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How to celebrate or perform rituals on Sri Krishna Jayanti?

Sri Krishna Janmashtami or Sri Krishna Jayanti is mainly celebrated in Lord Krishna or Vishnu temples. Hindu spiritual organizations conduct numerous programs like discourses, dramas and processions on the day.

A fasting is observed on the previous day by some communities in North India. But this is not followed by majority of people.

If you plan to celebrate or perform rituals at home on the day, the ideal method will be to recite the mantra ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya.’ This can be done while performing pujas or throughout the day.

Pujas involve offering flowers and performing Arati.

Reciting or listening to Srimad Bhagavad Purna or Bhagavatam is highly auspicious on the day. Some devotees observe fast and spend time in temples or listening to discourses.

The main worship in temples takes place at midnight when Lord Krishna was born.

It must be remembered here that Lord Krishna is happy with anything that is offered to him in true devotion. Krishna was happy with sweat drenched …

Trivikrama – Bhagavan Vishnu in Trivikrama Avatar

Trivikrama is one among the numerous names of Bhagavan Vishnu. The name Trivikrama comes from the giant form that he took during the Vamana Avatar. As he conquered the three worlds – sky, earth and underworld - with his feet – he got the name Trivikrama.

Legend has it that the Asura, or demon, King Mahabali made the utopian kingdom a reality. His fame spread all over the earth and the netherworld and slowly into the heaven. Indra, the king of Devas and the ruler of heaven, felt threatened by the growing popularity of Mahabali. Aditi, the mother of Indra, observed a penance called 'payovrata' to help her son and pleased with her devotion Vishnu was born as Vamana, a dwarf, to Aditi.

Vamana approached Mahabali who was conducting a yajna. King Bali asked Vamana to choose anything that he wanted from his kingdom. Vamana asked for just three steps of land. And the king agreed readily.

Suddenly, the dwarf sized Vamana grew into the skies and with one step covered the earth and wit…

Anga Pradakshanam or Full-Body Circumnavigation of Hindu Temple

Those who have visited Hindu Temples in South India might have come across anga pradakshanam or full-body circumnavigation of the temple. The anga pradakshanam is performed around the sanctum sanctorum of the main deity in the temple.
Sometimes it is performed on the outer parikrama of the sanctum sanctorum within the temple complex.

The full-body circumnavigation of Hindu Temple is performed for wish fulfillment or as thanksgiving for favors received. Sometimes it is performed for early cure of a disease. It is also performed as part of sin redemption.
Usually the devotee suffers bruises in the exposed part of the body due to the Full-Body Circumnavigation.
The person performing the anga pradakshanam is helped by a friend or relative or devotee in completing the process. It can be performed for any number of times – 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10…
In some temples, we come across people who are ready to perform the Anga Pradakshanam on our behalf for a token amount.

How to do a Simple Shri Krishna Puja?

The greatest Shri Krishna pooja that a person can do is to read the Bhagavad Gita and contemplate. But many people feel the need to perform a puja when they feel they need to connect with the Supreme Being. A simple puja dedicated to Lord Krishna helps in keeping the mind calm and in concentrating. Some people exclusively perform Sri Krishna pooja during Shri Krishna Jayanti or Janmashtami or Gokulashtami. Here is how to perform a simple puja dedicated to Lord Krishna. Select a calm and quite place.Clean the place and then take a bath.Place a photograph or idol or picture of Lord Krishna also of Lord Ganesha.Keep a lamp ready. Place some flowers and fruits or sweets ready in a plate. Pray to Ganesha.Meditate for a few minutes to clear the mind of unwanted thoughts. Now light the lamp.Meditate or pray to Lord Krishna.Offer flowers – Tulsi leaves is the best offering made to Krishna. You can light incense or agarbathis. If needed you can ring the bell, while offering flowers.Chant the sh…

Bhadrapad Mahina 2017 – Bhadra Month in Traditional North Indian Calendar in 2017

Bhadrapad Mahina is the sixth month in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India – Janmashtami and Ganesh Chaturthi are observed in this month. Bhadrapad Month 2017 is from August 8 to September 6.This calendar is followed mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana, Bihar and Chhattisgarh and other North Indian states. A month in these regions is calculated from the day after Purnima or full moon to the next Purnima. The year in the Hindi Calendar is Saka 2074.

Chaturthi Vrat or Sankashti Ganesh Chaturti in Bhadrapad Month 2017 is on August 11. The Chandrodaya or Moonrise time as per North Indian calendars is 8:28 PM. 

Bhadrapad Month 2017 Krishna and Shukla Paksha Bhadrapad Month Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) is from August 8 to August 21.
Bhadra Month Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) is from August 22 to September 6.

Shitala Satam 2017 Date

Shitala Satam is dedicated to Goddess Shitala Mata and is observed for the welfare of young children. In 2017, the date of Shitala Satam is August 14. Mothers perform special pujas and offer prayers to Shitla Mata. There is a popular belief that with the blessings of Goddess Shitala, children and other will be protected from numerous contagious diseases like chicken pox etc.
Food cooked on previous day is eaten on the Shitala Satam day. The previous day is dedicated to cooking and is known as Randhan Chath.
The ashes used for extensive cooking on Randhan Chat are not removed and is kept for Goddess Shitala on Shitala Satam day.

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Raksha Bandhan Quotes – Swami Chidananda Saraswati

On this holy day of Raksha Bandhan there is so much to learn, so many vows to make. First, there are the ancient, traditional meanings, whereby girls and women remember their brothers – far and near – with love and affection. In exchange, all men and boys promise to protect their sisters – both against physical harm, and also against any kind of harm or dishonor to them. These are as crucial today as they were in the past.

However, perhaps even more importantly, we must realize that the only way the world will survive is united as one family. Thus, now, we must also take the deeper, underlying meaning of Rakhi. We must vow to make the world our brothers and sisters – not only in theory, but also in practice. Let us use rakhi as a symbol of our universal brotherhood. May our girls and women lead the way toward this universal family as they tie rakhi bracelets on the wrists of not only their closest male friends, but also on the wrists of enemies.

Let us use this holiday to reach out…

Equality or oneness is the attribute of the Ultimate – Atmananda Krishna Menon Thoughts

The ordinary man is a slave of the mind and follows implicitly its dictates, as long as he is enamoured of sensual pleasures. But when you begin to turn away from the mind and start looking inward, the mind becomes bewildered and is ready to follow your footsteps faithfully, like a slave.
Activity and inactivity are ordinarily conceived to be opposite terms. But in fact there is no direct connection at all between them. Activity and inactivity are related directly only to me, the ‘I’-principle, which is their common background. It is only through me that activity and inactivity can even indirectly be connected.
Equality or oneness is the attribute of the Ultimate. It is established only when you reach the Ultimate, transcending body, senses and mind.
A mantra is a harmonious sound or group of sounds, with or without a superficially intelligible meaning, but capable of creating and applying some definite and potential energy if properly uttered. When Truth flows out of a Sage spontane…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 29, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, August 29, 2015 (Today) – Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:41 AM on August 29. Then onward it is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 29, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good day after 2:00 PM.
Nakshatra – Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatra till 4:27 PM on August 29. Then onward it is Shathabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi till 5:07 AM. Then onward it is Kumbha Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Purnima. Raksha Bandhan. Narli Purnima. Avani Avittam. Yajur Upakarma. Raksha Bandhan Muhurat after 1:52 PM
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Shravan Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Shravan month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Hary…

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