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Dhanteras in 2008 – Diwali Dhan Teras to buy gold – silver or make investment

Dhanteras, or Dhan Teras, is the first day of Deepavali or it marks the beginning of Diwali celebrations in North India. It is observed two days before Diwali. Also known as Dhanvantari Puja or Dhantra Yodashi, it falls on the thirteenth day of the dark fortnight of Kartik Month. In Gujarat and Maharashtra, the same period is the thirteenth day of Ashwina month. In 2008, the date of Dhanteras is October 26. A new utensil or gold or silver is bought for the house on the Dhan Teras day. Some people make an investment on the day. Most people also wait for the day to give away Diwali gifts. The day is also dedicated to Dhanavantri, the physician of the demi-Gods, and therefore special Dhanvantari Puja is held on the day. The day is of great importance to business community and homes. Houses are decorated and special rangolis are drawn on the floor. Small foot prints are made in the houses. Importance of Dhanteras and legends associated with it can be found in this article. Related How t…

Ahoi Ashtami Puja

Hoi Ashtami, or Ahoi Astami Vrat, is a fast and puja day observed by mothers of the welfare of their children in the month of Kartik in North India as per traditional Hindu calendar. In 2017, the date of Ahoi Ashtami Puja and Vrat is October 12 inmost regions in North India. It falls on the eighth day of dark fortnight in Kartik month. The Puja and Vrat is dedicated to Ahoi Mata or Goddess Ahoi Ashtami Bhagavati. Ashtami is the eighth day after new moon or full moon in the traditional Hindu lunar calendar.

Goddess Ahoi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and rural legends suggest that she protects offspring of all living beings.

Ahoi Ashtami Vrat Katha or legend narrates the tale of a mother who lost seven sons. She had accidentally killed a lion cub in the forest and due to this sin she lost her seven sons. But by praying to Goddess Ahoi Ashtami Bhagavati, she was able to get back all the seven sons.

Ahoi Ashtami fasting is from sunrise to the sighting of the moon. Some people end fa…

Thoughts – Religion is not the destination but just a path

All religions, including Hinduism, are mere roadways for making spiritual progress; they are not the destination. We mistake the roadways for the destination and create confusion. If the roadways are viewed as the destination, automatically we elevate them to an absolute status. Then by default our roadway, or our religion, becomes the one and only way. Even though we may not say so, through this error, we undermine all other religions.Jay Dilip Lakhani – VivekanandaCenter, London(Source: The Vedanta Kesari, December, 2006, Article – A fresh look at Interfaith Relationships.) The Vedanta Kesari is published by Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai