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How to find Shradh Tithi?

Shradh is the rituals performed yearly or monthly to dead parents, grand parents, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters and other relatives. Shradh, or Shradham, Tithi is calculated in four different ways. The easiest method followed by some Hindus to perform Shradh annually on the same day of death of the person.

The next method is to perform it on the same Tithi in the same Hindu month– date as per Hindu calendar.
While choosing Tithi, the particular tithi should be there for a majority of period on the day.
It  must also noted that there will be tithi difference in calendars followed in North India and those followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
In North India a month is from the day after Purnima to next Purnima. In other regions mentioned above a month is from the day after Amavasya to next Amavasya. So you should specifically mention the calendar you follow while trying to find out Shradh Tithi.
Apart from the above dates – Shradh can als…

What is Aruna Prashna? – Surya Namaskara Prasnam

The article originally written and contributed by Sarma Sastrigal

Aruna Prashna, also known as, Surya Namaskaram is considered as most significant one among all the Veda Mantras for worshiping the Surya Bhagwan (Sun God in Hinduism). The entire Aruna Prashna mantras are found in the first prasna of Taitriya Aranyakam of Yajur Veda. This is called Surya Namaskara Prasnam.
In this Surya Namaskara Prasna, there are 32 Anuvaakams (chapters). 130 Panchaasath (paragraphs) can be found in this total 30 Anuvaakams.
When the Japam is performed, it is the sampradaya, to offer one sashtanaga namaskaram, facing east (Surya Bhagwan), at the end of every panchaathi (paragraph) or alternatively at the conclusion of each anuvaakam depending upon ones health condition.
The last anuvaakam ends with the description of one vratam called 'samvatsara vratam' and also proclaims that one who does this vratam becomes a punyatma. It concludes with the following words: 'thapasvee punyo bhavathi, t…

No Entry for Foreigners into Juna Akhara of Naga Sadhus during Kumbha Mela 2013

Juna Akhara, one of the oldest mutts of Naga Sadhus, have decided to ban the entry of foreigners into the Akhara during Kumbha Mela 2013 at Prayag – Sangam (Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, India.)
India Today reports  "This verdict was passed by a majority of sadhus of Juna Akhara because we have noticed in recent years that the foreigners were trying to pollute the atmosphere of our mutts. They bring drugs and liquor to lure our sadhus. This gives a bad name to the mutts. So we have expelled three sadhus from our Akhara and took a decision in a meeting in Haridwar on Thursday that the foreigners would be prohibited from entering our akhara in Kumbh Mela," said Mahant Prem Giri, general secretary of Juna Akhara. "It also happens that some sadhus who don't value Hindu morals, lure the western women and exploit them. This is the reason that we decided to prevent their frequent contacts in the Akhara," said Mahant Parshuram Giri, another sadhu of Juna Akhara.    Mahan…

Isha Upanishad Quotes

Well may he be content to live a hundred years who acts without attachment who works his work with earnestness, but without desire, not yearning for its fruits – he, and he alone.

The Self is within all, and it is without all.
He who sees all beings in the Self, and the Self in all beings, hates none.
For him who sees everywhere oneness, how can there be delusion or grief?
Related Gandhiji Thoughts on the first mantra of Isha Upanishad

Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 4, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on September 4, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon till 9:22 PM on September 4. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Revathi Nakshatra till 9:56 AM. Then onwards it is Ashwini Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi till 9:56 AM. Then onwards it is Mesha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Angarak Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat (Moonrise is at 9:06 PM)
Adhik Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Adhik Bhadrapad month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Adhik Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Adhik Bhadrap…

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