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Basoda Festival 2017 – Basoda Sheetala Ashtami Festival in Rajasthan – Basora Festival 2017

Basoda festival is dedicated to Goddess Sheetala and is observed eight days after Holi festival on the Chaitra Krishna Paksha Ashtami day in Rajasthan. In 2017, Basoda Festival is on March 20. The ritual observed on the eight day of waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month (March – April) is also referred as Basora.
During Basoda Festival, Goddess Sheetala is propitiated to get rid of several diseases like chicken pox. A unique ritual of offering stale food is observed during Sheetala Ashtami. Food need for Sheetala Ashtami puja is prepared a day before in advance.
On the Basoda Festival day people do not cook any food. The food is prepared the previous day and it is then allowed to cool down.

On the Basoda festival day, the food is first offered to Goddess Sitala. Every house chooses a special stone which symbolises Goddess Sitala.

The stone is then installed on a red cloth and worshipped with diya, incense, flowers, kum kum, water, yoghurt, wheat and henna. An aarti is performed and …

Chaitra Navratri During March - April - Importance of Chaitra Navratri

Chaitra Navratri, also known as Vasant Navratri, begins on March 29, 2017. This festival of nine nights in Hinduism is dedicated to Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. It is also known as Chaitra Navratras or Spring Navratri or Basant Navratri. As this Navratra coincides with Ram Navami, it also referred as Ram Navratri. The dates are from March 29, 2017 to April 5, 2017.

Chaitra Navratri is observed in the Hindu month of Chaitra (March – April). It is believed that Goddess Durga was originally worshipped (Durga Puja) in the Chaitra month and was also referred as Basanti Puja. It was Lord Ram who changed the period of Durga Puja.

Chaitra Navratri  2017 dates
Ghatsthapana – Navratri Day 1 – March 29, 2017Sindhara Dooj, Dwitiya – March 29, 2017Gaur Teej, Saubhagya Teej, Tritiya -  March 30, 2017Varadvinayak Chaturthi -  March 31, 2017Sri Laxmi Panchami Vrat, Naag Vrat Pujan -  April 1, 2017Skand Shashthi, Yamuna Jayanti -  April 2, 2017Mahasaptami Vrat, Chaiti Chath, Vijaya Saptami - A…

Gudi Padwa 2017 Date – Marathi New Year 2017 in Maharashtra

Gudi Padwa is the Hindu New Year in Marathi culture as per traditional lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra. Gudi Padwa 2017 Date is March 28. It is observed mainly in Maharashtra, Goa and parts of Karnataka. As per traditional Marathi calendar, this New Year is the Hevilambi Nama Samvatsar and the Shri Shalivahan Shak 1939 begins on the day. The first month in the Marathi calendar is Chaitra and Gudi Padwa is observed on Chaitra 1 or the first day of Chaitra. The most important event on the day is the hoisting of the Gudhi (victory flags) in front of the homes.

Hemalambi or Hevilambi Nama Samvatsara begins from March 28. Shalivahana Sakaa year - 1939 begins.
Note - Some Panchangs in North India have marked Gudi Padwa on March 29, 2017.
Ugadi (Kannada or Telugu New Year) will be observed on March 29, 2017.

Why is Gudi Padwa Observed?
There numerous reasons for observing Gudi Padwa - the most important legends are the defeat of Shakas by Shaliavahan and some people observe it to comm…

Agneyastra – The Arrow Associated with Agni

Agneyastra is the arrow of Agni in Hinduism. Agni guards the southeast side holding Agneyastra mounted on Ram (adult sheep). The arrow is widely mentioned in the epics and puranas. All the important warriors in the Ramayana and Mahabharata possessed Agneyastra.

When Agneyastra is shot, it emits flames, which is inextinguishable through normal methods. It is used against an entire army or against individuals.

In the Ramayana, Lakshmana countered Ravana’s Agneyastra using clutch of fluid and feminine arrows.
As per Mahabharata, Agni received the Agneyastra from Bharadwaja. Drona was blessed with the arrow.

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What is Panchaloha idol (murti) – components and percentage used?

