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Nritya Ganapati

Nritiya Ganapati is the dancing form of Ganesha and is one of the 32 forms of Ganapathy. This form of Ganesh is propitiated by artists, especially performing artists like dancers. He blesses artists with success and proficiency. Nritya Ganapati Mantra is
Pashankusha Kutaradanta Chanchatkara
Kalupta Varanguleeyakam
Peetamprabham kalpatarodhashtham bhajami
Nritthopa Padam Ganesham



Nritya Ganapati is depicted dancing under a Kalpa Vriksha – wish fulfilling tree in Hindu Puranas.

The form of Ganesha has golden color. It has four hands – holding goad, noose, rope and broken tusk.

Nritya Ganapati blesses one with proficiency in 4 types of fine arts.

Kalashtami 2017 dates

Kalashtami 2017 dates based on Hindu Panchang and Calendar. Kalashtami, also known as Kala Bhairav Ashtami, is observed on the eighth day after full moon or purnima in traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Kalashtami is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Below are the Kalashtami days in 2017. It is his Kal Bhairava form that is worshipped on the day. The most important Kalbhirav Jayanti, or Mahakaal Bhairavashtami, is observed in Margashirsha month (November - December) in traditional Hindu calendar – the day Kala Bhairav appeared on earth. Staunch Shiva devotees observe special prayers and rituals on all Kalashtamis in a year.

Please note that in some regions Kalashtami might start a day early or in some regions overlap into the next day. Kalashtami dates in 2017 based on Indian Standard Time (IST) January 19, 2017 – Kalashtami February 18, 2017 – Kalashtami March 20, 2017 – Kala Ashtami
April 19, 2017 – Kala Ashtami May 18, 2017 – Kalashtami
June 17, 2017 – Kalashtami July 16, 2017 – Kala Ashta…

Mesha Sankranti

Mesha Sankranti marks the beginning of the Sun’s transition from Mesha to Vrishabha or Aries to Taurus. There are 12 Sankranthis in a Hindu Solar Calendar and Mesha Sankranti is the first in one cycle. It is an auspicious day for many communities in Orissa and South India. In 2017, the date of Mesha Sankranti is April 14. Time is at 3:51 AM.

‘San’ means plenty and good and ‘Kranti’ means radical change and Sankranthi means plenty of good change.
Vishu in Kerala is observed during this Sankranti. Mahavishubha Sankranti in Orissa is also observed on the day.

Alappuzha Mullakkal Bhagavathy Temple Prathishta Festival

Alappuzha Mullakkal Bhagavathy Temple is located at Mullakkal and is around 4 km from Alappuzha town. The annual prathishta festival is observed in Makaram month. Hundreds of people participate in the various ritual on the day. Alappuzha Mullakkal Bhagavathy Temple Prathishta festival 2016 date is February 8.

For the annual Prathishta anniversary, the shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
Various pujas and rituals improve the tejas and power of the murti worshipped in the temple.

Pannoor Sri Varaha Swamy Temple Festival

Pannoor Sri Varaha Swamy Temple is located at Pannoor near Thodupuzha in Kerala. The temple is around 16 km from Thodupuzha town. The annual festival is observed in Makaram month. The festival is noted for unique rituals. Pannoor Sri Varaha Swamy Temple festival 2016 date is February 8.

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.
Arattu is also performed at the end of the festivities.

Elamgulam Mutharamman Kovil Ammankudam

Elamgulam Mutharamman kovil is located in Kottayam District and is around 17 km from Pala town. The annual Ammankudam festival in the temple is observed in Makaram month. The festivities attracts hundreds of devotees. Elamgulam Mutharamman Kovil Ammankudam 2016 date is February 7.

The festival is noted for carrying colorful pots in procession. Dance and traditional music are part of the unique festival.
The temple is decorated during the period with lamps, lights, plantain, coconut leaves and other natural materials.

Thiruvullakkavu Vidya Saraswati Archana Ritual

Thiruvullakkavu Vidya Saraswati Archana ritual is observed at Thiruvullakkavu Dharma Sastha Temple in Thrissur District. The shrine is located around 11 km from Thrissur town. Thiruvullakkavu Vidya Saraswati Archana Ritual 2016 date is February 8.

