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About Acharas or Customs and Rituals in Hinduism?

This is post discussing about Acharas, customs and rituals in Hinduism. This is an extract from Sanaathana Dharma (Questions & Answers) published by Dr. N. Gopalakrishnan, Ph. D., d.litt. Indian institute of scientific heritage, Thiruvananthapuram.
What are the Acharas in Hindu Dharma? Acharas are those practices of our day to day life. Or it is the life style by itself. In India the acharas are practiced for the following purposes and benefits Acharath labhathe hi ayu:
acharath dhanamakshayam
acharath labhathe suprajaa:
aachaaro ahanthya lakshanam Acharas are practiced for the psychological and physiological benefits and for a long healthy life; acharas are followed for prosperity and wealth; acharas are followed for strong family and social bondage.

Story of Vishnu as Varaha and Demon Hiranyaksha

Legend has it that Demon Hiranyaksha had pushed the Mother Earth down into oceans and Lord Vishnu appeared as Varaha, the boar incarnation, to rescue it. Hiranyaksha is the brother of Hiranyakashipu who was annihilated by Lord Vishnu as Narasimha – half-man half-lion.  Hiranyaksha means the golden-eyed and he was the son of Sage Kashyapa and Diti.

In the previous birth Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu were the brothers Jaya and Vijaya – they were the gate keepers of the Vaikunta or Heaven. They became demons due to a curse and they were saved from the curse by Lord Vishnu by removing their demonic traits.
Hiranyaksha pushing the earth into the ocean symbolically suggests land grabbing and greed.
The stories in the Puranas state that Hiranyaksha started troubling saints, humans and Devas. Finally, he decided to drag and throw the earth into the ocean. When he did it Mother Earth gave a huge cry and Vishnu appeared in the form of Varaha and fought and killed Hiranyaksha and restored Mo…

Avani Avittam 2017 date

Avani Avittam is an important ritual associated with the Brahmin community in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The day is of great significance to Yajur Vedi Brahmins. Avani Avittam 2017 date is August 7 and the date of Gayathri Japam is August 8. On the next day, Gayatri Japa Sankalmpam is observed. In other parts of South India, the observance is known as Upakarma.

Yajur Vedi Upakarma Avani Avittam is on August 8 and Rig Vedi Upakarma is on August 7, 2017.

Sama Vedi Upakarma Avani Avittam is on August 24, 2017 for certain communities.

On the Avani Avittam, day the sacred thread worn by the Brahmins is changed and it is usually a community observance and takes place on the banks of a pond. Avani is the name of the Tamil month and Avittam is one of the 27 nakshatras or stars. Chingam is the equivalent Malayalam month.

Legend has it that Lord Hayagriva, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, brought back the Vedas stolen by Asuras on this day.

Gayatri Japam Sankalmpam is noted for the chanting of the …

Mahadevgiri Maharaj Punyatithi at Kudal near Palus in Sangli

Mahadevgiri Maharaj punyatithi is annually observed in Bhadrapad month. It is the death anniversary of Mahadevgiri Maharaj, a great sant who enlightened people with his wisdom. The day is of great importance at Kudal near Palus in Sangli. Mahadevgiri Maharaj Punyatithi 2017 date is August 22.
The teaching of Mahadevgiri Maharaj echoes the insight of the great saints in the Bhakti tradition in Maharashtra. His followers organize various spiritual activities on the day.
Mahadevgiri Maharaj Punyatithi is observed on Bhadrapad shukla paksha pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadra month.

Balmukund Balavdhut Jayanti

Balmukund Balavdhut Jayanti is annually observed in Bhadrapad month. It is the birth anniversary of Balmukund Balavdhut, a great soul who enlightened people with his teachings. Balmukund Balavdhut Jayanti 2017 date is August 22.
The teachings of Balmukund Balavdhut echoes the wisdom of the great saints in the Bhakti tradition in Maharashtra. His followers organize various spiritual activities on the day.
Balmukund Balavdhut Jayanti is observed on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadra month.

Gulabrao Maharaj Punyatithi at Madhan in Amravati in Maharashtra

Gulabrao Maharaj Punyatithi is observed in Bhadrapad month. Gulabrao Maharaj (1881 – 1915) is a famous Hindu saint, writer and poet. It is the death anniversary of the saint. Gulabrao Maharaj Punyatithi 2017 date is September 3.
Gulabrao Maharaj wrote about 133 books on various subjects, 130 commentaries and about 25,000 stanza in poetry – all this after losing his eyesight at the age of nine. The blind sage is popularly known as Pradnyachakshu Madhuradwaitacharya Gulabrao Maharaj. The name ‘Pradnyachakshu’ because of his intellectual eyesight.
A saint in the Vedanta school of teaching, he was not bound by any rules – he openly declared that the path of self realization is not through rules but through practice. And a person has to do the practice and should not depend on borrowed knowledge.
The 12th century Sant Dnyneshwar Maharaj was a great influence on Gulabrao Maharaj. In fact, he is believed to have had darshan of Sant Dnyneshwar.
As per Maharashtra Government website - in the …

