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Darling Yatra at Chale in Pandharpur Taluka of Solapur District in Maharashtra

Darling Yatra at Chale is observed in Chaitra Month. It is the annual jatra, fair and festival observed at Dar-Ling Temple at Chale in Pandharpur Taluka of Solapur District in Maharashtra. Darling Yatra 2018 date at Chale is March 31.

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

The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the Darling Mandir.

Unique rituals and pujas are organized on the occasion. Food donation and cultural activities too are part of the yatra.
Darling Yatra at Chale is observed on Chaitra Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kalamki Keshav Swami Simhasanarud at Borgaon in Walwa Taluka of Sangli District in Maharashtra

Kalamki Keshav Swami Simhasanarud at Borgaon is observed in Chaitra Month. Kalamki Keshav Swami accessed the throne on the day and is of great importance at Borgaon in Walwa Taluka of Sangli District in Maharashtra. Kalamki Keshav Swami Simhasanarud 2018 date at Banawadi is March 31.

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

The festival and fair attracts hundreds of followers Kalamki Keshav Swami.

Unique rituals and pujas are organized on the occasion. Food donation and cultural activities too are part of the festivities.
Kalamki Keshav Swami Simhasanarud at Borgaon in Walwa Taluka of Sangli District in Mahis observed on Chaitra Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Dhuli Maharaj Yatra at Shiraval in South Solapur Taluka in Maharashtra

Dhuli Maharaj Yatra at Shiraval is observed in Chaitra Month. It is the death anniversary of Dhuli Maharaj at Shiraval in South Solapur Taluka in Maharashtra. Dhuli Maharaj Yatra 2018 date is March 31.

The sacred place is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion. This annual yatra attracts hundreds of devotees.

Unique rituals and pujas are organized on the occasion. Food donation and cultural activities too are part of the yatra.
Dhuli Maharaj Yatra is observed on Chaitra Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Brahmanand Yatra at Bagani in Walwa Taluka of Sangli District in Maharashtra

Brahmanand Yatra at Bagani is observed in Chaitra Month. It is the annual jatra, fair and festival observed at Brahmanand Temple at Bagani in Walwa Taluka of Sangli District, Maharashtra. Brahmanand Yatra 2018 date at Bagani is March 31.

For the annual festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane. The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the Brahmanand Mandir.

Unique rituals and pujas are organized on the occasion. Food donation and cultural activities too are part of the yatra.
Brahmanand Yatra at Bagani is observed on Chaitra Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Tuljapur Bhavani Yatra in Chaitra Month at Tuljapur

Tuljapur Bhavani Yatra at Tuljapur in Maharashtra is held on the Purnima or full moon day in Chaitra month. Tuljapur Bhavani Yatra 2018 date is March 31. Tulja Bhavani is family deity of Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj and of thousands of families in Maharashtra and other states.

Tulja Bhavani is the manifestation of Goddess Shakti – who is worshipped as Ambabai, Jagadamba, Tukai,  Bhagwati and Durga in western parts of India.

Tulja Bhavani Temple is also one of the Shaktipeetahs.

Thousands of devotees arrive on the day at the temple to pay respects to the Goddess.

Unique rituals and pujas are organized on the occasion. Food donation and cultural activities too are part of the yatra.
For the annual festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane.

Narsingh Yatra at Julewadi in Tasgaon Taluka of Sangli District of Maharashtra

Narsingh Yatra at Julewadi is observed in Chaitra Month. It is the annual jatra, fair and festival observed at Narsingh Temple at Julewadi in Tasgaon Taluka of Sangli District, Maharashtra. Narsingh Yatra 2018 date at Banawadi is March 29.

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 Narsingh Mandir.

Unique rituals and pujas are organized on the occasion. Food donation and cultural activities too are part of the yatra.
Narsingh Yatra at Julewadi is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the 13th day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Why is Shiva known as Hara?

Hara is one among the numerous names of Shiva. Hara means the ravisher and He got the name after the unimaginable destruction caused by Shiva Ganas at Daksha Yajna.

On hearing about Goddess Sati’s immolation at Daksha’s yajna, Shiva plucked a hair from his head, threw it down, and from it appeared Virabhadra and Bhadrakali.

Unimaginable anger overpowered Shiva and he produced fever and numerous other diseases.

Virabhadra summoned ghosts, goblins, demons and they along with millions of Ganas of Shiva attacked the yajna of Daksha.

Bhadrakali finally beheaded Daksha.

Shiva arrived to witness the death and destruction at Daksha Yajna. Now He was Hara, the ravisher.
However, this fury subsided soon and Shiva became Shankara, the benevolent one.

Gajanan Devasthan Vardhapan Din at Redi Nagole in Vengurla Taluka of Sindhudurg District in Maharashtra

Gajanan Devasthan Vardhapan Din at Redi Nagole is observed in Chaitra Month. It is the annual jatra, fair and festival observed at Gajanan Devasthan at Redi Nagole in Vengurla Taluka of Sindhudurg District in Maharashtra. Gajanan Devasthan Vardhapan Din 2018 date at Redi Nagole is March 28.

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 Gajanan Devasthan.

Unique rituals and pujas are organized on the occasion. Food donation and cultural activities too are part of the yatra.
Gajanan Devasthan Vardhapan Din at Redi Nagole is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Narayanbaba Punyatithi at Ful Amala Village in Nandgaon Khandeshwar Taluka of Amravati district in Maharashtra

Narayanbaba Punyatithi at Ful Amala Village is observed in Chaitra Month. It is the annual jatra, fair and festival observed at Sri Narayanbaba Mandir at Ful Amala Village in Nandgaon Khandeshwar Taluka of Amravati district in Maharshtra. Narayanbaba Maharaj Yatra 2018 date at Ful Amala is March 28.

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 Narayanbaba Samadhi.

Unique rituals and pujas are organized on the occasion. Food donation and cultural activities too are part of the yatra.

Narayanbaba Punyatithi at Ful Amala is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Shivling Story – The Story of the Appearance of Shivling

The story of the appearance of the Shivling is mentioned in numerous Puranas. The Shivling Story begins with Brahma and Vishnu getting into an argument. Vishnu and Brahma wanted to know who was superior and this led to a fight. Shiva intervened and said whoever can find out the origin or end of Shivling is superior. Shiva appeared before them in the form of a huge pillar of fire. Vishnu went down searching and Brahma went up searching. Both traveled and traveled but never reached the beginning or end.
After the futile search, Vishnu and Brahma prayed to Shiva and appeared before them in the form of Jyotirlinga and this day of the appearance of Lord Shiva is celebrated as Shivratri. This Linga form of Shiva is also known as Lingodabhavamurti.
Shivling is a symbol. Shivling is the energy that sustains the universe. All animate and inanimate are born and transform (die) in this energy. Only this energy exists. Rest all are forms in this energy like bubbles on water.

Neel Saraswati Beej Mantra

Neel Saraswati Beej Mantra is chanted for getting protection, speaking power, emancipation and for getting favor of Navgraha Brihaspati. The beej mantra is given below in Hindi and English. It should be chanted daily in the morning and evening for 47 days.


Goddess Neel Saraswati is associated Mother Goddess Tara. She is also the second among the ten Mahavidyas.

It is believed that she can rescue one from poverty and provide with prosperity.

Rokadeshwar Yatra at Baburdi in Parner Taluka of Ahmadnagar District in Maharashtra

Rokadeshwar at Baburdi is observed in Chaitra Month. It is the annual jatra, fair and festival observed at Rokadeshwar Temple at Baburdi in Parner Taluka of Ahmadnagar District in Maharashtra. Rokadeshwar Yatra 2018 date at Baburdi is March 28.

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 Rokadeshwar Mandir.

Unique rituals and pujas are organized on the occasion. Food donation and cultural activities too are part of the yatra.
Rokadeshwar Yatra at Baburdi is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bapuji Bua Yatra at Hatwalan in Daund Taluka of Pune District in Maharashtra

Bapuji Bua at Hatwalan is observed in Chaitra Month. It is the annual jatra, fair and festival observed at Bapuji Bua Temple at Hatwalan in Daund Taluka of Pune District in Maharashtra. Bapuji Bua Yatra 2018 date at Hatwalan is March 28.

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 Bapuji Bua Mandir.

Unique rituals and pujas are organized on the occasion. Food donation and cultural activities too are part of the yatra.
Bapuji Bua Yatra at Hatwalan is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sri Ketkeshwar Maharaj Yatra at Nimgaon Ketki in Indapur Taluka of Pune District in Maharashtra

Sri Ketkeshwar Maharaj at Nimgaon Ketki is observed in Chaitra Month. It is the annual jatra, fair and festival observed at Sri Ketkeshwar Maharaj Temple at Nimgaon Ketki in Indapur Taluka of Pune District in Maharashtra. Sri Ketkeshwar Maharaj Yatra 2018 date at Nimgaon Ketki is March 27.

