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Hutasani Purnima 2017 date – Falgun Mahina Poornima

Hutasani Purnima is the full moon day in the month of Falgun or Phalguna (February – March) in traditional lunar Hindu calendar. Hutasani Purnima 2017 date is March 12. It is also known as Hutashani Fagun Sud Poonam. Holika Dahan ritual of Holi festival is observed on the day.

Legend has it that demon Holika took young Prahlad and sat on a burning pyre on the day but with the blessing of Lord Vishnu, Prahlad escaped unhurt and Holika was consumed by the fire. In some regions, it is believed that Lord Agni saved Prahlad and people lit bonfire to worship him.

People observe Hutasani Purnima on this day in remembrance of this victory of good over evil.

All dirt that had accumulated in the neighborhood is burned on the day.

Soubhagya Gauri Vrata 2017 Date

Soubhagya Gauri Vrata, or Soubhagya Gouri Vratam, is observed on the Tritiya (third day) of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in the month of Chaitra (March – April). Soubhagya Gauri Vrata 2017 date is March 28. It is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and is observed mainly by women in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. The ritual is also known as Gauri Tritiya.

Married women pray for a happy family life and unmarried women pray for a good husband on Soubhagya Gauri Vrata

The ritual is inspired by Goddess Parvati performing intense tapas and rituals to get Lord Shiva as her husband. Legend has it that Mata Sita performed Soubhagya Gauri Vrata to get Lord Ram as her husband.

Goddess Gauri is another name of Goddess Parvati. Some scriptures indicate that Lord Shiva finally agreed to marry Goddess Parvati on the Soubhagya Gauri Vrata day.

Ashwini Kumars – The Story of Hindu God Asvini Kumars

Ashwini Kumars are twin Vedic deities who are considered to be physicians or healers of Devas or Demi gods and they are also extremely handsome. There are numerous references about them in Vedas. In the Bhagavad Gita, Arujuna sees them on the Virat Purusha, shown to him by Krishna. In Mahabhatara, the Pandava brothers Nakula and Sahadeva are the sons of Asvini Kumars born to Madri.Ashwini Kumars are the sons of Lord Surya and Sangya. Asvini is the "she-horse", and Kumars means "young boys". This is because they were given birth when Lord Surya took the form of a horse and Sangya took the form of a mare. On advice from their father, the Asvini Kumars worshiped Lord Brahma and performed intense austerities and Tapasya. Pleased with them, Lord Brahma granted the boon that they will be extremely handsome and will have knowledge of Ayurveda.There is an incident mentioned in the Srimad Bhagavatam which indicates that Ashwini Kumars are responsible for the sense of smell …

Why we throw colours on Holi festival day? – Is there a scientific reason?

Every year during holi festival, we throw colour on each other and play with colors for hours. But why do we do play with color. The scriptures give us answers in the form of the story associated with Prahlad and also of Lord Krishna and Radha. But is there any scientific reason for throwing colors on each other – the natural colors abir or gulal.
Some people are of the opinion that Holi which is celebrated during the spring time and it also the period when chicken pox and some other skin diseases are more common. Gulal is a substance which is a good repellent of chicken pox germs. Therefore, applying it on our skin is believed to help in keeping away chicken pox germs and other germs affecting skin.
Note - The gulal that is good for your skin is naturally made from flowers and leaves - what you get in the market during holi usually is a chemical powder and it contains silica and this is harmful to the eyes and skin.
You may also like to read Why we observe Holi – the scriptures answer

Book: Divya Darshan of Kanchi Mahaswami - A pictorial biography of Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal

Divya Darshan of Kanchi Mahaswami is a pictorial biography of Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal published by the Sankara Bhakta Jana Sabha Trust, Chennai is compilation of the photographs of the Mahaswami taken at various points of time. The book, in two volumes, is a unique compilation of more than 500 photographs of the Mahaswami, chronologically arranged, delineating the various events.Sri.G.Vaidyanathan, Secretary, Sri Sankara Bhaktha Jana Sabha Trust who has published this book at No.70, St Marys Road, Abhiramapuram, Chennai-18, PH : 24996823 / 9003076823RelatedSri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi SayingsInspirational Thought - Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati SwamigalSri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati Thoughts

Swami Tapovan – Food for thought

Attachment and aversion are not altogether different. When attachment is frustrated, it turns to aversion. Everything has its own place in the economy of the Universe! If a man does not exercise his God-given intelligence to discriminate between the ephemeral and the eternal and realize the self through spirit of dispassion – it can only serve to torment him. We have to achieve happiness and peace not by renouncing the world but by remaining fixed in the thought of the Supreme Self, by possessing unbreakable faith. Swami Tapovan

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