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Ambubachi Mela 2017 date – Ambubasi Festival 2017 in Kamakhya Devi Temple Assam

Ambubachi Mela, also known as Ambubasi festival, is held annually during monsoon in the KamakhyaDeviTemple at Guwahati, Assam. In 2017, the beginning date of Ambubachi Mela is June 22 and the festival ends on June 25. The Ambubachi festival is related to the Tantric cult and is also known as Kamkhya Devi Puja. It is believed that Goddess Kamakhya goes through her menstrual cycle during these days and therefore the temple remains closed for three days.

Ambubachi Mela is also known as Ameti or Tantric fertility festival and is a four-day mela (fair). It is closely associated with the Tantric Shakti cult prevalent in eastern parts of India and is famous due to the assembling of Tantric Sadhus from India and abroad. Some of these Tantric Babas appear before public only during these four days.

The Tantric Sanyasins also attract the media and foreigners. And Tantric Babas performing numerous unique rituals and exercises are photographed and published in magazines and newspapers around the…

Shiveshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Shiveshwar Form of Shiva – 37th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Shiveshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that those worshipping Shiveshwar form of Shiva will help in getting redemption and attaining moksha.

The temple dedicated to Shiveshwar Mahadev is located in the Ram Janardan temple complex. This form of Shiva is associated with King Ripujaya.

Shiveshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 37th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Shiveshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain

There once lived a good king named Ripujaya. He was an ardent devotee of Vishnu. But he neglected Shiva. One day Shiva asked a Gana to go to Ujjain and perform prayers to a Shivling there.

The Gana there went in the form of a priest and started worshipping the Shivling. People began going to the priest as they god their problems solved. Childless couples were blessed with children, desires were fulfilled and diseases were …

Snana Purnima – Deva Snan Poornima bathing ceremony at Puri Jagannath Temple

Snana Poornima, or Deba Snan Purnima, is an important ritual before the world famous Rath Yatra at the PuriJagannathTemple. In 2017, the date of Snana Purnima is June 9. Snan Purnima is bathing ceremony of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra – the deities worshipped at the JagannathTemple. The ceremony is held in traditional style and grandeur and is a much anticipated ritual.

On the day of the Snana Poornima ceremony, the idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra are escorted out of the Ratnasimhasan from the sanctum sanctorum of the Puri Jagannath temple early in the morning.

The deities are brought to the Snan Bedi (bathing altar) amidst chanting of mantras and to the sounds of drums, cymbals, bugles and ghantas. This is known as the Pahandi procession.

The water for bathing the deities is brought from the well inside the JagannathTemple. After few rituals, a total of 108 pitchers of aromatic and herbal water are used to bath the deities.

After the…

Baba Kapileshwar Mandir at Pandra Village near Nirsa in Dhanbad, Jharkhand – Nirsa Shiva Temple

Baba Kapileshwar Mandir is an ancient temple dedicated to Shiva at Pandra Village near Nirsa in Dhanbad, Jharkhand. The temple is around 30 km from Dhanbad. It is believed that Pandavas visit the place during their exile period in the Mahabharata.

The popular belief is that Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas, installed the Shivling worshipped in the shrine.

Other murtis in the temple include that of Goddess Parvati, Baba Baneshwar, Baba Bhuvaneshwar, Tarkeshwar and Manikeshwar.

It is believed that the various murtis worshiped in the temple were installed by Kunti, Draupadi and the Pandavas.

The most important festival at Baba Kapileshwar Mandir is Shivratri. On the day, Bharat, or wedding procession, of Shiva goes nearby Kalinger Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga.
For wish fulfillment, devotees observe complete fasting and end it only when they sense approval of the deity.

Kabir plays in the open spaces that have no boundaries – Sant Kabir

Serve the Lord with attributes; contemplate the Lord without attributes. Our goal is to reach the State beyond attributes and no attributes.

Infidels are those who kill the innocent and steal.

Diamonds are not found in heaps. The fragrant sandalwood trees do not grow in rows. Lions do not move in herds. The spiritual man has no followers.

The life where there are no stirrings of love is comparable to a cremation ground. Just as the bellows of a blacksmith have a process of breathing in and breathing out, but with no vitality.
Everyone has gone upto their limits and boundaries no one has crossed over the frontiers. Kabir plays in the open spaces that have no boundaries.
– Sant Kabir

Today’s Hindu Calendar – June 20, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, June 20, 2016 (Today) – Purnima Tithi or the full moon day inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day till 3:54 PM on June 20. 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 June 20, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 6:02 AM on June 20. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 6:05 AM on June 20. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi till 6:02 AM. Then onward it is Dhanu Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Vrischika Rashi till 6:05 AM. Then onward it is Dhanu Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Purnima. Sant…

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