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Magh Bihu – Uruka and Bhogali Bihu in Assam

Bhogali Bihu, also known as Magh Bihu, is an important harvest festival of Assam and is observed in the Assamese month of Magh (January - February). In 2017, the date of Magh Bihu is January 15. Uruka is on January 14. ‘Bhogali’ means ‘feasting’ in Assamese and Magh Bihu is a two-day festival. The festival is dedicated to Lord Agni, the Hindu fire god.

The first day of the Magh Bihu festival is known as Uruka. On this day, people construct mejis (mezi) or bhelaghars with bamboo and wood pieces on the farmland or open spaces. A feast is held on the Uruka night, which includes fish delicacies.

The next day is the Bhogali Bihu or Magh Bihu day and the mejis (mezi) and bhelghars built on Uruka day are lit and a lavish feast is held. The ashes of the meji are scattered on the farmlands to increase fertility. Magh Bihu is observed on the first day of the Magh month of Assamese calendar.
On Magh Bihu day, people visit their relatives and share Assamese food like pithas (sweet rice cake), c…

Kalbhairav Yatra at Kharepatan near Kolhapur in Maharashtra

Kalbhairav Yatra is annually observed in Magh month. The yatra, fair and festival is dedicated to the Kalbhairava form of Shiva. The main rituals are organized at the KalbhairavTemple at Kharepatan near Kolhapur in Maharashtra. Kalbhairav Yatra 2018 date is January 22.
Hundreds of people attend this annual festival. The yatra includes palki and other rituals.
Kalbhairav Yatra is annually observed on Magh Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sant Tukaram Maharaj Jayanti – Janamdin or Birth Anniversary of Sant Tukaram Maharaj

Sant Tukaram Maharaj Jayanti is annually observed in Magh month. It is the Janamdin or birth anniversary of Sant Tukaram Maharaj. One of the greatest exponents of the Bhakti cult in Marathi culture, Sant Tukaram is worshipped by millions of people around the world and people take inspiration from his poems and teachings. Sant Tukaram Maharaj Jayanti 2018 date is January 22.
The day is not widely observed. Some programs are conducted at Dehu. Scholars have different opinion regarding the birth date of Sant Tukaram Maharaj.
The most important festival associated with Sant Tukaram is the Tukaram Beej observed in Phalgun month.
Sant Tukaram Maharaj Jayanti is annually observed on Magh Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Vitthal Rukmini Vivah Sohala at Pandharpur – Vitthal Rukmini Marriage Festival at Pandharpur

Vitthal Rukmini Vivah Sohala is annually observed in Magh month. It is the marriage festival of Lord Vitthal and Goddess Rukmini. Vitthal Rukmini Vivah Sohala 2018 date is January 22. The festival attracts hundreds of devotees to Pandharpur in Maharashtra.
The marriage rituals of Lord Vitthal and Goddess Rukmini are performed on the day.
Vitthal Rukmini Vivah Sohala is annually observed on Magh Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Garuda, Demon Virochana and Crown of Lord Vishnu - Story

Legend has it that once demon Virochana visited Vaikunta, the abode of Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu. While returning back, he took with him the crown of Bhagvan Vishnu without his permission. Demon Virochana wanted to adorn the crown on the murti that he worshipped in his palace.
Garuda, the Vahana or Vehicle of Vishnu, was the first one to notice that the crown was missing. He soon came to the conclusion that demon Virochana had stolen the divine crown.
Garuda immediately flew to the netherworld. Demon Virochana was not ready to part with he crown. Garuda then overpowered the demon and retrieved the crown.
While returning with the crown, He saw a child playing flute. The divine child was Bhagvan Sri Krishna. Garuda knew that Sri Krishna was an avatar of Bhagvan Vishnu.
So he placed the divine crown on the small head of child Krishna. The crown was huge for the little head. But then a miracle happened, the crown shrunk to fit the head of little Krishna.
The belief is that the crown is s…

Reason for the Use of Black Color and Sesame – Til or Ellu – During Makar Sankranti

