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Raksha Bandhan Muhurat 2017 – Good Time to Tie Rakhi on Rakshabandhan day in 2017

Some devout Hindus tie the Rakhi on Raksha Bandhan day in 2017 after looking Muhurat or auspicious time. But this is not followed by majority of the people. Raksha Bandhan Muhurat or good time according to some Panchangs and Hindu calendar is from 11:07 AM to 1:50 PM on August 7. (Indian Standard Time). It is believed by some people that the period is highly auspicious and beneficial.

11:07 AM to 1:50 PM on August 7 is considered highly auspicious.

Please note that the concept of auspicious time is not followed by majority of people and they tie the Rakhi in the morning or when brothers and sisters meet.
You may also like to read How to arrange Rakshabandhan Rakhi Plate? The Reason for celebrating Raksha Bandhan

Adi Lakshmi – Hindu Goddess Adilakshmi

In Hinduism, Adi Lakshmi is one of the manifestations of Goddess Lakshmi. She is the supreme mother goddess and therefore she is also known as Adi Shakti and she existed before everything else. She is beyond description and understanding. She is the womb that contains all life. Adi Lakshmi is an attempt by the human mind to give a form to the formless Brahman – the Supreme Being – in Hindu religion.

The concept of Adi Lakshmi tries to solve the puzzle of creation. It is one among the numerous attempts made by ancient seers to get the concept of Brahman to common man through symbolism. Adi Lakshmi is the womb in which birth and death takes place but she remains above it. She is unfathomable and beyond imagination of human mind.

There are numerous references to Adi Lakshmi in the Puranas. It is stated that the three gunas – sattva, rajas and tamas – emerged from her. Sattva (harmony) was represented as Goddess Saraswati, Rajas (Agitation) as Maha Lakshmi and Tamas (inertia) as Maha Kal…

Goddess Kubjika

Goddess Kubjika is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. This aspect of Devi is closely related to the Tantric worship. An exclusive holy scripture dedicated to the Tantric worship of Goddess Kubjika is known as Kubjikamata Tantra. She is also known as Vakreshwari, Varika or Vakra.
The cult of Kubjika is believed to have originated in the Himalayas. She is mainly worshipped in the Himalayan regions. Nine Natahas is believed to have propagated the cult of Kubjika throughout Nepal and North India. The cult was very popular during the 12the century AD.
For worshippers of Kubjika, She is the Supreme Goddess. She is the brilliant divine light of consciousness that shines in the center of the brilliant radiance. She is the Great Mother present in all animate and inanimate.
Kubjika literally means “humped-back.” Legend has it that Kubjika once decided on union with Pursusha. Purusha then appeared to Her and took hold of Her hand as a prelude to union but She, overcome with apprehension …

Bhadrakali Temple near Bhopalpatnam in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh

Bhadrakali Temple is located at Bhadrakali Village near Bhopalpatnam in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh attracts thousands of devotees from the states of Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Telangana. The temple is located around 20 km from Bhopal Patnam.
The shrine, dedicated to Goddess Kali, is on the confluence of the Indravati and Godavari River. It is believed that a Kakatiya King who was a worshipper of Goddess Kali consecrated the first murti here. The spot where the temple now stands was earlier a cave. The shrine was then forgotten for a long period as it was inside dense forest.
The temple was later rediscovered and pujas and rituals began once again during the 19th century. A new murti of Goddess Kali was established here.
A huge fair and festival is organized during Vasant Panchami (January or February) here. Once in three years Agnikund is organized here – people walk through a bed of red-hot coal.

Appa Maharaj Punyatithi at Donawadi near Chikkodi

Appa Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Bhadrapad month. It is the death anniversary of Appa Maharaj a great saint who spread the teachings of love and humanity. The day is of great significance at Donawadi near Chikkodi in Belgaum District, Karnataka. Appa Maharaj Punyatithi 2017 date is September 12.
Hundreds of devotees participate in the puja and other rituals organized by devotees of the pious soul. The saintly person had spread the teaching of love and dharma among people.
Appa Maharaj Punyatithi is observed on Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon in Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka.

