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Chaturdashi Vrata – Fasting On the Fourteenth Day of Lunar Fortnight in Hindu Religion

Chaturdashi Vrata is observed on the fourteenth during the waxing and waning phase of a lunar month as per traditional Hindu calendar. The Vrata on the day is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Some devotees observe this Vrata in the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Kartik month and observe it then for a year. The Vrata is also observed on the 14th day during the Magh month. This Vrata in Magha month is known as Fala Chaturdashi Vrata.
The result of observing the Vrata is peace and prosperity in worldly life.
During the Chaturdashi falling during the Krishna Paksha (waning phase) of Kartik month God Indra is worshipped by hoisting special flags.
During the Chaturdashi falling during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase) of Kartik month Ananta as a manifestation of Sri Hari Vishnu is worshipped using Kusha grass.
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Makara Bharani

Makara Bharani is highly auspicious day observed on the day when the Bharani Nakshtram falls in the Malayalam month Makaram. Makara Bharani 2016 date is January 18. The day is of great significance in the Goddess Bhagavati Temples (Shakti) in Kerala. The day also marks the end of the Padayani ritual in some regions in Kerala.

Numerous temples in Kerala, especially those dedicated to Goddess Shakti, observe numerous different types of rituals which includes special processions.

Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha Meet Considers Revision of Current Hindu Festival Dates

A recently concluded meeting of Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha at Hyderabad, India, touched upon the need for the establishment of an Institute of Hindu Heritage Studies and Research to produce research work and publications of high academic standard, to stand rigorous scrutiny. But the most important idea that emerged during the meeting is the setting up of a Rashtriya Jyotish Goshti to rework panchangams or Hindu Almanacs with the help of the best available experts in astronomy, mathematics and astrology.
Prakash Belawadi writes on this topic sarcastically in DNASwami Gangadharendra Saraswathi of Suvarnavalli Mutt in Sirsi is actually working on precisely such a project to reorient the Hindu calendars with astronomy and mathematics.The research and rewriting is being coordinated by S Balachandra Rao, author of several books on astronomy and a retired professor of mathematics and former principal of NationalCollege, Basavanagudi.What the professor wants is astonishingly simple and radic…

Revathi Nakshatra and Ratha Saptami – Other Astrology Related Importance

Revathi is the 27th Nakshatra or birth stars in Hindu Astrology. Ratha Saptami is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Surya in Magh month. When Revathi Nakshatra and Rath Saptami day falls on the same day the Shukla Paksha of Magh month, it is considered highly auspicious. Ratha Saptami 2010 and Revathi Nakshatra fall on the same date – January 22, 2010. When such a rare occurrence happens in Hindu calendar, it is known as Padmaka Yoga. The belief is that the day is then equal to Thousand Surya Grahana Maha Parvakala. If Ratha Saptami falls on Sunday, it is termed as Vijaya Yoga and this is considered highly auspicious to propitiate Surya. If the Rashi or Moon sign as per Hindu astrology changes on Ratha Saptami day, then the day is ideal for performing tarpana, Shradh, snan (holy bath) and meditation. You may also like to read Importance of Ratha Saptami

Datta Navratri – Datta Navratra

Datta Navratri or Datta Navratra is the nine days of rituals and prayers observed by certain Hindu communities especially in western parts of India. There is very little information available on this particular Navratra except that it is observed a couple of times in a year. The Datta Navratri coincides with the Magh Mahina Navratri observed in North India.
Apart from the two popular Navratris that is observed in Chaitra (March – April) and Ashwin (September – December) month, there are numerous other Navratris that is dedicated to other deities the popular among it is the Banashankari Navratri and Shakabmabari Devi Navratri. Datta Navratri is one such observance which is limited to a particular Hindu community and region.

Today is Ratha Saptami

Today January 22, 2010 is the Saptami or seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month. This Saptami is dedicated to Lord Surya, the sun god in Hinduism. The day is popularly observed as Rath Saptami and Surya Jayanati. Hindu God Surya riding seven horses is worshipped on the day. The popular belief is that earth’s inclination towards the sun is the steepest on the day. Special bathing rituals are observed in some regions today.The day is of great importance at TirupatiBalajiTemple where Lord Venkateswara is carried in procession on numerous Vahanas.You can read about Ratha Saptami in this article.

Swami Vijnanananda Thoughts on the Mind

The mind is man’s greatest and only treasure. God has fashioned this mind in such a way that it will always be subservient to you. If the mind were disobedient by nature, we would not have been responsible for any of our actions. In that case, man would neither be a free agent nor would be counted as the acme of creation. You are the complete master of your mind and you can shape it as you like. When the mind is completely within our control, it will have nothing to exist on except noble thoughts.
For the nourishment of the body we are to give it only wholesome food avoiding unwholesome things: similarly we are to nourish the mind with noble thoughts, high ideals, and good discourses refusing to provide it with unwholesome food like evil thoughts and bad associations.Swami Vijnanananda, a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

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