of flowers and herbs in a small bundle. Usually a bundle will contain four to five flowers, Darba grass and two or three herbs.

A sweet mixture of puffed rice, coconut and jaggery is prepared on the day and offered during puja. Some people prepare Panchakajjaya, a sweet made of five ingredients.
Locally available herbs and flowers are used to prepare the Chudi. Some of the common flowers and herbs used include Ratnagandhi, Shanka Pushpa, Darba Grass, G…

Pavitra Dwadashi

Pavitra Dwadashi is observed on the 12th day during the shukla paksha or waxing phase of moon in the month of Shravan. Pavitra Dwadashi 2017 date is August 4. The rituals on the day are dedicated to God Vishnu and are mainly observed in parts of Gujarat and Rajasthan.

The day is also known as Damodar Dwadashi in some regions.

Another unique ritual that is followed on the day is the Pavitra Baras. This is also observed by Vaishnava sect in Gujarat and Rajasthan.

The prayers and pujas on the day is also a continuation of the Pavitra Ekadasi which is observed on the previous day.

For good relationship between daughter-in-law and mother-in-law

For a good relationship between daughter-in-law and mother-in-law, it is necessary to have the position of the kitchen in the correct place in the house. The kitchen should be in the agnikone or agri disha.

Kitchen in the correct position There is a popular belief that if the kitchen in the house is not in the correct position then there will be difference of opinion and fights among people in the house.

Kitchen should always be on the southeast portion of the house. If not possible, then the kitchen should be on the east side of the house.

It is believed in many regions and by many communities that the constant fight between daughter-in-law and mother-in-law in a house is due to the wrong position of kitchen.

Northeast and east is preferred because the first rays of sun falls directly in the kitchen. This brings in positive energy.

Avoid Collecting Junk Collecting junk in the house is seen as another reason for fight among family members. Junk attracts negative energy. It is believed …

Navapada – Vastu Formation in Temples – 81 Small Squares

Some of us might have come across the 81 small squares on the ceiling of the mandapas of certain temples especially in South India – Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. This vastu-defined formation is known as navapada.

The 81 squares have a different pattern.
This arrangement is considered highly beneficial as it attracts positive energy. Such Mandapas or halls are good for meditation.

I am different from the body – Upadeshasahasri

I am different from the body. The body is born and dies, is eaten up by birds, is destroyed by weapons, fire etc., and suffers from diseases and the like.

I have entered it, like a bird its nest, on account of merit and demerit accruing from acts done by myself, and like a bird going to another next when the previous one is destroyed I shall enter into different bodies again and again as a result of merits and demerits when the present body is gone.

Thus in this beginningless world on account of my own actions I have been giving up successive bodies and assuming ever new ones.

I have in this way made to go round and round in the cycle of endless births and deaths, by my past actions. And having in the course of time obtained the present body I have got tired of this going round and round in the wheel of transmigration, and have come to the  Guru, to put an end to this rotation.

I am therefore always different from the body.
It is bodies that come and go, like clothes on a person.
– U…

Hindu Calendar Today – August 3, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Thursday, August 3, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 4:32 PM on August 3. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:33 PM on August 4.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 3, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – There is no good and auspicious time on the day. Nakshatra – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 7:20 PM on August 3. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram till 9:56 PM on August 4.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 6:13 PM on August 3. Mool or Moolam Nakshatram till 9:02 PM on August 4.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishicka Rashi till 7:20 PM on August 3. Then onward it is Dhanu Rashi till 6:5…