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Kumar Sashti 2017 – Kumara Sasti 2017

Kumar Sashti is believed to be the day when Hindu God Kartik incarnated on earth. The day is of great significance in North and Western parts of India and Nepal. Kumar Sashti 2017 date is June 29. Son of Shiva and Parvati, Kartik is also known as
Kumar, Muruga, Skanda and Kumara. Kumar Sasti is observed on the sixth day of the Shukla Paksha of Ashada Month in North India, Nepal and Maharashtra.

The popular belief is that Goddess Parvati will be very pleased when prayers are offered to Skanda or Kumara. This is the reason she is known as Skanda Mata and is worshiped on the sixth day of Navratri.

Legend has it that Lord Kartik was born to defeat the demons and uphold dharma. Thus he is the General of the Army of Devas and vanquishes demons.

What to do on Kumar Sashti?

Lighting six lamps in temples dedicated to Skanda or Shiva will help in overcoming business and financial troubles.

Those who have trouble in relationships will find relief if Dahi and Sindhoor are offered to Kumara. The sa…

Jharkhand Lunar Eclipse Time on August 7, 2017 – Chandra Grahan time in Ranchi on August 7, 2017

A partial lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Jharkhand on August 7, 2017. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Bokar, Deoghar, Giridih and other towns from 10:53 PM on August 7 to 12:48 AM on August 8, 2017 – as per Indian standard time. Detail Timing of Lunar Eclipse in Jharkhand Eclipse begins 10:53 PM on August 7 Mid Eclipse is at 11:50 PM on August 7 Eclipse ends at 12:48 AM on August 8, 2017

The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.

Raksha Bandhan rituals should be finished 9 hours before the start of Grahan

Uttarakhand Lunar Eclipse Time on August 7, 2017 – Chandra Grahan time in Dehradun – Haridwar – Rishikesh on August 7, 2017

A partial lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Uttarakhand on August 7, 2017. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Dehradun, Haridwar, Roorkee, Rudrapur, Rishikesh and other towns from 10:53 PM on August 7 to 12:48 AM on August 8, 2017 – as per Indian standard time.

The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.

Raksha Bandhan rituals should be finished 9 hours before the start of Grahan.
Detail Timing of Lunar Eclipse in Uttarakhand Eclipse begins 10:53 PM on August 7 Mid Eclipse is at 11:50 PM on August 7 Eclipse ends at 12:48 AM on August 8, 2017

Story of Gajasura and the Head of Ganesha

There are numerous stories that attempts to explain as to how Ganesha got the elephant head. One such story is associated with Gajasura and Shiva.

Gajasura was an ardent devotee of Shiva. He performed intense austerities and performed Tapas for several years. Finally, the harsh penance of Gajasura pleased Shiva who promised him a boon.

The demons requested Shiva to stay in his stomach.

Lord Shiva is also Bholenath and he agreed to the wish of his devotee.

Goddess Parvati was devastated and he sought the help of Lord Vishnu. Mother Goddess Parvati and Lord Vishnu stitched together a plan.

Vishnu disguised as a musician, Brahma became a tabala player and Nandi became the dancing bull. Together they performed before Gajasura.

The dance of Nandi impressed so much Gajasura that he offered him anything he wanted. Nandi asked Shiva back.

Gajasura agreed even though he knew that this meant his death.

Pleased with his Dharma, Vishnu and Brahma asked him what boon he wanted, he told the gods t…

Haryana Lunar Eclipse Time on August 7, 2017 – Chandra Grahan time in Gurgaon – Panipat – Hisar on August 7, 2017

Partial lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Haryana on August 7, 2017. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Faridabad, Gurgaon, Panipat, Ambala. Rohtak, Hisar, Yamunanagar and other towns from 10:53 PM on August 7 to 12:48 AM on August 8, 2017 – as per Indian standard time.
The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.

Raksha Bandhan rituals should be finished 9 hours before the start of Grahan.
Detail Timing of Lunar Eclipse in Haryana Eclipse begins 10:53 PM on August 7 Mid Eclipse is at 11:50 PM on August 7 Eclipse ends at 12:48 AM on August 8, 2017

Chandigarh Lunar Eclipse Time on August 7, 2017 – Chandra Grahan time in Chandigarh on August 7, 2017

Partial lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Chandigarh on August 7, 2017. The Chandra Grahan time in Chandigarh is from 10:53 PM on August 7 to 12:48 AM on August 8, 2017 – as per Indian standard time.

The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.

Raksha Bandhan rituals should be finished 9 hours before the start of Grahan.

Detail Timing of Lunar Eclipse in Chandigarh Eclipse begins 10:53 PM on August 7 Mid Eclipse is at 11:50 PM on August 7 Eclipse ends at 12:48 AM on August 8, 2017

Amarnath Trivia – Amarnath Yatra in Numbers

More than 200,000 people participate in the annual Amarnath Yatra.

Amarnath Cave is located around 145 kilometers from Srinagar.

It is a 5-day trek to reach the cave.

The cave is located at an altitude of 3,978 meter from sea level.

The cave is around 160 feet in length and 100 feet in breadth.

The size of the naturally formed Ice Shivling varies from 10 feet to 19 feet.

The cave is used for worship for more than 5000 years.

Apart from the naturally formed Ice Shivling, there is also a naturally formed Ganesh Peetah and Parvati Peetah in the cave. Some people believe that a Bhairav peetah is also formed naturally in the cave.

It is believed that having darshan of Amarnath Shivling is equal to visiting 23 teerth or sacred places. There are five holy spots on the way to Amarnath Cave they are Pahalgam, Chandanwari, Sheshnag Lake, Mahaganesh hill and Panchtarni.

A pair of pigeons is always present in the cave.

As Puranas darshan of Amarnath is equal to ten times the darshan at Kashi; …

Freedom from desire is total happiness

Freedom from desire is total happiness.

Whatever is done by a human being is prompted by some desire.

Desires are not satiated by their fulfillment; the more one tries to satisfy them, the more they grow. Attempts to fulfill a desire give rise to more desires.

The more desires a person has, the more agitated his or her mind will be.
It is impossible to give up all our desires. Therefore, we must have proper discrimination. We must not be driven by desires. Instead, we must be the master and take proper control over which desires need to be fulfilled and in such a manner that they do not give rise to new desires.

Wise words from various scriptures on desire.

Hindu Calendar Today – June 28, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or fifth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It isShukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:09 AMon June 28. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:53 PMon June 28. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:02 PMon June 29. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is June 28, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – Good time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Aslesha or Ayilyam Nakshatra till 12:35 AM on June 28. Then onward it is Magha or Makam Nakshatram till 12:04 AM on June 29.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 7:17 PM on June 28. Then onward it is Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatram till 7:23 PM on June 29.
Rashi or Moon Si…

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