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The 41 Day Hanuman Jayanti Deeksha in Andhra Pradesh

Hanuman Jayanthi is celebrated by the Telugu speaking people in a unique way with the 41-day Hanuman Jayanti deeksha. Lord Anjaneya is worshipped for 41 days starting from the Hanuman Jayanti on the full moon day in the Chaitra month. In 2018, the deeksha begins on March 31. Hanuman Jayanti  is on May 10. The Hanuman deeksha or diksha (penance) is observed by thousands of people in Andhra Pradesh.

Hanuman Deeksha is a vratam quite similar to one observed during the Sabarimala Mandalam season by Ayyappa devotees. During the 41-day diksha period, Anjaneya devotees conduct special pujas at home and abstain from liquor, meat, smoking and sex. The devotees wear special Hanuman deeksha mala, orange dhoti and walk without footwear during the Vratam period.
The 41-day penance ends with a visit to important pilgrim centers or temples in Andhra Pradesh dedicated to Hanuman or Lord Ram like the Bhadrachalam Rama temple, Vijayawada Kanaka Durga temple or the Kondagattu Hanuman pilgrim center in K…

Shani Jayanti

Shani Jayanthi celebrates the birthday of Lord Shani or Sani. One among the Navagrahas, Shani (Saturn) is dreaded by those people who believe in astrology as it is considered that Sani can create havoc in their life. In 2018, the date of Shani Jayanti is May 15.

Shani yagya or homa is conducted on this day by those people who have the Saturn cycle or Sani cycle or Sade sathi in their horoscope. Many believe that Saturn cycle can be a reason for the bad patch in their life. Pacifying Sani or obtaining Shani shanti is the desired result from such pujas. In Hinduism, Lord Shani is the son of Surya (Sun God) and his wife Chaya. He is also the god worshipped on Saturday or Shanivar.
It is believed that Hanuman devotees are not affected by the pranks of Shani and therefore many people worship Hanuman on Saturdays. Visiting Navagraha shrines, Sani temples or temples of Lord Ganesha on the day is considered auspicious. Some people also observe a fast on the day and the method followed is the…

Lord Krishna to Uddhava in the Bhagavatam Regarding the Qualities of a Sage

Compassionate, without ill-will or enmity to any creature, forbearing, enduring, firm in truth, of faultless mind, same to all, doing good to all with his mind untainted by desires, self-restrained, mild, pure, gentle and pious, without possessions, penniless, physically inactive, moderate in food and drink, with controlled mind, firm, seeking refuge in Me (Krishna), and meditative, careful, vigilant, of a balanced mind, full of fortitude, having control over the six fold waves (hunger, thirst, sorrow, delusion, decay and death), not seeking respect from others but respecting others, expert, friendly, merciful, wise-such is a Sadhu or sage.He who, knowing my injunctions and prohibitions in the performance of one's own Dharma or duties of life, even abandons them all for my sake and worships Me (Krishna), is the best of all Sadhus. Lord Krishna to Uddhava in the Bhagavatam or Bhagavad Purana