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Lathmar Holi of Barsana, Mathura

Lathamar Holi takes place well before the actual Holi celebration. It takes place at Barsana in Mathura. Legend behind Lathmar Holi is closely associated with Lord Krishna and Radha. In 2017, Lathmar Holi is on March 7 and March 8. It is said that Krishna, who is dark in color, was jealous of the fair-colored Radha. Krishna used to pester Mother Yasodha with questions on Radha’s skin color. Once fed up, she said to Krishna that he can change her skin tone by sprinkling color. Krishna and friends used this opportunity to create pranks on Radha and friends.
In Lathmar Holi, men in traditional dress from Nandgaon adorn the role of gops (friends of Krishna). In Barsana, women adorn the role of gopis (friends of Radha). The men reach Barsana and throw colors on women and the women fight back with batons. Both men and women prepare for Lathmar Holi in advance. Each year, new methods are employed in Lathmar Holi.
Next day, the men return to play Holi with women in Nandgaon.
Lathmar Holi i…

Origin of Puri Jagannath Temple

Lord Krishna, who appears as Jagannatha at Puri, is believed to have directly played a role in the origin of the temple. Also in the unique wooden idol that is worshipped in the PuriJagannathTemple. Puri is also known as Purushottamkshetra and archeologists date the present shrine at 1198 A.D. King Indradyumna who ruled Puri, during the medieval age, had obtained all the worldly success and now he wanted to create something that would make his name immortal. Finally, the King decided to build a magnificent temple. But he was not sure to whom it should be dedicated. Soon Indradyumna had a dream in which he had a vision of blue image of Krishna or Madhava. He saw a finely carved statue of Jagannatha in a cave shrine on a hill but the king could not identify the place. King then sent out his forces to find the cave shrine. After a prolonged search, a soldier discovered the hidden cave shrine and the idol and it belonged to a devotee named Viswasu. The soldier found out that Viswasu will…

Shri Waghjai Devi Yatra at Shindewadi near Bhor in Maharashtra

Shri Waghjai Devi Yatra is annually observed in Phalgun month. It is the important annual festival at WaghjaiDeviTemple at Shindewadi near Bhor in Maharashtra. The annual fair and festival attracts hundreds of people. Shri Waghjai Devi Yatra 2018 date is March 11.
Goddes Waghjai Devi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is widely worshipped in Maharashtra. She is also the kuldevata or family deity of many families.
Shri Waghjai Devi Yatra is observed on Phalgun Krishna Paksha Navami tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj Punyatithi at Sinhgad near Pune

Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Phalgun month. Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj was the youngest son of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha Empire. His mother was Soyarabai and he was the third Chhatrapati of the Maratha Empire. His death anniversary is observed annually on the 9th day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month as per Marathi Calendar. In 2018, it is on March 11.
As per Gregorian calendar, his death anniversary is on March 3, 1700.
He had a very short reign. Soon after the coronation he went into exile and fought against the Mughals hiding in various forts.
He died finally at Sinhgad near Pune of an unspecified illness.

Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje Bhosle Punyatithi – Death Anniversary of Dharmveer Sambhaji Maharaj

Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje Bhosle was the eldest son of Chhatrapati Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire. His mother was Saibai and he was the second Chhatrapati of the Maratha Empire. He is popularly known as Dharmveer Sambhaji Maharaj as he died defending his faith – Hinduism. His Balidan din, or death anniversary, is observed annually on the no moon day in Phalgun month as per Marathi Calendar. In 2018, it is on March 17.
As per Gregorian calendar, he died fighting the Mughals on  March 11, 1689.
He had fought valiantly against the Mughals. But he was captured and humiliated and executed by Aurangzeb for not converting to Islam. This valiant act earned him the title ‘Dharmveer.’
Several meetings and programs are held on the Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje Bhosle Balidan Din.

