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Why do we Celebrate Holi?

Holi is celebrated after the full moon day in the month of phalgun (February – March). It is traditionally a harvest festival. Like all Hindu festivals, the reason for the celebration of Holi can be traced to Hindu scriptures and it commemorates the victory of good over evil. The significance of Holi is that victory of good over evil is achieved by a young devotee through his unshakable devotion for the Lord. The date of Holi celebration depends on the moon and lunar calendar. Holi Story based on Prahlada and Demon Holika Young Prahlada was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu but this was detested by his arrogant father, Hirnakashyipu, who was the king of the land. The father constantly sought for ways to eliminate his son and each time he failed miserably. But this only hardened his stance. Now, the king had a sister named Holika who was immune to fire. So, she took young Prahlada and entered into fire. Legend has it that Prahlada came out of the fire without any burns but Holika was co…

Hindu Quotes on Life

Below are Hindu Quotes from Bhagavad Gita for a Happy and Peaceful Life. The Bhagavad Gita specifies twenty values in Chapter XIII (8 to 12) of which even a couple of them are followed one’s life will surely become happy and peaceful. Amanitvam - Humility.Adambhitvam - Pridelessness.Ahimsa - Non-violence.Kshanti - Tolerance.Arjavam - Simplicity.Acaryopasanam - Service to the teacher.Saucam - Cleanliness (internal and external).Sthairyam - Steadfastness.Atma vinigraha – Self-control.Vairagyam – Renunciation.Anahankara - Absence of ego.Janmamrityu jaravyadhi duhkha dosa anudarsanam - Reflection of the sufferings of life-death, old age-disease, and distress.Asakti - Non-attachment.Anabhisvanga putradaragrhadishu - Detachment towards son and wife.Nityam samacittatvam istanistopapattishu - Equanimity amidst pleasant and unpleasant happenings.Mayi ca ananyayogena bhaktih avyabhicarini - Constant and unalloyed devotion towards God.Vivikta desa sevitvam - Love for solitary life.Aratir janasam…

All Women Akhada Formed For the First Time

Adi Shankaracharya had formed the first Akhada in Hinduism. An Akhada is a group of holy men who are defenders of Hindu faith – who are physically, intellectually and spiritually strong. The most famous Akhada that most people are aware of are that of the Naga Sadhus. Now an all-female Akhada has been formed in Allahabad. Global Post reports  Mahant Trikal Bhavanta, a leading woman sadhu, told AFP late Friday that the all-women akhada was believed to be the first in the history of Hinduism in India. An akhada is a group of sadhus -- reclusive ascetics or wandering monks who renounce normal life and are often widely respected for their holiness. India has more than a dozen such groups, all male-dominated.  Bhavanta said the all-women group was facing criticism from male sadhus, who claim the move goes against age-old customs.  "Nowhere in the Hindu scriptures is it mentioned that women cannot have an akhada of their own," she told AFP. "We are facing criticism from men b…

Brahmanda Purana Quotes

The five joints of Avidya are ignorance, delusion, desire of enjoyment, anger and fear of death.
Through Adharma (evil), Himsa (Violence) gave birth to two children dishonesty (or wickedness) and Falsehood. Dishonesty gave birth to fear and hell. Falsehood gave birth to Maya (illusion) and pain. Maya gave birth to Death and Pain gave birth to Misery and Sickness. Then Sickness gave birth to Old age, grief, anger and jealousy. All these are remembered as the characteristics of Adharma (evil).
A devotee whose soul is sanctified by means of  Ash-bath, who has conquered anger and who has subdued his sense organs does not go back (i.e. is not born again) after coming near me (Shiva).
Forgiveness, fortitude, non-violence, absence of attachment to al l (worldly things) and equal indifference to both honor and dishonor—these constitute the excellent covering garment. Brahmanda Purana

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 12, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on March 12, 2014 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:24 PM on March 12. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the light phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 2:51 AM. Then onward it is Pushya or Pooyam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ekadasi Fasting. Lathmar Holi in Mathura
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Phalgun Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing 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/ Shalivaha…

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