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Alpana or Rangoli Design Pictures

Alpana or Alpono designs are drawn during festivals and Hindu rituals in Bengal, Orissa and other parts of Eastern India. It also drawn during Kojari Lakshmi Puja to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. The designs drawn during Lakshmi Puja display the feet of Goddess Lakshmi. The Rangolis drawn during Diwali are colorful and more attractive.


Related Pictures of traditional Diwali Rangoli Designs Images of colorful Diwali Rangolis About Alpana Designs and How to make them Images from Rangoli: Elder Women Creating Sacred Geography
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Halsiddhinath - Story of Halsidhanath

Halsiddhinath was a great saint who lived in the Maharashtra – Karnataka region. Halsidhanath performed numerous miracles and helped thousands of devotees. ‘Hal' means milk and it is said that the great saint lived only on milk. He is also known as Revannath and is believed to be an incarnation of Chamas Narayan – a manifestation of Bhagvan Vishnu.


It is believed that Halsiddhinath appeared to spread Dharma and the true teachings of Hinduism.
He spread the teaching of love and truth. He also healed the diseases of his devotees.
He attained Samadhi at Appachiwadi in Maharashtra. He is believed to have performed Sanjeevan Samadhi.

Kamakhya Devi Puja

Kamakhya Devi Puja is dedicated to Goddess Shakti and is performed during the Aashar month (June – July) in the famous KamakhyaDeviTemple in Assam. KamakhyaDeviTemple is one of the 51-Shaktipeetahs in world. In 2017, Kamakhya Devi Puja begins on June 22 and ends on June 25. This particular puja held at the Kamakhya temple in the Aashar month is also famous as the Ambubasi Festival.

Kamakhya Devi Puja is associated with Tantric rituals and thousands of devotees offer special pujas during the period. Tantric Babas from all around the world assemble at KamakhyaDeviTemple during the period. It is believed that nobody returns empty handed from the abode of Goddess Kamakhya as she fulfills the wishes of her devotees.

Legend has it that Goddess Kamakhya goes through her yearly menstrual cycle during Kamakhya Devi Puja period in Aashar month. Devotees are not allowed the darshan of her for three days. On the fourth day, the doors of the temples are open to devotees and thousands gather for …

Libra Zodiac Sign – The Reason and Origin of Scales Sign of Libra

Have you ever wondered why Scales is the sign of Libra Zodiac? It is widely believed that it was ancient Hindus and Egyptians who divided a year into spring, summer, autumn and winter and assigned to each season three constellations through which the Sun passed. The reason and origin of Scales Sign of Libra is amusing but apt.



Libra is also referred as Scales (September 24 – October 23) as per Solar Calendar.
The reason for the name Libra is because day and night are of equal length during this period just like the two scales having equal weight.

Virgo Zodiac Sign – The Reason and Origin of Virgin Sign of Virgo

Have you ever wondered why Virgin is the sign of Virgo Zodiac? It is widely believed that it was ancient Hindu san Egyptians who divided a year into spring, summer, autumn and winter and assigned to each season three constellations through which the Sun passed. The reason and origin of Virgin Sign of Virgo is amusing but apt.



Virgo is also referred as Virgin (August 24 – September 23) as per Solar Calendar.
The reason for the name Virgo is because it is the harvest season and girl gleans the ears of corn – gathers natural products.

Leo Zodiac Sign – The Reason and Origin of Lion Sign of Leo

Have you ever wondered why Lion is the sign of Leo Zodiac? It is widely believed that it was ancient Hindu san Egyptians who divided a year into spring, summer, autumn and winter and assigned to each season three constellations through which the Sun passed. The reason and origin of Lion Sign of Leo is amusing but apt.



Leo is also referred as Lion (July 23 – August 23) as per Solar Calendar.
The reason for the name Leo is because Sun is at its zenith and powerful like a lion.

Cancer Zodiac Sign – The Reason and Origin of Crab Sign of Cancer

Have you ever wondered why crab is the sign of Cancer Zodiac? It is widely believed that it was ancient Hindu san Egyptians who divided a year into spring, summer, autumn and winter and assigned to each season three constellations through which the Sun passed. The reason and origin of Crab Sign of Cancer is amusing but apt.