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 Sri Ketkeshwar Maharaj Samadhi.

Unique rituals and pujas are organized on the occasion. Food donation and cultural activities too are part of the yatra.
Sri Ketkeshwar Maharaj Yatra at Nimgaon Ketki is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bhairavnath Yatra at Talgaon in Karad Taluka of Satara District, Maharashtra

Bhairavnath Yatra at Talgaon is observed in Chaitra Month. It is the annual jatra, fair and festival observed at Bhairavnath Temple at Talgaon in Karad Taluka of Satara District, Maharashtra. Bhairavnath Yatra 2018 date at Talgaon is March 25.

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 Mandir.

Unique rituals and pujas are organized on the occasion. Food donation and cultural activities too are part of the yatra.
Bhairavnath Yatra at Talgaon is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Mahaskobanath Yatra at Gopalwadi in Daund Taluka of Pune District, Maharashtra

Mahaskobanath Yatra at Gopalwadi is observed in Chaitra Month. It is the annual jatra, fair and festival observed at Mahaskobanath Temple at Gopalwadi in Daund Taluka of Pune District, Maharashtra. Mahaskobanath Yatra 2018 date at Gopalwadi is March 25.

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 Mahaskobanath Mandir.

Unique rituals and pujas are organized on the occasion. Food donation and cultural activities too are part of the yatra.
Mahaskobanath Yatra at Gopalwadi is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Wad Siddhanath Yatra at Banawadi in Koregaon Taluka of Satara District, Maharashtra

Wad Siddhanath Yatra at Banawadi is observed in Chaitra Month. It is the annual jatra, fair and festival observed at Wad Siddhanath Temple at Banawadi in Koregaon Taluka of Satara District, Maharashtra. Wad Siddhanath Yatra 2018 date at Banawadi is March 25.

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 Wad Siddhanath Mandir.
Wad Siddhanath Yatra at Banawadi is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra

Kanhoba Yatra at Kanegaon in Walwa Taluka of Sangli District in Maharashtra

Kanhoba Yatra at Kanegaon is observed in Chaitra Month. It is the annual jatra, fair and festival observed at the Kanhoba Temple at Kanegaon in Walwa Taluka of Sangli District in Maharashtra. Kanhoba Yatra 2018 date at Kanegaon is March 25.

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 Kanhoba Mandir.
Kanhoba Yatra at Kanegaon is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Singapore Sri Sivan Temple Mahashivratri Festival 2016 Live Online on March 7 and March 8 – Watch Live Streaming of Maha Shivaratri at Sri Sivan Temple

SriSivanTemple is a very popular HinduTemple at Singapore. In 2016, SingaporeSriSivanTemple Mahashivratri festival will be aired live online on March 7. There will be live streaming of pujas, Shivratri celebrations and cultural programs. The live streaming of puja will be from 6.00 PM (Tuesday) on March 7 to 5.00 AM (Wednesday) on March 8, 2016 (Singapore Time).
You can also watch the cultural programs live online. The two programs are aired separately.
You can watch the live streaming here at Hindu Endowments Board Website

Religious Importance of Not Sleeping On Shivaratri Night

Apart from fasting, prayers and pujas, not sleeping on the night of Shivaratri is also of great religious importance. Important pujas and rituals associated with Shivratri are held at night this is because Lord Shiva is believed to have appeared at midnight in the form of Jyotirlinga or the pillar of fire.
Another popular legend indicates that during the Churning of Ocean, Lord Shiva drank the Kalakuta Visham (poison) to save the mankind. Goddess Parvati is believed to have caught Lord Shiva’s neck and pressed it so that the poison does not spread. She stayed awake during the night doing so.
The popular belief is that staying awake and chanting the Panchashari mantra – Om Namah Shivaya – will help in redemption of sins and in attaining moksha.
Mahshivratri night is for contemplation and meditation. Meditating on Shiva who is the energy in each cell. It is his energy that is present in all animate and inanimate. When this is understood – there is equality; when this is realized the…

Sri Ram Yatra at Jivana in Shrivardhan Taluka of Raigarh District, Maharashtra

Sri Ram Yatra at Jivana is observed in Chaitra Month. It is the annual jatra, fair and festival observed during Ramnavami at the Ram Temple at Jivana in Shrivardhan Taluka of Raigarh District, Maharashtra. Sri Ram Yatra 2018 date at Jivana is March 25.

