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Hindu Festivals in February 2017 – Hindu Vrat – Fasting – Rituals in February 2017

Dates of important festivals and fasting associated with Hinduism in February 2017 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST).

February 1, 2017 – Vasant Panchami. Saraswati Puja February 2 – Muruga Sashti Fasting – Sheetala Sashti February 3 – Ratha Saptami. Acchala Saptami. Narmada Jayanti February 4 – Bhishma Ashtami February 7 – Jaya Ekadasi Vrat February 8 – Pradosh Vrat. Bhishma Dwadasi. February 9 – Thaipusam (In some regions it is on Feb 10) February 9 – Vishwakarma Jayanti in western parts of India February 9 – Guru Pushya Amrtu Yoga after 10:50 AM February 10 – Purnima – Full moon day
February 10 – Guru Ravidas Jayanti February 11 – Phalgun month begins in North India calendars February 11 – Guru Pratipada February 14 – Sankashti Chaturthi – Angarak Ganesh Chaturthi February 14 – Kumbha Masam begins in Malayalam calendar in Kerala February 14 – Maasi Masam begins in Tamil Calendar …

Basant Panchami – Dedicated to Lovers – Long Before Valentine's Day Was Born

Basant Panchami heralds the arrival of spring season after the harsh winter and it used to be the celebration of love and friendship in Hindu tradition. Basant Panchami to Holi was the season of love – dedicated to lovers. Even today for many Hindu communities, Basant Panchami is an occasion for worshipping the Hindu God of Love, Kamadeva, and his companion Rati along with goddess Saraswati — the deity of knowledge.

Basant ritu (spring) finds a mention in renowned Sanskrit poet Kalidasa's romantic play — Abhijnanasakuntalam — and poems like Ritusamhara. Other literary works — like Banabhatta's Kadambari and Harshacharita that were written in the 7th century AD — address the subject of spring as a season of love in an exquisite manner. Sri Krishna is believed to have played Holi during this season - all fun and frolicking of Sri Krishna happened during this period.
Professor of Sanskrit at PU Shankarji Jha says, "Spring, which brings vitality and vigour, is undoubtedly the …

Meaning and Significance of Atithi Devo Bhava

Atithi Devo Bhava is an ancient Sanskrit phrase from Hindu scriptures that equates guests with God. Meaning and significance of Atithi Devo Bhava is hidden in the Sanskrit term ‘Atithi.’

Atithi is a combination of two words – A + tithi – it means one who arrives without prior notice of a day. Atithi is an unexpected guest. Tithi is the term used for a day as per Hindu calendar and panchang.

Meaning and significance of the phrase is that even an unexpected guest should be treated like God. So imagine how we should be treating an expected guest.
All guests should be treated with love and respect. They should be invited with a broad smile. If we are unable to prepare an elaborate meal, we should share what is at home with courtesy and warmth.

Vagishwari Jayanti

Vagishwari Jayanti is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of knowledge, art and learning. It is observed annually during the Magh Shukla Paksha Panchami day. Vagishwari Jayanti 2018 date is January 22. This festival is of great importance in North India. The day is also observed as Basant Panchami, Saraswati Puja and Saraswathi Jayanti.

Vagishwari is one of the twelve names of Goddess Saraswati mentioned in the Suta Samhita of Skanda Purana. Devotees praying for knowledge invoke these twelve names of Goddess Saraswati.
Yellow color is given importance on the day. Murti of Goddess Saraswati is decorated with yellow dress and flowers. All people invoke Goddess Saraswati for her blessings.
Young children also begin to learn the art of writing on the day.

Sri Panchami 2018 date – dedicated to Goddess Saraswati in Magh month

Sri Panchami is dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi, the Hindu Goddess of Learning and it is also known as Saraswati Puja. Sri Panchami 2018 date is January 22. It is observed as the birthday or Jayanti of Goddess Saraswati in North and Eastern parts of India and Nepal in Magha Mahina (January – February). The day is popularly observed as Basant Panchami.

Note in some regions it is also observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Panchami. In 2018, it is on March 22.

In some regions it is also observed on Chaitra Krishna Paksha Panchami and this is on March 6 2018.

Shri Panchami is observed on the fifth day during the Shukla Paksha of Magh month (January – February) as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar.

The popular belief is that Goddess Saraswati made her appearance for the good of the human beings on the day.

Goddess Saraswati is worshipped using yellow followers and yellow colored clothes on the day. Yellow color symbolically represents spiritual knowledge. Hindus also wear yellow garments on…

Uttaraphalguni Nakshatra Tree – Which is the tree associated with Uttara Phalguni birth star Born People?

There are trees associated with each 27 nakshatrams or birth stars. Uttaraphalguni Nakshatra also has a particular tree dedicated to it. People born on each nakshatra should worship the particular tree. The tree associated and worshipped by Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra Born People is dye fig or Ficus tinctoria.

Hindi name of the Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra Tree is Paker Telugu name is Malayalam name is Ithi Tamil Name is  Kaliatthi Kannada name is Gudumittemara In Marathi it is known as Datir  Bengali name is 
Uttaraphalguni Nakshatra born people should plant the dye fig. Water it. They should also protect the tree.

Chandika Devi Temple at Bageshwar in Uttarakhand

Chandika Devi Temple is a popular Shakti shrine in Uttarakhand. It is located around a kilometer from Bageshwar, a town popular for Shiva temples. The murti of Maa Chandika is carved out of white granite stone.

Goddess Chandika is depicted as sitting on a lion. A kind and motherly form of Maa Chandika is worshipped in the temple. She has four hands and two of her hands are in blessing posture. One hand holds a raised weapon and another a pot.


The main sanctum sanctorum is conical in shape.
Navratri and Dura Puja are the important festivals observed here.

Senses are the Villains – Sathya Sai Baba

Evil qualities and unrighteous conduct of man are responsible for the injustice, untruth, unrighteousness that prevail in the world today.

You have to develop virtues and follow the righteous path if you want to enjoy peace and happiness.

The pains and sorrows that come during one’s daily life must be forgotten and you must leave them behind. Only when you make an attempt to lead such a life will it become fruitful.

The senses are the villains. They instill the delusion that you are the body.
Mental agitation can be calmed by the thought that ‘this will not last.’
– Sathya Sai Baba

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 31, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon till 5:06 AM on January 31. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 31, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day till 4:10 PM. Nakshatra – Purvabhadrapada or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 11:09 PM on January 31. Then onward it is Uttarabhadrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Purvabhadrapada or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 10:44 PM on January 31. Then onward it is Uttarabhadrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rashi till 5:16 PM. Then onward it is Meena Rashi.
In western parts of India (M…

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