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Ekvira Devi Palkhi in Chaitra Month

Ekvira Palkhi is annually observed in Chaitra Month. It is held during the Chaitra Navratri period. This unique ritual is referred as Ekavira Devi Palkhi Sohala. It attracts thousands of devotees to the temple located at Karla in Lonavala in Pune District of Maharashtra. Ekvira Devi Palkhi 2018 date is March 24.

The utsava murti of Ekvira Devi worshipped in the shrine is take around the temple on a palkhi on the day.

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.
Ekvira Devi Palkhi is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Banage Jagar in Kagal Taluka of Kolhapur district in Maharashtra

Banage Jagar is annually observed in Chaitra month. The Jagar is an important ritual at the Mandir at Banage in Kagal Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra. Banage Jagar 2018 date is March 24.

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.
Banage Jagar is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Masoba Yatra at Shahapur in Ichalkaranji in Maharashtra

Masoba Yatra in Shahapur is observed in Chaitra month. It is annual fair and festival at the Masoba Temple at Shahapur area of Ichalkaranji in Kolhapur District, Maharashtra.  Masoba Yatra 2018 date is March 23. The shrine is dedicated to Gram Devata or Spirit who is worshipped near cremation sites. The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the mandir.

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.
Masoba Yatra at Shahapur is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Sashti tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Basaveshwar Yatra at Hitni in Gadhinglaj Taluka of Kolhapur District

Basaveshwar Yatra is annually observed in Chaitra month. It is the important fair and festival at the Basaveshwar Tempe here at Hitni in Gadhinglaj Taluka of Kolhapur District in Maharashtra. Basaveshwar, also known as Basavanna or Sri Basaveshwara, is the founder of Lingayatism or Lingayat Sect or Veerashaivism. Hitni Basaveshwar Yatra 2018 date is March 23.

The annual yatra attracts hundreds of devotees to the village. It is an important event here. Special offerings and prayers are offered during the period.
Basaveshwar Yatra at Hitni is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Sashti tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Anant Maharaj Utsav at Nate Village in Mahad in Raigarh District

Anant Maharaj Utsav is annually observed in Chaitra month. It is the death anniversary of Shri Sadhguru Anant Maharaj. The day is of great significance at Nate Village in Mahad in Raigarh District, Maharashtra. Anant Maharaj Utsav 2018 date is March 23.

Samadhi of Sri Anant Maharaj is located at Nate Village.

Anant Maharaj spread the teachings of Santana Dharma. He strived for social equality through charity, education and love.

Thousands of devotees participate in the various activities organized on the day. Philanthropic activities, food donation and satsang are the major highlights of the day.
Anant Maharaj Utsav is annually held on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Sashti tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sri Ramdas Navami - Death Anniversary of Samartha Ramdas Swami

Sri Ramdas, popular known as Samarth Ramdas, was a Marathi saint and poet in the 17th century. Ramdas Navami is the death anniversary of Samartha Ramdas Swami. Sri Ramdas Navami 2018 date is February 9. Sri Ramdas dropped his physical body and merged with the Supreme Soul on the Navami day of Krishna Paksha in the Magh month (January – February) as per traditional Marathi Calendar.

Sri Ramdas was an ardent devotee of Lord Ram and Lord Hanuman and he turned to spirituality at a very young age. Sri Ramdas was a gifted poet and his short poems contain universal truth and are pregnant with meaning.

He is believed to have greatly influenced Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Sri Ramdas inspired and motivated his generation to rise against the foreign oppressors and also stimulated the thoughts of self realization.

His life, writings and poems continues to inspire Marathis and all those who had the opportunity to read his immortal literary works.

Khir Bhawani – Hindu Goddess Kheer Bhawani

Hindu Goddess Khir Bhawani is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and in this form she is worshipped in an important Shaktipeetah in Jammu and Kashmir. The popular belief is that this form of Goddess Shakti was worshipped by Ravana and the Goddess deserted him and took her home in Kashmir. Here Mother Goddess is worshipped as Tripurasundari and as Rajni Bhagavati.
Khir Bhawani is also known as Shri Shyama. Legend has it that when Khir Bhawani decided to leave Lanka for KashmirValley, Lord Ram asked Hanuman to accompany her. The Goddess was in an angry form due to the evil acts of Ravana.
At the valley she was pacified by devotees by offer Khir – a form of sweet made from milk and sugar.
The temple of Khir Bhawani is located at Tulamulla, which about 22 km east of Srinagar.

Sri Ramayana Darshanam by Kuvempu – A Version of Ramayan in Kannada

Sri Ramayana Darshanam is a popular version of Ramayan in Kannada composed by K.V. Puttapa (Kuvempu). This 20th century, hugely popular, story of Rama is based on Valmiki Ramayan. Kuvempu’s treatment is different and unorthodox. The poem is written in free verse.