Cancer is also referred as Crab (June 21 – July 22) as per Solar Calendar.
The reason for the name Cancer is because Sun turns back towards equator – like the crab crawls backwards.

Gemini Zodiac Sign – The Reason and Origin of Twins Sign of Gemini

Have you ever wondered why twins are the sign of Gemini Zodiac? It is widely believed that it was ancient Hindu san Egyptians who divided a year into spring, summer, autumn and winter and assigned to each season three constellations through which the Sun passed. The reason and origin of Twins Sign of Gemini is amusing but apt.


Gemini is also referred as Twins (May 21 – June 20) as per Solar Calendar.
The reason for the name Gemini is because domestic goats usually produce two young ones during this month.

In some regions the twins are replaced with amorous couple.

Taurus Zodiac Sign – The Reason and Origin of Bull Sign of Taurus

Have you ever wondered why bull is the sign of Taurus Zodiac? It was ancient Hindus and Egyptians who divided a year into spring, summer, autumn and winter and assigned to each season three constellations through which the Sun passed. The reason and origin of Bull Sign of Taurus is amusing but apt.


Taurus is also referred as Bull (April 21 – May 20) as per Solar Calendar.

The reason for the name Taurus is because agriculture depended on the bull as it tilled the land during the time.

Aries Zodiac Sign – The Reason and Origin of Sheep Sign of Aries

Have you ever wondered why sheep is the sign of Aries Zodiac? It was ancient Hindus and Egyptians who divided a year into spring, summer, autumn and winter and assigned to each season three constellations through which the Sun passed. The reason and origin of Sheep Sign of Aries is amusing but apt.



Aries is also referred as Ram (March 21 – April 20) as per Solar Calendar.
The reason for the name Aries or Ram is because at this time of year the sheep produce their young.

Kolla Varsham – Kolla Varsham Aarambam in Malayalam Calendar in Kerala

Kolla Varsham is the term used to refer to a year in Malayalam Calendar in Kerala. Kolla Varsham Aarambam is the first day in Chinga Masam. It is also known as Chingam 1. Kolla Varsham 1192 started on August 17, 2016.
The Malayalam Panchangam is based on Kolla Varsham – August to August.
It must be noted that Vishu (April 14 or 15 - the first day of Medam Month in Malayalam calendar) is also celebrated as New Year day by Malayalis and it is the zodiac New Year. The first month in a Malayalam calendar is Chingam.
Kolla Varshan began in 825 AD. It is believed that Kollam era began on 1st of Chingam in commemoration of the achievement of independence from Perumal rule by Venad.
It must be noted that there is no single opinion regarding the origin of Kollavarshan. So the reason for the establishment of Kolla Varsham is subject to debate.

Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple – About Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna Swamy Temple

Located 1.5 kilometers off the National Highway 47 at Ambalapuzha, this dedicated to Bhagvan Sri Krishna is famous for Palpayasam – a sweet offering made to the Lord. Ambalapuzha SriKrishnaSwamyTemple is believed to have been constructed between 15th and 17th century AD.

The murti of Sri Krishna worshipped at AmbalapuzhaSreeKrishnaTemple is the Parthasarathy form – Krishna driving the chariot of Arjuna. The murti holds a whip in the right hand and a sacred conch (shankh) in the left hand.
The temple is constructed in typical Kerala architectural style. A large pond is maintained adjacent to the main temple. The inner walls of the Sanctum Sanctorum are noted for paintings of the Dasavatharam (the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu).
Pallipana a unique ritual is performed by Velans (sorcerers), once in every twelve years. Another ritual is the 30000 kalabharam observed in Edava Masam. (May – June).
AmbalapuzhaSreeKrishnaTemple and GuruvayurSriKrishnaTemple
There is a popular legend that …

What is Mahadasha in Hindu Astrology?

