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Ashadi Beej – Ashadhi Bij

Ashadi Beej or Ashadhi Bij is observed on the second day of the shukla paksha or waxing phase of moon in Ashada month – It is the Kutchi New Year. This Hindu New Year is observed in the Kutch region in Gujarat. In 2017, Ashadi Beej is on June 25. Vikram Samvant 2074 begins from June 25, 2017 in Kutch region.
Ashadi Beej is mostly a traditional affair and is observed in homes. Relatives, friends and neighbors join in the festival.
Today, many organizations are also giving importance to the day and organize satsangs, musical competitions and other cultural programs.
Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi and other regional deities are worshipped on the day.

Note – In other parts of Gujarat, Hindu New Year is on the day after Diwali – Kartik Shukla Paksha 1.

Jagannath Chariot Trivia - Did you Know Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra Chariot has 16 wheels and 18 pillars

The three chariots used in annual Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra are constructed new each year.

Sal Wood is used for the construction of the chariots.
Around 1090 meters of new cloth is used to cover each chariot.
The structure above the wheels of Jagannath chariot contains eighteen pillars and roofs at various stages.
Each chariot contains nine subsidiary deities, two doorkeepers, and one charioteer all of which are made of wood.
Each chariot is fastened with four long ropes manufactured from coconut fibers. 
Number of Wheels in the Jagannath Chariot is 16. They have a diameter of 7 feet.
Dimension of Jagannath Chariot – Height: 13’.5m - Length and breadth - 34’6” x 34’.6”
Total Number of wooden pieces used in Jagannath Chariot is 832.
You can get more information about the size and other details of all the three Puri Rathas in this article

Somvati Amavasya – New Moon day on Monday

Somvati Amavasya, or Amavasi is the new moon day or the no moon day that falls on a Monday (Somvar). Next Somvati Amavasya 9:33 AM on March 27 to before sunrise on March 28 and on August 21, 2017 (sunrise to 11:51 PM). The significance of Somvati Amavasya was explained by Bhisma to Yudhishtra in the Mahabharata. It is said that who ever takes a dip in the important rivers on the day would be prosperous, free of diseases and would be free from grief and sorrow.
It is also believed that by taking a dip in the holy rivers the soul of ancestors will rest in peace. Married women take the holy dip for a happy family life and for the long life of husbands. They also worship the pipal tree.
Somavara Amavasya Vrata (fasting) is observed for a long and happy married life.
Many devout Hindus also fast on the day and some people only have a single meal.

On the day thousands of people take a dip in Ganga at Haridwar, Triveni and other places.

Related Significance of Amavasi

When Emotions Overwhelm

We all have strong feeling for something or other. We say and do lot of things in the heat of the moment and later regret. So do not be a slave of our emotions. We should pull back the moment we get the feeling that things are going out of hand.

When we have strong feeling for something we tend to ignore several aspects of the issue. To prove our point we become irrational and go against truth and reality.

Think, wait and then respond. When we are overwhelmed by emotions, we should take a breath, pause and then respond in a dignified manner.

Negative emotions never helps. It only damages. But if we try to fight or suppress negative emotions it will cling on to us. We need to shed them. Anger, fear, sadness, fear, depression… all this should clearly studied and understood. We need to keep a close watch on them. The moment they try to overwhelm us we should realize it and stop them.

Emotions only overwhelm the wrongly identified self. Am I this body. No. I am the Supreme Self, which …

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 3, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, July 3, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 6:16 PM on July 3. Then onward it is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 3, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 8:12 PM on July 3. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 8:05 PM on July 3. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi till 8:46 AM. Then onward it is Mithuna Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Vrishabha Rashi till 8:59 AM. Then …

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