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Q&A: Is there a Holika Dahan Time?

On the night before Holi Dhulendi (playing with colors), people light fire with old things, sticks, branches and leaves and this symbolizes the victory of the good over evil. In most regions, it is known as Holika Dahan. Some people do perform Holika Dahan after consulting the Panchang (Hindu Almanac) – to find the auspicious time to perform the Dahan.  Usually, Holika Dahan is performed at night on the day before play with colors known as Dhuleti or Dhulandi.
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Watch Attukal Pongala Live Online

Attukal Pongala Festival held at the famous AttukalBhgavathyTemple in Trivandrum, Kerala, is famous around the world for the participation of more than two million women. Guinness World Records have certified it as the largest annual gathering of women in the world. For the first time there will be live streaming of Pongala ritual from 10:00 hrs on the official website of the temple. The Attukal Pongala ritual comprises preparing ‘prasad’ for the deity. Women cook rice and jaggery in earthen pots and they offer it to the goddess, an incarnation of Shakti.

You can watch Attukal Pongala live online: At the official website of AttukalTempleAt Asianet News Attukal Pongala Live
Attukal Pongala will also be live on all the important Malayalam Channels like Asianet, Amrita, Kairali etc from 10:00 Am (Indian Standard Time). Doordarshan Malayalam, the official channel of the Government of India, will also be airing the Pongal ritual live.

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Chaitra Mahina 2011 – Chait Maas in North Indian Calendar in 2011

Chaitra Mahina, or Chaitra Maas, is the first month in the traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India – especially in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh. In 2011, Chaitra Mahina begins on March 20 and ends on April 18, 2011. The traditional Hindi New Year is celebrated on the Chaitra Shukala Pratipada (on the first day of the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra Month or the day after Amavasi or no moon day). Chaitra Krishna Paksha is from March 20, 2011 to April 3, 2011. Chaitra Shukla Paksha is from April 4, 2011 to April 18, 2011. Vikram Samvat 2068 as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India will begin on April 4, 2011. The Hindi New Year will be celebrated on this day. The important auspicious days in the month include Chaitra Navratri and Ram Navami. It must be noted here that Chaitra month in calendars followed in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat begins on April 4, 2011.

Thoughts on Real Austerity – Swami Brahmananda

Real austerity is based upon these three principles: First, take refuge in the truth. Truth is the pillar to which you must always hold while performing any action.
Second, conquer lust.
Third, renounce all cravings. Observe these three principles. That is real austerity, and the greatest of these is to conquer lust.Swami Brahmananda, a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna(Source: The Eternal Companion by Swami Brahmananda, p. 279-81)