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Europe Solar Eclipse Time on January 2010 – Surya Grahan January 15

The Annular Solar Eclipse, or Surya Grahan, taking place on January 15, 2010 is not visible in most parts of Europe. It is only partially visible in Southeastern Europe – Albania, Greece, Turkey, Austria, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria and southern parts of Italy – during morning hours. The eclipse is not visible in England, Switzerland, Germany and other European countries. Here are the eclipse timings in EuropeSouth Italy Solar Eclipse on January 15, 2010 – Naples Local TimePartial Eclipse begins at 07:28Maximum Eclipse at 07:28Partial Eclipse ends at 07:48:26Turkey Solar Eclipse on January 15, 2010 – Istanbul Local Time

Mahayatra – Reality TV Show on Star Plus in India Based on Char Dham Yatra Dedicated to Lord Vishnu

A new Reality show on Star Plus titled Mahayatra has 12 participants vying to fulfill their parent's dream of visiting the four major Hindu religious centers known as Char Dham dedicated to Lord Vishnu – Puri, Rameshwaram, Dwarka and Badrinath. The participants will be emulating Shravan Kumar mentioned in Ramayana who carried his blind parents on his shoulders. Mahayatra is a sort of religious adventure show and will have the participants going through various adventures, sometimes physically taxing tasks, after winning which they get one step closer to their destination.Hindustan Times reports"As children, we have all heard of Shravan Kumar's story of how he set out on foot with his blind parents to the four holy 'dhams' (places). His journey was left incomplete as he was hunted down. With this show we are aiming at completing that journey and finding a modern-day Shravan Kumar," Monika Shergill, senior creative director, told reporters."These days no c…

Why do we Hindus take bath during Surya Grahan or Solar Eclipse in Holy Rivers?

Sun or Surya has been part of worship in Hinduism from time immemorial. The legend of the Surya Grahan, or Solar Eclipse, is traced to the Puranas and the famous incident of the Samudra Madana or Churning of ocean. Scriptures suggest that taking holy dip in holy rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, Kaveri and in teerthas like Brahma Sarover in Kurukshetra in Haryana will help in removing the stains of the Adharmic activities performed by people in this birth and previous births. It is seen as the best form of worship and ritual to attain Moksha – escape from cycle of birth and rebirth.Another popular belief is that this rare and unique solar phenomenon – the alignment of sun, moon and earth – generates curative properties in holy waters of the rivers and ponds. So we Hindus take bath during GrahanTo wash away the sinsTo attain mokshaAnd due to the curative properties found in the water during the periodThe Time to Take Bath during GrahanToday, Hindus take bath during any period of the Grahan. E…

Marathi Magh Mahina 2010 – Magha Month in Traditional Hindu calendar in Maharashtra

Magh Mahina is the 11th month in a traditional Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra. Magh Mahina in 2010 begins on January 16 and ends on February 14, 2010. Some of the important festivals and auspicious days include Shivaratri, Ganesh Jayanti, Tilkund Chaturthi, Basant Panchami, Sri Panchami, Rath Saptami, Bhishma Ashtami, Bhishma Dwadasi, Jaya and Vijaya Ekadasi.
Sankashti Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Lord Ganesh is on February 2. – Moonrise is at 9:50 PM Indian standard time.

Angarak Vinayak Chaturthi in January 2010 – Magh Angarak Ganesh Chaturthi

The fourth day falling during the waxing phase of moon or Shukla Paksha is observed as Vinayak Chaturthi or Ganesh Chaturti by Lord Ganesha devotees. In January 2010, there is an Angarak Vinayak Chaturthi on January 19. A Ganesh Chaturthi becomes Angarak Vinayaka Chaturthi when it falls on Tuesday. Angarak, or Angaraka, means fire and the name because Tuesday or Mangalwar is governed by Hindu God Mangal.In 2010, the day is of great significance as the day is observed as Ganesh Jayanti in Maharashtra. In other regions the day is observed as Til Chaturthi and Varad Chaturti.Ganesh is worshipped on the day and is prayed for peace and prosperity. He is also worshipped to remove any trouble created by Mangal Grah on one’s horoscope.

Bhagavad Gita on the most esteemed devotee

Although all pious men are noble,
The wise man of discrimination I cherish as My very Self,
Because he is devoted to Me only.
In union with Me, he is convinced that I am his Supreme Goal.
The wise man after having struggled through many lives,
Acquires through discrimination the knowledge,
That everything is Vasudeva (Brhaman),
And thus take refuge in Me.
Such a great soul is very rare.
(Bhagavad Gita, 18-19)

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