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Nag Panchami 2017 date - Naga Panchami 2017

Nag Panchami is dedicated to the worship of Naga, or Snakes, and is an important festival in India in Sravan month. Nag Panchami 2017 date is July 27. Nagas are worshipped in Hindu religion and snakes are always depicted with Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva, two of the most popular Gods in Hinduism. Lord Vishnu lies on Snake Ananta in the milky ocean and Lord Shiva has snakes as ornament and this close association has deep symbolic meaning.

Dwarapalakas in Hindu Temples

Dwarapalakas are sculptural representations of gatekeepers at the entrance of Hindu temples. Dwarapalaka resemble bhutas, or demons, with two big hands. They hold a mace or gada in one hand. They have protruding canine teeth.

Sometimes Dwarapalakas have four arms and they hold symbols associated with Shiva or Vishnu.

There are also female Dwarapalakas – they usually guard the entrance of shrines dedicated to Mother Goddess.

Some of the names of Dwarapalakas are Chanda, Prachanda, Jaya, Vijaya, Harabhadra and Subhadra.

Jaya and Viaya were the guards in Vaikunta. Due to curse, they were born on earth as demons.

The guards may be positioned in the second, third or fifth doorway that opens into the shrine.

In standing posture, the right leg of dwarapalakas is shown as placed straight on a pedestal, while the left one is slightly bent. Some of the other postures include: With legs and back partly turned to the front.Hands resting on the thigh which is bent in the shape of a ploughBoth hand…

Dasara in Bastar

Unlike in other regions of India, Dasara in Bastar has nothing to do with victory of Rama over Ravana. The Dusshera festival in Bastar in Chhattisgarh is associated with Goddess Danteshwari, the main goddess of the tribals of the region.

Legend has it that Maharaja Purushottam Deo, a Kakatiya ruler, started the festival of Dasara in Bastar. He underwent a penance and walked on foot to Puri Jagannath Temple. He propitiated the deity and offered pujas and prayers. He also made a large donation of gold coins.

That night Lord Jagannath appeared in the dream of the chief priest of the temple and asked him to present a 12-wheel chariot to the king.

Since then the rulers of Bastar are also known as Rathapat and rode on the chariot during Dasara.
A distincitive feature of the Dasara festival here is the ceremonial pulling of the chariot through the town by tribes. The chariot has the insignia of Goddess Danteshwari.

An important aspect of the festival is tribal dances in traditional attire. …

Vir Pasli Festival in Gujarat

Vir Pasli is a festival similar to Raksha Bandhan and is observed in the Shravan month in Gujarat. It is observed on the first Sunday of the Sawan month. Although not widespread, the rituals on the day are strictly observed by certain communities. The ritual is also known as Veerpasali. Shravan month in Gujarat in 2017 is from July 24 to August 21.

On the day, sister ties a sacred thread on her brother’s wrist. He vows to protect her. Brothers visit their married sister’s home on the day and perform the ritual.

Please note that there is some confusion regarding the date of Vir Pasli, some people are claiming that the ritual is observed on the first Saturday of Shravan month.

Life is a continual process of synthesis, and not of additions – Rabindranath Tagore

The quality of the infinite is not the magnitude of extension, it is in the Advaitam, the mystery of Unity. Fact occupy endless time and space; but the truth comprehending them all has no dimension; it is One. Wherever our heart touches the One, in the small or the big, it finds the touch of the infinite.

What is the truth of this world? It is not in the masses of substance, not in the number of things, but in their relatedness, which neither can be counted, nor measured, nor abstracted.

Growth is the movement of a whole towards a yet fuller wholeness. Living things start with this wholeness from the beginning of their career. A child has its own perfection as a child; it would be ugly if it appeared as an unfinished man. Life is a continual process of synthesis, and not of additions.
Forms are many, forms are different, each of them having its limits. But if this were absolute, if all forms remained obstinately separate, then there would be a fearful loneliness of multitude. But the…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 5, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, August 5, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase till 1:26 AM on August 5. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 5, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good day. Nakshatra – Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 3:34 AM on August 5. Then onward it is Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 2:58 AM on August 5. Then onward it is Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Simha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Hariyali TeejMadhushravani Tritiya.
Kali Yuga Year – 5118

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