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What is Sankranti in Hinduism?

In Hinduism, Sankranti is the occasion in which the sun enters a zodiacal sign or Rashi. There are twelve Rashis through which the sun traverses in a year. Two of the Sankranti are very important – Makar Sankranti and Karka Sankranti. Makar Sankranti marks the beginning of Uttarayan – sun traverse towards north. Karka Sankranti marks the beginning of Dakshinayana – sun traverse towards south.
Mesha Sankranti is also very important in some regions as it marks the beginning of New Year in Orissa, Kerala (Vishu) and Tamil Nadu (Chithirai 1).
There are two methods by which a Rashi is marked – Sayana and Nirayana. In Sayana method rashi and nakshatara starts from the Vernal Equinox – March 21. In the Nirayana method, Zeta Pisum a fixed star in Revati Nakshatra is considered as the starting point.
In the Sayana system – the sun enters Makar Rashi on December 22. In the Nirayana System the sun enters Makar Rashi on January 14.
For a devotee the numerous system and calculations are of no val…

November 2014 Bengali Annaprashan Dates – First Rice Eating Ceremony Dates and time for Baby in November 2014

Bengali Annaprashan Dates and time in November 2014 based on Bengali Calendar and Panchika. Annaprashan is the first rice eating ceremony of a baby. Bengali Hindu calendar is different from the calendars followed in other regions in India especially in North India. Annaprashan dates in West Bengal in November 2014 is given below. This Panchang and calendar dates are to give an idea.
There are no Annaprashan dates marked in November 2014 in most Bengali calendars and Panchika.
A local astrologer might be able to find a very rare auspicious period in November 2014; especially a short period of time on a day.  The entire day might not be good but a short time he might be able to locate.

June 2014 Bengali Annaprashan Dates – First Rice Eating Ceremony Dates and time for Baby in June 2014

Bengali Annaprashan Dates and time in June 2014 based on Bengali Calendar and Panchika. Annaprashan is the first rice eating ceremony of baby. Bengali Hindu calendar is different from the calendars followed in other regions in India especially in North India. Annaprashan dates in West Bengal in June 2014 is given below. This Panchang and calendar dates are to give an idea.
Annaprashan dates are and that is June 2 and June 11.
A local astrologer might be able to find an auspicious period on other days in June 2014; especially a short period of time on a day.  The entire day might not be good but a short time he might be able to locate.

Chandra Grahan in April 2014 Not Visible in India – Chandra Grahan Time – Lunar Eclipse April 14 - 15, 2014

Chandra Grahan, partial Lunar Eclipse, will take place on April 14 - 15, 2014 but it is not visible in India. According to NASA, the Chandra Grahan is a Total Lunar Eclipse and will begin on the night of April 14, 2014 and end during the early hours of April 15 (time) and is visible in United States, Canada, England, South America, West Africa, New Zealand and Australia. The Chandragrahan will be taking place between 9:58 PM on April 14 to 03:33 AM on April 15 in United States. (You can find detail time of the eclipse in United States here.)



The specialty of this Grahan is that the moon will appear red in color.
Hindu calendars and Panchang have not marked the Chandragrahan on April 14, 2014. There is not need to follow any ritual in India on the day.
Chandra Grahan and Hindus
Usually during a Chandra Grahan, a fast (Upvaas) is observed by certain communities in Hindu religion. The fast begins about 9 hours before the beginning of Chandra Grahan.
People also take a bath in cold water …

Book - Temple Trips South India by Lonely Planet

Book titled ‘Temple Trips South India’ published by Lonely Planet and is written by Janaki Venkataraman and Supriya Sehgal. History and legends of some of the important and minor temples in South India are detailed in the book. The book is priced at Rupees 495/- Hindu Business Line reports  Titled “Temple Trips South India”, the guide presents an elaborate insight into the sculptural beauty, architectural grandeur and cultural festivals etc across Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.  In addition to popular temples in Tirupati, Ramanathswamy and Thanjavur, the book also includes comprehensive features on lesser known temples highlighting the importance of each deity, temple’s history and the wealth of its antiquity.  Filled with descriptions of the era of Cholas and Pallavas, the book takes readers through various aspects of Dravidian architecture such as cave temples, structural marvels, innovative usage of granite and more.  Temple historian Pradeep Chakravarthy, archit…

Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamigal Quotes

The greatest impediment to Bhakti is the ego, which repeatedly asserts itself and prevents self-surrender. Thus a man can truly surrender himself to Ishvara only if he annihilates his ego. Repeatedly thinking of Ishvara and practicing spiritual discipline precisely in the manner indicated by the Guru go a long way in effacing the ego and engendering devotion.
Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamigal – the 35th pontiff of Sringeri Sharada Peetam

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 9, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on April 9, 2014 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 5:06 AM on April 9. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punirtham or Pooyam Nakshatra till 12:36 PM. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Chaitra Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Jayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1936 – Chaitra Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi …

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