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Aadi Pirappu

Aadi is the fourth month in the Tamil Calendar. Aadi Pirappu means ‘the first day’ or the beginning of the month Aadi’. The day and the month are of great significance as Dakshinayana Punyakalam begins on this day – sun changes its course. Next six months from Aadi to Margazhi is considered to be the nighttime of the Devas. In 2017, Aadi Pirappu is on July 17.
Since it is the beginning of the nighttime of Devas people believe that the month is not auspicious and important ceremonies should be held during this month. But the month is also noted for numerous festivals and rituals therefore there is also an argument that the month is auspicious. The month is also considered highly auspicious for the worship of Goddess Amman.
On the Aadi Pirappu day people visit nearby temples and pray for a hassle free month as the monsoon is at its peak.
Related Is Aadi auspicious or inauspicious?

Nag Panchami – Manasa Devi Nagpanchami Vrat and Ashtanag Puja

Nag Panchami, or Nagarapanchami, is the worship of Naga or Snakes and is an important festival in North and East India in Shravan month. Snakes are an indispensable part of Hindu religion and the two of the most popular Gods in Hinduism – Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva – are closely associated with serpents. Lord Vishnu has the several hooded Snake Ananta as his bed and Lord Shiva wear snakes as his ornament and this close association has deep symbolic meaning. In 2017, Nag Panchami date is July 27.
Nag Panchami is observed at two different times. It is observed on the fifth day after Purnima in Ashar Month in Eastern parts of India and the festival is known as Nagpanchami Manasa Devi Ashtanag Puja. The important Nag Panchami which is observed through out India falls on the fifth day after Amavasi in Shravan month.
Manasa Devi, the snake goddess, is worshipped on this day in Bengal, Orissa and several parts of North India. Special idols of Goddess Manasa are made and are worshipped during…

Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in August 2008

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in 2008 August – based on major Hindu calendars used in India.1st August - Surya Grahan (Total Solar Eclipse)
1st August, 2008 – Hariyali Amavasi – New moon1st August – Aadi Amavasai in Tamil Nadu - Bheemana Amavasya in Karnataka1st August - Karkidaka Vavu Bali in Kerala
2nd August – Shravan month begins in Gujarat and Maharashtra2nd August – Aadi Perukku4th August - Hariyali Teej4th August – Aadi Pooram or Aandal Jayanthi6th August – Nag Panchami in some parts of North India (also on 5th in some calendars)7th August – Shasti Vratam7th August – Kalki Jayanti8th August - Goswami Tulsi Das Jayanti12th August – Ekadasi – Pavitra Ekadashi15th August 2008 – Varamahalakshmi Vrata14th August – Pradosham 16th August – Raksha Bandan – Rakhi Festival16th-17th August - Chandra Grahan (Lunar Eclipse)
16th August – Akshar Purnima – Pournami – Rakhi Poornima – Sravana Purnima in Andhra Pradesh16th August - Avani Avittam in Kerala and Tamil Nadu16…

Kenopanishad on Understanding Brahman

Brahman is not an object. It is that which is all-pervading, mysterious, incomprehensible, Chaitanya or pure-consciousness. Brahman must be known through intuition or self-cognition. Brahman is known when it is known as the witness of every state of consciousness.Keno Upanishad