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Jayaparvati Vrat 2017 date - Jaya Parvati Vrata in 2017 in Gujarat

Jaya Parvati Vrat is a five-day Vrat observed by married women in the Hindu lunar month of Ashad or Ashara mainly in Gujarat. Jayaparvati Vrat 2017 is from July 6 to July 12 morning. Jayaparvati Vrat Jagran 2017 date is July 11. The Vrata is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and is performed for the well being of the family and for peace and prosperity.

Various Poojas dedicated to Shiva and Parvati like the Uma Maheshwar puja are performed during this period.

A partial fast is observed during the five-day Jaya Parvati Vrata. Salt is avoided in food by most married women. Wheat and certain vegetables are also avoided.

On the fifth day of the Vrat, an all night vigil or ‘jagran’ is kept by married women observing the Vrata. The Vrat is broken by eating food containing wheat and salt on the next day morning.

You can find more details about Jayaparvati Vrat in this article.

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Hindu God Khatu Shyam or Barbareek – The Grandson of Pandava Bhima

Khatu Shyam, also known as Barbareek, is the grandson of Pandava Bhima. He willingly gave his head in charity to Lord Krishna before the Mahabharata war. It is said that the head of Khatu Shyam was placed atop a hill near the Kurukshetra and it watched the entire Mahabharata war from there.
In his previous birth Khatu Shyam was a Yaksha. Once when Adharma (evil) grew out of control on earth, Vishnu agreed to the prayers of Devas and humans and agreed to take an avatar to bring back Dharma. A Yaksha named Suryavarcha said that not Vishnu but he alone could relieve earth’s burden. For this arrogance he was cursed by Brahma to be born on earth and said that whenever there is an opportunity to relieve earth’s burden he would die at the hands of Krishna.
Later Khatu Shyam was born as the son of Ghatotkachch and Kamkantakata. Ghatotkachch was the son of Bhima, the second of Pandava brothers.
The word about Mahabharata battle spread around the world and Barbareek too came to hear about it…

Thirupullani Temple Timings – Opening and Closing and Darshan Time at Thirupullani Temple near Rameswaram

Thirupullani Temple, also known as Sri Adi Jagannatha Perumal temple, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Thirupullani Temple timings in detail is given below. Please note that the opening and closing time in the temple will be extended during temple festival and important rituals. There will be no darshan and the temple will remain closed during graham or eclipse.
Thirupullani Temple Timings
Morning Darshan Timing – 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Darshan Timing – 3:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Jimutaketu – Story – How Shiva got the name Jimutaketu?

Jimutaketu is one among the numerous names of Hindu God Shiva. Jimutom means dark rain clouds. How Shiva got the name Jimutaketu is mentioned in the Vamana Purana. Once Goddess Parvati was fed up with the gypsy lifestyle of Shiva and asked him to build a house to stay during summer seasons.
Shiva said to Goddess Parvati that he was one without a house and to escape from scorching summer heat he took her to forests with huge trees. They walked through the shade of the forest to escape from the heat.
Then the rainy season came and Goddess Parvati again request Shiva to build a house. Shiva said that he has no money to build a house and said that during rainy season they will stay atop the rain clouds to avoid rain.
Shiva then started residing atop the dark rain clouds during the rainy season.
When Shiva and Parvati stood atop the dark rain clouds they appeared like a flag pole from long distance. Thus Shiva got the name Jimutaketu.

Jambunatha Form of Shiva – About Hindu God Jambunatha

Jambunatha form of Shiva is worshipped mainly South India, especially in Karnataka. This form is associated with Jambu tree.  Legend has it that Shiva gave darshan to an ardent devotee of His under the Jambu Tree.
A sage was once performing Tapas under a Jambu Tree. He got a fruit from the tree. He offered it to Shiva and later consumed it as Prasad. The fruit germinated in the stomach of the Sage and grew up into a tree. 
Shiva appeared on the tree and gave darshan to the sage by appearing on the tree.
As Shiva appeared under a Jambu tree, he came to be known as Jambunatha.
The most famous temple dedicated to Jambunatha is located at Thiruvanaikovil in Tamil Nadu and is known as Jambukeswarar Akilandeswari Temple.
In Karnataka, too there are numerous shrines dedicated to Jambunatha form of Shiva.

Janakeshwar Shiva – About Jnanakeshwar form of Shiva

Janakeshwar Shiva is worshipped in Varanasi in India. Information about this form is found in the Kashi Khanda (chapter) of Skanda Purana. Jnanakeshwar form of Shiva is worshipped for getting the ultimate knowledge of self realization.
The Jnana which can help one realize the ultimate truth can be attained with the blessing of Shiva.
Jnanakeshwar Shivling is worshipped near the famous Malteeshwar Temple. There is also a sacred well located nearby. It is known as Kalodak Koop.

