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Panchamrut Ingredients – Items used for making Panchamrut

Panchamrut is made using five ingredients. Panchamrut is a combination of two words ‘Pancha’ meaning five and Amrita meaning immortal. It is believed that the combination of the five items make it amrut – elixir of life.

Panchamrut ingredients are

Milk Yoghurt Honey Ghee and Sugar

The above items are taken in equal proportion and mixed well to create Panchamrut.
Please note that the famous Panchamruta made in Palani Muruga Temple in Tamil Nadu is prepared using an entirely different set of ingredients.

Vasubaras in Maharashtra during Diwali

Vasubaras is the first day of Diwali celebrations in Maharashtra. It is observed on the 12th day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) of Ashwin month as per traditional Marathi calendar. Vasubaras 2017 date is October 16. Vasubaras is dedicated to the worship of the cow.



Women worship cows with a calf on the day. Symbolically, the cow represents motherhood.

In rural India, for thousands of families cow is the sole economic source. Keeping this in mind married women offer special pujas for the well being of cows.

In some communities, married women undertake a fast partaking of only one meal, and either in the morning or evening. In the morning and evening cow is worshiped. Special delicacies are given to cow on the day.

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Kali Chaudash

Kali Chaudash is observed a day before Diwali in North India and Gujarat. It is also known as Narak Chaturdashi. Deepavali in South India is celebrated on the day.  In 2017, date of Kali Chaudash is October 18. Legend has it that Lord Krishna killed demon Narkasur on the day with the help of Sathyabhama. Special prayers are also offered on the day to Lord Hanuman. Hanuman puja is a major spiritual event on the day for many Hindu families.

People bath before sunrise on the day. Special prayers are offered to Lord Hanuman. Hanuman is believed to remove the fear of evil spirits and assure in auspiciousness on the day.

You can read more about the Legend of Narak Chaturdashi here.

Onam Pookalam 2013

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 Pookalam or Athapookalam. Onam Pookalam 2013 designs are given below. The traditional Onapookalam 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).

Onam Pookalam 2013 Photos










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Sabarimala Special Trains 2016 - 2017 for Mandala – Makaravilaku Festival

Sabarimala Special Trains 2016 - 2017 - Indian Railways has announced special trains for the two month (November - December - January) long pilgrimage to the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple for Mandala – Makaravilaku Festival 2016 - 2017. According to Indian Railway press release, there are special trains from Chennai, Guntur, Vijayawada, Vizag, Bangalore, Kakinada, Salem, Erode and other importants town in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Advance reservation for the Sabarimala 2016 - 2017 special trains will commence during this period.
You can find all information on the special trains during the period here at the official website of Indian Railways.



Hoi Mata Fast – Vrat dedicated to Goddess Hoi

Hoi Mata fasting is dedicated to Ahoi Mata or Goddess Hoi and it is observed on the eighth day during the waning phase of the moon (Krishna Paksha) in Kartik Month as per North Indian Hindu calendar. Hoi Mata Fast 2017 date is October 12. Dedicated to Goddess Hoi, it is observed by mothers for the welfare of their children.
Hoi Mata fasting is from morning to sighting of the moon. Some people end the fast when the first star is sighted.
A popular story associated with Hoi Mata Fast states that a mother had lost seven sons. She was able to get back all her sons safely after observing this particular fast dedicated to Goddess Hoi.
Hoi mata fast is more popular in North India and is popularly known as Ahoi Ashtami Vrat.

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Vastu Shanti Muhurat in 2016 date and time

Vastu Shanti Muhurat is the day and time chosen for moving into new house in Hinduism. Here is the Vastu Shanti Muhurat date and time in 2016 based on Hindu calendars and Panchang followed in western parts of India.

January 2016 - January 1, 2, 4, 11, 20, 21, 28, 29 and January 30
February 2016 – February 1, 3, 5, 10, 13, 17, 19, 20, 24, 25 and February 27
March 2016 - March 5, 11, 14, 17,18, 25, 26, 28 and March 31
April 2016 – April 2 and April 4
May 2016 – No Vastu Shanti Muhurat
June 2016 - No Vastu Shanti Muhurat
July 2016 – No Vastu Shanti Muhurat
August 2016 – August 10, 18, 19, 25 and August 29
September 2016 – No Vastu Shanti Muhurat
October 2016 – No Vastu Shanti Muhurat
November 2016 – November 2, 7, 9, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25 and November 26
December 2016 – December 1, 5, 10, 14, 16, 23, 24  and December 31
Note - Please note that sometimes the whole day will not be auspicious. It is always wise to take the advice of a local astrologer as he will be able to take into accou…

Panchamrit Abhishek

Panchamrit abhishek is a unique Hindu ritual. Puja items are offered to deity in the ritual. In panchamrit abhishek, five puja items are poured on the murti or idol of the god.

The five items that are used in Panchamrit Abhishek are:

Milk Yoghurt Honey Ghee and Sugar

Karnavedha Dates in 2016 – Ear piercing Auspicious Time and Date in 2016 – Karna Vedh Good dates in Hindu calendar and Panchang

Karnavedha Dates (ear piercing of young girls and boys) in 2016 based on Hindu calendars and Panchang in North India. Below given are the good Karnavedha dates in 2016. Hindus strictly follow the Muhurat or auspicious time to perform Karna vedh or ear piercing during auspicious time and astrologically correct days. It is based on Calendars and Panchang 2016 followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.

All dates are based on Indian Standard Time.

January 2016 – January 21, 29 and January 31

February 2016 – February 10, 19 and February 28

March 2016 – March 6 and March 11

April 2016 – April 15 and April 22

May 2016 – May 1, 9, 11, 16, 18 and May 27

June 2016 – June 2, 6, 9, 15 and June 24

July 2016 – July 5, 6, 10, 13, 21 and July 30

August 2016 – August 7, 18, 19, 22 and August 23

September 2016 – September 2 after 1:30 PM, September 4 and 5

October 2016 – Octo…

Mundan Muhurat in 2016 - Chudakarm Sanskar date and time in 2016

Chudakarm Sanskar, or Mundan ceremony, is the auspicious ritual in which a child’s head is shaved for the first time. Below are the auspicious dates – Mundan Muhurat – in 2016. The ceremony is performed for the long life of the child. Mundan Muhurat 2016 dates are based on Hindu calendar and panchang followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Jammu and Kashmir.

January 2016 – January 21, 29 and January 31

February 2016 – February 10, 19 and February 28

March 2016 – March 6 and March 11

April 2016 – April 15 and April 22

May 2016 – May 1, 9, 11, 16, 18 and May 27

June 2016 – June 2, 6, 9, 15 and June 24

July 2016 – July 5, 6, 10, 13, 21 and July 30

August 2016 – August 7, 18, 19, 22 and August 23

September 2016 – September 2 after 1:30 PM, September 4 and 5

October 2016 – October 13, 17, 20 and October 23

November 2016 – November 9, 18, and November 25
December 2016 – December 4 after …

There is always a glorious resurrection after each crucifixion – Swami Sivananda

Die to your old lower self. Be born into a newer life in the spirit. Sever once for all your connection with the little ego. Whatever be the slips, failures, disappointments and mistakes, forget them all. Never mind them. All is for the best. Be courageous in faith because there is always a glorious resurrection after each crucifixion.
Spotless and untouched time lies before you. Resolve to stick to a life of spotless moral purity, of chastity, physical and mental. Resolve to manifest Truth in thought, word and deed.
The external world is plunged in unrighteousness, hatred and warfare because you have neglected to carry on the inner war with the vicious lower self. You have surrendered to this inner enemy. Commence the spiritual warfare with the inner foes like egoism, hatred, greed, ambition, pride, selfishness. Crush these down and develop equal vision, forgiveness, mercy, universal love. Then all outer war will end in a moment. A New Era will be ushered in. Darkness will pass and …

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 1, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, November 1, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha PanchamiTithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of the moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of the moon till 9:16 AM on November 1. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of the moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is November 1, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day.
Nakshatra – Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathirai Nakshatra till 8:27 PM on November 1. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Kartik Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of the moon in Kartik month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal P…

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