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Rituals on Margashira Amavasye in Kannada Culture – Ellamavasye

Margashira Amavasye, or Margasheersh Amavasi, is the no moon day in the month of Maragashira (November – December). Margashira Amavasye 2017 date is December 18. The day is also popularly known as Ellamavasye in Karnataka.

The general belief is that those people who perform Shraddh, Tila Tarpana, bhojana of poor, and other daana will be blessed with peace and prosperity. People also do the pooja of pitrantaryami Srihari. Pitru devategalu and their antaryami (dead ancestors) will be blessed and pleased by their descendents on earth observing this day.

Those who do Shraddha on this day will have their sins completely removed. People also do Samudra snaana or snaana in holy rivers before performing tarpana, and shraddha.

Mukkoti Ekadasi 2017 date – Bhadrachalam Sri Rama Temple Mukkoti Ekadashi in 2017

Mukkoti Ekadasi is observed at the famous Bhadrachalam SriRamaTemple in Andhra Pradesh. Mukkoti Ekadasi 2017 date is January 8. This Ekadashi is observed on the 11th day during the Shukla Paksha of Paush month (Dhanur masam) and is popularly known as Vaikunta Ekadasi. The famous Teppotsavam ritual takes place at Bhadrachalam during the period.
Vishnu devotees fast on the day and wait in the temple to pass through the Vaikunta Dwaram. Vaikutha Dwara Darshanam or ‘the gate to the heaven’ is opened on this day in Lord Vishnu Temples in South India. This is the passage encircling the innermost sanctum of the LordVishnuTemple. Thousands of devotees queue up to pass through the Gate of Vaikunta on this day.
You may also like to read Importance of Vaikunta Ekadashi

Download Kannada Paush month 2009 – 2010 Panchangam for free – Pushya Masa Panchanga

This particular Panchanga in Kannada language for Paush Masam or Pushya Month 2009 is provided by Narahari Sumadhwa. Paush Masa 2009 - 2010 as per the calendar followed in Karnataka is from December 17, 2009 and it will end on January 14, 2010. Pushya Masa is the tenth month in a traditional Hindu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Poush is also known as Dhanur Masam and is considered highly auspicious.
You can download the Panchanga in Kannada for Paush Masa 2009 – 2010 here.

Thoughts on Discipline in the Rigorous Sabarimala Pilgrimage

An Ayyappa devotee undertaking the pilgrimage to SabarimalaTemple has to observe several austerities for 41 days – a mandatory cleansing of the body and mind. M S Neelakantan writes in expressbuzz about the discipline involved in the pilgrimage, how secularism is not taught but practiced at Sabarimala and why the pilgrimage is tough for women.
The pilgrimage to Sabarimala brings home some military management lessons that are taught theoretically for a fee in the B-schools.

Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in January 2010

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in January 2010 – based on major Hindu calendars used in India. The festivals and auspicious days are based on Indian Standard Time.January 1, 2010 – Magh month begins in North IndiaJanuary 3, 2010 – Ganesh Sankashti Chaturti January 6, 2010 – Swami Vivekananda Jayanti

Gupt Navratri 2015 dates – Magh Navaratri

Magh Navratri, or Gupt Navaratri, is nine-days of prayers and rituals dedicated to Hindu Goddesses in the month of Magh (January – February). Gupt Navratri 2015 dates in Magh month are from January 21 and ends on January 28, 2015.  It is observed during Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Magha month. The nine days of prayers are dedicated to the various incarnations of Goddess Shakti.

The rituals and forms of Goddess Shakti worshipped during Magh Navaratri vary from region to region. In some regions, it is noted for a nine-day community worship of the nine forms of Shakti. The rituals are mainly observed in North India especially in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh.

Fasting is observed on certain days of Magha Navratri and strictly vegetarian food is consumed during the period.

Gupt Navratri is also observed during Shukla Paksha of Ashada (June – July).

Related The Dates of Chaitra and Saran Navratri in 2015

Quotes from Yajurveda

grahaa urjaa hutayo vyanto vipraaya matim (9/4 Yajurveda) O men, the one who enhance their strength, please bless us with knowledge of all kinds.Scholars who incessantly contemplate on acquiring strength and knowledge should also consider it their moral duty to impart knowledge to the ignorant, so that these lesser mortals can develop their mental faculties. This would automatically lead to the latter’s self-development and spiritual progress. Similarly, ignorant and naive people should try to acquire maximum knowledge from the knowledgeable ones.vaachaspatir vaarja nah swadatu swaha (9/1,Yajurveda) May the 'Lord of the speech' make our voice sweet and soft. We should always be soft spoken.
Sweet talk has the ability to attract one and all. On the contrary, vitriolic speech keeps people away. That is why one should always be soft spoken so that it enhances brotherhood and affection.Yajurveda