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Uluka – The Owl as Vahana or Vehicle of Goddess Lakshmi

Uluka, the owl, is a lesser known vehicle of Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity. Uluka is mainly associated with the opposite form of Goddess Lakshmi – Alakshmi, the Goddess of inauspiciousness. The owl associated with Laxmi is also known as Pechaka and is worshipped in eastern parts of India, especially in Bengal, during Lakshmi Puja.
In some regions, Uluka symbolizes wisdom and intelligence because of its ability to foretell events. But in majority of the regions, owl is a bird of ill omen and symbolically represents darkness, disgrace, inauspiciousness and misfortune.
Uluka becomes the vehicle of Goddess Lakshmi when the wealth and prosperity provided by Goddess Lakshmi is used by human beings for Adharmic activities. Symbolically, the wealth provided by Lakshmi blinds the person and takes to dishonesty and avarice. Blinded by the wealth they become greedy and destroy themselves.
It is also said that a wise person on seeing an owl with Goddess Lakshmi real…

Shoolini Devi Utsav at Solan in Himachal Pradesh

Shoolini Devi is a manifestation of Goddess Durga. One of the most famous temples dedicated to Goddess Shoolini is located at Solan in Himachal Pradesh. A festival and fair is held annually here during Shukla Paksha Ashada month. In 2017, Shoolini Devi Utsav at Solan is from June 26 to June 28.

Legend has it that Goddess Durga appeared as Shoolni at Solan.
The popular belief is that Goddess Shoolini helps devotees by protecting them from enemies. Those people suffering from Pitru Dosh also find relief by worshipping Shoolini.
Shoolini Devi Utsav is annually held from Ashada Shukla Paksha Tritiya to Panchami as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.

Kharchi Puja 2017 Date – Kharchi Pooja at Chaturdas Devata Temple in Tripura in 2017

Kharchi Puja is observed at the ChaturdasDevataTemple at Old Agartala or Purana Haveli in Tripura. Kharchi Puja 2017 date is July 1. The highlight of the festival is the bathing ritual of 14 deities worshiped at the temple. The deities are originally tribal and were later adapted into the Hindu fold. All the deities have names in Kok-barok, the tribal language. It is observed on the Shukla Paksha Ashtami day in Ashad Month.

The fourteen deities worshipped at the temple are Lord Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Kartikeya, Ganesha, Earth, Ganga, Agni, Kama, Himavan (lord of mountains) and Varuna (god of ocean). The popular and local names of the Fourteen Gods are Hara, Uma, Hari, Ma, Vani, Kumara, Ganapa, Bidhi, Kha, Abdi, Ganga, Sikhi, Kama and Himadri.

Interestingly, eleven of the deities are brought out only during the Kharchi Puja. Rest of the year they remain behind closed doors.

Kharchi Puja is a weeklong festival. The pujas and rituals are conducted by tribal p…

Goddess Vasudevabhagini – About Hindu Goddess Vasudevabhagini

Goddess Vasudevabhagini means one who is the sister of Vasudeva – Narayana or Vishnu. So who is the sister of Narayana? It is Goddess Durga. Thus Vasudevabhagini is another name of Goddess Durga.
It is in Harivamsha that Goddess Durga is called Vasudevabhagini. She is also referred as Narayanapriya in Harivamsha. Vasudeva is one among the numerous names of Vishnu and Bhagini means sister.
Secular scholars are of the view that the concept of Vasudevabhagini was part of a failed attempt to get the Shakti cult especially Durga and her worship under the patronage and protection of Vishnu.
However, this did not happen and today; Goddess Durga is closer to Shaivite cults.

Never trust men without testing them – Thirukural

The end of all deliberation is to arrive at a decision; and when a decision is reached, it is wrong to delay its execution.
Never trust men without testing them, and after testing them give each one of them the work for which they are fit.
The man of action lets his purpose appear only when the purpose is achieved: for an untimely disclosure may create obstacles that cannot be surmounted.
Let the thing you decide to do be above reproach; for the world looks down upon the man who stoops to a thing that is beneath himself.

The people who have the will power and persistence will attain whatever goal they desire in the manner they desire. Thirukural

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 19, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, July 19, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:09 AM on July 19. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 19, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good day
Nakshatra – Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 8:23 PM on July 19. Then onward it is Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Bonalu in Telangana
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Nija Ashada Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashada month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Ori…

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