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Sankranthi 2018 in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana - Telugu Sankranthi Festival in 2018

Sankranti is an important festival observed by Telugu speaking people in Pushya Month (January – February) in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. In 2018, the date of Sankranti festival is January 14. The punyakal as per Telugu Panchang and calendar is at 1:10 PM on January 14. It is observed during the same period as Makar Sankranti and is quite similar to the Pongal festival observed in Tamil Nadu. Sankranti is a four day festival in Telugu culture and is dedicated to Lord Surya.

The first day of Sankranti festival is known as Bhogi. Sankranti the most important festival is observed on the second day. Kanuma is observed on the third day of the festival. Mukkanuma is observed on the fourth day of the festival.

Uttarayana Punnyakalam period begins with Sankranthi and the next six months is the day time of Devas and is considered highly auspicious.

You can find more details about Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh in this article.

Yellu Bella – Makar Sankranti in Karnataka

In Karnataka state in South India, Makar Sankranti is popularly known as Yellu Bella festival. Ellu Bella festival 2018 date is January 14. Yellu or Ella means til (Sesame seeds) and ‘Bella’ is Jaggery. A mixture of Til (sesame seeds), Sharkara (jaggery), dry coconut and groundnuts is given to friends, neighbors and relatives on the day. There is a popular saying of Yellu Bella in Kannada – ellu bella tindu, ollolle matadi! (Eat Til seeds, Jaggery and speak good words).

The popular belief is that consuming sesame seeds and jaggery will is good for the body and it will help in the winter season. Til is consumed during this period on auspicious occasions throughout North and western parts of India.

Other highlights of the festival are use of freshly cut sugarcanes and preparation of dishes like Pongal. You can read more about Sankranti Celebrations in Karnataka in this article – Kannada Sankranti celebrations.

Pongal Puja Time in 2018

Pongal, the harvest festival celebrated in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu, is on January 14, 2018. Some people perform the puja and cooking of pongal as per auspicious time during the sunrise. Pongal Puja time on January 14, 2018 is from 7:39 AM.

Note - all people do not follow auspicious time. Most people perform the ritual of cooking of Pongal after sunrise. The auspicious time in a particular region is based on local panchang or is calculated by the priest in the local temple.

Macchindranath Yatra at Malang Gad near Kalyan

Macchindranath Yatra is annually held in Magh month. The annual jatra is held to the Macchindranath Temple atop a hill at Malang Gad near Kalyan, Maharashtra. Macchindranath Yatra 2018 date is January 31. Hundreds of devotees visit Vajreshwari Devi Mandir during the festival. The shrine is located around 13 km from Kalyan.

Macchindranath was a saint from the Nath Panth. He meditated here for very long period. He was the founder of the Nath Jogi sect.

The day is of importance to the villagers at Malang Gad. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period.
Macchindranath Yatra is annually held on Magh Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Tukai Devi Yatra at Pargaon (Salu Malu) in Daund in Maharashtra

Pargaon Tukai Devi Yatra is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Tukai Devi Temple at Pargaon (Salu Malu) in Daund, Maharashtra. Tukai Devi Yatra 2018 date is January 31. Hundreds of devotees visit Tukai Devi Mandir during the festival.

The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period.
Pargaon Tukai Devi Yatra is annually held on Magh Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Vajreshwari Devi Yatra at Tambave in Malshiras in Maharashtra

Tambave Vajreshwari Devi Yatra is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Vajreshwari Devi Temple at Tambave near Malshiras, Maharashtra. Vajreshwari Devi Yatra 2018 date is January 31. Hundreds of devotees visit Vajreshwari Devi Mandir during the festival.

The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period.
Tambave Vajreshwari Devi Yatra is annually held on Magh Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Dongarai Devi Yatra at Kadepur in Sangli

Dongarai Devi Yatra is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Dongarai Devi Temple at Kadepur in Sangli District, Maharashtra. Dongarai Devi Yatra 2018 date is January 31. Dongarai Devi Mandir is an important worship place in the region.

The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period.
Dongarai Devi Yatra is annually held on Magh Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Honaidevi Devi Yatra at Hatnoor in Tasgaon

Honaidevi Devi Yatra is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Honaidevi Devi Temple at Hatnoor in Tasgaon in Sangli District, Maharashtra. Honaidevi Devi Yatra 2018 date is January 31. Honaidevi Devi Mandir is an important worship place in the region.

The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period.
Honaidevi Devi Yatra is annually held on Magh Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Ambakhelti Devi Mandir Yatra at Bopoli in Patan

Ambakhelti Devi Yatra is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Ambakhelti Devi Temple at Bopoli in Patan in Satara District, Maharashtra. Ambakhelti Devi Mandir 2018 date is January 31.

