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Shravan Mahina 2010 in Gujarati Calendar – Sawan Month in Gujarat

Shravan Mahina is the tenth month in a traditional Gujarati Calendar. Shravan Mahina 2010 in Gujarati Calendar begins on August 10 and ends on September 8. Sawan Month is a highly auspicious month and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Numerous Vrats are observed in Shravan Maas. Some of the important auspicious days and festivals include Raksha Bandhan and Sri Krishna Jayanti. It is highly auspicious to perform Shiva puja on Shravan Mondays. Some people observe Jara Jivantika Puja on Fridays. Brihaspati Puja is held on Thursday and Budh Puja is held on Wednesday in Sawan Month.Shrawan Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) is from August 10 to August 24.Shrawan Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) is from August 25 to September 9.It must be noted that Sawan month in 2010 in the traditional calendar followed in North India is from July 27 to August 24.The Shravan month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh is similar to the Gujarati Calendar.

Solar Eclipse Time in Karnataka on 22July 2009 - Surya Grahan in Bangalore

The total solar eclipse, Surya Grahanam, taking place on July 22, 2009 is a partial eclipse in Bangalore and other parts of Karnataka. It is a partial solar eclipse in South India and the Surya Grahan begins before sunrise and ends by by 07:20 AM. The moon will cover the sun by around 65 to 70% in Bangalore, Hubli, Mangalore, Mysore, Sringeri and nearby regions. Here are the timings of Solar Eclipse in some important towns and cities in Karnataka.BangaloreEclipse Begins before SunriseGreatest Phase of Eclipse – 06:20 AMEclipse ends at – 07:17 AMHubliEclipse Begins before SunriseGreatest Phase of Eclipse – 06:21 AMEclipse ends at – 07:17 AMMangaloreEclipse Begins before SunriseGreatest Phase of Eclipse – 06:20 AMEclipse ends at – 07:16 AMMysoreEclipse Begins before SunriseGreatest Phase of Eclipse – 06:20 AMEclipse ends at – 07:16 AMSringeriEclipse Begins before SunriseGreatest Phase of Eclipse – 06:20 AMEclipse ends at – 07:16 AMYou may also like to readPlaces in India Where Total Sol…

Book: Samarpanam – English Commentary of the Vishnu Sahasranamam

The book titled, Samarpanam, which contains word-by-word translation and interpretation of the Vishnu Sahasranamam, is the result of four years of research and dedication by Uthradom Tirunal Marthanda Varma, the present head of the royal family of erstwhile Travancore (South Kerala). The book is published by Konark Publishers, Delhi.‘Vishnu Sahasranama,’ chanted by Bheeshma after the 18-day Kurukshetra battle, consists of the thousands of Lord Vishnu and it has symbolic meanings.The Hindu reports“The Vishnu Sahasranamam was recited by Bheeshma Pitamah at the end of the Mahabharata war as he approached his hour of attaining peace, in response to the six questions asked by Yudhishtira. The concept of attempting an English commentary of Vishnu Sahasranamam came some years back at a programme in Salem where I quoted a few lines and followed it up with an explanation. Hearing this, [the then] Chief Justice of India K. Subba Rao, who was sharing the dais, asked me to prepare a commentary a…

Chukkala Amavasi – Gauri Vratam on Ashada Amavasya

Chukkala Amavasi, or Gouri Vratam, is observed on the no moon day (Amavas) in Ashada Masam mainly in Andhra Pradesh by some Hindu Telugu communities. In 2017, the date of Chukkala Amavasi is July 23. An observance dedicated to Goddess Parvati known as Gauri Vratam is observed on the day. Married women perform Gowri Vrata for a happy married life and unmarried women for good life partners.

Women perform special pujas dedicated to Goddess Gowri on the day. After early morning bath, women start the puja by offering prayers to Lord Ganesh. An idol of Goddess Gouri is made from turmeric paste and 16-steps of pujas are offered. A sacred thread is worn by women on the day after special pujas.

In some regions Gouri Vratam pujas is performed as a community puja. Women exchange the puja threads. A type of dough balls is prepared on the day and is offered as Prasad.

In Karnataka, Gouri Vratam is known as Bheemana Amavasi Vrata.

The Hindu Concept of working of Mind by Swami Sivananda

The working of the mind is a mystery for many in the West but the ancient saints of Hinduism had already deciphered it. Swami Sivananda explains the difference between the western and Indian approach with regard to mind in the “Conquest of Mind.”Just as a piece of iron moves in the immediate presence of magnet, even so this insentient mind moves and works in the presence of the Inner Ruler. This point has not been properly understood by the Western psychologists, rationalists, free thinkers, economists, socialists and others. Hence, they are always restless and are groping in total darkness. The vibrations of psychic or subtle Prana manufacture thoughts in the mind. The mind is insentient (Jada) but it appears as Chaitanya (Chaitanyavat) by borrowing the light from the Adhishthana (source) – Atman – just as water exposed to the sun borrows the heat from the sun. Because there is reflection of intelligence in the mind from the background, the source or womb for this mind, this insentie…

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