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Houston Chariot Festival – Hindu Festival Rath Yatra at Houston in Texas in United States

The annual Houston Rath Yatra, or the chariot festival, is organized by the Orissa Culture Center (OCC) in association with Shree Sitaram Foundation, Govindji Gaudiya Matha and other spiritual organizations in Houston. Houston Chariot Festival 2015 date is July 18, 2015 – afternoon. Venue of the chariot festival is VPSS Haveli, 11715 Bellfort Village Drive, Houston, TX, 77031.

Major attraction of Houston Chariot Festival include the “Pahandi” where all devotees are allowed to carry their beloved Lords on to the chariot, the chariot pulling by thousands of devotees, devotional kirtans and bhajans, activities by children and maha aarati.
This year the chariot will have a height of 22-feet and will be carefully decorated.

For information, please visit rathjatra . org or call 832-225-2376 or e-mail at rathyatra.hou @ gmail.com. You may connect on facebook.com/HoustonRathYatra.

Gauripatta – The Base of Shivling

Gauripatta, which is known as mark of Gauri, is the base on which the Shivling is placed in a Shiva temple. Gauri is one of the name of Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. In some temples, Gauri-Patta is leaf shaped. In Shiva temples, Hindu devotees pour milk over the Shivling and this pours out through the Gauripatta.

While doing the circumambulation in a ShivaTemple, a devotee stops at the Gauripatta and does not complete a full circle.
Gauripatta is known by different names. The name also varies from region to region. In some regions it is known as Yonipatta.
You may also like to read Importance of Pradakshina or Going Around the Deity or the Sanctum Sanctorum in Hindu Temple Why is Hindu God Shiva Worshipped in the Form of Linga or Lingam?

Dakshinayana Punyakalam - Karka Sankramana or Karkataka Sankranti

Dakshinayana Punyakalam is the day when sun enters the Karkata Rashi or Karka Rasi (Cancer Zodiac) as per Hindu Astrology. It is also known as Dakshinayanam or Karka Sankraman or Karkataka Sankranti. It marks the beginning of the night of Devas. In Hinduism, a human year is equal to one day of gods and the next 6 months up to Uttarayana is night time of Gods. As per South Indian Hindu Astrology and Panchang, Dakshinayana Punyakalam begins on July 16, 2017.

It must be noted that as per North Indian panchangs and calendars, Dakshinayana begins on June 21, 2017.

In simple terms, Dakshinayana Punyakalam marks the southern transit of the Sun. The Uttarayana period which began on January 14 or 15 ends with Dakshinayana Punyakalam. The Dakshinayanam period will end on Makar Sankranti or Uttarayana day.

Legend has it that Lord Vishnu goes into sleep during the period - the Deva Sayani Ekadasi marks this day. The Chatur Masa is also observed during this period.

Karkataka Sankranti day is ch…

How to observe Nirjala Ekadasi or Pandav Bhim Ekadashi?

Nirjala Ekadasi, or Pandav Bhim Ekadashi, is observed during the Jyeshta Shukla Paksha – waxing phase of moon in Jyeshta month, which falls during (May end or June beginning). The Ekadasi fasting method for Nirjala Ekadashi is different from the usual practice.



Nirjala Ekadasi is one of the toughest fasting in Hinduism. ‘Nirjala’ means without water and devotees do not drink water on the day of fasting. The greatness of Nirjala Ekadasi was explained to Bhima, the second of the Pandava Brothers, by Sage Vyasa.

It is said that one should not drink water from the moment of sunrise on the Ekadasi day and should drink water only on the sunrise on the day of Dvadasi (next day morning). Devotees also do not eat food on the day.

In the scriptures, it is said that a devotee should perform the purification ritual by drinking water that can immerse a single mustard seed.

