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Arogya Saptami Vrat

Arogya Saptami Vrat is dedicated to Lord Surya or Sun God and is observed on the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Magh Month. Arogya Saptami 2018 date is January 24. The ritual is also known as Arogya Saptami Vrata or Brata.

The reason for celebrating Arogya Saptami stems from the belief that the sun’s rays on the day has curative properties and it will help in curing skin and other diseases.

It must be noted that the Saptami or seventh day during the Shukla Paksha of Magha Masa is dedicated to Lord Surya and is observed as Surya Jayanti and Ratha Saptami.

Website Exclusively Dedicated to Vishnu Sahasranama Sthothram

Vishnu Sahasranama Sthothram dedicated to Hindu God Sri Hari Vishnu was narrated by Bhishma, while lying on the bed of arrows, to the Pandavas in the Mahabharata. Srikaryam, an exclusive website dedicated to the Vishnu Sahasra Nama Sthothram, attempts to take the immortal teachings and hidden messages in Vishnu Sahasranama to people around the world. A highlight of the website is the explanation of each word in the Stotram. The website contains explanation of the Vishnu Sahasranama Sthothram by Sri Tridandi Chinna Srimannarayana Ramanuja Jeeyar Swamiji. The website contains meaning of each verse in English plus audio of the Stotram. You can get the meaning of each word in the Stotram and its explanation and much more on the site. An Example Vishnuhu – One who pervades This name connotes that Bhagavan pervades all that He possesses. He enters into all the sentient and non-sentient things that are His wealth. The Sruthi declares. "He entered all the beings, movable and immovable…

Phalgun Month 2010 – Falgun Mahina

Phalgun, or Falgun Mahina, is the last month in the traditional Hindu calendars followed in North India, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. Phalgun month in traditional North Indian calendar begins on January 31 and ends on February 28. The falgun month in Telugu, Kannada, Marathi and Gujarati calendars begin on February 16 and ends on March 15. Please note that Phalgun is the fifth month in a Gujarati calendar and is the 11th month in a traditional Bengali calendar. As per traditional North Indian calendars, the most auspicious day in Phalgun is the Mahashivratri. Another important festival in the month is the Holika Dahan, the day before Holi festival.In other regions, the entire Holi festival is observed in the Phalgun month. Other auspicious days in the month include Bhanu Saptami on February 21 and Guru Pushya Amrut Yog on February 25.

Ratha Saptami Festival 2011 at Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple

Ratha Sapthami, or Rath Saptami, the festival dedicated to Lord Surya, the sun god, is an important ritual and holy day at Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple. Ratha Saptami 2011 date is February 10. The highlight of the day at the SriVariTemple is the procession of Lord Venkateswara (Malayappaswamy) and his consorts atop seven Vahanams (vehicles). The uniqueness and greatness of the Ratha Saptami rituals at TirumalaTemple lies in the fact that devotees can view and get the blessing of Balaji atop seven different Vahanams on a single day. Even during the famous Brahmotsavams, Lord Balaji mounts only on two Vahanams (vehicles) on a day. But on the Ratha Saptami day, devotees are blessed by the processional deities of Lord Venkateswara, Sri Devi and Bhudevi from sunrise to sunset on seven different Vahanams. TirumalaTirupatiTemple scriptures indicate that Ratha Saptami is being organized from 1565 at the temple. On the day, Lord Balaji along with His consorts Sri Devi and Bhudevi are taken on…

Vrindavan Kumbh Mela 2010 – Mahakumbha Mela at Brindavan

Vrindavan Kumbha Mela is held once in twelve years on the bank of Yamuna at Brindavan (holy place associated with Lord Krishna) in Uttar Pradesh. Vrindavan Kumbh Mela 2010 begins on January 20 (on Basant Panchami day). The Maha Kumbha Mela is expected to attract more than 500,000 devotees. This Mahakumbh mela held during the year when Haridwar Kumbha Mela is held.Legend has it that after the Churning of the Ocean (Samudra Manthan), the nectar pitcher or Amrut pot was carried by Garuda (Vahana of Lord Vishnu) around the world and the Garuda is believed to have sat on Kadamba Tree at Kali Dah in Vrindavan.The main ritual during the Vrindaban Kumbh Mela includes taking bath in the Yamuna to attain Moksha.A few groups of Hindu saints like the Bairagis attend Vrindavan Kumbh before setting out for Shahi Snan during Haridwar Kumbha Mela.

Today: Vasant Panchami, Saraswati Puja, and Shri Panchami

Today, January 20, 2010 is fifth day (Panchami) during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar. The spring festival of Vasant Panchami is observed on the day in north and western parts of India.Saraswati Jayanti or Saraswati Puja is observed in all regions except in South India. In South India, especially in Andhra Pradesh, the day is observed as Shri Panchami.You may like to read aboutBasant PanchamiSaraswati PujaShri Panchami

Avoid Relationships Turing into Bondage – Swami Visharadananda

We strike a relationship with other but any relationship can become a bondage. What appears like a need at first becomes an obstacle later. Spiritual striving becomes possible only when one is free from attachment to the objects of desire (persons, things, situations, etc). Getting too much attached to things does not help anyone. In household situations, people want others to be dependant on them, tied down to them. Even wife and husband want each other to be around and each is eager to look after the other! But most relationships are self-centered. In order to be free from insecurity, people come together. They want to fulfill their self created needs and when that is withdrawn, they cannot bear it. This is because by now, they have become deeply dependant on each other!A true well-wisher is he who wants the person of his affection to be free, independent, strong, wiser, and ultimately a free person. Swami VisharadanandaSource:Excerpts from an exposition of verses 7-11 of the 13th c…