Nana Maharaj Taranekar Jayanti – Birth Anniversary of Nana Maharaj Taranekar

Nana Maharaj Taranekar is observed in Shravan month. It is the birth anniversary celebrations of Nana Maharaj Taranekar. The day is of great importance at Indore in Madhya Pradesh. Nana Maharaj Taranekar Jayanti 2016 date is August 7.

Nana Maharaj Taranekar (13 Aug 1896 – 16 Apr 1993) was a disciple of Sri Dattatreya. He spread the teaching of love, humanity and dharma. His teachings are relevant today than ever before.
The disciples of Nana Maharaj Taranekar organize various spiritual activities on the day. Prayer meetings, satsangs and charitable activities are held on the day.
Nana Maharaj Taranekar birth anniversary coincides with Nag Panchami.
Nana Maharaj Taranekar Jayanti is annually held on Shravan Shukla Paksha Panchami or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month.

Chowdeshwari Devi – About Hindu Goddess Chowdeshwari Devi – Choundeshwari Story

Chowdeshwari Devi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is worshipped mainly in Karnataka and parts of Maharashtra. She is the family deity of many families and communities in the region. Choundeshwari Devi story is given below.

Chowdeshwari Devi is four armed. She holds sword and trishul with a snake in the right hands. In the left hands she holds sweet bowl and a snake with Damaru or hourglass-shaped drum. 
She wears red color sari and has a look that gives an assurance of motherly affection.
Legend has it that Shiva asked Goddess Parvati to take the manifestation of Goddess Chowdeshwari to defeat a demon had a boon that every drop of their blood which touched the ground would create a thousand warriors. Chowdeshwari spread her tongue on earth and covered it. She drank all the blood before it fell on the ground and the demon was defeated.
Chowdeshwari Devi is also associated with Nagas or Serpent worship.

Nagnath Yatra at Lalgun near Khatav in Maharashtra

Nagnath Yatra at Lalgun is observed in Shravan month. It is the most important festival and fair at the Nagnath shrine at Lalgun near Khatav in Maharashtra. The yatra coincides with Nag Panchami festival. Nagnath Yatra 2017 date is July 5.
Nagnath yatra is associated with Nagas or serpents. The annual ritual offer prayers to snakes for a good harvest and hassle free days.

Nagnath Yatra is observed on Shravan Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Naam Saptah at Ram Mandir at Satpati near Palghar

Naam Saptah at Satpati Ram Mandir is annually observed in Shravan Month. It is an important ritual at the Sri Ram Temple located at Satpati near Palghar in Maharashtra. Naam Saptah at Ram Mandir in 2017 is on July 28.
The concept of Naam Saptah was initiated by Shirdi Sai Baba.
It is the chanting of the holy names and other glories of a deity.
Satpati Ram Mandir is an important holy place in Palghar. Thousands of devotees visit the shrine annually.
Naam Saptah at Satpati Ram Mandir is observed on Shravan Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Suna Besha in Puri Jagannath Ratha Yatra

Suna Besha ritual is the appearance of Lord Jagannth in a new dress on the chariot on the last day of the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra. In 2017, the date of Suna Besha is July 4. After the end of Bahuda Yatra (the return journey) on the ninth day of the Puri Rath Yatra, the chariots of the three deities are stationed outside the PuriJagannathTemple. On the next day, Lord Jagannath will give darshan to devotees in a new dress with gold ornaments sitting on the Ratha outside the temple.

During Suna Besha a devotee can have the darshan of Lord Jagannath fully dressed with gold ornaments, weapons and also have a rare darshan of the complete arms, palms and feet of the Lord. There is a popular belief that a person who has darshan of Lord Jagannath with Suna Besha on the chariot will not have rebirth.

Suna Besha is also the last important ceremony during the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra.

On the day a devotee can also have the darshan of Lord Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra in new dress sitting o…

Malsoor Yatra at Malsoor near Patur in Akola District

Malsoor Yatra is annually observed in Shravan month. It is the annual fair and festival observed on Nag Panchami day at Malsoor near Patur in Akola District in Maharashtra. Malsoor Yatra 2017 date is July 28. The annual festival of snakes associated with Hindu religion is observed on the day.
Hundreds of people participate in the Malsoor yatra. It is an important fair in this part of Akola district.
Malsoor Yatra is observed on Shravan Shukla Paksha Panchami tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Sawan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Mudgal Bharti Maharaj Punyatithi at Ambada near Moshi

Mudgal Bharti Maharaj Punyatithi is observed in Shravan month. It is the death anniversary of Mudgal Bharti Maharaj a famous Sant who did great work in this region of Maharashtra. The day is of importance at Ambada near Moshi. Mudgal Bharti Maharaj Punyatithi 2017 date is July 27.
Mudgal Bharti Maharaj sansthan at Ambada organizes prayer meetings and other spiritual activities on the day.
Mudgal Bharti Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Shravan Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Story of Shiva and Panchtarni on the way to Amarnath Cave

Panchtarni is located in Anantnag District in Jammu and Kashmir in India. It is an important holy spot on the way to Amarnath Cave. The story of origin of Panchtarni Sarovar is associated with Shiva.

