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Jharkhand Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahan time in Ranchi on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Jharkhand. The Surya Grahan will be visible in Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Bokar, Deoghar, Giridih and other towns from 5:07 AM to 6:50 AM on March 9, 2016 – as per Indian standard time. The grahan takes place during the early morning hours.

Detail Timing of Partial Solar Eclipse in Jharkhand

Eclipse begins 5:07 AM on March 9, 2016 early morning Mid Eclipse is at 6:40 AM Eclipse ends at 6:50 AM

Nyepi 2017 date – Bali Hindu New Year 2017

Nyepi is the Hindu New Year in the Bali Island of Indonesia. The New Year is observed as ‘a day of silence’ as Nyepi symbolically represents the state of the universe before creation. Nyepi 2017 date is March 28, Tuesday. Bali Hindu New Year is based on lunar calendar. The festival is marked by numerous rituals and pujas and is spread over four days.


The important rituals begin two days before Nyepi. The rituals and celebrations end the day after New Year day.

The most important ritual associated with Nyepi is the bathing of village deities in the sea (Melasti). This is followed by a purification ritual of burning the evil (Tawur Kesanga). Then it is Nyepi, a day of silence and the last day is dedicated to prayers and meeting of relatives and friends.

You can find more details of Nyepi in this article.

Batu Caves Thaipusam in 2017 in Malaysia - Thai Pusam in Malaysia in 2017

BatuCaves is one of the holiest places associated with Hindus in Malaysia. The biggest of the caves here houses a temple dedicated to Lord Muruga or Karthikeya or Subrahmaniya, the general of the Devas and the eldest son of Lord Shiva. Thaipusam 2017 date at BatuCaves is 2017 date is February 9, Thursday. The most important festival at BatuCaves is the Thaipusam festival in January which attracts nearly a million visitors from Malaysia, India, Singapore and other parts of the world.
One of the Sanskrit words for cave is ‘guha’ and one of the names of Lord Muruga is also Guha since he likes to live in caves. As one approach the foot of the cave one can see a towering statue of Lord Muruga holding a ‘Vel.’ There are numerous small shrines at the foot of the hill. One has to climb 272 steps to reach the Lord Muruga shrine in the cave. BatuCaves is around 15 km north of Kuala Lumpur.
The cave is dominated by stalactites and stalagmites and water drips from the roof. ThereSubrahmanya S…

Kashipuradishwari form of Goddess Parvati

In Kashipuradishwari form, Goddess Parvati rules the city of Kashi or Varanasi or Benaras along with her husband Shiva. Kashipuradishwari means the Queen of Kashi.
Goddess Parvati is worshipped in Kashi as Goddess Annapurna. She is the giver of food. She nourishes all living beings. Even Shiva stands before her with a bowl asking for food.
The name Kashipuradishwari is mentioned in the Sri Sri Annapurna Stotram.

Death Anniversary of Mannam – Mannathu Padmanabhan

Mannathu Padmanabhan (January 2, 1878 - February 25, 1970) was a freedom fighter, social reformer and founder of NSS (Nair Services Society). Death Anniversary of Mannam is annually observed on February 25. In 2016, it is the 46th birth anniversary of Mannathu Padmanabha Pillai. To uplift the status of the Nair community in Kerala, he established Nair Service Society in 1914. He revived the Karayogams, village societies, which led to more unity among the Nair community.

He fought for social equality by opening his family temple to irrespective of caste. He fought against untouchablity by participating in the famous Vaikom Satyagraha and Guruvayur Temple entry.

He was one of the architects of the famous Vimochana Samaram, which led to the ouster of the first communist ministry in Kerala in 1959.
He helped in founding numerous colleges and schools across the state.

Parippally Kodimoottil Sri Bhadra Kali Temple Annual Festival and Pongala

Kodimoottil Sri Bhadra Kali Temple is located at Parippally in Kollam District in Kerala. The annual festival or Utsavam in the temple is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The temple festival attracts hundreds of devotees. Parippally Kodimoottil Sri Bhadra Kali Temple Utsavam or Festival 2016 beginning date is February 26. Pongala is on February 26. The festival is famous for Paripally Gajamela (parading of nearly 50 elephants) it will be held on March 5, 2017.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period. Pongala 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 with rice powder and jaggery. Coconut tree fronds are used to cook the ‘prasad.’

