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Labh Pancham 2017 - Importance and Why Labh Panchami is Observed in Gujarat

Labh Pancham is observed on the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Kartik Month as per traditional Gujarati Calendar. Labh Pancham 2017 date is October 25. It is a festival associated with Diwali especially in Gujarat. People who could not perform Lakshmi Puja and Sharada puja on the Diwali day observe it on the day.

In some regions business establishments and shops are opened on the day after Diwali holidays.

The day is also known as Lakheni Panchmi and Saubhaagya Panchmi.

Prayers are on the day offered to Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi for a prosperous year. In some regions people donate money or clothes or food to the poor on the day.

The first business done on the day is also considered highly auspicious.

Chhath Puja – Importance and 2017 Date of Chhath Puja Vrat dedicated to Surya in Bihar and Jharkhand

Chhath Puja or Dala Chhath Vrat is an important and popular ritual observed by people of Bihar, parts of Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand in India and in the Terai Region of Nepal after Diwali. Chhath Puja date in 2017 is given below in detail. The vrat is dedicated to Lord Surya and Lord Kartik. It is observed for four days in the month of Kartik (October – November). Chhat fasting, also known as Surya Sashti, is also observed in eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh and in some parts of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Bengal. Dedicated to Which God? Chhath vrat is dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun), Agni (fire) and Lord Kartikeya or Muruga.
Why is Chhath Puja Observed? People undertake this Vrat for the well being of the family. It is believed that people get their wishes fulfilled, if they observe Chhath Puja. There is a popular belief that worshiping Surya will help in curing diseases like leprosy and also ensure longevity and prosperity of the family. The fast is mainly kept by women, in many p…

Nature of God

Our understanding of God begins by thinking of him as a person or as multiple life forms or as a living organism capable of anything. He sits somewhere doing his job without a break. Many get to learn about this nature of God from parents, relatives, and teachers or through religion. This understanding of God remains with majority of people until they depart from the world. Some questions this form of God and turn atheist. Lucky few go deeper into the world of Vedanta and realize that this understanding of God is limited.

The God that sits somewhere and fulfills our desires is the creation of our imagination. In this thought, God is male or female. God is like us humans. So as a philosopher once said, if horses were to create God then God would be like a horse.

So how do you describe this God? Silence.

It cannot be described. Some say it has the luster of 1000 suns. Some say it is smaller than the smallest and bigger than the biggest. All these are limiting our thoughts. Supreme Trut…

Hindu Calendar Today – October 22, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Sunday, October 22, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:31 AM on October 22.Then onward it isShukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:08 AM on October 23. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 22, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious day after 12:25 PM. Nakshatra – Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra till 12:04 PM on October 22. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatram till 2:19 PM on October 23.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram till 12:23 PM on October 22. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatram till 2:53 PM on October 23.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi till 5:34 AM on October 22. Then onward…

Unchecked tongue causes lot of troubles and misunderstandings.

Unchecked tongue causes lot of troubles and misunderstandings.

Much of our troubles can be avoided if we confine our speech.

Quite often, our words cause pain to others, such words should be avoided.

Our topic of conversation should be limited to the essential.

Be in the company of people who are spiritually inclined.

Even while discussing spiritual matters one should be devoid of ego.

One should keep an account even while speaking so that we do not invite troubles or cause pain to others.

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Hindu Calendar Today – October 21, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Saturday, October 21, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:23 AM on October 21.Then onward it isShukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:31 AM on October 22. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 21, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious day. Nakshatra – Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 10:10 AM on October 21. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram till 12:04 PM on October 22.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Swathi or Chothi Nakshatram till 10:17 AM on October 21. Then onward it is SVishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram till 12:23 PM on October 22.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi till 5:34 AM on October 22.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujar…

Dawat Puja after Diwali

Dawat Puja is a unique puja observed after Diwali festival in North India especially by the Kayasthas community. Dawat refers to ancient brass inkpot. Dawat Puja 2017 date is October 21. The day is also observed as Chitragupta Puja.

During ancient days, ink was stored in large inkpots known as Dawat. Wooden pen (Kalam) was dipped in the pot for writing.

Such brass inkpots have now become antiques.

Kayasthas on the prominent Hindu communities in North India are associated with bookkeeping services. Earlier they did bookkeeping services for kings and landlords.

As they made a living with ink and pen, they had the practice of worshipping their writing material especially dip-pen and inkpot.

The most important day of the worship was two days after Diwali on Kartik Shukla Paksha Dwitiya. This festival was known as Dawat Puja.
The day was chosen because the Kayastha community believes that they are descendents of Chitragupta. The most important annual ritual dedicated to Chitragupta is per…