Devotees spend the day at Vishnu temples or listening to stories from Bhagavad Purana or by chanting bhajans dedicated to Lor…

Shani Beej Mantra in Hindi

Shani Been Mantra is dedicated to Shani Bhagvan. It is an essential mantra for those people having Shani trouble in their horoscope and suffering from Sade sati. Below is the Shani Beej Mantra text in Hindi.
For effectiveness’ and to overcome trouble the mantra should be chanted 23,000 times as per astrologers and jyothish books.


Bhagavad Gita in Kannada in mp3 audio for free download

This Bhagavad Gita mp3 audio in Kannada is provided by the Yatharth Geeta website. Each 18 chapter of the Bhagavad Gita is divided into different mp3 files. The translation and explanation in Kannada is provided by Shri Paramahansji Maharaj.
The size of the files vary from 20 MB to 44 MB. You will have to download several files to get the complete Bhagavad Gita with commentary in Kannada.
Each chapter is divided into two separate files. All eighteen chapters are available for download.
You can download Bhagavad Gita MP3 in Kannada here at yatharth geeta.

Good date for giving birth in February 2016 – Auspicious dates for birth of baby in February 2016

There are many couples who look for good dates for child birth. These are the good dates for giving birth in February 2016. Please note that the good date of birth of baby does not mean that everything will be auspicious. Horoscope etc is prepared after looking into numerous considerations.
Good dates for birth of baby in February 2016
February 1 good till 1:40 PM February 2 good after 2:14 PM Feb 3 till 12:10 PM February 9 February 10 good till 1:15 PM February 11 good after 11:09 AM
February 16 good till 9:45 AM
February 17 good after 7:50 AM February 19
February 20 February 24 good after 9:45 AM February 25 up to 4:35 PM is good February 27 February 28 good till 9:25 PM
Bad dates in February 2016 – February 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 23, 26 and February 29.

Rahu Kala in Hindu Astrology – Importance of Rahu Kalam in Hindu Religion

Rahu is one of the planets or Navgrahas in Hindu religion. Rahu Kala is considered as the most inauspicious period in a day. It is avoided for all activities. As per Hindu astrology, eight planets control the twelve hours of a day that is from sunrise to sunset. Rahu is one of them. The 90 minutes controlled by Rahu is known as Rahu Kalam.
Rahu and Ketu are the two points on the Moon’s orbit as per Hindu astrology. Moon’s northern node is called Rahu. The navgraha is also known as the Dragon’s head.
There are two methods by which Rahu Kalam is followed one is the fixed period. Other is based on sunrise, depending on sunrise the Rahu Kalam period may be short or long.
The following is the fixed Rahu Kala period:
Sunday – 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM Monday – 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM Tuesday – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM Wednesday – 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM Thursday – 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM Friday – 10:30 PM to 12:00 PM Saturday 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM
The second half of Rahukala is considered to less inauspicious than th…

Vaidhriti Yoga September 2016 Date and Time - Vaidhriti Yog September 2016

Vaidhriti Yoga is a bad period based on Hindu astrology calculations. Vaidhriti Yoga September 2016 date and time is September 7 and 8. Detail time is as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar and panchang followed in North India is given below. It occurs in certain months in a Hindu calendar and is based complex astrological calculations.
Time is from 10:19 AM on September 7 to 11:12 AM September 8
The popular belief is that things performed during the period will face reversals. 
Vaidhriti Yog is similar to another inauspicious yog known as Vyatipat.

Good Dates in January 2016 for Flat – Land – Property Registration – Auspicious days in January 2016 For Home Registration in Hindu Calendar and Panchang

Good Dates in January 2015 for Flat – Land – Property Registration is based on Hindu calendars and Panchang followed in India. Majority of Hindu look for auspicious dates for flat, Villa, house, land and property registration. These are the good dates for such purpose in January 2015.
Good Dates in January 2015 for Flat – Land – Property Registration
January 1 after 8:30 AM
January 2
January 3 January 4 till 4:00 PM
January 10 after 9:45 AM January 11
January 17 till 11:50 PM
January 20 after 10:45 AM January 21 good till 8:15 PM January 25 January 28
January 29
January 30 good till 5:05 PM January 31
Bad Dates or Days to be avoided in January 2015 for Flat – Land – Property Registration – January 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, and January 27

Please note that there is Kharmas till January 15, 2016 in North India. If you are following Kharmas then the dates before January 15 are not applicable. Kharmas is not followed in Southern, western and eastern …

Birthstone for Bharani Nakshatra – Which is the gem stone for Bharani Natchathiram?

