God is seen when the mind is tranquil – Sri Ramakrishna



God is seen when the mind is tranquil.

Standing by the bank of a pond thickly overspread with scum and weeds, you will say that there is no water in it. If you desire to see the water, remove the scum from the surface of the pond. With eyes covered with the film of Maya you complain that you cannot see God. If you wish to see Him, remove the film of Maya from your eyes.

God cannot be seen so long as there is the slightest taint of desire; therefore have thy small desires satisfied, and renounce the big desires by right reasoning and discrimination.

It is the nature of the lamp to give light. With its help, some may cook food, some may forge a deed, and the third may read the word of God. So with the help of the Lord’s name some try to attain salvation, others try to serve their evil purposes and so on. His holy name, however, remains unaffected.

Hindu Calendar Today – February 28, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival



Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:10 PM on Feb 28. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon till 4:33 PM on March 1. All time based on India Standard Time.

How is February 28, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date.
           
Nakshatra – Purvabhadrapada or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 6:35 AM on Feb 28. Then onward it is Uttaradrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatram till 5:50 AM on March 1.

In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Purvabhadrapada or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 5:57 AM on Feb 28. Then onward it is Uttaradrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatram till 4:43 AM on March 1.

Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rashi till 12:43 AM. Then onward it is Meena Rashi.

In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Kumbha Rashi till 12:12 AM. Then onward it is Meena Rashi.

Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Phulera Dooj. Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti

Kali Yuga Year – 5118

Vikram Samvant 2073 – Phalgun Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalguna 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 – Phalgun Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Durmukhi nama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1938 – Phalgun Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month in Maharashtra and Goa. (It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 5:20 PM on Feb 28. Then onward it is Phalgun Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month till 3:17 PM on March 1).This time is applicable only in western parts of India.

Vikram Samvant 2073 - Phalgun Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month in Gujarat. (It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 5:20 PM on Feb 28. Then onward it is Phalgun Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month till 3:17 PM on March 1).This time is applicable only in western parts of India.

16th day of Maasi Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. (Durmukhanama Year)
16th day of Kumbha Masam in Malayalam Calendar in Kerala. (Kolla Varsham 1192)
15th day of Phalgun Month in Calendars followed in Assam and Bengal. (Bengali Year 1423)

Bad Period on February 28, 2017
Rahukalam – 3:34 PM to 5:01 PM
Yamagandam – 9:45 AM to 11:12 AM
Gulikai – 12:39 PM to 2:07 PM
Durmuhurtham – 9:10 AM to 9:56 AM
Durmuhurtham – 11:25 PM on Feb 28 to 12:14 AM on March 1
Varjyam – 3:03 PM to 4:34 PM

Panchak (bad) – entire day

Good Time on February 28, 2017
Abhijita Muhurta – 12:16 PM to 1:03 PM
Amirta Kalam – not present
Sarvartha Siddhi Yog – 7:05 AM on Feb 28 to before 6:18 AM on March 1
Amrita Siddhi Yog – not present
Dwipushkar Yog – not present
Tripushkar Yog – not present

Yog – Sadhya (good) till 1:08 PM on February 28. Then onward it is Shubha (good).

Karana – Balava (good) till 6:16 AM. Then onward it is Kaulava (good) till 5:20 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.

Hinduism Facts That They Do not Tell You



This article explores many Hinduism facts that is conveniently overlooked by many popular websites and articles. They don’t tell you the real facts – they are more interested in the number of Hindus (third largest religion); they are interested in the countries where Hinduism is followed (India, Nepal, Fiji, Guyana..) and the caste system.

Oldest Living Religion

Hinduism is the oldest living religion in the world. It has no name – a name that comes closest to defining the religion is Sanatana Dharma. Hindu religion is perhaps the only evolving religion in the world.

The name Hinduism was coined by the British during the 1800s.
…who really knows? Who will here proclaim it? Whence was it produced? Whence is this creation? The gods came afterwards, with the creation of this universe.
Who then knows when it has arisen?
When this creation has arise – perhaps it formed itself, or perhaps it did not – the one who looks down on it, in the highest heaven, only he knows – or perhaps he does not know. (Rig Veda)
A Religion That was Attacked Mercilessly for Thousands of Years

Hinduism is the religion that withstood the onslaught of Islam and Christianity for more than thousand years. Islamic rulers and government supported Christian missionaries failed to destroy Hinduism.

The number of Hindus wiped out by Muslim invaders (starting from 1175 AD) is equivalent to the population of several countries in Europe.

It is the only religion that is constantly under attack from outside and inside. From other religions, governments and organizations.

It is the only religion that had to be defined by the highest court of a country -  "Hinduism is not a religion with one God and one Holy Scripture. The practices vary from region to region, place to place. The Gods worshipped, the customs, traditions, practices, rituals etc. they all differ, yet all these people are Hindus." (Supreme Court of India)



Atheism is Part of a Religion - It can happen only in Hinduism

Hinduism is perhaps the only religion that has accepted atheism – a fully developed school of thought supporting atheism is part of Hinduism – Carvaka philosophical school.

Respect for All Religions

Hinduism is the only religion that has not attacked another religion. It has imbibed the good teachings of all religions.

