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Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in October 2009

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in October 2009 – based on major Hindu calendars used in India. The festivals and auspicious days are based on Indian Standard Time.October 1st – Pradosh PujaOctober 3rd – Sharad Purnima (in some calendars Sharad Purnima is marked on October 4th)October 3rd – Kojagari PoornimaOctober 4th – Purnima or full moon day ends in many regionsOctober 4th – Kartik Snan BeginsOctober 7th – Sankashti Chaturthi VratOctober 7th – Karva Chouth VratOctober 11th – Ahoi AshtamiOctober 14th – Rama Ekadasi VratOctober 15th – Dhanvantri JayantiOctober 15th – DhanterasOctober 15th – Pradosh VratOctober 15th – Yama DeepdanOctober 16th – Roop Chaudas

Online Virtual Tour of Kollur Mookambika Temple

MookambikaTemple located at Kollur in Udupi District of Karnataka is one of the most famous temples dedicated to Mother Goddess. Now Mathurbhumi, a Kerala-based newspaper, is providing an online virtual tour of KollurMookambikaTemple. In the virtual tour you can view a 360 degree panoramic view of the temple. The images used are of high quality.
You can view the Virtual Tour of Kollur Mookambika Temple here

Note: Virtual Tour might not be compatible with Internet Explorer 6 or other older versions of the browser.

On Challenges faced by Hindu Americans

The Hindu population in the United States is estimated to be between 1.5 million and 2 million people and they come from different parts of the world. Hindu religion is different from the majority religions practiced in United States – Hinduism gives importance to the personal quest of an individual to know the supreme truth, it is not a missionary religion and never practices conversion, it never brings religion to public policy issues and above all it is not monolithic and believes that God exists in all animate and inanimate.The Challenges faced by Hindu AmericansHinduism is the least understood among American religious traditions as the path it follows is different from most world religions - multiplicity of divine names and forms.Transmitting Hindu faith to younger generation in a Christian dominated society.Language to be used in temples during prayers and services.Aggressive conversion campaigns by various Christian organizations.Lack of unity. Micheal Paulson, winner of Pulitz…

Saraswati Puja during Navratri Puja

The last three days of the nine-day Navratri festival is observed as Saraswati Puja by many Hindu communities especially in western and southern parts of India. Goddess Saraswathi, the Hindu Goddess of Knowledge and Learning, is worshipped during the period. Saraswati Puja 2017 during Navratri begins on September 28 and ends on September 30 in most places especially in South India.
Different Hindu communities have different method of propitiating and worshipping Goddess Saraswati during Navratri.
In western parts of India especially in Maharashtra the rituals begin with Saraswati Avahan (September 27, 2017), Saraswati Pradan Puja (September 28, 2017) and Saraswati Balidan Puja  and Saraswati Visarjan (September 29, 2017).
In Kerala, the important Saraswati Puja is held on the last day of Navratri and on the Vijaya Dasami day. On the last day of Navratri all books are kept for Puja and is taken after proper rituals and worship on the next day which is observed as Vidyarambham day (S…

Gujarat Ashwin Month 2010 – Aso Maas in Gujarati Calendar

Ashwin Month, or Aso Maas, is the 12th and last month in a traditional Gujarati calendar followed in Gujarat, India. Ashwin Mahina 2010 in Gujarati Calendar begins on October 8 and ends on November 6. Ashvin Month is a highly auspicious month the 9-day Navratri festival, Lakshmi Puja and Diwali falls in the month. The Hindu New Year as per traditional Gujarati calendar is on November 6, 2010. Vikram Samvat 2067 begins on the day. Other important rituals include Kojagari Purnima, Sharad Poornima, Dasara or Vijaya Dashami etc. Aso or Ashvin Shukla Paksha is from October 8 to October 23, 2010.Aso or Ashwin Krishna Paksha is from October 24 to November 6, 2010. Ashvin Poornima (full moon day) is on October 23, 2010. (It must be noted that Purnima begins on October 22 in many regions). Kojagari Purnima and Sharad Poornima are marked on October 22. Ashwin Amavasi is on November 6. (It is must be noted that the Amavas begins on November 5) Dates of other important festivals and auspicious days …

Daksha Smriti Quotes

If someone takes a bath with all the sand/soap and Ganges water during one’s whole life but not having an internal purification, then one cannot get Moksha or liberation. – Thus an internal purification is utmost important. God exists everywhere and inside everyone. Then why one should have a feeling of envy, hatred, anger, delusion/ignorance, greed etc towards anybody. When there is wind blowing the water does not stay still even for a second. Our mind is just like that. It will keep changing every second. Never trust it. Samadhi is that inner state wherein after renouncing craving / aversion towards fleeting material objects one steadies the mind and thus attains soul force.Daksha Smriti

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