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Phagwah 2018 Festival Date

Phagwah is one of the names used to describe the Holi Festival. Phagwah 2018 date is March 2. The term Phagwah is today more popularly used by Hindus in Trinidad, Guyana and Suriname. Indo-Caribbean immigrants from Guyana and Trinidad also organize Phagwah Parade during the Holi festival period in New York (Richmond Hills, Queens).

The term Phagwah is derived from the Phalgun or Falguna month (February – March) – the last month in traditional North Indian and other regional calendars. Holi festival is observed on the full moon day in Phalgun month.

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Chottanikkara Makam 2018 date – Makam Thozhal at Chottanikara Bhagavathy Temple in Kerala

Chottanikkara Makam is a highly auspicious day observed at the famous ChottanikkaraBhagavathyTemple in Kerala. Chottanikkara Makam 2018 date is March 1. It is observed on the day when Makam or Magham Nakshatram falls in the Malayalam Month Kumbham. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Shakti and attracts thousands of devotees daily. Women devotees arrive in large numbers on the Makam Thozhal day and are given preference at the temple.

On the Chottanikkara Makam day, the Murti of Goddess is taken out on a ritualistic bath. From there the Goddess Bhagavathy is accompanied by Lord Shastha and eleven caparisoned elephants to the open ground known as Pooraparambu – she stays there till noon.

After this the Goddess returns to her Sanctum Sanctorum and appears later on the day for the famous Makam Darshanam or Makam Thozhal. The Goddess appears in full splendor fully adorned with jewels. It is believed that prayers offered at this period will be fulfilled.

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Amarnath Yatra 2010 – Pilgrimage to the Natural Ice Shivling Cave Shrine

Amarnath Yatra 2010 to the famous cave shrine housing the unique holy Ice Shiva Lingam will begin July 1, 2010. The two-month pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Lord Shiva in South Kashmir Himalayas, which is world famous for the formation of Natural Ice Shivling, will continue till August 24, 2010 – the day of Shravan Purnima and Raksha BandhanThe registration for the yatra is done through the branches of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank Ltd and the opening of the registration dates will be announced later. You can also register online when the registration starts. The AmarnathCave shrine, located at a height of 13,500 feet above sea level, is noted for the formation of the natural ice Linga – formed by the dropping of ice lets from the rooftop of the vast cave. The annual pilgrimage attracts nearly 500,000 devotees from India and around the world.

Arundhati Vrata

Arundhati Vrata is a ritual observed by certain communities during the first three days of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Chaitra month. Arundhati Vrata 2018 dates are from March 18 to March 20. Arundhati was the wife of Maharishi Vashishta and daughter of Prajapati Kardam and the Vrata is dedicated to her. It is observed by women for peace, prosperity and happy and long married life.

On Chaitra Pratipada or the first day during the waxing phase of moon, the woman who has decided to observe the Vrata take bath and prayers are offered to Lord Ganesha, Shiva, Parvati and Arundhati. They take a decision to observe the Vrata.

On the second day, a kalash (water filled pot) is worshipped along with durva grass, and images of Arundhati Devi and Vasishta.

On the final day special prayers are offered to Ganesh, Shiva and Parvati. The day is observed as Gauri Tritiya in some regions. Giving food to the poor and helping the poor on the day brings prosperity and peace.

Chaitra Month 2011 – Chait Mahina

Chaitra Month, or Chaitra Maas, is the first month in the traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Chaitra month in 2011 in North India - especially in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh – begins on March 20 and ends on April 18, 2011. In Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, Chaitra Month 2011 begins on April 4 and ends on May 3. The traditional Hindi New Year is celebrated on the Chaitra Shukala Pratipada (April 4, 2011) (on the first day of the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra Month or the day after Amavasi or no moon day). Vikram Samvat 2068 as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India will begin on April 4, 2011. The New Year in Maharashtra (Gudi Padwa) and New Year in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka (Ugadi) are on April 4, 2011. It is observed on the first day of the Chaitra Month. In Gujarat, Chaitra is the sixth month in a traditional Gujarati Ca…

Thoughts on Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Today is Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa JayantiThe life of Sri Ramakrishna was an extraordinary search light under whose illumination one is able to really understand the whole scope of Hindu Religion. He showed by his life what the Rishis and Avataras really wanted to teach. The books were theories, he was realization. This man had in fifty one years lived the five thousand years of national spiritual life. –Swami VivekanandaHis [Sri Ramakrishna’s] life enables us to see God face to face. No one can read the story of his life without being convinced that God alone is real and that all else is an illusion.’ – Mahatma GandhiHe [Sri Ramakrishna] did not pose as a philosopher or a scholar. . . He was a common Hindu. He did not say, ‘I do not believe in idol worship. I am a Vedantin.’ He did not say, ‘I do not believe in going to temples. I believe only in the Upanishadic form of Hindu religion.’ He did not make any statement like that. He was simply like a blade of grass, like any other bla…