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Shri Vajreshwari Palki Festival

Shri Vajreshwari Palki is an important festival at the famous VajreshwariYoginiDeviTemple in Thane District in Maharashtra. Shri Vajreshwari Palki Festival 2019 date is May 5 as per prominent Marathi calendars. On the day, a ceremonial procession of Goddess Vajreshwari is taken out on a palki or palanquin and thousands of people gather to visit this unique event.

Goddess Vajreshwari is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. She is believed to have appeared from the weapon Vajra or thunder carried by Indra, the king of Demigods or Devas. She appeared to annihilate a demon named Kalikala.

The temple is an important center of Shakti worship in Maharashtra.

The temple is located at Vajreshwari, which is around 31 km from Vasai in Thane District. The temple is around 75 km from Mumbai.

It is observed on the first day during the Shukla Paksha of Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Find Rashi and Nakshatram for free Online

If you know your birth date, time and place of birth, then this online software will help you in finding your Rashi, Nakshatram and the ruling god of your Rasi. This is ideal for those people who have not had their horoscope prepared or for those that are not aware of Rashi or Nakshatram of elders in the family. This is a free online software and is provided by the Agasthiar Ashram.You can get the Rashi and Nakshatram Online here at the Agasthiar website.You may also like to readCalculate Ekadasi Tithi or Day in your town

Purushottam Kamala Ekadasi - Purusottami Ekadasi

Purshottam Kamala Ekadasi is observed during the Adhika Masa. The extra month that is added to Hindu Lunar calendar once in 30 months is also referred as Purushottam Masa in honor of Hindu God Vishnu. Purushottam Kamala Ekadasi 2018 date is May 25 and June 10. This Ekadasi is also referred as Parama Ekadasi.
All the usual rules observed during Ekadasi fasting are followed on the day.

The Ekadasi that is observed in the Adhik Masa or Purushottam Month is also referred as Purusottami Ekadasi. The term ‘Purusottami Ekadasi’ is more popular in Orissa.

Adhik Masa or Purushottam Mahina is associated with the Hindu Lunar Calendars. When there is such an occurrence instead of the usual 24 ekadasis in a Hindu Lunar Year there will be 26 Ekadasis, The two extra ekadasis in a lunar year is referred as Purusottami Ekadasi.

Words of Wisdom – Swami Visharadanand

All unhappiness is born out of psychological condition of mind called 'vritis' or modifications. Four such conditions of mind are: spardha or competition, asuya or jealousy, tiraskar or hatred and ahankar or ego. These four vritis destroy our happiness.
Competition brings about the attitude of ‘doing something only to win’ rather than ‘excelling to bring out your best potential’. When ‘winning’ and not ‘doing the best possible’ is the attitude, it may also lead to use of unfair means as also compromise on quality of work input.
Swami Visharadanand of Prashanti Kutiram, Bangalore

Understanding the Naga Sadhus

If you are interested in learning and knowing about the Naga Sadhus, then an article published in the Deccan Herald by Narendra Kaushik provides a basic introduction into the life of Naga Sadhus – How people become Naga Sadhus, initiation, their aim, the Naga Sadhu organizations or Akharas, the nudity, their congregation during Kumbha Mela, the shahi snan and the naked bath during kumba mela and much more….Here are some excerpts from the article titled ‘The bare facts’“Don’t you feel the cold?” encouraged by the affable smile of the Naga. “Who says I don’t? But there is no alternate. An ascetic is supposed to bear it,” he claims,…nudity helps Nagas to be blasé to the material world. Interestingly, only Shree Digambaras, unshaven and carrying swords, among the ascetics live naked around the year. The rest of the Nagas walk naked only for the royal bath during the Kumbh fair.Shree Digambaras and Digambaras live in caves in Himalayas and at other camps spread in different parts of countr…

Tukaram Abhang in Marathi – Read and Download Sri Tukaram Maharaj Abhang in Marathi

Tukaram Abhang is the devotional poems composed by Sri Tukaram Maharaj. Sant Tukaram is a 17th century saint-poet who is one of the greatest poets in Marathi language and one of the greatest saints of the Bhakti Cult in Maharashtra. Now you can read the Abhangs composed by Sri Tukaram Maharaj in Marathi online.A website dedicated to Sri Tukaram Maharaj is now providing the opportunity to read and download the abhangs of Sri Tukaram Maharaj.You can read and download Sri Tukaram Abhang in Marathi here.

