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Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in July 2009

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in 2009 July – based on major Hindu calendars used in India. The festivals and auspicious days are based on Indian Standard Time.July 2nd - Bahuda YatraJuly 2nd – Chatur mas vrat beginsJuly 3rd – Ekadashi – Devshayani EkadasiJuly 3rd – Pandarpur Yatra – Ashadi EkadasiJuly 4th – Pradosh VrataJuly 5th – Jaya Parvati Vrat StartsJuly 7th – Poornima – Guru Purnima (In some regions Pournami begins on July 6)July 8th – Shravan month begins in North Indian calendarJuly 9th – Jaya Parvati Vrat endsJuly 11th – Sankashti Chaturthi VratJuly 12th – Nag Panchami in Eastern parts of IndiaJuly 17th – Aadi Tamil month beginsJuly 17th - Malayalam month Karkidakam begins (Ramayana Masam)
July 18th – Kamika EkadasiJuly 18th – Shraban month begins in BengalJuly 19th – Pradosh PujaJuly 22nd – Amavasi (Amavas begins in some regions on July 21)July 22nd – Total Solar Eclipse – Surya GrahanJuly 22nd – Shravan month begins in Gujarati and Marathi calendarJul…

Upanayana Samskara for Girls – Janoi or Sacred Thread Ceremony for Women

Wearing of sacred thread, also known as Janoi, is mainly reserved for the Hindu males. Upanayana Samskara for girls and women is very rarely performed. But in VidyamandirCollege in Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Upanayana Samskara for girls and girls wearing sacred thread (Janoi) is not a rarity. The college has in the past 13 years performed the Upanayana Samskara of as many as 25 girls.In Hinduism, the Upanayana Samskara ceremony gives a child a second birth and entitles him to study the Vedas and participate in Vedic functions. In essence, after the Janoi wearing ceremony, the child commences his journey on the road to spiritual life.Deccan Herald ReportsThe Kanpur-based Vidyamandir College, which has received ‘A’ grade among all Girls’ Colleges in UP, will soon be holding an upanayan samsakara ceremony in which as many as 11 girls would be provided the ‘sacred thread’ amidst chanting of vedic hymns and mantras.
Speaking to Deccan Herald from Kanpur, college Principal Dr Asharani Rai sai…

Ashad Navratri July 2013 dates – Gupt Navratra

Ashad Navratri, also referred as Gupt Navaratri and Gayatri Navratri, is nine days dedicated to the nine forms of Shakti (Mother Goddess) in the Hindi month of Ashada (June – July) as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. In 2013, Ashad Navratri begins on July 9 and ends on July 17. Ashada Navaratri is observed during the Ashada Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon).

Ashada Navratri is known as Guhya Navratri in Himachal Pradesh.

Gupt Navartri is particularly important for worshippers of Varahi. Varahi is one of the seven Matrikas of Devi Mahatmya.

Ashada Navratri rituals are followed mainly North India – the Hindi speaking states in India. It is mainly observed by women in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The nine days are dedicated to worship of various forms of Shakti similar to the famous Navratri in September or October.

Fasting is observed on certain days of Ashada Navratri and vegetarian food is consumed during the period. The most important event during t…

Quotes from Yoga Sutras

When one cultivates a feeling of friendliness for the happy, compassion for the miserable, cheerfulness for the virtuous and indifference for the evil, one attains inner peace and cleanliness.
Present and future and past correlations with objects result unavoidably in pain.
When one is confirmed in non-possessiveness, the knowledge of the why and how of existence is attained.
When the mind maintains awareness, yet does not mingle with the senses, nor the senses with sense impressions, then self-awareness blossoms. Sage Patanjali' Yoga Sutra