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Hindu Fasting Dates

There are many people who want to know which are the Hindu fasting dates. This is an easy to question to answer – you can fast 365 days. Yes in Hinduism all days are auspicious and you can fast on any day as you wish. All the seven days in a week are dedicated to a particular god – like Monday is dedicated to Lord Shiva and there are thousands of Hindus who regularly observe a fast on Mondays.
Apart from this weekly fasts there are fortnightly fast like on the eleventh day after full moon and no moon. This is the Ekadasi fasting and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Another fortnightly fast is the Pradosh fasting – it is observed on the 13th day after full moon (Purnima) and no moon (Amavas) and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Then there is monthly fasting like Sankashti Chaturthi dedicated to Lord Ganesha – this is observed on the fourth day after full moon.
Another monthly fasting is dedicated to Lord Muruga – this is observed on the sixth day after no moon or Amavasi and is known as Sashti

Ganga Was Declared as National River a Year Ago – the Holy River is More Polluted

When Holy Ganga was declared the National River of India on November 4, 2008, not many expected any radical change in the pollution level in Ganga. But many people did expect that pollution will be controlled and plastic wastes removed. But nothing major has happened after the National River Status and the holy river is becoming dirtier and more polluted every day.What has Holy Ganga gained after one year of National River Status – All official formalities are completed to save Ganga!!! Meetings, more meeting, committees, sub committees, official tours have been completed. Lot of Chai (tea), biscuit, cashew nuts and bottled water has been consumed in the name of Ganga. Perks, travel allowance and salaries for many. Lot of paper has been wasted...Binay Singh writes about River Ganga after its NationalRiver status"It is good that the Ganga has been given the status of the national river, but is it enough to put an end to the miseries of our national river? questioned Swami Avimukte…

Agrahan Month in 2017 in a Traditional Bengali Calendar

Agrahan is the eighth month in a traditional Bengali calendar. It follows the Kartik month. In Gregorian calendar, the Agrahan month begins in Mid November ends in Mid December. In 2017, Agrahan month in Bengal begins on November 18 and ends on December 16. The current year as per Bengali calendar is 1424.

Important festivals in the month include:

Aamabashya day in Agrahan Month in 2017 is on November 18
Purnima day in Agrahan Month in 2017 is on December 3
The Ekadashi in the month are on November 29 and December 13.

Swami Dayanand Saraswati on Satya or Truth

Truthfulness is the harmony of thought, word and deed.A person who resolves to stick to the truth (Satya) at all costs, steadily rises in virtues. When his virtues raise his reputation and prestige, he becomes all the more a devotee of truth. This devotion to truth becomes an unerring source of power and greatness.There is no higher happiness than the contemplation of Satya.My sole aim in criticizing the views of others is to arrive at the Truth. Swami Dayanand Saraswati – founder of Arya Samaj