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Story of the Birth of Vishrava, father of Ravana in the Ramayana

The story of the Birth of Vishrava, father of Ravana, is found in the Uttara Kanda of Ramayana. In the Krita Yuga, Brahma had a son named Pulastya. To observe tapas and other austerities he resided in an ashram of Sage Trinavindu. But daughters and sisters of devas, sages, serpents, and damsels went into the ashram and sported. Their activities disturbed Sage Pulastya. When their activities became unbearable he warned them that anyone who comes within his range of vision would become pregnant. But once the daughter of Sage Trinavindu who had not heard about the curse roamed in the hermitage of Sage Pulastya and went near him. Soon she turned pale and signs of pregnancy became visible. Finding out her state, she went and stood before her father. Sage Trinavindu soon realized the reason for her daughter’s sorry state. He took his daughter to Sage Pulastya and asked her to accept her. The maiden resided in the ashram and took care of her husband. Pleased

Journey with 800 Hindu devotees on Train Through the eyes of a non-Hindu

The tourism arm of Indian Railways runs dozens of Bharat Darshan tours across India each year – lasting from a few days to a couple of weeks. The tours are designed to cater to the hundreds of millions of devout Hindus. Guardian writer, Richard Eilers, writes about his experience on journey with 800 Hindu devotees on train to visit important temples in Kerala, Tirupati, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. You can read about the Eight Day Journey here at the Guardian  The trip included visit to the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple, Unesco-listed Brihadeeswarar temple, Rameswaram: Ramanathaswamy temple,  Madurai: Meenakshi Amman temple, Kanyakumari: Kumari Amman temple, Thiruvananthapuram Padmanabhaswamy temple Kanchipuram Kamakshi Amman and Kailasanathar temple and Tirupati. The pattern was set for the next few days: pretty comfortable nights, food cooked in the “pantry car” and pepped up with homemade pickles produced by my neighbours, washing in buckets of cold wat

Edava Masam 2024 in Malayalam Calendar – Edavam Month in 2024

Edavam, or Edava Masam, is the tenth month in a traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Edava Masam in 2024 is from May 15 to June 14. Special Vaishaka Masam rituals are observed in the month in Guruvayur Temple . Full Moon and No Moon Day Velutha Vavu or full moon day (Purnima) – May 23 Karutha Vavu or Amavasya – June 6 Festivals and auspicious days include: Ekadasi - May 19 Pradosh - May 20 Thirunavaya Vaishaka Vavu - June 6 Ekadasi – June 3 Pradosham - June 4 Sabarimala Prathishta Dinam -  Kottiyoor Ilaneer Vyappu -  Monthly Sashti Fasting day is on June 12. There will be the usual monthly pujas for the first five days at Sabarimala Temple from May 15 to May 19. Next month in Malayalam calendar is Mithuna Masam

Why We Need to Stop Fault Finding?

Stop finding fault in others. When we constantly find fault in others, we can never have a normal and healthy relationship. People will start keeping us at a distance. We will soon find ourselves lonely and lacking a good friend. Why We Need to Stop Fault Finding? Simply because it is a negative quality. It is impossible to find a person who fits into our definition of good. We have to learn to ignore many things. Be the change that we want to see in others. Do not force other people to change. Stop criticizing others. We criticize other people’s choice of dress, friends, movies, likes, dislikes etc. This is forcing our likes and dislikes on another person. We are trying to dominate. An important aspect of a good relationship is freedom and acceptance. Accept the likes and dislikes of the other person. Accept and respect the other person for all of who they are. Instead of gossiping indulge in some constructive activity. We waste a lot of energy and time on gossiping. Qu