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Bhauma Pradosh 2017 dates

Pradosh, or Pradosha, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva and is observed on the 13th day of a lunar fortnight in traditional Hindu calendar. Bhauma Pradosh 2017 dates are given in detail below. When the Pradosh Vrata day falls on a Tuesday it is known as Bhauma Pradosh. Bhouma is another name of planet Mars or Mangal.

Bhauma Pradosh 2017 dates January 10,
May 23,
June 6,
October 3 and
October 17

Mangal or Mars is the presiding deity of Mangalwar or Tuesday. There are numerous legends in Hindu scriptures that are associated with Mangal and Shiva. It is said that Bhaum had performed intense Tapas and he was blessed with Mangal Loka by Shiva.
Shiva devotees undertake a fasting from sunrise to sunset on the Pradosh day.

Sashti Fasting Food – What can be eaten on Muruga Shasti fasting day?

Sashti fasting is dedicated to Muruga (also known as Kartikeya or Subrahmanya or Skanda). It is observed on the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon. Those who observe strict Sashti fasting do not eat any food on the day. Other people eat rice offering from temple and fruits. Tea, coffee etc are avoided on the fasting day.

 Sashti fasting ritual begins on the day before Shasti – Panchami day.
Only a single meal is eaten on Panchami day. This is usually a single vegetarian meal.
On the Sashti day puja is performed in a MuruganTemple. Cooked rice which is offered in Murugan temple is consumed on the day.
Those observing partial fast eat fruits.
The fasting period is from sunrise to next day morning sunrise.
You may also like to read How to observe Sashti Fasting

Mandavi in Ramayana

In the Ramayana, Mandavi was the daughter of Kushadhvaja – brother of Janaka. She was a cousin of Mata and she was the wife Bharata, the second brother of Bhagavan Sri Ram.

When Rama was exiled, Bharata, who refused to become the king of Ayodhya. He went to Rama and returned with his Sandals.

He built a tiny Ashrama at Nandigram and remained there, worshipping Rama and doing the duty of a ruler as ordered by Rama.

Mandavi supported her husband’s decision. She too spend her time in meditation and helping her husband.
Mandavi is also the name of a river, which follows through North Karnataka and Goa.

Pooyam Festival at Kakkove Temple – Kakkovu Thrikovil Temple Thaipooyam Festival in Malappuram District

Kakkove Temple is located at Vazhayoor in Malappuram District. The temple is around 18 km from Kozhikode. The annual Pooyam festival held in Makaram month attracts hundreds of devotees. Kakkovu Thrikovil Temple Thaipooyam Festival 2017 date is February 10, Friday.

Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple.

Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.

Some people enter into trance and dance wildly during the procession.
On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled.

Martand Bhairav Festival 2017 Date in at Jejuri Temple in Maharashtra

Martand Bhairav Festival is annually held in the marathi month of Maragaishra at the famous JejuriTemple near Pune in Maharashtra. Martand Bhairav Festival 2017 (date) is from November 18 to November 24. The festival begins on the Kartik Amavasi day and ends on the Champa Sashti day.

The festival is popularly known as Khandoba – Malhari Martand Bhairav Rathotsav.

Martand, or Malhari Martand, is an incarnation of Hindu God Shiva. It is believed that Martand fought demons Malla and Mani for six days and finally defeated them and restored Dharma on earth.

The festival is dedicated to this victory of Malhari Martand.

Majority of the temples dedicated to Malhari Martand form of Shiva are located in Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Pooyam Festival at Ramanattukara Pariharapuram Temple – Pariharapuram Temple Thaipooyam Festival near Kozhikode

Pariharapuram Temple is located at Ramanattukara in Kozhikode. The temple is around 17 km from Kozhikode. The annual Pooyam festival held in Makaram month attracts hundreds of devotees. Ramanattukara Pariharapuram Temple Thaipooyam Festival 2017 date is February 10, Friday.

Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple.

Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.

Some people enter into trance and dance wildly during the procession.
On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled.

Azhikode Mayiladathadam Temple Festival in Makarm Month

Mayiladathadam Temple is located near Azhikode in Kannur District of Kerala. The annual temple festival is observed in Makaram month. The temple is also known as Mayiladathadam Ilangarumakan shrine. In 2016, the temple festival will be observed from January 23.

The shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.
Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

Puthiyaidam Mahadeva Temple Festival near Paravur

Puthiyaidam Mahadeva Temple is located near Paravur in Kerala. The annual temple festival is observed annually in Makaram month. Puthiyaidam Mahadeva Temple festival 2017 date is February 8. The festival ends with Arattu on February 14.

The shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.
The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine for ritual bathing on the final day. Caparisoned elephants and melam are part of the ritual.

The annual festival in the temple is observed in such a way that it begins on Thiruvathira Nakshatram in Makaram month.

Vadakkethara Sri Chathankulangara Bhagavathi Temple Madhura Chatti

Vadakkethara Sri Chathankulangara Bhagavathi Temple is located in Palakkad district. The annual Madhura Chatti rituals is observed in Makaram month. Hundreds of people visit the shrine and participate in the ritual. Vadakkethara Sri Chathankulangara Bhagavathi Temple Madhura Chatti 2016 date is January 22.

Madhura Chatti is a payasam made with Sharkara in a chatty – Sweet made using rice and jaggery in a pot.

