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Dharti Puja – Khadi Parv

Dharti Puja is observed by tribals in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. The ritual is also known as Bhumi Puja and is dedicated to Mother Earth. Dharti Puja 2018 date is March 31. The festival is also known as Khadi or Khadu Parv.
The rituals associated with the festival various from tribe to tribe. The festival is essentially a thanksgiving for good harvest and also for a better future.
Dharti Puja is annually observed on Chaitra Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India.

Holi with Ashes of the Dead in Varanasi – Holi with Pyre Ash at Kashi Manikarnika Cremation Ghat

Holi with ashes of the dead in Varanasi is observed in Phalgun month, couple of days before Dhulandi or Holi with colors. It is held at the famous Manikarnika Cremation Ghat in Kashi. In 2018, it will be held on February 27. This unique Holi in Banaras is played with 'chita bhasma' (ashes from pyres) and red gulals amid the burning pyres. The tradition is mentioned in the Skanda Purana and other scriptures.
The tradition of playing holi amidst burning pyres is a very ancient tradition. Symbolically it proves that death is not fearful, and dying in Banaras means attaining moksha. 
Manikarnika Cremation Ghat Holi is also believed to be the Holi of Shiva ganas, who missed the chance to celebrate Holi with him on Rangbhari Ekadashi day.
Holi in Varanasi begins on Rangbhari Ekadashi. The belief is that Shiva and Goddess Parvati comes back to home after their divine wedding on the Rangbhari Ekadasi and this ritual is known as Gauna.
The very next day Shiva goes to Mahasmashana to …

Goddess Dasauli

Mother Goddess Dasauli is worshipped mainly by the tribals residing in the forests of Bihar and Rajasthan. She is worshipped for a bountiful crop and also for the protection of live stocks and agricultural fields. Goddess Dasauli resides in the sal forests.
A ritualistic dance called Maghe, performed by Ho Tribe in January, is dedicated to the Goddess. It is performed after a successful harvest when the granaries are full.
Festivals associated with the Goddess are known for its wild gathering and excessive merry making.
Black colored cock or hens are sacrificed to propitiate the deity.

Why do we light fires during Holi?

On the day before Holi, also known as Chotti Holi, people light fire with dried leaves and branches. This bonfire commemorates the death of evil Holika.
According to legend, the demon king Hirnakashyipu was fed up with his son Prahlad’s devotion for Lord Vishnu. After numerous failed attempts, the king took the help of his sister Holika who was immune to fire. She sat with young Prahlada in fire but to the surprise of all Prahlad came out unscathed. And Holika was consumed by the fire.
The fire symbolizes the victory of young Prahlad over evil Holika. Young Prahlad, who represents goodness, was able to overcome the evil with his ardent devotion for Lord Vishnu. The bonfire that is lit during Holi represents the victory of good over evil. Related Why celebrate Holi?
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Mangalagiri Temple

Mangalagiri is located 13 km southeast of Vijayawada in Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh. The holy and auspicious hill is a famous Vaishnava center. MangalagiriTemple is dedicated to Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu and is popularly known as PanakalaNarasimhaSwamyTemple. Mangalagiri hill is also known as Thotadri.
There are three Narasimha Temples in Mangalagiri
Panakala Narasimha Swamy on the hill. Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy at the foot of the hill. Gandala Narasimha Swamy at the top of the hill
The most popular shrine is PanakalaNarasimhaSwamyTemple. Panakala means jaggery water.

There is no murti of the deity in the temple. There is only a wide mouth which is about 15 cm long. The mouth is covered by metal face.
The main offering in the temple is jaggery water. Devotees pour jaggery water into the mouth. One can hear gargling sound as the Lord is drinking the offering. Irrespective of the quantity offered, half of the panakam that is offered comes out of the mouth and this is taken home…

Swami Sivananda on Characteristics of One Who Has Gain Self Realization

The sage who is enjoying the bliss and peace of the Self does neither run towards society nor towards the forest.
Living in society or in solitude makes no difference to him. He is happy anywhere, in any condition. He does not depend on any external objects for his happiness. He is quite satisfied in his own Self. He is drinking the ambrosia of immortality.
This is I. This is not I. This is mine and this is not mine. Such ideas do not trouble the sage. He has become silent now because he knows now that all is his Self.
There is neither distraction nor concentration, neither pleasure nor pain, neither like nor dislike, neither loss nor gain.
Ruling a kingdom or moving about as a beggar in the streets makes no difference to him. He takes things as they come.
There is nothing whatever to do. He has no longing for anything whatsoever. The sage whose sense of ‘I-ness’ and ‘mine-ness’ has gone, who is not moved at the sight of gold or women, who treats gold, clay and stone all alike, who…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 3, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:59 PM on March 3. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the light phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatra till 3:39 AM on March 3. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Phalgun Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth 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 – …

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