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Chariot of Balabhadra in Puri Ratha Yatra

The chariot of Balabhadra or Balrama, the brother of Lord Jagannath, in Puri Rath Yatra is identified by the red and blue topped canopy. The chariot is known as Taladhwaya and it has 14 wheels. In size, it is next to the chariot of Jagannath.
The guardian deity of the chariot of Balabhadra is Basudev and the charioteer is known as Matali.
The flag that is hoisted on the chariot is known as Urnani and the rope used to pull is called Basuki.
The chariot is also occupied by nine other deities – Gadantaakari, Harihar, Traimbaka, Vasudeva, Aghora, Pralambari, Natamvara, Tripurasiva and Mritunjaya.
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Urukraman Avatar of Vishnu – Urukraman Manifestation of Vishnu

Majority of us are aware of the 10 avatars of Vishnu. But Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu has taken innumerable other manifestations. On such avatar is Urukraman. Information about this manifestation is found in the Garuda Purana.
As per Garuda Purana, he was born to Nabhi and Meru. The aim of this manifestation was to impart knowledge of self realization to all the women in the world. He imparted knowledge to all women.
As per Garuda Purana this is the eighth minor avatar of Vishnu.

Urukraman is mentioned in the first chapter of Garuda Mahapuranam.

Kutchi New Year 2017 – Hindu New Year at Kutch Region in Gujarat

Kutchi New Year is observed on the second day of the shukla paksha or waxing phase of moon in Ashada month – Ashad Beej or Dwitiya. This Hindu New Year is observed in the Kutch region in Gujarat. In 2017, Kutchi New Year is on June 25. Vikram Samvant 2074 begins from from June 25, 2017 in Kutch region.

Note – In other parts of Gujarat, Hindu New Year is on the day after Diwali – Kartik Shukla Paksha 1.

The Kutchi New Year is mostly a traditional affair and is observed in homes. Relatives, friends and neighbors join in the festival.

Today, many organizations are also giving importance to the day and organize satsangs, musical competitions and other cultural programs.

Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi and other regional deities are worshipped on the day.

How to Identify the Ratha or Chariot of Lord Jagannath in Puri Rath Yatra

In Puri Rath Yatra, there are three chariots (Ratha) that are pulled from PuriJagannathTemple through the Bada Danda, the grand road, to Gundicha Mandir. The three chariots belong to Lord Jagannatha, Balabhadra and Subhadra. But how do the devotees know which one belongs to Jagannath.
The easiest way to identify the Rath, or Chariot, of Lord Jagannath is by color of the covering of the chariot. The chariot of Jagannath has a yellow and red color canopy and it is also the largest of the chariots.
Jagannatha’s chariot is known as Nandighosh and it has 16 wheels. It also prominently displays the Sudarshana Chakra emblem.
The guardian deity of the chariot is Garuda and the charioteer is known as Daruka.
The flag on the chariot is known as Trailokyamohini.
The rope that is used to pull is known as Shankahchuda.
Along with Jagannath, the chariot also has the idols of Hanuman, Rama, Lakshman, Narayan, Krishna, Govardhan Dharana, Chintamani, Raghav and Narasimha.
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Ancient Sri Veereshwara Temple Restored to its Old Glory at Belur in Karnataka

SriVeereshwaraTemple, also known as Pataleshwara temple, at Belur in Karnataka was in a dilapidated state like many temples in villages and towns in India. The 12th century temple was built during the rule of Hoyasla dynasty. The renovation program was taken up by the Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Dharmotthana Trust. The Hindu reports 

The trust had taken up the renovation of the ancient temple, keeping the aesthetical value and salient features of the Hoysala structure intact.  The basement of the temple was looking as though it had sprouted from the earth’s surface. That was probably the reason for the temple being known as Pataleshwara temple.  Local residents constituted a committee for the restoration of the temple and approached the Dharmasthala trust for their cause. In response, the trust, which has expert engineers and retired archaeologists, restored the basement and gave a new look to the temple.

