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Khattu Shyam Temple festival and Mela 2017 at Sikar in Rajasthan

KhattushyamTemple at Sikar in Rajasthan is dedicated to Sri Krishna and is based in the legend of Barbareek, the grandson of Bhima, the second of Pandava brothers. Khattu Shyam Temple festival and Mela 2017 date is March 18, March 7 and March 8. The most important dates are March 19 and March 20. Another important festival is observed on June 5 - Nirjala Ekadasi day. The festival which attracts more than 100,000 people is annually held during the Shukla Paksha Dasami, Ekadasi and Dwadashi of Phalgun month – from 10th to 11th day of waxing phase of moon in Falguna month.

The fair and festival is held in memory of the sacrifice made by Barbareek – the powerful grandson of Bhima and son of Ghatothkacha who had to align with Kauravas. But Krishna did not want this to happen so he asked for the head of Barabareek. The young warrior immediately agreed to it. Krishna blessed Barbareek that in Kali yuga he will be worshipped just like Sri Krishna.
Built around 1000 years ago, the temple is not…

Papanasini Ekadasi – Papanashini Ekadashi

Papanashini Ekadasi is observed when there is rare combination of Pushya Nakshatra overlapping from the Ekadashi day to the next day, which is the Dwadashi day. Such a complex calculation is only followed in certain regions and by certain communities. In 2017, Papanasini Ekadasi date is March 8. It is mainly observed in Orissa and by certain Vaishnava sects. The Ekadasi on March 8 is known as Amalaki Ekadashi in all other regions.

The Dwadasi day, the day after this Ekadasi, is a highly auspicious day in PuriJagannathTemple. It is known as Govinda Dwadashi day and it is expected that nearly a million people will take holy dip in the sea near JagannathTemple. A rare combination of calculations as per Hindu astrology and almanac taking place after 48 years on this day.

Rasai Devi Yatra at Nangaon Village at Daund Taluka in Pune District of Maharashtra

Rasai Devi Yatra at Nangaon Village is observed in Chaitra month (March – April). It is the annual fair and festival at the Rasai Devi Temple at Nangaon Village in Daund Taluka of Pune District, Maharashtra. Various unique pujas and rituals are held during the annual yatra. Rasai Devi Yatra 2017 date is April 11.

The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Rasai Devi, a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. This form of Goddess Shakti is widely worshipped as a village deity and kuldevata (family deity) in Maharashtra.

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 Rasai Devi temple.

Various offerings are made to appease the deity. Red flowers are offered to the deity. Procession is part of the festival.

Nangaon Rasai Devi Yatra is annually observed on Chaitra Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Ma…

Rasai Devi Yatra at Vadgaon Rasai Village at Shirur Taluka in Pune District of Maharashtra

Rasai Devi Yatra at Vadgaon Rasai Village is observed in Chaitra month (March – April). It is the annual fair and festival at the Rasai Devi Temple at Vadgaon Rasai Village in Shirur Taluka of Pune District, Maharashtra. Various unique pujas and rituals are held during the annual yatra. Rasai Devi Yatra 2017 date is April 11.

The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Rasai Devi, a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. This form of Goddess Shakti is widely worshipped as a village deity and kuldevata (family deity) in Maharashtra.

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 Rasai Devi temple.

Various offerings are made to appease the deity. Red flowers are offered to the deity. Procession is part of the festival.

Rasai Devi Yatra at Vadgaon Rasa is annually observed on Chaitra Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar ca…

Sukai Devi Yatra at Kapsal Village in Chiplun Taluka in Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra

Sukai Devi Yatra at Kapsal Village is observed in Chaitra month (March – April). It is the annual fair and festival at the Sukai Devi Temple at Kapsal Village in Chiplun Taluka of Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra. Various unique pujas and rituals are held during the annual yatra. Kapsal Sukai Devi Yatra 2017 date is April 11.

The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Jagadamba, a kind manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. This form of Goddess Shakti is widely worshipped as a village deity and kuldevata (family deity) in Maharashtra.

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 Sukai Devi temple.

Various offerings are made to appease the deity. Red flowers are offered to the deity. Procession is part of the festival. Kapsal Sukai Devi Yatra is annually observed on Chaitra Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calend…

Yellamma Devi Yatra at Honwad Village in Bijapur District in Karnataka

Yellamma Devi Yatra at Honwad Village is observed in Chaitra month (March – April). It is the annual fair and festival at the Yellamma Devi Temple at Honwad Village in Bijapur District in Karnataka. Various unique pujas and rituals are held during the annual yatra. Honwad Yellamma Yatra 2017 date is April 11.

The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Yellamma, a kind manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. This form of Goddess Shakti is widely worshipped as a village deity and kuldevata (family deity) in South India.

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 Yellamma Devi temple.

Various offerings are made to appease the deity. Red flowers are offered to the deity. Procession is part of the festival.

Honwad Yellamma Devi  Yatra is annually observed on Chaitra Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed …

Jagdamba Yatra at Hatwalan Village in Nagar Taluka in Ahmednagar District in Maharashtra

Jagdamba Yatra at Hatwalan Village is observed in Chaitra month (March – April). It is the annual fair and festival at the Jagdamba Temple at Hatwalan Village in Nagar Taluka in Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra. Various unique pujas and rituals are held during the annual yatra. Hatwalan Jagdamba Yatra 2017 date is April 11.

The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Jagadamba, a kind manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. This form of Goddess Shakti is widely worshipped as a village deity and kuldevata (family deity) in Maharashtra.

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 Jagdamba temple.

