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Ugadi 2017 Name

Ugadi is the Hindu New Year as per the lunar calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. Ugadi 2017 name is Hevilambi nama Samvatsara or Hemalambi nama. Each year Ugadi is observed on the first day of the Chaitra month as per traditional Telugu and Kannada Hindu lunar calendar.
Hevilambi Nama is the Sanskrit name of the Ugadi that begins on March 29, 2017. There are sixty years in a cycle. The present is Manmatha Nama and is followed by Vilambi. The previous year was Durmukhi.
Shalivahana Saka year 1939 begins on March 29, 2017 in these regions.

Significance of Attukal Pongala

Without any persuasion or advertisement, more than a million women assemble in the Indian southern city of Trivandrum in Kerala on the day when Pooram Nakshatram and Poornima coincides in the Malayalam month of Kumbham (February - March). In 2017, Attukal Pongala is on March 11. Their sole aim is to cook rice with jaggery and coconut for Attukal Amma and seek the blessings of the Goddess who is the incarnation of Kannagi.

Attukal Pongala is held on the ninth day of the 10-day festival at the AttukalBhagavathyTemple. The goddess worshipped at Attukal temple is Kannagi who is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva.

Kannagi is the heroine of famous Tamil poem Silappathikaram - the Epic of the Anklet. The story has it that Kannagi’s husband Kovalan was unjustly put to death by the ruler of Madurai for stealing the anklet of the queen. Kannagi proves the innocence of her husband at the court and in anger sets the entire Madurai city on fire. She then leaves the city a…

Ganesha Axe Symbolism – What Does Ganesha’s Axe Represent?

Ganesha is full of symbolism and the axe he holds is no different. In some images and murtis (idols) of Ganesha, we see him holding axe. So What does Ganesha’s axe represent?

The axe is known as Mahaparashu or large axe. It is meant for frightening the demons and protecting Dharma. It is held to keep out all unwanted thoughts that arises in the mind which will lead a devotee to Adharma.

Another axe that is held by Ganesha is known as Parshavadha or the battle-axe. It is also meant to protect dharma.

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Story of 56 Bhog – Why is Lord Krishna offering 56 different types of Food?

56 Bhog – 56 different types of food items – is an important offering to Lord Krishna. Here is the story behind offering 56 bhog.

Legend has it that Mata Yashoda used to offer 8 different types of food items to child Krishna.

Once, Bhagavan Sri Krishna lifted the Govardhan Mountain to save the people of Braj from the wrath of Indra.


Indra created torrential rain for seven days and Bhagavan Sri Krishna stood for seven days lifting the Govardhan Mountain. He did not eat food neither did he drank water during the seven days.
Indra’s ego was deflated and he asked for forgiveness.

When Sri Krishna returned home, Mata Yashoda made 56 different types of food and served it to Sri Krishna. 8 dishes X 7 days.
From that day onwards, people started offering 56 different types of food to Sri Krishna for getting his blessings.

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Holi at Phalen Village in Braj Region of Uttar Pradesh

In the Braj Region on Uttar Pradesh, there is a village named Phalen. The name of the village is a corrupt form of Prahlad, associated with Narasimha incarnation of Srihari Vishnu. Enactment of Prahlada – Holika story takes place here around Holi.

A tank known as Prahlad Kunda is located here and on the banks of the pond, there is a Prahlada temple.

A huge pile of firewood is made in between Prahlada Kunda and the temple of Prahlada. It is torched in the night and it bursts forth with tremendous blaze.

The youth of the village move around the fire jumping, dancing and brandishing canes.

Then the priest of the temple takes holy bath in the tank and rush through the great orb of fire, unharmed.
The priest represents Prahlada himself in the fire-ordeal of Phalen.

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Young Prahlada on the Modes of Devotion to Lord Vishnu

Dhulivandan 2018 Date – Dhooli Vandan during Holi Festival

Dhulivandan is a festival associated with Holi celebrations in Maharashtra. Dhulivandan 2018 date is March 2. The ritual of Dhooli Vandan is of significance to farmers. The main ritual involves worship of soil and the ashes from the burning of firewood on the previous night – Holika Dahan.

Dhulivandan is observed a good and rich harvest in the coming season. A popular legend associated with this ritual is that of Lord Shiva burning Kama, the god of love, in ashes.

This particular ritual associated with Holi festival in Maharashtra is now limited to rural areas.

Dol Purnima 2018 – Orissa Dol Poornima Festival

Dol Purnima is the full moon day in the month of Phalgun as per the traditional calendar followed in Orissa. Dol Purnima 2018 date is March 1. Dola Poornima coincides with the Holi festival and is the final day of the six-day festival which begins on the Phalgun Dasami day (10th day during the waxing phase of moon in Falguna month). The festival is also known as Dolajatra or Dol Yatra.

In some region the Holi festival ends only on the tenth day and it is known as Dasa Dola.

The highlights of the Dol Purnima are the swing festival of Radha and Krishna and burning of demons Holika and Mesha.

In Orissa, the play of Holi is held the day after Dol Purnima.

There are numerous rituals associated with the unique festival, which is a perfect amalgamation of rituals, fun and color.

You can find more details about Dol Purnima in this article.

Holika Dahan 2018 date – Bonfire during Holi Festival 2018 - Fire Lit During Holi

Holika Dahan 2018 date based on Hindu calendar and panchang in India. Holika Dahan, burning of old things, farm waste materials, woods or lighting of fire, is one of the most important ceremony during Holi festival. Holika Dahan 2018 date is March 1. This bonfire symbolically represents the victory of good over evil. On the night before Dhulhandi Holi, people light fire with old wood, sticks, branches and leaves.


The most popular legend associated with Holik Dahan is that of Demon Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, trying to kill young Prahlad and in that attempt gets herself killed. Young Prahlad is saved due to his unwavering and unfathomable devotion for God Sri Hari Vishnu. In some regions, people believe that Prahlad was saved by Lord Agni.

The day is observed as Hutashani Poornima in some regions. You can find more details about Holika Dahan and the story associated with it in this earlier article.

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Self is eternal and is realized by the endless light of innate Knowledge – Ramana Maharshi

A miniscule drop of illusion, assumed to be real, appears as an ocean into which the individual, who is the source of that drop and for whom it appears, misidentified as the experience and the performer of action, falls, just as one falls into a dream. Therein, one is buffeted by and submerged in karma.
Imagining the Self to be that which it is not, the Real to be unreal and the unreal to be real, is the obstruction to spiritual progress, which is Liberation from the imagined bondage.
The eternal is Real, which ever is, and the non-eternal is unreal, which truly never is.
The Self is eternal and is realized by the beginningless, endless light of innate Knowledge. – Ramana Maharshi

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Hindu Calendar Today – March 9, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, today, on Thursday, March 9, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:31 PM on March 9. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 8:22 PM on March 10. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 9, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date. Nakshatra – Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatra till 5:16 PM on March 9. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatram till 4:41 PM on March 10.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatra till 5:16 PM on March 9. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatram till 4:58 PM on March 10.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa an…

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