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Why Ketaki Flower is not offered to Lord Shiva?

Ketaki, known as umbrella tree or screw pine or keura in Hindi, is barred from the worship of Lord Shiva. It is not offered during pujas and worship as it is cursed by Lord Shiva. There is an interesting story mentioned in the Puranas that explains why Ketaki Flower is forbidden.
Once Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu got it into a fight over who is supreme. To sort out the issue Lord Shiva made His first appearance in the form of Jyotirlinga or Lingodabhavamurti (a column of fire with no end or beginning) before Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma. Lord Shiva intervened in the fight and said whoever can find out the origin or end of the Shivling is superior.

Lord Brahma and Vishnu set off to explore the beginning and end of the mighty column of light. Vishnu went down in the form of a boar and Lord Brahma went up in the form of a swan.
Lord Vishnu was unable to find the base and came up and admitted defeat. Brahma on his journey upwards came across a Ketaki flower. Brahma again went up but was …

Goddess Bhaveshvari

Goddess Bhaveshvari is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. This form of Mother Goddess is worshipped mainly rural Maharashtra, Karnataka and parts of Andhra Pradesh. She is worshipped for good harvest, early cure from epidemics and also for good and healthy children.
One of the most popular temples dedicated to Goddess Bhaveshvari is located at ModageVillage near Belgaum in Karnataka.

A huge fair and festival dedicated to Goddess Bhaveshvari is observed from Magh Purnima Tithi to Magh Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi.

Chariot Festival at Wroclaw in Polland – Hindu Festival Rath Yatra by ISKCON in Polland

Rath Yatra, Chariot festival, dedicated to Jagannath, a manifestation of Hindu God Sri Krishna will be taking place at Wroclaw in Polland. In 2015, the Chariot Festival at Wroclaw in Polland will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015.  The procession will move through the city and will see dance and other cultural activities.



This annual festival is being organized by ISKCON.
Today hundreds of Jagannath Rath Yatras are held around the world. In fact all the important cities in American and Europe conduct an annual Ratha Yatra after the Puri Festival. Most of the Rath Yatras outside India are conducted by ISKCON.
Related Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra

Chariot Festival at Rotterdam in Holland – Hindu Festival Rath Yatra in Netherlands

Rath Yatra, Chariot festival, dedicated to Jagannath, a manifestation of Hindu God Sri Krishna will be taking place at Rotterdam in Holland. In 2015, the Chariot Festival at Rotterdam in Netherlands will be held on Sunday, June 14, 2015.  The procession will move through the city and will see dance and other cultural activities.



Mehandi design artists will be participating in the festival.
This annual festival is being organized by ISKCON in association with Audarya Dhaam Temple.
Today hundreds of Jagannath Rath Yatras are held around the world. In fact all the important cities in American and Europe conduct an annual Ratha Yatra after the Puri Festival. Most of the Rath Yatras outside India are conducted by ISKCON.
Related Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra

Chariot Festival at Rijeka in Croatia in 2015 – Hindu Festival Rath Yatra in Croatia

Rath Yatra, Chariot festival, dedicated to Jagannath, a manifestation of Hindu God Sri Krishna will be organized at Rijeka in Croatia. In 2015, the Chariot Festival at Rijeka in Croatia will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015.  The procession will move through the city and will include dance and other cultural activities.
This annual festival is being organized by ISKCON.


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.

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

Each person born in a particular month has a birthstone or gem stone dedicated to them. For male and female born in August month, the birthstone is Peridot. Wearing peridot stone is lucky for both girls and boys born in the month. Ruby is known as ghritmani in Hindi and other regional languages in India.
An alternative stone August month born people can wear is Sardonyx


You can also wear peridot during date, engagement and other functions.
Wearing the stone in ring or chain for interviews, competitions etc are lucky for August Born.

For financial solutions, freedom from debt, for attain wealth etc., you can wear ruby or peridot or Sardonyx.

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

Which is the lucky color for August born people? The lucky color for August born male and female is Pale Green. Wearing green color dress and green color stones like peridot are good for August born men and women.
You can also wear dress with other shades of pale green during date, engagement and other functions.
Wearing pale green color dress for interviews, competitions etc are lucky for August Born.
For financial solutions, freedom from debt, for attain wealth etc., you can wear green color stones.

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

Matching stars for Pooruruttathi Nakshatram born girl as per Kerala/Malayalam jyothisham is given below. It must be noted that the matching star is for female born in Pooruruttathi Nakshatram only. It is not for male born in the star. Pooruruttathi first ¾ quarter is in Kumbha Rashi and the next ¼ quarter is in Meena Rashi.
Matching birth stars Pooruruttathi Nakshatram first ¾ quarter born girl
Ashwathy, Punirtham first ¾ quarter, Uthram last three quarter, Atham, Chithira, Chothi, Vishakam, Anizham, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthradam, Thiruonam, Avittam, Chathayam and Pooruruttathi first three quarter – born boys are good for Pooruruttathi Nakshatram first ¾ quarter born girl.
Matching birth stars Pooruruttathi Nakshatram last quarter born girl
Punirtham, Uthram last three quarter, Atham, Chithira, Chothi, Vishakam, Anizham, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthradam, Thiruonam, Avittam, Chathayam and Pooruruttathi and Uthrittathi – born boys are good for Pooruruttathi Nakshatram last ¼ quarter born girl.

