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Brahmendra Swami Punyaithi at Dhavadashi near Satara – Birth Anniversary of Brahmendra Swami at Dhawadshi

Brahmendra Swami Punyaithi is observed in Shravan month. It is the birth anniversary of Brahmendra Swami, a great sant who spread the teaching of Dharma. The day is of great importance at Dhavadashi or Dhawadshi near Satara. Brahmendra Swami Punyaithi 2017 date is August 1.

A temple dedicated to Brahmendra Swami is located at Dhawadshi.

Hundreds of people visit the shrine to pay homage to the pious soul. Spiritual programs are organized on the day.
Brahmendra Swami Punyaithi is observed on Shravan Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the 9th day during the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Jainath Temple near Adilabad in Telangana - Lord Vishnu Temple with Six Feet Tall Murti

Jainath Temple, popularly known as Lakshmi Narayana Swami Temple, is located 30 km east of Adilabad in Telangana. The small shrine houses a six-feet tall murti (idol) of Lord Vishnu in the form of Lakshmi Narayana Swamy. The murti is carved out of a single black granite stone.


Jainath Temple History – Jainath Temple was constructed by a Pallava chief. A prakrit stone inscription depicting 20 shlokas mention about the Pallava chief.
Bhagvan Vishnu is worshipped here as Lakshmi Narayana Swami. The stone murti has four arms and holds mace, chakra, shankh and lotus.


Lakshmi Narayana Swami Brahmotsavam held from Kartik Shukla Paksha Ashtami to Kartik Krishna Paksha Ashtami (November) is the most important festival observed here.

The main shrine is a small one and is located on a platform which is two feet high.

Mahakal ki Sawari at Ujjain Mahakal Temple in Shravan Month

Mahakal ki Sawari is the special processions that are taken out in the Shravan or Sawan month in the UjjainMahakalTemple dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. These special rituals are held on the Mondays or Somwar in Shravan Mahina. Mahakal ki Sawari 2017 dates are July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31 and August 7. The Shravan month in 2017 as per traditional calendars followed in North India begins on July 10 and ends on August 7.

Special processions of the murti of Lord Shiva are held on all Mondays in the surrounding of the UjjainMahakalTemple. Thousands of people arrive to witness this unique ritual.

This is also the period when the Kanwar Yatra takes place.

Story of Nriga, the king who became a chameleon

When Sri Krishna was living on earth, a chameleon entered a well, the only source of water in a village. People thought the chameleon would spoil the water so they attempted to remove it. All the efforts of the villagers failed. Sri Krishna who heard about the problem visited the well. On seeing him, the chameleon changed into a human being and he narrated his previous life.
The chameleon was a king named Nriga in his previous life. The king used to perform charity. He distributed cows and wealth among the poor and needy.
The king derived lot of pleasure from the charity and this made him arrogant and careless.
Once, the king donated a good looking cow to a Brahmin. But the cow escaped from the house of the Brahmin and joined the king’s herd.
King Nriga was careless and without noticing donated the cow again to another person.
Soon, the Brahmin and the new owner had a fight over the issue.
They then approached Nriga for a solution.
Nriga realized that he had erroneously donated the …

Shambu Mahadev Yatra at Shamgaon near Karad

Shambu Mahadev Yatra is annually observed in Shravan month. It is an important festival and fair at the Shiva temple located at Shamgaon near Karad in Maharashtra. Shambu Mahadev Yatra at Shamgaon in 2017 is on July 31.

The main ritual on the day involves abhishek of Shivling. Hundreds of people visit the temple during the period.

Shivratri and Mondays in Shravan month (August) are the most important dates at the temple.
Shambu Mahadev Yatra at Shamgaon is observed on the second Monday of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Shravan month.

Sant Mahadev Maharaj Punyatithi – Death Anniversary of Sant Mahadev Maharaj

Sant Mahadev Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Shravan month. It is the death anniversary of Sant Mahadev Maharaj, who was a great saint in the bhakti tradition in central India. Sant Bhakre Maharaj Punyatithi 2017 date is August 1.

Sant Mahadev Maharaj has numerous followers in Northern Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

Hundreds of followers participate in the various spiritual programs organized on the day.
Sant Mahadev Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Shravan Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month.

Sant Bhakre Maharaj Punyatithi – Death Anniversary of Sant Bhakre Maharaj

Sant Bhakre Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Shravan month. It is the death anniversary of Sant Bhakre Maharaj, who spread the teaching of humanity, love and truth. Sant Bhakre Maharaj Punyatithi 2017 date is July 26.
Sant Bhakre Maharaj has numerous followers in Northern Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
Hundreds of followers participate in the various spiritual programs organized on the day.
Sant Bhakre Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Shravan Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month.

Hareli Festival in Chhattisgarh

Hareli festival is an agrarian festival observed in Shravan month in Chhattisgarh. It is the day when farmers worship their farm equipment, cows and other livestock. Hareli Festival 2017 date is July 23.

On the Hareli festival day, farmers place branches and leaves of Bhelwa tree in their farm and pray for a good harvest in the coming season.

People also hang neem branches in front of their home to prevent diseases as it is the peak monsoon season.

Walking on bamboo known as gedi is held during the period. Children also participate in the gedi race.
Hareli Festival is annually observed on Shravan Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Chhattisgarh.

