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Amarnath Yatra Registration 2016 to Begin from February 29, 2016

Shri Amarnath Yatra will commence on 2nd July 2016 and will conclude on 18th August, 2016. The compulsory registration for all yatras will begin from  February 29, 2016. You can register and get yatra permit from notified Jammu and Kashmir Bank Branches, Punjab National Bank Branches and Yes Bank Branches.
For Registration/ obtaining Yatra Permit, an intending Yatri shall have to submit filled-in prescribed Application Form and Compulsory Health Certificate issued by the Authorised Doctor/ Medical Institution.

Application form, medical certificate form, list of notified bank branches, State-wise lists of Doctors/ Medical Institutions authorised to issue the prescribed Compulsory Health Certificate are available at Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board’s official website.
You can all details here at the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board.

Swami Dayananda Saraswati Jayanti 2018 Date

Swami Dayanand Saraswati Jayanthi celebrates the birthday of Swami Dayananda Saraswati, the founder of Arya Samaj. Swami Dayanand Saraswati Jayanthi 2018 date as per Hindu Tithi is February 10. He was born on the 10th day of waning phase of moon or Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi in Falgun month. His birthday as per Gregorian calendar is on February 12, 1824.

Swami Dayananda Saraswati established the foundation of Arya Samaj in 1875. The primary objective of Arya Samaj is to do good to the whole world by improving the physical, spiritual and social conditions of society. Today, the presence of Arya Samaj is felt in more than 100 countries.

Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati, as he was popularly known to the world, yearned for ‘Krinvanto Vishwamaryam’ – to make the entire world a group of good people.

Satyarth Prakash, meaning the light of truth, is the most important text and guide of the Arya Samaj. It was written by Swami Dayananda Saraswati to propagate the true teachings of the Vedas.

Goddess Vishnu Durga

Vishnu Durga, also known as Narayani, is one among the numerous forms of Goddess Durga. Vishnu-Durga is regarded as the sister of Lord Krishna, born immediately before him. She is also known as Yoga Maya and is the child that flew away from the hand of Kamsa and warned him that Krishna has already born on the earth and will annihilate him in near future.
Vishnu Durga shares many characteristics of Lord Vishnu including the dark complexion. She is four-armed and carries conch and discus (Sudarshana chakra) in her upper hand. Her normal right hand is in ‘abhaya posture’ – blessing or protection. Left hand is placed on her thigh She is always depicted in peaceful form (Samumya Vadana). Sometimes she is depicted as standing on the head of the buffalo (Mahisha) killed by Durga.
(Source: Notes from Durga Kosha by Kalpatharu Research Academy)

What is the meaning of Subrahmanya?

Subrahmanya is one among the numerous names of Lord Muruga or Lord Karthikeya or Kartik. An important god in Hindu pantheon, he is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati and is the army general of the Devas (gods). What does the term ‘Subrahmanya’ mean?
In Sanskrit, ‘su’ means anything good natured or beautiful or good. ‘Brahmanya’ means a person who has had realized Brahman. Thus ‘Subrahmanya’ symbolically represents a good natured person who has had Brahman realization.

Virupaksha – About Virupaksha form of Hindu God Shiva

Virupaksha is a fierce form of Shiva. As per Hindu scriptures, Shiva took the Virupaksha form after the death of Mata Sati at Daksha Yajna. The death of Sati, produced inconceivable pain in Shiva – pangs of separation and loneliness. The pain soon gave way to unimaginable anger.

Soon fire emanated from his eyes. Anger turned Shiva into Virupaksha, the savage malignant eyed one.

Virupaksha was the family deity of Vijayanagara’s first dynasty. He was worshipped for peace, prosperity and for success in wars.

Prasanna Virupaksha (a kind and benevolent form) was also worshipped in the Vijayanagara kingdom.

The most famous temple dedicated to Virupaksha form of Shiva is located at Hampi near the banks of the Tungabhadra River in Karnataka.
Virupaksha Vrat is observed in Paush month in some regions for early cure from diseases.

What is Bhadra Tithi in Hindu Astrology?

There are six different types of Tithi in Hindu astrology. Bhadra Tithi is one among them. Dwitiya, Saptami and Dwadasi are Bhadra tithis. They are considered generally good tithis.

The tithis are good for all auspicious events.

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

Peruvanam Pooram 2017 date – Peruvanam Shiva Temple Pooram Festival

Peruvanam Pooram is the annual festival observed at the Lord Shiva Temple at Pervuvanam near Cherpu in Thrissur District in Kerala. The famous pooram festival in the shrine is observed in Meenam month. Peruvanam Pooram 2017 date is April 5.

The highlight of the festival is caparisoned elephants, melam and fireworks.

The utsava murti worshipped in the temple is taken around atop a caparisoned elephant, which is accompanied by another five elephants.

Several unique rituals and pujas are performed during the festival period.

Traditional performing arts, music, songs and other cultural activities are held during the period.

The panchari melam in the shrine begins at midnight and continues for four hours.
The festival ends with arattu on the final day.