This is offered to the deity and is later consumed as Prasad.
There is not much information regarding the location and deity worshiped in the shrine.

Kaal Sarp Puja at Trimbakeshwar Temple – Kaal Sarp Yog Puja Performed at Trimbakeshwar Temple

Kaal Sarp Yoga is a very bad Yog in a person’s horoscope as per Hindu astrology. People who believe in astrology perform Kaal Sarp Puja to overcome the problems. It is highly benefitial to perform Kaal Sarp Puja in the vicinity Trimbakeshwar Temple as Shiva can remove all that is inauspicious and usher in peace and prosperity. After performing the puja one should take the blessing of Shiva at the shrine.
Please note that the Kaal Sarp Puja is not performed in the Trimbakeshwar Temple. It is performed by various pandits in their residence or at a place suggested by them. Or at a place that you suggest.
Kaal Sarp Yog happens when all navgrahas or planets or majority of navgrahas are located between Rahu and Ketu. When all the planets are located between moon's north node and the moon's south node Kal Sarp Yoga is formed. Complete Kal Sarp Yoga is formed only when half of the chart is unoccupied by planets.
The cost of the puja increases yearly. It will cost around 5000 rupees o…

Pavai Nonbu or Margali Nombu in Tamil Margazhi Month or Margali Masam

Pavai Nonbu, also known as Margali Nombu, is observed in the Tamil month of Margali or Margazhi masam. Pavai Nonbu 2017 begins on December 16, 2017 and ends on January 13, 2018. The popular belief is that Andal performed Pavai Nonbu to merge with Sri Ranganatha (Lord Vishnu). Pavai Nonbu is performed by women to get good husbands and for peace and prosperity.

The history of Pavai Nonbu is more than 2000 years old and is mentioned in the early Tamil scriptures. The ritual is observed on all the days in the Margazhi Masam.


Young women and girls undertaking Pavai Nonbu during Margazhi masam take bath in the early morning hours and visit temples and read a verse from Thiruppavai composed by Andal.

Legend has it that Gopis in the Vrindavan performed a ritual similar to Pavai nombu to get Lord Krishna as their husband. Women and girls observing Pavai Nombu woke before sunrise bathed in the KalindiRiver and made an image of Goddess Katyayani with the clay found on the river bank and offere…

Shivling Worshipped in Dholpur in Rajasthan Changes Its Color Three Times in a Day

A Shivling worshipped in a Lord Shiva Temples in Dholpur in Rajasthan changes its color three times a day. The 1,000-year-old Shivling is red in the morning, saffron during afternoon and dark at night. It is believed that the change in color is due to sunlight.
Bhagavan Shiva is worshipped here as Acchaleshwar Mahadev and the temple is located in the Chambal region of Dholpur District.

Vishaka Nakshatra 2016 Predictions – Vishakha Birth Star Astrology Predictions in 2016

In 2016, Vishaka Nakshatra will have fairly good year. Progress in career. Some money related troubles. Success in exams. Trouble in health. Astrology Predictions for Vishakha Nakshatra for 2016 is given below. March, April, July, September, November and December 2016 are good periods. February, May and August will see both good and bad. January, June and October are tough periods. Vishaka is the 16th birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu Jyothisha or astrology. The first 45 quarter of Visakha is in Tula Rasi (Libra Zodiac) and the next 15 quarter is in Vrischika Rasi (Scorpio Zodiac) as per moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar.

Career - Good year for those looking for new job as you will get one this year. Promotion and transfer to a desired location. Those who are looking for jobs abroad will have the desire fulfilled. You will overcome career related problems. You will win appreciation from seniors and management. You will be awarded for your excellence. Success in …

Thiruvattar Temple Darshan Timings – Opening Closing and Pooja Time at Thiruvattar Temple in Kannyakumari

Thiruvattar Temple is a huge temple dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu in Kannyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. Below is the Thiruvattar Temple timings in detail. Please note that there will be changes in the opening and closing time of the temple during important rituals and festival. The darshan time will be extended on special occasions.

Thiruvattar Temple Darshan Timings: Morning - 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM Evening – 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Detail Pooja timings Usha Puja – 6:00 AM Uchikala Pooja – 11:00 AM Sayaratchai Pooja – 6:30 PM Athala Pooja – 8:00 PM

All come from one and return to one – Sri Anandamayi Ma

Once a dog came to the ashram to beg for food, Anandamayi Ma placed some food close to wooden tigers that were so realistically painted that they appear as real tigers. The dog obviously was in a quandary. He was eager to eat the food but fear of the tigers kept him from touching it. Anandamayi Ma thereupon remarked that the dog found himself in the position of most human beings who are held captive by their imaginary fears.

The one who is the eternal the atman (true self), he himself is the traveler on the path of immortality. He is all in all, He alone is.
Often Anandamayi Ma uses the analogy of water or the ocean to explain how one can have different aspects. By varying the temperature, one can turn water into ice or steam, without changing its essential nature. Similarly, stormy weather can temporarily divide an ocean into individual waves but when calm returns, the waves merge into the Ocean. All come from one and return to one.
Sri Anandamayi Ma

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 16, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, December 16, 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 Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:16 PM on December 16. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the light phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 16, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day till 2:00 PM.
Nakshatra – Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatra till 1:40 AM on December 16. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi till 1:13 PM. Then onward it is Kumbha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Kharmas starts in North India. Vivah Panchami.
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