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Jogeshwari Yatra at Udgaon near Shirole in Kolhapur District – Udgaon Jogeshwari Temple Festival

Udgaon Jogeshwari Yatra is annually observed in Vaishakh month. It is the annually festival and fair at the famous JogeshwariTemple at Udgaon near Shirole in Kolhapur District. Jogeshwari Yatra at Udgaon in 2017 is on May 25.
The festival attracts hundreds of devotees to the shrine dedicated to Goddess Jogeshwari. The important rituals include procession of the deity.
Udgaon Jogeshwari Yatra is annually observed on Vaishakh Amavasya day or the no moon day in Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Koovagam Festival 2017 Dates - Koovagam 2017 - Transgender Festival

Koovagam Festival is dedicated to the worship of Aravan. It is said that Sri Krishna took the form of Mohini – a female form to marry Aravan who was to be sacrificed before the Mahabharata war. Koovagam Festival 2017 date is May 9. The marriage takes place on the day. Next day, on May 10, the thali is removed, mourning the death of Aravaan (Koothandavar). The festivities begins a fortnight before the two important days mentioned above. Some rituals are held during these days too. The two week long festival begins on April 24, 2017 and ends on May 10.



The festival observed on the Tuesday before Chithirai Pournami or the full moon day in Chaitra month. 
Thousands of transgender, homosexuals and eunuchs participate in the festival.
The festival includes marriage of Iravan and his sacrifice. On the final day an effigy of Koothandavara (Iravan) is burned – symbolically his sacrifice.

Koovagam Village is located around 30 KM from Villupuram in Tamil Nadu.

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Mahalakshmi Ambabai Utsav at Kalambe Tarf Thane near Kolhapur

Mahalakshmi Ambabai Utsav is annually observed in Vaishakh month. It is the important festival at MahalakshmiAmbabaiTemple at Kalambe Tarf Thane near Kolhapur in Maharashtra. Mahalakshmi Ambabai Utsav 2017 date is May 22. The annual fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees.
The main rituals include procession of the deity.
Mahalakshmi Ambabai Utsav is observed on Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Siddheshwar Maharaj Utsav at Kolhapur in Maharashtra – Siddheshwar Maharaj Festival at Kolhapur

Siddheshwar Maharaj Utsav at Kolhapur is annually observed in Vaishakh month. The festival is dedicated to Saint Siddheshwar Maharaj. The ashram and sacred place associated with the saint is located at Kolhapur in Maharashtra. Siddheshwar Maharaj Utsav 2017 date is May 17.
The fair and festival attracts thousands of followers Siddheshwar Maharaj.
Siddheshwar Maharaj is annually held on Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon in Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Ram Siddh Maharaj Yatra at Ramhingani Village near Solapur - Ramsiddh Maharaj Festival

Ram Siddh Maharaj Yatra is annually held in Vaishakh month. It is the annual festival dedicated to Ram Siddh Maharaj. The fair and festival is annually held at RamhinganiVillage near Solapur in Maharashtra. Ram Siddh Maharaj Yatra 2017 date is May 18.
The day of the jatra attract scores of devotees to RamhinganiVillage. The sacred spot dedicated to Ram Siddh Maharaj is the epicenter of activities.
Ram Siddh Maharaj Yatra is observed on Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Vitthal Birdev Annual Yatra at Pattan Kodoli village near Kolhapur – Birdev Janmotsav Festival at Pattan Kodoli

Vitthal Birdev Annual Yatra is observed in Vaishakh month at Pattan Kodoli village in Hatkangale Taluka near Kolhapur. It is the birth anniversary or Janmotsav Festival of Vitthal Birdev Maharaj. Vitthal Birdev Annual Yatra in 2017 is on May 14.



The annual fair and festival attracts thousands of devotees to Pattan Kodoli village. Birdev is the family deity of the Shepherd community from Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
The main ritual includes processions, palkhi and offerings to Vitthal Birdev.
Vitthal Birdev Annual Yatra is observed on Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Shiva Parvati and the Origin of Rudra Veena Musical Instrument

The origin of some of the important musical instruments associated with Hindu culture is traced back to Shiva. Rudra Veena which is named after Shiva is believed to have been created by Lord Shiva. Rudra is one among the numerous names of Lord Shiva.

Legend has it that the inspiration to create Rudra Veena came to Shiva when he once saw Parvati sleeping with her hands on chest.
Hand of Parvati is the long handle of Rudra Veena, her bangles the frets and her bosom the Tumba or gourds.
It is said that Lord Shiva wanted to surprise Parvati with the music of Rudra Veena when she woke up.
It is also believed that Shiva and Parvati used to dance to the music that emanated from the Rudra Veena.
Another legend has it that Lord Shiva played this instrument when he created Brahamanda or universe.