Mahadasha and Antardasha are two important aspects of Hindu astrology and are related to horoscope of a person. Mahadasha is ruling period and Antardasha is the intervening period. The ruling period of planet is fixed at 120 years. Every planet is allotted a certain years. Thus Sun has 6 years, Moon 10 years; Marsh 7 years; Rahu 18 years; Jupiter 16 years; Saturn 19 years; Mercury 17 years; Ketu 7 years and Venus 20 years.
Dasha at the time of birth is calculated from the position of the Moon at birth.
The order of periods of the nine planets is Ketu, Venus, Sun, Moon, Mars, Rahu, Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury.
The duration of initial Mahadasha depends upon the distance covered by the Moon in the particular constellation.
Mahadasha of an exalted planet is very god but that of a debilitating planet is bad. But it should be noted that Antardasha of a planet also plays and important role. If the planet is in an exalted Antardasha, it may bring good results.

Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra Male Characteristics – Uttara Phalguni Birth Star Born Male Character

One of the most important characteristics of Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra born Male will be proud. Another important character of the birth star is that they will be scholars. Other Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra Male Characteristics are given below:
Will be flexible in many matters. Will have a large-hearted. Will never forget those who have helped them. Will gain respect from relatives. Will have a good and peaceful life. Will always stand for justice. Will have good control over home. Will always be ready to help those in trouble. Will be love by all. When taking up a project they will make sure that it is completed. This Nakshatra born people are generally hardworking.

Purva Phalguni Nakshatra Male Characteristics – Purva Phalguni Birth Star Born Male Character

One of the most important characteristics of Purva Phalguni Nakshatra born Male is that they will have good memory power. Another important character of the birth star is that they will be sweet talking. Other Purva Phalguni Nakshatra Male Characteristics are given below:
Will uphold truth Will be hardworking. Will become famous in their field of activity. Will have a good strong body. Will avoid all sorts of fights and arguments. Will make lot of friends through their sweet talks. Will show interest in arts and science. Will have good and healthy children. Will attract wealth. Will be a spendthrift. Will perform charity. Good communication skills.

Magha Nakshatra Male Characteristics – Magha Birth Star Born Male Character

One of the most important characteristics of Magha Nakshatra born male is that they will have good intelligence. Another important character of the birth star is that they will be humble. Other Magha Nakshatra male Characteristics are given below:
Will be humble and kind. Will be respected and honored. Will not forgive the enemy. Will not forget a bad incident, it will be kept in mind. Will have fierce temperament. Will attract wealth and luxury. Spiritually inclined. Will undertake big projects. Maintain high moral standards. Will make friendship with people in power.

Godavari River Water to be made available through Post Offices during Godavari Pushkaram 2015

Godavari Pushkaram 2015 will be held from July 14 to July 25 in Andhra Pradesh. It is expected to attract millions of Hindu devotees. For those people who cannot participate in the ritual which only takes place once in 12 years, the government is providing bottled Godavari River Water. It is available in post offices under the name of ‘God-Jal’.  The Hindu reports
Those missing the Godavari Pushkaralu beginning on July 14 can still get the holy waters during the occasion. , The water packed in 500 ml bottles will be available at 661 post offices across Prakasam district on the name of ‘God-Jal’ (Godavarai Jalam). The river water after being processed in 18 stages would be delivered by postmen on a prior payment of Rs. 20 per bottle between July 14 and 25, Senior Superintendent of Post Offices G. Vijayakumar said.

Sri Sarada Devi Spiritual Advices

Everything – husband, wife, even the body – is only illusory. Unless you free yourself from these bondages, you will never be able to go to the other shore of the world. Even the identification of the self with the body must go. What is this body? It is nothing but three pounds of ash when it is cremated. Why so much vanity about it?
Is it ever possible for a man to free himself unaided from the clutches of Maya? It was for this that the Master performed austerities to the utmost extent and gave the results thereof for the redemption of mankind. Therefore do you duty and keep the mind on God. Don’t pay attention to whether the blemishes of the mind are persisting or not, for we are behind you. You will have to come to me because you are all my own. If one is the very own of another, they remain inseparably connected in successive cycles of time.
Sri Sarada Devi 

Today’s Hindu Calendar – June 18, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, June 18, 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 6:44 PM on June 18. 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 June 18, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day.
Nakshatra – Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatra till 6:21 AM on June 18. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Adhik Ashada Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Extra Ashada month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhan…

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