Prayers are offered to Surya – the sun god in Hinduism – in
the morning and evening. Here is a simple prayer dedicated to Surya in Hindi
text. You can chant it daily. Prayer to Surya is done for removing bad luck and
also for curing skin ailments.
Mandar Sashti Vrat is observed in Magh month as per traditional
Hindu calendar followed in North India. It is
performed for removal of sin and wish fulfilment. Mandar Sashti 2018 date is January 23. It is believed that observing this Vrat dedicated to Surya will help in fulfilment of desires.
The person observing the vrat should eat moderately on the
previous day of the fasting. On the fasting day, prayers are offered to Surya
Bhagavan. It is a complete fast till next day morning.
On the night of the fasting day, the person eats Mandar
flower and sleeps.
The person should offer prayers to the rising sun and
setting sun on the day. He should look into all eight directions and offer
prayers. The mantra chanted is “Om Suryaya Namah.”
Flowers, fruits and other usual puja routine are followed on
Chanting of Gayatri Mantra is highly meritorious.
The vrat is completed after offering prayers to rising sun
on the Saptami day – the next day morning.
Mandar Sashti can be observed on…
Abadhak Vrat is observed in Jyeshta month (May – June) as
per traditional Hindu calendar in North India.
Abadhak Vrat 2017 date is June 7. The popular belief is that observing this
vrat will help in removing all sort of bad luck. It is also performed for
removing foul or bad smell from the body.
Abadhak Vrat is dedicated to Surya, the sun god.
On the morning of the vrat a person takes bath in river,
pond or in home. Then prayers are offered to Ganesha and rising sun. The person
then offers prayers to Shwet Aak Tree or Rakta Karveer Tree or Nimba Tree.
The fasting is observed on the day from morning or evening
till the setting of sun.
It is believed that a person who performs the vrat will have
a clean and healthy body and lady luck will smile on him.
The vrat is observed on the Jyeshta Shukla Paksha Trayodasi
or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon.
Koothandavar is the deity worshipped in the famous KoothandavarTemple at Koovagam village in Villupuram
in Tamil Nadu District. The story of Koothandavar is from the Mahabharata and
is associated with the Pandava victory in the 18-day battle. Koothandavar is
the deity worshipped by transgenders or eunuchs.
Koothandavar is known as Aravan in the Mahabharat.
In the Mahabharata, Koothandavar, son of Pandava prince
Arjuna, agreed to become the human sacrifice so that the Pandavas can win the Kurushetra
battle against the Kauravas.
However, Koothandavar wished to get married before being
offered as a sacrifice.
But no woman was ready to marry the prince who was to die
the next day. All women dreaded the widowhood which awaited them soon after the
As no woman was ready, Bhagvan Sri Krishna took the Mohini
avatar (female incarnation) and married Koothandavar.
The next day, Sri Krishna as Mohini grieved the loss of Koothandavar
by removing her thali (sacred thread tied by the gr…
Dashaphal Vrat, or Dasafala Vrata, is observed in the
Shravan month mainly in North India. Dashaphal
Vrat 2017 date is July 17. Sri Krishna is worshipped on the day, especially
People observing the vrat ties ten threads on the hand. Puja
is performed with ten Tulsi leaves.
The vrat is observed by some devotees for ten years on the
same day in Sawan month.
There is no fasting on the day. Vegetarian food is eaten.
It is highly meritorious to perform food donation or
annadanam on the day.
Dashaphal Vrat is observed during the Shravan Krishna Paksha
Ashtami – the eighth day during the Shravan month. Ashtami Tithi should be
present during sunrise to observe the vrat.
Harkali Puja is annually held in Shravan month. It is
dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti. Harkali Puja 2017 date is July 17. The
rituals of Har Kali are annually held in eastern parts of India. It is
closely associated with Tantric and adivasi or tribal worship.
On the day same day Kher Puja is organized in Tripura and
northeastern parts of India.
