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Navratri Brahmotsavam 2017 at Tirumala Tirupati Temple – Schedule

The annual Navratri Brahmotsavam celebrations 2017 in Tirumala Tirupati Balaji temple will begin on September 23, 2017 and end on October 1, 2017. During the nine-days of the Brahmotsavams, Sri Venkateswara will be taken in procession around the temple in different Vahanas (special decorated Vehicles based on Vishnu legends). There will be special Unjal Seva during the period.

Navadurga – Nine Forms of Goddess Durga Worshiped During Navratri

Navadurga, or Navdurga, are the nine forms of Durga collectively worshipped by Shakti devotees. Scriptures differ in naming the nine incarnations. Pictures and paintings of the Nava-Durga also varies from region to region. The most widely accepted account of the nine forms of Durga is the one found in the Devi Mahatmya – Sailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Maha Gowri and Siddhidayini. The nine forms of Durga are worshipped during the nine days of Navratri.
Sailaputri or Shailaputri– In this form Durga is two-armed and carries a trident and lotus. Her mount is an ox or bull. Sailaputri is believed to be the rebirth of Sati, the daughter of Daksha and the wife of Lord Shiva. In her second birth she is Parvati, the daughter of Himalaya and later she became the consort of Shiva. This is one of the very first forms of Shakti and is closely associated with Lord Shiva. Shailaputri is worshipped on the first day of Navaratri.

Hindu Festivals in October 2016 – Hindu Vrat – Fasting – Rituals in October 2016

Dates of important festivals and fasting associated with Hinduism in October 2016 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST).

October 1 – Navratri Begins October 1– Ashwin month begins in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh October 6 – Lalitha Panchami October 7 – Sashti Fasting – Durga Puja Shasti October 8 – Durga Puja Saptami, Saraswati Avahan October 9, 2016 – Durga Ashtami, Saraswati Puja, Mahanisha Puja October 10 – Mahanavami, Saraswati Visarjan – Navratri ends October 11 – Vijayadasami, Dasara October 11 – Shirdi Saibaba Punyatithi October 11 – Vidyarambham in Kerala

Goddess Lobhi – Information about Goddess Lovi

Goddess Lobhi is worshipped mainly in Angul District in Odisha. She is also known as Lovi and the name of the Goddess means ‘greediness.’ People say that this greediness is positive and is associated with greediness of devotion, offerings and to sacrifice egoism.

Legend has it that the Goddess was originally worshipped by demon king Ravana. After Rama killed Ravana, the Goddess followed Bhagavan Sri Ram to Ayodhya and on the way, she settled at Garh Santry in Ankul District.

The main offering done by devotees to Goddess Lobhi is tonsuring of hair.

The Goddess is worshipped for peace and prosperity. It is believed that she blesses children with long life and good health.
The main festival dedicated to her known as Lobhi Thakurani Yatra is observed on the Kartik Purnima day (full moon day in November). In the festival, the murti of the Goddess worshipped at Garh Santry is taken to a nearby village temple in a huge procession, which includes drums, music and dance.

Navarathri Bommai Golu ideas and How to create - Navratri Kolu Procedure

Golu or Kolu, doll arrangement, is an essential part of Navrathri and Dasara celebrations in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. In 2017, Navratri Kolu begins on September 21. The Bommai Golus are proud possessions of a family and they are handed down through generations. Apart from the traditional Navratri Bommai Kolu display, nowadays there is an emphasis on Golu themes with different ideas.
Majority of the Bommai Golu displayed in homes opt for the traditional method of display. Kolu – the royal court of Goddess Durga is created 3, 5, 7, 9 or 11 steps. The most important dolls in the kolu arrangement are the Raja-rani or the marapaachi bommais. These are expensive dolls and a set of them is found in all traditional households. Another important idol is that of Goddess Saraswati. A Kalash is also placed along with the Golu.
Golu ideas and How to Create Stories from Hindu Mythology continue to be the favorite theme during Navarathri Golu. Community Golu and displays by organiz…

Thiruvanvandoor Temple – Thiruvanvandoor Mahavishnu Temple near Chengannur in Kerala

Thiruvanvandoor Mahavishnu Temple is located around 7 km northwest of Chengannur town in Kerala. The temple is associated with Pandavas of the Mahabharata. Thiruvanvandoor Temple was constructed by Nakula, the fourth of the Pandava brothers. The shrine is also one among the 108 Divya Deshams – Thiruvanvandoor (108 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu as per Vaishnava tradition).


Lord Vishnu worshiped in the shrine is also referred to as Pambanaiappan – meaning lord on the banks of Pampa River. He is also known as Annadana Prabhu.

