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Shivratri Story – Stories Associated with Shivratri

It is not a single Shivratri story but there are numerous stories regarding the origin of Shivratri. Most of the stories of Shivratri can be traced to the Puranas. A few important legends are detailed below. It must be noted that almost all the stories happened during night and this is one of the reason for celebrating Shivratriduring night.




The story of Shivratri based on hunter unknowingly dropping Bilva leaves on Lingam
There once lived a tribal hunter who was a Shiva devotee. One day he lost his way while hunting and was trapped in the forest at night. Soon wild animals started to gather around him and he climbed a Bel or Bilva tree.

In order to keep himself awake, he started plucking Bilva leaves and dropped it down repeating ‘Om Namah Shivaya.’

In the morning, he discovered that he had been dropping the leaves on a Shivling. And the word spread that he was saved by Lord Shiva. People started celebrating the day as Shivratri. The story is mentioned in Mahabharata by Bhismha while…

Mahavidyas – About 10 Goddesses who are Manifestations of Goddess Sati

Mahavidyas are the collective term used to refer to the ten goddesses who are manifestations of Mothers Goddess Shakti. As per some scriptures it is believed that they are manifestations of Goddess Sati. Other scriptures state that they are forms of Goddess Durga. The Mahavidyas are:
Goddess Kali Tara Chinnamasta Bhuvaneshwari Bagala Bhairavi Dhumavati Kamala Matangi Shodashi
Daksha, father of Goddess Sati, conducted a yajna and invited all except Shiva and Sati. Daksha wanted to insult Shiva. Sati who came to know about this wanted to go to the yajna and ask why Shiva was not invited.
Shiva was against Sati going to the Daksha Yajna. It is said that Goddess Sati assumed ten forms in order to get permission to go to the yajna. Some of these forms are fearful and beyond imagination. Shiva is believed to have then given permission to Sati to attend the yajna.
The ten forms that Goddess Sati took are the Mahavidyas.
Another legend has it that the Mahavidyas appeared from Goddess Durga …

Why is Shivratri celebrated during night?

Night usually represents evil then why is Shivaratri celebrated during night? The night after Mahashivratri is ‘amavasya’ (full dark night). A day when the world will be completely dark. Symbolically, nothing but only ignorance and injustice will prevail. This ‘amavasya’ also represents ‘Kaliyuga.’ Mahadev Shiva appeared just before the beginning of Kaliyuga to rid the world of ignorance and evil. This was during the night before ‘amavasya.’
Therefore special worship is done before ‘amavasya’ to please Shiva who is the remover of darkness, evil and ignorance.
Then, almost all the legends associated with Shivaratri happened during night and this is another reason. Related Link to other articles related to Shivratri

Balsiddha Yatra at Ghogaon near Kolhapur in Maharashtra

Balsiddha Yatra is annually observed in Magh month. It is an annual fair and festival at a sacred place dedicated to Balsiddha at Ghogaon near Kolhapur in Maharashtra. Balsiddha Yatra 2018 date is February 13.
The annual jatra or yatra attracts hundreds of devotees.
Balsiddha Yatra is observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Shri Krishna Saraswati Swami Jayanti

Shri Krishna Saraswati Swami Jayanti is observed in Magh month. It is the birth anniversary or Jayanti celebrations of Shri Krishna Saraswati Swami, who is believed to be a manifestation of Guru Dattatreya.  Shri Krishna Saraswati Swami Jayanti 2018 date is February 5. The day is of great significance in Kolhapur.
It is said that before the birth of Shri Krishna Saraswati Swami, his father had a dream. In the dream, Shri Narasimha Saraswati, the second incarnation of Guru Dattatreya appeared and told him that he will appear as his son.
The day is of great significance to the followers of Guru Dattatreya.
Special prayers, satsangs and philanthropic activities are held on the day.
Shri Krishna Saraswati Swami Jayanti is observed on Magh Krishna 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.

