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What is Nishita Kala? – Nishit Kaal

Nishita Kala is defined as the 8th muhurta of the night and it is attained after doing complex calculation. It is of great importance to the Panchang makers and Jyothishis as this period is essential for calculating festival and auspicious days.Nishita Kala period is chosen to do pujas and worship on the Shivaratri day. This period is of great importance to some Hindu communities. For a festival to be fixed there should be a Nishita Kala on the day.For example a festival falling on Ashtami, there should be a nishita Kala on Ashtami day.The Nishita Kala period is usually of duration of less than an hour and fall during the midnight.

Koodalike or Koodukattu – Holi in Southern Districts of Karnataka

Koodalike or Koodukattu is a unique form of Holi observed by Hindu communities who migrated from Goa to the Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts in Karnataka. These Hindu communities shifted to these regions after they were prosecuted by the Portuguese. This is a five-day festival begins on the Dasami or the 10th day of the Shukla Paksha of Phalguna month and ends with the Holi Purnima and festival.
The migrated communities form small groups known as Koodalike or Koodukattu, which is headed by a Gurkar. The festival is observed in the place of the Gurkar or at a convenient spot.
The festival begins after offering prayers to the Tulsi Plant. A coconut and a lamp lit on it which is touched by all the members of the Koodalike is offered to the Tulsi plant. This is done to have an incident free five-day of festivals.
A unique dance is observed during the ritual to music of gong, sticks, cymbals and other musical instruments and it is known as Habbada Kunitha.

Phagwah Parade 2010 at Richmond Hill, New York - Holi Parade

Phagwah Parade 2010 is the annual Holi Parade organized at the Richmond Hill, Queens, New York, USA by Hindu Parades and Festivals Committee, INC. under the direction of the federation of the Hindu Mandirs and The Arya Spiritual Committee. In 2010, the parade is on March 7, Sunday. It is the 21st Phagwah Parade and is associated with the Holi Festival. The parade is an important event of the Caribbean Hindu Community.You can find more details of the Phagwah Parade 2010 in the below poster. Click on the poster for a larger view.

Vivekachudamani Thoughts and Quotes

Let people quote the Scriptures and sacrifice to the gods, let them perform rituals and worship the deities, but there is no Liberation without the realization of one’s identity with the Atman, no, not even in the lifetime of a hundred Brahmas put together. (Verse 6)Work leads to purification of the mind, not to perception of the Reality. The realization of Truth is brought about by discrimination and not in the least by ten million of acts. (Verse 11)Success depends essentially on a qualified aspirant; time, place and other such means are but supplementary in this regard. (Verse 14)Vivekachudamani