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Sexual Intercourse during Ashada Masam

This is a question that we get to hear from many of our young married readers – Can we have sex in Ashad Month. The doubt because in ancient times in Ashada Masam newly married couples were not allowed to stay together in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. This was because if the woman conceived in Kannada or Telugu Ashada Masam (June – July), then she will be giving birth in March or April or May the hottest months in South India. This was not good for the mother and child. Since in ancient times there were no immediate medical facility, elders asked couples to stay apart. The prime reason was that sometimes it was not possible to contain bleeding in hot months.But with improved medical facility, this practice is no longer followed. But still some people fear sexual intercourse during Ashada Masam.This is yet again a personal decision to have sex or not in Ashada Masam. The Aadi month occurs during the same period in Tamil Nadu and here too couples used to stay apart in ancient times.You…

Hinduism and Media – How Hindu Religion is Facing the Challenges of New Media

Internet and mobile have made it easy for people to convey their ideas and messages to the world without much censorship. But the retelling of stories associated with religion and creating new images and graphics of symbols associated with religion sometimes causes unwanted situations. Vamsee Juluri, Author, Professor of Media Studies, University of San Francisco, writes about this topic in an article titled – Mythology, Media and the Future of Hinduism in Huffington Post.The gods of Hinduism have never been up there in some cold palace playing cruel whimsical games of fate with us humans. Instead, they have taken their place among us. They have let us call them friend, cousin, son, mother, teacher, and adore them as such. For it is only in relationships that we humans adore, and it is only in adoration that we learn the lessons of the gods: to live in friendship with ourselves and others, to attain a sense of justice in our actions, and to surrender to serenity. That is the story abo…

Ravi Pushya Yog – Pushya Nakshatra on Ravivar or Sunday

Ravi Pushya Yog is calculated in a Hindu Panchang and calendar, when Pushya Nakshatra falls on Ravivar or Sunday. This is considered highly auspicious day for performing pujas and rituals. Ravi Pushya Yog 2013 date is January 27

The day is considered ideal for offering prayers to Surya, the Sun God.

Pushya Nakshatra falling on Thursday or Guruvar is known as Guru Pushya Yog. The day is considered ideal for investments in gold and property.

Marathi Ashada Month 2018 – Ashad Mahina 2018 in Traditional Maharashtra Calendar

Ashada Maas is the fourth month in a traditional Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra. Ashada Mahina 2018 is from July 13 to August 11. The auspicious days in the month include Ashadi Ekadasi, Pandarpur Yatra and Guru Purnima.

Sankashti Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Lord Ganesh is in Ashada Mahina is on  July 31 – Moonrise is at 9:37 PM  – Indian standard time.

Ashada Mahina Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Ashada Mahina Marathi calendar 2018 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is July 13 to July 27, 2018. Ashada Maas 2018 Marathi calendar Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from July 28 to August 11, 2018.

Purnima in Marathi Ashada Mahina Ashada Purnima or Full moon day is on July 27, 2018.The Purnima Vrat is marked on July 27.The Purnima begins at 11:15 PM on July 26 and ends at 1:49 AM on July 28. Vyasa and Guru Purnima Vrat are observed on July 27, 2018. Shirdi Utsav is also held on the day. Purnima fasting is on July 27.Amavasi in Marathi Ashada Mahina Ashada Amav…

Charvakas Teachings and Quotes

Charvaka Philosophy represents the materialistic thoughts that co-existed along with the six orthodox school of philosophy in ancient India. Mainstream Hindu schools of philosophy refuted the Teachings of Charvakas. But there are many scholars who believe that the Charvaka school of thought presented a materialistic and realistic view of life. 
Here are few quotes and teachings of Charvakas.
As long as you live, live joyously
None can escape Death's wide net;
When once this body has been burnt,
How can it ever return?
While you live, live well, even if you have to borrow, for once cremated there is no return.
Swan's egg produce swans and not snakes.
If the offering of the food satisfies the hunger of departed soul, why does not the supply of oil rekindle the flame of an extinct lamp?
The Charvakas (sweet-tongued), had no faith in Dharma (divine duty) and Moksha (salvation) and they were always in favor of Artha (wealth) and Kama (pleasure). They were totally materialistic and th…