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Bhairavnath Yatra at Bhairapur near Hukkeri – Bhairavnath Temple Festival at Bhairapur

Bhairavnath Yatra at Bhairapur is annually observed in Magh month. The yatra is the main festival and fair at the BhairavnathTemple at Bhairapur village near Hukkeri in Karnataka. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva. Bhairapur Bhairavnath Yatra 2018 date is February 4.
Hundreds of people participate in the unique festival. The temple remains open during the entire day and different rituals take place.
Bhairapur Bhairavnath Yatra is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka.

Vaman Maharaj Janmotsav at Savner near Amravati – Vaman Maharaj Birth Anniversary Festival

Vaman Maharaj Janmotsav is annually observed in Magh month. It is the birth anniversary festival of Vaman Maharaj and is observed mainly at Savner near Amravati. Devotees attend prayer meetings and other programs on the day. Vaman Maharaj Janmotsav 2018 date is February 9.
The Ashram of Vaman Maharaj is located at Savner near Amravati in Maharashtra.
Vaman Maharaj Janmotsav is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Navami tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

What to do on Thaipusam Day?

Thaipusam is one of the most important festivals dedicated to Lord Muruga - also known as Skanda, Subrahmaniya and Kartikeya and Shanmukha. Thaipusam is held on Pusam star in the month of Thai (January – February). There are numerous legends and myths associated with this Murugan festival.
On the Thaipusam day, large number of devotees head towards Murugan temples in procession carrying Kavadi. The drumming and chanting of vel vel shakti vel electrifies the procession and some start to dance. Some devotees pierce their tongue and cheek with ‘vel’ (small lances.) Some insert hooks in their body and some use these hooks to pull heavy objects. On the day, devotees go to any length to display their devotion to Lord Muruga.
The more subdued devotees offer fruits and yellow or orange colored flowers to Lord Muruga. They wear yellow or orange colored dress. These two colors are identified with Muruga. Some people carry pots of milk on their head.

Related Legend behind taking Kavadi to Murugan…

Bhanudas Maharaj Jayanti at Waigaon near Amravati

Bhanudas Maharaj Jayanti is annually observed in Magh month. It is the birth anniversary of Bhanudas Maharaj and is observed mainly at Waigaon near Amravati. Devotees attend prayer meetings and other programs on the day. Bhanudas Maharaj Jayanti 2018 date is February 8.
The Ashram of Bhanudas Maharaj is located at Waigaon near Amravati in Maharashtra.
Bhanudas Maharaj Jayanti is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Vraj Bhushan Maharaj Punyatithi at Shivar near Daryapur

Vraj Bhushan Maharaj Punyatithi is observed in Magh month. It is the death anniversary of Vraj Bhushan Maharaj and is observed at Shivar near Daryapur in Maharashtra. Vraj Bhushan Maharaj Punyatithi 2018 date is February 8.
Vrij Bhushan Maharaj teachings echoed the great lessons imparted by the Bhakti Sants of Maharashtra. Prayers and satsangs are organized on the day.
Vraj Bhushan Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Anand Swami Punyaithi at Jalna

Anand Swami Punyaithi is annually observed in Magh month. It is the death anniversary of Sant Anand Swami and is observed mainly at Jalna. Devotees attend prayer meetings and other programs on the day. Anand Swami Punyaithi 2018 date is February 8.
The Samadhi mandir of Anand Swami is located at Jalna. The temple is more than 250 years old and was built by Maratha warrior Mahadji Shinde.
Anand Swami Punyatithi is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Pandu in the Mahabharata – Story of the Father of Pandavas

Pandu was the father of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata.  Story of the birth of Pandu is narrated in Adi Parva of the Mahabharata. Ambalika was the youngest of the three daughters of Kashi. She was married to Vichitravirya, the king of Hastinapura and son of Shantanu. Vichitravirya died before he had a child with Ambalika. To continue the Kuru lineage, Sage Vyasa was asked by Queen Satyavati to beget son. Thus Pandu was born to Ambalika. 
The word Pandu means ‘pale.’  It is said that Amabalika on seeing Sage Vyasa had turned pale and thus had given birth to a pale child.
Pandu had got the right to rule Hastinapura as his elder brother Dhritarashtra was blind.
Pandu married Kunti and Madri.
Pandu during a hunting expedition had killed a deer which was mating. The deer was actually Sage Kindama who was mating with his wife in deer form. Before dying, the sage cursed Pandu that he will fall dead if he ever mated with his wives.
After this incident, Pandu gave the throne of Hastinapura t…