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 Ram Mandir.
Sri Ram Yatra at Jivana is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Ram Yatra at Chincholi in Daund Taluka of Pune District in Maharashtra

Ram Yatra at Chincholi is observed in Chaitra Month. It is the annual jatra, fair and festival observed during Ramnavami at the Ram Temple at Chincholi in Daund Taluka of Pune District in Maharashtra. Ram Yatra 2018 date at Chincholi is March 25.

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 Ram Mandir.
Ram Yatra at Chincholi is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Ramling Yatra at Pandewadi in Radhanagari Taluka of Kolhapur District in Maharashtra

Ramling Yatra at Pandewadi is observed in Chaitra Month. It is the annual jatra, fair and festival observed during Ramnavami at the Ram Temple at Pandewadi in Radhanagari Taluka of Kolhapur District in Maharashtra. Ramling Yatra at Pandewadi 2018 date is March 25.

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 Ram Mandir.
Ramling Yatra at Pandewadi is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sri Ram Yatra at Sajjangad Parali Fort

Sri Ram Yatra is observed in Chaitra Month. It is the annual yatra and festival observed during Ramnavami at the Ram Temple at Sajjangad Parali Fort in Satara District, Maharashtra. Sri Ram Yatra 2018 date is March 25. Samartha Ramdas Swami birth anniversary is also observed on the day.

The temple houses the murtis of Bhagavan Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman. The Samadhi of Swami Samarth Ramdas is also located in the temple.

Hundreds of people trek to the shrine on the day and offer prayers to Bhagavan Sri Ram.
Sri Ram Yatra at Sajjangad Parali Fort is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

What to do on Shivaratri day?

I find most people asking how to celebrate Shivaratri? Shivratri is the day when rituals and worship are given more importance. There is no fun or merrymaking as in other Hindu festivals. It is a day of renunciation and prayer. It is a day to realize the Brahmn and cleanse ignorance. Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Jyotirlinga on this day. A lingam which had no end and beginning and it symbolizes Brahman.
It is said that one should practice non-violence on this day. Then are things like not to lie, strict brahmacharya, be compassionate etc. But these things should be practiced on all days. So one need not wait for Shivaratri to be compassionate.
Generally most people fast on Shivaratri day by uttering the panchakshari mantra – ‘om namah shivaya.’ The fast is from Shivratri morning to next day morning.
Next is keeping vigil all night by worshipping Lord Shiva. Worshipping Shiva with Bilva leaves is considered highly auspicious.
If you have a Shivling at home you can keep on bathing…

Shiva is where the mind dissolves and Shivratri tradition is for moving away from many to one – Shivratri Thoughts by Sri Sri Ravishankar

Shiva is Virupaksha -- one who is formless yet who sees all. We know there's air all around us; we can feel it. But what if the air also starts feeling us? Space is all around us, we identify space. But what if space also recognizes and feels our presence? This happens. Only, we don't know it. Scientists know this and they call it the theory of relativity. The one who sees and that which is seen are both affected when seen. The formless Divine, Shiva, is all around you and is seeing you. He is the seer, sight and the seen. To wake-up and experience this Shiva tattva is Shivratri.

Usually when there is celebration, awareness is lost. Deep rest in celebration with awareness is Shivratri. When you face some problem, you become aware and alert. We are at rest when everything is well; on Shivratri we rest with awareness. It is said that a yogi remains awake when everybody else is sleeping. For a yogi, everyday is Shivratri.
Related Mahashivratri Messages Shivratri Quotes and thoughts

Prayer to Shiva by Tulsidas

I bow to the Lord of the North West (Shiva), Whose form is liberation itself.

The supreme Brahman, in the form of the Vedas, Spread out over the whole universe.

You are without attributes and beyond time, Without any limitation, beyond desire.

You are the sky of bliss, I worship you.

You are the formless One, Beyond the Omkar which has its roots in you.
You are beyond words, knowledge and the physical world, O Lord of Mountains.
You are the terrifying One who devours time Which devours everything.
You are the most compassionate one. All the qualities and attributes of experience originate in you.
But the world can never find your end. I call the names of the Great Lord Shiva Who lives on the banks of the Ganga at Kashi.
Tulsidas

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 7, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, March 7, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:32 AM on March 7. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 7, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
Nakshatra – Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatra till 1:41 AM on March 7. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Avittam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatra till 3:42 AM on March 7. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Avittam Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi till 1:30 PM. Then onward it is Kumbha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajastha…

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