Marriage Chatayam Nakshatram Female – Suitable Matching Stars for Chathayam Nakshatram Born Girl

Matching stars for Chatayam Nakshatram born girl as per Kerala/Malayalam jyothisham is given below. It must be noted that the matching star is for female born in Chathayam Nakshatram only. It is not for male born in the star.
Matching Star for Chatayam Nakshatra Female are:
Kartika, Thiruvathira, Pooram, Uthram, Atham, Chithira, Chothi, Vishakam, Triketta, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthradam, Thiruonam, Avittam, Chathayam, Pooruruttathi first three quarter and Revati – born boys are good for Chatayam Nakshatram born girl.

Revati Nakshatra Date and Timing in 2016 – Birth Star Revathi Dates and Time in 2016

Revati Nakshatra is the 27th Nakshatra or birth star among the 27 Nakshatras. Below is Revathi Nakshatra date and timing 2016. The astrological prediction of the birth star Revati as per Moon Sign is that of Meena Rasi or Pisces Zodiac. Guru or Jupiter is the Lord of Pisces. The color of Revati is brown.
Revati Nakshatra Days in 2016 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)
January 16, 2016 – Saturday Time is from 2:33 AM on January 16, 2016 to 1:13 AM on January 17
February 13, 2016 – Saturday Time is from 9:07 AM on February 12 to 7:13 AM on February 13
March 11, 2016 – Friday Time is from 6:21 PM on March 10 to 3:42 PM on March 11
April 7, 2016 – Thursday Time is from 5:20 AM on April 7 to 2:21 AM on April 8, 2016
May 5, 2016 – Thursday Time is from 4:00 PM on May 4 to 1:18 PM on May 5, 2016
June 1, 2016 – Wednesday Time is from 12:41 AM on June 1 to 10:39 PM on June 1
June 28, 2016 – Tuesday Time is from 7:04 AM on June 28 to 5:38 AM on June 29
July 26, 2016 – Tuesday Time is from 12:26 …

Book – Kamandalu: The Seven Sacred Rivers of Hinduism

Book titled “Kamandalu: The Seven Sacred Rivers of Hinduism” is written by Shrikala Warrier, an anthropologist with a Ph.D from the University of London. The book presents stories relating to the seven sacred rivers, namely, Ganga, Yamuna, Sarasvati, Sindhu, Godavari, Narmada and Kaveri from the Vedas, Puranas and Hindu epics.


The book also explores the towns and cities along these rivers that were designated as tirthas, and the practices connected with river goddess worship.
The book contains 20 color illustrations and provides a comprehensive reference list, explanatory notes and a detailed glossary.
You can take a look at some pages of the book here at google book.

Kamandalu: The Seven Sacred Rivers of Hinduism Author – Shrikala Warrier

Sital Sasthi Yatra at Sambalpur in Orissa – the Divine Wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi

The annual Sital Sasthi Yatra festival held at Sambalpur in Orissa celebrates the divine wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. Sambalpur in Orissa is a well known place associated with Shiva and Shakti worship. The five-day long festival begins with the ‘Patra pendi’ ritual. In 2017, the Sital Sasthi Yatra festival begins on May 31.

Lord Shiva after the death of Goddess Sati was practicing intense austerity and was no longer interested in family life. Taking this as an opportunity, demon Tarakasura prayed to Lord Brahma and obtained the boon that he will only be killed by a son of Lord Shiva. After obtaining the boon Tarakasura created havoc on earth, heaven and hell and he drove out the ‘devas’ from heaven.
Devas approached Vishnu but he told them about the boon and asked to approach Mother Shakti to find a way out. Shakti agreed to take rebirth as Parvathi and marry Shiva.
But Shiva continued with his intense austerities. Pravathi who was born as the daughter of Himalaya onl…

Janaka Ashtavakra Dialogue on Ultimate Reality

King Janaka said [to his guru, Ashtavakra]
"Yes, I am neither king nor beggar, I am the dispassionate witness.
The Guru said: This is your last illusion, that you are a gnani, that you are different from, and superior to, the common man. Again you identify yourself with your mind, in this case a well-behaved and in every way an exemplary mind.
As long as you see the least difference, you are a stranger to reality. You are on the level of the mind.
When the 'I am myself' goes, the 'I am all' comes.
When the 'I am all' goes, 'I am' comes.
When even 'I am' goes, reality alone is and in it every 'I am' is preserved and glorified.
Diversity without separateness is the Ultimate that the mind can touch.
Beyond that all activity ceases, because in it all goals are reached and all purposes fulfilled."

Chariot Festival at London in 2016 – Car Festival or Ratha Yatra in Britain in 2016

The London Rathayatra or Chariot Festival, which celebrates the world famous Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra, will be held on Sunday 17th July 2016. The London Rathyatra begins at Hyde Park cornor at 12 noon and ends at Trafalgar Square at 1430 hrs. The procession is similar to the Puri Jagannath Ratha Yatra and has chariots of Sri Jagannath, Subhadra, and Sri Balarama.


The Chariot Festival is followed by festivities with free vegetarian food, stage program, festive music, children's activities and fun for all the family.

Ratha Yatra, referred as Chariot or Car festival, is a popular annual festival observed at the JagannathTemple in Puri in India for centuries. The festival was first introduced in the western countries in 1967 in San Franscisco by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Please note that the world famous Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra in 2016 is on July 6.

You can find more details about London Rathyatra here at the official website.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – May 22, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, May 22, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:59 AM on May 22. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is May 22, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is an average day.
Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 11:47 PM on May 22. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi till 5:28 PM. Then onward it is Karka Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
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