Akhandananda Saraswati Jayanti – Birth Anniversary of Akhandananda Saraswati

Akhandananda Saraswati Jayanti is observed in Shravan month. It is the birth anniversary of Sri Akhandananda Saraswati who was also known as Maharajshri. Akhandananda Saraswati Jayanti 2017 date is July 23.
Akhandananda Saraswati (1911–1987) was a great exponent of Srimad Bhagavad Purana. He also taught Vedanata and explored the world of Bhakti.
As per astrologers Sri Akhandananda Saraswati was destined to die at the age of 19 but his unwavering devotion saw him overcoming it.
He established the famous Anand Vrindavan Ashram.
Akhandananda Saraswati Jayanti is annually observed on Shravan Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India.

Shyena – The Divine Hawk in Vedas

In Vedic literature we come across a divine hawk named Shyena. The bird is a divine messenger and is identified with Agni. Shyena ascended to the heaven and brought Soma or nectar of immortality to earth. Thus, Soma is also known as Shyenabhrita.

The soma that was brought to earth from heaven was used for rejuvenation and revitalization of all things on earth.
The common type of altar that is built for Vedic yajnas is in the form of Shyena with outstretched wings.

Book – The Gita for Children

The Gita for Children is written by Roopa Pai and published by Hachette India. The book basically attempts to unravel the teachings in the Bhagvad Gita through anecdotes, trivia, fun and analogies of modern popular writers and artists.

About the book from the publishers
It's one of the oldest books in the world and India's biggest blockbuster bestseller!
But isn't it meant only for religious old people?
But isn't it very long... and, erm, super difficult to read?
But isn't the stuff it talks about way too complex for regular folks to understand?
Prepare to be surprised.
Roopa Pai's spirited, one-of-a-kind retelling of the epic conversation between Pandava prince Arjuna and his mentor and friend Krishna busts these and other such myths about the Bhagavad Gita. Lucid, thought-provoking and brimming with fun trivia, this book will stay with you long after you have turned the last page.
Book Title: The Gita for Children Author: Roopa Pai Publisher: Hachette India P…

Story of Manabasa Gurubar – Story of Thursday Worship of Goddess Lakshmi in Margashirsh month in Odisha

Manabasa Gurubar is the worship of Goddess Lakshmi on Thursdays in the Margashirsh month (December) in Odisha. The story of Manabasa Gurubar is associated with Jagannath and Balabhadra in the famous Puri Jagannath Temple.

Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi on one Thursday in Margashirsh month left her abode in the Jagannath Temple and went to receive worship from her female devotees.

During her wander, she came across the home of a low caste woman, who was worshipping her with great devotion.

Goddess Lakshmi entered her home, accepted her worship, and ate the food she cooked. Soon the fortune of the poor woman changed. She became rich overnight.

Balabhadra, the elder brother of Jagannath, realized what had happened and he demanded that Goddess Lakshmi should not allowed back in the Shri Mandir as she had eaten from the hands of a low caste woman.

When Goddess Lakshmi returned, she was stopped at the main door of the temple.

Goddess Lakshmi soon realized the reason for this rude behav…

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

Shubh Muhurat or auspicious days in April 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 April 2016.

Shubh Muhurat April 2016 –

April 1 Shubh Muhurat after 2:15 PM April 2 Shubh Muhurat till 8:05 PM April 4
April 8 April 11 April 12 Shubh Muhurat till 2:50 PM April 14 Shubh Muhurat after 9:45 AM April 15 Shubh Muhurat till 3:35 PM April 19
April 21 Shubh Muhurat after 8:20 AM April 22 April 23 Shubh Muhurat till 10:15 AM April 29 Shubh Muhurat after 9:10 AM April 30
Please note that there is Kharmas till April 14, 2016 in North India. If you are following Kharmas then the dates till April 14 are not applicable. Kharmas is not followed in Southern, western and eastern parts of India.

Dnyaneshwari on Mind

That which lies at the joining place of the organs and the intellect, playing around by its fickle nature and with the help of the Raja attribute, it gives deceptive appearances like the blue colour of the sky or like the waves in a mirage.
When the body takes shape out of the five principles (elements) through the union of the semens and the ovum the air principle gets divided into ten parts with ten different aspects which get themselves established in ten different parts according to the individual properties and functions of each.
Due to its purely fickle nature it gains its strength from the Raja attribute and implants itself firmly outside the intellect and above the ego i.e. in between them. It has been named as "mind" for no particular reason but actually it is only a concept.
Because of it the Soul gets to be associated with the body. It is the root cause of the inclination for action. It strengthens the lust and always incites the ego.
It increases the desire,…

Girling Yatra at Kuktoli near Kavathe Mahankal

Girling Yatra is annually observed in Shravan month. It is an important festival and fair at the Shiva temple located at Kuktoli near Kavathe Mahankal in Maharashtra. Girling Yatra at Kuktoli at Kuktoli in 2017 is on July 31.
The main ritual on the day involves abhishek of Shivling. Hundreds of people visit the temple during the period.

Shivratri and Mondays in Shravan month (August) are the most important dates at the temple.
Girling Yatra at Kuktoli is observed on the second Monday of the Shukla Paksha, or waxing phase of moon, in Shravan month.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 23, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, July 23, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 4:54 PM on July 23. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 23, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day till 8:25 PM
Nakshatra – Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatra till 4:04 AM on July 23. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithira or Chithirai Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 5:17 PM. Then onward it is Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Vivaswat Saptami
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
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