Janubai Yatra at Bhose near Sangli – Bhose Janubai Devi Temple Festival

Janubai Yatra at Bhose near Sangli is annually observed in Vaishakh month. It is the annual temple festival at BhoseJanubaiDeviTemple. The jatra attracts hundreds of devotees. Janubai Yatra 2017 date at Bhose is May 15.
The annual fair and festival attracts villagers from nearby areas. The main rituals include palkhi carrying.
Bhose Janubai Devi Temple Yatra is observed on Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Basava Mahaswami Rathotsav at Bilur near Jath in Maharashtra

Basava Mahaswami Rathotsav is observed in Vaishakh month. It is the annual festival dedicated to Basava Mahaswami at Bilur in Jath Taluka in Maharashtra. Basava Mahaswami Rathotsav 2017 date is May 13. Hundreds of devotees attend this annual chariot festival.
This annual festival and fair is organized at the shrine in Bilur associated with Basava Mahaswami.
Basava Mahaswami Rathotsav is observed on Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Krishna Giri Maharaj Punyatithi at Kadgaon near Gadhinglaj – Death Anniversary of Krishna Giri Maharaj

Krishna Giri Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Vaishakh month. It is the death anniversary of Krishna Giri Maharaj – a great saint in Bhakti tradition in Maharashtra. Krishna Giri Maharaj Punyatithi 2017 date is May 13. The day is of importance at Kadgaon near Gadhinglaj in Maharashtra.
Special rituals, pujas, satsangs and philanthropic activities are organized on the day in memory of the great spiritual teacher. Hundreds of people visit Kadgaon village on the day.
Krishna Giri Maharaj Punyatithi is observed on Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Murungai Kai and Lord Muruga – Origin of Drumstick in Hindu Tradition

Murungai Kai, Moringa Oleifera or Drumstick, is associated with Lord Muruga. It is the vegetable of Muruga, son of Shiva. Muruga is also known as Skanda, Shanmugham, Subrahmanya and Kartikeya. He is the commander of the army of devas. He is also the most handsome god and associated with virility.
The widespread belief is that Murungai Kai was given to all living beings on earth by Muruga. The vegetable gets its name from Murugan and Kai. Kai means vegetable. It is the vegetable that appeared from the hand of Muruga.
Drumstick has numerous medicinal uses. It is believed that Murungai Kai helps in strengthening of the sexual organs.

Tukamai Maharaj Punyatithi at Yehlegaon Village near Hingoli – Shri Tukaraam-Chaitanya Maharaj Punyatithi

Tukamai Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Jyeshta month. It is the death anniversary of Shri Tukaram-Chaitanya Maharaj – a great saint in Bhakti tradition in Maharashtra during the 18th century. Tukamai Maharaj Punyatithi 2017 date is June 2. The day is of importance at YehlegaonVillage near Hingoli in Maharashtra.
Pujas, satsangs and philanthropic activities are organized on the day in memory of Tukamai Maharaj. Hundreds of people visit Yehlegaon on the day.
Tukamai Maharaj Punyatithi is observed on Jyeshta Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Jyeshta month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

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

If birthday falls on Friday, as per Hindu astrology the person will have a positive year with prosperity. He/she will get honor, good wealth and good relationships. 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 Friday, it is good to offer prayers to Goddess Durga. Chanting prayers dedicated to Goddess Durga are highly auspicious.

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

Matching stars for Uthram Nakshatram born boy as per Kerala/Malayalam jyothisham is given below. It must be noted that the matching star is for male born in Uthram Nakshatram only. It is not for female born in the star. Uthram Nakshatra first quarter is in Chinga kurru or Leo zodiac. The next three quarter is in Kanni Kurru or Virgo Zodiac.  Matching Star for Uthram Nakshatra Male are:Uthram Nakshatra first quarter born boy: Rohini, Makayiram first half, Punirtham ¼, Pooram, Uthram, Atham, Chithira, Chothi, Vishakam, Anizham, Triketta, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthradam, Tiruonam, Avittam, Chathayam, Pooruruttahi and Revathi – born girls are suitable for Uthram Nakshatra first quarter born male.
Uthram Nakshatra last three quarter born boy:
Thiruvathira, Punirtham, Pooram, Uthram, Atham, Chithira, Chothi, Vishakam, Anizham, Triketta, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthradam, Tiruonam, Avittam first half, Uthrittathi and Revathi – born girls are suitable for Uthram Nakshatra last three quarter born male.

