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Swasthani Katha in Nepal: Month Long Telling of Stories in Magh Month in Nepal - Swasthani Brata 2018 in Nepal

Shri Swasthani Brata Katha is a popular ritual observed in Nepal in the Magh month (January – February) during winter. The ritual is dedicated to Goddess Shree Swasthani, a Goddess known to grant wishes of her devotees, and Madhav Narayan. Swasthani Brata 2019 is from January 21 to February 19. The month long telling of the tales are dedicated to the Goddess and the stories that are mainly narrated are those of Swasthani Devi, Lord Shiva other Gods.

The Brata is observed from Paush Purnima to Magh Purnima as per traditional Hindu Calendar followed in Nepal. (January - February). 
Goddess Shree Swasthani is usually portrayed as a four-handed deity with charka, trishul, sword and lotus in each hand sitting at the center while Asta Matrika or eight deities of power – Mahakali, Baishanavi, Brahmi Maheswari, Kaumeshwari, Barahi, Indrayani and Chamunda painted around her.
It is believed that Goddess Swasthani helped Goddess Sati overcome her troubles after she burned herself at Daksha Yaga…

Tiruvathirai Festival in Kerala – Thiruvathira in Dhanu Masam in Kerala

Thiruvathirai festival is observed on the Tiruvathira Nakshatram day in the Malayalam month of Dhanu Masam (December – January). Tiruvathirai Festival 2018 date is December 22. Tiruvathirai is also the name of a famous dance form of Kerala and it is performed on the day. The festival is mainly dedicated to Lord Shiva and there are two popular beliefs – one is that on the day Kamadeva was burned to ashes by Lord Shiva. Another legend is Lord Shiva’s return to the world after ending harsh austerities and tapas that he was performing after the death of Goddess Sati.

The festival is dedicated exclusively to the women folk and reminds one of the enviable positions that women enjoyed in Kerala society during the medieval period. The government of India cultural departments writes about the festival From prehistoric times, Malayalee woman enjoyed an enviable position in the society, and she was practically the mistress of her house. The elevated position she occupied at home and in the so…

Shakambari Purnima 2019 date | Shakambari Jayanti | Importance of Shakambari Devi Pournami

Shakambari Purnima is observed during full moon day, or Pournami, in Paush month (December – Janaury). Shakambari Purnima 2019 date is January 21. The day is of great importance in South India especially in Karnataka, parts of Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It is believed that Goddess Shakambari incarnated on Devi Shakambari Pournami day. The day also marks the end of the nine-day long Shakambari Navratri festival which begins on January 14, 2019. Goddess Shakambari is worshipped during the period in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Shakambari Mata Jayanti Shakambari Jayanthi is dedicated to Goddess Shakambari Mata who is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Durga. Shakambari Jayanti 2019 date is January 21. She is believed to be the Goddess of Vegetables, Fruits and Green leaves. Shakambari Jayanti concludes the nine-day Shakambari Navratri festival observed in many regions in India. It is believed that she appeared on earth on Paush Purnima.
In t…

Kalubai Yatra and Festival 2019 date at Kalubai Devi Temple

Kalubai Yatra and Pilgrimage to the famous KalubaiDeviTemple at Mandradev in Satara District in Maharashtra is held during the Paush Poornima (December – January) period as per traditional Marathi Hindu Calendar. Kalubai Yatra 2019 on Shakhmbari Purnima is on January 21, 2019. The festival attracts thousands of people.


Kalubai Devi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and is a hugely popular deity in this region of Maharashtra. The Yatra and the festival is held for two weeks and the most important days are the Paush month full moon day or Shakhmbari Purnima. On the previous day of Purnima, there is a jagran during which a procession with the Kalubai Devi's idol sitting in a silver palkhi goes through Mandradev village and culminates at the temple.

On Paush Purnima nearly 300,000 people gather at the temple. Devotees offer green colored sari to Kalubai Devi on the day.

KalubaiTemple is about 18 km from Wai and 120 km south of Mumbai. The temple is located atop a mountain of 1200 m…

Practice Contemplation to Have Control over Feelings

We are constantly bombarded with feelings – happy, sad, angry, fear, irritation, passion, desire, sexual… There is no end to our feelings. They are either pleasant or unpleasant. They keep coming and going. Until and unless we are aware of each feeling, we will not be able to have control over them. If we do not have control over them, our life becomes a complete mess. To become aware of each feeling we need to practice contemplation.

