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Margashirsha Laxmi Puja 2017

Margashirsha Laxmi Puja is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi and is observed on Thursdays during Margashirsha Month (November – December) in Maharashtra and parts of Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. In 2017, the Margashirsha Laxmi Puja begins on November 23, Thursday. The other Thursdays are on November 30, December 7 and December 14, 2017. This Laxmi puja is performed to get Sukh, Shanti and Aishwarya – comfort, peace and prosperity.

The rituals are also observed in North India - the dates are November 9, 16, 23 and November 30

The Mahalaxmi Puja is observed for four Thursdays of the Margashirsha month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra. Some people observe it for eight Thursdays (including the Thursdays in the next month – the Poush month).

Margashirsha Laxmi Puja fast is from sunrise to sunset. The devotee should wear yellow color clothes.

Some Tips on Margashirsha Laxmi Puja
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Teachings from Vedas on the need for a Strong Body

There is a wrong notion among many that desire can be fulfilled by torturing the body. There is another set of people who believe that torturing the body by not eating etc is part of spirituality. But Vedas give importance to maintaining a healthy body as body is the means to attain Brahman.

May we hear with our ears what is good May we see with our eyes what is good May we enjoy full span of our life, with firm limbs Healthy body, and full satisfaction of the mind, In the service of the Supreme Lord. (Rig Veda 1.89.8)
May our bodies be as strong as a rock. (Yajur Veda 29.49)

Effort is in my right hand, victory in my left hand. (Atharva Veda 7.50.8)
May our four organs be free from ailments May my entire body be healthy and strong  (Atharva Veda 12.4)

Happy to go away – Swami Ranganathananda
Work and worship must go hand in hand. Why are you afraid of work? Work for Him. You can overcome all disinclination for work if you consider it as dedication to God. (Swami Brahmananda (186…

Hindu Calendar Today – November 23, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Thursday, November 23, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It isShukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon on the entire day on November 23 and till 1:58 AM on November 24. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is November 23, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – An average day – neither good nor bad. Nakshatra – Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 5:05 AM on November 23. Then onward it is Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatram till 7:29 AM on November 24.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 6:59 AM on November 23. Then onward it is Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 10:03 AM on November 24.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 12:40 PM on November 23. Then onward it is Makar Rashi till 10:23 PM on November 25.
In western parts of India (Ma…

Vivah Panchami – Ram Vivaha Panchami 2017 Date and Importance in Janakpur, Nepal

Vivah Panchami is an auspicious date dedicated Bhagavan Sri Ram and Mata Sita – it is observed as the divine marriage day of Sri Rama and Mata Sita. Vivah Panchami 2017 date is November 23. The day is also of great importance at Janakpur in Nepal. It is observed on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in the Margashirsh month (November – December).

The day is observed as the Vivah Utsav of Sita and Ram in temples and sacred places associated with Sri Rama in Mithilanchal region of India.

Thousands of people arrive at Janakpur in Nepal as it is believed here that Mata Sita was born at Janakpur and got married to Bhagavan Sri Ram here.
Vivah Panchami Festival at Janakpur in Nepal Vivah Panchami is an important festival at Janakpur in Nepal. It is believed that Janakpur in Nepal is the birth place of Mata Sita of Ramayana. The Vivah Panchami festival marks the wedding of Bhagvan Sri Ram and Mata Sita. It is observed in Margashirsh Month.
The main ritual during the …

Subrahmanya Sashti in Margashirsh Month – Skanda Shashti in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh

Subrahmanya Shashti, or Skanda Sashti, during Shukla Paksha of Margashirsh month (November – December) is observed mainly in Karnataka and parts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Subramanya Shashti 2017 date is November 24 in Margashirsh Month as per Kannada and Telugu calendar. Here is a simple idea regarding how to observe Subramanya Shashti.

Please note that the Skanda Sashti is popularly observed in Tamil Nadu and this takes place after Diwali – six days of fast and the rituals culminates with Soorasamharam.

This below explanation of Subramanya Shashti was shared to us by Narahari Sumadhwa. It explains the importance of this Shashti in Margashirsh Month and the belief of Skanda in Karnataka.
Who is Skanda?
Skanda is the Avatara of Manmatha. Popularly, He is the son of Lord Shiva.He is in the same Kakshya of Indra.He is the Lord of War and the most handsome among gods. He is also the commander of the army of the Devas. During Srinivasa Kalyana (marriage of Lord Balaji), Srinivasa (Lo…

Magha Nakshatra 2018 predictions | Maham Natchathiram Palangal | Makam Nakshatram Phalam 2018

Magha Nakshatra (Magham or Magam) born people will have a bad year in 2018. Trouble in relationships as per Maham Natchathiram Palangal in this year. Magha Nakshatra 2018 predictions (Makam Nakshatram Phalam) based on birth star is given below.

February, June, August, and October are good.January, March, September, and December are both good and bad.April, May, July, and November are bad.
Magha Nakshatra is the 10th birth star among 27 Nakshatras in Hindu or astrology. Magham Birth Star is in Simha Rashi (Leo Zodiac) as per Hindu moon astrology and traditional panchang and calendar.
Magha Nakshatra Career - Job - Business 2018: It is a struggle for self-employed, freelancers, and business people.If you are looking for a new job, then you will not be happy with the one you get.It is not a good year to make drastic career decisions.Avoid jumping before the legs are steady. Make a name in a job and then decide to change jobs.This is a good year for those who are working in fields like – e…

Sapinda in Hinduism – Sapinda Relationship and Funeral Offering

Sapinda in Hinduism is of two types one is Sapinda Relationship and another is the funeral offering.

Sapinda Relationship Sapinda is the term used to define those who have a common ancestry from the father’s or mother’s side.

Sapinda Relationship is based on
Blood relationshipMarriageInheritance of property Blood relationship Seven generations in a family are governed by Sapinda blood relationship on the paternal side for seven years and on maternal side for five years.

Sapinda Marriage In the case of a marital relationship, seven generations on the paternal side and five on the maternal side are governed by sapinda relationship.

For example, if I get married to a girl who is the offspring of one of the seven generations on the paternal side then I have a sapinda relationship with my wife.

Similarly, if I get married to a girl who is the offspring of one of the five generations on the maternal side then also I have a sapinda relationship with my wife.

Sapinda relationship prohibits marri…