Birthstone for Bharani Nakshatra is based on its ruler Shukra or Venus. The stone can protect this Bharani Natchathiram born people from the negative effects of Venus and helps in garnering the positive energy of Shukra, one of the navgrahas in Hindu astrology. The birthstone for Bharani Nakshatra is Diamond. The gemstone is known as Heera or Vajram in Hindi, Tamil and other regional languages in India.


Wearing the birth stone helps Bharani Nakshatra people in their career. It improves health and gives mental strength. It also provides peace and prosperity.

It is also believed that wearing the stone will make the Bharani Natchathiram born people healthy and wealthy. The person would also attract others.

Birthstone for Ashwathy Nakshatram – Which is the gem stone for Ashwathy Nakshatra?

Birthstone for Ashwathy Nakshatram is based on its ruler Ketu. The stone can protect this Nakshatra born people from the negative effects of ketu and helps  in garnering the positive energy of Ket, one of the navgrahas in Hindu astrology. The birthstone for Ashwathy Nakshatram is Cat’s Eye. The gemstone is known as Vaiduryam or Sutramani in Hindi and other regional languages in India.


Wearing the birth stone helps Ashwathy Nakshatram people in their career. It improves health and gives mental strength. It also provides peace and prosperity.
It is also believed that wearing the stone will make the Nakshatram born people healthy and wealthy. The person would also attract others.

Birthstone for June Born Male and Female – Gem Stone for June Month

Each person born in a particular month has a birthstone or gem stone dedicated to them. For male and female born in June month, the birthstone is Pearl. Wearing Pearl is lucky for both girls and boys born in the month. Pearl is known as Muthu or Pavizham or Moti in Hindi and other regional languages in India.
An alternative stone June month born people can wear is moonstone.



You can also wear pearl during date, engagement and other functions.
Wearing the stone in ring or chain for interviews, competitions etc are lucky for June Born.
For financial solutions, freedom from debt, for attain wealth etc., you can wear pearl or moonstone.

Lucky Color for June Born – Which is the lucky color for June born people?

Which is the lucky color for June born people? The lucky color for June born male and female is Cream. Wearing cream color dress and cream color stones like pearl are good for June born men and women.
You can also wear dress with other shades of cream during date, engagement and other functions.



Wearing cream color dress for interviews, competitions etc are lucky for June Born.
For financial solutions, freedom from debt, for attain wealth etc., you can wear cream color stones.

Marriage Uthradam Nakshatram Female – Suitable Matching Stars for Uthiradam Nakshatram Born Girl

Matching stars for Uthradam Nakshatram born girl as per Kerala/Malayalam jyothisham is given below. It must be noted that the matching star is for female born in Uthiradam Nakshatram only. It is not for male born in the star. Uthradam first quarter is in Dhanu Rashi and the last three quarter is in Makara Rashi.
Matching Star for Uthradam Nakshatra Female born in the first quarter of the nakshatra:
Pooyam, Ayiliyam, Makam, Pooram, Uthram, Atham, Chothi, Anizham, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthradam 1st quarter, Uthrittathi – born boys are good for Uthradam Nakshatram first quarter Born girl.
Matching Star for Uthradam Nakshatra Female born in the last three quarter of the nakshatra:
Thiruvathira, Pooyam, Pooram, Uthram, Atham, Chothi, Anizham, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthradam, Thiruonam, Chathayam and Pooruruttathi first three quarter – born boys are good for Uthradam Nakshatram last three quarter born girl.

