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Sammakka Saralamma Jatara 2018 – Biannual Festival – Medaram Sammakka Sarakka Jatara in 2018

Sammakka Sarakka Jatara is observed in Magh month (February). This is a biannual festival and attracts millions of people and is the largest tribal festival in the world. Sammakka Saralamma Jatara 2018 dates are January 27, 28, 29 and 30. The jatara is held at Medaram, which is around 90 km from Warangal in Telangana.

Tribal priests will bring the idol of Sammakka from Chilkalgutta hillocks, two km away from Medaram, and install it at the altar in Medaram on February 27, 2018.
The next day, they bring the idol of Sarakka from Kannepally village to be installed.
Two days later, the priest will take the Sammakka idol away. Next day, the idol of Sarakka is taken away. With this, the jatara comes to an end.
The biannual Sammakka Saralamma Jatara is observed for four days before full moon day or purnima of the Magh month.
The festival is basically dedicated to two tribal women - Sammakka and Saralamma. They were fierce warriors. Sammakka is the mother of Saralamma. Sammakka is believed to…

Sammakka Saralamma Temple at Medaram near Warangal – Sammakka Sarakka Temple

Sammakka Saralamma Temple is dedicated to two brave tribal women and is located at Medaram near Warangal. The shrine is also known as Sammakka Sarakka temple and is dedicated to Mother and Daughter. Medaram is located around 90 km from Warangal. The shrine is believed to have been built during the 12th century AD.
Sammakka was discovered as playing among tigers as a new born by the leaders of koya tribe.
The head of the tribe adopted her and she was later married to a feudatory tribal chief.
The couple had three children – Sarakka, Nagulamma and Jampanna.
Once the tribes of the region were unable to pay tax and they entered into a conflict with the then Kakatiya King. In the battle, the tribal chief was killed. Sammakka lost her three children too.
Upon hearing the loss of her children and husband, she entered the battle and fought fiercely against the enemy. She was mortally wounded. She cursed that the Kakatya dynasty would perish.
Mortally wounded Sammakka disappeared into the fo…

Shri Krishna Saraswati Maharaj Punyadin at Kolhapur

Shri Krishna Saraswati Maharaj Punyadin is observed in Shravan month. It is the punyatithi or death anniversary of Shri Krishna Saraswati Maharaj, an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya. The day is of importance at Kolhapur and to the followers of Shri Swami Samartha. Shri Krishna Saraswati Maharaj Punyadin 2017 date is August 17.

Shri Krishna Saraswati Maharaj spread the teachings of Lord Dattatreya. He had thousands of followers. Some of them experienced his miracles in their life.
Thousands of devotees across Maharashtra offer prayers to him on his punyadin.
Shri Krishna Saraswati Maharaj Punyadin is annually observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Story – Sword of Indra and the Sage

The story of the sword of Indra and the sage was narrated by Mata Sita in the Ramayana to Bhagvan Sri Ram. Legend has it that once there lived a great sage who had offered intense penance for several years. His piety and austerities alarmed Indra. The king of Devas feared that soon the Sage will replace him due to his holiness.
To distract the Sage and make him fall from his present stature, Indra went to the sage, who lived in a forest, in the form of a warrior armed with a sword.
Indra then convinced the sage to keep the sword in his safe custody.
The sage then spent all his attention on the sword. While guarding the sword he neglected his spiritual activities. Thus his spiritual powers declined and ultimately lost all his yogic powers. Thus Indra saved his throne.

Balumama Utsav – Festival at Kagal near Kolhapur

Balumama Utsav is annually observed in Shravan month. It is the festival associated with Balumama Maharaj. The saint has thousands of followers especially among the shepherd community in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The day is of great importance at Kagal near Kolhapur in Maharashtra. Balumama Utsav 2017 date is August 10 and August 11.
The ustav is associated with the Punyatithi of Balumama.
Balumama (1892 to 1966) was a shepherd by profession and he came into contact with the lower strata of society and helped them in attaining true knowledge. He spread the teachings like many Sants in the great Bhakti Tradition in the region.
Balumama Utsav is observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Tritiya and Chaturthi Tithi or the third and fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Pant Maharaj Balekundri Jayanti – Birth Anniversary of Sri Pant Maharaj Balekundri

Pant Maharaj Balekundri Jayanti is observed in Shravan month. It is the birth anniversary of Shri Pant Maharaj and is of importance at Balekundri in Belgaum District in Karnataka. Pant Maharaj Balekundri Jayanti 2017 date is August 15.