It is believed that Sastha at the shrine blesses children with knowledge.
The temple is decorated during the period with lamps, lights, plantain, coconut leaves and other natural materials.

Poothadi Mahakshetram Festival in Wayanad

Poothadi Mahakshetram is located in Wayanad District and is around 17 km from Kalpetta. This is a unique shrine with murtis of Shiva and Vishnu in the same sanctum sanctorum. Poothadi Mahakshetram festival begins on February 7, 2017. The festival ends on February 13, 2017 with Arattu.

Kodiyetta Mahotsavam in Shiva Temple begins on February 7.

Kodiyettam on February 8.

Pallivetta Ezhunnalathu is on February 12.

Unique rituals are held during the period.

Various traditional arts and music are performed during the period.

The shrine and surrounding is traditionally decorated especially with flowers, plantain and coconut fronds.
Hundreds of people arrive to witness the unique ritual and festivities.

The festival annually begins on February 7 in Makaram Month.

Pookotta Muthappan Bhadrakali Temple Festival

Pookotta Muthappan Bhadrakali Temple is located in North Kerala. This sacred place is noted for its unique rituals. The annual festival in the shrine is observed in Malayalam Makaram month. Pookotta Muthappan Bhadrakali Temple festival 2016 date is February 7.

Various traditional arts and music are performed during the period.

The shrine and surrounding is traditionally decorated especially with flowers, plantain and coconut fronds.
Hundreds of people arrive to witness the unique ritual and festivities.

Cheeramkulam Pooram Festival – Cheeramkulam Bhagavathy Temple Pooram

Cheeramkulam Pooram Festival is observed in Malayalam Makaram month. Cheeramkulam Bhagavathy Temple is located at Cheeramkulam in Thrissur District, Kerala.  The shrine is located is around 7 km from Kunnamkulam. Cheeramkulam Bhagavathy Temple Pooram festival 2017 date is January 27.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

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

Nearly a dozne caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.
The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The festival is annually observed on Uthradam Nakshatram day in Makaram month.

Prakkulam Sree Guruvayoorappan Temple Festival

Prakkulam Sree Guruvayoorappan Temple festival is observed in Malayalam Makaram month. The shrine is located at Prakkulam and is around 14 km from Kollam town in Kerala. The annual festival attracts hundreds of people. Prakkulam Sree Guruvayoorappan Temple festival begins on January 20 and ends on January 27, 2016 with arattu.

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.
Arattu is also performed at the end of the festivities.

The annual festival is observed in such a way that it ends on Uthradam Nakshatram in Makaram month.

Panayoor Kavu Pattu Thalapoli

Panayoor Kavu Pattu Thalapoli is observed in Malayalam Makaram month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. Panayur Kavu is a sacred place located in Kannur District. The annual ritual attracts hundreds of devotees. Panayoor Kavu Pattu Thalapoli 2017 date is January 27.

Thalapoli is a unique ritual in Kerala. In the ritual, women and young girls carry thalam in their hands. Thalam is filled with rice, flowers and a lighted lamp. It is a symbol of prosperity.
The temple is decorated during the period with lamps, lights, plantain, coconut leaves and other natural materials.

It is annually observed on Uthradam day in Makaram month.

Khechara in Hindu Scriptures

Khechara literally means one moving in the air. In Hindu scriptures, Khechara are male spirits that flies or moves in the air. The female spirits that can move in air are known as Khechari.

Khechara could be an entity having human form with powers to fly like Devas, Gandharvas or Vidhyadhara.

The term is also used in relation to birds, clouds, sun, wind and aerial spirit.

Khechari Mudra is also a yoga technique.
Siddhas or Tantrics who had magical powers were also referred as Khechara.

Kalady Sri Krishna Temple Festival

Kalady Sri Krishna Temple festival is observed in Malayalam Makaram month in Kerala. The shrine is located to the west of Sringeri Mutt temple complex. The annual festival attracts hundreds of devotees. Kalady Sri Krishna Temple Festival 2017 date is January 27. The festivities end with Arattu on February 4, 2017.

