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Why do some Hindu men keep choti – a braid of long hair on top of the head?

Many Hindu men especially priests, or pujaris, keep a braid of long hair and this is known as choti or Shikha. Some men belonging to certain Hindu communities also keep a small amount of hair on the head after shaving the complete hair for performing the Shradh ceremony. The priests and some male members of the certain Hindu community tie a simple knot at the end of the long hair.
Some Hindu holy scriptures like the Katyayan smriti suggest that rituals, charity, penance and fast performed without choti has no value.
Symbolically choti is a restraint that one places upon oneself and intended to remind the person and those approaching him about the ideals and principles in life. Some people also believe that the choti helps in controlling thoughts, feelings and emotions.

What is Yantra in Hinduism?

In Hindu religion, Yantra is a geometric composition used as a tool in meditation. It belongs to the Hindu Tantric tradition especially to the Shakti cult. Yantra is also the visual representation of the deity – Shiva Shakti.

The Sanskrit word Yantra is derived from two words – the root ‘yam’ and ‘trana.’ ‘Yan’ means representing ‘the essence of a concept’ and ‘tra’ means ‘liberation from bondage.’ Once the geometric form is composed, it becomes the symbolic representation of Devi or Shakti.
The most important part in a Yantra is the Bindu, the point in the center of a Yantra, which represents the supreme consciousness.
 When the word Bindu or point is used in the Yantra, it has a very wide meaning and application. The Bindu is the first and foremost step in the physical visualization of Brahman, the formless. 
Everything else is the extension of the Bindu or the point. There are several different types of Yantra and the most famous one is the Sri Yantra. Yantras are mainly associa…

Parnerkar Maharaj Varishkotsav at Parner in Ahmednagar

Parnerkar Maharaj Varishkotsav is observed in Vaishakh month. This is annual celebration associated with Parnerkar Maharaj. The main rituals and spiritual programs are organized at Parner in Ahmednagar district. Parnerkar Maharaj Varishkotsav 2017 date is May 22.
The Varishkotsav attracts hundreds of people.
Parnerkar Maharaj Varishkotsav is observed on Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Samudra Manthan and Goddess Lakshmi – The Reason for Undertaking Samudra Manthan

Samudra Manthan is the churning of the ocean performed by Asuras (demons) and Devas (gods) to obtain Amrita or elixir of life. But there is an interesting episode mentioned in the Vishnu Purana which suggests that the need to perform Samudra Manthan arose after Goddess Lakshmi disappeared from the world due to a curse.


Sage Durvasa once received a flower garland which had a unique fragrance. While roaming through the forest with the garland, Durvasa came across Lord Indra (king of demigods) who was sitting atop his white elephant Airavat. The Sage gifted the garland to Lord Indra and he placed it on the head of Airavat.
Airavat wanted to know the reason for the unique fragrance and using his trunk he tried to get the garland. But unfortunately the garland fell down and the elephant stamped on it.
Durvasa happened to see this and he thought it was done purposefully to insult him. He thought that Indra has gone arrogant with wealth, power and prosperity.
Durvasa cursed Indra that Godd…

Rahu Ketu Puja at Srikalahasti Temple in Andhra Pradesh

Rahu Ketu Puja at SrikalahastiTemple is performed to ward off inauspiciousness in life, which arises due to the bad positioning of Navgrahas Rahu and Ketu in one’s horoscope. The popular belief is that performing the puja at SrikalahastiTemple in Andhra Pradesh in highly meritorious.

The ritual is mainly performed on Sunday and Monday. Another auspicious day chosen to perform the puja is Amavasya or No moon day. The puja is performed during Rahu Kalam – the most inauspicious time in a day as per Hindu astrology.


