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Upakarma 2017 date

Upakarma is a highly auspicious ceremony for the Hindu Brahmin community. The Upkarma dates in 2017 are August 7 and August 8. In 2017, Sama Vedi Upakarma is on August 24. It is the day the sacred thread worn by Brahmins known as ‘Yagnopavitam’ is changed. There are Brahmins who are the followers of Rig Veda, Yajur Veda and Sama Veda and they have separate dates for Upakarma. The ritual is also known as Avani Avittam in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Yajur Vedi Upakarma is observed on Shravan Poornima day (Full moon day in Sawan month) this year. Brahmins who are the followers of Yajur Veda change the sacred thread on the day. In 2017, the date is August 8.
Rig Vedi Upakarma is observed a day before Shravan Poornima this year. Brahmins who are the followers of Rig Veda change the sacred thread on the day. In 2017, the date is August 7.

Gayatri Japam is on August 8.

Sama Vedi Upakarma is observed on the day after Shravan Amavasi (No moon day in Sawan month). Brahmins who are the followers of Sama…

Chinga Masam – Chingam 1 in Malayalam Calendar

Chingam month (August – September), also known as Chinga Masam, is the first month in the traditional Malayalam calendar used by Hindus in Kerala. In 2017, Chingam month begins on August 17. The first day of Chingam month marks the beginning of the New Year according to the Malayalam calendar and is locally referred as Andu Pirappu. The month ends on September 16. Onam, Sri Krishna Jayanti and Ganesh Chaturthi are observed in this month. Numerous marriages are also held in this auspicious month.

The first day of Chingam month is welcomed by special pujas and prayers and people in large numbers visit the temples. Earlier, the day used to be of great significance to the farmers.

As per Malayalam calendar, Kolla Varsham 1192 (the Malayalam year) begins on August 17, 2016. The Malayalam Panchangam for the year is also released in this month.

Thiruonam, the most popular festival of Malayalis, is observed in this month. The 10-day Onam festival begins on the Atham Nakshatram in the Chingam…

Shravan Purnima

Sawan Purnima, or Shravan Poornima, is the full moon day in the month of Shravan (July – August). The day is of great significance in Hindu religion many auspicious rituals and festivals are held on this day. The Amarnath Yatra comes to a culmination on this day. Raksha Bhandhan is also celebrated on Shravana Purnima day. In 2017, date of Shravan Purnima is August 7.

Shravan Purnima is known as Narali Purnima in Maharashtra. It is known as Akshar Purnima in Gujarat. The month long pujas dedicated to Lord Shiva in North India comes to an end on the Shravana Purnima day. Jhulan Yatra festival comes to an end on the day.
Sravana Purnima is an important auspicious day in Telugu calendar and special pujas are performed on the day. Avani Avitam in Kerala and Tamil Nadu falls on the day. Also Rig and Yajur Upakarma rituals are performed in Karnataka on the day.
Some devotees fast on the Purnima day. The fasting is based on the usual Poornima day Vrat.


Marulasiddeshwara is one among the five Panchacharya or ascetics who are traditionally regarded as the founders of Virashaivism. He is also known as Marularadhya and Marulsiddha.

The five great saints are venerated as emanations from the five heads of Shiva and as incarnations in each age.

Another belief is that the five saints emerged from the five sthavaralingas.
Marulasiddeshwara is associated with the Shivling worshipped at Ujjaini in Bellary District in Karnataka.

Markanda Temple in Maharashtra

Markanda Temples are located on the banks of Waiganga River and is around 216 km southeast of Nagpur in Gadchiroli District in Maharashtra. Two of the important temples located here are dedicated to Sage Markanda and his father Mrkunda. The place is also known as Markandi or Markanda Deva.

Most the temples located here contain Shivlings. Originally, there were 24 temples but now only 18 temples are found.

The most important temples are Markanda Rishi Temple, Yamadharma Temple, Mrkunda Rishi and Shankara Temple.
The Markanda Rishi Temple is believed to have built during the 12 century AD. The temple faces east and is cruciform in plan. The Shivling worshipped here is known as Markandeshwara. The roof of the sanctum sanctorum contains human and animal motifs.

The exterior of the temple is lavishly carved with sculptures which include that of various Hindu gods and goddesses and stories of Shiva and Parvati.
The other deities worshipped in the temple include Ganesha, Surya, Vishnu, God…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 16, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase till 3:51 PM on August 16. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 16, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good day. Nakshatra – Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatra the entire day on August 16 and till 12:31 AM on August 17. Then onward it is Shravan or Sravanam or Thiruonam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 12:23 AM on August 16. Then onward it is Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 5:58 AM. Then onward it is Makar Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa a…

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