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Narli Purnima in Maharashtra – Narali Pournima

Narli Purnima, or Narali Pournima, is an important festival and ritual observed on full moon day in Shravan Mahina, especially in Maharashtra. Narli Purnima 2017 date is August 7. On Narli Poornima day, Narials, or coconuts, are thrown into the sea to propitiate Varuna, the sea-god. Narali Pournima festival is popular along the Konkan and Maharashtra coast.

Narli Purnima is mainly observed by Kolis, the fishing community in the West coast of India.

The day marks the gradual retreat of the monsoon winds and this helps the fishermen to venture into the sea. A legend associated with Narli Purnima suggests that the ritual is a sort of thanksgiving to Lord Varuna for holding aloft the bridge that enabled Lord Ram to go to Lanka in epic Ramayan.

Popular belief is that the ritual of throwing coconuts is to seek the blessing of Varuna, the sea god, for a good catch and happy life.

Coconut is offered to Varuna because it is believed to be the purest offering that is available on earth. Th…

Story of the Origin of Weapon Gada or Mace

Gada, or mace, is a very popular weapon in Hindu scriptures. Gada was the favorite weapon of Bhima and Duryodhana in the Mahabharata. The story of the origin of Gada is found in the Agni Purana, Chapter 114.

Gada was a demon. He was the son of Sage Kashyapa and Diti. The demon was killed by Lord Vishnu to protect Dharma.
Vishwakarma, the divine architect, made a weapon from the bones of the demon. The weapon was mace. Since the weapon was made from demon Gada’s bone, it came to be known as Gada.

Tapa – Marks on Each Shoulder of Srivaishnavas

Tapa is part of the Panchasamskara ritual and is adopted to make a devotee eligible for rendering service to Lord Vishnu. Panchasamskara ritual is mentioned in the Pancharatra Agamas.

Tapa refers to the marks on each shoulder of the initiate made by the acharya by putting heated metalmark in the form of Vishnu’s discus (Sudarshana Chakra) on the right shoulder and another in the form of His conch (Shankh) on the left shoulder.
The scars made by these marking insignia unmistakably distinguish Srivaishnavas from the devotees of all other cults.

Sant Narhari Sonar Jayanti

Sant Narhari Sonar Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Saint Narhari Sonar, who was an ardent devotee of Lord Vithoba and Lord Shiva and is believed to have had the darshan of Lord Vithoba (Sri Hari Vishnu). Sant Narhari Sonar Jayanti 2017 date is August 5. A goldsmith by profession, he got the darshan of Vithoba when he tried to measure the waist size of the murti of Vithoba at PandarpurVithalTemple through imagination.

Sant Narhari Sonar Jayanti is observed on the thirteenth day of the shukla paksha or waxing phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional calendar followed in Maharashtra

Legend has it that once a merchant asked Sant Narhari to prepare a gold waist band for Vithoba. But being an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva, Sant Narhari did not want to go to Pandarpur temple. So he tried to close his eyes and imagine the waist size of Lord Vithoba. But as he tried to imagine the waist size he felt as if he was touching the Shivling and this happened several times. Finally, when…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 17, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase till 3:35 PM on August 17. Then onward it is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 17, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good day till 4:25 PM. Nakshatra – Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatra 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 Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 12:43 AM on August 17. Then onward it is Shravan or Sravanam or Thiruonam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Makar Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Rig Vedi Upakarma.C…

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