Various offerings are made to appease the deity. Red flowers are offered to the deity. Procession is part of the festival.
Hatwalan Jagdamba Yatra is annually observed on Chaitra Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar fo…

Tung Yatra at Tung Village in Miraj Taluka in Sangli District in Maharashtra

Tung Yatra at Tung Village is observed in Chaitra month (March – April). It is the annual fair and festival at a sacred place at Tung Village in Walwa Taluka in Sangli District, Maharashtra. Various unique pujas and rituals are held during the annual yatra. Tung Yatra 2017 date is April 11.

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 Tung Village.

Various offerings are made to appease the deity. Red flowers are offered to the deity. Procession is part of the festival.
Tung Yatra is annually observed on Chaitra Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kurlap Yatra at Kurlap Village in Walwa Taluka in Sangli District in Maharashtra

Kurlap Yatra at Kurlap Village is observed in Chaitra month (March – April). It is the annual fair and festival at a sacred place at Kurlap Village in Walwa Taluka in Sangli District, Maharashtra. Various unique pujas and rituals are held during the annual yatra. Kurlap Yatra 2017 date is April 11.

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 Kurlap Village.

Various offerings are made to appease the deity. Red flowers are offered to the deity. Procession is part of the festival.
Kurlap Yatra is annually observed on Chaitra Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Amoksiddh Yatra at Korwali Village in Mohol Taluka in Solapur District in Maharashtra

Amoksiddh Yatra at Korwali Village is observed in Chaitra month (March – April). It is the annual fair and festival at the Amoksiddh Temple at Korwali Village in Sangole Taluka in Solapur District, Maharashtra. Various unique pujas and rituals are held during the annual yatra. Korwali Amoksiddh Yatra 2017 date is April 11.

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 Amoksiddh temple.

Various offerings are made to appease the deity. Red flowers are offered to the deity. Procession is part of the festival.
Korwali Amoksiddh Yatra is annually observed on Chaitra Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Siddhanath Yatra at Balvadi Village in Sangole Taluka in Solapur District in Maharashtra

Siddhanath Yatra at Balvadi Village is observed in Chaitra month (March – April). It is the annual fair and festival at the Siddhanath Temple at Balvadi Village in Sangole Taluka in Solapur District, Maharashtra. Various unique pujas and rituals are held during the annual yatra. Balvadi Siddhanath Yatra 2017 date is April 11.

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 Siddhanath temple.

Various offerings are made to appease the deity. Red flowers are offered to the deity. Procession is part of the festival.
Balvadi Siddhanath Yatra is annually observed on Chaitra Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Siddhanath Yatra at Akola Village in Sangole Taluka in Solapur District in Maharashtra

Siddhanath Yatra at Akola Village is observed in Chaitra month (March – April). It is the annual fair and festival at the Siddhnath Temple at Akola Village in Sangole Taluka in Solapur District, Maharashtra. Various unique pujas and rituals are held during the annual yatra. Akola Siddhnath Yatra 2017 date is April 11.

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 Siddhnath temple.

Various offerings are made to appease the deity. Red flowers are offered to the deity. Procession is part of the festival.

Akola Siddhanath Yatra is annually observed on Chaitra Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.


Sthula Sharira – About the concept of Sthula Sharira in Hindu Teachings

Sthula Sharira, or gross body, is one of the three types of body as per Hindu teachings. The other two are Sukshma Sharira (subtle body) and Karana Sharira (casual body).

The body is known as Sharira in Hinduism because of its perishable nature.

It is known as Sthula because it is perceivable by the sense organs.

The body is the complex of six tissues – hair, skin, veins, flesh, bones and marrow.

It is made up five elements – earth, water, fire, air and space.

The five elements emanate from prakriti, which is dominated by Tamo guna. In the process of creation, prakriti which has attributes of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas becomes heavily laden with Tamo Guna in response to the desire of Ishavara to initiate creative process.

In panchakarana, each element becomes a composite mixture of itself as well as the other four elements, which results in its grossness. Through this process, the elements are rendered capable of producing gross bodies of human beings, animals, insects etc.

The Sthula …

Chaturthi Karma – Hindu Ritual for the Consummation of Marriage

Chaturthi Karma is associated with Hindu marriage. It means the rituals on the fourth day after marriage. It is not widely followed today. As per Grihyasutra, consummation of marriage should take place on the fourth day. Even today marriage celebrations of certain Hindu communities last fort three or four days. Some scholars are of the view that Chaturthi karma indicates that the sexual union of the couple should happen only on the fourth day.

Marriage as per Hindu belief is a sacred union brought about by divine dispensation. Progeny is the prime objective of the various rituals associated with marriage.

The rituals include step by step separation of the bride from her paternal home and gradual union with husband’s family. Chaturthi Karma is part of this objective.

Indra and Agni are invoked for a successful union and healthy progeny.

God alone can satisfy our personal needs – Swami Kriyananda

Every man’s understanding is conditioned by his own special experiences, his aspirations, his outlook on life – in short, by what he is.

Our thoughts are the prime cause of whatever harmony or disharmony we experience, not in the mind only, but in the body as well.

Our virtues and vices are not really we, ourselves. They are reflections, only, of the plane of consciousness on which we live. As that plane changes, the traits of our personality also change.

Simple process of changing the inner level of one’s energy can have a tremendous effect on the quality of awareness.

God alone can satisfy our personal needs. In our dealings with other people, He is our conscience. In our labor, He is our satisfaction. When we read a good book or listen to uplifting music, He is our inspiration. In everything we do, from the performance of serious duty to the most trivial pursuits, He is there, watching, joining in if we invite Him to, and giving us our strength. To ignore Him means to go stumbling…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 18, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, March 18, 2016 (Today) –Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithior the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:47 PM on March 18. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 18, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day till 9:50 PM.
Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 11:38 AM on March 18. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 8:33 AM on March 18. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi till 5:38 AM on March 18. Then onward it is Karka Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south…