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Masa Shivaratri dates in 2009 – Shivratri Day in a month

Masa Shivratri, or Mas Shivratri, happens on the Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi of each traditional Hindu lunar month. ‘Krishna Paksha’ is the dark fortnight of a lunar month. It is the 13th day after full moon (Purnima) or more easy calculation one or two days before Amavasi. Shiva devotees observe the day with special prayers and pujas. Some devotees also keep vigil all night as in Mahashivratri. Here are the dates of Shivaratri in 2009.(Please note that in some regions Masa Shivaratri might start a day early and overlap into the next day). Shivratri dates in 2009 based on Indian Standard Time (IST)January 24, 2009 – ShivaratriFebruary 23, 2009 – MahashivaratriMarch 24, 2009 – ShivratriApril 23, 2009 – ShivaratriMay 22, 2009 – ShivratriJune21, 2009 – ShivaratriJuly 20, 2009 – ShivratriAugust 18, 2009 – ShivaratriSeptember 17, 2009 – ShivratriOctober 16, 2009 – ShivaratriNovember 15, 2009 – ShivratriDecember 14, 2009 – Shivaratri

Makar Sankranti Rangoli and Kolam Pictures

Drawing of Kolams or Rangoli on Makar Sankrathi is considered highly auspicious. Surya Kolam (Rangoli with the drawing of Lord Surya), sugarcane picture on rangoli, boiling Pongal pot, Shri Kolam, chariot Kolams etc are the most preferred Rangolis and Kolams during Makara Sankranti. Here are a few photos that give an idea for Makar Sankranti kolams.Click on the images for a larger view. The images are copyrighted to the respective owners.Makara Sankranthi Shri Kolam
Makar Sankranti Surya Ratha KolamBeautiful Peacock Kolam
Simple Design
Simple Design 2
Boiling Pongal Pot KolamComplicated Design Kolam
Makar Sankranti Kolam with Sugar CaneSimple Design 3Update:Fresh Sankranti Kolams or Muggulu Published in 2010
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Teachings from Mundaka Upanishad

As long as we think we are the jiva,
We feel attached and fall into sorrow.
But realize that you are the Atman,
And you will be freed from sorrow.
When you realize that you are the Atman,
Supreme source of light, supreme source of love,
You transcend the duality of life
And enter into the State of Oneness.The pranava (AUM) is the bow; the arrow is the self;
Brahman is said to be the mark.
With heedfulness It is to be penetrated;
Become one with It as the arrow in the mark.Know that Self alone, the One without a Second,
On which are strung Heaven and Earth,
Inner Space, Mind, Vital Energy, all the organs.
Leave off other words, for this is the Bridge to Immortality.Mundaka Upanishad