The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period.
Ambakhelti Devi Yatra is annually held on Magh Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Navalai Devi Yatra at Rasati in Patan

Navalai Devi Yatra is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Navalai Devi Temple at Rasati in Patan in Satara District, Maharashtra. Rasati Navalai Devi Yatra 2018 date is January 30.

The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period.
Navalai Devi Yatra is annually held on Magh Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sawali Ram Baba Punyatithi at Nimbhere in Rahuri Maharashtra

Sawali Ram Baba Punyatithi is observed in Paush month. It is the death anniversary of Sawali Ram Baba. It is of great importance at Nimbhere in Rahuri, Maharashtra. Sawali Ram Baba Punyatithi Punyatithi 2018 date is January 30.

Hundreds of devotees participate in the various programs organized on the day by followers of Sawali Ram Baba.

Sawali Ram Baba Mandir is located at Nimbhere.
Sawali Ram Baba Punyatithi is annually observed on Magh Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Veer Mhaskoba Yatra at Vir Village near Saswad

Veer Mhaskoba Yatra is held in Magh month. It is the annual fair and festival at a sacred place (Veer Mhaskoba temple or mandir) at Vir village in Pune District of Maharashtra. This annual jatra attract scores of devotees. Veer Mhaskoba Yatra 2018 date is January 30. The temple is located around 26 km from Saswad and 32 km from Jejuri.

Veer Mhaskoba is the manifestation of the Kal Bhairava form of Shiva.

The shrine is decorated with lamps for the occasion.

Special pujas and rituals are held. Processions are another highlight.
Veer Mhaskoba Yatra is held annually on Magh Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Mahasiddh Yatra at Bhandarkavathe in Solapur

Mahasiddh Yatra is held in Magh month. It is the annual fair and festival at a sacred place (temple or mandir) at Bhandarkavathe in Solapur. This annual jatra attract scores of devotees. Mahasiddh Yatra 2018 date is January 30.

The shrine is decorated with lamps for the occasion.

Special pujas and rituals are held. Processions are another highlight.
Mahasiddh Yatra at Bhandarkavathe is held annually on Magh Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

How Did Lakshmana Die in the Ramayana? – End of Lakshman

Ever wondered, how did Lakshmana die in the Ramayana? When Dharma was restored it was time for all avatars in the Ramayana to go back to the Supreme Source. End of Lakshman is mentioned in the Padma Purana.

One day an old saint came to Sri Ram and asked him for a private audience. Bhagavan Sri Ram directed Lakshman to guard the door of the room and said that if anyone entered the room during the conversation he will be put to death.

The old saint was Kala Deva, or Time, and He appeared to remind Sri Ram that the objectives of Sri Ram’s appearance on earth were completed and it was time for him return to Vaikunta.

While this conversation was going on Sage Durvasa, who is famous for his short temper, appeared outside the room and demanded that he wanted to have an audience with Sri Ram immediately.

Lakshman tried to explain the situation but Sage Durvasa became angry and threatened to curse Lakshman if he was not allowed inside. Lakshman now was left with two choice – death or curse.

Clarified Butter Murti (Idol) at the Brajeshwari Devi Temple in Kangra in Himachal Pradesh during Makar Sankranti Festival

During Makar Sankranti Festival, the BrajeshwariDeviTemple in Kangra in Himachal Pradesh is famous for clarified butter murti (Idol) of Goddess Brajeshwari Devi. The murti is made by the priests from 1500 kilograms of clarified butter.
The murti is installed on Makar Sankranti and is completely made using butter donated by devotees.
Legend has it that when Goddess Brajeshwari Devi was injured during her battle against demons, she was cured by celestial beings using clarified butter.
The butter murti is removed from the pedestal after the seven day festival and is distributed as Prasad among devotees. It is believed that the butter has medicinal properties and it cures skin ailments and joint pains.

What to do on Makar Sankranti Day?

