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Pratipad Tithi Vrata – The Vrat observed the day after Purnima and Amavas

Pratipada Vrata, or Pratipad Tithi Vrat, is observed on the first during the waxing and waning phase of the moon as per traditional Hindu calendar. Pratipad Tithi Vrata is observed very rarely and the Vrata is dedicated to Lord Brahma. Pratipad Tithi in Kartik and Chaitra month is considered highly auspicious. Pratipad Tithi Vrat observed in Magh month is known as Dhanya Vrata and is dedicated to Agni. People who observe Pratipada Vrata fast for the entire day. Gayatri Mantra is chanted on the day. Another form of Pratipada Vrata observed is known as Shikhi Vrat. A devotee observing this Vrat takes only a single meal on the day. It is believed that one who observes this Vrata will gain material benefits. This Vrata is observed on all the Pratipadas in a year. You may also like to readEach day of a week dedicated to a particular Hindu God

Kedarnath Temple 2010 – Opening and Visiting Period

KedarnathTemple is part of the Char Dham Yatra (pilgrimage) in Uttarakhand, India. In 2010, the date of KedarnathTemple reopening is May 18. Chardham Yatra comprises of pilgrimage to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri in Himalayas in Uttarakhand in India. The four holy shrines remain closed during winter season from October to April due to heavy snowfall. The temple will close on the eve of Bhai Dooj after Diwali.KedarnathTemple will remain open for six-month period and will close after Diwali. Kedarnath shrine is located at an altitude of 3584 m and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one among the twelve Jyotirlinga temples. Legend has it that the Pandavas after the 18-day Great Kurukshetra War in the Mahabharata felt guilty of having killed their relatives and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva for salvation here.Adi Shankaracharya is supposed to have worshipped at KedarnathTemple and fixed the method of puja. You may also like to readChar Dham of Vishnu – Four most sacred …

Sashti Muruga Vratam in March 2009

Shashti, or Sashti, is the sixth day after Amavasya (no moon) and Purnima (full moon) in a traditional Hindu calendar. The fasting and puja on the Shasti day is dedicated to Lord Muruga or Subramanian. The Sashti day after Amavas is considered highly auspicious by Muruga devotees. Fasting on Sashti is considered highly beneficial and some devotees observe a complete fast for 24 hours. The date of Shasti fasting is March 2, 2009.Lord Muruga, also known as Shanmukha and Skanda, is widely worshipped in South India, especially by Tamilians, and in Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka. In North India, Lord Muruga is known as Kartik or Kartikeya.Many devotees make it a point to visit Lord Muruga temple on Sashti day. All Muruga temples conduct special pujas and spiritual discourse on the day. There are also temples that provide food to devotees. RelatedSashti Dates in 2009Shasti fasting – How to observe Sashti

Gandhiji Thoughts on the first mantra of Isha Upanishad

Since God pervades everything, nothing belongs to you, not even your own body. God is the undisputed unchallengeable Master of everything you possess. If it is universal brotherhood – not only brotherhood of all human beings but of all living things – I find in this first Mantra of Isha Upanishad. Ishavasyam Idam Sarvam Yat Kim Cha Jagatyam Jagat
Tena Tyaktena bhunjitha, ma gradha kasyasvid dhanamKnow that all this whatever moves in this moving world is enveloped by God.
Therefore find your enjoyment in renunciation, do not covet what belongs to others. If it is unshakable faith in the Lord and Master – and all the adjectives you can think of – I find it in this mantra.If it is the idea of complete surrender to God and of the faith that he will supply all that I need, then again I say I find it in this mantra.Since he pervades every fiber of my being and of all of you, I derive from it the doctrine of equality of all creatures on earth and it should satisfy the cravings of all philosoph…