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Shravan Shiva Puja – Sawan Mahina Shiv Pooja

Shravan month (July – August) is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the fifth month in the traditional Hindi Hindu calendar followed in North India. Also known as Sawan Mahina, devout Hindus travel to GangaRiver from their homes to collect holy Gangajal (water from Ganga) and bathe the Shivling in their homes and villages with the water. People who travel to collect the Gangajal are known as Kanwaris and journey is known as Kanwar Yatra.
Mondays (Somwar) in Shravan month is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. People observe different types of Vrat on the day.
The month is of great significance at the Deoghar Baba Baidyanath Dham in Jharkhand. Special pujas using Gangajal brought by devotees is performed in the temple in Sawan month.
Mangala Gowri Puja is observed on the Tuesdays in Shravan month.
The Masa Shivratri (Monthly Shivratri) in Shravan month is considered highly auspicious and is marked by special pujas and rituals.

How to do or observe Shravan Somvar Vrat? – Monday Puja and Fasting in Sawan Month

Mondays, or Somvar, in the month of Shravan (July – August) is considered highly auspicious for praying to Lord Shiva. It is believed that the worship of Shiva during Shrawan month is 108 times more powerful than worshipping during normal days. Millions of devout Hindus observe the Shravan Somwar Vrat – fasting and performing Pujas on Mondays in Sawan Month.

Here is a brief procedure to observe Shravan Somvar Vrat After the morning bath and other purification rituals. Lord Ganesha is first prayed to. Next, Lord Shiva is prayed to by chanting Om Namah Shivaya. The offerings that are made are Bilva leaves, white flowers, water, honey and milk.If you have Shivling at home you can do abhishek with water, honey or milk.Fasting on the day is from sunrise to sunset.You can chant Maha Mritunjaya Mantra or Om Namah Shivaya on the day.Those who observe fast on Mondays in some regions wear only white clothes.Those observe partial fast eat fruits.Some devotees read the Shiva Purana on the day.Tho…

Alwarpet Hanuman Temple in Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Veera Anjaneya Swami Temple located at Alwarpet in Chennai in Tamil Nadu is a popular shrine dedicated to Hanuman. The shrine is popularly known as Luz Anjaneya Temple and is one of the oldest Hanuman Temples in Chennai. Offering Vada Malai on New Years’ day (January 1) is an important ritual here.

It is believed that Shettys who ran away from Mysore to escape Muslim persecution established the Alwarpet Hanuman Temple around 350 years ago.

The murti of Hanuman faces west and is depicted as walking towards southern direction. His eyes are adorned with earrings. The two-armed murti holds mace in the left hand and the right hand is in Abhaya Mudra. The eyes of the murti have a bright color. He wears armlets known as keuura, bangles known as kankana and anklet known as Thandai. The long tail of the murti is raised above the head and is pointing towards South.

The sanctum sanctorum also has an utsava murti or procession idol of Hanuman. A Panchaloha Venugopla Swamy too is found in the san…

Shravan Somvar Vrat – Mondays of Shravan Month Dedicated to Lord Shiva

Mondays in the Hindi month of Shravan or Shrawan (July – August) is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Hindus in North India observe Shravan Mas Somvar Vrata or Sravan Somavara Upvaas. In this month, Shivling is bathed with holy water from River Ganga. Fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset on all Mondays in the month. In 2017, Shravan Somvar days are July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31 and August 7 as per traditional calendar followed in North India.

In Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Goa and Gujarat, Shravan Somvar Vrat in 2017 is on July 24, July 31, August 7, August 14 and August 21.

Married women observe the fast for a happy and long married life. Unmarried women observe it for getting good husbands. Men observe it for a happy and peaceful life. Those who observe fast eat only a single vegetarian meal. Shivlinga is bathed with Ganga water or milk at temples. Devotees also offer flowers or Bilva or Bel leaves to the Shivalingam.

Mondays in Hindu religion is dedicat…

Sankashti Chaturthi August 2017 Date – Ganesha Sankashta Chaturti August 2017

Sankashti Chaturthi, or Ganesha Sankashta Chaturti, is dedicated to Hindu God Ganesha. Apart from fasting, special pujas are performed on the day. Sankashti Chaturti August 2017 date is August 11 – Moonrise or Chandrodaya time is 9:40 PM. Sankata Nivarani Chaturti, which is observed for removing problems in life, is observed on the fourth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Sankashti Chaturthi fasting is considered to be highly auspicious by Lord Ganesha devotees.

Sankata Nivarani Chaturti fasting begins at sunrise and ends after evening puja or after the sighting of the moon. Ganesh Temples conduct special pujas on the day.
Popular belief is that observing Sankashta Chaturthi will help in alleviating problems and it will bring prosperity, happiness and fulfillment of desires. The holiness of Sankashti Chaturthi Vrata was explained by Sri Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas. 
It is found in the Narasimha Purana and Bha…

Always do what we love doing

Always do what we love doing. The job we are doing should satisfy us first. If we are not happy doing the job, then at some point of time we will be depressed and frustrated. Doing something just for money will soon attract trouble.

Try to be best at what we are doing. When we are an authority in our field, we cannot be easily replaced.

Avoid friendship of negative people and of people who are narrow-minded. Such people are always followers. They never have any independent decisions. They always move with the crowd.

It is true we cannot do everything all alone. But that does not mean when we get an opportunity to lead we should put our hands down. Grab opportunities with confidence.

We may climb up the ladder but always remember the ladder needs a ground to stand. Be aware about what is happing in the lower level. Remain in constant touch with those below you.
Do not sit and rest after achieving a goal. Set new goals and work towards it. We should not become stagnant. We should alway…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 24, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, July 24, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon till 12:03 AM on July 24. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon 10:06 PM on July 24. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 24, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day after 1:40 PM. Nakshatra – Purva Bhadra or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 2:47 PM on July 24. Then onward it is Uttara Bhadra or Uthrittathi Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Purva Bhadra or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 1:37 PM on July 24. Then onward it is Uttara Bhadra or Uthrittathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Si…

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