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Vatasavitri Vrat 2012 Date – Vat Savitri Fasting

Vatasavitri Vrat is an important fasting observed by Hindu married women in North and Western parts of India. Vat Savitri Amavasi Vrat is May 20. Those observing Vat Savitri Vrat on Purnima the date is June 4, 2014 (This date is more popular in western parts of India). Vat Savitri Vrat is based on Savitri - Satyavan legend in the Mahabharata.

The Vat Puja is observed either during Amavasi (No moon) in the Hindu month of Jyestha or during Purnima (Full moon) in the month of Jyeshtha as per traditional Hindu calendar followed inNorth India.

In strict sense, Vat Puja fasting is for three days. It begins on the Trayodashi day (13th day of a lunar fortnight) and ends on Amavasi or Purnima – the fast is for three nights and ends on the fourth day.

Thus for those people observing it for three days - Vat Savitri Amavasi Vrat begins on May 18 and ends on May 20.

Thus for those people observing it for three days - Vat Savitri Purnima Vrat begins on June 2 and ends on June 4.

Prayers and puj…

Martand – Hindu God Martand

Martand is associated with the Hindu Sun God, Surya. He is the thirteenth representative of Surya and rules the Mal Maas or Adhik Mahina or Extra month in a Hindu Lunar Calendar. Martand is worshipped by Hindus mainly for the peace of the dead souls of ancestors, parents and relatives. One of the most popular shrines associated with the deity is located in Jammu and Kashmir.Martand appeared on earth as the 13th son of Sage Kashyap and Aditi. The first 12 children of the couple are the rulers of the 12 months and are also associated with Lord Surya. Martand was born as a golden egg and it was placed at Satisar in Jammu and Kashmir by the couple on the advice given by Brahma. Lord Shiva then advised the couple to pray to Lord Vishnu so that he will provide a solution to what to do with the still egg. Lord Vishnu broke the egg with his Sudarshana Chakra and from it Lord Surya appeared in the form of Martand – wearing yellow garments, with four arms bearing a lotus, a book, a rosary and a…

Sea Surfing Ashram at Mulki – Kaliya Mardana Krishna Ashram at Mangalore in Karnataka

The unique Sea Surfing Ashram retreat is part of the Kaliya Mardana Krishna Ashram at Mulki North of Managlore in Karnataka. People here do sea surfing as part of their spiritual experience. The Kaliaya Mardana Krishna Ashram is managed by Lord Krishna Devotees who follow the Gaudiya Vaishnava Tradition of Hinduism and are known as the Surfing Swamis. The community has strict rules and there are no night parties etc that is associated with Surfing. The life at the Ashram starts at 4:00 AM with Hare Krishna Chant.This unique sea surfing Ashram and retreat was founded by Daruka Dasa, a native of San Diego, US, with two others and his gurus – Swami Narasingha and Haridas Babuji.“For some people, surfing is almost a spiritual thing,” Swami Narasingha said, explaining the link between the sport and his interpretation of Hinduism. “It’s to do with a very mellow connection to the ocean” – the connection is more clearly written on a painted surfboard in the courtyard of the Ashram – Krishna …

Bodhayana Amavasya - Bodayana Amavasi or No Moon

Bodhayana Amavasya is the no moon day or Amavasi calculated a day earlier than the normal Amavas date. This particular observance is also limited to a certain section of Vaishnava Sect. Usually, in such cases the major part of the Amavasi will fall on the previous day but it ends on the next day after sunrise.

There is a popular story associated with Bodhayana Amavasya, which is related to Sahadeva, one of the Pandava brothers. Sahadeva is believed to have had the capacity to do astrological predictions. It is said that Duryodhana before the start of the Mahabharata war approached Sahadeva and asked for an auspicious time to perform puja dedicated to Goddess Durga for success in war. Sahadeva suggested the next Amavasi day.

But the other Pandava brothers were unhappy with this gesture of Sahadeva. But Sahadeva said that he will not cheat anyone as it is against his Dharma. Then Krishna is believed to have helped the Pandavas by moving the Amavasya a day earlier. And this Amavasya is…

Quotes and Thoughts from Vedas on Peace

The great Vedic Rishis, our illustrious forefathers, had well understood the need for peace in the world. Therefore, in the ancient Vedic books one finds a constant reference to peace. It is the most sublime message of the Vedas – the need for peace; and it is a message that is more relevant now than ever before. In articulating this philosophy of peace, the Vedic Rishis took into account all aspects of peace.The Yajur Veda boldly declares:Let there be peace in heaven,
Let there be peace in the atmosphere,
Let there be Peace on Earth,
May the waters and medical herbs bring peace,
May the trees give peace to all beings,
May all the Gods be peaceful,
May the Vedas spread peace everywhere,
May all other objects everywhere give us peace,
And may that peace come to us and remain with us for ever.The Vedic idea of peace, as it is seen, is not restricted to the human realm. It includes peace in all areas of life—psychological, social, environmental and so on.Source - Towards a Vedic Philosophy of Pe…