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Ram Navratri 2017 Dates – Basanti Puja or Spring Navaratri in 2017

Ram Navratri, or Basanti Puja or Spring Navaratri, is observed from the first to ninth day during the Shukla Paksha (bright phase of moon) in the month of Chaitra (March – April) as per traditional Hindu calendar. Ram Navratri 2017 begins on March 28 and ends on April 5. The ninth day is observed as Ram Navami and therefore the festival is also known as Ram Navratri. This festival of nine nights in Hindu religion is dedicated to Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati and is takes place during the spring season there it is also known as Spring Navaratri or Basanti Puja. In some regions the nine days are dedicated to the worship of Lord Ram and includes the reading of Ramayana and observance of Ramayan week.
The popular belief is that Goddess Durga was worshipped – Navratri and Durga Puja – was held in the Chaitra month and it was known as Basanti Puja. But Lord invoked Goddess Durga in Ashwin month (September – October) to get her blessings in the fight against Ravana. This led to the …

Tila Ashtami

Tila Ashtami is an auspicious day associated with the Kashmiri Pandit community and is also known as Tile Athum. Tila Ashtami 2017 date is March 5. It is observed on the eighth day (ashtami) of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Phalgun month (February – March). The ritual welcomes the spring season with oil lamps.

On the Tila Ashtami day earthen lamps are lit and placed at different places in homes and sacred places. The lamps are also floated on rivers atop grass string.

The day also marks the end of the Shivratri festival. The last remaining walnuts that were prepared for watuk (Herath or Shivratri) are distributed on the day.

Kedarnath Temple 2010 Opening Date – Kedarnath Dham

KedarnathTemple, or Kedarnath Dham, is one of the most sacred temples dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. In 2010, the KedarnathTemple will be reopened on May 18 at 0715 hours. The temple is located in the lofty Himalayan heights in the Garhwal Hill tracks in Uttarakhand at an altitude of 3584 meter above sea level. Kedarnath along with Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri in Himalayas in Uttarakhand in India are part of the famous Chardham Yatra.Kedarnath shrine, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one among the twelve Jyotirlinga temples. Legend has it that the Pandavas after the 18-day Great Kurukshetra War in the Mahabharata felt guilty of having killed their relatives and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva for salvation here.The ideal time to visit the KedarnathTemple is during the Char Dham Yatra from May to October. It is wise to avoid the monsoon season due to the constant threat of landslides.

Sankat Chauth March 2010 – Sankata Chauth Vrat Dedicated to Hindu God Ganesh

Sankat Chatuth is a fasting day dedicated to Lord Ganesha in a traditional Hindu lunar month. Sankat Chauth March 2010 date is March 3 (Wednesday). It falls during the Krishna Paksha (dark or waning phase of the moon) – fourth day after Purnima or full moon. Vinayaka devotees observe a fast (fasting or upvaas) on this day from sunrise and ends after sighting the moon. The moonrise time on March 3, 2010 is 9:24 PM (Indian Standard Time).Upvass or fasting on Sankat Chauth begins at sunrise and ends after moonrise – sighting of moon in the evening. Devotees offer special pujas and worship at Ganesha Temples. It is widely believed that observing Sankat Chauth will bring material progress, prosperity and happiness and it will also help in the fulfillment of desires.The importance of Sankat Chauth Vrata was narrated by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest among the Pandavas. The importance of it is also narrated in the in the Narasimha Purana and Bhavishaya Purana.You may also like to re…

Mother Sarada Devi Thoughts and Quotes

The mind keeps well when engaged in work. And yet Japa, meditation, prayer also are specially needed. You must at least sit down once in the morning and again in the evening. That acts as a rudder to a boat. When one sits in meditation in the evening, one gets a chance to think of what one has done-good or bad -during the whole day. Next one should compare the states of one’s mind in the preceding day and the present. ... Unless you meditate in the mornings and evenings along with work, how can you know what you are actually doing?
As wind removes the cloud, so the Name of God destroys the cloud of worldliness.
Once a devotee forgot how to count the repetitions of the Mantra on his fingers. Mother said, ‘What does it matter? The purpose of all this is to direct the mind towards God.’ Mother Sarada Devi

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