Legend has it that Sage Narada and Sage Markandeya got the vision of Lord Vishnu in the spot where the present shrine is located.

There is another belief that the murti worshipped in the shrine was originally worshipped by Sage Bhrigu.

The main murti worshipped in the shrine is Vishnu in standing posture. It is made using Krishna Shila.

The shrine is a classic example of Kerala style temple architecture with two tier gopuram, dwajasthampam, deepasthampam, manda…

Uthirattathi Natchathiram 2017 Palan – Uthirattathi Natchathiram or Birth Star Palangal in 2017

As per 2017 palan, Uthirattathi Natchathiram will have a fairly good year. Good opportunity for business people. Gains in financial matters. Property disputes for some. Astrology predictions or palangal for Uthirattathi Natchathiram for 2017 based on birth star is given below: January, April, August and November are good months in 2017. February, May, July and December will see ups and downs. March, June, September and October will be bad. Uthirattathi Natchathiram is the 26th birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu astrology or Jyothish Shastra. Uthirattathi is in Meena Rashi or Meenakurru according to Hindu moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar in Tamil Nadu.
Career – It is a good year for people looking abroad for jobs. You will create enemies at the workplace due to unwanted arguments and talks. Some of you will get promotion and new good job offers. Sudden job loss for some in this year but you can overcome it through hard work and dedication. Writer, publishers and …

Pooratathi Natchathiram 2017 Palan – Pooratathi Natchathiram or Birth Star Palangal in 2017

As per 2017 Palan, Pooratathi Natchathiram born people will face some serious troubles in certain areas of life in 2017. There will be some problems in relationships. Financial troubles is also a possibility. Pooratathi Natchathiram predictions or palangal 2017 is given below in detail. March, May, August and December are good. January, April, September and November are bad. February, June, July and October 2017 will see both good and bad times. Pooratathi Natchathiram is the 25th birth star among 27 Natchathirams in Hindu astrology or Jyothish Shastram. The first three quarters or 45 nazhika of Pooratathi is in Kumbha Rashi or Kumbha Kurru (Aquarius Zodiac) and the next quarter or 15 nazhika is in Meena Rashi or Meena kurru according to Hindu moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar in Tamil Nadu.
Career – Those looking for new job will get it. Those working in banks will have a good year. Good year for lawyers. Some of you will leave present job and take up business. There …

Sadayam Nakshatra 2017 predictions or palangal– Astrology Predictions or palan in 2017 for Sadhayam Natchathiram or Birth Star

For those people born in Sadayam Nakshatra, 2017 is not a good year. There will be obstacles, unwanted spending and health troubles in the year. Astrology prediction or palangal for Sadhayam Natchathiram for 2017 based on birth star is given below: February, April, August and October are good. May, June, September and November 2017 will see both good and bad times. January, March, July and December 2017 are bad. Sadayam Nakshatram is the 24th birth star among 27 Nakshatras in Hindu Tamil astrology or Jyothisha. The birth star is in Kumbha Rashi (Aquarius Zodiac) according to Hindu moon astrology, Panchang and traditional calendar.
Career – Those waiting for job confirmation letter will get it. Some of you will be forced to quit the present job. Some of you will get transfer to a desire place and promotion. Jobs in foreign place will become a reality. You will be offered new job with good position. New job seekers will be unhappy with the jobs offered. Those in government service will …

Avittam Natchathiram 2017 Palan – Avittam Natchathiram or Birth Star Palangal in 2017

As per 2017 palan, Avittam Natchathiram born people will see good year with positive developments. Get together. Marriage. Child birth in the family. Astrology predictions or palangal for Avittam Natchathiram for 2017 is given below: February, May, July and December are both good and bad. March, June, August and October 2017 are tough periods.  Avittam Natchathiram is the 23rd birth star among 27 Natchathirams in Hindu astrology or Jyothisham. The first two quarter or 30 Nazhika of Avittam is in Makar Rashi or Makarakurru (Capricorn Zodiac) and the next two quarter or 30 Nazhika is in Kumbha Rashi or Kumbha Kurru (Aquarius Zodiac) according to Hindu moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar in Tamil Nadu.
Career – Some of you will see sudden reversal in career. Those looking for new jobs will face tough time. Bank professionals will have a good year. There will support and encouragement from management during the later part of the year. Good year for writers and those associat…

Thiruvonam Natchathiram 2017 Palan – Thiruvonam Natchathiram or Birth Star Palangal in 2017

