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What is the meaning of Alpa Dwadashi?

Alpa Dwadashi is usually used in Hindu Panchangams to refer to a short period of Dwadashi. As per Hindu calendar and Panchang, Dwadasi is the twelfth day during a lunar fortnight in a Hindu calendar. Those who had observed fast on the Ekadasi (11th day) break the fast on Dwadashi. When there is an Alpa Dwadashi those who had observed Ekadasi fasting should complete their meal before the short Dwadasi period ends. There is an Alpa Dwadasi on January 12 after the Shat-thila Ekadasi.

Sankranti Festival 2011 in Andhra Pradesh

Sankranti Festival in Andhra Pradesh marks the beginning of the Uttarayan period and it celebrates the northern journey of Sun or Surya. Sankranti 2011 date is January 15. Sankranti Lakshmi is invited to homes and rice from the fresh harvest is cooked as 'pongali' and offered to her. A dish prepared using pumpkin is a must. Special Makar Sankranthi Rangoli designs or kolam known as Sankranti Muggulu is drawn in front of homes to welcome the auspicious period and Sankranti Lakshmi. Sankranti is a form of nature worship. Sun or Surya which is known as the visible God in Hinduism is worshipped during the period. For farmers it is a period of thanksgiving for a good harvest and a time to pray for a plentiful harvest in future.It is believed that Brahma first narrated Vishnu Sahasranama during this period to Pandavas and also chose the period after Sankranti to leave his body and merge with Brahman. Sankranti is a four day festival in Andhra Pradesh: The first day of Sankranti festi…

Naga Sadhus to Take Up the Cause of Global Warming during Haridwar Mahakumbha Mela 2010

During the procession held before the Shahi Snan (Holy Bath) at GangaRiver in Haridwar during Mahakumbha Mela 2010, Naga Sadhus will hold up banners and placards urging people to plant trees, stop global warming and prevent glacial melt and thus save the holy rivers in India.
Times of India reports
This was announced by Soham Baba, Mahamandalesvara of the Juna Akhara, in Kolkata on Monday. Soham Baba — who hails from Bengal — is considered the chief-in-command of the Naga Sadhus and is the chief organiser of this year’s MahaKumbh Mela.

“Sadhus like us who go up to the higher reaches of the Himalayas to meditate have a clear picture of how bad the situation is. Pristine lakes and waterfalls that existed till a few years ago have dried up. It is a known fact that the Gangotri glacier is receding at an alarming rate. Before long, the BadrinathTemple will become inaccessible. Sadhus are among the worst sufferers. If those in charge fail to take notice, we shall be forced to start an agitatio…

Magh Navratri in January 2010 – Magha Mahina Navratras

Magh Navratri is observed in Magha Mahina (January) during the first nine days of Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon. Magh Navratri in 2010 begins on January 16 and ends on January 24, 2010. Various forms of Goddess Shakti are worshipped during the period in North India especially in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh.The rituals and forms of Goddess Shakti, or generally of Goddess Durga worshipped, during Magh Navartri vary from region to region. Prominence during the puja is given to incarnations of Shakti that are part of regional folklore. In some regions, it is noted for a nine-day community worship of the nine forms of Shakti. Fasting is observed on certain days of Magh Navratri and strictly vegetarian food is consumed during the period.A similar Navratri is observed in North India during the Ashada month and it is also known as Gupt Navratri.You may also like to read
The Four Navratris in 2010 - Calendar

Thai Masam in 2018 – Tamil Thai Month 2018 in Traditional Calendar in Tamil Nadu

Thai month is the 10th month in a traditional calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. Thai Month in 2018 begins on January 14 and ends on February 12. The most auspicious days and festivals in the month include – Thai Pongal, Mattu Pongal, Kaanum, Thai Ammavasi and Thaipusam.

Pournami and Amavasai Thai Amavasai is January 17.
Pournami or full moon in Thai month is on January 31.

Festival dates in Thai month 2016 Pongal – January 14
Mattu Pongal – January 15
Kaanum – January 16
Thai Karthigai  – January 26
Thaipusam – January 31

January 28
February 11

Muruga Sashti Fasting
January 23

January 14
January 29

Pillayar Chaturthi Vrat - Ganesh Sankashta Chaturthi Vrat is February 3

Sabarimala Makara Jyothi 2014 – Ayyppa Temple Makarajyoti Festival

One of the most famous ritual and festival at Sabarimala, the Makara Jyothi festival is observed on the first day of the Malayalam month Makaram. Sabarimala Makara Jyothi 2013 date is January 14. Makara Jyothi is the star (Nakshatram) that appears on the sky on the day in the evening of January 14. On the same day, Makar Sankranti and Pongal is observed in different parts of India.

Another important ritual on the day is the witnessing of the Makara Vilakku at the Ponnambala Medu – the light that appears three times in the distant hill.

Before the Makara Vilakku, Lord Ayyappa is adorned with gold ornaments or the Thiruvabharanam that is brought from the PandalamPalace. The darshan of Ayyappa on Makara Jyothi day is considered highly auspicious and thousands of devotees gather at the temple to have a darshan.

You can read more about Sabarimala Makara Jyothi and Makara Vilakku in this article.

Swami Vivekananda Inspirational Quotes and Teachings

Today is the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda as per Tithi followed by traditional Hindu calendarWe should cultivate the optimistic temperament, and endeavor to see the good that dwells in everything. If we sit down and lament over the imperfection of our bodies and minds, we profit nothing; it is the heroic endeavor to subdue adverse circumstances that carries our spirit upwards. The object of life is to learn the laws of spiritual progress.As the tortoise tucks its feet and head inside the shell, and you may kill it and break it in pieces, and yet it will not come out, even so the character of that man who has control over his motives and organs is unchangeably established. He controls his own inner forces, and nothing can draw them out against his will. . . Such a man is safe forever; he cannot do any evil. You may place him in any company, there will be no danger for him.Swami Vivekananda