Paramahamsa Prajnanananda Thoughts

If a bee goes from flower to flower for honey, how long does the bee stay with the flower? Only so long as there is honey in the flower. Similarly in spiritual life one goes to a teacher and practices and one should see if one progresses or not and if he is experiencing what the teacher promised. If the student is progressing he can learn something more from the teacher. Sometimes the teacher may send the student to some other teacher to practice. Sometimes the student may feel I have something more to learn and at that time the student can go, but without any confusion or doubt.We are human beings. God has given us a body. The body should be healthy and strong. God has given a mind – the mind should be peaceful and loving. God has given a family where we should live with love and cooperation. God has also given the opportunity to grow. So how to grow simultaneously with sound health, good mind, peaceful, loving relationship and at the same time spiritually with joy, happiness, calmne…

Hindu God Budh – Navgraha Budha or Mercury

Hindu God Budh is one among the Navgrahas and is an important graha in the Hindu Vedic Astrology. Budha, or Mercury, is associated with wisdom and is believed to provide devotees with the correct discretionary power. This Navgrah is associated with intellect, language skills and education. Scholars, scientists and other learned people are known to worship him. Budha is believed to stay in a month in a zodiac sign and completes one cycle in a year.Wednesday is the day associated with Budha. As per Hindu scriptures, Budha’s father is moon or Chandra and mother is Tara.Yellow is the color associated with Budha. He is shown to be wearing yellow garland, yellow clothes and gold crown.The animal associated with Budha is Lion. Lord Budha is depicted as having four arms – each arm holds sword, dhal, gada and one arm is varamudra pose.You may also like to readBudhvar Vrat KathaHow to observe Wednesday fasting or Budhvar Vrat?

Sri Anand Acharya Thoughts

In order to attain to the consciousness of the Supreme Self, the disciple must approach a teacher versed in Brahma-Wisdom. To be a worthy disciple it is necessary to possess four qualifications -a discriminative intellect, controlled will, purified emotionsa longing for liberation. Without devotion to Brahman, progress is not possible.I will endeavor to explain in what these four qualifications consist.The disciple should constantly meditate on Brahman as the only Truth to be attained, and all else as untruth. He is then to train his will. The will is to be directed, not towards the appropriation of what is agreeable to the senses and desires, but towards the realization of the highest knowledge. He is to desire nor of earth or of heaven, but the very soul of Brahman. This means the renunciation of all work.Renunciation of work will conduce to the quieting of the emotions. Thus he will cease to desire name, fame, or worldly happiness; he will learn to uproot from his heart all passion…

Kubera – Hindu God Kuber

Kubera is the Hindu God associated with money, wealth and material possessions. Kuber does not create wealth but he is believed to be the one who distributes wealth wisely among the desired devotees and protects it. The creation of wealth is associated with Goddess Lakshami and Kuber is often depicted as a subsidiary deity.
In Hindu Scriptures, Kubera is the leader of Yakshas and is an ardent devotee of Shiva. He performed penance for several years and Shiva gave darshan to Kubera along with Goddess Parvati.
Kubera had not seen Goddess Parvati before and was astounded by the splendor and beauty of Goddess Parvathi who was bedecked with jewels. Goddess Parvati mistook Kubera’s staring for evil intention and she cursed that let one of his eyes burst.
Kubera was now left with one eye and he explained that he had no evil intention and he had stared as he had not seen such fine gold jewelry before.
Goddess Parvati realized her mistake and immediately the one eye that Kubera had lost grew …