Makara Sankranti is associated with Surya (Sun God), so the best way to start the day is by reciting the Gayatri Mantra.
It is believed that Lord Surya visits his son Lord Shani on this day, irrespective of their difference in opinions. Therefore many people make it a point to visit their sons and buy them gifts. It is also a day to forgive past quarrels and start afresh.
Simple food is the order of the day and many people prepare ‘kichari’ on this day. Sweets and dishes made out of Sesame oil (Til) are served on this day. Sweets made out of Til is exchanged as mark of friendship. The symbolic meaning is to emulate the quality of Tilgul – to stick together even in adversity. Rice meal is the order of the day in Bihar, Jharkhand and is some parts of Uttar Pradesh. Throughout India Makar Sankrati is in a way associated with harvest. So people pray for a good harvest on this day. Cows - which is an integral part of agriculture – is bathed and worshipped. 
Another important aspect is ‘Da…

Pazhanji Chiravarambathu Kavu Temple Pooram Festival

Pazhanji Chiravarambathu Kavu Temple is located in Thrissur District in Kerala. The shrine is around  8 km from Kunnamkulam town. The annual pooram festival is observed on the second Sunday in Malayalam Kumbham month. Pazhanji Chiravarambathu Kavu Temple Pooram festival 2016 date is February 21.

The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and the annual pooram festival is noted for caparisoned elephants. More than 50 elephants participate in the pooram ritual.

Special pujas and traditional rituals are part of the festival.
Thousands of people arrive to witness the various festivities and pageantry.

Muthukulam Pandavarkavu Temple Annual Festival

Muthukulam Pandavarkavu Temple is located in Alappuzha district and the shrine is around 10 km from Haripad town. The annual festival, or utsavam, in the temple is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Durga and the murti was installed by Kunti, mother of Pandavas. Muthukulam Pandavarkavu Temple Annual Festival 2016 beginning date is February . Arattu is on March , 2017.

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

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights for the occasion.

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

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

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.

Ponnkuzhi Temple Vela Festival

Ponnkuzhi Temple vela festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is located at Muthanga in Wayanad District in Kerala. The annual vela festival is noted for various unique rituals and traditions. Ponnkuzhi Temple Vela festival 2016 date is February 21.

The small shrine located in sylvan surroundings is dedicated to Goddess Sita and is closely related to the epic Ramayana.

Hundreds of devotees participate in the various rituals observed in the temple.

It is considered highly meritorious to take the blessing of deity during the period.
A small fair is organized as part of the annual festival.

Sri Kunniradathu Dushala Temple Malakuda Festival

Sri Kunniradathu Malanada Dushala Temple Malakuda festival is observed in Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Dushala of Mahabharata. The annual festival is noted for its unique rituals, traditions and pageantry. Sri Kunniradathu Dushala Temple malakuda festival 2016 date is February 21.

The festival is famous for Kettukazhcha – a ritual in which shapes of horse, ox (Eduppu Kala and Eduppu Kuthira) and other pageantry are carried to the shrine.

Hundreds of devotees participate in the ritual and festivities.
The shrine is traditionally decorated with leaves, coconut fronds, lamps, lights and other flowers.

Neev Pujan Muhurat 2017 – Good Dates for Neev Puja in 2017

Neev Puja is associated with making a new house. It is the laying of the foundation. Here are the Neev Pujan Muhurat dates in 2017. The good dates for Neev Puja in 2017 are based on Hindu calendar and Panchang followed in North India.

Neev Pujan Muhurat 2017 

January 2017 – no neev pujan time in January 2017 February 2017 – no neev pujan time in February 2017 March 2017 – March 9 April 2017 – April 17, 19, 21, 22 and April 28 May 2017 – May 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 22, 26, 27 and May 29. June 2017 – June 2, 3, 5, 10 and June 12. July 2017 – July 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 29 and July 31 August 2017 – August 2, 9, 12, 17, 23, 24 and August 26 September 2017 – September 2, 4, 6, 8 and September 13 October 2017 – no neev pujan time in October 2017 November 2017 – November 15, 23, 25, 27 and November 29. December 2017 – December 4

Palacode Nagathinu Kodukkal

Palacode Nagathinu Kodukkal is observed on Ayilyam Nakshatarm day in Kumbham month as per traditional Malayalam calendar in Kerala. The shrine is located in Kannur. Nagas are worshipped in the temple. Palacode Nagathinu Kodukkal  2016 date is February 21.

This is a unique traditional ritual observed in the temple.

Hundreds of devotees participate in the ritual.
The shrine is traditionally decorated with leaves, coconut fronds, lamps, lights and other flowers.

Ayilyam Festival at Memunda Madam Temple in Kerala – Memunda Madam Ayilyam Nakshatram Rituals

Ayilyam Nakshatram or birth star in Kumbha Masam as per Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala is of great significance at Memunda Madam Temple, which is famous for Nagaraja worship. On this day, special rituals and pujas dedicated to Snakes including Nagaraja and Nagayakshi are performed. The shrine is located at Memunda in near Vadakara, Kerala. Memunda Madam Temple Ayilyam Festival 2016 date is February 21.

