Meet these proud Women Priests

Sandhyavandanam Lakshmi Devi, V Seethalakshmi, Lingambotla Vimala Kumari, Gyan Kumari Pandey, Pranaveswari, Rajeswari, Bhuvaneswari, Gnaneswari, and Chanda Vyas are all women priests (priestess) who are performing all important Hindu pujas and rituals including Shradh and Wedding Ceremonies.

Sandhyavandanam Lakshmi Devi is the first woman to conduct rituals in Andhra Pradesh. She has also performed many last rites, including that of her teacher Gopadeva Sastry.

V Seethalakshmi is an expert on the Vedas and not only delivers scholarly discourses, but also conducts religious ceremonies. She has been performing pujas for 25 years. She also teaches the scriptures at a centre in Hyderabad to a class of 50 women

Lingambotla Vimala Kumari – Works as Upa Pradhanarchaka and supervises Laksha kumkumarchana at Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Temple in Vijayawada.

Gyan Kumari Pandey, 58, an astrologer and purohit, started practising professionally some 35 years ago.

Pranaveswari, Rajeswari, Bhuvaneswari and Gnaneswari, all purohitas from Choutpally, Nizamabad, run a Vedic school only for girls.

UK-based Chanda Vyas became the first female Hindu priest to conduct weddings in the UK
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 The earliest mention of women participating in ritualistic offerings or brahmavadinis is in the Rig Veda. There were 27 brahmavadinis, who performed rituals and were also teachers. The history of priestesses is full of stories about women defying artificial limits. Time and again, they overcame obstacles, to lead, teach, counsel and inspire, often outside of official structures of authority, and usually in spite of them.

Govatsa Dwadashi 2014 - Nandini Vrata Legend

Govatsa Dwadashi, also known as Nandini Vrata, is observed on the 12th day of the Krishna Paksha of Ashwin month in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Govatsa Dwadashi 2014 date is October 20 in Maharashtra. The day is mainly dedicated to the worship of Cows – Divine cow Nandhini is worshipped on the day.

According to Bhavishyapurana, Govatsa Dwadashi is associated with the story of divine cow Nandhini and her calves. Hence this day is also referred to as Nandhini Vrata. The idols of cows and calves made of mud are worshipped on this day. Nandini is believed to fulfill the wishes of her devotees.

On Govatsa Dwadashi day, images of Cow and Calf are made and are adorned with turmeric and kumkuma.

Offerings such as sprouted moong and gram are made to cows who are representatives of Nandhini on earth.

In some regions, it is strictly prohibited to drink cow milk, ghee and curd on this day.

This day is also known as “Guru Dwadashi”.

It is termed as “Vagh” in North India, where, “Vagh” refers to repaying one’s financial debts. Therefore, people clear their account books on this and they will not enter further transactions using new ledgers on this day.

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Ekadashi November 2014 dates – Monthly Fasting Dedicated to Vishnu in November 2014

Ekadasi Fasting is dedicated to Srihari Vishnu. Ekadashi November 2014 dates are November 3 and November 18. The Ekadasi on November 3, 2014 is of great importance as it marks the end of the Chaturmasa Vrata, the Tulsi Vrata begins on the day, Pandarpur Kartik Ekadasi yatra is also observed on the day.

The Ekadashi on November 3, 2014 is known as Prabodini Ekadasi. The Ekadasi on November 3 is the Kartik Ekadasi and it is also known as Dev Uthani Ekadashi. Prabodini Ekadasi also the last Ekadasi in a cycle of Ekadasi fasting.

The Ekadashi on November 18, 2014 is known as Utpanna Ekadasi and it is from this Ekadasi most people begin the next cycle of Ekadasi Fasting.

Ekadasi is observed on the 11th day of the waxing phase (Shukla Paksha) and waning phase (Krishna Paksha) in a traditional Hindu month.

Richest treasure in life is a loving heart that is at peace with all – Dada J P Vaswani

Has someone offended you? Has someone insulted you? Remember, insults and
unjust criticism are like bad coins. You cannot avoid getting them, but you can always refuse to accept them.

The root cause of all sorrow is desire — desire for wealth, for pleasures of flesh and for power.

Life’s richest treasure is a loving heart that is at peace with all.

Prayer is our deepest source of power and perfection.

A wise way of praying is to tell the Lord, ‘God, grant me this wish, if it is for my good.’
Dada J P Vaswani

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 20, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, October 20, 2014 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon till 10:41 PM on October 20. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 10:47 PM on October 20. Then onward it is Uthara Phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram.

Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi

Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Govatsa Dwadasi

Kali Yuga Year – 5116

Vikram Samvant 2071 – Kartik Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Kartik 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 – Aswhin Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Ashwin month in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Goa

Vikram Samvant 2070 – Aswhin Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Ashwin month in Gujarat.

3rd day of Aipassi Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. (Jaya Year)
3rd day of Thulam Masam in Malayalam Calendar in Kerala. (Kolla Varsham 1190)
2nd day of Kartik Month in Calendars followed in Assam and Bengal. (Bengali Year 1421)

Bad Period on October 20, 2014
Rahukalam – 7:52 AM to 9:19 AM
Yamagandam – 10:45 AM to 12:11 PM
Gulikai – 1:38 PM to 3:04 PM
Durmuhurtham – 12:34 PM to 1:20 PM
Durmuhurtham – 2:52 PM to 3:38 PM
Varjyam – 4:29 AM to 6:16 AM

Good Time on October 20, 2014
Abhijita Muhurta – 11:48 AM to 12:34 PM
Amirta Kalam – 3:11 PM to 4:58 PM

Yog – Shukla (Good Yog) till 4:10 AM. Then onward it is Brahma (Good Yog).

Karana – Kaulava (Good) till 10:18 AM. Then onward it is Taitila (Good) till 11:22 PM. Then onward it is Garaja (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.