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The worship of the holy fig tree and Sati Savitri: Vat Savitri Vrat

India is famous for temples and so is the national tree of India that hardly fails to find its place in the Indian temples. Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are believed to reside in the roots, trunk and the upper portion of this immortal tree respectively. This tree receives a special mention in Bhagavad-gita too, wherein, Lord Krishna says, “Of all trees, I am the holy fig tree...” (excerpt from the 26th sloka of the 10th chapter of Bhagavad-gita) Thus, the holy fig tree, also known as Banyan tree has a special significance and is rightly known as kalpa-vriksha (wish-fulfilling tree).

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Shani Jayanti

Our solar system compromises of the Sun, planets, satellites etc., When we say Jupiter, we think of “the largest planet”. When we say “Venus”, we think of “the most beautiful planet”. When we say Earth, we think of “our planet”. And then there is one planet that makes most of us think of all the synonyms attached to “fear”. Yes, we are talking about Saturn. In reality, do we fear the planet Saturn or the Lord of Saturn, Shanidev?

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Mohini Ekadasi

The glories of the Ekadasi that occurs during the Shukla paksha (waxing phase of the moon) of the Vaisakha month are mentioned in the Kurma Purana as a narration by Lord Krishna to king Yudhishtira. This Ekadasi is named as Mohini Ekadasi. Earlier, the glories of Mohini Ekadasi were narrated by sage Vashistha to Lord Rama.

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Apara Ekadasi

The glories of the Ekadasi that occurs in the Krishna paksha (waning phase of the moon) in the month of Jyeshtha of the Hindu calendar is known as Apara Ekadasi. The glories of Apara Ekadasi are described by Lord Krishna to King Yudhishtira in the Brahmanda Purana.

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