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Chaturmasya 2017 – Four Holy Months from Ashada Ekadasi To Kartik Ekadasi - Chaturmasya Vrata 2017

Chaturmasya is the four holy months in Hindu tradition and the Vrata is followed throughout India by many Vaishnava communities. In 2017, Chaturmasya Vrata is from July 4 to October 31. The holy period is for four months and it begins from the Deva Sayana Ekadasi in Ashada month and ends on Utthana Ekadasi in Kartik Month.

Some people start the Chaturmasya Vrat on July 19 on Ashada Purnima (Guru Purnima).

The four months occurs during the monsoon season and most of the important festivals in Hinduism take place during this period. The four months is of great importance to Sri Hari devotees as this period is believed to be the night time of Vishnu.

Numerous different times of Upvaas and rituals are observed during this period.

You can find on how to observe Chaturmas Vrat here.

You can find more details about Chatur Mas – the four holy months in Hinduism here.

Unique Murti (idol) of Hindu God Jagannath at Gud Village in Balasore in Orissa

The murti or idol of Hindu God Jagannath that is worshipped in temples is usually made of wood - Daru Brahma. But there is a unique murti of Jagannath at GudVillage in Balasore in Orissa which is made from stone – Shila Brahma. The specialty of the murti does not end there – the same murti has features of Balabhadra and Subhadra. The temple is originally dedicated to Balabhadra, the elder brother of Lord Krishna.It must be noted that in all Jagannath temples, Balabhadra and Subhadra are also worshipped along with Lord Jagannath. Each is worshipped as a separate murti. But at the in GudVillage – the single main murti has the eyes of Jagannath, face of Balabhadra and body of Subhadra.The murti is nearly three-feet tall and weighs over 100 kilograms.There is also an interesting story about the murti that is vogue in the village – The stone murti in the form of Balabhadra bearing marks of seven cobra hoods on its head was found floating in a village pond one morning. After noticing it for…

Jwala Chaturdasi at Khrew Jwalamukhi Temple in Jammu and Kashmir

Jwala Chaturdasi, also known as Jwala Mukhi Mela, is the most important festival observed at the JwalamukhiTemple in Anantnag District in Jammu and Kashmir. Jwala Chaturdasi 2018 date is July 26. The festival is observed on the 14th day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Ashad month. The JwalamukhiTemple is dedicated to Jawala Bhagwati - the Goddess of fire.

The temple gets its name Jwalamukhi as it is located on a hill which was once an active volcano. The temple is located at KhrewVillage, which is around 20 km from Srinagar.

Atop the hillock there is beautiful spring and Kashmiri Hindus arrive here during the Jwala Chaturdasi period to take a holy dip.

Nitya Chaitanya Yati Thoughts on How One See the Absolute

One contracts and brings all into to that one point in one’s center. There, one exists and nothing else. There is no other to fight with, to push away, to misunderstand.
Either one exists and nothing else, or everything exists and one exists as everything.
There is a throb, a pulsation, where at one moment one is one’s self and the next moment one is the universal. When the pulsation is going on, one says either, “Ayam atman Brahman, I am the supreme truth or, ‘Prajnanam Brahma, all that fills this world of consciousness, that is the Absolute. When one freely pulsates between these two aspects, one has learned the art of making the Self resonate with Self, and has become one’s own friend.
Swami Nitya Chaitanya Yati Source – From an article published in the Yoga Journal in July 1976