Vaak – the Sanskrit Fortnightly Newspaper in Uttarakhand

Publishing a Sanskrit Newspaper is never easy when considering the financial part. But still there are people who publish Sanskrit daily newspaper, fortnightlies and magazines. One such Sanskrit Fortnightly in India is Vaak published by Buddha Dev Sharma from Haridwar in Uttarakhand with more than 1,600 subscribers. Pallavi Singh writes in about VaakIn the four colour pages in each edition, the fortnightly newspaper touches upon current affairs, a crossword puzzle and a column for general knowledge questions, the newspaper’s most popular section. The range of news is contemporaryThe first issue of Vaak came out in April 2002 and sold 500 copies. It was an eight-page issue and till a few hours before the launch, Sharma was making pages. He still does the same: he is the editor, desk, writer and publisher. “For more people, you need money. Who does it free of cost?”You may also like to readRead Sanskrit Magazine Online – Sampratam from EklavyaSanskritAcademyVishvavani – On…

Godavari River in Hinduism - Religious Importance of River Godavari

River Godavari is also known as Dakshin Ganga or the Ganga of the South. In Hinduism, River Godavari is of great religious importance. The river merges with the Bay of Bengal. Before merging into the sea, it divides itself into seven small rivers, which are named after saints in Hindu religion. There is an important legend mentioned in Hindu scriptures that narrates about the origin of the River Godavari.
Legend has it that Sage Gautama once killed a cow unknowingly. Killing a cow is a major sin in Hinduism and therefore for redemption of the sin he prayed to the Trimurtis (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) and brought down the GodavariRiver to earth. Lord Shiva also gave water from his Kamandalu to help sage Gautama overcome the sin.
When the waters of Godavari flowed on the dead cow, Sage Gautama sprinkled water that Shiva had given him. The cow was thus brought back to life and the sage escaped from the sin of killing a cow.
There is a popular belief that childless women will conceive i…

India Post Issues Stamps on Astrological Signs – Hand Painted Zodiac or Rashi

India Post, the official postal agency of India, has released stamps with astrological zodiac signs as theme. The zodiac signs are beautifully hand drawn pictures. Each stamp costs Rupees 5/-. The Stamps are of Aries (Mesha Rashi), Taurus (Vrishaba), Gemini (Mithuna), Cancer (Karka), Leo (Simha), Virgo (Kanya), Libra (Tula), Scorpio (Vrischika), Sagittarius (Dhanu), Capricorn (Makara), Aquarius (Kumba), and Pisces (Meena).You can buy the stamps from the General Post Offices (GPO) spread across the country.Aries or Mesha Rashi

Taurus or Vrishabha Rashi

Gemini or Mithuna

Dan Sankranti

Dan Sankranti is a unique ritual observed during the Sankranti in the month of Chaitra and Baishaka. The ritual is more popular in Bengal and eastern parts of India. The main ritual during the period is giving alms to the poor. Narayana (Lord Vishnu) is worshipped during the period.
Helping the poor and needy and offering food to the hungry during the period is considered meritorious deeds. The belief is that those who observe Dan Sankranti will attain Moksha.
A story associated with Dan Sankranti is listened to during the period.

Swami Brahmananda Saraswati Quotes

One should always be cautious, so that no sin happens, so that one has no regrets at the time of death.Concentration on the unmanifest is not possible.Keep your luggage packed. (Symbolically this means let not death find you unprepared.)When the mind realizes God, it is permanently established there and does not desire other things.Learn to make full use of the human body. One should not waste this chance.Swami Brahmananda Saraswati (1871-1953)

New Canada Immigration Arranged Marriage Regulations Unfair Towards Hindus

Canadian immigration authorities are planning to crackdown on immigrants to Canada who arrive at the nation after arranged marriages. Hindus feel this new regulation is against their tradition as arranged marriage is very common in Hindu community. Under the proposal, immigration officers will conduct more thorough background checks of applicants. The proposal will affect Hindus who bring spouses to Canada through arranged marriages. The Canadian government maintains that the measures are to stop people from entering Canada by under the pretext of arranged marriages.Many Hindus fear that a lot of legitimate marriages will be refused as not being genuine.Indian Express reportsAcclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that in Hinduism, vivah (marriage) was the most important samskar (sacrament). Traditional Hindu marriage was a sacred rite and was believed to be binding not only in this life but in the life hereafter also. And Ottawa saw “bad faith”…

Pradosh on Monday – Importance of Shiva Pradosha Vrat on Somwar

Pradosh, also referred as Pradosha Vrata and Shiva Pradosham, is a highly auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva. When Pradosh Vrat falls on Monday, it is known as Som or Soma Pradosh. Monday Pradosh 2017 dates are April 24 and May 8.
Monday, or Somwar, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered highly auspicious day to offer pujas and prayers to Lord Shiva. The day gains even greater significance during the month of Shravan (July – August).

