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Shasti June 2011 – Sashti Fasting

Shasti, or Sashti, is a Hindu fasting day dedicated to Lord Muruga or Kartik. Shasthi is the sixth day after Amavasi (no moon) and Poornima (full moon) in a traditional Hindu calendar. In June 2011, the date of Shasti fasting is June 7. The Sashti after Amavasi is considered highly auspicious by Muruga devotees and fasting is performed on the day. Fasting on Sashti is considered highly beneficial and some devotees observe a complete fast for 24 hours. Lord Muruga, also known as Shanmukha and Subramanian, is widely worshipped in South India, especially by Tamilians. In North India, Lord Muruga is known as Kartik or Kartikeya. Many devotees make it a point to visit Lord Muruga temple on Sashti day. Some people only eat the Prasadam given from the temple on the day. You may also like to read Shasti fasting – How to observe Sashti

Hera Panchami during Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra at Gundicha Temple

Hera Panchami is a unique ritual held during the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra at the GundichaTemple. In 2018, the date of Hera Panchami is July 17. Hera means to ‘see’ and Panchami means the ‘fifth day’ – on Hera Panchami day Goddess Lakshmi travels to the GundichaTemple to see Lord Jagannath. The visit of Goddess Lakshmi takes place five days after the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra.

During the Puri Rath Yatra, the chariots (Ratha) carrying Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are pulled from the PuriJagannathTemple to the GundichaTemple, here the deities visit their aunt.

The popular belief is that Lord Jagannath had promised his wife Goddess Lakshmi that He will return the next day. But Lord Jagannath does not return the next day. Goddess Lakshmi waits and waits and finally on the fifth day she goes to GundichaTemple on a palanquin and sees the Ratha of Lord Jagannath outside GundichaTemple.

The people who follow the palanquin of Goddess Lakshmi sing the Hera Panchami song The Hera P…

Ashada Navratri 2011 or Gayatri Navratra 2011 Dates

Gayatri Navratri, or Maa Shakambari Devi Navratra, is observed during the Ashada or Ashara Month (June – July). In 2011, Gayatri Navratri festival begins on July 2 and ends on July 9. This Navratri is popularly known as Gupt Navratri or Ashada Navratra. The nine-days are dedicated to the worship of the various forms of Goddess Shakti. Ashada Navratri is mainly dedicated to the worship of Goddess Varahi, one of the Sapta Matrikas (Seven Mothers). This Navratri festival is more popular in North India and in certain parts of Andhra Pradesh. Goddess Gayatri is also worshipped during this Navratri. But she is not worshipped during the Sharan Navratri (September/October). Ashada Navratri is celebrated as Guhya Navratri in Himachal Pradesh. The nine-day festival of Ashada Navratri is of importance at the KanakaDurgaTemple in Vijayawada and in the BadrakaliTemple in Warangal. The festival here is known as the Shakambari Navratras.

Kanya Rashi July 2009 Astrology Predictions – Horoscope

For people born in Kanya Rashi, or Virgo, July 2009 is a favorable period with no major worries. The Surya Grahan on July 22 will be good for Kanya Rashi. In July 2009, professionals will achieve positive results from meetings and negotiations. There will be monetary gains. There will be some success in government related matters.Professionals should be careful of misleading information. Ideas suggested by others should not be accepted blindly. At the workplace, you can expect new responsibilities. Marketing professionals will have a good month. Business people will have a favorable and profitable month. But some might have troubles with colleagues and employees. Financially, July 2009 is a good month for people born in Kanya Rashi. You might find new sources of income. Some money flow should be channeled towards savings. Avoid being spendthrift. Avoid creating relationships based on money. Investments in real estate will be profitable in future. Partner shall be supportive but over d…

Manisha Panchakam Quotes – The questions asked by outcaste

Manisha Panchakam is a text in the form of questions written by Sri Adi Shankaracharya and it brings out the essence of Advaita Vedanta. The questions were asked by a Chandala – when he was asked by Adi Shankara to move away from his path.What is it that you want to move away? Do you want the body made up of food to move away from another body made up of food? Or do you want consciousness to move away from consciousness?Is there any difference between the reflection of the sun in the waters of the Ganga and its reflection in the water in a ditch in the quarters of the outcastes? Or between the space in a gold pot and in a mud pot? What is this illusion of difference in the form, “This is a Brahmana and this is an outcaste” in the indwelling self which is the ripple-free ocean of bliss and pure consciousness?Manisha Panchakam

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