Someone says ‘you are smart and you did an excellent work.’ You become happy. This same person on another day says ‘you are useless.’ You become sad and depressed.

Whether good or bad we should not become the slave of our feelings. We should have total control over it.

We need to know about the source of each feeling, and what is triggering it.

We should be totally aware of what is happening within us. Our mind should be in our control.

Our aim should be to overcome this classification of pleasant and unpleasant. We should not be emotionally disturbed…

Hindu Calendar Today – December 31, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Sunday, December 31, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:22 PM on December 31 Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:03 AM on January 1, 2018.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 31, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Rohini Nakshatra till 4:29 PM on December 31. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatram till 2:57 PM on January 1.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Rohini Nakshatra till 5:54 PM on December 31. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatram till 2:53 PM on January 1.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi till 3:41 AM on January 1, 2018.
In western p…

We are not puppets controlled by a higher destiny

We are not puppets controlled by a higher destiny. This very thought that there is someone who controls our life is a wrong notion. It is ignorance. Our never-ending desires, fear and attachment are the reason for us becoming puppets. We are controlled by our desires, fear and attachments. When we realize this and take the necessary steps, we are no longer puppets.

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We all get emotionally unbalanced; there is nothing to be ashamed of it. However, if we are not able to regain our balance quickly then we have a problem. When we live in the world, we are sure to be emotionally disturbed. There are innumerable ways in which a person can be disturbed mentally. The moment this happens, we need to tune our mind towards the spiritual channel in us. An angry and emotional mind takes only wrong decisions, it only utters words that hurt and cause harm, and it only does those physical actions that are to be never performed. Breathe in and out. Close the eyes and remember the people …

Hindu Calendar Today – December 30, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Saturday, December 30, 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 Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:29 PM on December 30. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:22 PM on December 31.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 30, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time only after 8:40 PM night. Nakshatra – Karthigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakshatra till 5:57 PM on December 30. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram till 4:29 PM on December 31.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Karthigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakshatra till 8:38 PM on December 30. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram till 5:54 PM on December 31.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi till 12:53 AM on December 30. T…

Panchdhatu Benefits

Panchdhatu includes various religious items that are made using five metals. Panchdhatu composition (original) is gold, silver, copper, iron and zinc. It symbolizes strength and power. Panchdhatu benefits are detailed below.
Today, utensils, murtis and ornaments made of any five metals are referred as Panchadhatu. Thus there is Panchdhatu made using copper, brass, aluminium, iron and zinc. Panchdhatu SwastikKeeping Swastik made of Panchdhatu on the front door of the house will help in ushering peace and prosperity. All kinds of fights and diseases will be kept out from the family. Panchdhatu KadaWearing Panchdhatu Kada will help a person in attaining strength and power to overcome physical difficulties. It helps in strengthening the mind and will power. Panchdhatu RingPanchdhatu ring helps in overcoming weakness especially sexual. It also ushers in peace and prosperity. It helps in early marriage. It also keeps out heart ailments. Panchdhatu Ganesh MurtiWorshiping Panchdhatu Ganesh m…

Teachings from Shukra Niti

Some people lie for selfish gains. Such people do not realize that their falsehood will cause immense trouble in future to them and to their family.

People should respect the elders in the family. Such people will be responsible for the destruction of the family. People should respect their family lineage and follow their family traditions.

Illicit relationships and approaching women with bad intention are sins. Such people will be tormented in the afterlife. People indulging in such behavior will cause the destruction of their family.

Those people who harm other living beings will never be pardoned by God. Such people will not find relief after prayers and puja. People who do not follow Ahimsa will constantly face problems in their life.

The above said four behaviors will only cause trouble in a person’s life.

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Hindu Calendar Today – December 29, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, December 29, 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 5:24 PM on December 29. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:29 PM on December 30.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 29, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – An average day till 11:10 PM. Nakshatra – Bharani Nakshatra till 7:13 PM on December 29. Then onward it is Karthigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakshatram till 5:57 PM on December 30.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 12:38 AM on December 29. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram till 10:57 PM on December 29. Then onward it is Karthigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakshatram till 8:38 PM on December 30.
Rashi or…

Swarga Vathil Ekadasi 2019 in Kerala – Swargavathil Ekadashi

Swarga Vathil Ekadasi is observed on the Ekadashi falling during the waxing phase of moon in Dhanu Masam in Kerala. Swarga Vathil Ekadasi 2018 date is December 19. Swarga Vathil means the doors of heaven and on this day the Vaikunta Dwaram or the inner most doors of the Sanctum Sanctorum of certain Vishnu are opened to devotees.