Madan Maharaj Yatra at Fulamla in Amravati

Madan Maharaj Yatra is observed in Bhadrapad month. It is an important spiritual event at Fulamla near Nandgaon in Amravati, Maharashtra. Madan Maharaj Yatra 2017 date is September 3.
Madan Maharaj was a great sant who spread the teachings of Dharma. Association dedicated to him performs satsang, prayer meetings, food donation and other charity on the day.
Madan Maharaj Yatra is annually observed on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Dwadasi tithi or the 12th day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu Marathi lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Ramanand Maharaj Punyatithi at Patnabori in Yavatmal

Ramanand Maharaj punyatithi is observed in Bhadrapad month. It is the death anniversary of Ramanand Maharaj, who spread the teachings of Bhagavan Dattatreya. The day is of great importance at Patnabori in Yavatmal. Ramanand Maharaj punyatithi 2017 date is September 1.
Hundreds of people participate in the various spiritual activities organized at the Ramanand Maharaj Math and temple located here.
Ramanand Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Dasami tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu Marathi lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Dev Mamledar Yashvant Rao Maharaj Prakatosav Sohala – Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Dev Mamledar Yashvant Rao Maharaj

Dev Mamledar Yashvant Rao Maharaj Prakatosav Sohala is annually observed at Satana near Nashik in Bhadrapad month. It is the birth anniversary or appearance day celebrations of Dev Mamledar Yashvant Rao Maharaj. It is observed in 2017 on September 1.

Sant Dev Mamledar Yashwantrao Maharaj always helped beggars, saints, mendicants, helpless women as well as children who came to his door as if they were his own. He was also an important disciple of Swami Samarth.


It is said that during the great famine of 1870-71 in Satana, Dev Mamledar Yashwantrao Maharaj sold all his wealth to help the people. But it was too little, he who was then taluka Magistrate of Satana distributed money from the treasury to help the needy. The superior officers who came to know about this came for an enquiry but to their surprise not single penny was missing from the treasury. It is said that after this incident He had the darshan of Bhagvan Vishnu.
Dev Mamledar Yashvant Rao Maharaj Prakatosav is annually obser…

Sri Chand Jayanti Udasi Sect

Sri Chand Jayanti is observed in Bhadrapad month. It is the birth anniversary of Sri Chand – founder of the Udasi sect or sampradaya. Sri Chand Jayanti 2017 date is August 30.
Udasi Sadhus practice the ways of Hinduism. They follow five Hindu gods known as pancha-devata, and perform rituals known as panch prakarti puja or natural rituals encompassing the five elements of water, fire, earth, air and sky.
Sri Chand was the son of Guru Nanak. The teachings of Udasi sect or sampradaya is based on his writings.
Sri Chand Jayanti is annually observed on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Navami tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month.

Kalavati Devi Jayanti at Belgaum – Birth Anniversary of Mata Kalavati Devi Aai

Kalavati Devi was a popular saint from the North Karnataka region in India. Mata Kalavati Devi Jayanti is the birth anniversary of the pious soul. It is believed that Mataji’s father had a dream before her birth that Goddess Durga will be born to him. Kalavati Devi Jayanti 2017 date is August 26. From a very young age, Mata Kalavati Devi Aai showed deep spiritual inclination and love and caring attitude for all living beings.

Shri Siddharudh Swami spotted her and realized the divinity her. Swamiji invited her to do satsang and she used to mesmerize people with her words. She then conducted satsang in many parts of the country. Finally, she decided to settle at Angol in Belgaum and here she built Shri Harimandir.

She compiled bhajans and teachings of numerous saints in the book titled ‘Parmartha Marg Pradeep.’ Another popular book she compiled was ‘Balopasana’ – prayers for children.

She preached equality of all living beings and taught householders how to attain Moksha by living in so…

Concept of Time in Hinduism – Trivia

The concept of time in Hinduism is based on the endless cycle of existence. One cycle of creation and dissolution consists of four yugas – namely Krta or Satya, Treta, Dwapara and Kali. We are in the Kali Yuga.
Satya Yuga is 1,728,000 human years. Satya Yuga is the golden age. Its duration is 4,800 years of the Gods. A year of the gods is equal to 360 years of human beings.
Duration of Treta Yuga is 1,269,000 human years. Its duration is 3250 years of the Gods.
The Duration of Dwapara Yuga is 864,000 human years. Its duration is 2400 years of the Gods.
The Duration of Kali Yuga is 432,000 human years. Its duration is 1200 years of the Gods.


