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Holi Rang Pashi

Rang Pashi is the first day of Holi celebration in Hindu homes and it falls three days before the Purnima or Poornima (Full Moon). Purnima is the day when Holika is burnt or Holi bonfires are lit. It must be noted that in Mathura and Vrindavan the celebrations begin nearly a month before the actual day of celebrations.
On the Rang Pashi day, all the members of the family assemble and the eldest member of the family sprinkle colors (gulal) and water with Tesu flowers.
Rang Pashi is a subdued celebration of Holi and all the women in the family wear Holi Dandia saris. It is mainly a day of get together and discuss about the preparation for the festival.
After the ceremony, sweets like gujia, papri are served. Non-vegetarian dishes are also served on this day. People also enjoy drinks like bhang and other alcoholic beverages. Related Dangers of chemical colors during Holi How to make natural colors during Holi Where to buy holi natural colors

Abhimukteshwar Form of Shiva

Abhimukteshwar is one of the manifestations of Shiva worshipped in important temples dedicated to Shiva. Abhimukteshwar Mahadev form is worshipped in Ujjain and Kashi. The popular belief is that this form of Shiva helps in attaining moksha immediately.
Abhimukteshwar Shivling is found in front of the main shrine in the KashiVishwanathTemple complex.
Visit to shrine of this form of Shiva is included in the important Parikramas performed in Varanasi.
Abhimukteshwar Mahadev is part of the Chaurasi Mahadev Yatra in Ujjain.
Symbolically this form of Shiva suggests that an intense desire for attaining self realization is possible instantly.

Mahabharata Manuscript by Abul Fazal – Court writer of Emperor Akbar – Found in Jamia Nizamia Varsity in India

Abul Fazal was one of the navratnas (nine jewels) of Mughal Emperor Akbar’s royal court. The rare Mahabharat manuscript composed by Abul Fazal was recently discovered in Jamia Nizamia in Hyderabad in India.
The translated version is in Persian and runs into 5,012 pages. It was in the personal collection of Moulana Mohammad Anwarullah Farooqui, the founder of Jamia.
The manuscript was forgotten and was recently discovered from the old manuscripts in the library of Jamia Nizamia.
Jamia Nizamia is one of the oldest Islamic seminaries of higher learning of Sunnis in India.

Thoughts – Swami Chidanand Saraswati of Parmarth Niketan

Attraction is not wrong but destruction which happens through that attraction is wrong. You can look at beautiful flowers, appreciate their beauty, smell them, its alright; but if you also pick flowers, that is wrong.
Neither is the appearance nor are the qualities bad; what is bad is the one whose intentions are bad. It is all about your intention, the rest doesn’t matter.
No matter what you do, your thoughts should be centered on God.
Others may not understand your today, but your good intention sooner than later will reap good rewards for sure.
Do not be bothered about the results, with good intentions you will be able to live in peace.
Swami Chidanand Saraswati of Parmarth Niketan

Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple March 2017 Monthly Puja

Monthly pujas in Sabarimala are held from the first day of particular malayalam month for next five days. In March 2017, SabarimalaAyyappaTemple will be open for Meena Masam monthly puja from March 14, 2017 to March 19, 2017.

The temple will remain open from March 31 for the Sabarimala Annual Temple Festival - March 31 to April 9, 2017.

Thousands of Ayyappa devotees who like to avoid the huge rush during the Mandala Makaravilakku season (November – January) make use of the monthly puja days. Nowadays, even these few days are attracting huge crowds.

Padi puja and other important rituals are held during the monthly puja days.

You may also like to read Sabarimala Calendar 2017 – 2018

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 23, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, February 23, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:13 PM on February 23. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the light phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Revathi Nakshatra till 1:22 AM. Then onward it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi till 1:22 AM. Then onward it is Mesha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Phalgun Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth 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 – Phalg…

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