The day is of great importance at ThrissurThiruvambadiTemple, Nelluvaya Dhanwantri Temple and Kottayam Tirunakkara Sri Krishna Temple.

Fasting is observed on the day by Vishnu devotees. Some devotees do not sleep on the day.

This Ekadasi is popularly known as Vaikunta Ekadashi and Mukkoti Ekadasi in South India - this will be observed on December 18, 2018.

Hindu Festivals in January 2018 – Hindu Vrat – Fasting – Rituals in January 2018

Dates of important festivals and fasting associated with Hinduism in January 2018 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST).
Monday, January 1, 2018 – Purnima Fasting – Thiruvathira in KeralaTuesday, January 2 – Purnima – Shakambhari Purnima – Arudra Darshan in Tamil CultureWednesday – January 3 – Magh Month begins in North India.Friday, January 5 – Sankashti Chaturthi, Sankat Chauth.Monday, January 8 – Swami Vivekananda Jayanti as per Tithi, KalashtamiFriday,  January 12 – Shattila Ekadasi fasting - Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda as per Gregorian CalendarSaturday, January 13 – Lohri – Bhogi Pongal – Dhanrumasa endsSunday, January 14 – Pradosh Vrat – Pongal – Makar Sankranti – Makara Vilakku in Kerala.Sunday, January 14 – Makaram Month begins in KeralaMonday, January 15 – Shiv Chaturdashi (monthly Shivratri) – Magh Bihu – Mattu Pongal.Monday, January 15 – Thai Masam begins in Tamil …

Bagalamukhi Devi Puja – How to perform Bagalamukhi Devi Puja?

The puja of Goddess Bagalamukhi Devi is performed to attain victory over enemies, to talk properly, to win in debates, improve public speaking, to avoid stage fear, and to overcome various difficulties in life. He is a brief idea on how to perform Bagalamukhi Devi puja at home. Things needed for Bagalamukhi Devi Puja Yellow color clothYellow color bhog or PrasadYellow color flowersRegular puja materials.Turmeric The puja can be performed on Tuesday, Thursday, Chaturdashi (14th day of a fortnight) and when Sun is on Makar Rashi.


How to perform Bagalamukhi Devi Puja?After cleaning the house and taking bath, the person performing puja needs to sit facing north.The person should wear a yellow color dress.Make a small line using Turmeric and place the picture of Bagalamukhi behind. Light a lamp and place it on the turmeric line.Put a yellow color cloth on the picture of Bagalamukhi Maa.Offer yellow color flowers and fruits to the Goddess.Prasad offered should be yellow in color.Mantra dedic…

Magh Mela 2018 dates at Sangam in Allahabad – Prayag - Importance of Magha Mela in Uttar Pradesh

Magh Mela is an important annual Hindu ritual held on the banks of Sangam (Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati) in Prayag (modern day Allahabad), Uttar Pradesh. In 2018, Magh Mela begins on January 2 and ends on February 13. Magh Mela is also known as mini Kumbh Mela and is held in Magh month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. The main ritual involves taking a holy dip (bathing) at Sangam on auspicious dates. It must be noted here that Magh Mela is not confined to the Magh month and the important bathing dates are spread over a period of 45 days.
The important dates during Magh Mela 2018 are: January 2 (Paush Purnima)
January 14 and 15 (Makar Sankranti)
January 16 and 17 (Mauni Amavasya)
January 22 (Basant Panchami)
January 31 (Maghi Poornima)
and February 13 (Maha Shivratri)
Why is Magh Mela Held? It is widely believed that taking a holy dip at the Sangam on the auspicious days during the period will wash away the sins and will lead to Moksha (merging with the Suprem…

Shivling in Dream – Meaning and Interpretation of Shivling in Dream

As per Hindu religion, seeing Shivling in dream will bring positive changes in life. The meaning of seeing Shivling is that the person will find relief to ongoing problems.  In Hinduism there is an ancient scripture known as Swapna Shastra, which gives interpretation and meaning of various dreams.