This temple is known as the ancestral deity or Kuladevata of Adi Shankaracharya.

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.
Arattu is also performed at the end of the festivities.

The festival begins on Uthradam Nakshatram in Makaram month.

Keezhoor Bhagavathy Temple Festival - Kizhoor Temple Festival

Kizhoor Bhagavathy Temple festival is observed in Malayalam makaram month in Kerala. The annual festival attracts hundreds of devotees. Keezhoor Bhagavathy Temple Festival 2016 date is February 7. The festival ends with Arattu on February 15, 2016

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.
Arattu is also performed at the end of the festivities.

Pattazhy Pongala - Pattazhi Devi Temple Pongala Festival

Pattazhy Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and the shrine is located around 18 km from Adoor in Kerala. The annual Pongala festival is organized in Makaram month. Pattazhy Pongala 2016 date is February 7. Thousands of women offer pongala to Pattazhi Devi on the day.

The temple is decorated during the period with lights, lamp, plantain, coconut fronds, flowers etc. Pongal' ritual comprises of preparing ‘prasad’ for the deity outside the shrine. Women cook rice and jaggery in earthen pots and they offer it to the Goddess. They also cook different type of sweet dishes – called ‘mandaputtu,’ ‘appam,’ ‘therali’ – made out of rice powder and jaggery. Coconut tree fronds are used to cook the ‘prasad.’
Holy fire from the temple is taken out to start the fire for cooking Pongala.

Cherukolpuzha Hindu Religious Convention in Kerala

Cherukolpuzha Hindu Religious Convention is annually held on the banks of Pamba at Cherukole in Kerala in February. Cherukolpuzha Hindu Matha Convention 2016 date is February 7 to February 14. The place of the religious congregation is located around 12 km from the famous Aranmula Temple.
In 2016, it is the 104th Cherukolpuzha Hindu Religious Convention. It is organized by the Ayroor-Cherukolpuzha Hindumatha Mahamandalam at Vidyadhiraja Nagar at Ayroor.

Eminent personalities from various fields of life address the weeklong gathering.
Problems faced by the Hindu community, social issues, science, mathematics, art and culture are discussed in detail during the convention.

Kottarakara Vilangara Kavadiyattam – Kottarakara Vilangara Subramanya Swamy temple Thaipooyam Festival

Kottarakara Vilangara Kavadiyattam is observed at the Subramanya Swamy temple located here. The annual ritual is held on the Pooyam nakshatra day in Malayalam Makaram month. Kottarakara Vilangara Thrikkuzhiyoor Subramanya Swamy temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10.

The festival begins the children's Kavadiyattam.

The main Kavadiyattam begins at noon and culminates at the Indilayapan temple at Vilangara.

The highlight of the festival is the golden Kavadi and the Panchaloha Kavadi. Thousands of people arrive to have a glimpse of the golden Kavadi in procession.

The famous Agni Kavadi ritual is held at night. The fire for this ritual is made from jackfruit tree wood.

Subrahmanya Sahasranama Archana is performed from morning hours on the day.

Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, and numerous other activities are held on the day.
Vilangara Thrikkuzhiyoor Subramanya Swamy temple is located around 10 km from Kottarakara.

Mylamkulam Kathiravan Kunnu Bala Subramanya Swami Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Mylamkulam Chungathara Kathiravan Kunnu Bala Subramanya Swami Temple is located in Kollam District. The temple is located near Puthoor. The annual pooyam festival is organized in Malayalam month Makaram as per traditional Hindu calendar in Kerala. It is dedicated to Muruga or Subrahmanya. The annual pooyam festival here attracts scores of devotees. Mylamkulam Kathiravan Kunnu Bala Subramanya Swami Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10.

Subrahmanya Sahasranama Archana is performed from morning hours on the day.

Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, and numerous other activities are held on the day.

Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine. Kavadiyattam is also organized. Kavadi procession is another highlight of the day.
It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swami on the day.