Sri Dnyaneshwari Jayanti – Gyaneshwari Jayanti

Sri Dnyaneshwari Jayanti is observed in Bhadrapad month. It is believed that Dnyaneshwari was written and completed on the day. It is the first and the most popular Marathi commentary on the Bhagavad Gita. Sri Dnyaneshwari Jayanti 2017 date is September 11.
Sant Gyaneshwari continues to be read and discussed in Maharashtrian homes and its translation into various languages continues to inspire millions of people around the world.
During the time of Sant Jnaneshwar, the great teachings of Sanatana Dharma were considered to be the prerogative of certain castes and sects. Jnaneshwar unleashed a silent revolution against the religious monopoly and orthodoxy of the narrow-minded priestly class.
Sant Jnaneshwar was amongst the first to use the local language of Marathi to spread and demystify the message of the Bhagavad Gita. He popularized the teachings of Sanatana Dharma and took it to the common man.

Sri Dnyaneshwari Jayanti is annually held on Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Sashti tithi or t…

Hayagriva Jayanti 2017 date – Haygriva Incarnation of Lord Vishnu

Hayagriva Jayanti is believed to be the day when Haygriva incarnation of Lord Vishnu appeared on earth. Hayagriva Jayanti 2017 date is August 7. Hayagriva is a unique incarnation of Lord Vishnu with the head of a horse and the body of a human being. The purpose of this Avatar was to retrieve the stolen Vedas from the demons. The day is observed as Upakarma day and Avani Avittam day by the Brahmin community.


Hayagriva Avatar is mainly mentioned in the Shanti Parva of Mahabharata and the Puranas. It is one of the lesser-known incarnations of Lord Vishnu. In some regions, Hayagriva is the guardian deity of the Vedas.

There are several legends associated with how Lord Vishnu got the horse-head in Hayagriva incarnation. In some legends, it is said that a jealous Indra, the king of demi-gods, purposefully snapped the string of a bow on which Lord Vishnu was resting his head. When the string snapped the head of Lord Vishnu got cut. It was replaced with the head of a horse.

Another legend s…

Dattagir Maharaj Punyatithi at Hiwara Sangam in Yavatmal

Dattagir Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Bhadrapad month. It is the death anniversary of Dattagir Maharaj. The day is of great significance at Hiwara Sangam in Yavatmal in Maharashtra. Dattagir Maharaj Punyatithi 2017 date is September 12.

Hundreds of devotees participate in the puja and other rituals organized by devotees of the pious soul. The saintly person had spread the teaching of love and dharma among people.
Dattagir Maharaj Punyatithi is observed on Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon in Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sati Janaki Mata Punyatithi at Katol near Nagpur

Sati Janakimata Punyatithi is annually observed in Bhadrapad month. It is the death anniversary of Sati Janaki Mata. Sati Janaki Mata Punyatithi 2017 date is September 11. The day is of great significance at Katol and Nagpur in Maharashtra.
Hundreds of devotees participate in the puja and other rituals organized by devotees of the pious soul. The saintly person had spread the teaching of love and dharma among people.
Sati Janaki Mata Punyatithi is observed on Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon in Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Goddess Lakshmi and elephants – Symbolism of white elephants along with Mahalakshmi

Goddess Lakshmi is often depicted with two white elephants pouring water. This form of Goddess Lakshmi is known as Gajalakshmi. In some images four elephants are shown pouring water on Goddess Mahalakshmi. The four elephants are symbols of Kama (desire), Dharma (duty), Artha (wealth), Moksha (enlightenment). Goddess Lakshmi blesses the individual who finds the right balance of Dharma, desire, wealth and moksha.

Gaja Lakshmi is also the Goddess of elephants – symbol of fertility.

Another symbolism suggests that the water showered by the white elephants symbolize rain without which prosperity and wealth has no value.

Another legend has it that two elephants welcomed Goddess Lakshmi by performing jal abhisheka (pouring water) when she was churned out of ocean during Samudra Manthan (churning of the milky ocean in Puranas).

