Anandamayi Ma – Concepts



Accepting all conditions of life – whatever they be – as His gift abide in fortitude and do service.

Endeavor to keep your thought centered at all times on the divine Name or Form that appeals to you most. Let your mind be turned exclusively towards God – then, and then only, may you hope for peace.

Man must behave as a hero. During spells of misfortune he must abide in fortitude and patience. Time never stands still.

To live up to the highest ideals seems irksome at first, but ultimately brings real well being and peace.
Anandamayi Ma

Today’s Hindu Calendar – May 7, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival



Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, May 7, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon till 8:56 AM on May 7. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

How is May 7, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is bad till 9:53 AM. Then onward it is an average day.

Nakshatra – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 12:22 PM on May 7. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram.

Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi till 12:22 PM. Then onward it is Dhanu Rashi

Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat. Moonrise time is at 9:49 PM

Kali Yuga Year – 5117

Vikram Samvant 2072 – Jyeshta Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon in Jyeshta month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.

Manmathanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1937 – Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon in Vaishakh month in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Manmathanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1937 – Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon in Vaishakh month in Maharashtra and Goa. (It is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi till 9:51 AM on May 7. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi.) This time is only applicable in western parts of India.

Vikram Samvant 2071 - Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon in Vaishakh month in Gujarat. (It is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi till 9:51 AM on May 7. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi.) This time is only applicable in western parts of India

24th day of Chithirai Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. (Manmatha Year)
23rd day of Meda Masam in Malayalam Calendar in Kerala. (Kolla Varsham 1190)
23rd day of Baishakh Month in Calendars followed in Assam and Bengal. (Bengali Year 1422)

Bad Period on May 7, 2015
Rahukalam – 2:01 PM to 3:39 PM
Yamagandam – 5:52 AM to 7:30 AM
Gulikai – 9:08 AM to 10:45 AM
Durmuhurtham – 10:13 AM to 11:05 AM
Durmuhurtham – 3:26 PM to 4:18 PM
Varjyam – not present

Panchak (bad) - not present

Good Time on May 7, 2015
Abhijita Muhurta – 11:59 AM to 12:47 PM
Amirta Kalam – 4:07 AM to 5:45 AM
Sarvartha Siddhi Yog – not present
Amrita Siddhi Yog - not present
Dwipushkar Yog - not present
Tripushkar Yog - not present

Yog – Shiva (Good Yog) till 8:18 PM. Then onward it is Siddha (Good Yog).

Karana – Vishti or Bhadra (Bad) till 9:51 AM. Then onward it is Bava (Good) till 9:35 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.

Why Godavari River is also known as Gautami?



The Holy River Godavari is also known as Gautami. The popular belief is that Ganga River and Godavari River are the same. This is ratified by the Naradiya Purana. Godavari is also known as Dakshina Ganga or the South Ganga.

The river is also known as Gautami because Sage Gautama is said to have brought Ganga in the form of Godavari.

It is also stated in the Brahma Purana that to the south of Vindhyas Ganga is known as Gautami.

Why did Draupadi marry the five Pandava brothers in the Mahabharata? – The Reason From Markandeya Purana



Panchali or Draupadi was the wife of the five Pandava brothers in the Mahabharata. The reason for her marrying the five brothers – Pandavas – is mentioned in the Markandeya Purana. The reason given in the Mahabharata is that Kunti had unknowingly asked the Pandavas to share what they had brought on that day not knowing that on that day Arjuna had won Panchali’s hand in marriage in the court of Drupada. But the reason for Kunti unknowingly uttering to share Panchali is mentioned Markandeya Purana.

Markandeya Purana states that the five Pandava brothers were in reality Indra, the king of Devas, and Draupadi was Indra’s wife Shachi Devi. So when her husband took the form of Pandavas she appeared as the wife of Pandava brothers. The story mentioned in this regard reads like this.

Once a holy man named Trishara started to perform powerful austerities to impress Brahma. Indra, the king of gods, felt that his position will be threatened if Brahma is pleased with Trishara. So he killed Trishara.