Those who have dream of Shivling should make offering of water or milk to Shivling in a nearby temple.
Seeing Shivling and snake together is also auspicious. This indicates fertility. The person will soon get married and will have healthy children.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10 verse 9 to 11 and Chapter 12 verse 6 to 7 – a study

Gita says that if a person develops the three virtues – equanimity in situations, seeking the welfare of all living beings and control of the sense, action, organs and mind then the Lord will give knowledge and save the person from Samsara. When we read this carefully, we can understand that we wrongly interpret the experiences of life because of lack of equanimity caused by biases and desires that cloud the intellect. (Vedanta Kesari August 2017) With these three virtues, our intellect will be clear and we will be able to see things as they are. Knowledge will shine from within says the Gita.
Their thoughts are fixed on Me, their lives absorbed in Me, enlightening each other and ever speaking of Me, they are content and full of joy. (Chapter 10 Verse 9)

To these, who ever dwell at one with Me and worship Me in Love, I give the yoga of discrimination by which they come unto Me. (Chapter 10 Verse 10)

Out of pure compassion for them, I dwell within their hearts, and dispel the darkness…

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Thursday, December 28, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:58 PM on December 28. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 5:24 PM on December 29.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 28, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 8:08 PM on December 28. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram till 7:13 PM on December 29.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Revati Nakshatra till 1:37 AM on December 28. Then onward it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatram till 12:38 AM on December 29.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi till 12:53 AM on December 30
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Guj…

Makar Rashi Dates in 2018 – Time and Dates of Makara Rashi 2018 as Per Hindu Calendar

Makar Rashi, or Capricorn Zodiac, is the tenth rashi or zodiac sign in Hindu astrology. Makar Rashi dates in 2018 for the 12 months are given below: The Lord of Makara is Saturn or Shani, its guna is Tamas and symbol is crocodile (sea monster). The element associated with Capricorn is earth. Please note that the time and dates are as per Hindu lunar calendar followed in India. IST time is followed.
Makar Rashi Dates in 2018 January 2018 1:52 AM on January 17 to 12:54 PM on January 19, 2018 February 2018 8:57 AM on February 13 to 8:10 PM on February 15 March 2018 4:09 PM on March 12 to 3:29 AM on March 15 April 2018 11:23 PM on April 8 to 10:49 AM on April 11 May 2018 6:38 AM on May 6 to 6:12 PM on May 8 June 2018 1:59 PM on June 2 to 1:38 AM on June 5 June 2018 9:19 PM on June 29 to 8:59 AM on July 2 July 2018 4:35 AM on July 27 to 4:21 PM on July 29 August 2018 11:50 AM on August 23 to 11:38 PM on August 25 September 2018 7:00 PM on September 19 to 6:48 AM on September 22 October 20…

Benefits of Namaskar Mudra – Atmanjali Mudra

Namaskar Mudra, also known as Atmanjali Mudra, is one of the important mudras. Practicing mudras have numerous benefits especially health related. They are good for both body and mind.


Namaskar Mudra is performed by joining the two palms and bringing them close to the chest.

This mudra is also a popular symbol associated with Hinduism. It symbolically expresses reverence and gratitude. Hindus pray and greet using this mudra.

It also symbolically represents the merging of the individual soul with the universal soul. When we do Namaskar to another individual, we symbolically state that we both are one. Again, it means am one with Brahman.
The most important health benefit of the Namaskar Mudra is that it activates and harmonizes the left and right brain hemispheres. It assures in peace and stability.

Significance of Arudhra Darshan – Date of Arudra Darshan in 2018 - Celebration of the Cosmic Dance of Lord Shiva - Arudra Darisanam in Margazhi Month

Arudhra Darshan or Arudara Darisanam is observed in the Tamil month of Margazhi (December – January). Arudhara Darshan 2018 date is Sunday, December 23. It is essentially a Shaivite festival and celebrates the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva, which is represented by the Nataraja form. Arudhra signifies the golden red flame and Shiva performs the dance in the form of this red-flamed light.

It must be noted here that Arudhra, Ardra, Arudhara, Arudra, Arudara are the different spellings used in English language to mention the same festival. Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathirai is also the name of a birth star or nakshatra in Hindu astrology. The star is associated with Shiva.
Importance of Arudhra Darshan Arudhra Darshan is one of the most auspicious days associated with Lord Shiva. It is dedicated to the cosmic dance of Shiva.