It is the only religion that has not broken or mutilated idols. In fact, it protected, saved and imbibed idols of all religions and traditions.

To Find Enemies Do Not Look Outside

The greatest enemies of Hindus are Hindus who are misguided by fake Gurus, politicians and people with vested interests.

Superstition thrives in Hinduism – because individuals are free to approach God in any way they want.

In a generation, hardly a few understand the true teachings of Hinduism.

Science and Hinduism Go Hand in Hand

Hindus always encouraged scientific spirit.

Hinduism has stood up to the challenges of modern science better than any other religion.

So What is then Hinduism?

Essentially Hinduism is the sum total of all attempts made by living beings (individual soul) to understand God.

Hinduism is not a religion in strict sense. It is not based on a founder or single scripture. It is a relentless pursuit of truth.

The core teaching of Hinduism that all gods and goddess are one – the different forms are just manifestation of one single Supreme Being (Brahman).

The paths to reach God are innumerable. Hinduism respects all the paths.

A Hindu sees God in all animate and inanimate.

Hinduism Teaches Through Symbolism

Symbolism plays a great role in Hindu religion and this symbolism is not limited by time or region.
The teachings and symbols in Hinduism are based on universal truth and therefore it will be applicable in all ages.

Celebration of Individual Freedom to know His/Her Source

Hinduism is based on self realization and not borrowed realization. Each individual should realize That (Brahman) and not by becoming blind follower of another.

One Birth is not Enough to Know

Hindu art, architecture, beliefs, temples, festivals – we need several births to know it all. By then Hindus might have added even more to the religion. So we will need to take several births again.

It has the oldest scriptures (Vedas)...It has the longest epic (Mahabharata)...

Hinduism is an Eternal Tree

Hinduism does not live in the past. It takes inspiration from the ancient teachers. It keeps its doors open to new knowledge. Hinduism is like a tree that is always growing. It cannot be uprooted. It can be mutilated but new branches will grow from the same spot.  
"Hinduism appears to be a very complex religion. It is like a centre of gravity doll which always regains its upright position however much it may be upset. Hinduism does not have a single founder, a single book, a single church or even a single way of life."  Quote from Facets of Hinduism by Swami Harshananda
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Dundeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Dundeshwar Form of Shiva – 3rd Shiva Temple in Ujjain



Dundeshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Dundeshwar Mahadev will get all their sins washed and they will also attain heaven.

The temple dedicated to Dundeshwar Mahadev is located at Ram Siddhi (Ramghat) on the banks of Shipra River.

This form of Shiva is associated with Shiva Gana Dundu.

Dundeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 3rd temple visited during the parikrama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Dundeshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain

One day Shiva Gana Dundu visited heaven. Here he happened to see Apsara Rambha. He got playful and threw flowers on her. Indira, the king of heaven, happened to witness this and cursed him to be born on earth.

After his birth on earth, Dundu performed intense austerities in the Mahendra Mountain.

One day he heard a voice from the sky. It directed him to go to  Mahakaal Vana (present day Ujjain) and perform Tapas.

Dundu reached Mahkaal Vana and performed austerities. He built a Shivling and performed prayers.
Soon he was relieved of the curse.

As Shiva Gana Dundu offered prayers to the Shivling, it came to be known as Dundeshwar.

Kedarnath Temple Opening Date in 2017 - Opening and Closing Dates in 2017 of Kedarnath Temple



Kedarnath Temple is part of the Char Dham Yatra in UttarakhandIndia. In 2017, the opening date of Kedarnath Temple is May 3, 2017. The temple will close after Diwali on October 19, 2017. Chardham Yatra comprises of pilgrimage to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri in Himalayas in Uttarakhand in India. The four holy shrines remain closed during winter season from October to April due to heavy snowfall.

Kedarnath shrine is located at an altitude of 3584 m and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one among the twelve Jyotirlinga temples. Legend has it that the Pandavas after the 18-day Great Kurukshetra War in the Mahabharata felt guilty of having killed their relatives and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva for salvation here.

Adi Shankaracharya is supposed to have worshipped at Kedarnath Temple and fixed the method of puja.

Kedarnath Temple was hit badly by the flash flood in June 2013 - the number of devotees that will be allowed on daily basis in 2017 is not yet known.

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Amavasya in March 2017 date and time – Amavas or No Moon Day in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in March 2017



Amavasi, also known as Amavasya or Amavas, is the no moon day in a month in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Amavasya March 2017 date is March 28. Amavasya Time is from 10:45 AM on March 27 to 8:27 AM on March 28, 2017.  As per traditional North Indian calendar it is the Amavasya in Chaitra month. In other regions it is the Phalgun Amavasi.

The March 28 Amavasya marks the end of Vikram Samvant 2073 in North India. It also marks the end of Shaka Era 1938 in other regions.

Durmukhinama Samavatsara ends in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. March 28 is also is observed as Gudi Padwa. Ugadi, Chaitra Shukladi and Nav Varsh Samvant will be observed on March 29.

Amavasi is the darkest day in a traditional Hindu month and is considered both auspicious and inauspicious by different Hindu communities.

There are many Hindus who undertake a fast on Amavasi. Some devotees only take a single meal on the day.