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Chandrabhaga Fair 2017 near Jhalarapatan in Jhalawar in Rajasthan

Chandrabhaga fair is held annually on Kartik Purnima day, full moon day in Kartik month, as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar near Jhalarapatan in Jhalawar District in Rajasthan. The main event on the day is taking holy dip in the Chandrabhaga River. Chandrabhaga Fair 2017 date is November 4.

Another major event on the day is Deep Daan – offering of lamps to ancestors. People light up lamps and float them on the river on Kartik Purnima night.

Chandramoulishwar Mahadev Temple is located on the banks of Chandrabhaga River.
A cattle fair is also held during the period.

Kolayat Mela 2017 - Kolayat Fair 2017 Date near Bikaner in Rajasthan

Kolayat fair is annually held on Kartik Purnima tithi, or the full moon day, in Kartik month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar in Rajasthan. The fair is held on the banks of a lake located at Kolayat near Bikaner in Rajasthan. Kolayat fair 2017 date is November 4.

Kolayat is located 55 km west of Bikaner and is 4 km of the Bikaner – Jaisalmer road.

The fair is held at the shrine dedicated to Sage Kapila or Kapil Muni. He is considered an incarnation of Lord Vishnu especially in this region.

It is believed that the sage performed prayers at a peepal tree located near the shrine. The tree still exists in the temple complex.

A large lake with 52 ghats forms of the main area of the fair. It is believed that taking holy dip in the lake during Kartik Purnima will help in washing away sins of several births. There are numerous temples on the ghats.
A camel and livestock fair is part of the fair.

Story of Anjani – Mother of Hanuman

Anjani, wife of monkey king Kesari, is the mother of Hindu God Hanuman. Anjani is also known as Anjana. There is an interesting story mentioned in Puranas which suggest how Anjani became the mother of Hanuman. Anjani in her previous birth was a beautiful woman and served Goddess Parvati.
One day Anjani was frightened by a huge thunder storm and she ran into the arms of Shiva.
Goddess Parvati who happened to see this became jealous and cursed her to be born as monkey.
Shiva did not agree to this act of Goddess Parvati and gave Anjani the boon that she will give birth to a son in her monkey form who will be a manifestation Shiva himself.


Years later, Shiva requested Vishnu to see his Mohini form. Pleased with the form, Shiva asked Vishnu to ask for a gift.
Vishnu asked for the essence of Shiva’s strength and spirituality. Shiva created a seed which contained the spirit of his strength and spirituality.
Vishnu then gave this seed to the Sapta Rishis and asked them to save it till he t…

Shiva as Bhikshatan – The Story

One among the numerous forms of Shiva is Bhikshatan – mendicant or wandering ascetic or the beggar. There are two stories which narrate why Shiva took the form of Bhikshatan. The first story is associated with Shiva – Parvati marriage. The second story is associated with Shiva cutting the head of Brahma.


Goddess Parvati had performed intense penance to get Shiva as her husband. Shiva agreed finally. Shiva then in the form of a Bhikshatan with a dog asked Himavan for the hand of Parvati in marriage. It is said that Shiva appeared before the Himavan – father of Parvati – with an hour glass drum in hand. He began to dance to the rhythm of the drum. All the people assembled there were impressed by the dance of Shiva as Bhikshatan.
Himavan and his wife offered Him jewels and food but He rejected them. Instead He said that He want to marry Parvati.
Before Himavan and the assembled people could react, Bhikshatan disappeared.
Shiva took this form to fulfill the traditional rite of the groo…

Indira Ekadasi

Indira Ekadashi occurs during the waning phase of moon in the month of Ashwin (September – October) in traditional North Indian calendar. In 2017, Indira Ekadasi is on September 16. The importance of Indira Ekadasi is described in the Brahmavaivarta Purana and was described by Lord Krishna to Yudhisthira. It is believed that observing this Ekadasi will help in removing the sins committed by oneself and one’s forefathers. The Ekadasi falls during the Pitru Paksh Shradh period in North India. Ekadashi fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Legend has it that King Indrasena on Narada Muni’s advice observed Indira Ekadasi and saved his father from the remorse of sins committed during earthly life.
Indira Ekadasi falls during the Pitru Paksh Shradh period in North India.
Prayers and rituals are performed in the name of forefathers and dead relatives on the day before Indira Ekadasi. A single meal is only eaten on the day before Ekadashi. A complete fast is observed on the Indira Ekadashi d…

Physical – Emotional – Psychological Problems – Solution Bhagavad Gita

If we want to be free from physical, emotional and psychological problems then read the Bhagavad Gita. Today, we go to psychologists and therapists for solving emotional and psychological problems. The greatest psychologist and therapist is Bhagavan Sri Krishna. An Example from Gita–
When a man thinks of objects, "attachment" for them arises; from attachment "desire" is born; from desire arises "anger" . . . From anger comes "delusion" ; from delusion "loss of memory" ; from loss of memory the "destruction of discrimination" ; from destruction of discrimination, he "perishes. " (Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 Verse 62 and 63) Bhagavad Gita is a text that understands the core issue. It does not provide illogical solutions through magic or prayers. Instead, it makes us understand what the real issue and tries to solve it.

Sri Krishna did not solve the problems faced by Arjuna through magic or by just lifting his hands. Inst…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 25, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, September 25, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon till 4:59 AM on September 25. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 25, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good date till 1:00 PM. Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 6:25 PM on September 25. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 2:37 PM on September 25. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi till 12:34 PM. Then onward it is Karka Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajast…

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