Four yugas combine to form a Mahayuga – Each Mahayuga lasts for a total of 12000 Divine years or 4,320,000 human years.
A Manvantara is said to consist of a total of just over 71 Mahayugas.
There are 14 Manvantaras – this is equal to 1000 Mahayugas or 4,320,000,000 human years. It is the measure of a Kalpa or day of Brahma.
At the end of each ka…

Dhanvantari Stotram in Kannada in pdf - Dhanvantari Stotram Lyrics in Kannada

Dhanvantari is to be the Hindu God of Medicine or Ayurveda. He is also a manifestation of Hindu God Vishnu. Below is the Dhanvantari Stotram lyrics in Kannada in pdf. Chanting the prayer is considered highly meritorious. It is chanted especially during the morning hours.
Link – Dhanvantari Stotram in Kannada

The file is provided by Sundar Kidambi of Prapatti . com

Pejawar Mutt to perform Kattige Muhurta on August 21, 2015 – An important Function Associated with Paryaya festival 2016

Paryaya is the process indicating the change of authority from one math to another among the eight mutts to manage the Udupi Sri Krishna Temple and also exclusive rights to worship Bhagvan Sri Krishna in the world famous Udupi Sri Krishna Temple in Karnataka. The Hindu reports  The Pejawar Mutt will performing the ‘Kattige Muhurta’, the third of the preliminaries before the next Paryaya festival, at the Car Street here on August 21.  The 84-year-old Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Pejawar Mutt will be ascending the ‘Paryaya Peetha’ also known as the ‘Sarvajna Peetha’ at the 800-year-old Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple here for a historic fifth time on January 18, 2016.  Raghuram Acharya, Diwan of the Pejawar Mutt, told The Hindu on Monday that the Kattige Muhurta would be held at 8 a.m. near the place marked for ‘Kattige Ratha’ near Madhwa Sarovara on Friday. A procession of priests and devotees carrying firewood on their heads would begin from the Pejawar Mutt at 7 p.m.  After offering prayers at …

Phool Kajali Vrat - Fulkajali Vrata and Fasting in Gujarat

Phool Kajali Vrat, also known as Fulkajali Vrata, is observed by married and unmarried women in the Shravan month in Gujarat. In 2017, Phool Kajali Vrat date is on August 10. This fasting is observed on the third day during waning phase (Krishna Paksha) of moon in Sawan maas. It is observed for the long life of husbands and for getting good life partner. The Phul Kajali Vrat is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Phool Kajali Vrat is observed for five years on Shravan Krishna Paksha Tritiya. Fasting is for the whole day and women eat only cucumber, milk and other preparations using milk.

Married women observe Fulkajali Vrata for a happy and peaceful married life and for the long life of their husbands. Unmarried women perform it to get a good life partner.

Women and young girls perform special pujas dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati and the main offering rose flowers. Women also hold a rose flower and inhale its fragrance. People read Shiva Purana or listen or read stori…

Brahmotsavam – Annual Tirumala Tirupati Temple Sri Vari Brahmotsavams

The annual Navratri Brahmotsavam celebrations in Tirumala Tirupati Balaji temple attracts scores of devotees from India and abroad. The annual Navratri Brahmotsavams in 2017 is from September 23 to October 1. During the nine-days of the Brahmotsavams, Lord Venkateswara will be taken in procession around the temple in different Vahanas (special decorated Vehicles based on Lord Vishnu legends). There will be special Unjal Seva during the period.

During the Annual Brahmotsavams, thousands of devotees throng TirumalaBalajiTemple to witness Lord Venkateswara arriving on different Vahanas. The entire place and temple will be decked with flowers.
Here is the usual schedule followed during the Brahmotsavams in TirupatiBalajiTemple.
Brahmotsavam Day One – Dhwajarohanam and Pedda Sesha vahanam Dhwajarohanam – flag hoisting ceremony in the morning. Garuda dhwaja, flag with the emblem of a black garuda is hoisted. At night, the procession of Lord Venkateswara around the four streets of the mai…

Life on earth is transitory, momentary – Dada J P Vaswani

Every night before you retire go back over all that you have thought and said and done during the day – in reverse order. Repent for all sins of omission and commission of the day.
Repentance brings about a change of heart. Out of the heart are the issues of life. When the heart changes, man becomes new. He longs to dedicate his life to God.
As we learn to serve in a spirit of unselfishness, as we serve in a spirit of love and reverence, we grow more and more God-like.
Life on earth is transitory, momentary. When we drop the physical body, we shal feel as though we have awakened out of a dream. Then this entire life, which no appears to be so long – in some cases interminable – this entire life then appears to be but a moment in eternity. Let us make the most of this life and each day prepare for our life in eternity.
Dada J P Vaswani

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:29 AM on August 19. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 19, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is an average day.
Nakshatra – Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatra till 11:14 AM on August 19. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Nag Panchami
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Shravan Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttara…

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