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

Matching stars for Pooram Nakshatram born boy as per Kerala/Malayalam jyothisham is given below. It must be noted that the matching star is for male born in Pooram Nakshatram only. It is not for female born in the star.
Matching Star for Pooram Nakshatra Male are:
Rohini, Tiruvathira, Uthram, Atham, Chothi, Vishakam, Triketta, Moolam, Uthradam, Tiruonam, Pooruruttahi and Revathi – born girls are suitable for Pooram born male.

Ardra Nakshatra dates and time in 2016 – Arudara Birth Star Date in 2016

Ardra Nakshatra 2016 date and time based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Ardra Birth Star, also known as Arudara or Thiruvathirai in South India, is the sixth Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Ardra Nakshatra dates in 2016. The astrological prediction of Ardra Nakshatra as per Moon Sign is that of Mithuna Raasi or Gemini Zodiac. Mercury or Budha is the Lord of the birth star. The lucky color of Ardra is green.
Ardra Nakshatra Days in 2016 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)
January 22, 2016 Time is from 8:18 PM on January 21 to 8:00 PM on January 22
February 18, 2016 Time is from 2:15 AM on February 18 to 2:24 AM on February 19
March 17, 2016 Time is from 7:48 AM on March 16 to 7:52 AM on March 17, 2016
April 13, 2016 Time is from 2:55 PM on April 12 to 2:22 PM on April 13, 2016
May 10, 2016 Time is from 12:10 AM on May 10 to 10:52 PM on May 10
June 7, 2016 Time is from 10:27 AM on June 6 to 8:46 AM on June 7
July 4, 2016 Time is from 8:06 PM on July…

No Nabajouban Darshan in 2015 at Puri Jagannath Temple

The world famous PuriJagannathTemple will be observing Nabakalebara – the present murtis worshipped in the temple will be replaced with new ones. Nabajouban Darshan usually happens a day before Rath Yatra and on this day people get to see the newly carved deities on this day. But in 2015 there will be no Nabajouban Darshan at PuriJagannathTemple.  Times of India reports
"In 1977, entry of lakhs of devotees led to chaos. It was not possible for the authorities to control them. During 1996 Nabakalebara, public darshan was stopped. We will do the same this year," temple's chief administrator Suresh Mohapatra told the media after the temple managing committee meeting in Puri on Wednesday.  Devotees will be allowed to enter the sub-shrines and Ananda Bazaar on the temple premises.

What is Ego or Ahamkara? – Ramana Maharshi Answers

The jiva, or individual being, expressing itself as “I” is called the ego, or ahamkara. Jiva is that being which identifies its existence with that of life in the physical body.
The pure consciousness has no ego-sense about it. Neither can the physical body, which is, by itself, inert have this ego-sense.
In between the two, namely the Self, or pure consciousness, and the inert, physical body, there arises most mysteriously the ego-sense or “I” notion, the hybrid, which is neither of them and flourishes as jiva, or individual being.
This jiva is the root cause of all that is futile and undesirable in life.
If, therefore, it is destroyed by any possible means, That which ever is alone remains resplendent or that which really exists will be seen as it is. This indeed is liberation or emancipation.
Ramana Maharshi

Neelam Ratna Benefits – Neelam Ratna Effect

Neelam Ratna is associated with Saturn and there for it benefits are mostly in removing the troubles associated with Shani. Neelam stone helps in removing all the bad effect of Navgraha Shani.
Neelam Ratna Benefits:
Long life Wealth Happiness Good health Discipline One will become responsible. You will become more humble and affectionate Helps in restoring lost wealth and property. Helps barren women get children.

Narsinhwadi Datta Mandir – Dattatreya Temple at Narsobachiwadi – Narsobawadi near Kolhapur

Narsinhwadi Datta Mandir is located around 22 km from Sangli and around 44 km from Kolhapur in Maharashtra. The place is also known as Narsobachiwadi or Narsobawadi. The DattatreyaTemple here is associated with Sri Narasimha Saraswati, a follower of Sri Dattatreya. The place is known as Narsinhwadi after the famous saint.
Narsinhwadi Datta Mandir is located on the confluence of five rivers – Siva, Bhadra, Kumbhi, Bhagwati and Saraswati. The rivers merge in the KrishnaRiver.



Padukas of Sri Narasimha Saraswati is worshipped in the shrine here. There is also a beautiful murti of Dattatreya.
Narsinhwadi Datta Mandir is located in a scenic place and there are numerous shrines and sacred places here.
Narsobachiwadi – Narsobawadi is around 22 km from Sangli city in Maharashtra.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 28, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:52 PM on April 28. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 28, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – Is a good and auspicious day
Nakshatra – Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 10:35 PM on April 28. Then onward it is Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Vaishakh Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Vaishakh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and …