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Ganesh and Gauri Puja in Maharashtra during Ganesh Chaturthi

Gauri Puja is performed in many households during Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Maharashtra. In 2017, Gauri Avahan in on August 28, 2017. Gowri Puja is on August 29 and Gouri Visarjan is on August 30, 2017. Goddess Gauri or Gowri is another name for Goddess Parvati, the mother of Ganesha. But in Gauri Puja during Vinayaka Chaturthi in certain parts of Maharashtra, especially in Pune, Goddess Gauri is the sister of Ganapati. Arrival of Goddess Gauri in homes is said to bring health, wealth, happiness and prosperity. Two idols of Goddess Gauri are brought home and worshipped and the arrival is regarded as the coming of the sisters of Ganesha by some communities. Some people believe that it is Goddess Parvati, mother of Ganesha.

The idols of Gauri are brought usually two days after the beginning of Ganesh Chaturthi. It is placed for three days – first day is the avahana, next day it is Satyanarayan puja and on the third day Gauri is immersed in water.

Legend has it that the two sisters fo…

Radha Ashtami 2017 date – Radhashtami

Sri Radha Ashtami, or Radhashtami, the birthday of Radha, is a major festival celebrated by Lord Krishna devotees. It falls on the eighth day of the Shukla Paksha (Ashtami on waxing phase of moon) in the month of Bhadrapad (August-September). Radha Ashtami 2017 date is on August 29. The day celebrates the relationship between Radha and Krishna – a unique relationship between god and human (world).

Special prayers and pujas are held in Sri Krishna temples in North India on the day. Most important celebrations are at Mathura and Vrindavan and in ISKCON Temples around the world.
To understand the relationship between Radha and Krishna, first we have to clear the worldly impurities from our mind, which is clogging our vision. Once these impurities are removed we will understand the true meaning of Raslila – the individual soul realizing that it is part of the universal soul, which is a continuity. It is always Radha and Krishna together or simply Radhakrishna. Radha exists with Krishna;…

Godh Bharai Dates in January 2017 – Hindu Baby Shower Good Dates in January 2017

Godh Bharai Dates in January 2017 is based on Hindu calendar and Panchang. Godh Bharai is the Hindu baby shower and is one of the auspicious occasions. Below are the good dates in January 2017 for performing this important ritual.
January 1, 2017
January 2 - Good day after 3:55 PM. January 4 January 5 is good till 1:55 PM January 6 January 7
January 9 is good after 10:20 AM January 10 January 11 is good till 7:50 PM January 13 January 14 January 16 January 17
January 18 good till 12:45 PM January 19 January 20 January 21 is good till 8:03 AM January 23 is good till 1:55 PM
January 28 is good till 2:15 PM January 29 is good after 1:05 PM January 30 January 31 is good till 4:15 PM

Story of Jajali – Birds Built Their Nest in His Matter Hair

Story of Jajali is found in the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharat. Sage Jajali practices penance from his childhood and stayed in a forest. He was not deterred by rain, sun, wind etc.

Once he stood like a pillar in the forest, immersed in meditation. Two birds built their nests in his matted hair. He did not move, as that would become himsa or violence. The birds came to their nests every evening and stayed for the night. After a few days, the female bird laid eggs in the nest. The eggs hatched and still the sage did not move.

The young ones got wings. They grew up and began to go out with the parent birds. They went out in the morning and returned in the evening. The hermit stood like a pillar.

One morning they went out and did not return in the evening. The hermit stood there for six days waiting for the return of the birds. On the sixth day evening, they returned. Next time the hermit waited for a month for the return of the birds. They did not return.

So he moved from there and …

What is Jnana in Hinduism? – Gyana

Jnana, or Gyana, in Hinduism is the real knowledge – the intuitive knowledge of the Supreme Truth. It is the knowledge of Brahman – the absolute. This knowledge gives freedom from all sufferings. When jnana dawns in a person, he realizes he is the eternal, pure and enlightened. He realizes that he is not the mind, body and ego.

This knowledge is found the in Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Vasishta, in the Puranas, Mahabharata, Ramayana and other holy texts.

All these texts categorically state that individual soul is not separate from the universal soul (Brahman).

Brahman is the all – pervading ultimate reality, and thus ever free from birth, growth, decay, death, pain, suffering, sickness etc., to which the body remains subjected to.

Thus, individual soul is Sat Chit Ananda – truth, awareness and bliss.

Even Jnana, if not used wisely will end up piling up ignorance. Try to define Brahman, arrogance, being proud of once scholarly nature etc., are part of this ignorance.
Brahman is in…

Dadhichi Jayanti

Dadhichi Jayanti is dedicated to Sage Dadhichi an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and a descendent of Sage Angira. Sage Dadheechi is believed to have born on the Shukla Ashtami day (waxing phase of moon) in the Bhadrapad month (August – September). In 2017, the date of Dadhichi Jayanthi is August 29.

Legend has it that Devas (Demi Gods) who were losing a battle to the Asuras (Demons) was advised to fight with weapons made using the bones of Sage Dadhichi to win the battle. Devas requested Sage Dadhichi for his bones. The humble saint readily agreed and went into a deep meditation and his soul merged with Brahman. The Devas then made use of the bones of Sage Dadhichi to fight the Asuras and emerged victorious.

Dadhich Samaj observes the Maharishi Dadhichi and special pujas are held on the day.

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The story of Sage Dadhichi and Vajrayudha

Mahalakshmi Vrata 2017 – 16-day Mahalaxmi Vrat and Puja dates in 2017 in North India

Mahalakshmi Vrata and puja, dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, is observed for 16-days starting from the eighth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Bhadrapad Month (August – September) as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Mahalakshmi Vrata 2017 begins on August 29 and ends on September 13. Mahalaxmi Puja and Vrata dates are based on the North Indian calendar and is only observed mainly in North India.


The 16-day Mahalakshmi Vrata ends on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha of Aswhin month (on the Ashtami day of waning phase of moon).

The Vrata is observed mainly by women but in some communities men also observe the rules associated with the Vrata.

Non-vegetarian food is avoided during the Vrata period. The popular belief is that Goddess Lakshmi blesses devotees with wealth and prosperity during the period. Tying the sacred thread having sixteen knots after traditional puja is an important ritual during the period.

A specifically prepared Kalash s…

There is nothing that is not God – Sri Mata Amritanandamayi

We can mold clay in the shape of a donkey, a horse, a mouse, or a lion. Even though they are different in name and form, they are in fact nothing but clay. We need the eye to see the clay that is the substratum of all those names and forms. So, the mode of perceiving the universe through different names and forms has to be abandoned. It is, in fact, the one Supreme Principle that has transformed itself into all those forms. So, in Hinduism everything is God. There is nothing that is not God. Hinduism teaches us to love and serve animals, birds, reptiles, trees, plants, mountains, rivers – everything, even a deadly, poisonous cobra.

When we reach the ultimate experience, we realize that this universe is not distinct from us, just as the different organs in our body are not separate from us.

Our awareness, which until now has been limited to our body, expands to encompass the entire universe. Nothing is excluded from this awareness. Those who know the Truth experience the suffering and…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 7, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:29 PM on September 7. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 7, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra till 11:34 PM on September 7. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra the entire day on Sept 7 and till 1:37 AM on September 8. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi till 4:55 PM. Then onward it is Vrischika Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat…