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Solar Eclipse 2011 in India

Solar Eclipse 2011 dates based on Hindu calendar – India Standard Time. There are four partial solar eclipses in 2011. The first Solar Eclipse in 2011 is on January 4 – this is a partial solar eclipse and is visible in northwestern parts of India. The second partial solar eclipse in 2011 is on June 1, 2011. The third partial solar eclipse is on July 1, 2011. The fourth solar eclipse is on November 25, 2011.

Solar Eclipse on January 4, 2011 is only partially visible in Northwestern parts of India – parts of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Time in India is from - 15:11:49 hrs to 15:52:02 hrs.

Solar Eclipse on June 1, 2011 it is not visible in India. It takes place in Northern Hemisphere and is not visible in major parts of the world.

Solar Eclipse on July 1, 2011 it is not visible in India. It takes place in Southern Hemisphere and is not visible in major parts of the world.

Solar Eclipse on November 25, 2011 is not visible in India. It…

Bhuta Shuddhi

Bhuta Shuddhi is the ceremony of removing the spirits and other beings whose presence many interfere with the performance of rituals and pujas. The Bhuta Shuddhi is performed by offering curd, sugar and flower. This offering is known as Bali in some regions. Bhuta Shuddhi is completed by scattering mustard seeds (black til).

Bhutas are generally believed to be spirits of those dead people who died without fulfilling desires.

The popular belief is that scattering of mustard seeds along with mantras will protect the puja area from evil presence. It is said that if evil in the form of bhutas attempts to enter arena, the mustards seeds will enter them like thunder bolts and drive them out.

Bhuta Shuddhi is performed before important rituals like Durga Puja.

Malayalam Bhagavath Geeta pdf – Download or Read Bhagavad Gita in Malayalam free

Malayalam Bhagavath Geeta in pdf format for free is provided by Swami Shri Adgadanad Ji’s of Yatharth Geeta. This downloadable Malayalam Bhagavad Gita is strictly for personal use and has explanations in Malayalam apart from the Sanskrit verse text in Malayalam. You can only download the eighteen chapters separately and not as a single book.

You can download the Malayalam Bhagavath Geeta from this link – Malayalam Bhagavath Geeta pdf.

To read and download the Malayalam Bhagavad Gita in PDF format and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or other pdf readers installed on your computer.

Note – the titles of the 18 chapters are given in English on clicking you will get Malayalam text of each chapter with verses and explanations.

Tirupati Channel SVBC Live Online with Live TV, Videos and photos from Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is now airing the spiritual and live programs that are aired on SVBC (Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel) on a dedicated website. The website has live online programs from TirupatiTemple. Including all the important programs aired on SVBC channel plus recorded videos of important programs. The website also has a dedicated photos section with images of important pujas, rituals and festivals held at the temple. You can watch the SVBC Live Online with Live TV, Videos and photos here at the official website of SVBC. Currently the channel is airing the annual Navratri Brahmotsavams.

Shravan Month in 2011 – July – August 2011

Shravan Month in 2011 based on Hindu Traditional Calendar in 2011 – India Standard Time. Shravan Month in 2011 in traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India begins on July 16 and ends on August 13, 2011. Shravan Month in traditional Hindu calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka begins on July 31 and ends on August 29.

Shravan Month, or Sawan Mahina, is one of the holiest Hindu months and is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. Mondays in Sawan is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and many people observe the famous Shravan Somvar Vrat. The month is filled with auspicious days and numerous rituals are observed in the month.

Find more details about Shravan 2011 in North Indian Calendar here in this article – Shravan Mahina 2011 in North India.

Related Shravan Month in Maharashtra Shravan Month in Gujarat Sravana Masam in Telugu and Kannada Calendars

Pakshavardhini Dwadasi – Paksha Vardhini Mahadwadasi

Pakshavardhini falls on the 12th day of the Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha (Waxing and Waning Phase of moon) in a month in a Hindu lunar calendar. To be termed as Pakshavardhini Dwadasi, the 12th day should precede two days before Purnima (full moon) or Amavasya (No moon).

If it is Purnima or Amavasi tithi after two sunrises from 12th day or dwadasi then such a dwadashi is Pakshavardhini Dwadasi.

The day is considered highly auspicious by the Vaishnava followers. Some people observe a fast on the day. Sri Hari Vishnu is propitiated on the day.

The Foolishness of Animal Sacrifice during Durga Puja – Ramprasad Sen

Mind, why are you so anxious? Utter Kali’s name and sit in meditation. From all this pomp of worship the mind grows proud. Worship her in secret, that none may know. What is thy gain from images of metal, stone or earth? Fashion her image in the mind and set it on the lotus throne of your heart. Parched rice and plantains, ah! How vainly do you offer these! Feed her with the nectar of devotion, and satisfy your own mind. Why seek to illumine her with lamp and lantern and candle? Light the jeweled lamp of the mind; let it flash its luster day and night. Why do you bring sheep and goats and buffaloes for sacrifice? Saying ‘Victory to Kali,’ ‘Victory to Kali,’ sacrifice the Six Passions – sexual desire, anger, covetousness, lapse due to infatuation, pride and envy. Ramprasad Sen says – what need is there of drums and tomtoms? Saying ‘Victory to Kali,’ clap your hands and lay your mind at her feet. Ramprasad Sen (1723 – 1803 AD)Bengali Saint and poet and an ardent devotee of Goddess Shakti.…