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Shiroda Kamakshi Devi Festival and Jatra – Shiroda Kamakshi Temple Annual Festival

Shiroda Kamakshi Devi Festival and Jatra is observed from Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi to Phalgun Shukla Paksha Sashti. It is the annual festival at the Kamakshi Temple at Shiroda in Goa. The most important rituals are observed on Magh Amavasya day. In 2018, Shiroda Kamakshi Devi Festival and Jatra begins on February 15 and ends on February 4, 2018.

Thousands of devotees participate in the weeklong festivities.

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

Laxminarayan Shibikotsava and Kamakshi Shibikotsava will be observed on February 16, 2018.
Rayeshwar Rathotsava and Shri Kamakshi Lalkhi utsava will be observed on the morning and afternoon on February 17.

Ingaleshwar Yatra at Ingali in Hatkanangle Taluka of Kolhapur District in Maharashtra

Ingaleshwar Yatra in Ingali village is observed in Chaitra month. It is annual fair and festival at the Ingaleshwar Temple at Ingali Village in Hatkanangle Taluka of Kolhapur district in Maharashtra.  Ingaleshwar Yatra 2018 date is March 18. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the Shiva Temple.

Processions, pujas, rituals, fireworks etc are part of the festivities.

For the annual festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.
Ingaleshwar Yatra in Ingali is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Shravan Nakshatra – Information – Importance of Sravana Birth Star

Shravan Nakshatra is the 22nd birth star in Hindu astrology. The importance of birth star stems from the fact that Vedas, Ganga River and Lord Venkateswara appeared on earth in Sravana Nakshatra.

The birth of numerous other deities and important events took place in this nakshatra.

The star gets its name from its shape of the ear (sravana). The nakshatra is in Makar Rashi.

The presiding deity of Shravan Nakshatra is Lord Vishnu. The ruling planet of the star is moon – this means that a person born in Sravana star will begin life with moon’s period.

Shravana Nakshatra is an upward looking star and is considered auspicious for performing naming ceremony, first haircut, initiation into the world of letters and learning, thread ceremony, consecration of murtis in temples, to start pilgrimage, journey, medical treatment and other such functions.

Marriages are not performed on Shravan Nakshatra as it is believed that the husband or wife might soon give up desires and turn to renunciation.

Shivratri Festival at Ramnathi Temple at Ponda in Goa

Shivratri Festival at Ramnathi Temple at Ponda in Goa attracts scores of devotees. The festivities and pujas begin on the Dwadashi day and conclude on Phalgun Dwitiya Tithi. In 2017, Shivratri Festival at Ramnathi Temple begins on February 12 and ends on February 17. Shivratri pujas is on February 13.

Devotees throng the temple to witness the rituals, pujas, and festivities. Long queue of devotees can be seen from early morning on the day.

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

Bel leaves and fruit are offered to Shiva on the day.

A fair is also organized on the occasion.

Deities worshipped in temple are taken around on various different types of Vahanas or vehicles during the period. Murti of Ramanth is taken in a palkhi near Talli and here is placed on a special chariot. Priests then dance with it and bring it to the temple. The ritual is repeated in the morning and evening.
Various unique rituals are performed on the occasion at the shrine…

Shivratri Festival at Shiroda in Goa

Shivratri Festival at Shiroda in Goa is observed at the Ravalnath Temple and other Shiva temples here. Thousands of people participate in the annual rituals and pujas. Shiroda Shivratri 2018 date is February 13.

Devotees throng the temple to witness the rituals, pujas, and festivities. Long queue of devotees can be seen from early morning on the day.

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

Bel leaves and fruit are offered to Shiva on the day.
A fair is also organized on the occasion.

Shivratri Festival at Mahadeva Shiva Temple at Tambdi Surla in Goa - Tambdi Surla Jatra on Shivratri

Tambdi Surla Jatra is annually observed on Shivratri day. It is the annual fair and festival at Mahadeva Shiva Temple at Tambdi Surla in Goa. The shrine, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is around 65 km from Panaji and around 22 km from Valpoi. Tambdi Surla Temple Jatra 2018 date is February 13.

Mahadeva Shiva Temple at Tambdi Surla is located inside a forest at the foot of the Anmod Ghat, which connects Goa to the state of Karnataka.

The temple is noted for its intricate carvings and architecture.

The utsava murti of Lord Shiva is taken out on the day. Devotees throng the temple to witness the rituals, pujas, and festivities.

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

Bel leaves and fruit are offered to Shiva on the day.
A fair is also organized on the occasion.

Rathotsav at Saptakoteshwar Temple at Narve in Goa – Chariot Festival

Saptakoteshwar Rathotsav is annually observed on Shivratri day. It is the annual chariot festival at Narve Village in Goa. The shrine, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is around 35 km from Panaji and is reached after a ferryboat ride from the island of Divar. Saptakoteshwar Temple Rathotsav 2017 date is February 24.

Saptakoteshwar temple at Narve is considered to be one of the six important Shiva temples in Konkan area.

The utsava murti of Saptakoteshwar is taken around in a beauitufully-decorated chariot. Devotees throng the temple to witness the chariot festival and participate in pulling the chariot.

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

Bel leaves and fruit are offered to Shiva on the day.
A fair is also organized on the occasion.