The offerings made on the day include Noorum Pallum and Kadali Pazham. Special nagapuja and sarpabali are offered in the Naga shrine here.

It is considered highly auspicious to offer prayers to Nagas or Snakes on the day. It is believed that people get relief from Naga Doshas by performing pujas on the day.
Thousands of devotees arrive from various parts of Kerala to offer prayers at the temple.

Moyilothara Bhagavathy Temple Nagathinu Kodukkal

Moyilothara Bhagavathy Temple is located around 17 km from Perambra in Kozhikode District. Moilothara temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Nagas are worshipped as subsidiary deities in the temple. Moyilothara Bhagavathy Temple nagathinu kodukkal 2016 date is February 21.

The ritual is observed on the Ayilyam Nakshatram day in Kumbham month.

This is a unique traditional ritual observed in the temple.

Hundreds of devotees participate in the ritual.
The shrine is traditionally decorated with leaves, coconut fronds, lamps, lights and other flowers.

Uttarayani Mela and Festival at Bageshwar in Uttarakhand

Uttarayani Mela and Festival held at Bageshwar in Uttarakhand during Makar Sankranti is one of the largest fair in the Kumaun region. The fair is organized for a week during the second week of January. In 2018, the Uttarayani Mela and Festival is on January 14. Important pujas and rituals are held on this day.

The rituals on the day are dedicated to Surya, the sun god. Thousands of people attend the fair. The most important aspect of the festival is the trade that takes place during the period.
Numerous rare produce from the high mountains like furs, yak tails, musk, borak, dry fruits, fresh fruits etc are traded by Bhotiyas and other hill people. Animals like ponies, goats and sheep are also traded during the fair.

Ma Sheetla Chaukia Mandir at Jaunpur – Goddess Sheetala Devi Temple at Jaunpur

Ma Sheetla Chaukia Mandir is a famous temple dedicated to Goddess Sheetala Devi at Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh. The temple is located around 60 km from Varanasi. JaunpurGoddessSheetalaDeviTemple is more than 500 years old and the murti (idol) worshipped in the temple was found in a nearby pond. One Devchand Mali of the region had a dream in which Ma Sheetala told him about Her murti hidden in the pond.
The present temple was constructed in 1874 AD by a person in the region who was blessed with children after praying to the Goddess.

The main murti worshipped in the temple is south facing. Devotees can enter the shrine from east and west.
The murti of Goddess Sheetala Devi is made out of a rare black stone and is adorned with a crown. It is three feet in height and the most striking feature of the murti is its bulging eyes. Only the face of Goddess is visible as rest of the part of the body is always covered with marigold garlands.
The main temple is located in a huge area and the height …

Banadashtami 2017 date – Banada Ashtami of Goddess Banashankari

Banadashtami is dedicated to Goddess Banashankari and is observed mainly in Karnataka. Banadashtami 2017 date is December 26. Banada Ashtami is observed on the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Kannada Paush month. Goddess Banashankari is also known as Vanashankari or Banadevi or Shakhambari.
This is one of the most auspicious days dedicated to Goddess Banashankari in a Hindu calendar.
Goddess Banashankari is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. She is believed to have performed a divine event of annihilating demon Durgamasura.
Banashankari or Shakhambari Navratri is also observed during the period.

Swami Saradananda Teachings

Conflicting desires arise in the mind. Because of these desires the mind is constantly lashed into waves. As long as these waves form, the mind is restless. In order to control these waves, which give rise to thoughts of a worldly and distracting nature, one must live a life of self-discipline.
The main thing is one-pointedness of mind. . . It is hard to control the mind, but it must be done. There is no other way. The more you think of the Lord, the more will other thoughts decrease. There must be a continuous flow of one thought—the thought of God— during the period of wakefulness. Then, at the time of meditation or in sleep, unbecoming thoughts will not find any loophole to enter.
We think we are loving without any selfish taint or hope of return, but deep within us there lurks the expectation that it should be returned and are quite at loss when we find the case to be not exactly up to our inmost wishes.
Remember always that children have brought their own karma with their birth…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 14, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, January 14, 2016 (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 Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:21 AM on January 14. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 14, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not an auspicious date.
Nakshatra – Shathabhisha or Chathyam or Sathayam Nakshatra till 7:45 AM on January 14. Then onward it is Purvabhadra or Pooruruttathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rashi till 10:16 PM. Then onward it is Meena Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Bhogi. Dhanurmasa ends. Bhogi Pongal. Uruka in Assam
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
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