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Nappinnai – Consort of Sri Krishna

Nappinnai is a consort of Sri Krishna and she is also believed to be an incarnation Niladevi. Nappinnai – Krishna cult is mainly limited to the Tamil speaking world. The most popular legend is that Sri Krishna defeated seven bulls to marry Nappinnai. Subduing bulls is now known as Jallikettu and is still in vogue in villages and towns in Tamil Nadu. The name Nappinnai is found in Tiruppavai and Silappadikaram.
Pinnai means younger sister. The belief is that she must have been a younger sister of some important clan member.
It must be noted that Nappinnai is not an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi or Bhu Devi.

Today – November 13, 2012 – is Diwali – Important Rituals and Pujas on Diwali day

Today – November 13, 2012 – is Diwali – Deepavali – literally means 'an array of lamps. It signifies the victory of good over evil. On a symbolic level, the removal of spiritual darkness and the ushering in of knowledge capable of removing suffering.

There are several stories associated with Diwali. The most important one is the commemoration of the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.
Another story is associated with Goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth). It is believed that the goddess emerged from the ocean on this day during the samudra manthan (churning of ocean) by demons and gods. So for the business people, the new business year begins on diwali.
In South India, it is the day on which Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasura.
Ganesh, Lakshmi and Kuber Puja are the most important pujas on Diwali day. But apart from this there are numerous other rituals and festivals that are held on the day. Here is a list of pujas and rituals and festivals observed on Diwa…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 13, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on November 13, 2012 – Amavasya tithi or no moon day in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or fourteenth day of the waning phase of moon day till 4:01 AM on November 13, 2012. Then onward it is Amavasya Tithi or no moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.

Note in calendars followed in Gujarat and Maharashtra both Chaturdasi Tithi and Amavasya is marked for the day.
Nakshatra – Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 3:24 PM on November 13, 2012. Then onward it is Vishakha or Vishakam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Diwali. Narak Chaturdasi. Lakshmi Puja.  Good time for Lakshmi Puja is from 5:15 PM on November 13 to 2:20 AM on November 14. Kali PujaChopda PujaSharda PujaKamala Mahavidya JayantiTihar Festival in Nepal.
Ashwin Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day in Ashwin month in calendars followed in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
Ashwin Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi and …

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