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Abhijit Muhurta in Hindu Astrology

Abhijit Muhurta is a highly auspicious period in a day. This Muhurta is not dependent on Tithi, Nakshatra, Rasi or month. There is an Abhijit Muhurta every day – it is around 48 minutes during noon daily. The method in which Abhijita Muhurta is calculated is bit complicated. Abhijit Muhurta is calculated based on sunrise and sunset. The time period from sunrise to sunset is taken. This is then divided by two. The time that is derived is added to the sunrise to find the beginning of Abhijit Muhurta. For example if the sunrise is at 5:30 AM and sunset is at 6:10 PM. Then the total time is 12 hrs and 40 minutes. This is then divided by 2. It gives 6 hrs and 20 mins. Adding this gives the Muhurta. In this case Abhijit Muhurta begins at 11:50 AM to 12:38 PM. Abhijit Muhurta is ideal for all auspicious beginnings.
Thanks to Seema Nair who provided information about this Muhurta.

Aadi Month Shakthi Temple Tours to 108 Amman Temples in Tamil Nadu by TTDC

Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation is launching Shakthi Temple Tours to 108 Amman Temples in Tamil Nadu in Aadi Masam (Mid July to Mid August). Aadi Month is dedicated to Amman, or Mother Goddess, and to help devotees offer prayers in many temples of Amman, TTDC is organizing five day tour to various Goddess Shakti Temples in Tamil Nadu.
The five-day tour begins from July 18, 2011. The five-day tour will commence from Chennai at 6 am every Monday/Thursday and will end on the following Friday/Monday night. Devotees can have darshan of 108 Amman temples in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruchi, Pudukkottai and Madurai districts as well as those in Puducherry.
Tariff per person is Rs 3,250 for adults and Rs 2,500 for children between 4 and 10 years.
There is also a package of one-day Shakti tour (Deviar Darshan) to nine Amman temples in Chennai during Aadi Month (July 18 to August 17) on every Tuesday, Friday, Sunday and full moon day.
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Shaka Vrata in Ashada Masa

Shaka Vrata is observed mainly in South India by certain Hindu communities and is dedicated to Srihari Vishnu. Shaka Vrata is a month long ritual and begins on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Ashada Month. Shaka Vrata in 2017 begins on July 4. Shaka Vrata ending date is August 2.
The Vrata begins on the Shukla Paksha Ekadasi in Shravan month. This is the famous Devshayani Ekadasi and the Chatur Masa Vrata also begins on the day.
The Vrata ends on the Shukla Paksha Ekadasi in Shravan month. This is the Putrada Ekadasi.
The popular belief is that Srihari Vishnu enters into a deep slumber on Devshayani Ekadasi – the night time of Devas.
There is no fasting associated with the Shaka Vrata. People follow a strict vegetarian diet.

Swami Yogeshananda Thoughts

Is God really out in the sky or in the space between stars and planets and galaxies? Those are such great spaces, maybe it is kind of natural to think that that is where he might be. Of course, because he is everywhere, he must be up there too, but we in Vedanta do not care to think of him in such a gross way.
Suppose you think of it in this way: one vast ocean of Existence, each of us is a wave, every separate thing in the universe is a wave of that Ocean, and the Ocean is conscious. The waves are formed in the ocean, and after a little while sink back into it again. Such is our life. When you study science in school you will learn that everything is made of waves of energy – in us, through us, all around us, though we see only the play of that energy, not the raw energy itself. This is one way we think of God in Vedanta. Swami Yogeshananda Swami Yogeshananda is associated with the Ramakrishna Mission

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 8, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on July 8, 2011 – Today is Shukla Paksha Ashtami – eighth day of the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Ashtami from 2:00 AM to 11:30 PM on July 8. Before 2:00 AM it is Saptami or seventh day of the waxing phase of moon. After 11:30 PM it is Navami Tithi. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Hastha or Atham or Hastam Nakshatra till 4:08 PM. Afterwards it is Chitra or Chithirai Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Monthly Durga Ashtami.
Ashada Shukla Paksha Ashtami or eighth day of the waxing phase of moon in Ashad month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.
Ashad Shukla Paksha Ashtami or eighth day of the waxing phase of moon in Ashada month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu a…

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