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Kartik Month in 2008 in Gujarati Calendar

Kartik Month, also known as Karttika, which begins after the Diwali day is the first month in Gujarati Calendar. It is the first month in the Vikram Samvat 2065. The month also marks the beginning of the new financial year. In 2008, Kartik month begins on October 29 and ends on November 27. It must be noted here that the Kartik month in traditional Hindi calendar begins earlier and is the eighth lunar month in the traditional Hindi calendar. In Gujarat Panchang, a month is calculated from new moon to new moon. In traditional Hindi calendar a month is calculated from full moon to full moon.Some of the important auspicious dates and festival in the month are: Gopashtami on November 8Hari Navmi on November 7Ekadashi Prabodhini and Tulsi Vivah on November 9Dev Diwali on November 13Kartik Purnima on November 13Uttpatti Ekadashi vrat on November 23

The Book of Ram by Devdutt Pattanaik

‘The Book of Ram’ by Devdutt Pattanaik delves into the life of Lord Ram through his relationships – son of Dashrath, student of various sages, husband of Sita, enemy of Ravana and many more. What the book deals about is better understood from the words of the author - ‘As Vishwamitra's student, aged 13, he had one of his first lessons. That decisions must be made in context,’ says Pattanaik. On the one hand, Ram had to protect Rishi Vishwamitra's yagna from the rakshasi, Tadaka, which means he had to kill her but wasn't killing a woman – a creator of life – one of the worst crimes in the Vedic world?
On the other hand, with one touch of his hand, he liberated Ahalya, wife of Rishi Gautam, who had been sexually unfaithful and cursed to turn to stone. But wasn't infidelity a sin?
‘It showed him that everything had to be dealt with in context,’ says Pattanaik. ‘When do you kill a woman? When do you save a woman? Tadaka had to be killed whatever her sex because she interfere…

Difference between Nagula Chavithi and Nag Panchami

Nagula Chavithi and Nag Panchami are two important festivals dedicated to Nagas (Sankes) in South India. Nag Panchami is widely observed throughout South India after Amavasi in Shravan month (July – August) and is a major festival in Karnataka. Nagula Chavithi is observed on the fourth day after Amavasi in Kartik month (October – November) and is a major festival dedicated to Cobras (Nagraj) in Andhra Pradesh.Nagula Chavithi is a three day event – first day is Nagula Chavithi, second day is Nag Panchami and third day is Nagasashti.Nag Panchami festival in south India is mostly restricted to one day and is observed on the fifth day after Amavasi (new moon day) in the Shravan Month. Nagula Chavithi is observed on the fourth day after Amavasi (new moon) in the month of Kartik and is observed for three days. The main festival is held on the Nagula Chavithi day.In South India, during Nag Panchami importance is given to worship of Snakes. There is no feeding of milk or giving eggs to snakes…

Teachings of Swami Vivekananda

Truth, purity, and unselfishness – whenever these are present, there is no power below or above the sun to crush the possessor thereof. Equipped with these, one individual is able to face the whole universe in opposition.
I accept all religions. I worship all religions. Every religion which helps us to reach God and realize His nature is something which is very dear to me. I am not prepared to reject any of them.
Discard your creeds or formulas, do not get yourselves bound by them, do not become a prisoner of this dogma or that doctrine. Try in the pulse of your being whether you can reach God and the only test for that is the transformation that is effected in your own nature.

Swami Vivekananda Teachings