Pradosh as the name indicates is a period just before sunset and after sunset – the twilight. Roughly, the Pradosha period is between 1.5 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset. It is said that Lord Shiva and Parvati are in a happy mood during Pradosham period and they shower blessings on devotees.

Shiva devotees fast on the Pradosham day and the fast is broken after evening pujas. Most Shiva devotees also spent time at Shiva temples. Special pujas are performed in temples during the period.

You may also like to read How to observe Pradosha?

Online Digital Library of Rare Sanskrit and Tantric Books with E-text Search Engine from Muktabodha

Online digital library of rare Sanskrit literary works, Indological books, pamphlets, texts, e-text search engine and consolidated catalog is the result of patient and dedicated work of the people associated with Muktabodha Indological Research Institute. The digital library initially focused on Kashmir Shaivism, then broadening to Trika Kaula, Saiva Siddhanta, Pancaratra, Natha Yoga and other Tantric works, in addition to manuscripts on Vedic Shrauta ritual.To help researchers and enthusiasts in Indological studies an online catalog has been implemented which includes a search engine allowing sophisticated searches over its e-text collection.On average about 4 or 5 new e-texts are added each month to the existing collection for more than Thirty five e-texts.You can find more details about Muktabodha Digital Library here at the official website. You may also like to readIndian Traditional Knowledge Digital Library Website of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani

Goddess Kamakshi – About Hindu Goddess Kamakshi

Kamakshi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. She is defined as the supreme goddess of beauty and the embodiment of tranquility. She is the goddess who sits on the Shri Chakra. She is also known as Lalitambika and Tripurasundari in some regions of India. She is believed to have appeared to annihilate a demon that arose from the ashes of Hindu God Kama and therefore her name is Kamakshi.
She is depicted as a beautiful woman seated on a lotus dressed in red color sari and is adorned with gold jewels, gems and pearls. She has four arms. She carries a noose and goad on the top left and top right hands, a lotus and a bow of sugarcane on her left and bottom right hands.
Origin of Goddess Kamakshi Legend has it that the Goddess appeared when Kamadeva (Hindu god of love) was burnt to ashes by Lord Shiva’s third eye. Lord Chitra karma (god of art) collected the ashes and drew a picture of a man. Shiva glanced at the ash figure and it breathed life. Chitra Karma advised the man that as he was …

Download Upanishads – A New Translation by Swami Nikhilananda in PDF format in English for Free

The Upanishads - A New Translation by Swami Nikhilananda is an ideal choice for all those who want to understand the teachings of the Upanishads. Now the book can be downloaded for free in PDF format. The book contains the translations of Katha, Isa, Kena, Mundaka, Svetasvatara, Prasna, Mandukya, Aitareya, Brihadaranyaka, Taittiriya and Chandogya Upanishad. The language used in the translation is simple and the author tries to explain the teachings in a simple manner. You can download the book in pdf format here – Upanishads – A New Translation by Swami NikhilanandaYou may also like to readDownload Bhagavad Gita in English with explanations by Swami Chinmayananda for free

Auspicious events avoided during Adhika Masam - Dos and Donts in Adhika Masa

An Adhika Maas is a unique phenomenon associated with Hindu lunar calendars followed in North India, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Some of Hindu communities avoid auspicious functions like Upanayana, Grah Pravesh or House warming etc during the Adhika Maas period. Here are the auspicious events avoided as per Vaishnava Panchangam followed in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The auspicious events that are avoided are Chaula, Upanayana, Samavartana, Vivaha, Nutana Griha Pravesha, Purchase of new items (House, Gold etc), Nutana Vrata Arambha, Vrata Udyapana, Shantis like Shashti Poorti Shanti, Tirtha Yatra, Moorti Pratishtapana etc.
The auspicious events that can be performed in Adhika Masa are Garbhadana, Pumsavana, Simanta, Namakarana, Nishkramana (taking the new born to Temple), Annaprashana etc.
Vratas started before Adhikamasa can be continued in Adhikamasa.