The New Indian Express writes about the puja  Kalahasthi is popular for its ‘Rahu-Ketu’ puja, which draws not just Indians, but also NRIs and foreigners from all over the world, especially Russia.  It may not be unsurprising, therefore, that the revenue earned through the puja exceeds the donations gained through the hundi by almost five times. While collection through hundi stood at Rs 7.25 crore during 2011-12, the revenue generated through ‘Rahu-Ketu’ pujas stood at Rs 30.2…

Dagdusheth Ganpati Timings – Opening and Closing and Darshan Timings at Dagdusheth Ganpati Temple in Pune

DagdushethGanpatiTemple is Pune is one of the most important Ganesha Shrines in Maharashtra. Detail Dagdusheth Ganpati Timings are given below. Please note that the temple has extended timings during important festivals and rituals. There is also extended timing during Sankashti days. Opening and Closing and Darshan Timings might vary during grahan and during important rituals.


Dagdusheth Ganpati Timings
Daily TempleTimings – 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM  Darshan for General Public: 6:00 AM to 7:30 AM 8:15 AM to 1:30 AM 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM 3:15 PM to 8:00 PM 8:15 PM to 10:30 PM 10:45 PM to 11:00 PM
Important Puja Timings
Sakalchi Aarti – 7:30 AM to 7:45 AM
Naivedyam and Noon Aarti – 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Madhyana Aarti – 3:00 PM to 3:15 PM
Mukhya Aarti – 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Shejarti – 10:30 PM TO 10:45 PM

Sant Muktai Punyatithi at Muktainagar in Maharashtra – Muktabai Punyatithi

Sant Muktai Punyatithi is annually observed in Vaishakh month. It is the death anniversary of Muktai or Muktabai - younger sister of Sant Dnyaneshwar. The day is of great importance at Muktainagar in Maharashtra. Sant Muktai Punyatithi 2017 date is May 20.
Sant Muktai attained Samādhi on the banks of TaptiRiver at a place called Mehun which is 15 km from Muktainagar.
The main pujas and other rituals are observed at the MuktaiTemple located here.
Sant Muktai Punyatithi is observed on Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sivanand Kesari Maharaj Punyatithi at Aurangabad in Maharashtra

Sivanand Kesari Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Vaishakh month. It is the death anniversary of Sri Sivanand Kesari Maharaj, a sant who preached equality and love. Sivanand Kesari Maharaj Punyatithi 2017 date is May 19. The day is of great importance at Aurangabad in Maharashtra.
Various programs are organized on the day.
Sivanand Kesari Maharaj Punyatithi is observed on Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sri Vittalanand Saraswati Maharaj Punyatithi at Amravati

Sri Vittalanand Saraswati Punyatithi is annually observed in Vaishakh month. It is the death anniversary of Sri Vittalanand Saraswati, a pious soul in Bhakti tradition in Maharashtra. Vittalanand Saraswati Maharaj Punyatithi 2017 date is May 19. The day is of great importance at Amravati in Maharashtra.
Various programs are organized on the day.
Sri Vittalanand Saraswati Maharaj Punyatithi is observed on Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Zipru Anna Maharaj Punyatithi at Nashirabad near Jalgaon

Zipru Anna Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Vaishakh month. It is the death anniversary of Zipru Anna Maharaj, a great saint who spread the teaching of love and equality. Zipru Anna Maharaj Punyatithi 2017 date is May 19. The day is of great importance at Nashirabad near Jalgaon.
Samadhi mandir of Anna Maharaj is located at Nashirabad. Various programs are organized on the day.
Zipru Anna Maharaj Punyatithi is observed on Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Matching Stars for Rohini Nakshatram Born Boy – Matching Star for Rohini Nakshatra Male

Matching stars for Rohini Nakshatram born boy as per Kerala/Malayalam jyothisham is given below. It must be noted that the matching star is for male born in Rohini Nakshatram only. It is not for female born in the star.
Matching Star for Rohini Nakshatra Male are:
Ashwathy, Makayiram, Tiruvathira, Punirtham, Pooyam, Ayiliyam, Makam, Pooram, Uthram, Atham, Chithira, Anizham, Pooruruttahi first ¾ - born girls are good for Rohini Nakshatra male.