Guru Sevalal Maharaj Jayanti of Banjara Community

Guru Sevalal Maharaj Jayanti is annually observed in Magh month. It is the birth anniversary of Guru Sevalal Maharaj, who is the guide and philosopher of the Banjara community. Guru Sevalal Maharaj Jayanti 2018 date is January 25. It is the 278th birth anniversary of Guru Sevalal Maharaj.
The Banjara community organizes numerous programs on the day. The day is widely observed in parts of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.
Special pujas are observed on the day. Philanthropic activities are held on the day.
Guru Sevalal Maharaj Jayanti is observed on Magh Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Lakshminarayan Saptah Jagar at Pulgaon near Radhanagari

Lakshminarayan Saptah Jagar is observed in Magh month. It is observed at Pulgaon near Radhanagari in Kolhapur District in Maharashtra. Lakshminarayan Saptah Jagar at Pulgaon in 2018 is from February 11.
This unique event in the area attracts hundreds of devotees. People from nearby villages too participate in this spiritual event which is observed for more than a week.
Lakshminarayan Saptah Jagar is annually observed from Magh Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Appa Maharaj Punyatithi at Jalgaon

Appa Maharaj Punyatithi is observed in Phalgun month. It is the death anniversary of the saint and the day is of great importance at Jalgaon in Maharashtra where a temple dedicated to Appa Maharaj is located. This holy saint spread the word of Dharma and love of all beings. Appa Maharaj Punyatithi 2018 date is February 18.
Hundreds of people visit the temple of Appa Maharaj at Jalgaon. Special prayers and other philanthropic activities are held on the day. The shrine is beautifully decorated on the day.
Appa Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple Abandons the Plan to Catch Monkey in the Temple Complex

KashiVishwanathTemple complex faces serious problems from monkeys. The administration had appointed a team of monkey catchers to get rid of the monkeys. But now it has been abandoned respecting the religious sentiments of Hindus. It is believed that monkeys are descendants of the Vanar Sena. Times of India reports  The initiative of Kashi Vishwanath Temple (KVT) administration to end monkey menace on the temple campus has been abandoned, courtesy mischievous rumour mongers who tried to instigate religious sentiments of the denizens on this sensitive issue. "After three days of launching of a drive to catch monkeys by engaging a team of monkey catchers from Mathura, we had to stop midway as some mischievous elements started fanning rumours that monkeys are getting killed under the drive. It is a completely baseless charge and nobody came on record to oppose the drive. But, in view of possibility of law and order problem on this sentimental issue, we asked the team of monkey catcher…

Telugu Panchangam 2015 – 2016 – Download Telugu Panchanga 2016 in pdf - Jayanama Samvatsara 2015 – 2016

Telugu Panchangam 2015 – 2016 is provided by the Uttaradi Mutt. This Telugu Panchanga begins on March 21, 2015 and ends on April 7, 2016. The Panchanga is in PDF format and you can download it for free. This is the Jayanama Samvatsara Panchangam.
This particular Panchangam is useful for those people following the Telugu calendars. A month in this Panchangam is calculated from Pratipada after Amavasi (the day after no moon or new moon) to next Amavasi.
Download - Telugu Panchangam can be downloaded in PDF format here

Story of a clump of earth which became a puja vessel – Sri Anandamayi Ma

The story of a clump of earth which became a puja vessel.
Originally it had been just an ordinary clump of earth on which people trampled and into which people dug with sharp spades.
Later the earth was taken to a potter who kneaded it and put it on a potter’s wheel, turned it around, moulded it and fired it to make it hard and solid.
Only then it was fit to be used as a puja vessel and sacred Ganges water poured into it.
Similarly human vessels have to be moulded to become fit instruments for the divine spirit.
Sri Anandamayi Ma

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 5, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, February 5, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon till 5:56 AM on February 5. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the dark phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Magha or Makam Nakshatra the entire day on February 5.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
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