Legend has it that Goddess Parvati wanted to know the secret of immortality of Shiva. Shiva chose the Amarnath Cave to reveal the secret. On his way to the cave with Goddess Parvati, Shiva left five elements here. The place where Shiva left the five elements later came to be known as Panchtarni.

Symbolically dropping of five elements is dropping the body which is made of earth, water, air, fire and sky.
On this way to the cave, Shiva had first abandoned Nandi, then his matted locks and Chandra, thirdly his Nagas, fourthly Ganesha and finally the five elements.

Story of Shiva and Mahaganesh Hill or Mahagunas Parvat on the way to Amarnath Cave

Mahaganesh Hill or Mahagunas Parvat is located in Anantnag District in Jammu and Kashmir in India. It is an important holy spot on the way to Amarnath Cave. The story of origin of Mahaganesh Hill or Mahagunas Parvat is associated with Shiva.
Legend has it that Goddess Parvati wanted to know the secret of immortality of Shiva. Shiva chose the Amarnath Cave to reveal the secret. On his way to the cave with Goddess Parvati, Shiva left is son Ganesha here. The place where Shiva left his son later came to be known as Mahaganesh Hill or Mahagunas Parvat.
Ganesha being left at Mahaganesh Hill or Mahagunas Parvat symbolically represents dropping of attachment.
On this way to the cave, Shiva had first abandoned Nandi,  then his matted locks and Chandra and thirdly his Nagas.

Symbolism in King Bali (Mahabali) Offering His Head to Vishnu to Place the Third Step

Symbolism in King Bali (Mahabali) Offering His Head to Vishnu to Place the Third Step. This divine incident happened during the Vamana Avatar of Vishnu.
Deprived of their kingdom, the unhappy Devas (celestial beings) appealed to Lord Vishnu for help. The only way the kingdom could be restored to the celestials would be if Mahabali (King Bali) was killed.  But Mahabali, although he had taken away the kingdom of the celestials from them, was not wicked.  So Lord Vishnu did not want to kill Mahabali, said Goda Venkateswara Sastrigal, in a discourse.  Thus when the Lord took the Vamana Avatara, He assumed a small stature, and asked Mahabali for as much land as His three steps could measure.  Three steps measured by a person of that height didn’t seem much to Mahabali, and he gladly agreed to grant the visitor the gift He asked for.  But when it actually came to measuring the land, the Lord assumed a huge form, and measured the worlds, and when it came to the third step, Mahabali bent…

Story of Sheshnag Lake on the way to Amarnath Cave and Shiva

Sheshnag Lake is located in Anantnag District in Jammu and Kashmir in India. It is an important holy spot on the way to Amarnath Cave. The story of origin of Sheshnag Lake is associated with Shiva.
Legend has it that Goddess Parvati wanted to know the secret of immortality of Shiva. Shiva chose the Amarnath Cave to reveal the secret. On his way to the cave with Goddess Parvati, Shiva released the snakes that are his ornaments here. The place where Shiva released his snakes later came to be known as Sheshnag Lake.
The snakes on Shiva symbolizes ego. Shiva abandoned it third on his way to Amarnath cave.

Shiva had first abandoned Nandi and then his matted locks and crescent moon.

Story of Chandanwari on the way to Amarnath Cave and Shiva

Chandanwari, on the way to Amarnath Cave, is located in Anantnag District in Jammu and Kashmir in India. The story of origin of this beautiful place, located on the banks of Sheshnag River, is associated with Shiva.
Legend has it that Goddess Parvati wanted to know the secret of immortality of Shiva. Shiva chose the Amarnath Cave to reveal the secret. On his way to the cave with Goddess Parvati, Shiva left behind his Chandra (moon) and jata (dreadlock). The place where Shiva abandoned moon and jata came to be known as Chandanwari.
Chandra (moon) and jata (dreadlock) symbolizes the intellect of discrimination. Shiva abandoned it second on his way to Amarnath cave.

Shiva had first abandoned Nandi on his way to the cave.

Story of Pahalgam and Shiva

Pahalgam is located in Anantnag District in Jammu and Kashmir in India. The story of origin of this beautiful place, located on the confluence of Sheshnag Lake and the Lidder River, is associated with Shiva. The place is also known as valley of shepherds.