The cosmic dance of Lord Shiva represents five activities – Creation, Protection, Destruction, Embodiment and Release. In essence, it represents the continuous cycle of…

Anantheshwar Temple at Manjeshwar in Kasargod – Kerala

Anantheshwar Temple at Manjeshwar in Kasargod is dedicated to Narasimha, Lord Shiva and Subramanian. This is one of the oldest temples associated with the Gowda Saraswat Brahmins. The temple is around 1.5 kilometers from the Manjeshwar Railway Station and around 23 km from Mangalore.


The main deities worshipped in the temple are Lord Shiva in Shivling form, Narasimha and Subramanian.
The Shivling is Swayambhu.

The Subrahmanya murti here is associated with nagas and is known as Nagaroopi Subrahmanya.

Narasimha is worshipped here as Sri Bhadranarasimha. The murti is flanked by Bhudevi and Sridevi.

The subsidiary deities worshipped in the shrine are Sri Vittala, Sri Vedavyasa, Sri Laxminarasimha, Keshava, Sri Krishna, Karalanarasimha, Hanuman, Ganapati and Garuda.

A unique aspect of the shrine is anthill Ruvvani or Rohini. It is believed to be the abode of Snake Vasuki. The main murtis worshipped in the temple are on the top the anthill.

The sacred temple pond is known as Shesha teerth…

Important Teachings of Kautilya

Desire is the basis of all activities. It is also the basis of procreation. Scriptures declare that what we desire, and are intensely attached to, before leaving the body, we will get it in the next life. By avoiding degrading, desires, we can avoid a degrading future.

The five steps for a happy life is to observe DetachmentTo do charityTo be just and fairTo be honest andAdopt nonviolence. Ego is like a salt. It is necessary for taste, but repulsive if used in excess. Make humility sit on the throne of Ego. It produces dignity and decorum and results in success within and without.

Pride, anger, arrogance, fear, and ego can never bring fulfillment in life.

Never think that the other fellow is a fool. Be and behave with an open mind. Humility will give you good rapport.

The energy which came from Space produced the world which is matter, and at the time of dissolution, the material world will again be re-converted to energy by Divine grace.
SourceRishimukh Magazine issue Jan 2016 page…

Hindu Calendar Today – December 27, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 8:11 PM on December 27. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:58 PM on December 28.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 27, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Revati Nakshatra till 8:44 PM on December 27. Then onward it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatram till 8:08 PM on December 28.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Uthrittathi or Uttarabhadra Nakshatra till 1:47 AM on December 27. Then onward it is Revati Nakshatram till 1:37 AM on December 28.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi till 8:44 PM on December 27. Then onward it is Mesha Rashi till 12:53…

Shukra Ast 2020 – Shukra Astha months in 2020 in Hindu Calendar

Shukra Ast is a specific period in Hindu calendars. During these period auspicious ceremonies like marriages, grah pravesh etc are not held in North India. Shukra Astha 2020 time and date is given below:

Shukra Ast is from May 29, 2020 to June 10, 2020.

Marriages are not performed during the period. Thus you will not find Marriage dates and other auspicious function dates in June 2020.

The total numbers of days in a Shukra Ast are 73 to 74 days. It is roughly two months and a fortnight.
In some years, there will be only a week or so and in some years it will be 90 days.

Story of Menaka, Mother of Goddess Parvati

Menaka was the wife of Himavan, the king of mountains. The story as to how Menaka became the mother of Goddess Parvati is mentioned in the Puranas.

In her previous birth, Menaka was the mind-born daughter of Swadha and Vairajas, a pitr. Once, during a visit to Vaikunta she did not show respect to Brahma’s manasaputras – Sanaka, Sanadana, Sanatana and Sanatkumara.

Sanaka cursed Menaka that she would be born as human being on earth.

A devastated Menaka begged for mercy.

Sanadana told Menaka that the curse could not be taken back. However, on earth she will marry Himavan, the lord of mountains, and she will be the mother of Goddess Shakti, when she incarnates as Goddess Parvati on earth.
As a result, she would earn untold merits and will get back her position in heaven.

Aurva Rishi – Vedic Seer

Aurva Rishi is known as Aurva Bhrigu in the Rig Veda. There is confusion among scholars as the Aurva and Bhrigu are two different Rishis or one Rishi. Sayana, the famous commentator of Vedas, consider Aurva Bhrigu as one name.

Aurva, meaning “descendant of Uru or Urva”, seems to be a patronymic name of Bhrigu himself. Aitareya Brahmana (VI. 33) also indicates that it is a single name.

Bhrugu was the son of Varuna.