Pant Maharaj was a great saint in the Avadhut Sampradaya or Shree Datta Sampradaya.
The pious soul was believed to be an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya.
He spread the teachings of Santana Dharma through bhajan and preaching. He had thousands of followers.
The book titled ‘Geetasaar: essence of Sri Bhagavad Gita’ is credited to him.
Hundreds of devotees participate in the various spiritual programs and prayer meetings observed on his Jayanti day.
The temple dedicated to Pant Maharaj is located at Balekundri.
Pant Maharaj Balekundri Jayanti is observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Ashtami or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Chile Maharaj Punyatithi at Paijarwadi near Kolhapur

Chile Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Shravan. It is the death anniversary of Chile Maharaj and is of special importance at Paijarwadi near Kolhapur. Chile Maharaj Punyatithi 2017 date is August 15. Paijarwadi is located 3.8 km from Panhala.
Chile Maharaj is believed to be an avatar of Guru Dattatreya. Like the other great saints of the Datta tradition. He spread the teachings of Dharma, love and humanity.



Temple dedicated Chile Maharaj is located at Paijarwadi near Kolhapur.
Holy charan padukas of Shri Satguru Datta Chile Maharaj is worshipped in the shrine.
Thousands of devotees visit the holy place during the punyatithi. Prayers, charity, spiritual programs, and other rituals are observed on the occasion.
Chile Maharaj Punyatithi is observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Ashtami or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Dada Maharaj Kelkar Punyaithi at Sangli

Dada Maharaj Kelkar Punyaithi is annually observed in Shravan month. It is the death anniversary of Dada Maharaj Kelkar and is of importance at Sangli. Sant Dada Maharaj Kelkar spread the teaching of love, peace and humanity. Dada Maharaj Kelkar Punyatithi 2017 date is August 14.
Hundreds of people pay respect to the temple associated with the sant here. Various spiritual programs are organized on the day.
Dada Maharaj Kelkar Punyaithi is observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Saptami or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

19th century Kalighat paintings of Hindu deities digitized by Oxford University

19th century Kalighat paintings of Hindu deities Krishna, Shiva, Ganesha, Durga, Hanuman, Parvati and Goddess Kali have been digitized by Oxford University and is available online. The paintings are from the collection of Sir Monier Monier-Williams.
There are a total of 110 paintings depicting Hindu Gods and Goddesses and the social life of Kolkatta in the 19th century.


You can view the pictures here at Digital.Bodleian.

Hanuman 108 names in Hindi– Hanuman 108 Namavali in Hindi in pdf

Chanting 108 names of Hanuman is considered highly meritorious. Below is the link to Hanuman 108 Namavali in Hindi 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 Hindi

Hanuman 108 names in Tamil – Hanuman 108 Namavali in Tamil in pdf

Chanting 108 names of Hanuman is considered highly meritorious. Below is the link to Hanuman 108 Namavali in Tamil in pdf. The names can be chanted on all days. You can also select one particular name from the list and chant daily.
It is highly auspicious to chant the mantra on Tuesday and Saturday.
It is chanted for gaining self confidence and for peace and prosperity.

Link – Hanuman 108 names in Tamil

Sridhar Maas – Vaishnava Month

Sridhar Maas corresponds to the Shravan month as per traditional North India Hindu calendar. The name and rituals in the month are followed by Vishnu devotee. This is the second month during the Chatur Mas. Sridhar Maas 2017 is from July 10 to August 7.
As part of the Chatur Mas, green leafy vegetables are avoided by certain Hindu communities. The main reason for this is that it is the peak monsoon season in North India. Leafy vegetables tend to be more polluted.
The previous month as per this Vaishnava naming was the Vaman Maas. The next is the Hrishikesh Mas and Sri Krishna Jayanti is observed in this month.

