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Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in December 2009

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in December 2009 – based on major Hindu calendars used in India. The festivals and auspicious days are based on Indian Standard Time.December 1st – Kartika Deepam – ThrikarthikaiDecember 1st – Dattatreya JayantiDecember 2nd – Annapurna JayantiDecember 2nd – Purnima (Full moon day)December 3rd – Poush Month begins in North Indian CalendarsDecember 5th – Sankashti ChaturthiDecember 12th – Saphala EkadasiDecember 13th – PradoshDecember 15th – Dhanu SankrantiDecember 16th – Amavasi December 16th – Margazhi Month begins in Tamil CalendarDecember 16th – Dhanu month begins in Kerala Malayalam CalendarDecember 17th – Poush month begins in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and GujaratDecember 17th – Poush month begins in Bengali CalendarDecember 22nd – Sashti VratamDecember 25th – Shakambari Navratri BeginsDecember 28th – Putrada Ekadasi – Vaikunta EkadasiDecember 29th – Pradosh VratDecember 31st – Chandra GrahanD…

Margashira Month 2010 - 2011 in Karnataka – Kannada Margasira Masam

Margashira Month is the ninth month in a traditional Kannada calendar followed in Karnataka. Margashira Month 2010 begins on December 6 and ends on January 4, 2011. The month is also auspicious to Lord Krishna. The sixth day during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Margashira month is dedicated to the worship of Nagas (snakes). The day is also dedicated to Lord Muruga or Subrahmanya and is observed as Margashira Shasti. Other important festivals and auspicious days in the month include Vaikunta Ekadasi, Mokshada Ekadasi and Gita Jayanti (December 17), Dattatreya Jayanti, Saphala Ekadasi (December 31). Dhanu Sankranti, or Dhanu Sankramanam, begins on December 16. Margshirsha Month waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) begins on December 6 to December 21, 2010. Margshirsha Masam waning Phase of moon (Krishna Paksha) begins on December 22 and ends January 4, 2011. Margshirsh Month Purnima (full moon day) is on December 21.Margshirsha Month Amavasya (no moon day) is on January 4, 201…

Story – Why Lord Ganesha Loves Modak?

Modak, sweet balls, is one of the most important offerings made to Lord Ganesha. It is said that any offering to Ganesh is incomplete without the Modaks. There is an interesting story in the Padma Purana regarding why Ganesha loves Modak.
Once the Devas (demi gods) came to visit Shiva and Goddess Parvati and presented them a divine Modak. It was a very special Modak and the person who ate the modak will become knowledgeable in all scriptures, science, art and writing.
Goddess Parvati wanted to present it to her sons – Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartik. But the brothers were not ready to share it. So a confused Goddess Parvati said that who among you proves the true meaning of sincerity and devotion will get the Modak.
To prove the true meaning of devotion, Lord Kartik immediately mounted on his Vahana, or vehicle, and started visiting all the spiritual places.
But Lord Ganesha went around Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and said that no amount of offerings or fasting or visiting sacred p…

How to observe Saturday fasting or Shanivar Vrat?

The fasting observed on Saturday (Shanivar Vrat) is mainly undertaken by those people who believe in astrology and that they are having a hard period in life due to the malefic influence of Lord Shani or Saturn. Another deity that is worshipped on the day is Lord Hanuman. Saturday fasting or Shanivar Vrat begins before sunrise on Saturday and ends on the next day morning. A single meal is taken in the evening after prayers. Food prepared usually consists of sesame til or black gram or any other black colored food item. Salt is avoided on the day.Black is the color of the day. The offerings made to Lord Shani include black sesame seeds (Til), urad dal, black clothes, Sesame oil etc. Black iron idol of Lord Shani is worshipped on the day usually at nearby temple which has a shrine for Shani or Navgraha. Some worship the Peepal Tree and tie thread around its bark.People avoid long journey on the day. In some communities wives do not visit their paternal home on the day.
The Saturday fasti…

Gurumayi Chidvilasananda Thoughts on Meditation

No matter who we are, what we do, what we may have or not have, each of us has an inherent power to meditate. Once this power is ignited, our meditation naturally deepens and draws us to the goal of Self-realization. Meditation is the practice of turning our attention inward. Meditation beckons us to unravel the greatest mystery of life – that in this human form, we are also divine. When we still the mind in meditation we are drawn, like bees to honey, to the presence of God within. Touching this truth, our restlessness ceases and we are flooded with a sense of our own perfection and divinity.Gurumayi ChidvilasanandaGurumayi Chidvilasananda is the present spiritual head of the Siddha Yoga path