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Kali Chaudas 2017 date – Goddess Kali Worship during Diwali

Kali Chaudas as the name indicates is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is observed on the 14th day of Ashwin month mainly in Gujarat. Kali Chaudas 2017 date is October 18. The auspicious day, which falls a day before Diwali, is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Mahakali. In Gujarat, the day is also dedicated to Hanuman worship.

Usually, Narak Chaturdashi is observed on Kali Chaudas day.

It must be noted that the Amavasi in the month of Ashwin is dedicated to Kali Puja in eastern parts of India - this is on October 18, 2017. Diwali day is dedicated to worship of Kali in Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand and Assam. Tantric practitioners perform special pujas on the day.

Why do people take oil bath on Diwali and Naraka Chaturdashi?

There is a tradition of taking oil bath during Naraka Chaturdashi and Diwali. This ritual is known as Neer Thumba Habba in Karnataka and Abhyanga Snan in Maharashtra. In other regions too there is a tradition of taking oil bath during Diwali. Symbolically oil bath on Narak Chaturdasi and Deepavali suggest new beginning – removing all the ego, anger, fights, pride and jealousy of the previous year and a fresh new beginning. A physical cleansing of the body and a spiritual cleansing of the mind with new hope.
Legend has it that Lord Krishna after witnessing Sathyabhama killing Demon Narakasura took an oil bath to get rid of the blood spattered on his body.
Another popular belief is that ritual cleansing of the body is to remove all dirt, evil and inauspicious things before the arrival of Goddess Lakshmi on the next day. The oil bath thus has a symbolic meaning – a new beginning after washing away all dirt.
It is said that those who perform the oil bath on Naraka Chaturdashi and Diwal…

Roop Chaudas 2017 date - Rup Chaturdashi

Roop Chaudas is a festival associated with Diwali and is observe d a day before Deepavali in North India. Some Hindu communities perform a traditional oil bath on the day. Roop Chaudas 2017 date is October 18. Importance is given to bathing and for other body beautification process.

On Roop Chaudas, people take bath after applying oil and other traditional health products. Special powder of gram flour (Uptan) and other herbs are applied on the body.

In some regions, special pujas are offered to Lord Yama and Chitragupta.

In Gujarat, the day is observed as Kali Chaudas.

Related Importance of Rup Chaturdashi

Pradosh Vrat November 2017 – Shiva Pradosha Fasting Dates in November 2017

Pradosh, also referred as Pradosha Vrat, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Pradosh Vrat dates in November 2017 are November 1 and November 15.

The fasting occurs twice in a Hindu month – once each during the waning and waxing phase of the moon on the Trayodashi day (Thirteenth day after new moon and full moon). Pujas and rituals on Pradosham are performed during the twilight period – around 90 minutes before and 90 minutes after sunset.

Fasting from sunrise to sunset is an important aspect of Pradosha. The fast is broken after the evening prayers. The puja and worship is done in the evening. Most devotees spend the evening on the day in a Shiva temple.
You may also like to read How to do or observe Pradosh? Story of Pradosh Fasting

Tough Time Will Pass

Rough weather does not last for a long period. Similarly, tough time in life will pass soon.

True friendship and relation is in being with people in their ups and downs.

Develop the art of listening because everyone wants to share their feelings and emotions.

When we are overpowered by guilt, we lose our confidence and find fault without ourselves. The only solution here is stop repeating the mistake and if possible try to rectify it.
Have faith, everything will pass and will be okay. Such a simple sentence can give ray of hope to the depressed.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 29, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, October 29, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 7:19 PM on October 29. Then onward it is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 29, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatra till 6:19 AM on October 29. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithira or Chithirai Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatra till 6:10 AM on October 29. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithira or Chithirai Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 7:24 PM. Then onward it is Tula Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Kanya Rashi till 7:…

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