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Importance of Turmeric or Haldi or Manjal in Hindu Pujas and Rituals

Turmeric, popularly known as Haldi or Manjal, is an important puja item in most Hindu ceremonies. The color of turmeric is yellow and it is believed to have a cooling effect on the brain. It is also believed to help in regularizing the brain wave.Turmeric has healing properties and is widely used in bathing in rituals by many Hindu communities. Large amount of turmeric powder is sprinkled on the idols of Nagas or Snakes in South India.Haldi Kumkum is an important ceremony with many Hindu communities in western parts of India.

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

Sita Nabami 2017 Date

Sita Nabami is the birth anniversary of Mata Sita, an embodiment of purity and wifely devotion and the consort of Hindu God Rama. Sita Nabami 2017 date in is May 4. It is observed on the ninth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Vaishaka month (April – May). Mata Sita was adopted by King Janaka after he found Her while ploughing his field. This ritual in Baishak or Vaishak month is more famous in eastern parts of India, especially in Orissa.

Special prayers and rituals are held on the day in Lord Ram and Sita Mata temples. Spiritual discourse and satsangs are organized by various spiritual organizations.

You can find more details about Sita Nabami in this earlier article.

Purushottam Ekadasi - Purushottam Kamala 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 2015 date is June 28 and July 12. This Ekadasi is also referred as Parama Ekadasi.
All the usual rules observed during Ekadasi fasting are followed on the day.

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