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

Traditional performing arts, music and danc…

Bhairavnath Yatra at Vadagaon in Kagal

Vadagaon Bhairavnath Yatra is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Bhairavnath Temple at Vadagaon in Kagal, Maharashtra. Vadagaon Bhairavnath Yatra 2018 date is February 4. Bhairavnath Mandir is an important worship place in the region and attracts hundreds of devotees.

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.
Vadagaon Bhairavnath Yatra is annually held on Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturthi tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sankalp Siddhi Ganesh Pran Prathishta Mahotsava at Goregaon Mumbai

Sankalp Siddhi Ganesh Pran Prathishta Mahotsava is observed in Magh month. The festival is observed at Sankalp Siddhivinayak Ganesh Mandir at Goregaon Mumbai. The festival attracts scores of devotees. Sankalp Siddhi Ganesh Pran Prathishta Mahotsava 2018 date is February 4.

The festival is sort of idol installation anniversary.

The temple is decorated with lights, lamps, flowers and leaves.

Special pujas and rituals are held on the day.
Sankalp Siddhi Ganesh Pran Prathishta Mahotsava is held on Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturthi tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month.

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2016 by Government of India – Dates and Application Forms for 2016 Yatra

Booking and Selection Process for the annual Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2016 organized by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, has begun. The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is open to all Indian citizens, above 18 years of age and not attained 70 years, who wish to proceed to Kailash Manasarovar in China for religious purposes. Applications are available now.

Last Date of Online Application is March 31, 2016.

How to apply online and other details regarding online applicaiton can be found here. Last date of online application is March 31, 2016. - You can get all information here at the official website of Government of India including Online application.
Kailash Manasarovar Yatra in Hinduism Kailash Manasarovar Yatra conducted by the Government of India includes visit to Mount Kailash – the abode of Lord Shiva – and Manasarovar Lake. According to Hindu scriptures, those who take a dip in the Manasarovar and complete the parikrama (circumambulate) around Mount Kailash are ab…

Veer Savarkar Punyadin – Death Anniversary of Veer Savarkar

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883-1966) is an inspirational force for millions of Indians. He was luminous visionary, a supreme patriot and a great social reformer. His punyadin or death anniversary is observed on February 26. In 2018, it is the 52nd death anniversary of Veer Savarkar.

Veer Savarkar was born on May 28, 1883, in the village of Bhagpur near Nasik. At a very early age he lost both his parents. Ganesh (Babarao), his elder brother, was a strong source of influence in his life.

He formed a couple of organizations to fight against the British. He was arrested for fighting against the British Government India and also for his books especially “The Indian War of Independence 1857.”

Veer Savarkar was sentenced to jail in the Andamans. He was later transferred to Ratnagiri jail. The book ‘Hindutva’ was written in Ratnagiri jail.
In 1937 Savarkar was made the president of the Hindu Mahasabha.

He wrote 19 books on various topics mostly related to Indian Independence and on the unit…

Gujarat Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahan time in Gujarat on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Gujarat. The Surya Grahan will be visible in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Gandhinagar and other towns in Gujarat – time is from 5:07 AM to 6:50 AM  on March 9, 2016 – as per Indian standard time.

The grahan takes place during the morning hours.

Detail Timing of Partial Solar Eclipse in Gujarat

Eclipse begins 5:07 AM on March 9, 2016 early morning Mid Eclipse is at 6:40 AM Eclipse ends at 6:50 AM

Punjab Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahan time in Punjab on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Punjab. The Surya Grahan will be visible in Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala, Bathinda and other towns in Punjab – time is from 5:07 AM to 6:50 AM  on March 9, 2016 – as per Indian standard time.

The grahan takes place during the morning hours.

