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Bapudeva Shastri - Indian Mathematician And Astronomer 19th Century AD

Bapudeva Shastri (1821 – 1890) is a celebrated Indian astronomer and mathematician in the 19th century AD. His parents were Pandit Sitarama and Shrimati Satyabhama. He belonged to a Rig Vedic Brahmin family, which originally lived in Toke, a town on the bank of the Godavari River in Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra, India. Education He first studied in a Marathi school in Nagpur, where he learnt Bhaskara’s Lilavati and Bijaganita from Kanyakubja scholar named Dhundhiraja, who was also an expert on European Algebra. Looking at his capability, L .Wilkinson, an agent of the British Government, took him to the Sanskrit school at Sihora for higher studies in 1838 AD. Here he studied Geometry (Rekha Ganita) and other subjects from Sevarama, a well known astronomer. Around this period, European Science was finding its way into India, Bapudeva Shastri had an opportunity to learn European Astronomy and Mathematics. Career In 1841 AD, Wilkinson appointed him as a teacher of Geo

Twenty Eight Incarnations of Shiva in the Linga Purana - Name of Shiva in 28 Yugas

The twenty eight incarnations of Shiva are mentioned in the Linga Purana. It is believed that Shiva appear on earth in a form in each yuga and as there have been 28 yugas in the present manvantara, there are 28 incarnations of Shiva. It must be noted here that Shiva can appear in any form in the universe. Hindus should not worry much about names and forms. The list of names that we find in Puranas are just a miniscule. Instead of concentrating on name and form we should have unwavering devotion to the Supreme Truth. Shiva is formless and this is best explained through the Shivling - the formless. Learning and knowing the names are good for academic interest but getting engrossed in name and form and straying from the path of truth will push a person back into cycle of birth and death. Twenty Eight Incarnations of Shiva in the Linga Purana Shveta Sutara Madana Suhotra Kanchana Lokakshi Jagishavya Dadhivahana Rishabha Muni Ugra Atri Vali Gautama Vedashir

Vali In Ramayana – Story Of Monkey King Bali In Ramayana And Why Rama Killed Vali

Vali in Ramayana was a mighty monkey king who played a crucial role. King Bali was killed by Bhagavan Sri Ram. He was the king of Kishkindha, brother of Sugriva and father of Angada. Story of Birth Of Vali Once, Lord Brahma was lost in Yoga in the Brahma Sabha on the peak of Mount Meru. A tear happened to fall from his eyes on to the ground. A monkey was born out of it and was named Riksharaja. Brahma advised it to enjoy the roots and fruits of the area and remain near him. Once Riksharaja felt very thirsty and went towards the north of Mount Meru. Here he saw a pool of water. While drinking water from the pool, he saw his reflection in the water. He thought the reflection was an intruder and enemy. He jumped into the water to kill it. When Riksharaja came out of the pool of water he was transformed into a beautiful damsel. Indra, the king of Devas, and Surya, the sun god, happened to come there and they were enamored by the beauty of the damsel. Vali was born t

Thursday Evening Puja At Tirupati Balaji Temple - Importance – Flower Decoration – Poolangi or Nethra Darshanam

The Thursday evening puja at Tirupati Balaji Temple in Tirumala is of great importance and it is known as poolangi or nethra darshanam. Lord Venkateshwara is adorned with 23 different flowers for this evening seva every week on Thursday. On Thursday evening, Lord Venkateswara will not be adorned with jewels. His Naamam will be reduced to small size so that His beautiful eyes are seen to its full form. The darshan the devotees get on this day is also called 'Netra Darshan'. It is a belief that, the eyes of Lord will open on the evening on Thursday and He will see all the devotees on this day. Every Thursday evening for Poolangi seva, five big baskets filled with flowers are taken from the store room containing flowers by Jeers and Ekangis followed by Tolappacharyas or their followers with Tulasi. They go round the Dwajasthambam and enter into the Sanctum Sanctorum. Then a variety of flowers will be adorned on the main murti of Venkateswara in the sanctum

Quotes on Silence From Hinduism

I am silence among all secrets. – Bhagavad Gita He cannot be seen by the eye, and words cannot reveal Him. He cannot be reached by the senses, or by austerity or sacred actions. By the grace of wisdom and purity of mind, He can be seen, indivisible, in the silence of contemplation. This invisible Atman can be seen by the mind wherein the five senses are resting. – Atharva Veda There is something beyond our mind which abides in silence within our mind. It is the Supreme Mystery beyond thought. Let one's mind and one's subtle body rest upon that and not rest on anything else. – Maitri Upanishad Silence is the highest eloquence. – Sri Ramana Maharshi Silence is the first door to spiritual eminence. – Adi Shankaracharya The highest form of grace is silence.  – Swami Chinmayananda Those who give themselves up to the Lord do more for the world than all the so-called workers. One man who has purified himself thoroughly accomplishes more than a