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Divaso 2017 Date in Gujarat

Divaso is a unique ritual performed on the Amavasi or no moon day in the month of Ashada in Gujarat. Divaso 2017 date is July 23. The ritual is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and is performed as a sort of invitation to the Shravan month which begins from the next day. The holy month of Shravan is dedicated to God Shiva.

On the previous evening of Divaso married women light a lamp and keep it for next 36 hours - till the Shravan month begins. In some regions, seeds are sown in a small container and the lamp is place before it.

The vrat takes its name Divaso from this ritual.

The ritual is also associated with Evrat and Jivrat Vrat observed on the same day.

Shravan Mela in Baidyanath Lord Shiva Temple in Deograh, Jharkhand

Deoghar Baidyanath Dham is one among the 12 Jyotirlinga temples in India. This famous temple of Lord Shiva attracts thousands of devotees during the Shravan Mela or Shrabani Mela held in the months of July – August. In 2017 Shravan Mela at Deoghar Temple is from July 10 to August 7, 2017. The main ritual during the mela is the pilgrimage undertaken by scores of Lord Shiva devotees from Sultanganj to Baba Baidyanath temple.

The pilgrims to Baidyanath are referred as ‘Kanwarias’ and they carry water from holy Ganga which flows towards north in Sultanganj. This is the only place where the Ganga flows towards north. Monday is considered most auspicious for offering water from Ganga to Lord Shiva.
Apart from Indians, numerous devotees from Nepal and neighboring countries take part in the annual pilgrimage. It is believed by devotees that offering water from Ganges to Lord Shiva in the Shravan month will help in fulfilling their wishes.
The Deoghar Baidyanath Dham is also referred as Rav…

Story of Nandanar – The Untouchable Shiva Devotee – one of the 63 Nayanars

Sage Nandanar was an untouchable and one of the 63 Nayanars. His devotion showed that man-made rules and restrictions are not applicable to Shiva. He does not look into the caste of devotee before blessing Him.
An untouchable caste farm worker, Nandanar was craving to have a sight of Lord Shiva at Sivalokanathar Temple in Tirupunkur. However, his Brahmin landlord would not permit him to enter the temple, as his entry would pollute the sanctity of the temple.
One day, pushed by his desire to see the Shivling in the temple he stands before the outer gate of the temple and looks.
However, the big murti of Nandi Bull in front of the sanctum sanctorum obstructs his sight.
Nandanar cries and pleads to Siva to remove the obstacle so that he can at least have a glimpse of Shiva from a distance.
Suddenly, the huge murti of Nandi bull moves out of the line to enable Nandanar to see the Shivling. Nandanar has his darshan and in ecstasy, he sings in praise of Shiva.
Shiva gives him instant moksh…

Mathrubootham - Shiva who became the mother – Story of Mathrubootham Form of Shiva

Mathrubootham form of Shiva is associated with Him taking the form of a Mother. In this form, He is worshipped at the Thayumanavar Temple located near Tiruchi in Tamil Nadu. The story of this form of Shiva is associated with Him coming to the aid of a pregnant woman.
An ardent female devotee of Shiva lived on the banks of River Kaveri. She used to daily offer prayers to Shiva on a nearby temple atop a hillock. She was pregnant and the delivery time was nearby when heavy rains flooded the river. This prevented her mother who was on the other bank of river from attending on the woman’s delivery.
The delivery time neared and the woman was in intense labor pain. There was no one to help her. She pleaded Lord Shiva to come to help her.
Suddenly, her mother arrived, did the delivery and went away.
As the rain subsided, the actual mother of the woman came and apologized for not making it on time.
Then only did the woman realize that Lord Shiva himself came in the form of her mother and did …

Onam Pookalam – Photos of Floral Designs - Collection of Pictures of Flower Designs

Onam Pookalam – Photos of Floral Designs. Talk about Onam in Kerala and one of the first images that come to mind is that of the flower bed or floral (designs) arrangements known as Pookkalam or Athapookalam. The traditional Ona-pookalam usually consists of ten rings indicating the ten day ritual during the ten day celebrations of Onam which begins on Atham and ends on Thiru Onam in the month of Chingam (August – September). In 2016, Onam is on September 14. (We will update Onam Pookkalam 2016 photos as we receive them).
Nowadays many pookkalams concentrate more on the design part and in the process the ten rings are avoided. The pookkalams mainly concentrate on the various cultural aspects of Kerala and on the Onam myth.

Here are pictures of some of the Pookkalams that won first prize in competitions held in Onam 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005. The aim is to give an idea of the various modern designs used in pookalam, which is a natural rangoli…

Hanuman 108 names in Kannada– Hanuman 108 Namavali in Kannada in pdf

Chanting 108 names of Hanuman is considered highly meritorious. Below is the link to Hanuman 108 Namavali in Kannada in pdf. The names can be chanted on all days. You can also select one particular name from the list and chant daily. The text is in Hindu language text. Chanting the mantra on Hanuman Jayanti is highly meritorious.
It is highly auspicious to chant the mantra on Tuesday and Saturday.
It is chanted for gaining self confidence and for peace and prosperity.
Those facing problems related to Shani Bhagavan in life will get relief by remembering the names of Hanuman on Saturday.

Link – Hanuman 108 names in Kannada

Hariyali Amavasi – Haryali Amavasya

Hariyali Amavasi, or Haryali Amavasya, is the no moon day in the Shravan month in North India as per the traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Hariyali Amavasi 2017 date is July 23. Great importance is given to green color during this Amavasya – a reflection of the green nature after the first monsoon showers.

Note - Hariyali Amavasi is known as Hariyali Amas in Gujarat and it is the Ashada Amavasi in the Gujarati Calendar.

The day is of great significance in many regions in North India as several towns and cities organize fairs during the period. Some of the important fairs are held in Udaipur and Rajsamand in Rajasthan.

Hariyali Teej - the first of the 3 main important Teej festival - is observed three days after Hariyali Amavasi.

Aditya Hridaya Mantra in Tamil in pdf – Lyrics of Aditya Hridayam in Tamil

Aditya Hridayam in Valmiki Ramayana is a hymn dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun God). Below is Lyrics of Aditya Hridaya mantra in Tamil in pdf. It consists of 31 verses and is found in the 107th chapter of Yuddha Kanda of Ramayan. Aditya Hridaya was explained to Lord Ram by Saint Agastya to uplift his spirits in the war against Ravan.

You can download Aditya Hridaya Mantra in Tamil in pdf here - Aditya Hridayam text and meaning in PDF format

Bhagavad Gita on Path of Spiritual Living

With the mind purified by devotion to performance of action, with the body conquered, and with the senses subdued, one who has realised his self as the Self of all beings remains free from taints even while acting.
Freed from attachment, fear and anger, absorbed in the Divine, taking refuge in him and purified by the fire of knowledge, many have attained the all pervading Being.
Cut asunder, with the sword of knowledge, this doubt about the Self that ignorance has caused in your heart, and stand up, taking refuge in Yoga.

Even as a man casts off worn-off garments and puts on new ones so does the embodied being cast off old and enter new bodies. Bhagavad Gita

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 2, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, August 2, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon till 12:31 PM on August 2. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 2, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good day till 8:00 PM
Nakshatra – Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatra till 8:25 AM on August 2. Then onward it is Shatabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Shravan Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the dark phase of moon in Shravan month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand,…

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