An important aspect of Sri Ramayana Darshanam is that even the evil characters do get an opportunity for liberation or moksha. According to Kuvempu, the demons and other evil characters are pawns in a larger divine plan. As they help in the divine mission, they too get salvation in the end.

Manthara, a bad character in the Valmiki Ramayan, gets more space in Sri Ramayana Darshanam and there are scenes where the good qualities and wisdom of the old lady is put to use.

Another interesting aspect in this popular Kannda version of Ramayana is the rebirth of Ravana and Kumbhakarna as Mata Sita’s sons, Lava and Kusha. In this birth, they defeat Rama and take revenge. Hanuman is represented as Yogi.
The supreme sacrifice of Urmila,…

Is Dwadasi Tithi Good or Bad?

Dwadasi tithi is generally considered a good tithi. But there are some exceptions.

Dwadasi on Sunday is Dagdha – it is considered bad as there will be hurdles in work on this day.
It is a good tithi for auspicious events. It is also a good day for performing charity.

Among the different category of tithis, Dwadasi is Bhadra tithi.

Dwadasi Dates in 2017

Dwadasi is the 12th day during a fortnight in Hindu calendar. Here are the Dwadasi dates in 2017. Special pujas are held in some shrines on the day. Some devotees make it a point to have darshan of Tirupati Balaji on the day.

January 9 January 24

February 8 February 23

March 9 March 12

April 8 April 23

May 7 May 23

June 6 June 21

July 5 July 21
August 4 August 19

September 3 September 17

October 2 October 16

November 1 November 15

December 1 December 14
December 30

What is Nanda Tithi in Hindu Astrology?

There are six different types of Tithi in Hindu astrology. Nanda Tithi is one among them. Pratipada, Sashti and Ekadasi are Nanda tithis. They are considered generally good tithis.

The tithis are good for all auspicious events.

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

Scientific Reason for Applying Kumkum – Significance of Kumkum in Hindu Culture

There is a scientific reason behind applying kumkum in Hindu culture. The spot on the forehead between the eyebrows, where the kumkum is applied, is a very important nerve point in the body. The significance of applying kumkum is associated with this spot in the body. In Hindu culture, the spot between the eyebrows is believed to be a very subtle energy point in the brain. It is known as ajna chakra, also known as the intuition center. Scientific experiments have also proved that this point is associated with the pineal and the pituitary glands, which control various functions of the body.

When kumkum is applied the point on the mid-brow region is pressed and this activates the energy point.
Applying kumkum opens the channel of intuition and it prevents energy loss. It also helps in improving concentration and helps in improving blood supply to face muscles.

How to make Sindoor powder at home?

Sindoor is a red powder applied on forehead and on the parting of hair by Hindu women. It is easy to make Sindoor at home provided if you have the right ingredients available. Here is a brief idea on how to make Sindoor at home.

Things needed Turmeric – Gather original turmeric. Boil it and then dry it in sun. Slaked lime – a caustic substance produced by heating limestone. Water

Powder the turmeric very well. Mix it with slaked lime. Add water. You will get a bright red color.

Don’t make it too watery.

Make sure that you mix all well. There should not be any small pieces in the mix.

Make a lump like small chapathi or poori ball.

Dry it.

Once dried break it and powder it again. You will get Sindoor.

Residential Camp on Vedic Mathematics in April 2016 by Chinmaya International Foundation

A five-day residential camp on Vedic mathematics is being organized by Chinmaya International Foundation along with School of Vedic Maths. The camp is from April 25 to April 29, 2016 at CIF Ernakulam in Kerala.

The camp is open to age 13 years and above.

Camp donation is 4250 rupees for students and 5000 for others.
You can get complete information about the residential camp here.

Thoughts on Vedic Rituals – Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamigal

The purpose of the Vedic rituals is to take us, by degrees, to go beyond the three gunas and realize the true state of the Self.

So long as we believe that the world is real we worship the deities so as to be vouchsafed happiness. And this world, which we think is real, is also benefited by such worship. Thinking the deities to be real, we help them and in return, we are helped by them. Living happily on this earth we long to go to the world of the celestials and enjoy the pleasures of paradise. So far, so good.

But if we stopped at this stage, would it not mean losing sight of our supreme objective? Is not the goal our becoming one with the Paramatman? Would it not be foolish to ignore this great ideal of ours and still cling to mundane happiness?

In our present state of immaturity, it is not possible to think of the world being unreal.

Recognizing this , the Vedas provide us rituals to be performed for happiness in this world. Because of our inadequacies, we are unable to devote …

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:54 AM on March 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 March 1, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date
Nakshatra – Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra till 10:58 PM on March 1. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra till 12:17 AM on March 1. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Vrischika Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and A…

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