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Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in February 2010

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in February 2010 – based on major Hindu calendars used in India. The festivals and auspicious days are based on Indian Standard Time.February 2, 2010 – Angarak Sankashi Chaturthi February 7 – Ramdas NavamiFebruary 8 – Swami Dayananda Saraswati JayantiFebruary 9 – Vijaya EkadasiFebruary 11 – Pradosh February 12 – MahashivratriFebruary 13 – Kumbha Masam begins in Malayalam calendarFebruary 13 – Maasi Masam begins in Tamil CalendarFebruary 13 – Amavasya – No moon dayFebruary 14, 2010 – Amavasya – No moon dayFebruary 14, 2010 – Phalgun month begins in Bengali CalendarFebruary 15, 2010 – Phalgun month begins in Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati and Marathi calendar.February 16 – Ramakrishna Paramahamsa JayantiFebruary 19 – Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj JayantiFebruary 20 – Sashti FastingFebruary 21 – Bhanu SaptamiFebruary 20 – HolashtakFebruary 25 – Amalki EkadasiFebruary 25 – Gurupushya Amrut YogFebruary 26 – PradoshFebruary 26 – Govinda DwadasiF…

Sri Purandara Dasa Punyadina - Purandara Dasa Aradhane

Sri Purandara Dasa (1480 A.D to 1564 A.D) was one of the most prominent Carnatic musicians and his compositions mostly in Kannada addressed several social issues of his time. Sri Purandara Dasa Punyadina in 2018 is on January 17. Scholars are of the opinion that Purandara Dasa systematized the method of teaching Carnatic music which is followed to the present day. Some people believe that he is an incarnation of Saint Narada. It is observed on Paush Amavasya Tithi.

Legend has it that Puranadara Dasa started his life as a gold merchant. But when he was 40 years old, ‘Lobha’ gave place to ‘Vairagya’, his ‘love of Gold’ turned as ‘love of God’ and became ‘Haridasa.’

He then came and settled in Vijayanagar Empire and started composition on Devaranama in Kannada. During his period he became very famous and Sri Krishnadevaraya, the King of Vijayanagar, invited him to his palace and built a Japashala for Purandaradasaru, near Chakrathirtha, now popularly called as ‘Purandara Mantapa’ in Ham…

Virtual Tour of Guha Ganapathi – Small Cave Shrine of Ganesh in Kudajadri Hills

Kudajadri Hills is located around 22 km from MookambikaTemple in Karnataka. The spot is famous for the Sarvajna Peetha which is reached by a two km trek. On the way to Sarvanjna Peedam there is a Cave with a Ganesh idol popularly known as Guha Ganapathi. This Virtual Tour of Guha Ganapati is created by Leen Thobias of You can have a 360 degree view of the GaneshaCave and its natural surroundings.Click on the image for the virtual tour
In this virtual tour you will see 360 degree view of MookambikaTemple, Kodajadri Sarvajna Peedam, GanapathyCaveTemple and SouparnikaRiver. The first image you will see is that of Mookambika Temple, the blog had written about this virtual tour earlier. These recent photos of Kudajadri Sarvajna Peetha and other holy sites are an update.

Watch Solar Eclipse January 15, 2010 Live Online – Surya Grahan Live Streaming

The Annular Eclipse, Surya Grahan, which is taking place on January 15, 2010 will be greatest in North Sri Lanka and South India. You can watch the webcasting of the Solar Eclipse from Jaffana, Sri Lanka.The live streaming will begin around 11:15 AM. The greatest eclipse will be visible between 1:00 PM and 1:45 PM. You can watch the grahan live online in these websites.– Annular Eclipse Live Webcast from North Sri Lanka – Eclipse.Skylk - Another website airing the eclipse live online from Jaffana is - Ustream

Prasanna Lakshmi – Goddess Prasanna Lakshmi

Prasanna Lakshmi is one among the eight forms of Goddess Mahlakshmi mentioned in the Hindu scripture Laxmi Tantram. In this form Goddess Lakshmi is in white colored clothes and appears on the left side of Lord Vishnu. She is four armed and has beejapuram kanak, kalash and padmam or lotus in her hands.
The shlokam dedicated to Prasanna Lakshmi in Lakshmi Tantra reads like this Vande Laksmim parshivamayeem shuddhajambundabham
Tejopuram kanakavasanam sarvabhooshojjvalamgeem
Beejapuram kank kalasham hema padam dadhana
Maadyam Shakti sakalajananee vishuvamamk samstham
The image of Prasanna Lakshmi is worshipped along with other forms of Goddess Laxmi. This is form is very rarely worshipped as an independent deity.
Please note that Prasanna Lakshmi is not counted among the popular Ashta Lakshmi forms of Goddess Laxmi.

Kannada Magh Month in 2010 – Magha Masam in Traditional Calendar in Karnataka

Magh Month is the 11th month in a traditional Kannada calendar followed in Karnataka. Magha Masam in 2010 begins on January 16 and ends on February 14, 2010. Some of the important festivals and auspicious days include Mahashivaratri, Udupi Paraya festival, Rath Saptami, Sri Panchami, Bhishma Ashtami, Madhwa Navami, Bhishma Ekadasi, Jaya and Vijaya Ekadasi.Sankatahara Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Lord Ganesh is on February 2.Magh Month 2010 Shukla Krishna PakshaMagh Month 2010 Shukla Paksha or bright phase of moon in Kannada Calendar is from January 16 to January 30Magh Month 2010 Krishna Paksha or dark phase of moon in Kannada Calendar is from January 31 to February 15, 2010The dates of important festivals are:January 20 – Sri PanchamiJanuary 22 – Rath SaptamiJanuary 26 – Bhishma and Jaya EkadasiFebruary 9 – Vijaya EkadashiFebruary 12 – ShivratriThe Udupi Paraya festival is on January 18 and Madhwa Navami is on January 24. Poornima and Amavasi
Magha Poornima or Full moon day …

Kaanum Pongal 2018 date – the fourth day of Pongal in Tamil Nadu

Kaanum Pongal is the fourth day of the Pongal Festival in Tamil Nadu. Kaanum Pongal 2018 date is January 16. Kaanum literally means ‘to see’ and on the family members go out on picnic, do bullock cart rides through villages and visit relatives and friends.

Kaanum Pongal day is meant for socializing. In some regions Jallikettu is held on the day.

Many people visit the CauveryRiver and have a picnic lunch on the riverbank. In many places special prayers are offered to Mother Cauvery.

In certain parts of rural Tamil Nadu, people use the opportunity provided by Kaanum Pongal to perform the ritual ‘Kummippatu’ or ‘kumi patu.’ This is a ritual performed for the speedy marriage of girls whose marriages are unduly delayed. The girl whose marriage is delayed is made to sit in the center of a circle formed by women dancing to the tune of ‘Kummi pattu.’

You can read more about Kaanum Pongal in this article – Kaanum Pongal

Rg Veda Quotes

Let noble thoughts come to us from every side. – Rg Veda I-89-iOne should act with one mind and one thought. – Rg Veda Samhita X-64-7Deeds shall be pure. — Rg Veda Samhita X-18-2 One who does not work is a social evil. — Rg Veda Samhita X-22-8Rg Veda