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Lal Darwaza Mahankali Temple Bonalu Festival in 2017 in Hyderabad

Bonalu festival in 2017 at the MahankaliTemple at Lal Darwaza in Hyderabad will begin on June 25, 2017. The important Bonalu festival dates at the LalDarwazaMahankaliTemple are on July 16 and July 17. The festival will end on July 23, 2017. Bonalu is dedicated to Amman – Mother Goddess – and is observed in the Ashada month in the Telangana Region in India.
The Bonalu ritual at LalDarwazaMahankaliTemple will start with Abhishekam and Flag hoisting – Dhwajarohana.
During the festival, the deity will receive a set of new ‘Pattuvastram’ from the government – this is a longstanding tradition. Devotees will make offerings on the day.
Welcoming of Potaraju and the grand procession will be held on July 9.
The other famous Bonalu in Hyderabad are held at the Golconda Mahankali temple and the UjjainMahankaliTemple.
Read more about Bonalu festival in this article - origin and festivities of Bonalu in Telengana

Difference between Goddess Durga and Bhagavathi

Goddess Durga and Goddess Bhagavati are manifestations of Goddess Shakti. The Goddess Durga form of Mother Goddess is worshipped throughout India. The Bhagavathi form is worshipped mainly in Kerala and few temples in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Goa. There is a difference between Durga and Bhagavathi worship.
Goddess Durga is fierce form Goddess Shakti that appears to quell Adharma and restore Dharma. Goddess Bhagavati is a peaceful form of Goddess Shakti. The dominating aspect of Bhagavati is motherly affection.
Goddess Bhagavati becomes fierce like Durga, Kali and Chamunda when her children are harassed or attacked by those treading the path of Adharma.
So you will find fierce form of Goddess Bhagavati being propitiated during festivals and special occasions. On all other occasion, she is the caring and compassionate mother.

Hair Tonsured at Hindu Temples Turn into Costly Hair Extensions in the West

Did you know that the hair that you offered at a HinduTemple will be part of an 8.5 billion rupee trade? India is world's biggest exporter of human hair and majority of the exported hair comes from Hindu Temples in India. Head tonsuring in Hinduism is a symbolic gesture – dropping the ego – and is also performed as part of thanksgiving for desires fulfilled by particular deity. It is also performed for speedy recovery and fulfillment of wishes.
A full head of natural India hair can cost more than $3,000 at salon in the West. Indian hair is in great demands because majority of Indians still use traditional methods to protect their hair unlike people from other countries who use various chemicals clean and beautify their hair. So the Indian hair is natural – strong and durable and can be colored, curled, heated and blow-dried.
The money that is raised from selling of hair is mostly used by temples for charitable activities. The National reports
Tonnes of tresses are cut every day and m…

Deepak Chopra Sayings

I live my life even now as if I could die this evening. Your priorities are different when you live your life constantly aware that death is stalking you. You don’t waste your time in trivia or mundane things, or get upset by people. You are much more loving and compassionate.
The gifts of caring, attention, affection, appreciation, and lover are some of the most precious gifts you can give, and they don’t cost you anything.
You alone are the judge of your worth, and your goal is to discover infinite worth in yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks. Deepak Chopra

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 14, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on July 14, 2011 – Today is Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi – fourteenth day of the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi till 12:06 PM on July 14. After 12:06 PM it is Purnima Tithi or Full moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Mool or Moolam Nakshatra till 9:08 AM. Afterwards it is Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Purnima Vrat, Shiva Shayan Chaturdasi. Sai Baba Utsav begins at Shirdi.
Ashada Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi or 14th day of the waxing phase of moon in Ashad month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.
Ashad Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi or fourteenth 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 and …