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Eclipse Astrological Predictions for Rashis during Chandra Grahan in July 2009

A penumbral Lunar eclipse, Chandra Grahan, will take place on July 07, 2009. Hindu Panchangs and Astrologers have only sparingly mentioned about the Grahan and most of the traditional Hindu calendars have ignored it. The Grahan has no major impact on any zodiac signs. Therefore no major predictions have been given regarding the Chandra Grahan.
The Grahan will begin at 02:07 PM and end at 04:09 PM as per Indian Standard Time. Please remember that this Grahan is not visible in India and takes place in North America and South America and is only of academic interest. It is not visible even in these regions.As per Hindu Astrology the Grahan takes place in the Ashada Month. The corresponding Tamil month is Aani.

Those who are particular about Grahan effects can chant these mantras to avoid any problems.Om Namah: ShivayOm Hrim Chandray Namah:Please note that there is nothing to worry about this Grahan as it is only a partial eclipse.You can find more details about Chandra Grahan in July 2009 …

Dnyaneshwari and Other Ancient Marathi Hand Written Manuscripts Now Available Online

Around 2,200 ancient Marathi hand-written manuscripts including rare copies of Dnyaneshwari will be available online at the website of South Asian Studies Centre of the DeccanCollege, established by the ChicagoUniversity.The old and rare Marathi manuscripts range from 14th century to 19th century. V L Manjul, a former librarian of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI), is responsible for making these rare manuscripts available for people all over the world.Times of India reportsThe manuscripts range from the writings of different saints, biographies, purana granthas and translations from Sanskrit to Marathi by prominent writers like Vaman Pandit and Mukteshwar.It took almost six years for Manjul to locate these manuscripts, a collection which also includes about 100 copies of the Dnyaneshwari,' the oldest being a copy made in 1630.The descriptive catalogue will also be published in four parts soon under the title Union Catalogue of Marathi Manuscripts'. "Pune …

Ashunya Shayan Vrat – Ashunya Sayana Vrata

Ashunya Shayan Vrat, also known as Ashunya Sayana Dwitiya, is an observance dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. Ashunya Shayan Vrata is observed in the Shravan month (July – August) in the traditional calendar followed in North India. In some regions it is observed in the Ashada or Bhadrapad or Kartik Month (November).

It is believed that those who observe Ashunya Shayan Vrat will attain material progress and prosperity. A story mentioned in the Narada Purana narrates how a poor man was born as King in his next birth as a result of performing Ashunya Sayana Dwitiya Vrat.

Ashunya Shayan Vrat is observed during different time in a year. It is usually observed on the first or second day of Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in Ashad or Sawan or Bhadrapad or Kartik Month.

Vyasa Purnima – Vyas Puja or Guru Pooja

Vyasa Purnima, or Vyas Puja, is observed on the full moon day in month of Ashada (June – July). In 2017, the date of Vyasa Purnima is July 9. Also known as Guru Poornima, the day is dedicated to Saints and Gurus, especially to Sage Veda Vyasa. Disciples perform Guru Puja on the day and venerate their Guru – who is considered to be the manifestation of God.

The teachings of Santana Dharma were orally transmitted from Guru to Shishya (student) for thousands of years. The oral knowledge was first compiled and written down by Sage Vyasa. It is believed that Veda Vyasa completed the compilation of the four Vedas on the Ashada Purnima day and therefore the day is referred as Vyasa Poornima. (More on why Guru Puja is known as Vyasa Puja)

Not only the Vedas, but Sage Vyasa is believed to have compiled numerous other important scriptures and it would not be wrong to call Him as the great editor of Hindu scriptures.

Pujas, satsangs and cultural programs are organized on the day. Students per…

Vivekachudamani Teachings

Adi Sankaracharya's Vivekachudamani is an important literary work that delves into the Advaita philosophy. Here are few teachings from the Vivekachudamani.Action is for the purification of the mind, not for the understanding of reality. The recognition of reality is through discrimination, and not by even tens of millions of actions.Proper analysis leads to the realization of the reality of the rope, and this is the end of the pain of the fear of the great snake caused by delusion.The realization of the truth is seen to depend on meditation on statements about what is good, not on bathing or donations or by hundreds of yogic breathing exercises.Achievement of the goal depends primarily on a fit seeker. Things like locality and time are merely secondary in this matter.Vivekachudamani (11 – 14)

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