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Shami Puja on Vijaya Dasami Day

Shami Puja is an important ritual held during Vijaya Dasami and Dasara day. In 2014, the date of Shami Puja is October 3. The rituals and pujas on the day are dedicated to the Shami Tree. Ganesha Purana mentions that those worshipping Shami Tree on Dussehra will be free from sins.

Legend has it that Shami the daughter of learned sage Aurva was married to Mandar, son of Dhaumya. The newly wed couple once happened to see sage Bhrushundi who bore a trunk on his forehead as a mark of devotion to Ganesha.

On seeing the sage with a trunk, Shami and Mandar could not control their laughter and they started laughing mockingly. An angry Sage Bhrushundi cursed them to become trees.

Upon hearing their children’s misfortune, Sage Dhaumya and Aurva prayed to Ganesh to rescue their Children. Lord Ganesh was not ready to displease his staunch devotee Sage Bhrushundi.

So Ganesh gave the boon that Mandar Tree will be used to worship Lord Shiva and the wood of Shami will be used for sacrificial purpos…

Durga Puja in Toronto - Durga Puja Celebrations by Bengali Associations in Canada

Durga Puja celebrations in Toronto, Canada, are conducted by Bengali Associations and in Hindu temples especially those dedicated to Goddess Durga. Toronto Durga Puja festival is observed in the traditional way by Bengalis and Hindus and people make an earnest effort to observe all important rituals. Durga Puja 2017 in Toronto is held in Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga etc
Bangiyo Parishad and Probasi Bengali Cultural Association (PBCA) - Greater Toronto Area will be observing Durga Puja during the last week of September 2017. You can get the details of Durga Puja celebrations of Bangiyo Parishad here at the official website.
Toronto Kalibari will be organizing Durga Puja during the last week of September 2017. Apart from regular pujas and rituals there will also be cultural programs. You can get information on Durga Puja celebrations of Kalibari here at the official website.

Special Trains for Diwali 2011 by Indian Railways - Deepavali 2011 Special Trains

Special trains for Diwali 2011 are from the first week of October 2011 to the first week of November 2011. In order to clear the extra rush of rail passengers during Deepavali 2011, Indian Railway has announced several special trains between important railway stations in India. The special trains are from New Delhi, Gorakhpur, Lokmanya Tilak terminus, Kolkata, Howrah, Varanasi, Jammu, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Delhi-Sarai-Rohilla, Patna, Chennai, Delhi, Madurai, Kanpur, Ernakulam, Haridwar and other cities.
Latest Update - Get information on all special trains in 2011 during Diwali here at the official website of Indian Railways (click on the link)

The article is to provide some basic information on the special trains during Diwali 2011 as found in press release of Indian Railway. Please use the train numbers to find the current information at the Reservation counter in Railway Stations.

Ganesha, Lakshmi, Saraswati and Kartikeya worshipped with Goddess Durga during Durga Puja

During Durga Puja four deities – Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Saraswati and Lord Kartikeya – are worshipped along with Goddess Durga in the Pooja Pandal or Puja area. The popular belief is that Ganesh, Laxmi, Saraswathi and Kartik are children of Goddess Parvati or Goddess Durga. It is believed that Goddess Parvati comes to the home of her father Himavat along with her children. This legend is found in the folk songs sung during Durga Puja. In the Puja area, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha are placed to the right of Goddess Durga idol. Goddess Saraswati and Lord Kariteya are placed to the left of Durga idol. Goddess Lakshmi is portrayed as standing on a lotus.Goddess Saraswati is depicted as standing on a lotus and holding a Veena. Lord Ganesha is shown in sitting posture. Lord Kartikeya is shown mounted on a peacock.Lord Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, is also known Muruga and Subrahmanya.
Other deities that are shown in the Durga Puja Pandal are Lord Shiva…

Shukacharya Jayanti

Shukacharya Jayanti is observed on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha (waning phase of moon) of Ashwin month (September – October). Shukacharya Jayanti 2017 is on September 25. It is the birthday of Saint Shukacharya who narrated the Srimad Bhagavad Purana to King Parikshit. The King was cursed that he would be bitten by Snake Takshaka in seven days time. The king listened to the glory of Lord Vishnu as mentioned in Srimad Bhagavad Purana to attain Moksha.
Sage Shukacharya was born on the fifth day of Navratri and the day is also observed as Lalita Panchami.

Sage Shukacharya is believed to be the son of Veda Vyasa. Some holy scriptures mention that Shukacharya is an incarnation of Lord Rudra and some also of Lord Vayu.
It is believed that Ved Vyasa taught Sri Shukacharya the Vedas, Mahabharata and Srimad Bhagavad Purana.

A popular legend associated with Lord Venkateswara also mentions about Shukacharya. It is Shukacharyaru who went to Lord Venkateswara’s (Srinivasa) house to give th…

Purnima in October 2010 – Full Moon Day or Ashwin Poornima 2010

Poornima, or Purnima, is the full moon day in a traditional Hindu calendar. The Purnima in October 2010 is Ashwin Poornima and is of great significance and is observed as Kojagari Lakshmi Puja and Sharad Purnima. In October 2010, Purnima begins on October 22 and ends on October 23. Ashvin Purnima or Full moon day is on October 22, 2010. The Purnima begins at 05:34 AM on October 22 and ends at 07:06 AM on October 23. Kojagari Purnima and Sharad Poornima festivals are on October 22. Ashwin Purnima ends in many regions on October 23 and Kartik Snan begins on the day. Ashwin month ends as per traditional North Indian calendar on the day. Some Hindu communities observe fast on Purnima day. Special pujas and rituals are performed in many temples.