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Bhoumi Ekadashi

Bhoumi Ekadashi is observed in the Shukla Paksha of Magha Month in Orissa during the waxing phase of the moon. Bhoumi Ekadasi is of great significance at the LordJagannathTemple in Puri. In 2017, the date of Bhoumi Ekadasi is February 7. This Ekadasi is also observed as Jaya Ekadasi and Bhishma Ekadashi by other Hindu communities.

Special pujas and rituals dedicated to Lord Jaganntah are held on Bhoumi Ekadashi. It is an auspicious day at all Jagannath temples around the world.

Ekadasi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and it falls on the on the eleventh day of every lunar fortnight in traditional Hindu calendar. Vishnu devotees fast on the day and some devotees keep vigil during night.

You may also like to read Ekadasi Food – What food can be eaten during Ekadashi fasting

Aghori Sadhus

Aghori Sadhus are worshippers of Lord Shiva and are living symbols of Hindu God Shiva on earth. As per Aghori Sect, all the people are ‘Shava’ (dead body) with emotions and desires and they should try to over come these emotions by becoming ‘Shiva.’ Aghoris don’t attach themselves to anything. They do things which most common people would not even like to think about.
Some scholars trace the orgin of Aghori sect to Dattatreya. Another view is that the aghori sect began with Sage Kinaram, who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. A temple dedicated to Kinaram Baba in Varanasi is highly sacred to the Aghoris.
The word aghori means not terrifying. This symbolically means that all things in the world are Shiva and there is nothing to fear or worry about – all things are pure.
All places are the same for the aghori therefore they live on streets, cemetery etc. There are also aghoris who roam around naked – they have overcome Maya or illusion. They eat anything. They are represen…

Legend behind taking Kavadi to Murugan Temples

Many Hindu devotees make it a point to take Kavadi to Murugan temples, especially during Thaipusam. In South India, many devotees take Kavadi to the MuruganTemple in Palani after observing severe austerities which include begging in houses. So, what is the significance of Kavadi? The popular myth or legend behind taking kavadi is associated with Idumban and Muruga.

Idumban was a highly devoted student of Sage Agasthya. One day Sage Agasthya asked Idumban to bring two hills occupied by Lord Muruga. The two hills were Shivagiri and Shakthi giri. As a trial Idumban first lifted them up and both the mountains came up easily. Satisfied with his effort he kept them back and started preparing to take them to his Guru Agasthya.
Now, Lord Muruga was watching all this from a distance. He decided to test Idumban’s determination as well as his devotion for his master. Lord Muruga took the shape of a small child and stood atop a hill.
Idumban tried to pick up the hill but was unable to do. He …

Ganpati 2017 date – 10-day Ganapati Festival 2017

Ganapati festival is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the God of wisdom, prosperity and auspiciousness in Hinduism. Ganapati 2017 date is August 25, Friday. The festival ends on Ananta Chaturdasi on September 5, 2017. Ganpati is today worshipped around the world and the elephant-faced Hindu god is one of the most popular deities in Hindu religion. The 10-day Ganapati ends with the immersion (Visarjan) of the idol on Ananta Chaturdasi day.

Ganapati festival is observed on the fourth day after Amavasi (no moon) in the month of Bhadrapada (August - September) as per traditional Hindu calendar.

In Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, Ganapati community festival is celebrated for 10 days. In other parts of India, it is celebrated for one day on the chaturthi day.

Hindu homes observe Ganapati festival for one or three days. Special prayers are performed in all Hindu homes and hymns and songs are sung in praise of Lord Ganesha.
In Maharashtra, Ganesh and Gauri Puja is observed during …

Anuradha Nakshatra Tree – Which is the tree associated with Anuradha birth star Born People?

There are trees associated with each 27 nakshatrams or birth stars. Anuradha 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 Anuradha Nakshatra Born People is Spanish Cherry or Mimusops elengi.

Hindi name of the Anuradha Nakshatra Tree is Maulsari Telugu name is Malayalam name is Ilanji Tamil Name is Magizhamboo Kannada name is Ranjal  In Marathi it is known as  Bakuli Bengali name is  Bakul
Anuradha Nakshatra born people should plant the Spanish Cherry. Water it. They should also protect the tree.

Swarnajaleshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Swarnajaleshwar Form of Shiva – 6th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Swarnajaleshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Swarnajaleshwar Mahadev will reside happily with children and grandchildren.

The temple dedicated to Swarnajaleshwar Mahadev is located at Ram Sidhi (Ramghat) on the Shipra River.

This form of Shiva is associated with Agni.

Swarnajaleshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 6th temple visited during the parikrama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Swarnajaleshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain Agni had a son named Suvarna. But this powerful child became the reason for conflict between Devas and Asuras. Asuras wanted to have the child. Devas too wanted him.

Thousands of demigods and demons perished in the battle.

This angered Shiva who cursed Suvarna to lose his luster and to become like iron.

Agni then approached Shiva and told him that Suvarna was his son. The semen that fell from Shiva after Kamdev aroused …

Karumariamman Temple at Thiruverkadu in Tamil Nadu

Karumariamman Temple at Thiruverkadu in Tamil Nadu is an ancient shrine dedicated to Goddess Karumariamman, a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. This is a powerful temple and numerous deities are worshipped in the shrine. The shrine is around 12 km from Chennai Koyambedu.


The murti of Karumariamman worshipped in the temple is made of wood.
Sun’s rays fall on the murti two times in a year.

A unique offering here is ‘lock.’ Yajna with red chillies are performed on Amavasi day. The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Ganesha, Navgrahas, Muruga with his consort Valli and Daivayani, Srinivasa Padmavati and Hanuman. There are small shrines dedicated to Dakshinamurti, Angala Parameswari, Ganapati, Gayatri, Goddess Lakshmi, Rajarajeswari, Savitri and Goddess Durga.

The temple is also noted for its festivals especially in Aadi month.

Jaya Ekadashi

Jaya Ekadasi is observed during the waxing phase of the moon (Shukla Paksha) in the month of January/February. In 2017, the date of Jaya Ekadashi is February 7. It is also observed as Bhishma Ekadashi and Bhoumi Ekadasi by various Hindu communities. It is believed that observing Jaya Ekadashi will help in getting rid of remorse attached to sins committed and it also leads to liberation (Moksha).

The importance of Jaya Ekadashi was narrated to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna and is found in the Padma Purana and the Bhavisyothara Purana.

Fasting on Jaya Ekadashi is considered highly beneficial. Some staunch Vishnu devotees also do not sleep during the night. All the normal rules associated with Ekadashi fasting is followed.

Related Ekadasi Food – What food can be eaten during Ekadashi fasting Importance of Ekadasi

When I am simple I never feel busy – Dadi Janki

Remind yourself of your inner peace and you will have a greater capacity to find solutions.

Observing what is wrong, if done with humility can point the way towards something right.

To maintain self-respect don’t expect anything just accept others.

The power of silence allows you to serve the world.

When I am simple I never feel busy and can be available and flexible.
Determination leaves no gap between the thought and the action.
– Dadi Janki

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 6, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, February 6, 2017 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:07 PM on Feb 6. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is February 6, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day till 2:50 PM Nakshatra – Rohini Nakshatra till 2:47 PM on February 6. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Rohini Nakshatra till 3:29 PM on February 6. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Vrishabha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5…