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Gangotri Temple 2017 Opening Date - Closing Date

Visit to the GangotriTemple is part of the Chardham yatra in Uttarakhand, India. Gangotri Temple 2017 Opening Date is April 28. The shrine closes on October 19, 2017. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Ganga, popularly known as Ganga maiyaa, and is located in Uttar Kashi District. 
This shrine dedicated to River Ganga along with Badrinath, Kedarnath and Yamunotri forms part of Chardham yatra. The shrine remains closed during the peak winter season from November to April.
A slab on which King Bhagirath meditated to bring Goddess Ganga down to earth is located near the temple.
The Shrine opens on the Akshaya Tritiya day and closes after Diwali.

Why Tuesday is considered inauspicious by some Hindu communities?

Tuesday, which is known as Mangalwar or Chowai or Chovazhcha, is considered inauspicious by some Hindu communities, especially in South India (Kerala). No journey is commenced on Tuesday as it is bad. Auspicious ceremonies are also avoided on the day. Some scholars indicate that that it is suggested in the Brihat Samhita of Varahamihira that Tuesday should be avoided for auspicious functions.Mangalwar or Tuesday is ruled by Mars or Mangal. Mars is also known by the name of Angarak, Kujan, Agneya and this all indicates that the planet is red and is associated with heat. He is also believed to kick start fights and is also considered to be responsible for cuts and bruises on the body. He is also believed to create unwanted competitions among people. Tuesday begins at the highest influence point of Mars and therefore he is believed to have control throughout the day.These are some of the reasons why Tuesday is held inauspicious.But it must also be remembered that Tuesday is considered th…

Braj Ki Holi

Braj Ki Holi is the famous Holi festival held in the Braj area near Vrindavan and Mathura associated with Hindu God Krishna. The Holi here starts from the first day after the Phalgun Amavasi and the festivities gain momentum from the Ekadashi day, the 11th day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalguna month. Braj is believed to be area in which Lord Krishna played with his friends and Radha and other Gopis and grazed their cattle. The belief is that it is in this area Krishna played Holi with Radha.
The Holi songs of Braj area are sung in pure Braj Bhasha (the classical language of the land). Krishna and Radha devotees from all over the world can be seen lost in a trance, forgetful of their dresses, torn or disfigured with splashes of colors, at Braj during the period.
Temples and villages associated with Lord Krishna and Radha have separate celebrations. One of the important celebrations during the period is the Lathmar Holi.
Another significant celebration is held at the BaldevTo…

Rama Shots – Free Online Flash Game based on Hindu God Ram from Kridana

Rama Shots is an interesting online flash game based on the Ramayana. The character in the game is Lord Ram. The aim of the game is to take shots on Rakshasas (demons) using bow and arrow. It’s a pretty simple game. The aim of the game is to slay the golden deer after going through the levels of slaying Rakshasas.You can play the game Rama Shots here at the Kridana website

Amalaki Ekadashi Story – Amalaki Ekadasi Vrat Katha

Amalaki Ekadashi is observed during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month (February – March). An interesting story of Amalaki Ekadashi was once narrated by Sage Vasishta and is found in the Brahmanda Purana. Amalaki Ekadasi Vrat Katha is listened to by those people observing the fast.Once there was a prosperous kingdom named Vaidisa and it was ruled by King Chaitraratha. He was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu and the people in the entire kingdom were very rich and had no worries. All this was due to the blessings of Lord Vishnu.Once on Amalaki Ekadashi, the king and the people in the kingdom went to a VishnuTemple located on a riverbank and made offerings to Lord Vishnu and an Amalaki Tree (Gooseberry) in the temple premises. The king also made offerings to Lord Parashurama. The king and his followers remained awake during the night. Then a hungry hunter came there and impressed by the devotion of the people present there he joined in the bhajans and did not sleep that night. Nex…

Kathopanishad Teachings

Going outward is inborn to us. Hence, we see the outer things and not the inner Self. Only a rare discriminating, brave man, desiring everlasting bliss and peace, turns his eyes away from the external and searches within. (Chapter 2, I, 1)Know the Self as the lord of the chariot and the body as, verily, the chariot, know the intellect as the charioteer and the mind as, verily, the reins. The senses, they say, are the horses; the objects of sense the paths (they range over); (the self) associated with the body, the senses and the mind—wise men declare—is the enjoyer. (Chapter 1, III, 3-4)One who has not desisted from bad conduct, whose senses are not under control, whose mind is not concentrated, whose mind is not free from anxiety, cannot attain this Self through knowledge. (Chapter 1, II, 24)Kathopanishad

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