Shri Gajanan Maharaj Prakat Din Utsav – Appearance Anniversary Festival of Shri Gajanan Maharaj

Shri Gajanan Maharaj Prakat Din Utsav is observed in Magh month. It is not the birth anniversary but appearance anniversary festival of the great saint from Maharashtra, Shri Gajanan Maharaj. The most important activities on the day are held at the temple dedicated to the saint at Shegaon. Shri Gajanan Maharaj Prakat Din Utsav 2018 date is February 7.
Shri Gajanan Maharaj Prakat Din is the day when the great saint appeared at Shegaon. As per Gregorian calendar this happened on February 13, 1878.
When people first saw the saint he had worn just a shirt, had a dry gourd as his pitcher, a clay pipe for his smoke and nothing else. He had an aura around him.Eyes were focused on his nose. He had the radiance of morning glow.

He performed innumerable miracles during his life time. He helped the needy, the diseased and the unfortunate. His miracles also made the arrogant and egotic people shed their wrong notions. The miracles performed by the saint is compiled in the book titled 'Shri G…

Shri Awajisiddha Maharaj Mahotsav at Sungaon – Awajisiddha Maharaj Festival

Shri Awajisiddha Maharaj Mahotsav is annually observed in Magh month. The fair and festival is dedicated to Guru Shri Awajisiddha Maharaj. The day is of importance at Sungaon near Buldhana in Maharashtra. Shri Awajisiddha Maharaj Mahotsav 2018 date is February 6.
The main festivities are organized at the shrine and sacred place associated with Shri Awajisiddha Maharaj at Sungaon.
Shri Awajisiddha Maharaj Mahotsav is annually observed on Magh Krishna paksha Sashti tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Brahmachari Maharaj Punyatithi at Panet near Akola

Brahmachari Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Magh month. It is the death anniversary of Sant Brahmachari Maharaj and is observed at Panet near Akola in Maharashtra. Brahmachari Maharaj Punyatithi 2018 date is February 6.
The teachings of Sadguru Brahmachari Maharaj are relevant even today. Hundreds of people participate in various prayers and satsangs on the day.
Brahmachari Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Magh Krishna paksha Sashti tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Birbalnath Maharaj Yatra – Mangrulnath or Mangrulpir Fair and Festival

Birbalnath Maharaj Yatra is annually observed in Magh month. The fair and festival is also known as Mangrulnath or Mangrulpir Yatra. Birbal Nath Maharaj Shrine is located at Mangrulpir near Washim in Maharashtra. Birbalnath Maharaj Yatra 2018 date is February 5.
The fair and festival is organized at the BirbalnathTemple located here. Large number of people participate in this annually festival. People from nearby states like Madhya Pradesh also participate in the fair.
Birbalnath Maharaj Yatra is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month.

Godad Maharaj Punyatithi at Karjat

Sadguru Godad Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Magh month. It is the death anniversary of great saint Godad Maharaj and is of importance at Karjat. Godad Maharaj Punyatithi 2018 date is February 4.

The temple dedicated to Sadguru Godad Maharaj is located at Karjat. He was a great devotee of Lord Vithoba. He spread the universal teaching of love and non-violence.
Sadguru Godad Maharaj Punyatithi is observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Mardol Shri Mahalasa Narayani Temple Festival in Goa - Shri Mahalasa Narayani Temple Jatra

Mardol Shri Mahalasa Narayani Temple Festival in Goa is observed in Magh month. The festival is observed for 7 days. The most important event during the festival is the jatra. Mardol Shri Mahalasa Narayani Temple Festival 2018 date is from February 4 to February 10.
The annual festival is observed from Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturthi to Magh Krishna Paksha Dasami – the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month to the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in magh month. The Rathostsava is observed on the last day of the festival.
The first day there is the Maharathanusthan, Garudarohan, at night Mayurasanotsava, Astavadhan Seva.
The second day - Maharatharohan, Dwhajarohan, Mahaparvani day.
The third day – In the morning Palakhi Procession to Tali, Asthavadhan Seva etc., at night Garuda Vahanotsava.
The fourth day – At night Ambari Procession.
The fifth day – At night Lalakhi - Sukhasanotsava.
The sixth day – At night Ambari Procession
The seventh day – At night Vijay…

