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Kalashtami Dates in 2009

Kalashtami, also known as Kala Bhairav Ashtami, is observed on the eighth day after full moon in traditional Hindu calendar. Kalashtami is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is his Kal Bhairava form that is worshipped on the day. The most important Kalbhirav Jayanti, or Mahakaal Bhairavashtami, is observed in Margashirsha month (November - December) in traditional Hindu calendar – the day Kala Bhairav appeared on earth. Staunch Shiva devotees observe special prayers and rituals on all Kalashtamis in a year. Here are the Kalashtami days in 2009.(Please note that in some regions Kalashtami might start a day early and overlap into the next day). Kalashtami dates in 2009 based on Indian Standard Time (IST)January 18, 2009 – KalashtamiFebruary 16, 2009 – Kala Bhairav AshtamiMarch 18, 2009 – Kala AshtamiApril 17, 2009 – KalashtamiMay 17, 2009 – Kaal BhairavashtamiJune 15, 2009 – KalashtamiJuly 15, 2009 – Kala Bhairav AshtamiAugust 13, 2009 – KalashtamiSeptember 12, 2009 – Kala AshtamiOctober 11, 2…

What to do during Surya Grahan? – Surygrahan or Solar Eclipse in Hinduism

There are numerous recording of Surya Grahan, or Solar Eclipse, in Hindu scriptures. The most famous being the Suryagrahan during the famous Mahabharata war. Usually, Hindus do not perform any work during Surya Grahan and they purify themselves by taking a bath and by chanting mantras. A complete fast is undertaken by many Hindus during the period. In Hindu religion, taking a holy dip at sacred rivers and tirths on the Surya Grahan day is considered highly auspicious.
Ancient sages and texts like Brahman Siddhanta restrict viewing the eclipse – one should look at an eclipse through a cloth or a reflection of it. A pregnant woman should never look directly at an eclipse.
Mantras Chanted during Surya Grahan Some of the important mantras that are chanted during the Surya Grahan include: Gayatri Mantra Ashtakshara Mantra dedicated to Shri Krishna. Ashtakshara mantra is ‘Shri Krishna ha sharnam mama.’ Astakshari Mantra is also taken as ‘Om Namoh Narayan Na Yah.’ Mahamrityunjay Mantra is …

Inspirational teachings of Swami Vivekananda

Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity within, by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work or worship or psychic control or philosophy – by one or more or all of these – and be free.How has all the knowledge in the world been gained but by concentration of the powers of the mind? The world is ready to give up its secrets if we only know how to knock, how to give if the necessary blow. The strength and force of the blow come through concentration. There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point; that is the secret.The first sign that you are becoming religious is that you are becoming cheerful. When a man is gloomy that may be dyspepsia, but it is not religion.

Swami Vivekananda