Food for thought – Hanuman in Ramayan

A man reaps the fruits of the actions he has performed: actions whether good or bad, and death grants him these fruits.
No man’s action depends on those of another.
This human body is like a bubble of water on the surface of water.
No one need mourn for another since we are all to be pitied.
There is no cause of grief in this world where everything is transient.
Birth and death are inevitable and life on earth is not permanent. That is the reason why a man should try and perform as many good acts as he can when he is alive.
Hanuman Source: Hanuman tries to console Tara, the wife of Vali who was killed by Lord Ram, with these words

Use of Scientific Method in Hinduism (Sanatana Dharma)

In an article published in the Tattva Blog titled ‘Hinduism and the scientific method’, Jayant Avva, a PhD student, tries to prove that Sanatana Dharma is scientific. The spiritual techniques under the umbrella of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) follow the strict definition of science.Some excerpts from the article‘Is it possible to cognize one’s true nature by using a specific method delineated in the Vedic texts?’What is meant by true nature? What exactly do we seek to fathom here? One definition of true nature could be - that experience of yourself when you experience fullness, completeness, wholeness? Something is true if it is never false. Hence, one’s true nature must always be true.We have the consensus opinion of many spiritual masters that when established in our true nature, we experience a feeling of wholeness, completeness, fulfillment. There is no violation of scientific method in accepting a consensus definition of a term from a community of the adequate (people who have al…

Sri Chandrasekhara Swamigal on the Symbolism in the name Rama

There are two powerful ‘Araka Namas’. One is Aum and another is Ram. All mantras have to be prefixed with Aum for obtaining the benefits of those mantras, whereas there is no need to prefix Aum when the name 'Ram' is recited because the name itself is 'Tarka Namam.'
Divine poet, composer and singer Tyagaraja, who recited Rama Nama, 960 million times and had His darshan, has said:
The life letter of the five letter word ‘Namasivaya’ is ‘MA’.
Similarly the life letter (Jeevaksharam) of the eight letter word 'Narayanaya' is ‘RA’. It is the combination of these two aksharas (letters) that produced the nama 'RAMA'.

Rules Regarding Shradha and Tarpan during Adhika Masa

There is an Adhika Masa or Adhik Masam in 2015 from June 17 to July 16 and here are the general rules followed in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh regarding performing Shradha, Tarpan and other funeral rituals. In Kannada and Telugu calendars, the extra month is the Adhik Bhadrapad month.
The yearly Shraddha occurring in  Bhadrapad  Masa should be only performed in the Nija  Bhadrapad  Masam not in the Adhik month.
The first yearly Shraddham of the person who died in the  Bhadrapad  month last year should be performed in the Adhika  Bhadrapad  Masa.
The monthly Shradha of those expired in  Bhadrapad  month should be performed in both Adhik and Nija  Bhadrapad  month.
If the 12th Masika occurs in Adhika, then after performing 12th Masika in Adhika Bhadrapad and in Nija  Bhadrapada, Prathama Abdika should be performed in the14th Month.
Darsha Shraddha, Nitya Shraddha, Yugadi-Manvadi Shraddha should be performed in both Adhika and Nija  Bhadrapad  Masa.
Prati-Samvatsarika Shraddha of those …

Book: Before He was God, Ramayana, Reconsidered, Recreated

The book titled ‘Before He was God, Ramayana, Reconsidered, Recreated’ by Ram Varma attempts to recreate the historical Hindu God Ram. The book aims to avoid all the exaggerations and tries to unravel the Rama, the king and the warrior through a faithful account of Rama's life, his trials, tribulations and triumph.About the Book in the words of the authorThe story recited by the well meaning pundits of Puranic times was a senseless exaggeration. It was vital to restore the attention of the viewers or the readers, but this beautiful story did not need any artificial support. Its beauty remains undiminished even in a realistic portraiture of events. Ram Varma captures those vignettes and there is an aroma in his rendering which gives the pleasant smell of an odor of Vedic times.BEFORE HE WAS GOD RAMAYANA: Reconsidered Recreated
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Thoughts and Quotes of Mata Sita

