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Koovagam Festival 2018 Dates - Koovagam 2018 - Transgender Festival Live Videos

Koovagam Festival is dedicated to the worship of Aravan. It is said that Sri Krishna took the form of Mohini – a female form to marry Aravan who was to be sacrificed before the Mahabharata war. Koovagam Festival 2018 date is April 24. The marriage takes place on the day. Next day, on April 25, the thali is removed, mourning the death of Aravaan (Koothandavar). The festivities begins a fortnight before the two important days mentioned above. Some rituals are held during these days too. The two-week long festival begins on April 11, 2018, and ends on April 25. Miss Kovagam competition will be held on April 23.



The festival observed on the Tuesday before Chithirai Pournami or the full moon day in Chaitra month. 
Thousands of transgender, homosexuals, and eunuchs participate in the festival.
The festival includes the marriage of Iravan and his sacrifice. On the final day, an effigy of Koothandavara (Iravan) is burned – symbolically his sacrifice.

Koovagam Village is located around 30 KM …

Ashok Vrat – Ashoka Triratri Vrat

Ashok Vrat is observed in Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India. It is known as Triratri Vrat because it is observed for 3 days. Ashok Triratri Vrat 2018 date is April 28. Ashoka tree is worshiped on the occasion.

The importance of the Vrat is mentioned in the Narad Purana.



After early morning bath, puja is performed of Ashoka Tree. Devotees perform circumambulation of the tree. Some devotees perform the vrat for three days – Vaishakh Shukla Paksha Trayodasi, Chaturdasi and Purnima.

Fasting or vrat is kept from sunrise to sunset.

In the evening puja is again performed before the Ashoka tree. Normal aarti is performed. Fruits are distributed as Prasad.

The vrat is to be performed for 12 years.

It is believed that those performing the ritual will be blessed with peace and prosperity.

In Hinduism, Ashoka is a sacred tree and is associated withKamdev. Its flowers are used in making arrows of Kamadev.

Vrat and rituals associated with Ashoka tree i…

Chinnamasta Devi Jayanti 2018 Date

Chinnamasta Devi Jayanti is believed to be the day when Goddess Shakti appeared in the Goddess Chinnamasta form. Chinnmasta Jayanti 2018 date is April 28. It is observed on the Chaturdashi (14th day) during the Shukla Paksha of Vaishakha month by some Hindu communities.

Chinnamasta is the sixth Goddess in the Dasamaha Vidya or the ten mother goddesses. She is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti.
A popular image of Goddess Chinnmasta is that of her offering her own head as food to one of her devotees.
Legend has it that once Goddess Parvati went to take bath and her attendants, Jaya and Vijaya, were asked to guard her. Goddess Parvati was so much engrossed in her bath that she lost count of time.
After sometime Jaya and Vijaya kept demanding for food and the merciful Goddess offered herself as food.
Chinnamasta is associated with the Veena and the NavagrahaRahu.
Please note that the day is also observed as Narasimha Jayanti by Vishnu devotees.

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti – Birthday – May 7

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) – Nobel Laureate - poet, novelist, musician, painter and playwright. The Jayanti celebrations are annually held on May 7. In 2017, it is the 156th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.


He was a freedom fighter, educational reformist through experimental school at Shantiniketan, painter, musician, novelist but it is his poetry that caught the imagination of his country men and world.
He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 for Gitanjali.

The best way to know Rabindranath Tagore is take any of his poems and read it.

Here is one his poems - Go not to the temple to put flowers upon the feet of God, First fill your own house with the Fragrance of love... Go not to the temple to light candles before the altar of God,
First remove the darkness of sin from your heart... Go not to the temple to bow down your head in prayer,
First learn to bow in humility before your fellowmen... Go not to …

We can never escape from stress completely but we can surely reduce it

If you want to overcome stress, does this…do that… we will get a whole lot of advice… But really do you think stress-free life is possible in the current situation. In the complex web of life, that we are part of, stress and tension is our constant companion. We cannot escape it but we can reduce it. The majority of the stresses in our life are unnecessary.

First and foremost we need to do a thorough check of our life – an honest postmortem of our daily life. This is will help us in identifying the things that are making our life stressful. Make a list of things that cause stress in our life. Now find those that can be easily removed. Make an honest attempt to remove all those stresses from life.

There will be some stresses, which we can overcome by making slight changes in our lifestyle and thinking. Make the necessary changes.

There are some relationships that give us unwanted stress – eliminate such relationships.

Be honest in your life – with your work, with your relationships…

Hindu Calendar Today – May 7, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Sunday, May 7, 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 10:13 PM on May 7. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:01 PM on May 8. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is May 8, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day. Nakshatra – Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 8:59 AM on May 7. Then onward it is Hasta or Atham or Hastam Nakshatra till 10:09 AM on May 8.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 7:45 AM on May 7. Then onward it is Hasta or Atham or Hastam Nakshatram till 9:44 AM on May 8.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Raj…

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