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Hanuman Jayanti 2012 date

Hanuman Jayanti 2012 date based on Hindu calendar – India Standard Time. Hanuman Jayanti 2012 date is April 6.  Hanuman Jayanthi is observed as the birthday of Hindu God Hanuman and it is observed on the full moon (Purnima) day in the Hindu month of Chaitra (March – April) as per traditional lunar Hindu calendar. The day is of great significance throughout India.

It must be noted that in Andhra Pradesh, Hanumant Jayanti is observed after a 41-day Deeksha which begins on Chaitra Purnima. In Andhra Pradesh, Hanuman Jayanti in 2012 is on May 15, 2012.

In Tamil Nadu, Hanuman Jayanti is observed during the Margazhi month (December – January). This is on Moolam Nakshatram day. Next Hanuman Jayanti in Margazhi month is in January 11, 2013.

Another popular day dedicated to Hanuman is the Hanumantha Vrata observed in Margashirsh month (November - December) in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. This will be next observed on December 25, 2012.

In some regions, Hanuman Jayanti is observed on the day …

Blog Action Day 2010 – Water – Wisdom from Vedas on Saving Water

Today is Blog Action Day 2010 – a day when thousands of bloggers commit to blog (write) on a topic to create awareness around an issue. This year’s topic is water. Internet is full of articles regarding the need to save water and modern man realized the importance of the need to save water only recently. But ancient teachers of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism or Hindu religion) had realized the importance of water and had mentioned about in the Vedas and Upanishads. What is striking is that the Vedas asks us to preserve water for future generations. Here is a collection of quotes on the importance water and the need to preserve it from Vedas. There was only water in the beginning. (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad v-5-1)Plants and waters are treasures for generations. (Rig Veda Samhita vii-70-4)Waters as friends of man give full protection to his progenies. (Rig Veda Samhita vi-50-7)Waters represent splendor. (Atharva Veda Samhita iii-13-5)Waters and herbs should have no poison. (Rig Veda Samhita vi…

Importance of Durga Puja in Bengal – Why is Durga Pooja Special among Bengalis?

If it is Durga Puja; then it is in Bengal. Why is the tradition of Durga Puja so special among Bengalis? Perhaps the answer lies in the famous KalighatTemple in Kolkata. The region is associated with Goddess Shakti from time immemorial. Various Tantric texts identify the region from Dakshineshwar to Behala as Kalishetra or the abode of Goddess Shakti.

It is believed that all forms of Goddess Durga exist in this place. The worship of Goddess Durga gained prominence with the discovery of the feet of Goddess Sati from Kalikunda Pond in the vicinity. With this discovery, the place became one of the 51 Shakti shrines or Shaktipeetahs. (After the death of Goddess Sati at the Daksha Yajna, Shiva was roaming around the world with it and this caused imbalance in the universe. Vishnu then used his Sudarshana Chakra to cut the body of Sati and it fell in 51 places on earth and these places came to be known as Shaktipeetahs.)

Archeological discoveries, Tantric texts of NigamaSchool and Puranas l…

Surya Grahan 2013 in India

Surya Grahan 2013 dates based on Hindu calendar – India Standard Time. There are two partial solar eclipses (Ardha Surya Grahan) in 2013. Both the Surya Grahan are not visible in India. Surya Grahan means solar eclipse and it is given spiritual importance by devout Hindus. The first Surya Grahan in 2013 is on May 10 – this is a partial solar eclipse and is not visible in India. The second Surya Grahan in 2013 is on November 3, 2013.

Surya Grahan on May 10, 2013 it is not visible in India. It takes place in Southern Hemisphere and is visible only in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Ocean Islands.

Surya Grahan on November 3, 2013 is not visible in India. It is visible in South Europe and Africa.

Durga Puja in Jakarta in Indonesia in 2017

Bengalis and Hindus in Jakarta in Indonesia are inviting all people to have a look at their Durga Puja celebrations this year. The Durga puja is celebrated in Jakarta by the Bengali Association from September 20 to September 30, 2017

You can view pictures of Durga Puja and learn more about the activities of Jakarta Bengali Association here at their website.

Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in November 2010

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in November 2010 – based on major Hindu calendars used in India. The festivals and auspicious days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST). November 2 – Rama Ekadasi Fasting November 3 – Dhantryodasi – Dhanteras November 3 – Pradosh Fasting November 4 – Kali Chaudash November 5 – Narak Chaturdasi November 5 – Diwali November 5 – Lakshmi Puja November 6 – New Year in Gujarati Calendar November 6 – Annakut November 6 – Govardhan Puja November 6 – Skanda Sashti Fast Begins
November 6 – Amavasya - No moon day November 7 – Kartik month begins in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

Popular Durga Puja Pandals in Kolkata in 2010 – Photos and Videos

Durga Puja 2010 Pandals in Kolkata is garnering visitors with its unique themes and wonderful ideas. During Durga Puja 2010 there is a healthy competition among the Puja committees to surprise visitors by creating something totally unexpected. What is more surprising this year is that there are exclusive websites that are covering important Durga Puja pandals in Kolkata and they are providing videos and pictures of popular pandals. To get pictures of Popular Durga Puja Pandals in 2010 you can visit the website Puja Parikrama. Another website that is providing excellent pictures of Durga Puja is that of Prasun Dutta you can find it here.

Durga Puja – Symbolism and Quotes – Swami Tejomayananda

To gain noble virtues, all evil tendencies in the mind must be destroyed. This destruction is represented by Goddess Durga. Durga is Durgati Harini” – She removes our evil tendencies. This is why She is called Mahishasura Mardini, the destroyer of Mahisasura (demon), mahisha meaning ‘buffalo.’ Isn’t there a buffalo in our minds as well? The buffalo stands for tamoguna, the quality of laziness, darkness, ignorance, and inertia. We have all these qualities and they crop up from time to time. Although we may have a lot of energy and potential inside us, we prefer to do nothing – just like the buffalo that loves only to lie in pools of water. In the Puranic story, Durga Devi’s killing of the Mahisha demon is symbolically the destruction of the tamoguna with us that is very difficult to destroy. In the Durga Devi Havana (sacrifice) – Durga Puja – we invoke that divine power within us to destroy our animalistic tendencies. You may also like to read Durga Puja Quotes – Thoughts on Mother Durga b…

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