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Hasta Nakshatra 2012 time and dates - Hastam Nakshatram in 2012

Hasta Nakshatra, also known as Hastam or Hast or Atham Nakshatram in South India, is the 13th Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Hasta Nakshatra time and dates in 2012. The astrological prediction of the birth star Hasta Nakshatra as per Moon Sign is that of Kanya Raasi (Virgo Zodiac). Budha or Mercury is the Lord of Kanya Rashi. The color of Hast Nakshatra is Deep Green.

Why do we Hindus use Durva or Darba Grass during Chandra Grahan and Surya Grahanam?

When there is a solar eclipse or lunar eclipse several Hindu communities keep Durva or Darba Grass on food items at home. There is a popular belief among some Hindus that food items become unusable after Chandra Grahan and Surya Grahanam. To avoid such damage and pollution of food during eclipse or grahan some Hindu communities keep Durva on such items.Durva is known as arugam pul in Tamil, Darba Dhub, Durva and Haritali in Hindi (North India). Bermuda or Bahama Grass is the English name.Darba Grass is used in all important Hindu pujas and it is believed that the Durva grass appeared on earth from the body of Varaha, the boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu. There is also a belief that Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are present in Durva grass and so Darba remains unaffected during Grahan. Darba Grass is placed on top of milk, curd and other milk products, vegetables and fruits during an eclipse.

Telugu Festivals in 2010 – Important Hindu Celebrations in Andhra Pradesh

Numerous Telugu Hindu festivals are observed are observed in a calendar year. Below is a list of important Telugu festivals in 2010. Apart from the regular Hindu festivals, Telugu Hindu culture also observes unique festivals which are based on local folklore and regional tradition. The list is incomplete we will be adding more festivals as we get their dates.

English Meaning, Translation and Explanation of Navgraha Stotra

This translation and explanation of Navgraha Stotra is provided by Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar, a stress management expert. He is of the view that Navagraha Stotra prayer helps us to explore and experience the power and bliss of our true self and thereby progress into universal unity, harmony and happiness. Here is an excerpt from the explanation of the first hymn in the Navgraha Stotra dedicated to Lord Surya or Sun God.The nine grahas are not merely planets or start in physical sense. They are the power underlying the physical existence. Here the word Sun represents the source of not merely physical energy for photosynthesis by plants or heats but it indicates source of consciousness for the entire universe.You can read the explanation of the entire Navgraha Stotram here at slideshare – Navgraha Stotram translation, meaning and explanationOr you can read it below
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Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra 2012 time and dates - Uthram Nakshatram in 2012

Uttara Phalguni Nakshatram, also known as Uttaraphalguni or Uthram in South India, is the twelfth Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra time and dates in 2012. The astrological prediction of the birth star Uttara Phalguni as per Moon Sign is that of Simha Rashi (Leo Zodiac) and Kanya Raasi (Virgo Zodiac). The first Quarter of Uttaraphalguni is in Simha Rashi and the next three-quarter is on Kanya Rasi. Surya or sun is the Lord of the Simha Raasi and Budha or Mercury is the Lord of Kanya. The color of Uttara Phalguni is Bright Blue.

Magh Snan 2011 during Magha Mela in 2011– Holy Bath at Sangam in Magha Month

Magha Snan 2011 is the holy bath at Sangam in Prayag (Allahabad) in the Hindu month of Magha Mahina during Magha Mela. Magha Snan 2011 begins with Paush Purnima and the important bathing dates are Makar Sankranti (January 14, 2011), Mauni Amavasya (February 3) Basant Panchami (February 8), Magh Purnima (February 18) and Mahashivratri (March 3). Magh Snan begins with the Paush Purnima on January 19, 2011. Magha Snan is spread over a period of 45 days. Sangam is the point where the three holy rivers – Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meets. Taking a holy dip at the confluence of these three rivers is believed to help in attaining Moksha.

Obstacles in the Path of Success and Progress – Swami Sivananda

Arrogance – This obstacle in the path of success is due to undue assumption of importance. It is unreasonable or excessive assumption or assertion of superiority. It is over bearing pride.Inconsistency – This obstacle is fickle-mindedness. The mind is subject to frequent change.Procrastination – This is putting off till a future time, through indolence or lack of resolution. It is postponing or delaying.Covetousness – This is greed or avariciousness. Excessive desire of wealth is covetousness.Cowardice – It is want of courage. It is timidity.Swami Sivananda