A superior being does not render evil for evil - this is a maxim one should observe.The ornament of a virtuous person is their conduct.One should never harm the wicked or the good or even criminals meriting death.A noble soul will ever exercise compassion even towards those who enjoy injuring others or those of cruel deeds when they are actually committing them; who is without fault?Mata Sita in Ramayana

Meda Masam 2019 in Malayalam Calendar – Medam Month in 2019

Medam, or Meda Masam, is the ninth month in a traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Vishu, the Zodiac New Year, is observed in this month. Meda Masam in 2019 is from April 14 to May 14. Apart from Vishu, another important festival in the month is the Thrissur Pooram.

Full Moon and No Moon Day Karthuvavu or Amavasi –  May 4 Veluthuvavu or full moon day (Purnima) – April 19

April 16
April 30

April 17
May 2

Sashti Fasting - May 10

Festivals and auspicious days include: Vishu – April 15Thirissur Pooram – May 13Chattambi Swami Samadhi day - Shankaracharya Jayanti -  Next month in Malayalam calendar is the Edava Masam or Edavam.

Download Brahmanda Purana in English in Pdf format for free

Brahmanda Purana, like all other Purānas, is encyclopedic in character. The Purana is called Brahmanda since it gives explanation of the real state of affairs about the universe. It deals with topics such as Cosmogony, Religion, Philosophy History, Geography and Astronomy. The English translation of the Brahmanda Purana is by Dr. G.V. Tagare and the pdf format for free is provided by Internet Archive Open Source Books.You can download Brahmanda Purana here at the - Brahmanda Purana in English in Pdf formatPlease note that you will need pdf reader to access and read the Purana.

Hindu Priest Training Academy in Malaysia

Majority of the priests in Hindu Temples in Malaysia are recruited from India. Now Malaysia has started its first academy to train Hindu priests. The academy will conduct a five-year course developed in consultation with similar institutions in India. There are more than 3,000 Hindu Temples in Malaysia mostly dedicated to the Tamil Hindu Community in the country. The HinduPriestTrainingAcademy is located at Jelapang Tambaha in Ipoh.Economic Times writes
Human Resource Minister S. Subramaniam, who opened the academy Sunday, said the country's Tamil Hindu community will continue to get priests from India since the training, grading and certifying of priests will take time. Subramaniam, who is also Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) secretary general, said the training centre would reduce the community's reliance on priests from India.

"With the academy, the community is also assured of qualified and accredited priests to perform various Hindu ceremonies.

"This is a new begin…

Book – The Mahabharata Volume I Translated By Bibek Debroy

This new edition of The Mahabharata Volume I translated by Bibek Debroy and published by Penguin Books India is the first book in a 10- volume unabridged translation of the epic Mahabharata. The translation is based on the Critical Edition compiled at the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute. Mahabharata has rarely been translated in full into English and this is a complaint that readers of Mahabharata have always had. Through the 10-volume translation, Bibek Debroy attempts to unravel the innumerable sub-plots in the Epic Mahabharata which has more than 80,000 shlokas or couplets. About The Mahabharata Volume I from Bibek DebroyVolume 1 consists of most of Adi Parva, in which much happens before the Kouravas and the Pandavas actually arrive on the scene. This volume covers the origins of the Kuru clan; the stories of Poushya, Poulama and Astika; the births of the Kouravas and the Pandavas; the house of lac; the slaying of Hidimba and Baka; Droupadi’s marriage; and ends with the Pan…

Chithirai Month 2019 – Tamil Chithirai Masam 2019 in Traditional Calendar in Tamil Nadu

Chithirai is the first month in a traditional Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. The first day or Chithirai 1 is observed as New Year by many Hindu Tamil communities. Chithirai Month in 2019 begins on April 14 and ends on May 13. Some of the important and auspicious days in the month include Chithirai festival at Madurai Meenakshi Temple and Pournami.

Chithirai Pournami and Amavasai Chithirai Amavasai is on May 4, 2019

Pournami, or full moon day, in Chithirai month is on April 19, 2019

Thirukkalyanam or Celestial Wedding Festival at MaduraiMeenakshiTemple which is known as Chithirai festival is held in this month.