Mangal Yantra Benefits

Mangal Yantra is associated with Mangal Grah. It is considered highly meritorious to have it at home. Mangal Yantra benefits are:


Disputes regarding property will be settled. Disputes regarding wealth and money will be settled in your favor. Helps in overcoming debts. Solution to paying loans easily. Increase in profit Mangali people will get married quickly by offering prayers to Mangal Yantra.

Aadi Masam begins Today – July 17, 2015 – Aadi Month in Tamil Calendar

Aadi Masam begins today – July 17, 2015 in Tamil Calendars. Aadi Masam is the fourth month in Tamil Calendar and some people consider the month as inauspicious or bad as Dakshinayana Punyakalam, the night time of Gods, begins in the Aadi month. But numerous unique Tamil rituals and festivals are also observed during Aadi month so some people consider it as auspicious.

Aadi is dedicated to the worship of Amman – Mother Goddess. The Amavasi or no moon day (August 14, 2015) is dedicated to dead ancestors. Other important festivals and rituals include Aadi Krithigai, Aadi 18 Peerukku and Aadi Pooram. Tuesdays and Fridays in the month are highly auspicious and dedicated to Mother Goddess.
Aadi Masam ends on August 17, 2015.
Read more about Aadi Masam.

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

There are many couples who look for good dates for giving birth of baby. These are the good dates for giving birth in August 2016. Please note that the auspicious date of birth of baby does not mean that everything will be auspicious. Horoscope etc is prepared after looking into numerous considerations. So consider this only just as a guide.

Good dates for birth of baby in August 2016

August 6 good till 3:00 PM August 7 August 9
August 10 till 10:30 AM August 11 good after 5:40 PM August 12 August 17 is good till 4:05 PM August 18 August 19 August 22 August 23 good till 3:15 PM
August 25 good after 12:03 PM August 26
Bad Dates in August 2016 – August 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30 and August 31.

Shubh Muhurat in February 2016 in Hindu Calendar and Panchang – Shubh Mahurat Dates in February 2016

Shubh Muhurat dates in February 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 date below are based on Panchangs followed in India and is meant to give an idea regarding good days in February 2016.

Shubh Muhurat February 2016 –

February 1 Shubh Muhurat till 1:40 PM February 2 Shubh Muhurat after 2:14 PM Feb 3 Shubh Muhurat till 12:10 PM February 9 February 10 Shubh Muhurat till 1:15 PM February 11 Shubh Muhurat after 11:09 AM
February 16 Shubh Muhurat till 9:45 AM
February 17 Shubh Muhurat after 7:50 AM February 19
February 20 February 24 Shubh Muhurat after 9:45 AM February 25 Shubh Muhurat up to 4:35 PM is good February 27 February 28 Shubh Muhurat till 9:25 PM

Whatever you do, devote your whole mind, heart and soul to it – Swami Vivekananda

I was once travelling in the Himalayas, and the long road stretched before us. We poor monks cannot get anyone to carry us, so we had to make all the way on foot. There was an old man with us. The way goes up and down for hundreds of miles, and when that old monk saw what was before him, he said, ‘Oh sir, how to cross it; I cannot walk anymore; my chest will break.’ I said to him, ‘Look down at your feet.’ He did so, and I said, ‘The road that is under your feet is the road that you have passed over and is the same road that you see before you; it will soon be under your feet.’ The highest things are under your feet, because you are Divine Stars; all these things are under your feet. You can swallow the stars by the handful if you want; such is your real nature. Be strong, get beyond all superstitions, and be free.
Power of mind arises from control of the forces of the body. The idea is to conserve and transform the physical energy into mental and spiritual energy. The great danger l…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 17, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, July 17, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:43 AM on July 17. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 17, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good day
Nakshatra – Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatra till 4:19 PM on July 17. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Kark Sankranti. Aadi Masam begins in Tamil Calendar. Ramayana/Karkidaka Masam begins in Kerala. Ashada month begins in Andhra, Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Nija Ashada Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon i…

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