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Mahalaya Paksha 2007

The Mahalaya Paksha rituals are held during the dark fortnight of Ashwayuja (September-October). This period is sacred for doing rituals and offering oblations to the souls of the departed ancestors. The last day of Mahalaya Paksha or Pitr Paksh is the most important day in a year to perform rites to departed souls. In 2007, Mahalaya Paksha is from September 27 to October 11. The Shradh Tarpan is on October 10 and Amawasya Shradh or the Mahalya is on October 11. In some calendars, especially Bengali, the Mahalaya is on October 10.
Note: The Mahalaya Associated with Durga Puja is on October 10 according to Bengali Calendars.
Starting from September 27 the 14 Shradh dates are Prtipada Shradh, Dwitiya Shradh (Sept 28), Tritiya Shradh (Sept 29), Chaturthi Shradh/Pancahmi Shradh (Sept 39), Shashti Shradh (October 1), Saptmi Shradh (Oct 2), Ashtmi Shradh (Oct 3), Navmi Shradh (Oct 4), Dashmi Shradh (Oct 5), Ekadshi Shradh (Oct 6), Dwadshi Shradh (Oct 7), Triodshi Shradh (Oct 8), Chaturdashi S…

Swaminarayan Temple in Bay Area Milpitas, San Jose, California

The BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Milpitas, California, houses 14 idols of various Hindu deities, and a golden statue of Lord Swaminarayan. All the idols were hand-made in Rajasthan, India. The Mandir is located at 25 Corning Ave, Milpitas, CA. Murthi Pratishtha or installation of the idols in the temple were carried out on September 8, 2007.The Address, Telephone number and Location of San Jose Swaminarayan Mandir on Google mapsBAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
25 Corning Ave,
Milpitas, CA95035. USA
Tel: (1-408) 262 0707
Fax: (1-408) 262 1022

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa on how he experienced mother goddess

When I jumped up like a madman…, suddenly the blessed Mother revealed herself. The buildings with their different parts, the temple, and everything vanished from my sight, leaving no trace whatsoever, and in their stead I saw a limitless, infinite, effulgent Ocean of Consciousness. As far as the eye could see, the shining billows were madly rushing at me from all sides with a terrific noise, to swallow me up. I was caught in the rush and collapsed, unconscious… within me there was a steady flow of undiluted bliss, altogether new, and I felt the presence of the Divine Mother. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa(Source: Ramakrsna Kathamrta translated by Swami Nikhilananda as The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.)