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Story of Dhanurdasa and Sri Ramanujacharya – Fascination for Physical Beauty

The story of Dhanurdasa and Sri Ramanujacharya is associated with the famous Sri Ranganatha temple at Srirangam in Tamil Nadu. The story narrates about the futility of the fascination of physical beauty.

It was the Brahmotsavam festival at Srirangam Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple. Hundreds of men and women had gathered to see Sri Ranganatha go on a procession seated on the shoulders of Garuda, his ratha.

The Lord came out led by priests chanting the mantras, devotees singing His glories and musicians creating a wonderful melody. In the vast gathering, everyone had their eyes focused on the Lord and His consort Mother Lakshmi.

But amidst them walked a handsome, strong man holding a big umbrella over the head of a beautiful, large-eyed young lady, Hemamba. Sri Ramanujacharya noticed the young man who had eyes for nothing but the beauty of his woman.

The Acharya sent for him and asked what he saw in the woman that made him forget the world and walk happily without shame or fear of public c…

Chandra Grahan 2018 in India – Lunar Eclipse dates in 2018 in India – Chandra Grahanam

Chandra Grahan 2018 dates based on Hindu calendar – India Standard Time. There are two lunar eclipses – Chandra Grahan – in 2018. The Chandra Grahan on January 31, 2018, and July 27, 2018 (ends early morning hours on July 28) are visible in India. Detail dates of all Chandra Grahanam in 2018 are given below: Chandra Grahan on January 31, 2018 - Total Lunar Eclipse  It is visible during moonrise.Time in India is from 5:18 PM to 8:41 PM.As it is during evening hours, the Grahan is followed in India by panchangs and temples.Hindu temples will remain closed as per tradition.It is a Total Lunar Eclipse – Purna Chandra Grahan The earth shadow will completely cover the moon from 6:22 PM to 7:38 PMMid Eclipse is at 7:00 PMThose Hindus who perform fasting need to start it before 9 hours of the beginning of the eclipse.You need to follow the rituals only if you are staying in the place where the grahan is taking place. Chandra Grahan on July 27 - 28, 2018  - Total Lunar Eclipse (early hours on …

Kankabhisheka in Hinduism – Showering of God Coins

Kankabhisheka in Hinduism literally means showering of gold coins on an individual as an honor or as a part of a religious rite. The ritual is performed either by directly showering gold coins over a person or by pour water over the coins placed in a sieve above the head of the person. When is it performed? It is mainly performed with Shatabhishekam – a ceremony observed when person has witnessed one thousand full moons. Some communities observe it when a person completes his/her 80th birthday.

Kankabhisheka ritual is also performed by disciples to honor pontiffs, teachers and scholars. The coins used in the ritual are used for educational and charitable purposes. Why is it performed and the benefits? It is believed that the ritual confers prosperity and longevity on the recipient.

The ritual is equal to taking holy dip in Ganga River, visit teerthas, practicing chandrayana or giving alms.

The rite has the capability for elevating ten generations of ancestors in the past and descen…

Importance of Chanting the Name of God – Acharya Gaurav Krishna Goswami

The one who takes shelter in chanting the name of Pradhu will never have anything to fear. The name you chant will manifest miracles in your life. Be it Rama, Krishna, Radhey, Durga or Shiva there is no difference in any of these entities. It totally depends upon which name allures you.

Reciting any name that enchants you will lead you to your goal.

The fact is that whatever name you choose with sincere dedication, it is bound to yield the same results.

Bhakta Prahlada proclaimed to his father Hiranyakashipu, “What fear will I have when I have taken shelter in the name of Rama?” And this is the ultimate truth, there is nothing to fear when you take shelter in recitation of God’s name.

There are some requirements that need to be fulfilled to be able to truly surrender. Most important one is that the devotee should accept those things that are favorable for bhakti and reject those that are unfavorable.
The unflinching faith that Krishna is our only protector should always be kept ablaz…

Hindu Calendar Today – October 23, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Monday, October 23, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:08 AM on October 23.Then onward it isShukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 5:03 AM on October 24. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 23, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – There is no good and auspicious time on the day. Nakshatra – Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra till 2:19 PM on October 23. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatram till 4:49 PM on October 24.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatram till 2:53 PM on October 23. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatram till 5:46 PM on Oct 24.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishchika Rashi till …