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Jyeshta Gauri Puja in Bhadrapad Month

Jyeshta Gauri Puja is a three-day pooja dedicated to Goddess Gauri during the Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapad Month (August – September). In 2017, the date of Jyeshta Gauri Puja is August 30. Jyeshtha Gauri is dedicated to Goddess Mahalakshmi in some regions and in others to Goddess Parvati. Idols of Goddess Gauri are brought to homes and after puja it is immersed in a water body.

In 2017, Jyeshta Gauri Avahan is on August 29, Gauri Puja is on August 30 and Jyeshtha Gauri Visarjan is on August 31.

The popular belief is that Goddess Gauri visit and resides in homes during the period. Therefore the houses are kept clean and new decorations are added to welcome the Goddess. Special food is also prepared during the period.

The idols of Goddess Gauri which are brought in pairs – two different forms of Gauri – are decorated and special pujas are offered. Women also perform the community puja along with Haldi Kum Kum ceremony. Goddess Gauri killing a demon is narrated after the puja. The idols…

For Cow Protection – Vishwa Mangala Gou Grama Yathra

Vishwa Mangala Gou Grama Yathra is dedicated to the protection of cow and will begin on Vijaya Dashami, 30 September 2009, from Kurukshetra in Haryana. The 108–day yatra will cover all the towns and villages in India.Vishwa Mangala Gou Grama Yathra is conducted under the guidance of Poojya Jagadguru Shankaracharya Shree Raghaveshwara Bharathi Swamiji of Shree Ramachandrapura Math in Karnataka.The Aim of the Yatra – Villages progress by devotion to cow, progress of villages results in progress of the nation, leading to the progress of the world. The yatra is supported by several Hindu seers and organizations. The Yatra will conclude on Makara Sankranthi, 17 January 2010, in NagpurYou can get more details about the Gou Grama Yatra and also on how to participate and contribute in this unique endeavor here at the official website of the Yatra. – Gou Gram Yatra
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Khairatabad Ganesha Idol 2009 for Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

Hyderabad Khairatabad Ganesha Idol 2009 is in the form of Matsya Ganesha. Ganesh idols made during Ganesh Chaturthi festival at Khairatabad near Hyderabad are famous for its huge size – the size of the Khairatabad Ganesh is usually more than 40 feet. The Matsya Ganesha idol in 2009 is flanked by a scene depicting the Sri Bhakta Kannappa Moksham and by the idol of Sri Dattatreya.This is the 54th year of the Khairatabad Ganesh Chaturthi festival. You can get more details about Khairatabad Ganesha Idol 2009 here at the official website of Khairatabad Ganesh Chaturthi committee –

Surya Shasti – Bhadrapad Surya Sashti Vrata

Surya Shasti is dedicated to Lord Surya (the Hindu sun god) and is observed on sixth day of the waxing phase on moon in the Bhadrapad month (August – September). In 2017, the date of Surya Shasti is August 27. A Sashti vrata dedicated Surya is observed in some reigons. Pujas and rituals dedicated to Lord Surya are performed on the day.

On the day, several Hindu communities offer prayers to Lord Surya during Sunrise. Some people fast on the day till sunset others till the pujas are concluded. Gayatri Mantra and other mantras dedicated to Lord Surya are chanted on the day.

Popular Sun Temples in India perform special pujas and rituals on the day.

It must be noted that Vratas dedicated to Lord Surya is observed on the Shasti (Sixth) and Saptami (Seventh) of lunar fortnight in different Hindu months. The most popular among it is the Ratha Sapatami observed in Magh Month.

Sri Ramana Maharishi Thoughts on Birthday Celebrations

You who wish to celebrate the birthday, seek first whence was your birth. One’s true birthday is when one enters that which transcends birth and death - the Eternal Being. At least on one’s birthday one should mourn one’s entry into this world (samsara). To glory in it and celebrate it is like delighting in and decorating a corpse. To seek one’s self and merge in the Self – that is wisdom.Jean Dunn explains about this thought of Ramana Maharishi in Ramana Smrti – Sri Ramana Maharshi Birth Centenary Offering (1980)What was he teaching us by this verse? What does it mean, “Seek first whence was your birth”? Aren’t we all aware of who our parents are and the date of our birth? Yes, but that is the date of the birth of a body and the parents are the bodies from which this body is born. Are we the body? If so we will surely die. What did Bhagavan do when, as a youngster of sixteen, he was faced with the overwhelming certainty of immediate death? By a deep enquiry he discovered that he was …