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Somvati Amavasya at Jejuri Khandoba Temple

At the famous JejuriKhandobaTemple, dedicated to Malhari Martand, Somvati Amavasya is a highly auspicious date. Somvati Amavasya is the no moon day in a Hindu calendar. Next Somvati Amavasya at JejuriKhandobaTemple is on February 8 and July 4, 2016. November 28, 2016 (after 3:21 PM)

The main ritual on the day is the offering of Bhandara – turmeric powder. Large amounts of Turmeric powder are thrown in and around the temple on the day. Devotees virtually bathe in yellow color. Devotees also offer various penance on the day.
Khandoba is a manifestation of Shiva and is worshipped mainly in Maharashtra, Goa, parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Khandoba is also known as Khanderao, Khanderaya, Malhari Martand and Mallu Khan.
Related Khandoba History – Story of Hindu God Shiva’s Manifestationas Khandoba

Anandamayi Ma – Valuable Lessons

Devote yourself to the study of books of wisdom and to satsang. Cherish the company of those who are helpful to your quest, avoid those who distract you. In other words, hold fast to the Good and shun the merely pleasurable. If you live in this spirit, the help you need will come to you naturally.

Either melt by devotion the sense of separateness, or burn it by Knowledge - for what is it that melts or burns? Only that which by its nature can be melted or burnt; namely the idea that something other than your Self exists. What will happen then? You come to know your Self.
Whatever image arises in your mind, that you should contemplate; just observe in what shape God will manifest Himself to you. The same form does not suit every person. For some, Rama may be most helpful, for some Siva, for others Parvati, and again for others the formless. He certainly is formless ; but at the same time, watch in what particular form He may appear to you in order to show you the way. Consequently, whi…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 16, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on March 16, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:33 AM. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon.

Nakshatra – Bharani Nakshatra till 4:50 PM on March 16. Then onward it is Krittika or Karthigai or Kartika Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rasi till 11:24 PM. Then onward it is Vrishabha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Phalgun Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Phalgun Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana…