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Hasanamba Temple Opening Dates in 2017 - Opening and Darshan Timings - Open Only for Eight Days a Year

HasanambaTemple located at Hassan in Karnataka opens for darshan only for 8 days in a year just before Diwali. In October 2017, the temple will be open from October 12 to October 20, 2017. Darshan Timings (opening time) are between 6:00 AM and 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM and 10:30 PM.
Hasanamba Temple annually opens on Thursday after Ashwin Purnima as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Karnataka and closes after 8 days on Balipadayami day. Goddess Hasanamba is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti and is also considered as a Sapta Matrika in this region.
Tradition has it one of Sapta Matrikas resided here once and she took the form Goddess Hasanamba to bless the land and its people.
It is said that a lamp that is lit on the closing day of Bali Padayami remains lit when the temple is reopened next year.
The annual opening of the temple begins with the ritual of taking out of the jewelry of the Goddess from the district treasury.
People here account numerous tales of miracles performe…

Jalapoorna Trayodashi

Jalapoorna Trayodasi is observed on the previous day of Diwali (Deepavali) and Narak Chaturdasi. Jalapoorna Trayodashi 2017 date is October 17. Hindu homes on the day clean all the vessels in which water is stored. They are then filled with fresh water. Prayers are offered to Goddess Ganga. After the puja the water is considered to be the water from GangaRiver.

The water is used to take bath on the next day – Diwali day. The ritual of taking bath with herbs from the water stored on Jalapoorna Trayodashi is known as Abhayanga Snana.

A similar ritual that is observed by certain communities in Karnataka is known as Neer Thumba Habba.

Deepavali Diya – Why do we light Diyas or Lamps during Diwali?

There is no Diwali without Diyas or lamps. Diyas are an indispensable part of Deepavali celebrations. But why do we light lamps during Diwali? Legend has it that the tradition of lighting diyas during Diwali began when Sri Ram returned to Ayodhya after completing his 14-year exile. People of Ayodhya wanted to give an extraordinary welcome to Sri Ram and it is said that they lit lamps everywhere in Ayodhya. It must have been a great sight to Sri Ram, who was returning from Lanka in Pushpak Viman – flying machine, to see the Diyas in all of Ayodhya.
Another reason for lighting lamps is that Diwali is observed on Amavasi. The no moon day (Amavasi) which is the darkest day in a Hindu lunar month is also dedicated to dead ancestors. There is also a belief that the period of night time of ancestors begin with Diwali Amavasi. So the lamps are lit to show them way to their abode. This belief is widespread in Eastern parts of India.
Lighting of lamps on Dhanteras is dedicated to Yama. This is…

Onam Pookalam 2008

Important photographs of Pookalam in 2008. 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 2008 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). 


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Onam Pookalam 2009 – Photos of Onam 2009 Athapookalam

Photographs of onam pookalam taken in year 2009. 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 2009 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). 







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Dhanvantri Jayanti 2017 Date

Dhanvantri Jayanti is dedicated Lord Dhanvantari, the Hindu God of Medicine or Ayurveda. Dhanvantri Jayanti 2017 is October 17. The deity invoked and worshiped by Ayurveda Practitioners. The Jayanti, or birth anniversary, is observed during different times by different Hindu communities. Mostly it is observed two days before Diwali. Dhanteras is observed on the day in western and northern parts of India.
Dhanvantri is believed to have appeared during the Churning of Ocean or Samdura Manthan by Devas (demi gods) and Asuras (demons). He was among the numerous auspicious items that appeared during the Churning of Ocean. Dhanvanthari appeared with elixir or Amruta.
Dhanvantri is also believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
He is shown as holding the pot of Amrit in one hand and a leech in another hand. He appeared to eradicate diseases threatening living beings and for their well being.

Sadh Panth – Spiritual Sect Popular in Haryana – Uttar Pradesh – Delhi – Punjab

Sadh Panth is a spiritual sect propagated by Jogi Das, Vira Bhana and Udaya during the 17th century AD. This sect is more popular in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Punjab. The teachings and philosophy of Sant Kabir Das had a great influence on Sadh Panth.
The most important text of Sadh Panth is ‘Nirvana Jnana’ which is also known as ‘Pothi’. Other important texts include Bani by Vira Bahana and Adi Upadesha by Jogi Das.
There are twelve basic tenets of Sadh Panth. Some of the tenets are: Firm belief in one God who is omnipotent, endless, omnipresent, pure, creator of the cosmos;Total humility and non-attachment to luxuries;Truthfulness;Abstinence from vulgar speech and watching obscenities;Wearing only simple and white clothes;Showing mercy to all creatures of the earth;Total non-violence.
The sect believe that Adi Guru Udaya was a manifestation of Sant Kabir.

The followers of Sant Panth gather at Farrukkabad, Agra and Delhi on Purnima or full moon day.

Diwali Lakshmi Puja Katha – Story Associated with Performing Lakshmi Puja on Diwali

A story associated with Goddess Lakshmi and an old lady explains the importance of performing Lakshmi puja on Diwali. This Diwali Lakshmi puja katha narrates the significance of lightning Diya (lamp) on Diwali night.

One day Goddess Lakshmi was roaming on earth. It was the Kartik Amavasya day – no moon day in Kartik month. She roamed and forgot about night approaching. Because of the darkness created by no moon day, Goddess Lakshmi lost her way and decided to stay among humans on the day.
But when Goddess Lakshmi looked around she found that all the houses were closed and there were no Diya (light) burning.
After roaming for a while she came across a home which in which a Diya was burning. It was a dilapidated hut of an old woman.
When Goddess Lakshmi reached the hut, the old woman invited her into the home and said that it was not safe for a maiden to roam around on a dark night.
She offered the little food that was in her home and made bed for Goddess Lakshmi.
The next day morning…

Divisions of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad is divided into three Kandas: Madhu Kanda,Yajnavalkya Kanda andKhila Kanda.Madhu Kanda is divided into two chapters.
The first is further divided into six Brahmanas. The first Brahmana describes the universe in the form of an Aswa (horse) for Aswamedha Yajna and its sacrifice as the manifestation of the world. The second Brahmana deals with the description of Prajapathi as Mruthyu (death) and the manifestation of the world in the form of food for Prajapathi. Prajapathi became the eater and everything he created became food for him.
Yajnavalkya Kanda has two chapters. The first is divided into nine Brahmanas. It tells the story of sage Yajnjavalkya.
Khila Kanda has two chapters, the first of which has passages on the Gayatri Mantra. The second is dedicated to Puthrotpathy (progeny).

Extreme love to God is Bhakti, and this love is the real immortality – Swami Vivekananda

Extreme love to God is Bhakti, and this love is the real immortality, getting which a man becomes perfectly satisfied, sorrows for no loss, and is never jealous.
All the great prophets, saints, and seers of the world—what did they do? In one span of life they lived the whole life of humanity, traversed the whole length of time that it takes ordinary humanity to come to perfection. In one life they perfect themselves; they have no thought for anything else, never live a moment for any other idea, and thus the way is shortened for them. This is what is meant by concentration, intensifying the power of assimilation, thus shortening the time.
That which is selfish is immoral, that which is unselfish is moral. Unselfishness is more paying, only people have not the patience to practice it.
Stick to God! Who cares what comes to the body or to anything else! Through the terrors of evil, say – my God, my love! Through the pangs of death, say – my God, my love! Through all the evils under the …

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 5, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, November 5, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha NavamiTithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of the moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of the moon till 10:34 AM on November 5. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of the moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is November 5, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date.
Nakshatra – Magha or Makam Nakshatra the entire day on November 5 and till 1:05 AM on November 6. Then onward it is Purva phalguni or Pooram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
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