Moloor Thazhathetil Subrahmanian Kovil Thaipooyam Festival

Moloor Thazhathetil Subrahmanian Kovil Thaipooyam Festival is annually organized in Malayalam month Makaram as per traditional Hindu calendar in Kerala. It is dedicated to Muruga or Subrahmanya. The annual pooyam festival here attracts scores of devotees. Moloor Thazhathetil Subrahmanian Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10.

Subrahmanya Sahasranama Archana is performed from morning hours on the day.

Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, and numerous other activities are held on the day.

Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine. Kavadiyattam is also organized. Kavadi procession is another highlight of the day.
It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swami on the day.

Pattazhi Kannimel Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Pattazhi Kannimel Subrahmanya Swamy Temple located at Pattazhi near Adoor in Kerala. The shrine is around 17 km from Adoora town. The annual pooyam ritual organized in at the Murugan Temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga. Pattazhi Kannimel Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10.

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 in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.

On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled. 
Melam, Kavadiyattam, various types of colorful Kavadi and fireworks are part of the festival.

Chelavoor Perayattil Ambalakandi Subrahmanya Swami Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Chelavoor Perayattil Ambalakandi Subrahmanya Swami Temple Thaipooyam festival is annually organized in Malayalam month Makaram. It is dedicated to Muruga or Subrahmanya. The annual pooyam festival here attracts scores of devotees. Perayattil Ambalakandi Subramanya Swami Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10.

Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, and numerous other activities are held on the day.

Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine. Kavadiyattam is also organized.

Subrahmanya Sahasranama Archana is performed from morning hours.

It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swami on the day.
The temple is located near Chelavoor in Kozhikode, Kerala.

Kalavoor Subramanya Swami Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Kalavoor Subramanya Swami Temple located at Kalavoor in Alappuzha District in Kerala. The shrine is around 10 km from Alappuzha town. The annual pooyam ritual organized in at the Murugan Temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga. Kalavoor Subramanya Swami Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10.

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 in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.

On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled. 
Melam, Kavadiyattam, various types of colorful Kavadi and fireworks are part of the festival.

Thaniyod Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Thaniyod Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam festival is annually organized in Malayalam month Makaram. It is dedicated to Muruga or Subrahmanya. The annual pooyam festival here attracts scores of devotees. Thaniyod Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10.

Subrahmanya Sahasranama Archana is performed from morning hours on the day.

Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, and numerous other activities are held on the day.

Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine. Kavadiyattam is also organized. Kavadi procession is another highlight of the day.
It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swami on the day.

Valiyapadam Subramanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Valiyapadam Subramanya Swamy Temple is located at Valiyapadam near Palakkad in Kerala. The shrine is around 3 km from Palakkad town. The annual pooyam ritual organized in at the Murugan Temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga. Valiyapadam Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10.

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 in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.

On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled. 
Melam, Kavadiyattam, various types of colorful Kavadi and fireworks are part of the festival.

Amballur Subramaniapuram Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Amballur Subramaniapuram Temple Thaipooyam festival is annually organized in Malayalam month Makaram as per Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. It is dedicated to Muruga or Subrahmanya. The annual pooyam festival here attracts scores of devotees. Amballur Subramaniapuram Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10.

Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, Subrahmanya sahasranama archana and numerous other activities are held on the day.

Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine.
It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swami on the day.

Shanmugapuram Puthiyavila Thaipooyam Festival

Shanmugapuram Puthiyavila Thaipooyam festival is annually organized in Malayalam month Makaram. It is dedicated to Muruga or Subrahmanya. The annual pooyam festival here attracts scores of devotees. Shanmugapuram Puthiyavila Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10.

Subrahmanya Sahasranama Archana is performed from morning hours on the day.

Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, and numerous other activities are held on the day.

Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine. Kavadiyattam is also organized. Kavadi procession is another highlight of the day.
It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swami on the day.

Kuruvattoor Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Kuruvattoor Temple Thaipooyam festival is annually organized in Malayalam month Makaram. It is dedicated to Muruga or Subrahmanya. The annual pooyam festival here attracts scores of devotees. Kuruvattoor Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10.

Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, and numerous other activities are held on the day.

Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine. Kavadiyattam is also organized.

Subrahmanya Sahasranama Archana is performed from morning hours.
It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swami on the day.

