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Shivratri in Shravan Month

Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi of each month is observed by Shiva devotees as Shivaratri. This falls a day or two before Amavasi or new moon day. In 2017, the date of Shivratri in Shravan month is July 22 as per traditional Hindi Calendar followed in North India. The Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi day in Shravan or Sawan month is of great importance. Millions of people visit Shiva shrines on the day in North India and special Gangajal Abhishekam is performed. 

The popular Mahashivratri is observed on Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi in February or March. Staunch Shiva devotees observe it on all months in a year and it is known as Masa Shivaratri.

In Shravana month all days are dedicated to Shiva and the important days to Shiva like Masa Shivratri and Mondays are even more auspicious. Special pujas are held in famous temples like Kashi Vishwanath and DeogharBadrinathDham.

People make offering of Gangajal, bilva leaves, honey and milk. Shivling in the temples are continuously bathed in Gangajal. Kan…

Karkidaka Vavu Bali 2017 date in Kerala – Rituals Dedicated to the Dead Ancestors date in 2017

Vavu Bali, or Karkidaka Vavu Bali, is a ritual, or rites, dedicated to dead ancestors performed by Hindus in Kerala in the Malayalam month of Karkidakam. Karkidaka Vavu Bali 2017 date is July 23. Dead parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, relatives and ancestors are remembered on the no moon day (Karutavavu) in Karkidaka Masam and ‘Shraddham’ for them is performed on the seashore and on riverbanks. The ritual performed for the souls of dead is referred as ‘Bali’ in Kerala and Vavu is Amavasi or no moon day.

In Kerala, ‘Bali’ is performed on no moon day, known as Karuta Vavu in Malayalam. Bali is also performed on the star or Nakshatra the person died or the date. But ‘Bali’ performed on Amavasi day in Karkidakam month is considered highly auspicious and it is believed that souls of the dead are pacified easily.
The Bali in Karkidakam month is important because the Dakshinayana period begins in this month. It is considered to be the night of the Devas. The popular…

Aadi Amavasai 2017 date – No Moon Day in Tamil month Aadi in 2017 - Aadi Amavasi

Aadi Amavasya is the no moon day in the Tamil month of Aadi and is considered highly auspicious for performing rituals to the dead like Shradh and Tarpan. Aadi Amavasai 2017 date is July 23. The day is also auspicious to Lord Muruga. Important rituals on the day include performing rites for dead ancestors in sacred Teerths and riverbanks and also taking a holy dip in sacred rivers and spots.

Devout Hindus perform holy bath in various scared rivers, seas and sacred ponds or Teerthams in Tamil Nadu. Thousands of Hindus take a holy dip and perform rites to the dead ancestors at Agni Theertham in Rameswaram, Thriveni Sangamam in Kannyakumari and various holy spots on the banks of CauveryRiver.

Fasting on Aadi Amavasai is considered highly beneficial and some people only have a single meal on the day.

Aadi month is of great importance to Lord Muruga and on Amavasai day special abhishekams and pujas are held. It is also widely believed by Muruga devotees that one will be purified and all s…

Ekadashi August 2017 dates – Monthly Fasting for Hindu God Vishnu in August 2017

Ekadashi, or Ekadasi Vrat, is observed on the eleventh day of a fortnight in a Hindu lunar calendar. The date (s) of Ekadashi in August 2017 – August 3 and August 18. The day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and many devotees undertake Upvaas or fasting on the day. There are two Ekadashis in a lunar month.
The Ekadashi Vrat on August 3, 2017 is known as Putrada Ekadasi in some region. In some regions it is the Pavitra Ekadasi.

The Ekadasi on August 18 is known as Aja Ekadasi. In some regions it is referred as Jaya Ekadasi.

The preparation for Ekadashi fasting begins on the Dasami day – the day before Ekadasi. On the Ekadasi day, devotees observe complete fast. The day is meant for hearing religious discourses and performing pujas.
There are also devotees who do not observe total fast. They avoid grains especially rice and consume fruits, nuts and milk.
The fasting comes to an end on the Dwadashi day with the consuming of food cooked in one’s house.
More on Ekadasi fasting can be found in 

Hindu Festivals in August 2016 – Hindu Vrat – Fasting – Rituals in August 2016

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in August 2016 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST).

August 1 - Shravan Somvar Vrat in North India August 1 - Shiv Chaturdasi - Shivratri in Shravan Month August 2 - Amavasya - No moon day August 2 - Aadi Amavasya August 2 - Karkidaka Vavu Bali in Kerala

Bheemana Amavasya Vrata 2017 – Kannada Ashada Amavasi Vrata Date

Bheemana Amavasya, also known as Bhima Amavasi, is an important Hindu ritual performed by women in Karnataka. Bheemana Amavasi Vrata 2017 date is July 23. Bheemana Amavasya is observed on the no moon day (Amavas) in the Kannada month of Ashada (July – August). On the day women pray for the well being of their husbands and brothers. The ritual is also known as Deepasthambha Pooja.

Bheemana Amavasi Vrata is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Married and unmarried women and girls on Bhima Amavasai pray for the long life of their husbands, brothers and other male members in the house.

A pair of lamps made using mud known as Kalikamba represents Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati on the day. Special pujas are done on the auspicious day to appease the divine couple. Thambittu Deepa or Thembittu lamp made from flour is made on the occasion and lit to cool all bad emotions like anger, frustration etc.

Another important feature on Bheemana Amavasi is the making of Kadubu. Dough balls, …

Gujarati Shravan Maas 2017 – Sawan Month in Traditional Hindu Gujarat Calendar in 2017

Shravan Maas is the tenth month in a traditional Hindu Gujarati calendar followed in Gujarat. Shravan Maas 2017 is from July 24 to August 21. The auspicious days in the month include Pavitra Baras, Raksha Bandhan, Nag Pancham, Randhan Chath and Sri Krishna Janmashtami. Special pujas and rituals are observed on the Mondays in the month and this is known as Shravani Somvar.

Ekadasi Fasting Dates in Sawan Maas Putrada Ekadasi – August 3 Aja Ekadasi – August 18
Shravan Maas Sud Padavo and Vad Padavo – Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Shravan Gujarati calendar 2017 Sud Padvo (Waxing phase of moon) is from July 24, 2017 to August 7. Shravan Maas 2017 Vad Padvo Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from August 8 to August 21, 2017.

Purnima in Gujarati Shravan month Shravan Purnima or Full moon day is on August 7, 2017. The Purnima begins at 10:29 PM on August 6 and ends at 11:40 PM on August 8. Raksha Bandhan and Narial Purnima are observed on August 7.

Amas in Gujarati Shravan month Sawan Amas or N…

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Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 31, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, July 31, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwadasi and Trayodasi Tithi or the twelfth and thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon till 5:57 AM on July 31. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 31, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good day. Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 4:15 AM on July 31. 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 3:56 AM on July 31. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mithuna Ra…

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