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Bali Trutiya in Orissa in Bhadra month - Bali Tritiya

Bali Trutiya is observed on the third day, or Tritiya, of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of the Bhadra month in Orissa. In 2017, the date of Bali Trutiya is August 24. Bali Trutiya fasting is observed by married women and is dedicated to Lord Shiva (Maheswar) and Goddess Parvati (Uma). Images of the divine couple are mad using sand and worshipped on the day.

Bali Trutiya is quite similar to the Hartalika Teej vrat observed on the same day in other parts of India.

As per the Padma Purana, Goddess Parvati observed Bali Trutiya Vrat to get Lord Shiva as her husband. The intense rituals and tapas performed by Goddess Parvati softened the heart of Lord Shiva who was in terrible anger over the death of Sati.

Another popular legend associated with the Bali Trutiya ritual suggest that Lord Ram had performed the worship of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati from images made from sand and asked for their blessings before going into war with Ravana.

In a unique ritual, people beat the r…

Parisara Ganapati – Join and Learn All about Eco-Friendly and Nature friendly Ganesh Idols

Thousands of people from around the world are making an effort to promote eco-friendly practices during Ganapati pooja celebrations. The main aim of the eco-friendly celebrations are to use of unpainted clay idols for Ganesh Pooja, use of nature based dyes for painting Ganapati idols, proper disposal of idols and other pooja material. Parisara Ganapati project is developed by Youth for Seva with the aim to spreading the message of eco-friendly Ganesh idols of Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations. You can join and learn all about Eco-Friendly and Nature friendly Ganesh Idols at the website of Parisara Ganapati. The website contains information on buying and making of ecoGanesh idols. The site also includes a research papers, videos and a photo gallery.You can join and learn all about ecoganesh at Parisara Ganapati.

Aghor Chaturdashi – Dedicated to Avadhuta Baba Kinaram

Aghor Chaturdashi is an observance associated with the Aghor Sect. In 2017, the date of Aghor Chaturdashi is August 20. It is a sect with followers in Nepal and in the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Aghoracharya Maharaj Kinaram one of the most prominent Gurus of this community was born on Aghor Chaturdashi day. Baba Kinaram is the founding father of the ancient Aghor Seat of Varanasi.

Aghoracharya Maharaj Kinaram was born on the 14th day of the Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. His divine birth is believed to have happened in the year 1658 A.D

Viveksar, credited to Baba Kinaram, is said to be the most authentic treatise on the principles of Aghor. An Aghor is an Avadhuta or Abhayadhar. One who has realized the immortality of the soul (Avinashi) and is free from all worldly bonds and is constantly immersed in the thought of Tatva masi is called an Avadhut. You may also like to read Bhagavan Nityanan…

Bhadarvo Mahina 2010 – Bhadrapad month in Gujarat

Bhadarvo Mahina, or Bhadrapad month, is the 11th month in a traditional Hindu Gujarati Calendar. In 2010, Bhadarvo month begins on September 9 and ends on October 7. The second fortnight of the Bhadra month is dedicated to observing the Shradh and Tarpan rituals for the dead ancestors and relatives. The most important festivals and auspicious days in the month include Ganesh Chaturthi, Kevda Trij, Anant Chaturdashi and Praushthpadi Purnima. Bhadarvo Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) is from September 8 to September 23.Bhadarvo Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) is from September 24 to October 7.Bhadarapad Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) is chosen for performing the rituals dedicated to dead. The Shradh rituals begin on September 24 and ends with the Sarvapitri Shradh on October 7.It must be noted that Bhadarapad month in 2010 in the traditional calendar followed in North India is from August 25 to September 23.The Bhadarapad month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Karn…

Kushagrahani Amavasi - Kushgrahini Amas

Kushagrahani Amavasi is observed on the no moon day (Amavas) in the month of Bhadrapad as per the traditional calendar followed in North India. In Gujarat, Kushgrahini Amas ritual is observed on the no moon day in the month of Shravan. In 2017, the date of Kushagrahani Amavasi is August 21.

This is Amavasi is held auspicious for performing numerous rituals. It is also observed as Pithori Amavas and Matru Amavasi.

It is also considered ideal to perform Tarpan and Shradh on the day.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar – Words of Wisdom

We often behave like machines. A compliment makes us smile and an insult makes us frown. We don’t have to react in the same way always. You have the freedom to respond differently. You don’t have to answer all questions posed to you. As people have a right to question, you have the right whether to answer or not. So, be unpredictable!The sign of life is enthusiasm. The sign of success is smile and joy.Do not sit and worry about feelings. They keep changing. Who cares? Why bother? One minute you feel very good, the other moment you feel bad. Put your life energy into some useful, social work, commitment, some direction. Bring some result in the world.I don't say always smile. Sometimes anger also works. Even mothers do not feed their children unless they cry. But the anger should be like a lining on water and not like a lining on the rock. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar