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Chandra Grahanam Time in Chennai and Tamil Nadu in December 31, 2009 – Lunar Eclipse Time January 1, 2010 early hours

Chandra Grahanam, a partial lunar eclipse, will be visible in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu from December 31, 2009 mid night to the early hours of January 01, 2010. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Chennai, Kannyakumari, Coimbatore, Erode, Salem, Tirunelvelli, Thanjavur and Pondicherry from 10:47 PM on December 31, 2009 to 02:58 AM on January 1, 2010 – as per Indian standard time. The major part of the eclipse will take place from 00:23 AM to 01:23 AM on January 1, 2010 (early hours). Hindu Panchangams have marked this grahanam and therefore those observing certain rituals have to follow them.

Ashtabhandam in Hinduism – Astabandam during Idol installation Ceremony in Hindu Religion

Ashtabhandam is the mixture of eight materials that are used to fix the Murti (image or idol) of a Hindu deity in the sanctum sanctorum of a temple or at sacred place. Astabandam is performed to the main murti in a temple or to those idols of Hindu deities that are fixed permanently. Eight different items form part of the mortar that is used in Ashtabhandam.The eight items that are part of Ashtabhandam are:Powdered conchPowdered Terminalia Anjana (Kadukka)Powdered Chenchalyam or gum secreted from country pinePowdered gravel rockPowdered river sandPowdered dry phyllanthus Emblica – Amla or gooseberry treePowdered kol arakku or country lacCotton used for making sacred threadThese eight items are mixed to make a thick solution that is used to fix the murti.
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Download Tamil Calendar 2010 in PDF Format

This Tamil calendar 2010 in pdf format is in a single sheet and is based on Tamil Hindu calendar. The calendar has marked important dates like Full Moon (Pournami), New Moon or No moon (Amavasi), Muruga Shasti, Ganesh Sathurthi, Kirthiga dedicated to Muruga, Ekadasi, and Pradosham in a month. And also the beginning of 12 Tamil months in 2010. This Tamil Calendar was provided to us by Ravi Ravindrarajah of Aum Muruga Society (Sydney). Link – Download Tamil Calendar 2010Please note that this is a single sheet calendar and only contains some of the important days in a month as per Tamil culture.

Book on Kumbha Mela – India’s Ageless Festival

Kumbha: India's ageless festival is a book based on the Kumbh Mela of Hinduism. Kumbha Mela is held once in 12 years. In 2010 Kumbha Mela will be held in Haridwar in Uttarakhand in India. This book is written by Dilip Kumar Roy and Indira Devi and was first published in 1955. It is published by Bhavan’s and you can also buy the book online. The book was recently republished by Bhavan’s. The Kumbha Mela – India’s Ageless Festival gives a vivid description of the Kumbha Mela festival. A description of the sadhus and saints who take part in the mela, the history of the mela and some of the important legends associated with it. The book also talks about the fakes and frauds that the authors came across in the Kumbha Mela they attended. The book is a good guide for people who wants to learn about Kumbh Mela and to participate in it. Kumbha: India's ageless festival
Written by Dilip Kumar Roy and Indira Devi
Published by Bhavan's - you can buy it online here.
No of Pages: 256
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Basant Panchami 2016 date – Basant Panchami Festival in 2016

Vasant Panchami or Basant Panjami, is a Hindu festival which heralds the arrival of spring season. ‘Vasant’ or ‘Basant’ means spring. Vasant Panchami 2016 date is February 12 in western parts of India. It is on February 13, 2016 in North and Eastern parts of India. It is also the day when Saraswati Puja is performed several parts of India especially in North and Eastern parts of India. Another specialty of Basant Panchami is the importance given to yellow color, which symbolizes prosperity and love. Shradh is also performed in many regions in the day.

Basant Panchami festival is celebrated mainly in North India and it celebrates the arrival of Basant ritu or Vasant season. There is no major legend or scriptural story associated with Vasant Panchami in Hinduism. But in the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says that among the seasons he is the ‘Basant.’

A major Hindu ritual on the day is the Saraswati Puja dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of art and learning. Special programs are…

Shasti Fasting in December 2011 – Muruga Sasthi

Sashti fasting is observed on the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) as per a traditional Hindu calendar and is dedicated to Lord Muruga or Subrahmanya or Kartikeya. Sashti Vratam date in December 2011 is December 30. Fasting on the day is considered highly auspicious by Subrahmanya devotees. Special pujas and rituals are also held on the day in Muruga Temples.


There are two Muruga Shashti Vratam dates in a traditional Hindu month one each during the waxing phase of moon and another during the waning phase of moon. Fasting is only observed on the Shukla Paksha Sashti.

Some devotees observe a complete fast for 24 hours. Some people only eat a single meal usually a Prasadam in the form of rice from temples.

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Importance of Poush Month or Paush Mahina

Poush Month, or Paush Mahina, is the 10th month in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. As per the traditional Gujarati calendar it is the third month. The month is mostly dedicated to spiritual activities. In some regions auspicious events are avoided. The famous Dhanur Masa coincides with the Paush month in many regions.

In North India, the period beginning from Paush Shukla Paksha to end of Magh Krishna Paksha is considered as Khar Mas or inauspicious period. The last day or the Paush Purnima marks the beginning of the Magh Snan.

Not much great importance is given to this month in many parts of western India – except that it is the Dhanur Masam.

In Tamil Nadu, the Margali Masam falls during the Pushya period. The month is dedicated to various rituals and pujas including Pavai Nombu and the rendering of Tiruppavai by Andal. Hanuman Jayanti is also observed on the Amavasi day in the month.

For many people in South India, this is…

Swami Sivananda on practicing what you have learned

You have read enough books. You have heard many lectures. But, you have to practice now. Everybody knows that it is good to be righteous, to be truthful. But few practice. I always say: “Be good and do good.” The sum and substance of all spiritual teaching is contained in these words. But you must practice. Every morning determine to be good and to do good that day. At night sit down and reflect: “How many good acts have I done? In how many ways have I failed to be good?” This habit will correct your defects. Enter the details in your spiritual diary. Take stock of your day’s earnings (Sadhana) and losses (failures). You will evolve. You are maintaining all sorts of diaries—the milk-diary, the dhobi-diary, etc. But, are you maintaining the spiritual diary? You know how much milk you have purchased and consumed; and what you owe to the milkman: but, do you know how much of precious life you have spent and how much you owe to the Creator? Are you conscious that you have to express your …