Hanuman Mantra in Tamil in pdf – Hanuman Mantra Lyrics in Tamil

This particular Hanuman Mantra lyrics in Tamil is known as the Hanuman ashtottara Shatanamavali. It is in Tamil language and in pdf format. The prayer can be chanted on all days. You can also select one particular prayer or mantra from the list and chant daily.
It is highly auspicious to chant the mantra on Tuesday and Saturday.
Link – Hanuman Mantra in Tamil in pdf

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

Aditya Hridayam in Valmiki Ramayana is a hymn dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun God). Below is Lyrics of Aditya Hridaya mantra in Hindi in pdf. It consists of 31 verses and is found in the 107th chapter of Yuddha Kanda of Ramayan. Aditya Hridaya was explained to Bhagvan Sri Ram by Saint Agastya to uplift his spirits in the war against Ravan.
You can download Aditya Hridaya Mantra in Hindi in pdf here - Aditya Hridayam text and meaning in PDF format

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

Aditya Hridayam in Valmiki Ramayana is a hymn dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun God). Below is Lyrics of Aditya Hridaya mantra in Kannada in pdf. It consists of 31 verses and is found in the 107th chapter of Yuddha Kanda of Ramayan. Aditya Hridaya was explained to Bhagvan Sri Ram by Saint Agastya to uplift his spirits in the war against Ravana.
You can download Aditya Hridaya Mantra in Kannada in pdf here - Aditya Hridayam text and meaning in PDF format

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

Shubh Muhurat days in December 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 good days in December 2016.
Shubh Muhurat December 2016 –
December 4 December 5 December 6 December 8 Shubh Muhurat  after 11:20 AM
December 10 Shubh Muhurat  till 9:00 AM December 14
December 16 Shubh Muhurat  till 9:30 AM
December 17 Shubh Muhurat  till 10:20 AM December 20 Shubh Muhurat  till 2:10 PM December 23 Shubh Muhurat only till 11:20 AM December 30 December 31

Upanishad Readings on Nature of Brahman

What is the nature of Brahman, the Source? From what have we been born? By what do we live? And where do we exist? O knowers of Brahman, controlled by whom do we follow the rule regarding joy and its opposite? – Shvetasvatara Upanishad
He who inhabits the earth, but is within it, whom the earth does not know, whose body is the earth, and who controls the earth from within, is the Internal Ruler, your own immortal self. – Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
This self is That which has been described as ‘Not this, not this’. It is imperceptible, for It is never perceived; undecaying, for It never decays; unattached, for It is never attached; unfettered. It never feels pain, and never suffers injury. (It is but proper) that the sage is never overtaken by these two thoughts, ‘I did an evil for this’, ‘I did a good act for this’. He conquers both of them. Things done or not done do not trouble him. – Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

All this is Brahman. (This) is born from, dissolves in, and exists in That.…

Nag Panchami Story

Nag Panchami festival observed in India during the Shravan month is a classic example of Hinduism’s deep rooted connections with Nature. Here are few important Nag Panchami stories. Local folklore in India is full of stories associated with Nagas or Snakes. In South, the Nag Panchami festival story revolves around the brother-sister relationship. An important ritual in South Indian on the day include rubbing of milk or ghee on the back, spine and navel of brothers by sisters.



Nag Panchami Story on Brother - Sister Relationship

An important story or Nag Panchami Katha goes like this. Once a young girl asked her brother to get some Ketaki flower for Naga Puja. Screwpine or Ketaki is used to worship Nagaraja (Snake God). However, unfortunately the brother who went in search of Ketaki is bitten by a snake and is killed. The sister then prays and performs Vrata and propitiates Nagaraja and the brother is brought back to life.
There are numerous such stories in local folklore and in most sto…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 4, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Chaturthi and Panchami Tithi or the fourth and fifth day during waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon till 7:42 AM on August 4. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 4, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day.
Nakshatra – Purvabhadrapada or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 5:15 AM on August 5. Then onward it is Uttarabhadrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Mangala Gouri Puja in North India.
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Shravan Krishna Paksha Chaturthi and Panchami Tithi or the fourth and fifth day during the dark phase of moon in Shravan month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Prades…

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