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What is Tithi in Hindu Calendar? – How is Thithi Calculated in Panchangam?

A tithi in a Hindu calendar is a lunar day. Amavasya (No moon or new moon) happens when the longitudes of the sun and the moon are equal. A Thithi is calculated when the moon moves 12 degrees eastwards from the sun. This is the first Tithi and is known as Pratipada Thithi during Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon. When the moon moves 180 degrees it is Purnima or full moon and when the moon moves 360 degrees it is again Amavasya.There are 15 Tithis in a fortnight. The Length of a TithiSince the motions of the sun and the moon are always varying in speed, the length of a Tithi constantly alters. Some times a tithi can be as long as 26 hours and as less as 21 hours 34 minutes and 24 seconds. This means the time a tithi begins varies with the general time followed in a country. Same Tithi on two days and Two Tithis on one daySometimes a tithi might begin and end on the same day. Thus there will be two tithis on a day. For example – you might see a Tritiya and Chaturthi on the same dayS…

Shree Gondavalekar Jayanti - Birth Anniversary of Gondavalekar Maharaj

Shree Gondavalekar Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Naamyogi Shree Bramhachaitanya Maharaj, a popular and famous 19th century saint of Maharashtra. Shree Gondavalekar Jayanti 2018 date is January 28. He was an ardent devotee of Lord Ram and preached that Anna Daanam is Mahadanam – giving food to the hungry people. He spread the glory of Lord Ram and Lord Hanuman. The Jayanti is observed on the Shukla Paksha Dwadashi day in Magh month.

He took the teachings of Sanatana Dharma to common people who did not have the knowledge of Sanskrit. His main teachings revolved around Sagun Bhakti, feeding the hungry and serving the animals. His main philosophy was - One should enchant God’s Divine Name and perform good work with hands, all the time. This behavior connects him directly to Lord Ram.

He has done countless philanthropic activities in the villages around Gondavale, an area located on Satara-Pandharpur road, around 64 km from Satara in Maharashtra.

Shree Gondavalekar (1845 – 1913)

Theppam Festival at Madurai Meenakshi Temple

Theppam Festival held at the Mariamman Teppakulam in Madurai marks the culmination of the 12-day Theppam and Thaipusam festival held at the MaduraiMeenakshiTemple.

On the day, the deities Goddess Meenakshi (Parvati) and Lord Sundareswarar (Shiva) are taken out to attend the Theppam Festival at Marriamman Theppakulam (pond). The deities move through the pond on specially designed floats for the ritual.

On the Theppam Festival day, no pujas and rituals are held at the MaduraiMeenakshiSundareswararTemple.

Shivaratri 2010 – Maha Shivratri in February 2010

Shivaratri, or Maha Shivratri, is the night of Lord Shiva and is observed on the night before ‘amavasya’ in the Hindu month of Magh or Falgun (February – March). Shivaratri 2010 date is February 12. In Panchangs and calendars followed in United States and Canada Maha Shivratri 2010 is marked on February 11.Shivaratri is observed a day before Amavasya in Falguna month as per traditional calendar followed in North India. The corresponding period in other regions is the day before Amavasya in Magha month.The importance of Shivaratri is closely associated with Amavasya or no moon. Amavasya represents Kaliyuga. Lord Shiva appeared just before the beginning of Kaliyuga to rid the world of evil and ignorance, which is symbolically represented through Amavasya. Therefore Mahashivaratri is celebrated to get rid of evil and ignorance and usher is self realization.On the Shivratri day, Lord Shiva is worshiped in a special form of Linga called ‘Lingodabhavamurti or Jyotirlinga.’ It is a lingam …

Today is Jaya and Bhishma Ekadashi

Today, January 26, 2010 is the eleventh day (Ekadashi) during the Shukla Paksh, waxing phase of moon, in Magh Mahina. Vishnu devotees observe a fast on the day and it is known as Jaya Ekadasi. The day is also observed as Bhoumi Ekadasi in eastern parts of India. In South India, some communities observe the day as Bhishma Ekadasi.At PandarpurVithalTemple at Pandharpur in Maharashtra, the day is observed as Maghi Wari.

Mata Amritanandamayi Devi – Food for Thought

To ward off evil tendencies, human beings should develop the ability to accept and nourish healthy thoughts.Violent attitude is robbing away peace and love among human beings. And it is because of nurturing selfish thoughts that society no longer believes in unity, but in individual isolation. This selfish attitude has been firmly entrenched in our minds. Instead, people must attain pleasure by devoting more time in serving society.While striving to take humans to the stars, there must also be attempts to bring back humanity to earth.Mata Amritanandamayi Devi