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Kamdhenu Cow in Hinduism – Story of Kamdhenu in Hindu Religion

Kamdhenu is the divine cow mentioned in Hinduism. It has the power to fulfill all wishes. The story of origin of Kamdhenu in Hindu religion is associated with the churning of ocean or Samudhra Manthan. She appeared during the churning of the ocean and is was taken by the seven gods, who compose the constellation of the Great Bear in the sky.

Legend has it that Kamdhenu lived in the ashram of Sage Vasishta. One day king Vishwamitra happened to learn about the divine cow and felt that the cow would be of greater use to a king than to a sage. But Sage Vasishta was not ready to forgo the cow and this led to a confrontation between the king and the sage.

When the king tried to forcibly take away Kamdhenu, it is said that warriors appeared from her body and defeated the army of King Vishwamitra. The king who was impressed by the yogic powers decides to give his kingdom and became a powerful sage through intense penance.

Another legend has it that Kamdhenu lived in the ashram of Sage Jamada…

Bateshwar Nath Temple - Bhadeshwar Nath Mandir near Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur, Bihar

Bhadeshwar Nath Mandir is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located atop a hillock near Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur, Bihar. The temple is around 7 km from Kahalgaon. One has to climb more than 100 rock cut uneven stairs to reach the shrine. Bateshwar Nath temple is on the banks of Ganga River. The place is highly auspicious because River Ganga flows northward here.

Atop the hill, one first has the sight of a huge murti of Nandi. There are eleven Shivlings in the shrine. Therefore the temple is also known as Ekadash Mahadev Baba Hadishwar.

The temple is unique for the presence of Goddess Parvati with Shiva. One of the Shivling is in Arhanarishwara form.
There are three caves atop the hill. The eleven Shivling are found in one of the caves.

The most auspicious period here is the Shravan month. Special rituals and pujas are held during the period.
One can also see numerous murtis of gods and goddesses strewn on the hill.

Archaeological Survey of India Site and Rising Water Level of Ganga


Pradosh 2017 Dates - Shiva Pradosham Vrat Calendar and Fasting Dates in 2017

Pradosh is an auspicious day dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. Below are the Pradosh 2017 Vrat dates. The Vrat falls on the 13th day of every lunar fortnight in traditional Hindu calendar. Shiva devotees fast from sunrise to sunset and important rituals and pujas are held during the twilight period. Usually there are only two Pradosh in a month. 
Pradosh Vrat 2017 Dates October 3 – Tuesday - Bhauma PradoshOctober 17 – Tuesday - Bhauma Pradosh November 1– WednesdayNovember 15 – WednesdayDecember 1 - FridayDecember 15 - FridayDecember 30 - Saturday - Shani PradoshPradosh Dates 2018
January 14 – Sunday January 29 – Monday – Som PradoshFebruary 13 – Tuesday – Bhauma PradoshFebruary 27 – Tuesday – Bhauma PradoshMarch 14 –  WednesdayMarch 29 – ThursdayApril 13 – FridayApril 27 – FridayMay 13 –  SundayMay 26 – Saturday - Shani PradoshJune 11 – Monday - Som PradoshJune 25 – Monday - Som PradoshJuly 10 – TuesdayJuly 25 – WednesdayAugust 9 – Thursday - Shani PradoshAugust 23 –  Thursday - Shani Prados…

Love and exclusive possession can never go together – Mahatma Gandhi

Love and exclusive possession can never go together.

While admitting that man actually lives by habit, I hold that it is better for him to live by the exercise of will.

It is only because we try to keep up the permanent with the impermanent aspects of religious teachings that there is so much distortion in religious practice today.
A man can only exercise perfect love and be completely dispossessed, if he is prepared to embrace death and renounce his body for the sake of human service.
– Mahatma Gandhi

Valuable Lessons – Mahatma Gandhi

Hindu Calendar Today – October 2, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Monday, October 2, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth 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 12:12 AM on October 2.Then onward it isShukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:59 AM on October 3. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 2, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Dhanishta or Avittam Nakshatra till 8:44 PM on October 2. Then onward it is Shatabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram till 9:19 PM on October 3.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Dhanishta or Avittam Nakshatram till 9:23 PM on October 2. Then onward it is Shatabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram till 9:52 PM on October 3.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi till 7:50 AM on October …