Ezhamkulam Thookkam 2017 date – Garudan Thookam at Ezhamkulam Devi Temple

Ezhamkulam Thookkam is annually held in the Kumbham month as per traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. The ritual is performed to please the Goddess worshipped in the shrine and is undertaken by a few devotees after doing the necessary purification rituals and vratam. Ezhamkulam Thookkam 2017 date is March 4.

Devotees hang from a chariot in the ritual and move around the shrine imitating Garuda, the Vahana or vehicle of Vishnu.

Hundreds of devotees participate in the Garudan Thookam festival.

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

The annual festival is noted for various other rituals. A fair is organized during the period
The festival is associated with the Kumbha Bharani ritual in the shrine.

Bhairavnath Yatra at Malthan Village in Daund Taluka of Pune District in Maharashtra

Bhairavnath Yatra in Malthan village is observed in Chaitra month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Bhairavnath Temple at Malthan Village in Daund Taluka of Pune District in Maharashtra. Various unique pujas and rituals are held on the occasion of the utsav. Malthan Bhairavnath Yatra 2017 date is April 4. The shrine is dedicated to Bhairava form of Shiva.

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 Bhairavnath temple.
Malthan Bhairavnath Yatra is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Puthiyakavu Pongala 2017 in Kollam – Sri Puthiyakavu Bhagavathi Temple Pongala

Puthiyakavu Pongala is observed at the Sri Puthiyakavu Bhagavathi Temple located near Kollam Railway Station. The annual Pongala festival in the temple is observed on the last friday in Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. Puthiyakavu Pongala 2017 date is March 10.

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 using rice powder and jaggery. Coconut tree fronds are used to cook the ‘prasad.’

The temple is decorated during the period with lights, lamp, plantain, coconut fronds, flowers etc.
Holy fire from the temple is taken out to start the fire for cooking Pongala.

Rajapathy Kailasanathar Temple in Thoothukudi – Eighth Nava Kailasam Temple

Rajapathy Kailasanathar Temple is one of the Nava Kailasam Temples and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located at Rajapathy in Thoothukudi District, Tamil Nadu. This temple is associated with Kethu, among the Navgrahas. The shrine is around 26 km from Thoothukudi Town.



This is the eighth among the nine Nava Kailasam temples. It is also known as the Dakshina Kalahasthi.

The shrine is located on the banks of Thamiraparani River.

Shiva is worshipped here as Kailasanathar. Mother Goddess Shakti is worshipped as Soundaryanayaki.  Nandi murti faces the main Shivling.

Subsidiary deities include Ganesha, Nataraja, Dakshinamurti, Bhairava, Muruga with his consorts and Sivakami. 63 Nayanmars are worshipped in murti form here.

Those people suffering due to bad positioning of Kethu Navagraha in their horoscope find relief after offering prayers here.

Rajapathy Kailasanathar Temple Timings Morning Pooja and Darshan Time: 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM Evening Pooja and Darshan Time: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Ketu…

Never look back for a moment - Swami Chinmayananda

The secret of success behind all men of achievement lies in the faculty of applying their intellect in all their activities without being misled by any surging emotions or feelings. Religion offers the technique of development of this faculty and leaves the choice of man to make or mar himself and his progress.

In order that we may maintain a healthy relationship with the world and not fall under the suzerainty of the exigencies of life, the maintenance of healthy and powerful mind-and-intellect is of utmost importance. This means that our emotions must be chaste and our intellectual discrimination subtle and clear.
Looking back into our past, we are helpless victims of our past actions but looking ahead of us, we become the architects of our own future. Human as we are, let us never look back for a moment but dynamically march forward creating a glorious future of magnificent achievements by rightly exercising the independent self-effort, which is a man’s prerogative.
- Swami Chinma…

Sabarimala 2017 – 2018 Ayyappa Temple Calendar – 2017 - 2018 Sabarimala Temple Opening and Closing dates and Timings

The SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala is open for darshan only during certain specific periods in a year. Below are the dates on which the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple will remain open during 2017 – 2018. The temple is open for monthly pujas for five days from the first of Malayalam month on all months in year. Other days when the temple is open are for Sabarimala Shrine festival, Vishu, Ayyappa Idol installation anniversary puja, Onam puja, Sri Chitira Attam Thirunnal, two months during the Mandalam Pooja season (November – December) and finally during the Makaravilakku Puja (January) season.
SabarimalaAyyappaTemple Calendar 2017 – 2018Sabariamala 2017 January 2017 at Sabarimala
January 14, 2017 – Makaravilakku Puja Temple open on all days till January 20, 2017 Temple closes at night on January 20, 2017.

February 2017 at Sabarimala February 12, 2017 to February 17, 2017 – Kumbha Masa Puja – Monthly Puja – The temple remains open for five days during the period.

March 2017 at Sabarimala March 14,…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 29, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, February 29, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:16 AM on February 29. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is February 29, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date
Nakshatra – Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra till 9:11 PM on February 29. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Azniham Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra on the entire day on February 29 and till 12:17 AM on March 1. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Azniham Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi till 2:38 PM on Feb 29. Then onward it is Vrischika Rashi
In western parts of India (Mahara…

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