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Story of Indra and the Bird with Mystic Powers

Story of Indra and the bird who refused to leave the tree on which it had made its abode is found in the Anusasana Parva, Chapter 5, of Mahabharata. A hunter once went hunting with poisoned arrows. One of his arrows hit a big tree and the powerful poison dried up the whole tree. In the hollow of the trunk of the tree, there lived a bird with mystic powers. It did not leave the tree, which had been its home since birth. One day Indra approached the bird in the guise of saint. However, the bird easily identified Indra by its mystic power. Indra advised the bird to leave the tree and find a suitable residence as the tree could fall anytime. The bird did not accept his advice. Indra was pleased at the bird’s loyalty and gratitude towards the tree. Therefore, he took the bird along with him to heaven.

Herath – 2023 Date - Pujas - Significance - The Shivaratri of Kashmiri Pandits

Mahashivaratri is on the most popular festivals of Hindus in Kashmir , especially that of Kashmiri Pandits. Herath 2023 date is February 18. In Jammu and Kashmir , Shivratri is known as Hayrath or Herath. And the most important day of the festival is the 13th day of the dark half of Phalgun month. A day ahead of the normal Shivratri day in other parts of India . To Kashmiris, Maha Shivratri signifies Lord Shiva's wedding with Parvathi. Herath 2023 Important Dates Herath festival 2023 begins on the first day of Phalgun Krishna Paksha (February 6, 2023) and ends on the Amavasya day in Phalgun (February 20, 2023).  In between there are numerous auspicious days like Hur Ashtami (February 14, 2023).  The main rituals of Herath festival begins in February 14, 2023.  Wager Bah ( February 15, 2023).  The important pujas are  held on the Shivratri day (Shiv Chaturdashi) (February 18, 2023).  The pujas culminate on the Amavasya day which is known as Doonya Amavasya ( February 20,

Vrishni Clan In Ancient India

Vrishni is a martial clan in ancient India to which Lord Krishna belonged. The clan is mentioned variously as Vrishni, Varsna, Varsnya and Varsneya in later Vedic texts as well as in Panini’s Astadhyayi and Kautilya’s Arthashastra. The Mahabharata refers to Vrishni, a kshatriya of the Yadu race, whose descendants came to be known as the Vrishnis. Krishna belonged to the Vrishni clan and was the sangha mukhya (chief) of the Andhaka Vrishni state. Krishna testifies in Harivamsa Purana to the martial qualities of not only men but also the women of the Vrishni clan. The Mahabharata and Puranas refer to the invasion by Jarasandha and the exile of the Yadavas from Mathura and their settlement by Vasudeva Krishna at Kusasthali (Dwarka). About 36 years after the battle of the Mahabharata, the decline of the Yadava clan due to inner-clan enmity was followed by the death of Krishna. The city of Dwarka was also immersed in the sea after seven days. The Mahabharata, Bhagavata and Vishnu

Resting - Relaxing - Fun - Stillness - Hindu Gods Did All of Them

Rest or stillness is of great importance in Hinduism. Shiva and Vishnu, the two important Hindu Gods, indulge in fun, relaxation, and stillness. Modern Hindus need to learn from the gods the importance of resting and relaxing. Stillness allows us to detoxify the mind, clear our minds, focus and find solutions to problems of life. Today, rest and relaxation are considered sin by many. People cannot see a person taking rest or relaxing, they think the person is wasting life or is wasting the wealth of parents or ancestors. Just like hard work, resting and relaxing is equally important. It is not physical rest alone that is required; we need to put our mind too to rest. We need to stop the mind from constantly filling it with rubbish. Today, the funniest part is that a person can only rest after his/her death. That is why we have ‘rest in peace.’ Actually, we should take frequent rest while we are alive so that we do not suffer on earth and we are able to come up w