Rahu Shambhu Mahadev Yatra in Daund Taluka of Pune District in Maharashtra

Shambhu Mahadev Yatra in Rahu village is observed in Chaitra month. It is annual fair and festival at the Shambhu Mahadev Temple at Rahu Village in Daund Taluka of Pune District in Maharashtra.  Rahu Shambhu Mahadev Yatra 2018 date is March 18. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the Shiva Temple.

Processions, pujas, rituals, fireworks etc are part of the festivities.

For the annual festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.
Shambhu Mahadev Yatra in Rahu is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Ninaidevi Yatra at Shere Village in Karad Taluka of Satara District in Maharashtra

Ninaidevi Yatra at Shere village is observed in Chaitra month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Ninaidevi temple at Shere Village in Karad Taluka of Satara District in Maharashtra. Various unique pujas and rituals are held on the occasion. Nagaon Bagad Yatra 2018 date is March 18. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Ninaidevi.

For the annual festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the shrine.

Various unique rituals and pujas are held on the occasion, which include palki and processions.
Ninaidevi Yatra at Shere is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Gangotri Temple in Himalayas – Information about Gangotri Temple in Uttarakhand

Gangotri Temple in Himalayas is part of the Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand. It is located in Uttarkashi. Gangotri Temple architecture is influenced by Katyuri style and it has five small shikhars of 20 feet height. The shrine faces east and the first rays of sun falls on it.


The sanctum sanctorum is built on a raised platform and has murtis of Goddess Ganga, the main deity, Goddess Yamuna, Mahalakshmi, Annapurna, Saraswati and Bhagirath. A murti of Adi Shankaracharya is also found here.
Legend has it that King Bhagirath performed intense austerities here for 5500 years to bring Ganga down from heaven so that she can wash away the sins of his ancestors.

Four other small shrines are located in the vicinity of the Gangotri Temple and they are dedicated to Shiva, Ganesha, Hanuman and Bhagirathi.

Ganga is known as Bhagirati at the source and later takes the name Ganga after the confluence with Alakananda River at Devprayag.

The first aarti in the temple is performed at 6:00 AM.

Devotees …

What is Vaidhriti Yoga in Hindu Astrology? – Vaidhriti Yog Meaning

Vaidhriti Yoga is one among the 27 yogas in Hindu astrology. It is calculated by the degrees of moon and sun starting from Ashwini Nakshatra. Vaidhriti is a bad yog. The lord of this Yoga is Diti – mother of Asuras or Demons.

Vaidhriti Yoga is the 27th among the 27 yogas.

This yoga is avoided for new beginnings and all auspicious events. People face difficulties during the period.
For remedy, one can do donation of food grains and clothes.

Siddheshwar Yatra at Jaysingpur in Kolhapur District, Maharashtra

Siddheshwar Yatra at Jaysingpur is annually observed in Phalgun month. It is undertaken to the Siddheshwar Temple located at Jaysingpur in Kolhapur District, Maharashtra. Jaysingpur Siddheshwar Yatra 2018 date is March 17.

Siddheshwar Yatra attracts hundreds of devotees. People also flock to the fair and festival organized during the period.

The shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.
Siddheshwar Yatra is observed on Phalgun Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day in Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Vithalai Yatra at Kasba Tarle in Radhanagari Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra

Vithalai Yatra at Kasba Tarle is annually observed in Phagun month. The Yatra is an important festival at the Vithalai Devi Mandir at Kasba Tarle in Radhanagari Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Vithalai, gram devata. Kasba Tarle Vithalai Yatra 2018 date is March 16.

The shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

Hundreds of people participate in the unique ritual. The temple remains open during the entire day and different rituals take place. All night vigil is kept on the day.
Vithalai Yatra at Kasba Tarle is observed on Phalgun Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the 14th day during the waning phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Vithalai Jagar at Boravade in Kagal Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra

Vithalai Jagar at Boravade is annually observed in Phagun month. The Jagar is an important ritual at the Vithalai Devi Mandir at Boravade in Kagal Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Vithalai, gram devata. Boravade Vithalai Jagar 2018 date is March 15.

The shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

Hundreds of people participate in the unique ritual. The temple remains open during the entire day and different rituals take place. All night vigil is kept on the day.
Vithalai Jagar at Boravade is observed on Phalgun Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the 13th day during the waning phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

What is Shiva Yoga in Hindu Astrology? – Shiv Yog Meaning

Shiva Yoga is one among the 27 yogas in Hindu astrology. It is calculated by the degrees of moon and sun starting from Ashwini Nakshatra. Shiva, or Shiv, is a very good yog. The lord of this Yoga is Mitra – beneficial.

Shiva is the twentieth among the 27 yogas.

The yoga is good for all auspicious events.

Activities done during the Shiva Yoga period will bring peace and prosperity.
Food donation and helping people during the period will help in redemption.

Sri Swami Chidananda on the Four Sentinels That Guard the Doorway to Heaven

The four sentinels that guard the doorway to heaven are:

Shanti (equanimity of mind),

Santosh (contentment),

Satsanga (company of those who tell us the way to Shanti and Santosh) and

Sad-vichar (right enquiry so that we always keep our life flowing in the right direction, keep our thoughts in the right direction.)
Swami Chidananda Saraswati (1916 – 2008) was the president of the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh – associated with the Swami Sivananda Ashram

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 23, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon the entire day on February 23 and till 12:14 AM on February 24. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is February 23, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good and auspicious date.
Nakshatra – Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 6:49 AM on February 23. Then onward it is Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 7:22 AM on February 23. Then onward it is Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Simha Ra…

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