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Ardranandakari Tritiya Vrat – Dedicated to Goddess Bhavani

Ardranandakari Tritiya Vrat is observed on the Shukla Paksha Tritiya day in Ashada month and is dedicated to Goddess Bhavani. In 2017, the date of Ardranandakari Tritiya Vrat is June 26. One who observes the vrat will be blessed with peace, pleasure and prosperity.
Worship on the day is offered to Goddess Bhavani and Shiva. Different names of Goddess Shakti are chanted on the day. Vegetarian food is eaten on the day.
Worship involves Aarti, offering of white color flowers, fragrance and offering of white color sweet.
After the completion of the Ardranandakari Tritiya Vrat, one has to do donation of clothes to poor children and old people.

Nakshatra Mala in Hinduism – A Necklace of Twenty Seven Pearls

Nakshatra Mala in Hinduism is a necklace made using 27 pearls. The number 27 corresponds to the 27 nakshatras or birth stars in Hindu astrology. Rosaries made using 27 pearls are also referred as Nakshatra Mala.
Earlierst references of Nakshatra Mala are found in the Arthashastra, Amarakosha and Harshacharita.
Depending on the financial status of the owner, Nakshatra Malas are made using pearls, gems, gold and silver. In some cases the pearls and gems are covered using gold.
A figure painted in Cave 1 of Ajanta, which is dated to 5th Century BC, wears a Nakshatra Mala.
Nothing much is known about the benefits of wearing the necklace or the religious significance of it.

Ravana Will be Jain Tirthankara in Future After He Receives Enlightenment

Every soul is capable of self-realization. It is believed by Jains when the next set of 24 Tirthankara will appear on earth, Ravana, the demon king the Ramayana, will be one of them. Times of India reports  Tirthankaras are born as human beings who subsequently achieve enlightenment and show the world the right path. Their teachings form the Jain cannons. Mahavir is the last of the 24 reigning Tirthankaras, and Jain texts say that Ravan will be one of the 24 Tirthankaras in the next cycle, expected to come into force in roughly 84,000 human years.   It is believed that Ravan and the 23 other future Tirthankaras are still trapped in the cycle of birth and death, some even in hell. "When they receive enlightenment, all the world will know. There will be no illness or drought for miles from the place they are born, all species will be able to hear and understand them, a throne will magically emerge, there will be a shower of flowers and an aura will circle their heads," says Ma…

Searching For the Infinite While Infinite Is All Around Us

Once a small ocean fish went to an older fish and asked, ‘Excuse me, you are older than I, so can you tell me where to find this thing they call the ocean?’
‘The ocean,’ said the older fish, ‘is the thing you are in now.’
‘Oh! This? But this is just water. What I am seeking is the ocean,’ said the disappointed fish as it swam away to reach elsewhere.
 The older fish exclaimed, ‘Oh little fish! What are you looking for? Just look!’
Living in the very ocean and searching for it! That is the irony of human situation — searching for the Infinite while infinite is all around us.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 20, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on February 20, 2014 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or fifth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 8:51 AM on February 20. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the dark phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatra till 7:49 AM. Then onward it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Phalgun Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon in Falgun month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Vijayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1935 – Magh Krishna Paksha Pa…

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