As per Taittirya Samhita, Aurava Rishi had no sons and he prayed to Sage ATri with a desire to have a son. Atri granted him an offspring.

There is also another belief that Aurva was the nickname of Rchika, son of Apnavana and Ruchi. Nothing much is known about the mantras that the sage had written.
Most studies concentrate on finding his ancestry.

Banadashtami dedicated to Goddess Banashankari - When is Banadashtami in 2019?

Banadashtami, or Banada Ashtami, is an auspicious day dedicated to Goddess Banashankari, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. In 2018 - 2019, the date of Banadashtami is January 14. Goddess Banashankari is also known as Vanashankari or Shakhambari or Banadevi and is mainly worshipped in Karnataka. The word Banashankari is derived from ‘Ban or Van’ meaning ‘forest’ and ‘Shankari’ meaning ‘the consort of Lord Shiva.’

There is also a Banashankari Navarti in Pushya month and is observed by devotees of Banashankari. Fairs and festivals are held during this period in Banashankari temples.

Banadashtami is observed on the eight day after new moon in the month of Pushya. The day also marks the beginning of festivals dedicated to Goddess Banashankari. A major fair is held at BadamiBanashankariDeviTemple during this period and it begins on Banadashtami day.

According to Skanda Purana, Goddess Banashankari Devi killed a demon called Durgamasura at the present day Badami in Bagalkot in Karnataka.

Ba…

People who are enslaved to the senses seek to control those around them

People who are enslaved to the senses and mind seek to control those around them. Being in bondage themselves, they cannot recognize the freedom of other people. This exercising of control over others, even in the name of love or discipline, is just another way of clinging to life.
But one cannot limit the freedom of another, without in some way limiting oneself.
Everyone in this world is, as Swami Vivekananda puts it, moving from lower truth to higher truth.
In this journey of life, each will travel in his own way and his own pace. Giving space for this is a sign of one’s own freedom. Vedanta Kesari August 2017 issue.

Hindu Calendar Today – December 26, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon till 8:59 PM on December 26. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 8:11 PM on December 27.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 26, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time after 2:50 PM. Nakshatra – Uthrittathi or Uttarabhadra Nakshatra till 8:55 PM on December 26. Then onward it is Revati Nakshatram till 8:44 PM on December 27.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Pooruruttathi or Purva Bhadra Nakshatra till 1:09 AM on December 26. Then onward it is Uthrittathi or Uttarabhadra Nakshatram till 1:47 AM on December 27.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi till 8:44 PM on December 27.
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Guru Ast 2020 – Guru Astha months in 2020 in Hindu Calendar

Guru asta is a specific period in Hindu calendars. During this period no auspicious ceremonies are held in North India. Guru Astha 2020 time and date is given below:
Guru Ast is from December 15, 2019 to January 10, 2020.
There is no Guru Ast in other months in the year 2020.
Marriages are not performed during the period. Thus you will not find marriage dates and other auspicious function dates in January 2020.

The total number of days in a Guru Asta are 28 days. Roughly a month.

Shukra Ast 2019 – Shukra Astha months in 2019 in Hindu Calendar

Shukra Ast is a specific period in Hindu calendars. During these period auspicious ceremonies like marriages, grah pravesh etc are not held in North India. Shukra Astha 2019 time and date is given below:

Shukra Ast is from July 10, 2019 to September 19, 2019.

Marriages are not performed during the period. Thus you will not find Marriage dates and other auspicious function dates in July 2019, August 2019 and September 2019.
The total numbers of days in a Shukra Ast are 73 to 74 days. It is roughly two months and a fortnight.

Story Matsyagandha in Mahabharata – Queen Satyavati

The story of Queen Satyavati, who was known as Matsyagandha, is found in the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata.

Satyavati was born from the womb of a fish. She was found by the chief of a fisher folk and he raised her.

She was named Satyavati but people loving called her Matsyagandha – as she reeked of fish. The reason she was born in the womb of a fish.

When she grew up, to make a living, Satyavati ferried people across the Ganga River.

One day, when she was ferrying Sage Parasara across the river, he expressed his desire to make love to her.

Satyavati was hesitant but the Sage convinced her that she will give birth to a child instantly and she will retain her virginity. In addition to it, she will no longer reek of fish but will exude a wonderful fragrance, which will make men find her irresistible.

The Sage then created a curtain of mist and made love to her. Before they reached the shore, Satyavati gave birth to Vyasa, she retained her virginity and got a wonderful fragrant body.

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