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A List of Popular Ganesha Pandals 2017 in Pune during Ganesh Chaturthi 2017

There are hundreds of Ganesh Pandals in Pune during the Ganeshotsava festival. Each Ganesh Chaturthi mandal tries to outsmart the other by bringing in fresh ideas to the Ganapati pandals. Lord Ganesha is represented differently in each pandal. The pandals are noted for innovative ideas, decoration and some also for spreading social messages. Here is a List of Popular Ganesha Pandals 2017 in Pune during Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 from August 25.

Why Khatu Shyam is known as Teen Ban Dari?

Khatu Shyam, also known as Teen Ban Dari, was the son of Ghatotkachch and Kamkantakata in the Mahabharata. Ghototkachch, was the son of Bhima, the second of Pandava brothers. He willingly gave his head in charity to Lord Krishna before the Mahabharata war. It is said that the head of Khatu Shyam was placed atop a hill near the Kurukshetra and it watched the entire Mahabharata war from there.

Legend has it that when the Kurukshetra war was about to begin, Khatu Shyam approached Lord Krishna and told him that he can finish the entire war in three ban or arrows.

But Khatu Shyam put the condition that he will only join the army which will be losing the battle.
Therefore Lord Krishna was forced to ask for his head in charity.

As Khatu Shyam was a fierce warrior he is also known as Teen Ban Dari.

Related Hindu God Khatu Shyam or Barbareek – The Grandson of Pandava Bhima

Sama Pancham

Sama Pancham is a unique ritual observed mainly in Gujarat in the Bhadrapad Month (August – September). Women and farmers observe certain rituals on the day. In 2017, the date of Sama Pancham is August 26. On the Sama Pancham day, people cook and eat only Sama grains. The ritual is observed on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Bhadrapad Month. On this day, farmers and people associated with agricultural activities cook and eat Sama – the seeds that a kind of wild grass.
Women observe on the day rituals associated with Rushi Pancham. Some women avoid performing religious rituals on the day and indulge in singing of bhajans.

Rishi Panchami 2017 date

Rishi Panchami is observed on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in the Bhadra month (August – September). Rishi Panchami 2017 date is August 26, Saturday. On the day, tributes are paid to the Sapta Rishis – the seven sages – Kashyapa, Atri, Bharadhvaja, Vishvamitra, Gauthama, Jamadagni and Vashishta.

Rishi Panchami is of great importance to the Hindu community in Nepal and in the hill districts of North India. In Nepal, it is the third and final day of Teej festival. Rishi Panchami is also the final day fasting for those who observe three-day Hartalika Teej fasting. In Nepal, women observe a strict fast on the Rishi Panchami day. The fasting is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is also undertaken by men in some regions. The fast is broken after the Rishi Panchami Pooja.  Women have a special bath on the day using Datiwan herb. Special Kalash is prepared on the day and prayed to. Women in large numbers visit Lord Shiva temples.

Harni Hanuman Temple – Bhidbhanjan Hanuman of Harni in Vadodara

Harni Hanuman Temple is one of the oldest Hanuman temples in Vadodara. It is also known as Bhidbhanjan Hanuman. The temple is located on the northeastern part of Vadodara on the Harni road. Bhid means trouble and Bhanjan means destroyer.

Legend has it that the region was ruled by a demon king named Hirankashpu. Lord Hanuman took his Virat Roop and annihilated the demon. The battle between the demon and Hanuman continued for fourteen days. On the fourteenth day, Hanuman flung the demon king to the ground, pinned him down to the ground with His right foot. With Lord Hanuman’s right foot on him, the evil powers of Hirankashpu started melting down.

Bhagavan Sri Ram asked Hanuman to remain in that position, for it was the only way to subdue the demon and break his power. As a symbol of acceptance of the command, the murti of Hanuman worshipped in the temple is seen with right hand over his head.

Bhagavan Sri Ram then told the saints and devotees gathered there that Hanuman will shed his…

Violence arises out of ignorance

Violence which has its roots in divisive propensities like anger, selfishness, lust etc., and it cannot take us to truth. Violence arises out of ignorance. It is untruth.

One who is inwardly weak develops a sort of fear and out of fear starts arming himself against real or imaginary enemies.

Violence may have the appearance of strength, but it is born out of fear and is therefore a sign of weakness. Only he can be truly non-violent who has conquered fear.

Pursuit of truth means realization of unity through love. Violence interferes with the realization of this unity.

Non-violence requires far greater physical and mental courage than that of delivering of blows because physical power has obvious limitations.
SourceSaptagiri January 2005 issue – Article titled Gandhiji’s concept of Ahimsa by Dr T. Suseela.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 6, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 8:26 PM on September 6. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 6, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date. Nakshatra – Swati or Chothi Nakshatra till 8:57 PM on September 6. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Swati or Chothi Nakshatra till 10:38 PM on September 6. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Rishi Panchami

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