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Varalakshmi Vratham 2017 date

Varalakshmi Vratham is a popular ritual observed by married women in South India and Maharashtra. In 2017, the date of Varalakshmi Vratham is August 4. Goddess Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity – is worshipped on this day.

Varalakshmi literally means the boon granting goddess. Worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on this day is equivalent to worshipping Ashtalaksmi – the eight goddesses of Wealth, Earth, Learning, Love, Fame, Peace, Pleasure, and Strength.

Varalakshmi Vratham Myth According to Hindu mythology, once Goddess Parvati asked Lord Shiva about a vratha that will be beneficial to women. Lord Shiva then mentioned the importance of Varalakshmi Vratha. The conversation on Varalakshmi Vratha between Parvati and Shiva takes place in the Skanda Purana.

To illustrate the importance of the Vratha, Lord Shiva narrates the story of Charumati. Pleased with Charumati’s devotion to her husband and family, Goddess Lakshmi appeared in her dream and asked her to perform the Varalakshmi…

Onam Myth – Vamana sending King Mahabali to Netherworld

Onam, the most popular festival in Kerala, is the day when the legendary Asura king Mahabali visits his subjects. Mahabali had turned his kingdom into a virtual paradise on earth and the ‘devas’ could not tolerate this and they sought the help of Lord Vishnu to eliminate Mahabali or Maveli. Onam is perhaps a rare Hindu festival in which Lord Vishnu, the vanquisher, is the villain and the vanquished King Mahabali the hero.

According Hindu Mythology, the Asura or demon King Mahabali made the utopian kingdom a reality. His fame spread all over the earth and the netherworld and slowly into the heaven. Indra, the king of Devas and the ruler of heaven, felt threatened by the growing popularity of Mahabali. Aditi, the mother of Indra, observed a penance called 'payovrata' to help her son and pleased with her devotion Lord Vishnu was born as Vamana, a dwarf, to Aditi.

Vamana approached Mahabali who was conducting a yajna. King Bali asked Vamana to choose anything that he wanted from…

Dress Code for Women in Tirupati Tirumala Temple?

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is looking into a complaint from a devotee about immodest dressings by women in Tirupati Balaji temple. Dnaindia reportsIt may become mandatory for women to wear saris, or other traditional Indian attire, if the temple’s “advisory on dress code” comes into effect. “We will take up the issue at the next board meeting this month,” said Ramapulla Reddy, spokesman of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD).TTD spokesman Reddy said: “It’s customary for women to wear saris and men to wear dhotis, but many wear whatever they like.”TTD is yet to decide on a dress code but already the Hindu devotees are divided on the issue. Some devotees feel ‘people know what to wear when they visit a temple’ but others are of the view that temple is not a restaurant and there should be a dress code.It’s a murky issue and it will be wise to leave it to the devotees to decide on what they should wear when visiting a holy place.