A popular belief in Hinduism is that there are eight pairs of elephants standing on eight corners of cosmos holding up the sky. These eight elephants are known as ‘di…

Lalita Sahasranama in Kannada in pdf – Lalitha Sahasranamam in Kannada – Text, Lyrics

Lalita Sahasranama is dedicated to the Mother Goddess and extols her glory in 1000 names. This particular Lalitha Sahasranamam text in Kannada in pdf format contains the lyrics in Kannada. The Lalitha Tripura Sundari form of Mother Goddess is worshipped through the Lalitha Sahasranama prayer. You read online or download it for free.
Link - Lalitha Sahasranama lyrics in Kannada pdf

Eerattingal Village in Kerala Famous for the Parayipetta Panthirukulam – the Idea of a Casteless Hindu Society

Parayipetta Panthirukulam is a legend in Kerala which propagates the idea of a casteless Hindu society. As per the legend a Brahmin called Vararuchi married Panchami, a Dalit woman, and had 12 children with her. The children were brought up by families of different caste. EerattingalVillage is today home to 20 families who are descendents of Pakkanar, one of the children who was brought up by a backward Paraya family. The Hindu reports  Eerattingal has a temple dedicated to Pakkanar situated right in the middle of the village. It attracts both believers and people curious about the legend. “During his days, Pakkanar invoked many deities of immense power like Chathan, Odiyan and Bhadrakali. All such forces are still being invoked in the temple. Daily, devotees across the State reach here to perform rituals like Muttarakkal,” says Sreekandan Pakkanar, the main priest of the temple.  Many people believe the temple helps them remove obstacles in life fast. Modern intrusions will not tampe…

Jara Jivantika Puja – Jara Jeevantika Vrata in Shravan Month

Jara Jivantika Puja is mainly observed on Fridays in the Shravan Month in Maharashtra and Gujarat. In 2017, Jara Jivantika Puja dates are July 28, August 4, August 11, and August 18. Jara Jivantika Vrata is dedicated to Goddess Ma Jivantika – Hindu goddess who is the protector of children. She is also believed in helping couples to get children. Goddess Jivantika is worshipped on all Fridays in Shravan month. The mantra that is chanted on the day is "Om Shri Jivantikayai Namah."

The significance of Ma Jivantika and Jara Jivantika Vrat is mentioned in the Skanda Purana.

Married women observe the Jara Jivantika Puja for the welfare of their children and to get healthy babies.

Women who observe the Vrat wear only red clothes on the day and avoid social functions. After the morning bath, she performs an Arati to Goddess Jivantika. After the puja, some rice is held in the hand and the devotee asks the Goddess to protect her children and then she sprinkles the rice on the head of…

Thoughts and Quotes on Onam

When Maveli ruled the land
Everyone was equal
Happily they lived
Danger befell none
There was no falsehood, or fraud
And no untruth Malayalis celebrate Onam in remembrance of this golden era of King Mahabali. Mahabali visits his dear people during Onam.

Here are some thoughts on Onam
We celebrate Onam to commemorate a glorious past. All of us yearn for a time like that of King Mahabali, a time when prosperity, joy and love blended. But in order to realize this dream we need to put forward creative and sustained effort.
We have lost the true spirit of Onam. Let each of our actions be a yajna for universal good. May the new clothes we wear be that of Dharma and faith. May our hearts be united in love and joy, and make life an everlasting Tiruvonam. Thus we can retrieve the lost Onam.
Life becomes a festival when gaiety and culture blend. Onam delivers the message of both. During Onam, we arrange an ornamental design of flowers from the day of Attam. Actually this flower welcome for t…

Use your wisdom to understand your sexual energy – Anandamurti Gurumaa

Animals are more sensible, as their sexual behavior is as per the law of nature. When their mating period is over, they live like celibates. But the human mind is not tied down to nature’s law.
A man can think about sex or take part in it whenever he wants. But the point to note is that there is freedom, there is bondage too. Use your wisdom to understand your sexual energy.
As yourself – the momentary pleasure obtained through sexual gratification will it be binding or will it help in my liberation?
Question your mind using your discriminative wisdom, for sex is nothing more than a momentary pleasure.
If someone says that he feels aroused only on seeing a particular woman and not all women – well this is nothing but a delusion.
The truth is, either sexual desire exists or it doesn’t.
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Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 28, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, August 28, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 4:34 AM on August 28. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 28, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good day.
Nakshatra – Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatra till 5:44 PM on August 28. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Varalakshmi Puja. Thiruonam in Kerala. Rig Vedi Upakarma
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Shravan Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, …

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