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Jala Krida Ekadasi – Jalkrida Ekadashi

Jala Krida Ekadashi is observed on the 11th day of the Krishna Paksha of (waning phase of moon) in Jyeshta month as per traditional Oriya calendar. Jalkrida Ekadasi is popularly observed as Apara Ekadasi in other regions. Jalakrida Ekadasi is associated with the Puri Jagannath Temple ritual. In 2023, the date of Jalakrida Ekadasi is May 15. Ekadasi fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed during the 11 th day of a lunar fortnight. In some regions, certain Ekadasi’s attach a regional flair – mostly associated with a famous Vishnu incarnation that is worshipped in the region. Such instances are more noted in Orissa and is associated with the Lord Jagannath worship. Few examples of Ekadasi associated with Lord Jagannath observed in exclusively in Orissa are Jalakrida Ekadasi, Bhoumi Ekadasi, Papanashini Ekadasi etc.

Phalaharini Kali Puja 2023 Date - Importance Of Phalaharini Kali Puja

Phalaharini Kali Puja is a highly auspicious day dedicated to Goddess Kali in the Jyeshta month in Bengali Calendar. Phalaharini Kali Puja 2023 date is May 18 and May 19. The day falls during the Amavasya day in the Jaishto month. In some regions the puja will be held on May 18 night. Amavasya tithi should be present at midnight for the puja to be held. Goddess Kali is worshiped on the day in temples and special pujas and rituals are held on the day. The most important rituals on the day include Kali Nam Sankirtan, Anjali, Aarti, and Bhog. The rituals and pujas begin at night on the Amavasya day and continue until next day 3:00 AM. In some regions, goats are sacrificed. Nowadays people cut vegetables instead of animals. Sugarcane and pumpkin are cut and offered to the Goddess. A particular type of pumpkin called Chalkumra (ash gourd) is used for the puja. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa performed special rituals on the day. He used to invoke Mother Goddess on the day. I

Birthstone for Ayilyam Nakshatra – Which is the gem stone for Ayiliyam Natchathiram?

Birthstone for Ayilyam Nakshatra is based on its ruler Mercury or Budh. The stone can protect this Ayilyam Natchathiram born people from the negative effects of Budh and helps in garnering the positive energy of Mercury, one of the navagrahas in Hindu astrology. The birthstone for Ayilyam Nakshatram is Emerald. The gemstone is known as Panna or Marathakam in Hindi, Tamil and other regional languages in  India . Wearing the birthstone helps Ayilyam Nakshatra people in their career. It improves health and gives mental strength. It also provides peace and prosperity. It also bestows fortune and rewards. It is also believed that wearing the Panna stone will make the Ayilyam Natchathiram born people healthy and wealthy. It also helps in attaining name, fame and luxury. An alternative stone the Nakshatra born people can wear is Chrysoprase.

Story Of Sage Ashtavakra’s Marriage

The story of the marriage of Sage Ashtavakra is found in the Anusasana Parva of the Mahabharata. The sage wanted to marry Suprabha, daughter of Sage Vadanya. Ashtavakra disclosed his love for Suprabha to her father. Sage Vadanya agreed to the marriage but before that Ashtavakra had to pass a test. Ashtavakra should go north to the Himalayas pay homage to Shiva and Parvati and further go north and talk to a beautiful woman residing there. When Ashtavakra returns successfully, he will win the hands of Suprabha. Sage Ashtavakra accepted the challenge and he went north. First, he went to the palace of Kubera. Here, the treasurer of the gods entertained him. He then went further north and had darshan of Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He then went further north and met a beautiful woman named Uttara. The woman tried to entice Ashtavakra in many ways. But the Sage did not fall for her tricks. Finally, Uttara asked the sage to marry her. Ashtavakra denied her request by saying tha

Sakshi Gopal – Story Of Sakshi Gopala Manifestation Of Sri Krishna

Sakshi Gopal Temple is dedicated to Sri Krishna and is located about 16 km from Puri. Sakshi means ‘witness’; and in the story of the Sakshi Gopala manifestation, Sri Krishna is the witness. Legend has it that a rich old man was on a pilgrimage with his young caretaker. While on the pilgrimage, the old man promised the young man that he will give his daughter in marriage to him. After the successful completion of the pilgrimage, the old man did not keep his promise. The young man complained to the village council. The council asked him to produce his witness. The old man had made the promise at the Gopala Krishna Temple at Vrindavan. So the young man went again to Vrindavan and prayed to Sri Krishna to be his witness. Sri Krishna agreed to be his witness but on one condition. He will follow the young man as Gopala Krishna to his village but the young man should not turn back to see whether He is following him or not. However when the young man reached the

Sant Dnyaneshwar Quotes– Teachings of Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj

Sant Dnyaneshwar (1274-1296 A.D), also known as Jnanadeva, is the author of the Jnaneshwari, a Marathi commentary on the Srimad Bhagavad Gita. This is a collection of quotes and teachings of Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj. Wisdom is that, by which all troublesome activities melt away. He, who does not jump in the floods, need not be afraid of being drowned. He, who observes rules of health, will remain healthy. Similarly he, who on all occasions of activity and non-activity will not entertain the sense of "I" (Ahankar), need have no fear in this world. Thus when the sense of unity has dawned and when everybody else appears as part of self, how can the feeling of fear arise? When salt is put in the water, it becomes water. So with unity, there remains no animosity. The true mark, therefore, of purity of intelligence is, that the mind is directed towards the true form (of Self) and the intelligence has no other purpose except this. Like the tree which gives the lea