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Vaishakh Mahina 2017 in Hindi Calendar – Vaisakh Month in North Indian Calendars in 2017

Vaishakh Mahina, or Vaisakha Masa, is the second month in a traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. In 2017, Vaishakh Mahina in Hindi Calendar is from April 12 to May 10, 2017. This calendar is followed in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana, Bihar, Punjab and Chhattisgarh. The current year in North India Hindu Calendar is Vikram Samvant 2074.

The most important ritual during the period is the Vaishakh Snana, Akshya Tritiya and Ganga Saptami.

Hanuman and Akampana in Ramayana

Akampana was one of the demons and a trusted lieutenant of Ravana. He was killed by Hanuman in the Ramayana. It is mentioned in the Sarga 56, Yuddha Kanda of Ramayan.

When Rakshasa Dhumraksha was killed by Hanuman, Ravana asked Akampana to enter the battlefield.

He led a vast army of demons and fought fiercely against the Vanarasena (monkey army). But majority of the demons were killed by the Vanarasena headed by Hanuman.

Akampana was furious and started attacking monkeys like a mad man. Hanuman countered him barehanded.

Hanuman threw a huge boulder on Akampana. The demon reduced the huge stone into powder with his arrows.

Hanuman then uprooted a tree and whirled it like a wheel killing many demons.

Akampana sent fourteen arrows at Hanuman but they were all blocked.

Hanuman then uprooted another huge tree and hit Akampana on his head.
This resulted in the death of Akampana.

Triprayar Temple Timings – Opening Closing Pooja Time and Details at Triprayar Sri Rama Temple in Kerala

Triprayar Sri Rama Temple is located near Thrissur in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Ram. Triprayar Temple Timings with detail opening and closing time is given below. Please note that the pooja and darshan time will extended or curtailed during important rituals. The shrine will remain closed during Grahan or Eclipse.

Triprayar Temple Morning Pooja Timings 3:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Triprayar Sri Rama Temple Evening Darshan Timings 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Deeparadhana is at 6:30 PM. (depends on the sunrise and sunset timing)

The first puja is the early morning Nirmalya Puja from 3:00 AM. Witnessing this is considered highly meritorious.
The important pujas in the shrine are Usha Puja, Ethirtha Puja, Panthiradi Puja, Ucha Puja and Athazha Puja.

Download Bhagavad Gita in English with commentary of Swami Chinmayananda for free

Srimad Bhagavad Gita, the Divine Song of the Lord, needs no introduction as it is the most popular text in Hinduism. The Holy Geeta, a modern Commentary on Srimad Bhagawad Geeta, by Swami Chinmayananda is one of the most sought after commentaries of the Bhagvad Gita. Now, Chinmaya Mission UK is providing an opportunity to download the Holy Geeta with Commentary of Swami Chinmayananda for free.
The commentary on Gita by Swami Chinmayananda is noted for its careful analysis and brilliant reasoning. Going beyond the literal meaning, Swami Chinmayananda reveals the hidden meaning in each shloka – the message and teachings which is applicable in all ages.
You can try downloading from these links – Gita Download - this comes along with the Geeta Vaatika software – an electronic set up of Gita and features numerous articles on Bhagavad Gita plus an opportunity to compare different shlokas.
Or from Holy Geeta - this is an E-book.
You may also like to read Download Bhagavad Gita in Hindi

Hanumanchatti Temple – Hanuman Chatti Mandir in Uttarakhand

Hanumanchatti Temple is a base camp for pilgrims heading towards Badrinath Temple. The mandir is a small one and it can accommodate only a couple of devotees. Hanuman Chatti Mandir is located on the banks of Alakananda River.

Badrinath temple is around 12 km from Hanumanchatti.

Hanuman murti is depicted as doing kirtan in the temple. Small murtis of Ram Parviar (Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman) can be seen in the sanctum sanctorum. There are also small bronze murtis of Hanuman in various postures in the shrine.
Mace or Gada of Hanuman can also be worshipped in the shrine.

Thoughts and Quotes on Hanuman Jayanti – Messages

Today is Hanuman Jayanti- the birthday of Hindu God Hanuman. He was born on the Chaitra Purnima day as per calendars followed in North India and western parts of India.

When Rama asked Hanuman as what he thought of him, Hanuman said: "When I think I am body, I am Thy servant, O Lord. When I feel, I am Jiva, I am your part, when I feel I am Atman, you and I are one." (Ramayana)
Swami Vivekananda on Hanuman's Nishta Hanuman lived very long, and was a great Yogi, and during his lifetime Rama came again as Krishna, and he, being a great Yogi, knew that the same God had come back again as Krishna. He came and served Krishna, but he said to Him, ‘I want to see that Rama form of yours’. Krishna said ‘Is not this form enough? I am this Krishna; I am this Rama; all these forms are mine’. Hanuman said, ‘I know that, but the Rama form is for me. The Lord of Janaki and the Lord of Sri are the same; they are both the incarnations of the Supreme Self; yet the Lotus-eyed Rama is my all…

Pradosh Vrat May 2017 Dates – Shiva Pradosha Fasting in Month of May 2017

Pradosh Vrata, or Shiva Pradosha, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva in a lunar fortnight in a traditional Hindu calendar. Pradosh dates in May 2017 – May 8 (Monday) and May 23 (Tuesday). A fast is observed by Shiva devotees from morning to the twilight period.


Pradosh puja is performed during the twilight period. The period of puja is 1.5 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset.
It is said that Lord Shiva and Parvati are in a happy mood during Pradosh period and they shower blessings on devotees.

You may also like to read How to observe Pradosh Vrata?

Man’s final growth rests with himself – Dr S Radhakrishnan

Religion is not doctrinal conformity or ceremonial piety, but it is participation in the mystery of being. It is wisdom or insight into reality.

The one doctrine by which Indian culture is best known to the outside world is that of Tat Tvam Asi. The eternal is in one’s self. The Real which is the in most of all things is the essence of one’s own soul. The sage whose passions are at rest sees within himself the majesty of the great Real.

Man is more than the sum of his appearances.

When the natural life of man comes to itself, his spiritual being becomes manifest. Man’s final growth rests with himself.

– Dr S Radhakrishnan
Source – excerpts from Verinder Grover, S Radhakrishnan: Political Thinkers of Modern India

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 22, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, April 22, 2016 (Today) – Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day till 9:42 AM on April 22. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 22, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date.
Nakshatra – Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatra till 6:16 AM on April 22. Then onward it is Swati or Chothi Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatra till 7:19 AM on April 22. Then onward it is Swati or Chothi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Purnima. Hanuman Jayanti
Kali Yuga Year – 5118
Vikram Samvant 2073 – Chaitra Purnima Tithi or th…

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