Marriage Pooradam Nakshatram Female – Suitable Matching Stars for Pooradam Nakshatram Born Girl

Matching stars for Pooradam Nakshatram born girl as per Kerala/Malayalam jyothisham is given below. It must be noted that the matching star is for female born in Pooradam Nakshatram only. It is not for male born in the star.
Matching Star for Pooradam Nakshatra female are:
Makayiram last half, Punirtham, Ayiliyam, Makam, Pooram, Uthram, Atham, Chithira, Chothi, Vishakam first three quarter, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthradam 1st quarter, Pooruruttathi last quarter and Revati – born boys are good for Pooradam Nakshatram Born girl.

Sri Jagannath Rath Yatra in Paris, France in 2016 – Date of Chariot Festival of Lord Jagannath in Paris

The world famous Sri Jagannath Rath Yatra held at Puri is emulated in important cities around the world by ISKCON devotees. Sri Jagannath Rath Yatra date in 2016 in Paris, France is June 26, Sunday. Rathayatra (Chariot or Car festival) a tradition observed at the JagannathTemple in Puri in India for centuries was first introduced in the western countries in 1967 in San Franscisco by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. 
The size of the chariots used in Rath Yatras in the cities around the world is small compared to the huge Jagannath chariot in Puri.
Ratha Yatra of ISCKON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) is a street festival and three chariots of Lord Jagannath (Krishna), Balabhadra and Subhadra are pulled by ISCKON devotees in the festival.
The pulling of the chariots is accompanied by singing, chanting, drums, cymbals and dancing. The procession ends with a stage show, festival and delicious vegetarian prasadam feast.
You can find more details a…

Purvabhadrapada Nakshatra dates and time 2016 – Purvabhadra Birth Star date and timing in 2016

Purvabhadrapada Nakshatra 2016 dates and timing based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Also known as, Purvabhadra or Pooratadhi in South India, it is the 25th Birth Star among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Purvabhadrapada Nakshatra dates and time in 2016. The astrological prediction of the birth star Poorvabhadra as per Moon Sign is that of Kumbha Rashi or Aquarius Zodiac and Meena Rasi or Pisces Zodiac. The first three quarter of Poorvabhadra is in Kumbha Raasi and the last quarter is in Meena Rashi. Lord Shani or Saturn is the Lord of Kumbha Raasi. Guru or Jupiter is the lord of Pisces. The color of Poorvabhadrapada is blue green.
Purvabhadrapada Nakshatra dates and time 2016 based on India Standard Time
January 14, 2016 – Thursday Time is from 5:18 AM on January 14, 2016 to 3:55 AM on January 15
February 11, 2016 – Thursday Time is from 1:15 PM on February 10 to 11:09 AM on February 11
March 9, 2016 – Wednesday Time is from 11:35 PM on March 8 to 9:02 PM on …

Sri Aurobindo on Mantra

Mantra is psycho­spiritual means spiritual power, knowledge or Ananda. It is at once a symbol, an instrument and a sound body for the divine manifestation.
The theory of the Mantra is that it is a word of power born out of the secret depths of our being where it has been brooded upon by a deeper consciousness than the mental, framed in the heart and not originally constructed by the intellect, held in the mind, again concentrated on by the waking mental consciousness and then thrown out silently or vocally — the silent word is perhaps held to be more potent than the spoken — precisely for the work of creation.
The Mantra cannot only create new subjective states in ourselves, alter our psychical being, reveal knowledge and faculties we did not before possess, can not only produce similar results in other minds than that of the user, but can produce vibrations in the mental and vital atmosphere which result in effects, in actions and even in the production of material forms on the ph…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – May 20, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:17 AM on May 20. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is May 20, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good day
Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 10:04 PM on May 20. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvatira Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi till 9:46 PM. Then onward it is Mithuna Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Rambha Teej
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Jyeshta Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Jyeshta month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, …

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