Black is given special importance during Makar Sankranti. Black color Sesame – Til or Ellu – is distributed among friends and relatives. Delicacies made of Til are also eaten on the day. The main reason why black color and Til is used because it is widely believed that Sesame contains prosperities that keeps the body healthy and warm during Sankranti period.
Another reason is that Makara Sankramana swaroopa or the personified deity associated with Makar is black in color.
In many regions in Maharashtra people wear black colored dress on Makar Sankranti day. Black is worn on the day to keep the body warm as Sankranti falls during the winter season.
Til and delicacies made from it are distributed in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat during the period. 
A lot of importance is given to til (sesame seeds) due its property of keeping body warm. Sesame seeds (Til) are used to combat the cold in winter, as sesame contains oil which is healthy. This once again proves the wisdom of ancient…

Ganga Godavari Janmotsav at Nashik

Ganga Godavari Janmotsav is observed in Magh month at Nashik in Maharashtra. The popular belief is that Ganga and Godavari are the same. Godavari is also known as Dakshina Ganga. Ganga Godavari Janmotsav 2018 date is January 27. It is believed that Ganga appeared as Godavari on this day.
According to Naradiya Purana, Sage Gautama brought Ganga in the form of Godavari to the south of the Vindhyas.
There is a Ganga – GodavariTemple at Nashik. It is located on the banks of GodavariRiver. People offer prayers here after taking holy dip in the river.
Ganga Godavari Janmotsav is annually observed on Magh Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the 10th day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month.

Ravi Yog June 2015 time and date

Ravi Yog is a specific time period in Hindu lunar month and is a good time for important ceremonies. June 2015 Ravi Yog time and dates are given below: It is stated that Ravi Yog annihilates the bad timings. All bad Muhurtas are overcome during Ravi Yoga.
Ravi Yog June 2015 time and date
6:15 PM on May 31 to 7:21 PM on June 1
4:20 PM on June 7 to 3:02 PM on June 8
5:52 PM on June 8 to 1:42 PM on June 9
6:58 AM on June 19 to 8:31 AM on June 20
10:41 AM on June 21 to 1:22 Pm on June 22
4:47 PM on June 22 to 4:22 PM on June 23
10:24 PM on June 25 to 12:55 AM on June 27
4:32 AM on June 30 to 4:19 AM on July 1.
This auspicious time for new beginnings and buying is followed in North India and western parts of India. The popular belief is that Ravi Yog nullifies all the bad muhurtas.

Throwing Puja Materials into Yamuna River Will Attract Fine of Rupees 5000

We Hindus have a very bad habit of polluting our holy rivers. On one hand we worship rivers and on another hand we shamelessly pollute them specially by throwing all plastic puja materials. To stop this practice, National Green Tribunal has decided to fine people who throw puja materials into YamunaRiver. The person doing so will attract a fine of Rupees 5000. Economic Times reports  Throwing puja offerings into the Yamuna, a ritual for many Delhiites, will now invite a fine of Rs 5,000.  These are part of the 27-point plan — Mailey se Nirmal Yamuna Revitalisation Plan 2017 — pronounced by the National Green Tribunal on Tuesday to clean up the river and restore its floodplains, a task in which the Centre's Yamuna Action Plans have failed and hundreds of crores have gone waste. The tribunal's judgment came on a petition by Manoj Misra of Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan against pollution in the Yamuna and covering of drains in Delhi. The easiest solution to the problem is to avoid all plasti…

To be free shun the experiences of the senses like poison – Ashtavakra Gita

To be free, shun the experiences of the senses like poison. Turn your attention to forgiveness, sincerity, kindness, simplicity and truth.
You are not earth, water, fire or air. Nor are you empty space. Liberation is to know yourself as awareness alone — the Witness of these.
Abide in awareness with no illusion of person. You will be instantly free and at peace.
You have no caste or duties. You are invisible, unattached, formless. You are the Witness of all things. Be happy.
Ashtavakra Gita

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 15, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, January 15, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon till 12:21 AM on January 15. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 4:11 AM on January 15. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi till 10:55 PM. Then onward it is Vrischika Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Makar Sankranti. Pongal. Sankranti. Makaravilakku at Sabarimala
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Magh Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarak…

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