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Importance of Darbha Grass in Hinduism

The article originally written and contributed by Sarma Sastrigal

Darbha, also called kusa or darbhai, is a grass leaf and is of great importance in Hinduism. Darbha is considered as a form of wealth and can cleanse us of our sins as it has the power to purify. There are several types of darbha grass that can be used such as darbhai, viswamitra, kusa, munja, sara, doorva etc.
Tradition avers that Brahma resides at the roots of kusa, Kesava in the centre and Sankara in the tip; and other Gods in the four directions – as in the case of a peepal tree.
Great sages like Harita, Markandeya, Atri, Kausika, Vyasa, Saataatapa, Yajnavalkya, Asvalayana and Apasthamba have eulogized darbha.
Though there are minor variations in the use of darbhai in deva karmas and pitru karmas, there is unison among all the Rishis in underscoring the place of darbhai in all rites and rituals.

The Vedas too speak specifically of the value of darbha: the acchidra section of Krisnayajurveda Braahmama is a case in…

Today – September 17, 2012 – is Biswakarma Puja

Today – September 17, 2012 – is Biswakarma Puja. Dedicated to Vishwakarma, the divine architect of the architect of the universe according to Hindu Scriptures, Biswakarma Puja is an important festival in Eastern parts of India (Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa, Tripura).

Artisans, craftsmen, mechanics, smiths, welders, industrial workers, factory workers and workers of all kind worship Lord Biswakarma on this day and pray for a better future, safe working conditions and above all success in their respective fields. Workers also pray for the smooth functioning of various machines.
In Hindu tradition, Vishwakarma is the divine architect of the universe. He is also called the divine carpenter and is mentioned in the Rig Veda and is credited with Sthapatya Veda, the science of mechanics and architecture.
Read more about the importance of Biswakarma Puja.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 17, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on September 17, 2012 – Shukla Paksha Pratipadaand DwitiyaTithi or the first and second day of waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:31 AM on September 17. Then onwards it is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

In calendars followed in Gujarat and Maharashtra, it is only Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon.
Nakshatra – Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 3:07 AM. Then onward it is Hasta or Atham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Biswakarma Puja
Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Pratipadaand DwitiyaTithi or the first and second day of waxing phase of moon inBhadrapad month in calendars followed in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the s…

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