Natural Rough Diamond in the Shape of Ganesha in Surat

A natural rough diamond in the Shape of Ganesha is owned by Kanubhai Asodaria, chairman of Karam Group of Mahidarpura. It is worth millions of rupees and the owner allows darshan of the Ganesh only during Ganesh Chaturthi puja and that too after taking prior appointment.

The yellowish grey diamond is approximately 48 mm high, 32 mm wide and 20mm thick. It weighs 36.50 grams.

The 182.53 carat rough diamond was mined somewhere in Africa.

Kanubhai told TOI, "It is a priceless blessing in the form of diamond showered on us by Lord Ganesha himself. The darshan can be had only during Ganesha puja days. Only one natural diamond Ganesha exists in this world. I keep it in the safe vault throughout the year at an undisclosed location." Kanubhai found this diamond 12 years ago when he had gone to Antwerp to purchase rough diamonds.


Sama Pancham

Sama Pancham is a unique ritual observed mainly in Gujarat in the Bhadrapad Month (August – September). Women and farmers observe certain rituals on the day. In 2014, the date of Sama Pancham is August 30. On the Sama Pancham day, people cook and eat only Sama grains. The ritual is observed on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Bhadrapad Month. On this day, farmers and people associated with agricultural activities cook and eat Sama – the seeds that a kind of wild grass.

Women observe on the day rituals associated with Rushi Pancham. Some women avoid performing religious rituals on the day and indulge in singing of bhajans.


Belief with most people is simply another name for mental laziness – Swami Ranganathananda

Belief with most people is simply another name for mental laziness.

Faith in India did not mean a cozy belief in which to find comfort, but a torch by which to set the soul on fire with a longing for spiritual realization.

In the absence of this longing and struggle, the belief of the faithful does not differ from the unbelief of the faithless.

Religious earnestness for many means, especially when organized under a militant church or theocratic state, either the pursuit of aggressive proselytism or jehads and crusades.

They cannot understand the meaning of that earnestness that proceeds from an inner spiritual hunger. No dogma or creed or frenzied acts can satisfy this hunger of a religious heart. Its only bread is spiritual realization.

Religion is a matter of inner experience, a getting in touch with spiritual facts of the supersensory levels of experience, not a matter of belief, dogma or conformity.

Source Human Being in Depth: A Scientific Approach to Religion by Swami Ranganathananda – Page 8


Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 30, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, August 30, 2014 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the light phase of moon till 12:35 AM on August 30. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Chitra or Chithira or Chithirai Nakshatra till 1:42 PM on August 30. Then onward it is Swati or Chothi Nakshatram.

Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 1:04 AM. Then onward it is Tula Rashi.

Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Rishi Panchami

Kali Yuga Year – 5116

Vikram Samvant 2071 – Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.

Jayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1936 – Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Goa

Vikram Samvant 2070 – Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month in Gujarat.

14th day of Aavani Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. (Jaya Year)
14th day of Chinga Masam in Malayalam Calendar in Kerala. (Kolla Varsham 1190)
13th day of Bhadrapad Month in Calendars followed in Assam and Bengal. (Bengali Year 1421)

Bad Period on August 30, 2014
Rahukalam – 9:18 AM to 10:53 AM
Yamagandam – 2:02 PM to 3:36 PM
Gulikai – 6:09 AM to 7:43 AM
Durmuhurtham – 6:09 AM to 7:50 AM
Varjyam – 10:29 PM on August 29 to 12:13 AM on August 30
Varjyam – 9:43 PM to 11:25 PM
Good Time on August 30, 2014
Abhijita Muhurta – 12:03 PM to 12:51 PM
Amirta Kalam – 8:52 AM to 10:36 AM

Yog – Shukla (Good Yog) till 4:32 PM. Then onward it is Brahma (Good Yog).

Karana – Vishti or Bhadra (Bad) till 3:43 AM. Then onward it is Bava (Good) till 4:19 PM. Then onward it is Balava (Good).

Rest all hours that are not part of Bad Period are Good time. When bad period overlaps into good period, that much time of bad period should be eliminated from good period.


Rishi Panchami 2014 date

Rishi Panchami is observed on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in the Bhadra month (August – September). Rishi Panchami 2014 date is August 30, Saturday. On the day, tributes are paid to the Sapta Rishis – the seven sages – Kashyapa, Atri, Bharadhvaja, Vishvamitra, Gauthama, Jamadagni and Vashishta.

Rishi Panchami is of great importance to the Hindu community in Nepal and in the hill districts of North India. In Nepal, it is the third and final day of Teej festival. Rishi Panchami is also the final day fasting for those who observe three-day Hartalika Teej fasting.
In Nepal, women observe a strict fast on the Rishi Panchami day. The fasting is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is also undertaken by men in some regions. The fast is broken after the Rishi Panchami Pooja.
Women have a special bath on the day using Datiwan herb. Special Kalash is prepared on the day and prayed to. Women in large numbers visit Lord Shiva temples.