Legend has it that Goddess Parvati wanted to know the secret of immortality of Shiva. Shiva chose the Amarnath Cave to reveal the secret. On his way to the cave with Goddess Parvati, Shiva left behind his vahana or vehicle Nandi. The place where Shiva abandoned Nandi came to be known as Bailgaon. In due course of time, Bailgaon came to be known as Pahalgam.
Nandi here symbolizes the desire of mind. Shiva abandoned it first on his way to Amarnath.

Chaturmas – The Four Holy Hindu Months of Chaturmas

Chaturmas is the four holy Hindu months in a calendar year. In 2017, Chaturmas begins on July 4 and ends on October 31. Hinduism and Nature is completely entangled and Nature plays a major role in important rituals and festivals associated with Hindu Religion. The Chaturmas occurs during the monsoon season and most of the important festivals in Hinduism take place during this period. Hindus also observe different vows and fasting during this period. It must be noted here that for some communities Chaturmas begins on Poornima day (July 9, 2017).

Chaturmas begins on the Ekadasi day in Shukla Paksha in the month of Ashada and ends on the Ekadasi in the Shukla Paksha in the month of Kartik.

Most of the important festivals associated with Hinduism are closely linked to agriculture and especially the harvest season. The monsoon rains brings joy, greenery and fresh air and the four months is considered highly auspicious and ideal for rituals, pujas and festivals.

The first month in Chatur…

Good Dates in July 2017 for Flat – Land – Property Registration – Auspicious days in July 2017 For Registration in Hindu Calendar and Panchang

Good Dates in July 2017 for Flat – Land – Property Registration is based on Hindu calendars and Panchang followed in India. Majority of Hindu look for auspicious dates for flat, Villa, house, land and property registration. These are the good dates for such purpose in July 2017.

Good Dates in July 2017 for Flat – Land – Property Registration

July 1 good date after 6:20 PM
July 2 July 3 July 5 July 6 is good till 8:20 AM
July 9 is good till 10:35 AM
July 10 is good after 11:10 AM July 11
July 12 is good after 2:05 PM July 13 July 14
July 15 it is good till 2:30 PM July 16 July 18 good till 8:45 PM July 20 July 24
July 26 is good till 7:25 PM
July 27 is good after 7:00 PM July 28 July 29
July 30 is good till 8:05 AM July 31 is good till 9:35 AM

Significance of Ekadashi

Ekadashi is mentioned in a number of Puranas. It is associated with Lord Vishnu and ‘Haribhakti Vilas’ talks in detail about its importance. Today, in Hindu religion Ekadasi has come to mean a day to fast. It falls on the 11th day of every lunar fortnight and thus there are two Ekadashi in a month. It is also known as ‘Harivasara’ and ‘Hari din.’ Several Puranas including Padma Purana and Skanda Purana detail about the significance of Ekadeshi.


How to fast on Ekadashi? How to observe ‘Ekadashi’ is clearly mentioned in ‘Harivasara.’ In modern day, many people will find it difficult to observe it in its entire strictness. But there are a large number of people who observe it. And there are numerous observations on what food one can have? There are also regional variations to the way in which the Ekadasi is observed.
The preparation starts on Dasami day – a day before Ekadashi. The person observing Ekadashi should wake up early in the morning on Dasami day and should take bath and perfor…

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

Shubh Muhurat days in June 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 February June.

Shubh Muhurat June 2016 –

June 1 June 2 Shubh Muhurat  till 6:40 PM June 6 Shubh Muhurat  till 10:15 AM June 7 Shubh Muhurat after 8:45 AM
June 8 Shubh Muhurat  till 11:55 AM June 12 Shubh Muhurat  only after 2:00 PM June 15 Shubh Muhurat till 8:40 PM June 16 Shubh Muhurat  after 10:00 AM June 18 June 22 Shubh Muhurat  after 8:30 AM June 24 June 25 June 27 Shubh Muhurat  after 8:10 AM June 28

U G Krishnamurti Thoughts

Your beliefs are the result of blind acceptance of authority, all second-hand stuff. You are not separate from your beliefs. When your precious beliefs and illusions come to an end, you come to an end.
The body is not concerned with ‘the afterlife’ or any kind of permanency. It struggles to survive and multiply now. The fictitious ‘beyond’, created by thought out fear, is really the demand for more of the same, in modified form. This demand for repetition of the same thing over and over again is the demand for permanence. Such permanence is foreign to the body.
The body is mortal and never asks silly questions like, “Is there immortality?” It knows that it will come to an end and in that particular form, only to continue on in others. Questions about life after death are always asked out of fear.
U G Krishnamurti

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 27, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, July 27, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 8:30 PM on July 27. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 27, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good day.
Nakshatra – Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra till 11:09 AM on July 27. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ekadasi Fasting. Chatur Maas Begins. PandarpurYatra
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Nija Ashada Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashada month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Prades…

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