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

Vrischika Rashi, or Scorpio Zodiac, is the eighth rashi or zodiac sign in Hindu astrology. Vrischika Rashi dates in 2018 for the 12 months are given below: The Lord of Vrischika is Mars or Anagark, its guna is Tamas and symbol is Scorpio. The element associated with Scorpio is water. Please note that the time and dates are as per Hindu lunar calendar followed in India. IST time is followed. Vrischika Rashi Dates in 2018 January 2018 3:19 AM on January 12 to 2:03 PM on January 14, 2018 February 2018 10:19 AM on February 8 to 9:10 PM on February 10 March 2018 6:04 PM on March 7 to 4:25 AM on March 10 April 2018 1:31 AM on April 4 to 11:41 AM on April 6 May 2018 9:03 AM on May 1 to 7:02 PM on May 3 May 2018 4:40 PM on May 28 to 2:28 AM on May 31 June 2018 12:19 AM on June 25 to 9:52 AM on June 27 July 2018 7:58 AM on July 22 to 5:17 PM on July 24 August 2018 3:39 PM on August 18 to 12:42 AM on August 21 September 2018 11:15 PM on September 14 to 8:01 AM on September 17 October 2018 6:53…

Story of the Birth of Shakuntala in the Mahabharata

The story of the birth of Shakuntala is found in the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata. She was the daughter of Sage Kaushika and Apsara Menaka.

Kaushika belonged to the Suryavamshi dynasty and he desired to become the most powerful living being. He renounced his kingdom and worldly ties. He started performing intense austerities to become the powerful one in the universe.

The news of the austerity started by Kaushika shook the heaven. Indra, the king of Devas, feared that he would be dethroned by Kaushika.

Indra appointed Apsara Menaka to break the celibacy vow of Kaushika.

The highly desirable and voluptuous Menaka succeeded in netting the Sage in her charms.

From the passionate union of Sage Kaushika and Apsara Menaka was born a baby girl.

Her parents abandoned her in the forest as to Sage Kaushika she was a proof of his failure to curb his desire.
The child was protected by a flock of Shakunta (birds). Sage Kanava later discovered her and named her Shakuntala.

Upside Down Hanuman Idol at Sanwer near Indore in Madhya Pradesh

The unique upside down Hanuman Idol is located at Sanwer near Indore in Madhya Pradesh. The temple is located around 25 km from Indore city. The Hanuman murti worshipped here is also known as Patal Vijayi Hanuman. The story of the temple is associated with Mahiravana, also known as Patalravana or Patal Ravan.


Mahiravana kidnapping Sri Ram and Lakshman and Hanuman rescuing them is a famous story found in Puranas and local traditions.

It is believed that Hanuman entered Patala or the underworld from this spot. Therefore the murti of Hanuman is depicted with head below and feet up.

Visiting on five Tuesdays in the temple is considered highly meritorious. It is believed to help in desire fulfillment.
The temple complex also has a separate shrine dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Ram.

On Overcoming Desires

The first and the most important step in transcending desires is to become aware of one’s true nature, which is beyond the body and the mind. However, one might argue that the desire to know God or Brahman is also a desire.

However, such a desire is not really a desire, because such a desire becomes the nemesis of all desires. It is a desire to kill the mind, which is the source of all desires.

This desire to realize one’s true nature is the beginning of the path to attain a never-ending bliss and the only way to get liberation.

Transcending desires is possible only by abstention from fresh desires and the eradication of old desires. This can be achieved only by a process of continuous introspection and discernment.

Dispassion towards sense-objects and the withdrawal of the senses from such sense-objects would result in a detached attitude in all day-today dealings and this practice would eventually lead to desirelessness.
SourcePrabuddha Bharata magazine July 2017 page 14

Hindu Calendar – December 19, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:19 PM on December 19. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:27 PM on December 20.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 19, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – An average day – neither good nor bad. Nakshatra – Mool or Moolam Nakshatra till 9:29 AM on December 19. Then onward it is Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatram till 12:06 PM on December 20.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Mool or Moolam Nakshatra till 10:09 AM on December 19. Then onward it is Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatram till 1:15 PM on December 20.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 6:43 PM on December 20.
In western parts of India (Ma…