Har Kali Puja is held on the eighth day during the waning
phase of moon in Shravan month – this is the Shravan Krishna Paksha Ashtami.
no moon day falling on Tuesday is considered highly auspicious in Hinduism. It
is known as Bhauma Amavasya. The Amavas on March 28, 2017 and September 19, 2017 falls on Tuesday.
The popular belief is that taking bath on the day in sacred
waters is equal to taking holy bath during millions of Surya Grahan or Solar
The day is also beneficial for those having trouble in the
horoscope related to Mangal Grah.
It is also an ideal day for propitiating Shiva.
Bhauma is one of the names of Mangal or Maras one of the Navgrahas.
Durgakund Mela is annually held in the Shravan month. The
fair and festival organized near the DurgaTemple in Varanasi attracts thousands of devotees.
Durgakund Mela 2017 date in Varanasi
is on July 10.
Swayambhu murti (divinely formed) of Goddess Durga is
worshipped in the temple. The temple is noted for its red color.
Durgakund is a big rectangular pond in front of the temple.
The mela is annually held on the first day during the Shravan month in North India calendar – Shravan Krishna Paksha Pratipada.
A Total lunar eclipse, Chandra Grahan, taking place on
April 4, 2015 in India will
not be visible in Muscat and other
places in Oman. The
time of the eclipse in Oman is
not needed as the April 4, 2015 is not visible in the region. This is a minor
partial eclipse and takes place in Hasta Nakshatra and in Kanya Rashi.
You don’t need to follow this Chandra Grahan if you are
living in Oman.
Please note that pregnant woman need not worry about this
Lunar Eclipse. Please keep cool and remain calm. There is nothing to worry. You may also like to read Pregnant
Women and Lunar Eclipse as per Hindu Tradition Story
of Lunar Eclipse in Hindu Religion
PanchagangaRiver in Kolhapur in
Maharashtra is currently under the impact of drought in western part of India. The
water levels have receded revealing ancient temples, ghats and murtis (idols). The
temples and murtis revealed are more than 1000 years old. An important Ghat on
the banks named Mayur Ban is now visible.
People who are living in the region are now cleaning and
sprucing up the ancient temples and murtis.
The residing water has also revealed some sati stones. Times of India reports
Some sati stones have also been found in the water. Sati,
the ancient Indian tradition of forceful immolation of a widow on her husband's
funeral pyre, was banned in 1829. Though veergals are known to this part of
south Maharashtra, sighting Sati stones,
carvings in the memory of the widow who was burned alive, has surprised
Malekar, along with senior researcher Umakant Raninga and A N Damle, secretary
of Itihas Sankalan Samiti, Kolhapur visited the ghats and tried to identify the
If my friends and relations do not choose to accompany me on
my spiritual path, why should I chase after them trying to get them to change?
They won’t listen to me anyway, no matter what I say. A better approach is to
focus on my own change process. A river doesn’t need to urge people into
drinking its water. People are naturally drawn to it, provided its waters are
pure, free-flowing and sweet. In the same way, become so attractive through
your spiritual efforts that everyone will want to join you, naturally.
We are hindered in this by attachments, which tend to make
us forget that our well-being is not dependent on others at all, that we each
have the capacity to flow and sparkle in our own unique way. Having forgotten
this, we developed the habit of turning to others to feel good about ourselves.
Using other people in this way is a deceptive source of well-being, and this
deception leads to a great deal of pain. We can change this habit by keeping an
eye on our aim. If we don’t, o…
Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, July 8, 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 Shukla Paksha Dasami
Tithior the tenth day during the
waxing phase of moon till 12:56 AM on July
8. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithior the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon. All time
based on India Standard Time. Nakshatra – Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra
till 10:56 PM. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatram. Rashi or Moon Sign –
Tula Rashi till
4:47 PM. Then onward it is Vrischika Rasi. Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ekadasi Fasting in majority of
regions except in Maharashtra and Gujarat.
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