Mathapuzha Thannisseri Subramanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Mathapuzha Thannisseri Subramanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam festival is annually organized in Malayalam month Makaram. It is dedicated to Muruga or Subrahmanya. The annual pooyam festival here attracts scores of devotees. Mathapuzha Thannisseri Subramanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10.

Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, Subrahmanya Sahasranama Archana and numerous other activities are held on the day.

Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine. Kavadiyattam is also organized.
It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swami on the day.

Thulasipara Thaipooyam Festival

Thulasipara Thaipooyam festival is annually organized in Malayalam month Makaram. It is dedicated to Muruga or Subrahmanya. The annual pooyam festival here attracts scores of devotees. Thulasipara Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10.

Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, Subrahmanya sahasranama archana and numerous other activities are held on the day.

Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine.
It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swami on the day.

Krishna Butter Thief Llladro Idol – Porcelain figurine from Lladro – Little Krishna Butter Thief Murti

Krishna Butter Thief Idol is from the world famous Spanish Company, Lladro, noted for high quality porcelain figurines. Lladro during the past couple of years had released idols or murtis of various Hindu gods. Krishna Butter Thief is part of the series. Krishna Butter Thief murti shows little Krishna eating butter from a titled overflowing pot filled with butter. The price of the murti is Rupees 59,000. Lladro figurines are noted for its beauty, detailing and no compromise in materials used.

Ekadashi January 2017 date – Monthly Fasting for Hindu God Vishnu in January 2017

Dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu, Ekadashi Vrat is observed on the eleventh day of a fortnight in a Hindu lunar calendar. Ekadashi dates in January 2017 – January 8/9 (January 8 in most parts of India) (January 9 in western and central India) and January 23. Vaikunta Ekadasi is on January 8. A fasting from sunrise to next day morning sunrise is generally observed by many Hindus on the day. Some observe the fast from the start time of Ekadasi Tithi and break the fast at the beginning of Dwadasi Tithi.

The January 8, 2017 Ekadasi is known as Putrada Ekadasi in most regions. This Ekadasi will be observed on January 8, 2017 in most parts of India. In some regions it will be observed on January 9 and especially in western and central parts of India.

The famous Vaikunta Ekadasi in South India especially observed in Tirumala, Bhadrachalam Sri Rama Temple, Srirangam and other Vishnu temples is on January 8, 2017.

The January 8, 2017 Ekadashi is known in Kerala as the SwargaVathil Ekadasi.

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Thiruvankulam Mahadeva Temple Festival – Thiruvankulam Shiva Temple Festival

Thiruvankulam Mahadeva Temple is located near Tripunithura in Kerala. This famous Shiva shrine is around 4 km from Tripunithura town in Ernakulam District. The festival is noted for unique rituals and festivities and attracts scores of devotees. Thiruvankulam Mahadeva Temple Festival 2016 date is February 9 to February 18. The festival ends with Arattu.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.

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

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

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
The festival ends with Arattu. 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.

Learn from the Tree

A tree begins its journey as small seed. The seed has great potential. It can fill the entire earth with trees. Each one of us are like a tree, we have great potential hidden in us.
A growing tree is delicate it can be destroyed easily. Nurture your talents, talk less and contemplate more. Be fully prepared before venturing out into the world.
Trees have patience – it takes years to become a huge tree. Similarly, we should not take shortcuts in life to grow. Slow and steady is the success mantra.
Trees give comfort to all without asking. It does not discriminate. Similarly, we should help others whenever possible.
Trees teach us to live in peace and harmony. If we throw stones at a tree, it gives back fruits. Learn to forgive and do good to others.
Be like the roots of a tree. They support the entire tree but they never come out and blabber about it. If they come out, the tree will not stand upright. Let others realize our value do not advertise it.
Trees never cling on to its fruit…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 1, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, January 1, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon till 8:47 PM on January 1. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 1, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date after 8:15 AM.
Nakshatra – Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 8:27 PM on January 1. Then onward it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 12:43 AM on January 1. Then onward it is Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Sarada Devi Jayanti (Ramakrishna Mission)
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Paush Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month in North India - Delh…