Panchaloha or Pancha Loha idol (murti) as the name indicates consists of five metals. Pancha means five and loha means metal. Panchaloha idols are found in many Hindu temples in India especially in South India. Panchaloha consists of Gold, Silver, Brass, Copper and Iron.
The percentage of metals used is 4 portions of silver, 1 portion of gold, 8 portions of brass, 8 portions of copper and a small quantity of iron. This percentage is only to give a general idea and might vary from region to region.
Today, the main constituent in Panchaloha idol is copper, brass and lead. 
Large quantity of copper is mainly used in idols that are sold in large-scale like the Nataraja statue.
But the idols made for temples strictly follow the tradition and contain gold and silver.

Note - Idol is a wrong word to use. The word that should be used is murti.
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Ugadi 2017 Panchangam

Ugadi 2017 Panchangam is for the Hevilambi nama samvatsara which begins on March 29, 2017. This panchang is from March 29, 2017 to March 17, 2018. Ugadi 2017 Panchangam in Telugu and Kannada is provided by Uttradi Mutt. It is for the Shalivahana Saka year 1939.
You can get details about all the Panchanga published by Uttaradi Mutt here at the official website.

You will need to create a login id to access the panchanga. After creating the login, click on the above link to access the Panchangam.

Jalakandeswarar Temple Timings – Darshan – Opening Closing and Pooja Time at Jalakandeswarar Temple in Vellore, Tamil Nadu

Jalakandeswarar Temple in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Detail temple timings is given below. Please note that there will be changes in the opening and closing time of the temple during important rituals and festival. The darshan time will be extended on special occasions. The shrine will remain closed during Grahanam or eclipse.

Jalakandeswarar Temple Darshan Timings:

Morning - 6:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Evening – 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Story - Sita Daughter of Mandodari

The story of Mata Sita as daughter of Mandodari is found in the Adhbuta Ramayana – a Sanskrit version of Ramayan associated with the tantric Shakti cult. This text mentions that Sita was the daughter of Mandodari, wife of Ravana, the demon king.

As per Adhbuta Ramayana, Mandodari was a pious woman and she was unhappy with the demonic ways of Ravana. She was also saddened by the fact that Ravana showed no interest in her and neglected her.
Ravana had collected the blood of Rishis (holy saints) to perform some ritual. He had warned Mandodari not to touch it as it was poisonous.
One day fed up with the attitude of Ravana, Mandodari decided to end her life and drank the blood of Rishis believing it was poison.
She did not die but few days later she realized that she had become pregnant due to drinking the blood.

She then removed the undeveloped foetus and buried it in a paddy field.
The undeveloped foetus was protected and nurtured by mother earth. When it became a fully developed baby …

Difference between Astra and Sastra

Both Astra and Sastra are terms used to refer to weapons in Hindu Puranas, epics and other texts. But there is a difference between them.
Astra refers to weapons that are associated with mantra or chant. Thus even a blade of grass can become an astra when it is infused with the power of mantra. Most of the arrows used in the Mahabharata and Ramayana fall in the category of astra.
Shastra, or Sastra, refers to conventional weapons like sword, mace, discus etc.

The most famous astras are Brahmastra, Pashupatastra, Agneyastra, Nagapasha, Yamastra etc.

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Be detached and work – Bhagavad Gita

If one ponders on objects of senses, there springs attraction, from attraction grows desire, desire flames to fierce passion, passion breeds recklessness.

Do your allotted work but renounce its fruit. Be detached and work. Have no desire for reward and work.

Contacts of the senses with their objects bring cold and heat, pleasure and pain. They come and go and are transient.

The wise man how is not disturbed or agitated – who is unmoved by pleasure and pain – he alone is ideal for immortality.
Know that to be imperishable whereby all this is pervaded. No one can destroy that immutable being. – Bhagavad Gita

Hindu Calendar Today – March 16, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, March 16, 2017 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon till 11:32 PM on March 16. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon on the entire day on March 17 and till 1:30 AM on March 18. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 16, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date. Nakshatra – Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 11:10 PM on March 16. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram on the entire day on March 17 and till 1:38 AM on March 18.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatram on the entire day on March 16 and till 12:35 AM on March 17.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, …

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