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Story Of Ambika In The Mahabharata - Mother Of Dhritarashtra

Ambika was the wife of Vichitravirya and the mother of Dhritarashtra in the Mahabharata. She was the second of the three daughters of the king of Kashi, the other two being Amba (elder) and Ambalika (younger). Having being brought to Hastinapura forcibly by Bhishma, Ambika had to marry Prince Vichitravirya, along with her sister, Ambalika, as co-wife. Vichitravirya died of consumption before a child was born to perpetuate the Kuru lineage. Satyavati, concerned over the absence of progeny to continue the line of succession, first wanted Bhishma to marry the widow Ambika. On his refusal to do so and at his suggestion, she agreed to have the lineage continued with the help of Vyasa – her own son by Sage Parashara. Sage Vyasa agreed to the suggestion on the condition that the princess should not be scared by his ugliness and dark complexion. But what the great sage expected came true. Ambika felt so repulsed at the sight of Sage Vyasa that she shut her eyes tight during their conjuga

Holy Bath In Mandakini River And Kamadgiri Parikrama At Chitrakoot During Diwali

More than a million devotees participate in the annual bathing ritual in Mandakini River and Parikrama of Kamadgiri Mountain at Chitrakoot during Diwali. Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh is an important spiritual and religious destination in Hinduism and the place is associated with Bhagavan Sri Ram and Ramayana. When can one perform the Parikrama? The most important dates of holy dip in a year are Choti Diwali and Diwali. The Parikrama can be performed on all days of the year. During summer season better performed early morning or in the evening. How long is the Parikrama? The parikrama is about six kms and is done barefoot by many devotees. The path of parikrama is smooth with tiles placed on the route Why is Kamadgiri Parikrama Performed? Kamadgiri means the mountain that fulfills desires. The parikrama or circumambulation of Kamadgiri Mountain at Chitrakoot after taking holy dip in the Mandakini River helps in desire fulfillment, washing away of sins and open

Knowledge And Devotion Acting Together In Harmony Are Essential For Spiritual Success

The two, knowledge and devotion, acting together in harmony are essential. We could say that knowledge is the vehicle to take us forward and devotion is the fuel that drives our quest. It is relatively easy to acquire knowledge if one has a good memory. With time and patience we can acquire the ability to recall large chunks of information. As we all know it is entirely another matter to understand and apply what we may have learned. Intelligence and knowledge are not necessarily the same thing. The development of devotion to an ideal or person who appears to be wise is also fairly easy if we have suffered and are looking for a sagacious person who seems to know the solution to our problems. Nevertheless devotion without knowledge can easily lead us astray and we can vainly devote our time and energy to a cause that is flawed. The stories of disillusioned disciples whose masters have been found wanting are common. The real purpose of the teachings of great Gurus is not just to gi

28 October 2021 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Thursday, 28 October 2021 – It is Krishna Paksha Saptami tithi or the seventh day during waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Saptami tithi or the seventh day during waning or dark phase of moon till 8:17 AM on October 28. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during waning or dark phase of moon till 9:20 AM on October 29. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on October 28, 2021 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Punarvasu or Punartham nakshatra till 6:36 AM on October 28 . Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam nakshatra till 8:15 AM on October 29. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), Punar