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Anant Chaturdasi 2011

Anant Chaturdasi is observed on the 14th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Bhadrapad month. Anant Chaturdasi 2011 date is September 11. It is widely believed that Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Anantapadmanabha (the Ananta Sayana form of Lord Vishnu or reclining on Ananta) on this day. Anant Chaturdasi is also the visarjan or the last day of Ganesh Chaturti festival. A fast from sunrise to sunset is observed on the day by Vishnu devotees and it is known as Anant Vrata. The importance of Anant Vrata was narrated by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira. Lord Krishna advised the eldest of the Pandavas to observe Anant Vrata for 14 years to get back his lost kingdom. A unique ritual on the day is the tying of Ananta Dharam, a sacred thread of 14 knots, on the hands by devotees after special pujas and rituals. In Maharashtra and in parts of Andhra Pradesh, Ananta Chaturdasi is popular as the last day of Vinayaka Chaurthi festival – the day to perform the Ganesh Visarjan. Yo…

Pune Dagduseth Halwai Ganapati 2009 Video and Photo – Ganesh Chaturthi Mandal

Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati is one of the most popular Ganesh Chaturthi mandals in Pune during 12-day Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations. Here is the video of Pune Dagduseth Halwai Ganpati in 2009 and also the picture of the cute Dagduseth Halwai Ganesha.
Update - Find latest information on Dagduseth Ganapati 2011 here.

Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati decoration inauguration
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Ganesh Chaturthi Nirmalya Segregation and Flower Recycling to make Natural Holi Colors in Pune

Hundreds of kilos of flowers are used for puja and decoration during Ganesh Chaturthi festival. As part of eco-friendly Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations in Pune, e-coexist, an environmental organization, is going to recycle the flowers used during Ganesh Chaturthi festival to make colors natural colors for Holi festival.Ganesh Chaturthi Nirmalya Segregation project of E-coexist One of the biggest outputs of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival is the tonnes of 'nirmalya' - the offerrings collected during the immersion. These offerings are made of several items : flower garlands, fruits, coconuts, spices, honey and camphor. While most of the offerings themselves are made of natural items, they come wrapped in plastic bags, plastic boxes or glass bottles.Traditionally, these items were meant to be immersed with the Ganesh idols, as an offering back to nature. However, since immersion of these on large scale is bound to cause problems, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has successfull…

Puzzle Activity Book and Online Games for Children – Where Is Hanuman?

'Where’s Hanuman' published by Penguin Books India (Imprint – Puffin Children Books) is an illustrated book for children based on the Ramayana. The book contains puzzle scenes and activities starting from the wedding of Lord Ram and Mata Sita. The puzzles are based on Exile of Lord Ram, Kidnapping of Sita, Coronation of Bali, Searching and Finding Sita, BuildingBridge, Attacking Lanka, Killing Ravana and the return by Pushpaka Vimana to Ayodhya. The activity book is meant for children to learn about the adventures of Hanuman and Ramayana in an engaging and exciting way. Where Is Hanuman is written by By Alister Taylor and Chris Woods and is illustrated By Benjamin McClintic The official website of Where Is Hanuman has some interesting online games for children. You can play the online games here.

G S B Seva Mandal Ganapati 2011 Photo – Golden Ganesh at King Circle in Mumbai

GSB Seva Sadan Mandal is an organization founded by the Gowd Saraswat Brahmin community from Karnataka and the G S B Ganapati is popularly known as Golden Ganesha of Mumbai Ganesh Chaturthi Puja. G S B Ganapati 2011 is the 57th year of Ganeshotsava celebrations of the GSB Seva Mandal at King Circle in Wadala (Matunga), Mumbai. GSB Seva Mandal Ganesha is adorned with more than 60 kgs of gold and 250 kgs of silver and is undoubtedly the costliest Ganesha in Mumbai. It is also among the tallest Ganapati idols in Mumbai. The crown of the Matunga Ganesha is made out of 22 kilograms of gold. Gold adorns the ears, feet, hands and trunk of the idol. Apart from this there are gold flowers, embroidery, necklace, a cobra and throne with lions on either side. "The Ganpati adorns 60-65 kgs of gold, 250 kgs of silver which amounts to not less than 10 crores of rupees (100 million rupees). All this has been made possible by the devotees whose prayers and wishes have been answered," said Sati…

Vaman Ekadasi – Vamana Ekadashi

Vaman Ekadasi is observed during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the moon) in Bhadrapada month (August – September). Vamana Ekadashi is associated with the Lord Vaman incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that Lord Vamana appeared on the earth on this Ekadasi day. In 2016, the date of Vaman Ekadasi is September 13.

Lord Vamana appeared to end the rule of King Mahabali. Onam celebrations in Kerala which is based on the episode of King Bali and Lord Vishnu from the Puranas takes place during this period.

The significance of Vaman Ekadasi was narrated to Yudhisthira, the eldest of the Pandavas, by Lord Krishna. It is believed that those who observe this Ekadashi will be free from their sins.

All the usual fasting rules associated with Ekadasi are observed on the day.

In Gujarat, Vaman Ekadasi is known as Jal Zilani Ekadashi. This Ekadasi is also known as Parsva Parivartini Ekadasi. You may also like to read How to observe Ekadasi Fasting? What food to eat for those observing part…

Words of Inspiration – Swami Vivekananda

If I teach you, therefore, that your nature is evil, that you should go home and sit in sackcloth and ashes and weep your lives out because you took certain false steps, it will not help you, but will weaken you all the more, and I shall be showing you the road to more evil than good.If this room is full of darkness for thousands of years and you come in and begin to weep and wail, ‘Oh the darkness’, will the darkness vanish? Strike a match and light comes in a moment. What good will it do you to think all your lives, ‘Oh, I have done evil; I have made many mistakes’? It requires no ghost to tell us that. Bring in the light and the evil goes in a moment. Build up your character, and manifest your real nature, the Effulgent, the Resplendent, the Ever-pure, and call It up in everyone that you see.Swami VivekanandaSource: Complete Works 2: 357