Food is not a commodity – food is life – Sadhguru



With how much love, care, and tenderness you handle the food that you eat decides how your body will be. If the world learns to handle food with the needed wisdom, 70 percent of the ailments would vanish. For most ailments, the headquarters is in the stomach. If you put inappropriate fuel into an automobile, both its efficiency and lifespan will go down – the same is true with our body.

Food is not a commodity – food is life. If we can eat with enormous gratitude for all the living things which give up their life to sustain our lives, then the food will behave in a very different way within us. If we can bring this awareness in people, that food is life making material and not a commodity for sure, people would become more sensitive as to how they use this life-making phenomenon.

The true joy of eating is that you are conscious of some other life willing to become a part of you, to merge and mingle with your own life and become you. This is the greatest pleasure that a human being knows, that in some way something that is not him has become willing to become a part of him. This is what you call as love. This is what people call as devotion. This is the ultimate goal of the spiritual process – to include that which is not you as yourself, and food is the simplest beginning in that direction.
– Sadhguru

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 24, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival



Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon on the entire day on January 24 and till 2:01 AM on January 25. 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.

How is January 24, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
           
Nakshatra – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 4:32 PM on January 24. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram.

In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 4:33 PM on January 24. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatra.

Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi till 5:51 PM. Then onward it is Dhanu Rashi.

In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Vrischika Rashi till 4:33 PM. Then onward it is Dhanu Rashi.

Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Til Dwadashi

Kali Yuga Year – 5118

Vikram Samvant 2073 – Magh Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.

Durmukhi nama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1938 – Paush Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Durmukhi nama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1938 – Paush Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month in Maharashtra and Goa. (It is Paush Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month till 12:22 AM on January 24. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month). This time is applicable only in western parts of India.

Vikram Samvant 2073 - Paush Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month in Gujarat. (It is Paush Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month till 12:22 AM on January 24. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month). This time is applicable only in western parts of India. This time is applicable only in western parts of India.

11th day of Thai Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. (Durmukhanama Year)
11th day of Makara Masam in Malayalam Calendar in Kerala. (Kolla Varsham 1192)
10th day of Magh Month in Calendars followed in Assam and Bengal. (Bengali Year 1423)

Bad Period on January 24, 2017
Rahukalam – 3:23 PM to 4:45 PM
Yamagandam – 9:54 AM to 11:17 AM
Gulikai – 12:39 PM to 2:01 PM
Durmuhurtham – 9:22 AM to 10:00 AM
Durmuhurtham – 11:21 PM on Jan 24 to 12:12 AM to Jan 25
Varjyam – not present

Panchak (bad) – not present

Good Time on January 24, 2017
Abhijita Muhurta – 12:17 PM to 1:01 PM
Amirta Kalam – 6:48 AM to 7:34 AM
Sarvartha Siddhi Yog – not present
Amrita Siddhi Yog – not present
Dwipushkar Yog – not present
Tripushkar Yog – not present

Yog – Dhruva (good) till 3:32 PM on January 24. Then onward it is Vyaghata (bad).

Karana – Balava (good) till 12:22 AM. Then onward it is Kaulava (good) till 1:25 PM. Then onward it is Taitila (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.

Vasant Panchami 2017 date – Information on Vasant Panchami or Spring Festival in 2017



Vasant Panchami, or Vasant Panchami, is a popular festival in North India which heralds the arrival of the spring season. Vasant Panchami 2017 date is February 1.  ‘Basant’ or ‘Vasant’ means spring and ‘Panchami’ is the fifth day after Amavasi in Magh month when it is celebrated Saraswathi Pooja is performed in North and Eastern parts of India on the day. Yellow color, which symbolizes prosperity and love, is given importance on the day.

Information on Vasant Panchami

Vasant Panchami festival is celebrated mainly in North India. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says that ‘Vasant’ is one of his forms. Basant Panjami is purely a festival of nature and there is no major scriptural story associated with it as is the case of most Hindu festivals.

Vasant Panchami is essentially welcoming the blossoming nature after the harsh winter.

Great prominence is given to yellow color on Vasant Panchami as it signifies the ripening of fruits and crops. The mustard fields in North India blooms during this season giving a yellow coat to nature.

To welcome the pristine nature after a harsh winter, deities in temples and houses are decorated with yellow colored clothes. Similarly, yellow colored food, sweets and fruits are distributed to friends, neighbors and relatives. Yellow sweet rice is cooked and distributed on the day.

Goddess Saraswathi is worshipped by students and teachers on the day in northern and eastern parts of India.

On the day, prayers are offered to Goddess Saraswathi (Goddess of Knowledge), Lord Surya (Sun God), Mother Ganga (Ganges), Bhu Devi (Mother Earth), and Kamdev (God of love) and his consort Rati. The worship of elements in nature is acknowledging the various forms of nature, which sustains human beings, plants and animals.

Similarly, people pay homage to the ancestors on the day and Pitru Tarpan is also performed by some communities.

Vasanth Panchami is also an important bathing day during the Magh Mela.

Kite flying is a major activity during the period in many parts of the region.

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Mandar Saptami Vrat



Mandar Saptami Vrat is observed in Magh month (January – February) as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Mandar Saptami Vrat 2017 date is February 3. The fasting and ritual is dedicated to Surya, the sun god.

The vrat is a three day affair. On Panchami, two days before, the person observing the vrat only eats vegetarian food. The previous Sashti day it is complete fasting. The devotee sleeps on the day after eating Mandhar flowers. On the Saptami day, pujas dedicated to Surya are performed in the morning and the fast is broken.

The greatness of the vrat is mentioned in the Padma Puran and Matsya Puran.

Mandar Sashti is observed on the Magh Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi – the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh Month.

On the same day, the famous Ratha Saptami puja dedicated to Surya is observed. 

Kapaleshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Kapaleshwar Form of Shiva – 8th Shiva Temple in Ujjain



Kapaleshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Kapaleshwar Mahadev will have their wishes fulfilled.
The temple dedicated to Kapaleshwar Mahadev is located at Anantapeth in Bilotipura in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with Kapali form of Shiva.

Kapaleshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 8th temple visited during the parikrama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Kapaleshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain

Shiva was roaming as Kapali when he came across a yajna. Kapli is the form of Shiva after he cut off the fifth head of Brahma. The head was stuck in his hand and he roamed over the earth to get rid of it.

People who were conducting the yajna were not happy with the presence of Kapali. So they attempted to throw him out of the yajna area.

Suddenly people saw thousands of Kapali in the yajna area. People realized that this was caused by Mahadev Shiva.

So they offered prayers to him and asked for forgiveness.

Mahadev asked them to go to Mahkaal Vana in Ujjain and offer prayers to a Shivling. People performed penance and soon the yajna area was cleared.

As Shiva appeared in the form of Kapali, the Shivling came to be known as Kapaleshwar.