Sadguru Shree Mamasaheb Deshpande Punyatithi – Guru Mama Deshpande Death Anniversary

Sadguru Shree Mamasaheb Deshpande Punyatithi is annually observed in Phalgun month. It is the death anniversary of Sadguru Shree Mamasaheb Deshpande, also known as Guru Mama Deshpande. The day is of importance at the ashram located in Pune. Sadguru Shree Mamasaheb Deshpande Punyatithi 2018 date is March 11.
Sadguru Shree Mamasaheb Deshpande was a freedom-fighter, philosopher, scholar and prolific author. He established Shreepad Seva Mandal (SSM).
The great soul belongs to the Shri Datta Sampradaya.
Sadguru Shree Mamasaheb Deshpande Punyatithi is annually observed on Phalgun Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Holi Quotes and Messages

This is a collection of favorite Holi quotes and messages that I have read, received and some which I have sent.
Let the colors of Holi spread the message of peace and happiness. I wish everybody a Happy Holi. Let the colors of Holi fill your heart with warmth and love. Enjoy and spread the colors of Holi. Holi is a time to reach out with the colors of joy. It is the time to love and forgive. It is the time expresses the happiness of being loved and to be loved through colors. Make merry with colors on Holi and the rest of the days with the colors of love. Holi is a special time of year to remember those who are close to our hearts with splashing colors! May this Holi be bright as the colors that splash on you! You’re so handsome let me darken you with Holi colors. Happy Holi! Holi is the apt time to break the ice, renew relationships and link yourself with those that you wanted to with a bit of color. Holi is the day to express love with colors. It is a time to show affection. All the col…

Symbolism in Worshipping Goddess Lakshmi and Ganesha Together

Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi are worshipped together in all important pujas. One of the popular images of Goddess Lakshmi is that of Ganesha along her side. Some of these images also include Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of learning. There is a symbolism associated in worshipping Goddess Lakshmi and Ganesha together.

It is with the blessing of Goddess Saraswati that we realize Goddess Lakshmi. She helps in attaining wealth through dharmic ways and maintaining it.

Goddess Lakshmi is the goddess of prosperity and wealth. But when one is blessed with prosperity and wealth one needs a sound judgment and discernment to enjoy the prosperity and this is provided by Sri Ganesha. Ancient saints term this as ‘viveka’ – without viveka the blessing of Goddess Lakshmi will go in vain. And to keep us composed and calm we take the blessings of Ganesha. Ganesha also pulls us up by creating blockades on our path when we use the wealth in Adharmic ways.

It must be also noted that during Durga Puja – Go…

Gems of Wisdom from Hindu Scriptures

Ekam shastram adhiyano na vidyat  shastranischayam, tasmat bahushrutah shastram vijaniyat chikitsakah; By studying one scripture alone, a definite conclusion cannot be made, therefore a physician should study many scriptures (Sushruta Samhita, 1.4.7.)
The intellect acquires critical acumen by familiarity with different traditions. How much does one really understand by merely following one’s own reasoning? (Bhartrihari, Vakyapadiya, 2.484)
Asha hi paramam duhkham nairashyam paramam sukham; The greatest misery comes from hoping and the greatest happiness lies in giving up hope. (Srimad Bhagavata, 11.8.44)
abhyasena tu kaunteya vairagyena cha grihyate; [the mind] is controlled through practice and detachment. (Bhagavad Gita, 6.35.)
Shiva shaktya yukto yadi bhavati shaktah prabhavitum na chede- vam devo na khalu kushalah spanditum api; If Shiva is united with Shakti, he is able to exert his powers as lord; if not, the god is unable to move. (Saundarya Lahari, 1)
‘Yah shastravidhim …

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 22, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, February 22, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:07 PM on February 22. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the light phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Uttara Bhadra or Uthrittathi Nakshatra till 2:46 AM. Then onward it is Revathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Phalgun Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun 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 – Phalgun Shukla Paksha Chaturthi T…

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