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Matoshri Sarutai Guru Purnima Festival – Matoshri Sadguru Sarutai Mauli Guru Purnima Utsav at Mayani

Matoshri Sarutai Guru Purnima festival is dedicated to Matoshri Sadguru Sarutai Mauli. The main Guru Purnima utsav is observed at Mayani near Khatav in Satara in Maharashtra. Matoshri Sarutai Guru Purnima Festival 2017 date is July 9.
Matoshri Sadguru Sarutai Mauli was a great saint the Bhakti tradition in Maharashtra. She taught the great truth of Advaita in simple language.

Matoshri Sarutai Guru Purnima festival is observed on the full moon or the purnima day in Ashada month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Chidanand Gurav Maharaj Jayanti at Pimple Gurav near Pune

Chidanand Gurav Maharaj Jayanti is observed in Ashada month. It is the birth anniversary of Chidanand Gurav Maharaj. The day is of great importance at Pimple Gurav near Pune. Chidanand Gurav Maharaj Jayanti 2017 date is July 9.
Hundreds of people participate in the various spiritual programs organized on the day.
Chidanand Gurav Maharaj Jayanti is annually observed on Purnima day in Ashada month or the full moon day in Ashada month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj Jayanti at Karveer near Kolhapur

Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj Jayanti is annually observed in Ashada month. Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj of the Bhonsle dynasty, was the Maharaja of Kolhapur from 1922–1940, succeeding his father Maharaja Shahaji II. Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj Jayanti 2017 date is July 31.
He worked for the development of the oppressed class.
The Kolhapur high court was established during the period.
 Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj Jayanti is annually observed on July 31.

Nandi Yatra at Kale near Karad

Nandi Yatra is annually observed in Ashada month. It is the annual fair and festival and important ritual at Kale near Karad in Maharashtra. Nandi Yatra 2017 date is July 5.
Hundreds of devotees participated in the Nandi Yatra. A small fair is organized during the period.
Nandi Yatra is held on Ashada Shukla Paksha Dwadasi tithi or the 12th day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashada month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kaleshwaram Temple Timings – Opening – Closing and Darshan Time at Kaleshwara Mukteswara Swamy Temple

Kaleshwaram Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The shrine is famous for two shivlings on a single pedestal. Detail Kaleshwaram temple timings are given below. Please note that there will be change in opening and closing and various Darshan time during eclipse or graham and also during important rituals and festivals.
Kaleshwaram Temple Timings in the Morning The shrine is open from 4:30 AM to 1:00 PM Suprabatha Seva is from 4:30 AM to 5:30 AMAbhishekam and archanas from 5:30 AM to 6:30 AMDarshanam and all abhisheka and archanas from 7:00 AM to 12:30 AMShaswatha Shivakalyanam – 9:30 AM to 10:30 AMAnna Puja and Naivedya – 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM

Kaleshwaram Temple Timings in the Evening The shrine is open from 3:30 PM to 8:00 PM Darshanam and all abhisheka and archanas from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PMPradosh Puja – 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMBhajana, Aarti, Neerajanam – 7:30 PM to 8:00 PMTemple closes for the day at 8:00 PM

Karkidaka Masam – Karkidakam Month in Kerala

Karkidaka Masam, or Karkidakam Month, is the last month in the traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. The month is also known as the Ramayana Masam – the epic Ramayan is read in the month in homes and temples. The monsoon rains are at its peak in Karkitakam month. In 2017, Karkidaka Masam begins on July 17 and ends on August 16.

Karkidaka Vavu Bali a ritual dedicated to the dead ancestors and relatives is performed on the Amavasi or no moon day in the Karkidaka Masam. Thousands of people visit the sea shores and riverbanks to perform the ritual.

Two decades ago, Karkidaka Masam used to be one of the difficult months due to heavy rains and floods. Majority of the people depended on agriculture and this month used to be the month of scarcity. With the farm fields flooded, there used to be no work and the economy used to come to a stand still. In some places, due to the rains, it was even hard to venture outside the house. To ward off nature’s fury people used to read the Ra…

Why Brahma Lost His Fifth Head? – Story in the Mahabharata

Four-headed Brahma performs the job of creation as per Hindu beliefs. But many scriptures state that Brahma had five heads. He lost his fifth head. As per the story in the Mahabharata, it was Shiva who cut off the fifth head.
Legend has it that Vishnu and Brahma wanted to know who was superior and this led to a fight. Lord Shiva intervened and said whoever can find out the origin or end of Shivling is superior. Lord Shiva appeared before them in the form of a huge pillar of fire. Lord Vishnu went down searching and Brahma went up searching. Both travelled and travelled but never reached the beginning or end.
After the futile search, Lord Vishnu returned and accepted defeat. However, Brahma returned stating that he had found the top portion of the Shivling.
But this was a lie.
For lying, Shiva cut off the fifth head of Brahma.
It must be noted here that there is another famous story associated with Brahma losing his fifth head. You can read that story here.
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Adityapuram Temple near Kottayam in Kerala – Adithyapuram Surya Temple

Adityapuram Temple, located near Kottayam in Kerala, is a rare Hindu temple in India as it is exclusively dedicated to Surya. The presiding deity in the shrine is Adithya – sun god. No other Navgrahas are worshipped in Adithyapuram Surya Temple. The Surya Deva Temple is located at Adityapuram, which is 3 km away from Muttuchari on the Kaduthuruthy – Kottayam Road.
The main deity worshipped in the shrine is Aditya – Surya Bhagvan. The murti faces west and is meditative in pose.
Marangat Mana, a famous Brahmin family, maintains the temple. Legend has it that a member of the family in ancient times performed intense austerities to Surya and received the murti, which is currently worshipped in the shrine.

