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Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in October 2008

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in 2008 October – based on major Hindu calendars used in India.1st October – 2nd day of Navratri Puja2nd October – 3rd day of Navaratri Puja3rd October – 4th day of Navrathri Puja – Goddess Lakshmi Worship begins in South India4th October – 5th day of Navarathri Puja5th October – 6th day of Navrathri Puja5th October – Durga Puja – Shasti Durga Devi Amantran5th October – Sashti Fasting for Muruga Devotees6th October – 7th day of Navaratri Puja - Goddess Saraswathi Puja Begins in South India6th October – Saptami Shri Durga Devi Saptami Vihita Puja7th October – 8th day of Navarathri Puja7th October – Durga Ashtami8th October – 9th day of Navrathri Puja8th October – Ayudha Puja8th October – Mahanavami9th October – Dusshera – Vijaya Dashami – Vidyarambham in Kerala11th October – Ekadasi – Pashankusha Ekadashi12th October – Pradosha Puja14th October – Sharad Purnima – Poornima full moon day (Pournami)14th October – Kojagari Lakshmi Puja1…

Pitri Paksha

Shraddh or Shradh offered during Pitri Paksha (dark fortnight or Krishna Paksha) in the month of Ashwin or Ashwini (September – October) is of great importance in Hindu religion. Shraddh, also known as Tarpan, is the ceremonies and rituals performed for the departed souls of dead ancestors in Hinduism. Pitri Paksha Shradh is a period of 15 days and the most important day is the Mahalaya day. It is believed that the souls will attain peace by the Shraddh rituals performed during the fortnight. In 2017, Pitri Paksha begins on September 6 and ends with Mahalaya Pitri Paksha on September 19.

It must be noted that in regional calendar followed in Maharashtra Pitri Paksha falls in the month of Bhadrapada.

According to Hindu tradition, the Shraddh performed on Ashwin Pitri Paksha reaches the ancestors immediately and their souls will rest in peace. Hindu Puranas are full of details about Shraddh, especially Agni Purana, Garuda Purana and Matysa Purana. It is Yama, the god of death in Hindu…

Wasp – the Twenty Fourth Guru of Dattatreya

The twenty-fourth guru is the wasp, bhramara keelaka. The wasp carries its caterpillar to a safe corner and closes it up in its nest and goes on buzzing about it. The young caterpillar is so frightened by the incessant buzzing, that it cannot think of anything else than the buzzing wasp. The insect is almost meditating on the wasp in its terror, until it takes on the characteristic of its tormentor and itself become a wasp. Brahma vidya brahmeva bhavati – To know Brahman is to become Brahman. EarlierSpider – the twenty third Guru of Dattatreya

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