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Hindu Fasting Dates

There are many people who want to know which are the Hindu fasting dates. This is an easy to question to answer – you can fast 365 days. Yes in Hinduism all days are auspicious and you can fast on any day as you wish. All the seven days in a week are dedicated to a particular god – like Monday is dedicated to Lord Shiva and there are thousands of Hindus who regularly observe a fast on Mondays.
Apart from this weekly fasts there are fortnightly fast like on the eleventh day after full moon and no moon. This is the Ekadasi fasting and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Another fortnightly fast is the Pradosh fasting – it is observed on the 13th day after full moon (Purnima) and no moon (Amavas) and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Then there is monthly fasting like Sankashti Chaturthi dedicated to Lord Ganesha – this is observed on the fourth day after full moon.
Another monthly fasting is dedicated to Lord Muruga – this is observed on the sixth day after no moon or Amavasi and is known as Sashti

Amavas 2012 dates – Amavasi or no moon day in Hindu calendar

Amavasi, or Amavas, is known as the no moon day in traditional Hindu calendar. Below are the Amavasi dates in 2012. There is Somavati Amavas on January 23, 2012 and October 15, 2012. Amavas is the darkest day in the Hindu month and also the last day in a month in the traditional Hindu calendars followed in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The day is considered apt for doing Tarpan and Shradh for dead parents and other relatives.

(Please note that in some regions Amavasi might start a day early and overlap into the next day).
Amavasya date in 2012 based on Indian Standard Time (IST)

January 23, 2012 – Somavati Amavas, Monday February 21, 2012 – Amavas March 22, 2012 – Amavasi April 21, 2012 – Amavas May 20, 2012 – Amavasi June 19, 2012 – Amavas July 19, 2012 – Amavasi August 17, 2012 – Amavas  September 16, 2012 – Amavasi October 15, 2012 – Somavati Amavas, Monday November 13, 2012 – Amavasi December 13, 2012 – Amavas

Related Importance of Amavasi Somavati Amavasi…

Ganga Was Declared as National River a Year Ago – the Holy River is More Polluted

When Holy Ganga was declared the National River of India on November 4, 2008, not many expected any radical change in the pollution level in Ganga. But many people did expect that pollution will be controlled and plastic wastes removed. But nothing major has happened after the National River Status and the holy river is becoming dirtier and more polluted every day.What has Holy Ganga gained after one year of National River Status – All official formalities are completed to save Ganga!!! Meetings, more meeting, committees, sub committees, official tours have been completed. Lot of Chai (tea), biscuit, cashew nuts and bottled water has been consumed in the name of Ganga. Perks, travel allowance and salaries for many. Lot of paper has been wasted...Binay Singh writes about River Ganga after its NationalRiver status"It is good that the Ganga has been given the status of the national river, but is it enough to put an end to the miseries of our national river? questioned Swami Avimukte…

Agrahan Month in 2017 in a Traditional Bengali Calendar

Agrahan is the eighth month in a traditional Bengali calendar. It follows the Kartik month. In Gregorian calendar, the Agrahan month begins in Mid November ends in Mid December. In 2017, Agrahan month in Bengal begins on November 18 and ends on December 16. The current year as per Bengali calendar is 1424.

Important festivals in the month include:


Aamabashya day in Agrahan Month in 2017 is on November 18
Purnima day in Agrahan Month in 2017 is on December 3
The Ekadashi in the month are on November 29 and December 13.

Kalpathy Ratholsavam 2017 dates – Palakkad Kalpathy Chariot Festival in 2017

Kalpathy Ratholsavam is held at Kalpathy near Palakkad in Kerala. The festival organized by Tamil Brahmins settled in and around KalpathyVillage attracts thousands of visitors and the major highlight of the festival is the pulling of huge chariots or Rathas. Kalpathy Ratholsavam 2017 begins on November 14 and ends on November 16. The important festivals are from November 14 to 16. The Rathasangamom will be held before the ShriViswanathaSwamyTemple in Kalpathy on the evening of November 16.

Kalpathy and its 18 Agraharams near Palakkad is an early Tamil Brahmin settlement and is known as the ‘Varanasi of the South.’ Kalpathy Ratholsavam is a 10-day festival and begins with the Dwajarohanam (flag hoisting) and ends with Rathasangamom. The festival is observed during the last week of Aippasi Month.

The most important days during the 10-day festival are the last three days. When chariots from different temples are pulled around.

The festival is also noted for classical music concerts and…

Swami Dayanand Saraswati on Satya or Truth

Truthfulness is the harmony of thought, word and deed.A person who resolves to stick to the truth (Satya) at all costs, steadily rises in virtues. When his virtues raise his reputation and prestige, he becomes all the more a devotee of truth. This devotion to truth becomes an unerring source of power and greatness.There is no higher happiness than the contemplation of Satya.My sole aim in criticizing the views of others is to arrive at the Truth. Swami Dayanand Saraswati – founder of Arya Samaj

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