Janubai Yatra at Rajapur near Khatav in Maharashtra – Rajapur Janubai Devi Temple Festival

Janubai Yatra is annually observed in Magh month. The fair and festival organized yearly at the RajapurJanubaiDeviTemple is popularly known as Janubai Yatra. The festival attracts hundreds of people. Rajapur Janubai Yatra 2018 date is February 3.
The main ritual during the period includes pujas, palki, and chariot pulling. The fair and festival attracts people from nearby regions.
Rajapur Janubai Yatra is annually organized on Magh Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Harbadi Utsav and Kalbhairav Yatra at Billur in Jath near Sangli

Harbadi Utsav and Kalbhairav Yatra are annually observed in Magh month. The festival at the KalbhairavTemple here is known as Harbadi Utsav and Kalbhairav Yatra. The fair and festival involves chariot pulling and other rituals. Harbadi Utsav and Kalbhairav Yatra 2018 date is February 2.
Hundreds of people attend this festival dedicated to the fierce Kalbhairav form of Shiva. People from nearby villages attend the fair.
Harbadi Utsav and Kalbhairav Yatra is observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Guru Channaveer Hotgi Punyatithi at Hotgi near Solapur

Guru Channaveer Hotgi Punyatithi is annually observed in Magh month. It is the death anniversary of Channaveer Guru and the day is of great significance at Hotgi near Solapur. Guru Channaveer Hotgi Punyatithi 2018 date is February 2.
Guru Channaveer belongs to the Shaivaite tradition and he spread the teachings of dharma among people.
Hundreds of people attend various satsangs and prayer meetings organized on the day.
Guru Channaveer Hotgi Punyatithi is observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Silver Chariot during Thaipusam Procession at Batu Caves

This year it is the 125th year of Thaipusam celebrations at the BatuCaves. A silver chariot procession is held during the festival. The original silver chariot has undergone restoration this year. The official journey of the chariot is known as Vellotam. The journey is from SriSubramaniarSwamyTemple in BatuCaves to the SriMahaMariammanTemple in Kuala Lumpur.
The silver chariot carries the murti of Muruga and his consorts Valli and Devayani. The Star Online reports  In conjunction with the 125th year of celebrating Thaipusam at BatuCaves this year, the silver chariot underwent a RM 150,000 upgrade. It will make its maiden journey, called the vellotam, from the SriSubramaniarSwamyTemple in BatuCaves to the SriMahaMariammanTemple in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 31 at 8pm.  The silver chariot carrying Lord Muruga and his consorts Valli and Theivanai will head back to BatuCaves on Feb 1 at 10pm for the Thaipusam festival.

Sri Ramana Maharishi Thoughts on Meditation and Self Enquiry – Which is Better?

The goal is the same for the one who meditates and the one who practices self enquiry. One attains stillness through meditation, the other through knowledge. One strives to attain something; the other seeks the one who strives to attain. The former takes a longer time, but in the end attains the Self.
Mentally imagining oneself to be the supreme reality, which shines as existence-consciousness-bliss, is meditation. Fixing the mind in the Self so that the unreal seed of delusion will die is enquiry.
Whoever meditates upon the self in whatever mental image attains it only in that image. Those peaceful ones who remain quiet without any such mental image attain the noble and unqualified state of the formless state of the Self.
Self enquiry directly leads to realization by removing the obstacles which make you think that the Self is not already realized.
Meditation differs according to the degree of advancement of the seeker. If one is fit for it one might directly hold on to the thinker,…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 29, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, January 29, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the light phase of moon till 1:24 AM on January 29. 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 – Krittika or Kartika or Karthigai Nakshatra till 3:04 PM on January 29. Then onward it is RohiniNakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishaba Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Magh Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh 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 – MaghShukla Paksha …

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