Dhanteras : Meaning and Significance

Dhanteras : Meaning and Significance

Dhanteras : Meaning and Significance Dhanteras literally means ‘wealth’ (Dhan) and ’13th’ (tera) – that’s because it is a day celebrating wealth and is marked on the 13th day of the month of Kartik. Traditionally Hindus buy gold and silver jewelry or utensils on Dhanteras as well as starting new business ventures, buying new clothes, wearing jewelry and lighting the first lamp of Diwali to keep away Yama, the God of Death. Sometimes men gamble too, hoping that their prayers to Lakshmi will be answered. Dhanteras, sometimes called as Dhantrayodashi…

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Deva Rishi Narada – The Celestial Bard

Deva Rishi Narada – The Celestial Bard

Deva Rishi Narada – The Celestial Bard Naaraam – Datadi-Iti = Narada. The very name indicates that he is the “one who gives knowledge of the Supreme Brahman.” According to the Bhagavad Purana, to Him is attributed the 84 Sutras of the Philosophy of Devotion – or the Philosophy of Love for God, The Narada Bhakthi Sutra. The persona of Narada, the Deva Rishi, is spread through out the eighteen major Puranas but out of these eighteen, the Brahmavaivarta Purana, is the epitome, which deals with Narada and his many…

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The birth of Bali and Sugriva.

The birth of Bali and Sugriva.

The birth of Bali and Sugriva. Maharishi Kashyapa’s wife Vinita once laid two eggs but they did not hatch for a long time. Impatient, Vinita broke one of the eggs. The child that emerged from the broken egg, was incomplete in that its lower extremities were not formed. It had no legs or genitals. Out of motherly affection, Vinita named her malformed son Aruna, God of Dawn (In the Vedas, we identify this god as Ushas) and over a period of time, Aruna became the charioteer of Lord Surya. Since…

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25 % of the Presidents of the United States have no college degrees!

25 % of the Presidents of the United States have no college degrees!

25 % of the Presidents of the United States have no college degrees! Donald Trump is the 45th President of America. Any idea about his Educational qualifications? About 25 % of the Presidents of the United States, have no college degrees. How does it compare with the Indian Presidents? Trump did well at the academy, both socially and academically, rising to become a star athlete and student leader by the time he graduated in 1964. He then entered Fordham University and two years later transferred to the Wharton School of Finance…

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How did the Titanic sink? – Fire, Ice and Criminal Negligence

How did the Titanic sink? – Fire, Ice and Criminal Negligence

How did the Titanic sink? Collision or a three week continuous smoldering fire in her hull? At 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, the British ocean liner Titanic sinks into the North Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada. The massive ship, which carried 2,200 passengers and crew, had struck an iceberg two and half hours before. On April 10, the RMS Titanic, one of the largest and most luxurious ocean liners ever built, departed Southampton, England, on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. The Titanic was…

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