A unique aspect of the murti is that oil abhishekam is first performed on the murti. Then water abhishekam is performed. All trace of oil disappears after the abhishekams as the stone with which the murti is made absorbs all oil.
Upadevatas  or subsidiary deities worshipped in the shrin…

Download Malayalam Ramayana Text in PDF for free – Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilippattu

The most popular Malayalam version of the Valmiki Ramayan is the Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilippattu written by Thunchattu Ezhuthachan. It is especially read during Malayalam month of Karkidakam, which is also known as the Ramayana Masam. You can now download Malayalam Ramayana Text in PDF format for free. The PDF version is in verse format.
You can download here at Google Drive - Malayalam Ramayan (Please note that you will need to login to gmail to view the document and save. The document is shared with all there is no need for permission.)
The PDF version is from the Mobile Malayalam Ramayan version of P Harikumar.
You will need pdf reader installed in your computer or laptop to read the Ramayanam.

Annual Feast with 64 traditional vegetarian dishes – Vallasadya at Sree Parthasarathy Temple in Aranmula in Kerala

Vallasadya at Sree Parthasarathy Temple in Aranmula in Kerala is a feast served daily after Utchapuja (noon puja in the temple) from mid July to Sri Krishna Janmashtami. On the first day the feast which includes 64 traditional vegetarian dishes will be served to the snake-boat crew, treating them as representatives of the presiding deity. Vallasadya in 2015 began on July 15 and will continue till September 5, 2015. The Hindu reports
The preparation of the dishes for the Vallasadya begins with lighting the main hearth by transferring the flame brought from the sanctum sanctorum of Sree Parthasarathy Temple.  The oarsmen from each of the Palliyoda karayogam, who are invited for the Vallasadya by the devotees, will reach the temple ghats in their respective Palliyodam in the forenoon. Devotees will escort them to the temple premises and they will go round the temple, singing Vanchippatu, songs in praise of Lord Krishna.  The crew will then be escorted to the Oottupura (dining hall) of the…

Shubh Muhurat in January 2016 in Hindu Calendar and Panchang – Shubh Mahurat

Shubh Muhurat or auspicious days in January 2016 as per Hindu calendar is based on astrological calculations and the period of Shubh Mahurat varies from country to country and even within regions in India. The Shubh Muhurats below are based on Panchangs followed in India and is meant to give an idea regarding auspicious days in January 2016.

Shubh Muhurat January 2016 

January 1 Shubh Muhurat after 8:30 AM
January 2
January 3 January 4 Shubh Muhurat till 4:00 PM
January 10 Shubh Muhurat after 9:45 AM January 11
January 17 Shubh Muhurat till 11:50 PM
January 20 Shubh Muhurat after 10:45 AM January 21 Shubh Muhurat good till 8:15 PM January 25 January 28
January 29
January 30 Shubh Muhurat good till 5:05 PM January 31
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 parts of India.

Uthrattathi Nakshatra Male Characteristics – Uthrittathi Nakshatra Birth Star Born Male Character

One of the most important characteristics of Uthrattathi Nakshatra born Male is that they will be truthful. Another important character of the birth star is that they will be kind and patient. Other Uthrattathi Nakshatra Male Characteristics are given below:

Will have good communication skills Will enjoy various pleasure of life. Will behave in humble and kind manner with others. Will do charity. Will be of helpful nature. Will show keen interest in health. Will be keen in amassing wealth. But will not be so keen in spending money. Will gather deep knowledge of subject in which they have interest. Will get love and respect of spouse.

Pooruruttathi Nakshatra Male Characteristics – Pooruruttathi Birth Star Born Male Character

One of the most important characteristics of Pooruruttathi Nakshatra born Male is that they will be optimistic. Another important character of the birth star is that they will be spiritual. Other Pooruruttathi Nakshatra Male Characteristics are given below:

Will never stay in a single place. It will be difficult to understand the character of the person born in this Nakshatra. Will get government jobs Will have a peaceful mind Will be keen on neatness Will be strict on punctuality and on doing job on time. Will have a long life. Will be rich. Will uphold human values and dignity.

Raksha Bandhan Mantra – Prayer Chanted While Tying Rakhi on Brothers

Raksha Bandhan Mantra chanted while tying Rakhi on the hand of brothers is dedicated to the famous incident mentioned in the Puranas in which Goddess Lakshmi tied the Rakhi on the hand of King Bali. This prayer was first chanted on the advice of Guru Brhaspati to help Devraj Indra win the war over Asuras.

The popular belief is that the mantra gives the strength to brothers to protect their sisters.
The mantra is chanted by sisters.

Vivekachudamani – Philosophical Thoughts

What greater fool is there than a person who, having obtained this rare human birth, together with bodily and mental strength, fail, through delusion, to realize their own highest good?
Individuals may read and recite the scriptures, sacrifice to the gods, perform rituals, worship deities. Still, liberation will not occur, even after hundreds of millions of years, without a personal experience of one’s identity with the Self.
The scriptures declare that there is no hope of immortality by means of wealth. Hence, it is clear that actions cannot be the cause of liberation.
Therefore, giving up all desire for pleasures coming from external objects, let the wise person strive for liberation. Let such a person, in the prescribed manner, approach a Great One, who by their realization is to be equated with Truth, and become absorbed whole-heartedly in the Truth taught by him. Vivekachudamani

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 16, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, July 16, 2015 (Today) – Amavsya Tithi or the no moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day till 6:13 AM on July 16. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 16, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good day
Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 2:57 PM on July 16. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi 8:41 AM. Then onward it is Karka Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Amavasya. Gurupushya Amrut Yoga from 2:58 PM.
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Adhik Ashada Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day in Extra Ashada month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Manmathanama Samvat…

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