As per 2017 Palan, Thiruvonam Natchathiram will have mixed fortune in 2017. Trouble with opposite sex. Lethargy. Lack of sleep. You will not be happy in progress in career. Astrology prediction or palangal for Thiruvonam Natchathiram for 2017 is given below: February, April, August and October are good. January, March, May and December will be neither good nor bad. June, July, September and November 2017 are bad. Thiruvonam Natchathiram is the 22nd birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu astrology or Jyothisham. Thiruvonam Birth Star is in Makar Rashi or Makarakurru (Capricorn Zodiac) according to Hindu moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar in Tamil Nadu.
Career – There will be difference of opinion with seniors and management. Gains this year for advertising professionals. You will be affected by the activities of your enemies and jealous colleagues. Artists and actors will have a good year. You will be making serious decision on career matter keeping in mind your future…

Uthradam Natchathiram 2017 Palan – Uthradam Natchathiram or Birth Star Palangal in 2017

As per 2017 Palan, Uthradam Natchathiram will see positive developments. It will be a good year for farmers and those in agriculture field. Luck. New member in family. Astrology Predictions or Palangal for Uthradam Natchathiram for 2017 is given below: January, March, August and October are good months. February, April, July and December will see ups and downs. May, June, September and November 2017 are bad months. Uthradam Natchathiram is the 21st birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu astrology or Jyothish. As per Hindu moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar followed in Tamil Nadu first quarter or 15 nazhika of Uthradam is in Dhanu Rashi or Dhanu Kurru (Sagittarius Zodiac) and the next three quarters or 45 nazhika is in Makar Rashi or Makarakurru (Capricorn Zodiac).
Career – You might get into arguments at workplace. You will be busy this year due to additional responsibilities. Those looking for new jobs in defence and other such services will get it. You will win over…

Mahalaya Thoughts and Quotes

The word Mahalaya can be defined as Maha + Alaya, which means great habitat. The earth turns to a great habitat for these fifteen days; because the manes are invited from the upper space to the human habitat to be worshiped. During these fifteen days every family is expected to offer Tarpan (offering water) to the pitru as a token of obligation. Also any day within the fortnight according to suitability of the family, is fixed to offer Shradha (ceremonial offering of food) for the pitru. (Symbolism of Mahalaya when it is considered as a day for making offerings to dead ancestors.) – Source - Unknown

Mahalaya means ‘the great dissolution.’ It stands for the dissolution of the ignorance within us which is symbolized by the killing of the Buffalo demon on Mahanavami day. It is nine days Tapasya starting on Mahalaya Day, invoking the Goddess of “Constructive Destruction” and knowledge. If the Tapsaya is proper, the ignorance within us should be wiped out in nine days. The buffalo is the…

Story of Pitru Paksha Period – Origin of Mahalaya Shradh

Pitru Paksha period (the waning phase of moon in September – October) is considered to be a highly meritorious period for making offering to dead ancestors, parents and relatives. One of the important stories associated with Pitru Paksha is related to Karna of the Mahabharata. The Origin of Mahalaya Shradh starts with the charity that Karna performed on earth.

Karna was known as Dhanveer – one who performed the greatest of the charities. So when he died and reached heaven the great charity that he had performed in his lifetime was returned in hundredfold. But sadly Karna did not get any food in the heaven – all he got was gold and silver. This was because he had not done any food charity.

So he prayed to Lord Yama for forgiveness. Yama advised him to go back to earth for fourteen days and perform food charity.

For the next fourteen days, he fed the poor and offered oblations of water. On his return to the heaven, he received food in plenty.

These fourteen days came to be known as Ma…

Story of Woodcutter – Sri Ramakrishna

Go forward! Go forward! After sandalwood is the copper mine, after that is the silver mine, and after that, gold, diamond…

A woodcutter used to collect wood from the forest and pass his days in great misery. One day he was carrying thin pieces of wood on his head, having cut them from the forest.

Suddenly, a passerby called out to him and said: “O man, go forward!”

The next day, the woodcutter followed the advice of that passerby and having gone forward some distance, found a forest with thick wood. He cut as much wood as he could, sold it in the market and made much more money than the other days.

The next day, he thought to himself: “That person had asked me to go forward. Well, why shouldn’t I go forward a bit further today?” He went further ahead and found a sandalwood forest. He carried the sandalwood on his head, sold it in the market and made much money.

The next day, he thought again: “He asked me to go forward.” He went forward furthermore that day and found a copper mine…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 30, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, September 30, 2016 (Today) – Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 2:53 AM on September 30. Then onward it is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 30, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 9:10 PM on September 30. Then onward it is Hasta or Atham Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 9:27 PM on September 30. Then onward it is Hasta or Atham Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 1:59 AM. Then onward it is Kanya Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Simha Rashi till 1:46 AM. Then onward it is Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – A…

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