Ekadasi Fasting dates in Chithirai Masam are April 16 and April 30

Pradosham Fasting dates in Chithirai Masam are April 17 and May 2
Festival and Auspicious dates in Chithirai Month 2016 Pillayar Sankatahara Chaturthi is on April 22Sashti –  May 10Chithirai Pournami –  April 19 The next month in Tamil Calendar is the Vaigasi Masam.

On Offering with Devotion

On one occasion, a devotee bought a small piece of cheap cloth for the Divine Mother’s worship. Latu Maharaj was very upset. He remarked: ‘Throw away that cloth. It is too short. Why did you buy such a cheap one? Always offer a good cloth to the Mother, and if you cannot afford it, say with tears: “Mother, I am unable to offer anything to you. Please forgive me.”Some people buy cheap, flimsy cloth, rotten fruit, or stale sweets for the worship of the Lord. Why do you offer the Lord these things which you yourself don’t want to use or eat? It is better not to worship at all than to do worship negligently. He who offers the Lord’s things to the Lord with joy and love is really fortunate. The Lord does not accept anything that is not presented with devotion.’Swami Adbhutananda

Shukra Mantra

Shukra is one of the Navgrahas and is a highly favorable planet as per traditional Hindu astrology. Shukra stays in the horoscope or janam kundali of a person for twenty years. The beej mantra to propiate Lord Shukra is – Om Dram Dreem Drom Saha Shukraya Namaha.

The best time to chant the mantra is during the morning hours.

It is believed that Shukra provides one with good spouse, peace, success and wealth.

The day assigned to Shukra is Friday.

Download Free Interactive Sanskrit Tutor and Learn Sanskrit Language

Sanskrita Pradipika is a freely-downloadable interactive tutor designed to teach Sanskrit to English-speaking people. Sanskrit is one of the oldest and the richest language in the world and thousands of people are eager to learn the language. Sanskrita Pradipika Interactive tutor developed by Sudhir Kaicker helps you to learn and known more about Sanskrit.
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Sabarimala Vishu Puja 2017 Dates – April 2017 Vishu Pooja at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

Vishu is the Zodiac New Year as per traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. The day is highly auspicious at the famous SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. The SabarimalaTemple will open for Vishu Puja 2017 on April 10. Vishu Puja is on April 14, 2017. The temple closes on the evening of April 18, 2017. The Vishu puja coincides with the Malayalam Medam month pujas.

The temple remains open on all during the brief period and attracts thousands of devotees. A special Vishu Kani Puja is held during the early morning hours on Vishu Puja day.

Apart from this other rituals like Padi puja etc are held during the period.

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Hindu holiday of fools is Holi – Hindu Festival Holi is Equivalent to April Fool’s Day For The Huffington Post

The Hindu holiday of fools is Holi – this is what Donna Henes, Urban shaman, eco-ceremonialist and ritual expert, writes in The Huffington Post in an article on the April Fool’s Day. There is fun and madness attached to Holi but equating with April Fool’s Day is not correct. Both of them cannot be compared. A popular festival associated with a religion has different dimensions. When it is introduced to people who are not much aware of the religion as Holiday of fools it has far reaching consequences. Her knowledge of Hindu Festival Holi is this  The Hindu holiday of fools is Holi, celebrated as a high-spirited fire festival, which proclaims the death of winter and the onset of spring fever. For five days there is utter relaxation of the accepted rules of behavior. Lewdness prevails. People spray each other in the streets with powdered color pigments. There is a ribald shift in the normal relations among the castes and between the sexes, which often degenerates into mudslinging and pu…

Computerized Draw for Selection of Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2010 by Foreign Ministry India Completed

The ministry of foreign affairs in India had invited applications for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2010 in January 2010. The Yatris for the journey are selected through a computerized draw and this took place on March 31, 2010. Here are the details about the Computerize draw published by the ministry of external affairs in IndiaExternal Affairs Minister Shri S. M. Krishna presided over the computerised draw for selection of Yatris for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, 2010 on March 31, 2010. The Yatra is scheduled to begin on June 1, 2010.