Detail Timing of Partial Solar Eclipse in Punjab

Eclipse begins 5:07 AM on March 9, 2016 early morning Mid Eclipse is at 6:40 AM Eclipse ends at 6:50 AM

Srivari Seva – A Volunteer Program at Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple

Srivari Seva is a highly successful volunteer program at Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple. In the volunteer program, pilgrims visiting Tirupati Temple get an opportunity to do service in the various departments of the temple to help in the smooth flow of pilgrims and their needs.

Nearly 500,000 devotees have participated in the Srivari Seva so far.

Participants can do the work of their choice.
They can help in manning the queue lines both inside and outside the temple.Help the staff in the kitchen and at the Nithya Annadanam complex.Assist staff at the free tonsuring area.Assist in stringing flowers required for the temple.They can also assist in the laddu selling counters.Devotees are also allowed to help in departments like vigilance, health, medical, bookstalls and garden.Some devotees also get opportunity to work at the Parakamani center where the hundi offerings are sorted. In return for their service, all Srivari volunteers get darshan of Venkateswara once a day.

Himachal Pradesh Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahan time in Himachal Pradesh on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Himachal Pradesh. The Surya Grahan will be visible in Shimla, Kangra, Chamba, Kullu, Manali and other towns in Himachal Pradesh - time is from 5:07 AM to 6:50 AM  on March 9, 2016 – as per Indian standard time.

The grahan takes place during the early morning hours.

Detail Timing of Partial Solar Eclipse in Himachal Pradesh

Eclipse begins 5:07 AM on March 9, 2016 early morning Mid Eclipse is at 6:40 AM Eclipse ends at 6:50 AM

Haryana Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahan time in Haryana on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Haryana. The Surya Grahan will be visible in Faridabad, Gurgaon, Panipat, Ambala, Rohtak, Hisar, Yamunanagar and other towns in Haryana - time is from 5:07 AM to 6:50 AM  on March 9, 2016 – as per Indian standard time.

The grahan takes place during the early morning hours.

Detail Timing of Partial Solar Eclipse in Haryana

Eclipse begins 5:07 AM on March 9, 2016 early morning Mid Eclipse is at 6:40 AM Eclipse ends at 6:50 AM

Chandigarh Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahan time in Chandigarh on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Chandigarh. The Surya Grahan will be visible in Chandigarh - time is from 5:07 AM to 6:50 AM  on March 9, 2016 – as per Indian standard time.

The grahan takes place during the early morning hours.

Detail Timing of Partial Solar Eclipse in Chandigarh

Eclipse begins 5:07 AM on March 9, 2016 early morning Mid Eclipse is at 6:40 AM Eclipse ends at 6:50 AM

Pradosh February 2017 date – Monthly Shiva Pradosh Vrat Fasting in Feb 2017

Pradosh is a fasting dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and it is observed on the 13th day of the fortnight in a traditional Hindu Lunar Calendar. Pradosh February 2017 dates are February 8 (Wednesday) and February 24 (Friday).

The Pradosh period is in the evening from 1.5 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset. The fast which began at sunrise is broken during the period.
Most devotees make it a point to be present at a Shiva temple or offer prayers at home.

You may also like to read How to observe Pradosh Vrat? Story of Pradosh Fasting

Spiritual ignorance is not related to one’s educational background – Swami Tejomayananda

We can only start a journey from where we are and progress in steps, leaps or bounds. The first stage on the spiritual path is the state of ignorance or bondage.

Spiritual ignorance is not related to one’s educational background.

One could be a highly qualified professional but spiritually ignorant; or be an illiterate and still be highly evolved spiritually.

The one who is bound is not even aware of being so, and if told by others, he laughs at their ignorance!

The bound person ignores the Supreme and respects only material prosperity. Even if he believes in the Lord, he prays only for fulfilling his desires.
Source - Jnanasarah; The Essence of Knowledge By Swami Tejomayananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 22, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, January 22, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 8:03 AM on January 22. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 22, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
Nakshatra – Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatra till 8:07 PM on January 22. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham or Punarpoosam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Paush Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab,…