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Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in September 2009

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in September 2009 – based on major Hindu calendars used in India. The festivals and auspicious days are based on Indian Standard Time.September 1st – Pradosh PujaSeptember 1st – Vaman JayantiSeptember 2nd – Onam – Thiruonam in KeralaSeptember 3rd – Anant Chaturdasi Vrat September 4th – Pitru Paksha Shradh BeginsSeptember 4th – Purnima (full moon)September 5th – Ashwin month begins in North Indian calendarSeptember 8th – Angarak Sankasti Chaturti VratSeptember 15th – Indira Ekadasi - Ekadashi
September 16th – Pradosh VratSeptember 17th – Vishwakarma PujaSeptember 17th – Tamil month Puratasi beginsSeptember 17th – Kanni Masaam begins in Malayalam calendarSeptember 18th – Amavasi (No moon day)September 18th – Aashin Month begins in Bengali CalendarSeptember 18th – Mahalaya ShradhSeptember 18th – Pitru Paksha Shradh endsSeptember 19th – Sharad Navarati BeginsSeptember 19th – Ashwin Month begins in Maharashtra and GujaratSeptember 24th –…

Eco-friendly Ganesh Idols from Alum or Fitkari

People from all walks of life are joining into create awareness about the need to use eco-friendly Ganesh idols for Ganesh Chaturthi puja and make a positive difference. Some people are coming forward with unique solutions to Plaster of Paris idols and one such innovative idea is the making of Ganapati Idols using Alum. This unique solution which also helps in cleaning water was put forth by Civil engineer Ramesh Kher from Pune.
Large quantities of Alum, or Fitkari, (aluminum sulfate) are used clean portable water in India. Aluminum sulfate along with another chemical called sodium aluminate is pumped into lakes to control algae growth. The growth of algae is considered to be one of the main reasons behind murky and smelly water bodies.
Ramesh Kher from Pune who has come up with the idea suggests the Alum Ganesha idols will help in protecting and saving the rivers and lakes.
The main idea here is to make use of the Ganesh idol immersion environment friendly and also bring about a p…

Research on Historical Places Associated with Ramayan in Sri Lanka

Ramayana Trail Executive Committee associated with the Ministry of Tourism Sri Lanka is conducting extensive research to unravel the places associated with Ramayan in Sri Lanka. They have also got a website exclusively dedicated to the Ramayana Research in Sri Lanka.Ramayana Trail Executive Committee have identified around 18-places associated with Ramayan. Some of the places identified are CobraHoodedCave the place where Mata Sita was held captive. Rawan Ella cave, Nala Sethu, Molagoda etc are some of the places identified.You can find details of the Historical places associated with Ramayan identified so far in Sri Lanka here at the official website of Ramayana Trail Executive Committee – Ramayana ResearchYou may also like to readRamayana Related Sites in Sri Lanka

Navratri 2011 Dates - Navaratri Calendar in 2011

The nine-day festival of Navratri, or Navaratri, in Hindu religion dedicated to the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga. Navratri 2011 dates are from September 28 to October 5, 2011. Sharadiya Navratri begins on the first day of the bright half of Ashvin or Ashwayuja (September-October) as per traditional Hindu calendar. Navratri is also dedicated to the worship of Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Lakshmi.

Apart from the Navratri in September – October, the next most important Navratri is the Chaitra Navratri or the Navaratri in March-April. This is also known as Vasant Navratri or Ram Navaratri. This is from April 4, 2011 to April 12, 2011

Here are the dates of Navratri in 2011 Ghatsthapana – Navratri Day 1 – September 28, 2011 - Chandra Darshan Navratri Day 2 – September 29, 2011  Navratri Day 3 – September 29, 2011 - Sindoor Tritiya Navratri Day 4 – September 30, 2011 - Varad Vinayak Chaturthi Navratri Day 5 – October 1, 2011 - Lalitha Panchami Navratri Day 6 – October 2, 2011 - Saraswati Aw…

Lalita Shasti – Lalitha Sashti

Lalita Shasti is festival associated with the Vaishnava Sect and is dedicated to one of Gopis of Vrindavan. In 2017, the date of Lalita Shasti is August 27. Lalitha was one of the best friends of Radha. She constantly features among the eight Gopis associated with Krishna and Radha. Lalita Sashti is observed on the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month.

Scholars are of the view that Lalitha who was elder to Radha was a witness to the love of Radha and Krishna. She is also described as hot-tempered.

This festival is mainly observed by ISKCON devotees. Lalita Ashtaka is chanted on the day by devotees.

Polala Amavasya – Shravan Poleramma Amavasi

Polala Amavasya is observed on the Amavas (No moon day) in Shravan month in Andhra Pradesh and parts of Karnataka and Orissa. In 2017, Polala Amavasya date is August 21. It is dedicated to Goddess Poleramma who is the protector of children. Mothers observe Polala Amavasi Vrata for the welfare of their children.

Goddess Poleramma is quite similar to the Goddess Shitala worshipped in North India. The popular belief is that the Goddess protects children from various diseases, especially chicken pox.

Monsoon rains are at its peak during the Shravan (July – August) month. Diseases spread quickly and those most vulnerable are children. The prayers are meant to keep children healthy.

Special pujas and rituals are held in Poleramma temples.

Thoughts on Hindu Religion

Here are a few thoughts on Hindu Religion which are independent and unbiased views of scholars and writers.Hinduism is the one world religion that reaches out to embrace other faiths with respect, a welcome change from groups who expend enormous amounts of energy condemning the sincere beliefs of others. There is no eternal damnation in Hinduism because Hindus believe absolutely no one is excluded from divine grace.Linda Johnsen - (Source: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism - By Linda Johnsen)Hinduism is the law of life, not a dogma; its aim is not to create a creed but character, and its goal is to achieve perfection through most varied spiritual knowledge which rejects nothing, and yet refines everything, through continuous testing and experiencing.Bhagavan S. GidwaniThere is an important difference between the Hindu and the Western ideas. In the Biblical tradition, God creates man, but man cannot say that he is divine in the same sense that the Creator is, where as in Hindu…