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How to do Rahu Worship and Fasting – Rahu Vrat and the Beej Mantra

Rahu is an important deity in Hindu astrology but he does not rule over any zodiac sign. The movement and position of Rahu on the horoscope is considered very important for those people who believe in Astrology. Rahu is associated with material needs and desires and is believed to help in earning name and fame. He is also believed to have endowed with manipulative powers and thus influencing a person into the path of greed, jealousy, lust and evil.
It is believed that those people having trouble with Rahu can get rid of it by worshipping Lord Shiva. The chanting of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is believed to help in removing all sorts of sorrows and problems.
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is Om Trayambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Purshitvardanam
Uruvarukamiva Bandanat Mritiyormukshiya Mamaritat
Goddess Durga is believed to rule over Rahu and therefore worshipping Her is also considered helpful. Black is the color of Rahu and therefore devotees wear black colored dress to worship Him. Another color …

Sankatahara Chaturti 2010 – Ganesh Sankat Chaturti fasting dates

Sankatahara Chaturti, or Ganesh Sankat Chaturti Vrata, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesh in a Hindu lunar month. Below are the dates of Sankatahara Chaturti in 2010. Also known as Pillayar Chaturthi, it falls on the 4th day in a Krishna Paksha lunar fortnight or on the fourth day after full moon or Pournami. Pillayar, or Ganesh, devotees observe a fast (fasting – upvaas) on Sankatahara Chaturthi Vrata days. Sankatahara Chaturti days in 2010 is based on Indian Standard Time (IST). January 3, 2010 – Sankatahara Chaturti - Wednesday
February 2, 2010 – Angarak Sankatahara Chaturti – Tuesday March 3, 2010 – Sankat Chaturthi – Wednesday April 2, 2010 – Sankatahara Chaturthi – Friday May 1, 2010 – Sankatahara Chaturthi – Saturday May 31, 2010 – Sankat Chaturti – Monday June 30, 2010 – Sankatahara Chaturti – Wednesday July 29, 2010 – Sankat Chaturti – Thursday August 28, 2010 – Sankatahara Chaturti – Saturday September 26, 2010 – Sankat Chaturti – Sunday Note - In North India it is marked o…

Petition against an Incorrect Version of Oriya Panchangam Biraja Panjika in Orissa

Biraja Panjika is a very popular almanac followed in the famous BirajaTemple and in the districts of Jajpur Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar in Orissa. This is a very popular Oriya Panchangam. Currently there are two versions of Biraja Panjika that are being sold and the petition in the High Court is to ban the incorrect version.The original Biraja Panjika is based on Bhasvati, an 11th-century work of Puri-based astronomer Satananda. The Telegraph reportsDushasan Pahil, an official appointed by the Indian Meteorological Department’s Positional Astronomy Centre, said the incorrect ephemeris was being sold under the name Biraja Panjika.Pahil said the incorrect version was creating chaos in the worship of goddess Biraja, the reigning deity of Jajpur.“The Biraja deity has so dominated the heart and minds of the people that any deviation in the prescribed rites and rituals is likely to hurt the sentiments of thousands of people reposing faith in the time-ordered tradition…

Watch Sabarimala Videos – A Video Gallery on Various Rituals and Places Associated with Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

Mathurbhumi, a leading Malayalam newspaper, is presenting a video gallery on various, pujas, temples, rituals and places associated with SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. The short videos include Vavaru Swami Mosque, Sabarimala Sannidhana, Sabarimala 18 steps, pampa holy bath, Pampa Ganapathi temple, Malikapuram, Pampa Bali, Kettumurukku Puja etc.You can watch the video here at the Mathurbhumi website.You may also like to readHow to do the Irumudi Kettu to Sabarimala?How to observe Sabarimala Mandala Vratham?Significance of the ghee-filled coconut offered at SabarimalaAyyappaTempleFive Important Temples Dedicated to Ayyappa in Kerala

Panchami Vrata

Panchami Vrata is observed on the fifth day mainly during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in a traditional lunar calendar. Panchami Vrata is mainly dedicated to Nagas and the most popular is the Nag Panchami Vrat.Panchami Vrata is mainly observed in Shravan, Bhadra, Ashwina and Kartik month. The most important Panchami is the one during the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month and this is popularly observed as Nag Panchami.It must be noted that both the Panchamis (during waxing and waning phase of moon) is important in Bengal and are dedicated to Nagas. It is believed that observing Panchami Vrata will be blessed with long life, fame, prosperity and intellect.

Poush Amavasi or No moon day – Paush Amavas

Poush Amavasi, or Paush Amvas, is the no moon day in the Hindu month of Poush (December – January). Poush Amavasi 2016 date as per the traditional calendar followed in North India is on December 29, 2016. Paush Amavas in traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka is on January 27, 2017.

This difference in Amavasi dates is because in a traditional North Indian calendar a month is calculated from the day after Purnima or full moon day to next purnima. In other regions like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka a month is calculated from the day after Amavasi or no moon to next Amavasi.

Poush Amavasi is chosen to perform various Shradh and Tarpan rituals dedicated to the dead.

Swami Nikhilananda Saraswati Thoughts on Anger

For anger to be eliminated it must be resolved, otherwise it remains in the subconscious in a dormant form. Anger does not remain in the conscious mind all the time. We notice that incidents producing angry reactions against someone, with time are lost in memory. The memory becomes weaker and we even forget the incident but unless the anger is resolved it remains. It is somewhat similar to the toxins of our body. The toxins come out in the form of disease – a rash on the body, white heads, constipation, sore throat. Unresolved issues create constipation in the body. When we are not ready to give up old habits and emotions, it causes constipation. Mental constipation leads to physical constipation. Swami Nikhilananda Saraswati is associated with Chinmaya MissionRelatedWhat is anger according to Bhagavad Gita?