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Amavasya Puja and Rituals and Dead Forefathers

Amavasya or No moon day in a Hindu lunar calendar is considered highly auspicious for performing pujas and rituals dedicated to dead parents, grand parents, brothers, sisters, wife, son, daughter and other relatives. The popular belief is that the light from the sun that instead of reaching the moon reaches the dead on the day. Another belief is that souls of the dead visit relatives on the earth on the day.

On the day, living relatives can perform holy bath in river, lake or sea, perform tila tarpanam, feed the dead and perform annadanam – donation of food to hungry.
As part of the puja and ritual people only take a single meal on Amavas. A simple vegetarian food is eaten on the day.
The most important Amavasya in north western and eastern parts of India is the Mahalaya Amavasya (September – October).
In Kerala, it is the Amavasya in the month of Karkidakam – Karikadaka Vavu Bali – that is important.
In Tamil, the Amavasya in the month of Thai and Aadi are highly auspicious.

Kerala Hindu Marriage Dates in Malayalam Panchangam in 2013 – Vivaha Muhurtam as per Malayalam Calendar

Hindu marriage dates 2013 in Kerala as per Malayalam Panchangam is different from other regions as Kerala calendar is based on solar movment. Here are the marriage dates in 2013 as per Guruvayur Panchangam and Mathurbhumi Panchangam. There will be other Vivaha Muhurtam especially in Chinga Masam (August – September) but that will be for a short period and you will need the help of a local astrologer.

January 2013 January 17, 2013 – Thursday January 18, 2013 – Friday January 23, 2013 – Wednesday January 31, 2013 – Thursday
February 2013 February 1, 2013 – Friday
May 2013 May 6, 2013 – Monday May 11, 2013 – Saturday May 12, 2013 – Sunday May 20, 2013 – Monday May 21, 2013 – Tuesday May 25, 2013 – Saturday May 27, 2013 – Monday
June 2013 June 3, 2013 – Monday
July 2013 July 5, 2013 – Friday July 14, 2013 – Sunday July 15, 2013 – Monday
August 2013 August 19, 2013 – Monday August 23, 2013 – Friday August 30, 2013 – Friday
September 2013 September 6, 2013 – Friday September 11, 2013 –…

Huge Shivling with Thousand Shivling Chiselled on It - Koteshwarnath Temple in Gaya in Bihar

Koteshwarnath Temple at Main Village near Belaganj in Gaya District in Bihar is a famous Shiva Temple with a unique Shivling – the huge Shivling has a thousand Shivling chiselled on it. The murti is known as Sahastra Lingi Baba Koteshwarnath. It is also believed that prayers offered in the temple are fulfilled immediately. It is said that the blessing of Koteshwarnath is  equal to one hundred thousand blessings


Times of India reports Located on the bank of river Morhar river at Main village, the temple's sanctum sanctorum is carved in a single piece of red stone and within it is installed a large sized Shivalinga with around 1,008 miniature Shivlingas around 1200 years back. People call it Sahastra Shivalinga built in-one and believe Lord Shiva here showers blessings on the devotees.  An amazing thing near the Koteshwarnath temple is an old Pipal tree, whose large branches have turned towards the temple bending downwards as if offering prayers to Lord Shiva. The priests of this te…

Fatigue is a symptom of self centeredness – Swami Kriyananda

Ours is not a focused age. Countless influences pull us in conflicting directions. We find ourselves trying to do a hundred things hastily, rather than one thing at a time carefully and well.
We measure achievement by numbers rather than by excellence. As a result is the exhaustion one finds written on the faces of so many in our bustling cities.
The person who can simplify his life and marshal his energies to do a few things well, instead of scattering this forces restlessly, will find that he has more than enough strength for whatever he has to do.
Fatigue is a symptom of self centeredness. One who can forget himself in helping others and in giving strength to them will find himself rarely exhausted.
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Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 30, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on August 30, 2012 – Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the 14th day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:36 PM on August 30. Then onwards it is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Shravan or Thiruvonam or Sravanam Nakshatra till 6:06 AM. Then onwards it is Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi till 7:12 PM. Then onwards it is Kumbha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Adhik Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi or the 14th day during the light phase of moon in Adhi Bhadrapad month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Adhik Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Adhi Bhadrapad month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh…

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