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Story of Sage Vishwamitra and Apsara Menaka

The story of Sage Vishwamitra and Apsara Menaka is found in Mahabharata and the Puranas. Menaka is a celestial woman or apsara and she is one of the most beautiful dancers in the palace of Indra, the king of Devas. Sage Vishwamitra was a king who abdicated the throne when he realized that the powers of a sage are far more superior to that of a king.

Indra, the king of Devas, who is constantly scared of being disposed by more pious living being, takes the help of Menaka to keep his throne intact. When saints perform intense penance to achieve greater spiritual powers, Indra deputes Menaka to distract the saints.

As per Mahabharata, Shakuntala is the daughter of Menaka and Sage Vishwamitra.

Sage Vishwamitra was performing intense austerities on the banks of Godavari River to achieve greater spiritual powers. Indra felt his position as king of celestial beings would be threatened if the Sage acquired great spiritual powers by virtue of the penance.

So he deputed Menaka to distract the s…

How to celebrate Dhan Teras or What to do on Dhanteras?

Dhanteras or Dhantrayodashi is observed two days before Diwali in North India, Maharashtra and Gujarat. The day is dedicated to Dhanvantari, the physician of the gods. Lakshmi Puja in the evening is an important ritual on the day. There is no straightforward answer to what to do on Dhan Teras or how to observe Dhanteras, as the rituals and celebrations vary from region to region. Here is a general idea of what people do on Dhanteras.
Diwali Shopping is Completed Dhanteras is observed differently by different communities. It is considered to be highly auspicious day to do new purchases and investment. Most people complete the Diwali shopping on the day. The first lamps of Diwali are lit on the day. People hang up paper lanterns with festoons and sends out the message of the arrival of Diwali.
Get-Together of All Family Members Dhanteras is not all about material wealth it is also a time to develop spiritual wealth and family bonding. All family members arrive at ancestral home on the day…

Betal Gufa in Sundar Nagar in Mandi District, Himachal Pradesh – Miracle Cave Which Once Used to Drip Ghee

Betal Gufa is a miracle cave in Sundar Nagar in Mandi District, Himachal Pradesh. It is located on the Sita Ki Pahadi (a mountain named after Mata Sita in the Molwadi area of the place). Earlier it seems the cave used to drip ghee. If people made a wish for ghee or utensils, it used to be fulfilled.

There is a stream flowing inside the cave and this produces a musical sound. The water flows through the mouth of the cave and it is noted for its sweetness.

The cave is believed to be more than 150 feet in length and around 15 feet in height. Idols and images of Hindu gods and goddesses are found in the cave.

Earlier, whenever there was a marriage in the area. The head of the house used to take a puja thali to the cave and ask for desi ghee and utensils required for preparing food for marriage. Next day morning the head of the house used to find the required ghee and vessels in front of the cave. After marriage, the vessels are placed in front of the cave and next day morning they disapp…

It is not at all necessary to be learned to get to God – Swami Vivekananda

Just as the intellect is the instrument of knowledge, so is the heart the instrument of inspiration.

In a lower state, it is a much weaker instrument than the intellect. An ignorant man knows nothing, but he is a little emotional by nature. Compare him with a great professor what wonderful power the latter possesses! But the professor is bound by his intellect, and he can be a devil and an intellectual man at the same time, but the man of heart can never be a devil; no man with emotion was ever a devil.

Properly cultivated, the heart can be changed, and will go beyond intellect; it will be changed into inspiration. Man will have to go beyond intellect in the end. The knowledge of man, his powers of perception, of reasoning and intellect and heart, all are busy churning this milk of the world.
Out of long churning comes butter, and this butter is God. Men of heart get the ‘butter’, and the ‘buttermilk’ is left for the intellectual. These are all preparations for the heart, for that lo…

Hindu Calendar Today – October 13, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, October 13, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Ashtami and Navami Tithi or the eighth and ninth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon till 7:50 AM on October 13. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon till 5:38 AM on October 14.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 13, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 11:17 AM on October 13. Then onward it is Pushya or Pooyam or Poosam Nakshatram till 9:53 AM on October 14.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatram till 7:46 AM on October 13. Then onward it is Pushya or Pooyam or Poosam Nakshatram till 6:54 AM on October 14.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi till 5:41 …