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Mahadevpuri Maharaj Punyatithi at Kokarda near Amravati

Mahadevpuri Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Vaishakh month. It is the death anniversary of Mahadevpuri Maharaj. Mahadevpuri Maharaj Punyatithi 2017 date is May 10.
Hundreds of devotees participate in the puja and other rituals organized by Mahadevpuri Maharaj Sansthan at Kokarda on the day. The saintly person had spread the teaching of love and dharma among people.
Mahadevpuri Maharaj Punyatithi is observed on on Vaishakh Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Pushtipati Vinayak Jayanti

Pushtipati Vinayak Jayanti is annually observed in Vaishakh month. The day is of great importance in many Ganesha temples in Maharashtra. Pushtipati Vinayak Jayanti 2017 date is May 10.
Important temples dedicated to Pushtipati Vinayak at Odhav Nagar and near Baramati observe special prayers and pujas on the day.
Pushtipati Vinayak Jayanti is observed on Vaishakh Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

If birthday falls on Tuesday – what are the effects as per Hindu Astrology?

If birthday falls on Tuesday, as per Hindu astrology the person will face serious health issues. He/she will fight numerous diseases for a year. Please note that such things are mostly based on astrological thought followed in a region. It has nothing to do with Hindu scriptures or religious teachings.
If the birthday falls on Tuesday, it is good to offer prayers to Ganesha or Hanuman or any form of Goddess Durga. Chanting prayers dedicated to Ganesh, Hanuman and Goddess Durga are highly meritorious.

Matching Stars for Makayiram Nakshatram Born Boy – Matching Star for Makayiram Nakshatra Male

Matching stars for Makayiram Nakshatram born boy as per Kerala/Malayalam jyothisham is given below. It must be noted that the matching star is for male born in Makayiram Nakshatram only. It is not for female born in the star. The Makayiram star first two quarter are based on Edavakurru and the next two quarter are based on Mithuna Kurru.
Matching Star for Makayiram Nakshatra Male are:
Matching Star for Makayiram Nakshatra Male first two quarter:
Rohini, Tiruvathira, Punirtham, Ayiliyam, Makam, Uthram, Atham, Chothi, Vishakam, Pooruruttathi ¾, and Revathi.
Matching Star for Makayiram Nakshatra Male last two quarter:
Tiruvathira, Punirtham, Ayilyam, Makam, Uthram, Atham, Chothi, Vishakam, Uthradam, Tiruonam, Pooruruttathi 1/4, and Revathi.

Bengali Jaishto Month in 2017 – Jyeshtho Mash in Bangala Calendar - Joystha Month 2017

Jaishto month is the second month in a traditional Bengali calendar. In 2017, Jaishto Month in Bangala Calendar begins on May 16 and ends on June 15, 2017. The current year as per Bengali calendar is 1424. Some of the auspicious days in the month include Jamai Sashti (May 31) and Ganga Puja (June 5).

Purnima day in Jaishto month in 2017  is on June 9

The Aamabashya in Jaishto Mash is on May 25, 2017.

The two Ekadashis in the month are on May 22 and June 5, 2017.

The next month in Bengali Calendar is the Ashara month.

If you have real faith, you can never grow anxious – Swami Ramakrishnananda

Do your duty; never grow anxious and do not think of the future. Whenever anxiety arises in you, you become an atheist; you do not believe in God and that He cares for you. If you have real faith, you can never grow anxious.
When you have altogether resigned yourself at the feet of God, you have known the secret of a peaceful, blissful life.
If God allots sorrows and sufferings to anyone, then know it for certain that it is His blessings in disguise . . . We forget God in our greed for transient pleasures. So, He makes us remember Him by these little miseries. His kindness is expressed through both favorable and unfavorable circumstances.
Swami Ramakrishnananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 25, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, April 25, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:20 PM on April 25. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 25, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – Good till 3:56 PM
Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 4:22 PM on April 25. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi till 10:00 AM. Then onward it is Karka Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ganga Saptami
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Vaishakh Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Vaishakh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana…

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