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Today – August 10, 2012 – is Dahi Handi

Today – August 10, 2012 – is Dahi Handi especially in Maharashtra and other parts of India. Observed during Sri Krishna Janmashtami, Dahi Handi imitates the attempts made by Krishna and gopalas to break the Dahi Handi in the homes in Vrindavan. It is a perfect amalgamation of sport and spirituality and provides youngsters an opportunity to be adventurous and to show team spirit and unity.
The festival is also known as ‘Gopal kala’. The name comes from a dish or a mixture of yoghurt, pounded rice and jaggery, which is offered to Krishna on the day. The same mixture is placed in the Dahi Handi pot.
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Today – August 10, 2012 – is Janmashtami – Sri Krishna Jayanti –in North India – Gujarat

Today – August 10, 2012 – is Sri Krishna Jayanti (Gokulashtami/Janmashtami) in North India (Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir), Gujarat and for all those communities that follow Vaishnav tradition of observing vrats and fasts. Pujas and fasting in these regions will be held on the night of August 10.

Maharashtra, Goa, Bengal, Assam, Orissa (Smarta tradition), majority of communities in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka observed Sri Krishna Jayanti yesterday.
Note – Sri Krishna Jayanti in Kerala and Tamil Nadu is on September 8, 2012. According to traditional Hindu astrology, Sri Krishna was born when the moon entered the house of Vrishabha (Taurus) at the Rohini Nakshatram (star) on the eight day (Ashtami) of the second fortnight of the month of Sravana (this corresponds to the month of Bhadrapada Krishnapaksha in North India).  The two different dates is because im…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 10, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on August 10, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the dark phase of moon till 12:48 PM on August 10. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Bharani Nakshatra till 7:27 AM.  Then onwards it is Krittika Nakshatram
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rasi till 2:07 PM. Then onwards it is Vrishabha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Sri Krishna Janmashtami in North India, Gujarat and many regions in India that follow Vaishnava Tradition. Dahi Handi in Maharashtra.
Shravan Krishna Paksha Ashtami or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Ashtami or the eighth day during dark phase…

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