Trishara’s father was a powerful ascetic named Twashta. Upon hearing that his son was killed treacherously by Indra, the angry father pulled a hair from his head and threw it into the yajna fire. From the fire appeared a powerful demon named Vritasura.

Indra had started losing his powers due to the sin he committed – killing of Trishara. So he took the help of Sapta Rishis (seven saints) to deal with Vritasura. But when Sapta Rishis were trying to pacify Vritasura, Indra and other Devas used the opportunity to kill Vritasura.

This angered the Sapta Rishis who cursed Indra and other Devas to be born on earth and undergo humiliation and innumerable sufferings.

Indra then took responsibility of the situation and asked Dharmaraja, Vayu and Ashwini Kumars to give their energy. He then deposited this in Kunti and Madri, the wives of Pandu. Thus from the radiance of Dharmaraja was born Yudhishtira, from the radiance of Vayu was born Bhima, from the radiance of Indra was born Arjuna and from the radiance of Ashwini kumars was born Nakula and Sahadeva.

To help her husband during his earthly life Indra’s wife Shachi Devi appeared as Yagnaseni in the yajna conducted by Drupada. She was later named as Draupadi and she got married to the Pandavas. 

Betel Leaves in Hindu Rituals – Importance of Betel Leaves in Hindu Pujas



One of the most important puja items in Hindu rituals is the betel leaves, especially in South Indian pujas. In regional languages in India it is known as Pan, Nag Ve, Vetta or Vettila. The popular belief is that all the important deities are present in the betel leaf. It is also an important component in the Ashtamangalya items.

Elders say that –

Goddess Mahalakshmi is present in the lower tip of the betel leaf

Goddess Saraswati is present in the middle part.

Jyeshta Lakshmi is present at the portion that connects the betel leaf to the stem.

Goddess Parvati and Mangalya Devi are present on the left side.

Bhudevi or Mother Earth is present on the right side.

Sri Hari Vishnu resides inside the betel leaf.

Shiva resides on the outside of the leaf.

Shukra resides on the top portion.

Indra resides on the tip of the top portion.

Presence of Surya is felt throughout the leaf.

Kamdev – the god of love – resides on the outer portion of the leaf.

Betel leaves that have holes, that are dried and those that are torn from the middle are not used for pujas.

In South India, Dakshina to priests and elders are given by keeping a betel nut and a coin in the betel leaf. All-most all puja talis contain betel leaves and betel nuts. In some places people also use betel leaves to adorn the mouth of the Kalash pot.

Goddess Lakshmi Lamp – Lithophane Votive Light of Goddess Lakshmi from Lladro



Goddess Lakshmi lithophane is a molded artwork in thin very translucent porcelain that can only be seen clearly when back lit with a light source. It is an ideal Goddess Lakshmi lamp for offering prayers in puja rooms and for meditation. Lladro, a Spanish firm noted for high quality porcelain figurines – Hindu religion related figurines include various forms of Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi, Ram Darbar and Shiva.


Goddess Lakshmi – lithophane votive light from Lladro is priced at Rs 6,000 /-

The size of the lamp is 12 X 9 cm

Lladro signature stores are there in New Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bangalore. It is also available in famous jewelry shops and boutiques. 

Jamai Sashti 2015 Date



Jamai Shasti is dedicated to the son-in-law and is observed mainly in Bengal. It is observed on the sixth day during the Shukla Paksha (Waxing Phase of moon) in the month of Jaishto (May – June) in Bengal. Jamai Sashti 2015 date is May 24. In many regions, Goddess Sashti is worshipped on the day for the well being of the children.

'Jamai' means son-in-law and 'Shasti' is the sixth day in a fortnight in a traditional Hindu calendar.

Sons-in-law are invited and honored on the day by the in-laws and is social custom in Bengal. Mother-in-laws cook special dishes especially Hilsa fish on the day.

The son-in-law is traditionally welcomed to the house and a yellow thread is tied on the wrist. He is given gifts and in return he gifts the mother-in-law. Then a sumptuous dish is served which mainly includes vegetarian and fish dishes.