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Indra Astra

Indra Astra is a powerful arrow mentioned in Epics and Hindu Puranas. It is associated with Indra, the king of Devas. The person who has the knowledge of Indra Astra can summon it when required.

The arrow brings shower of arrows from the sky. It can be used against an army or against and individual.

In the Ramayana, Sri Ram used the Indra Astra against Kumbakarna. It killed Kumbakarna.

Indra Astra was terribly sharp and it had wings. It could move like the wind.

In the Mahabharata, Indra had blessed Karna with Indra Astra. Karna had given earring and armor to Indra in charity. Indra was moved the Karna’s charitable nature and blessed him with Indra Astra.
Karna saved the Indra Astra to kill Arjuna. But he was forced to use it against Ghatotkach during the night battle in the Mahabharat.

Adhyayana Utsavam

Adhyayana Utsavam, also known as Vaikunta Utsava or Prasanna Utsava or Moksha Utsava, is observed in the famous Tirupati Venkateswara Temple and Srirangam Ranganatha Swamy Temple. It is the day when Sri Nammalwar merged with Srihari Vishnu. The Divya Prabhandas are chanted during the period.

It begins on the first day of the waxing phase of moon in Dhanur Masam and ends on the following Krishna Paksha Dasami – 10th day during the waning phase of moon. It is chanted for nearly 22 days.

It coincides with the famous Vaikunta Ekadasi festival.

Divya Prabandhas are the recitals composed in Tamil dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It contains 4000 verses. All the important Vishnu temples chant the Divya Prabandhas. The place where it is recited is treated as Divya Desams.

Divya Prabandhas are divided into 4 parts as Mudhal Ayiram,Periya Thirumozhi,IyarpaThiruvaaymozhi The first 2000 verses are chanted before Vaikunta Ekadasi and the next 2000 verses are chanted after the Vaikunta Ekadasi.
The popula…

Yellu Amavasi 2017 in Karnataka – Ellu Amavasya

Yellu Amavasi is observed on the no moon day in the Margashirsh month (November – December) in Karnataka and parts of Andhra Pradesh. Yellu Amavasi 2017 date is December 18. Yellu means Sesame or Til and Amavasya is the no moon day. The festival is observed by farmers and is form a thanksgiving to Mother Earth for a good harvest.

An important ceremony on Yellu Amavas day is the spraying of sesame and jaggery in agricultural lands. There is a belief that the sesame and jaggery are food for the worms in the farmland.

Some people also observe pujas dedicated to Lord Shani – especially those who have trouble with Shani Graha or Saturn in their horoscope.

Special vegetarian dishes using pulses and green leaves are prepared for the day, especially by farmers. Some of the dishes prepared include bajje, pundi, chikki, palak, menthe, rajgiri, bartha, jowar kadabu and sajje kadabu.

All the agricultural laborers gather on the farmland and the food is consumed along with all family members

Speci…

Doing good through thought, word and deed is truthfulness - Sri Maha Periyava - Kanchi Paramacharya

Doing good through thought, word and deed is truthfulness. All that does ill is untruthfulness.

It is not enough that you speak to a man what is good for him. You must speak with affection and the one to whom your words are addressed must find them acceptable.

If you speak harshly nobody will listen to you even if you mean well. Thus words that serve no purpose do not constitute a truth.
Your speech must be beneficial and, at the same time, capable of bringing happiness to the man to whom it is addressed. This is truthfulness.
Sri Maha Periyava - Kanchi Paramacharya

Hindu Calendar – December 18, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, December 18, 2017 – Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day till 11:09 AM on December 18. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:19 PM on December 19.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 18, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 6:53 AM on December 18. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram till 9:29 AM on December 19.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 7:07 AM on December 18. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram till 10:09 AM on December 19.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi till 6:53 AM on December 18. Then onward it is Dhanu Rashi till 6:43 PM on December 20.
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Somvati Amavasya 2017 Dates - Importance of No Moon Day on Monday in Hinduism

Somavati Amavasi, or Somvati Amavasya, is no moon day that falls on a Monday (Somvar) in traditional Hindu calendar. Somavati Amavasya 2017 dates are given below. - March 27, August 21 and December 18, 2017. The day is of great importance to millions of Hindus and they perform shradh, tarpan and pinda daan for the souls that have departed.

It is considered a highly auspicious to perform holy dip in sacred rivers like Ganga and Yamuna on the day.

Puja, vrat and other rituals on the day are mainly dedicated to Lord Shiva. Popular among them is the Peepal Pujan.

Married men and women also perform different pujas and rituals and also undertake Somavara Amavasya Vrat.

Somvati Amavasya 2017 Dates
9:33 AM on March 27 to before sunrise on March 281:31 AM on August 21 to 11:51 PM on August 21sunrise to 11:09 AM on December 18 Importance of Somvati Amavasya The significance of Somvati Amavas was narrated Yudhishtra by Bhisma in the Mahabharata. It is said that whoever takes a bath in the sacred …

Somvati Amavasya at Jejuri Khandoba Temple

At the famous JejuriKhandobaTemple, dedicated to Malhari Martand, Somvati Amavasya is a highly auspicious date. Somvati Amavasya is the no moon day in a Hindu calendar. Next Somvati Amavasya at JejuriKhandobaTemple is on December 18, 2017.

The main ritual on the day is the offering of Bhandara – turmeric powder. Large amounts of Turmeric powder are thrown in and around the temple on the day. Devotees virtually bathe in yellow color. Devotees also offer various penance on the day.
Khandoba is a manifestation of Shiva and is worshipped mainly in Maharashtra, Goa, parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Khandoba is also known as Khanderao, Khanderaya, Malhari Martand and Mallu Khan.
Related Khandoba History – Story of Hindu God Shiva’s Manifestationas Khandoba