Solar and lunar eclipses were scientifically explained by Aryabhata. He states that the Moon and planets shine by reflected sunlight. Instead of the prevailing cosmogony in which eclipses were caused by Rahu and Ketu (identified as the pseudo-planetary lunar nodes), he
explains eclipses in terms of shadows cast by and falling on Earth.

Type of solar eclipse

Total solar eclipse

Total solar eclipses happen when the sun is completely blocked by the moon. Total solar eclipses are only visible from a specific part of the Earth. The
moon is considerably smaller and this its shadow will only pass through a narrow path on Earth’s surface

Partial solar eclipse

It happen when the Moon doesn’t completely cover the Sun. The Moon passes off-center and only a portion of the Sun is obscured

Annular eclipse
annular eclipse is when the Moon doesn’t cover the entirety of the Sun, even if the Moon’s completely centered in front of it.

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7 Jun
Names of 64 yoginis are as following:-

1. divyayoginī - दिव्ययोगिनी
2. mahāyoginī - महायोगिनी
3. siddhayoginī - सिद्धयोगिनी
4. gaṇeśvarī - गणेश्वरी
5. pretākṣī - प्रेताक्षी
6. ḍākinī - डाकिनी
7. kālī - काली
8. kālarātri - कालरात्रि
9. niśācarī - निशाचरी
10. jhaṃkārī - झंकारी
11. ūrdvavetālī - ऊर्द्ववेताली
12. kharparī - खर्परी
13. bhūtayāminī - भूतयामिनी
14. ūrdvakeśī - ऊर्द्वकेशी
15. virupākṣī - विरुपाक्षी
16. śuṣkaṃgī - शुष्कंगी
17. māṃsabhojanī - मांसभोजनी
18. phetkārī - फेत्कारी
19. vīrabhadrākṣī - वीरभद्राक्षी
20. dhūmrākṣī - धूम्राक्षी
21. kalahapriyā - कलहप्रिया
22. raktā - रक्ता
23. ghoraraktākṣī - घोररक्ताक्षी
24. piśacī - पिशची
25. bhayaṃkarī - भयंकरी
26. caurikā - चौरिका
27. mārikā - मारिका
28. caṇḍī - चण्डी
29. vārāhī - वाराही
30. muṇḍadhariṇī - मुण्डधरिणी
31. bhairavī - भैरवी
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5 Jun
As we all know..
An Indian saint named Devraha Baba, who passed away in 1989, was a yogi who lived just such a lifestyle. Devraha Baba was from the spiritual heritage of the Avatar Ramanandacharya, and lived beside the Yamuna river in Mathura. He lived on a 12-foot-high wooden
platform where he usually remained stark naked. He never ate food. He only drank water from the Yamuna river. He claimed he could be in two places simultaneously (a siddhi described in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras). He was observed to have stayed underwater unaided for half an hour.
He always radiated love. He was a Premaswarupa, an incarnation of love. He gave darshan (spiritual blessing) to devotees who came to pay homage. Many came to visit this great illustrious saint. People came from all over India and from all walks of life. He was a favorite among.
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4 Jun
Vrihdeshwar temple tanjaur
Gangaikondchol temple
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3 Jun

The Gyanvapi mosque in Varansi U.P. standing on d ruins of an older temple Vishweshwar now known as Kashi Vishwanath is 1 of 12 jyotirling of Shiva, the temple was demolished by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1696 for political reasons
Vishweshwar temple, established by Todar Mal with Narayana Bhatta (head of Banaras's most-famed Brahman family) in late 16th century. Bir Singh Bundela, a close associate of Jahangir, was patron in 17th century and refurbished the temple to some extents
In 1698 Bishan Singh ruler of Amber surveyed the site and mapped Gyanvapi to lie at a temple site and purchased much territory on site around Gyanvapi, including from muslim habitants to establish vishweshwar temple without demolishing mosque but failed.
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29 May
||. Do you know ||

veena (वीणा) in ancient & medieval Indian literature is a generic term for plucked string musical instruments. It is mentioned in Rigveda, Samaveda & Shatapatha Brahman, Taittiriya Samhita
The Natya Shastra by Bharata Muni, the oldest surviving
music and performance arts, discusses the veena.
Saraswati, 3rd century C.E. with harp-style veena, possibly a chitra vīṇā with seven strings or vipanchi vīṇāwith 9 strings. Chitra veenarefers to another instrument today.
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25 Apr
Valmiki has mentioned the word ‘Vimana‘ atleast 19 times in his epic poem Ramayana.

Sita mentioned 3 different types of Vimanas in Ramayana (Ayodhya Kanda, 27 Sarga), where she wishes to follow her husband to forest exile.

Ravana used jumbo jet, helicopter etc, while Indrajit
used Fighter-Jet and Vanaras used silent air-gliders.

Vyomachara (Vyoma = sky/space + chara = travellers).

Here, Valmiki’s description matches with modern day pilots wearing round goggles around their eyes.

Valmiki also mentions Vimanas in Kandas of Ayodhya 27-8; 15-49, 17-18,
88-5; Aranya 32-15, 35-19, 42-9, 48-6, 50-11; Kiskindha 50-30, 51-5, Sundara 7-7, 8-1, 8-2, 5, 8; 9-19, 11; 11-34, 12-14, 25.

At many other instances Valmiki has described separately the flying by Yogic Siddhi, at Ayodhya 27-8,Vimana taking away the dead to the Heaven at Ayodhya
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