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Symbolism in Gudi Flag Raised on Gudi Padwa

Raising Gudi Flag is the most auspicious event during Gudi Padwa, the Marathi New Year. Gudi is a special kind of flag raised by Maharashtrians outside the house on the Marathi Hindu New Year Day – the first day of Chaitra month (March – April). Gudi is also known as Flag of Brahma – Brahmadhwaj and has a symbolic meaning.Gudi in front of house symbolizes hope, happiness, joy, glory and celebration of victory.Symbolically, Gudi is asking us to empty our ego – take an inverted look within, hold yourself up to the vast sky of divinity and may your soul remain outdoors, away from the trappings of this world. Another symbolism suggests that the neem leaves remind us to forget the bitter memories of the year while the gaathis that are made from jaggery remind us that sweet memories are to be cherished for years ahead. The piece of cloth that is used shows that the family is happy, peaceful and prospering. In Hindu mythology, copper is considered very auspicious, so it is used as an integra…

Story of Gajendra – The Elephant in Gajendra Moksha

Gajendra Moksha is a story found in the Bhagavad Purana and it shows the significance of Bhakti, prayer and true devotion. Gajendra, the elephant, who is the protagonist of the story, was a king named Indradryumna in his previous life. After ruling the country successfully for several years he decided to leave his throne and go to the forest and spend rest of his time in prayers. In ancient India it was a practice by spiritual people to leave the materialistic world once their duties as Grahasta (householder) was over and under take Vanaprashta (life in the forest).

The king left for the forest and here he made a small hut and started meditating on Vishnu. One day a saint came to the hut of Indradryumna. But the king did not notice the arrival of the saint as he was deep in meditation. This angered the sage and he thought the king was purposefully insulting him and cursed him to become an elephant.

The elephant now roamed in the forest and soon came across a herd of elephant. The kin…

Marathi Chaitra Mahina 2018 – Chaitra Month in Maharashtra Hindu Calendar in 2018

Chaitra Mahina is the first month in a traditional Marathi calendar. Vilambinama Samvatsar and Shak Year 1940 begins on the first day of Chaitra 2018 and is observed as Gudi Padva in Maharashtra. Chaitra Mahina 2018 is from  March 18 and ends on April 16, 2018. Some of the important festivals and auspicious days include Gudi Padva, Chaitra Navratri, Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti.

Sankashti Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Lord Ganesh is on April 3, 2018 – Moonrise is at 10:10 PM – Indian standard time.
Chaitra Mahina Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Chaitra Mahina Marathi calendar 2018 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from March 18 to March 31, 2018. Chaitra Maas 2018 Marathi calendar Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from April 1 to April 16, 2018.

Marathi Chaitra month Ekadasi dates are: Kamda Ekadasi – March 27 Varuthini Ekadasi – April 12

Shiva Pradosh Fasting Dates in Marathi Chaitra Month are: Pradosh – April 8 Pradosha – April 24
The dates of important festiv…

Swami Sivananda on Satchitananda

The very concept of Satchitananda is characteristic of the nature of the higher self, which is dormant in every human being. The concept of truth (Satya) is identical with existence (Sat). Truth is that which eternally exists, and the principle of existence cannot be exclusive but immanent. The spirit is immanent in all, and it is the recognition of this unity of spirit that can foster good will, harmony and amity among individuals and nations.Truth is no truth when it is devoid of consciousness (Chit), other wise called awareness or knowledge. When knowledge is not perverse, it is identical with Ananda or unmixed felicity.Knowledge, in a different aspect is understanding. When there are true understanding, devotion to the path of truth, justice and righteousness, when the dictates of the lower self has been cured by self-discipline, then the resultant condition of life is marked by unselfish love to wards all beings, which is also termed Ahimsa or non-injury.