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Shivaji Killas – Diwali Mud Forts in Maharashtra - A Tryst with History - Diwali Shivaji Killa

Shivaji Killas, or Mud Forts, are a feature of Diwali celebrations in Maharashtra. The small miniature mud forts made by children remembers the heroic deeds of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Today, there are readymade mud forts which are part of Diwali decoration in many homes. Times of India reports about the Shivaji Killas Historian Ninad Bedekar reiterates, "The tradition of making mud forts can be traced back to 300 years. Aurangzeb, who had put an end to the Adil Shahi and Kutub Shahi dynasties in Maharashtra, could never conquer the Marathi kingdom. It was all because of Shivaji's 260 fortresses, the defence lines of which were set from Salher to Gingee in Tamil Nadu. This could be one of the reasons why children build mud forts during Diwali. It is an act of pure reverence."
Kumbharwada in Pune, the hub that produces these clay products, is the place to be. Here, you would see about 60 to 70 shops dealing in what would be a child's fantasy: miniature forts sparkl…

Marathi Kartik Mahina in 2018 – Kartik Month in Maharashtra Calendar in 2018

Kartik Mahina is the eighth month in a traditional Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra. Kartik Mahina 2018 in Marathi calendar is from November 8 to December 7. Various pujas dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu are performed in the month. Kartik Ekadasi Pandarpur Yatra (November 19) is observed in this month. Tulsi Vivah and puja (November 19 to November 23) is another important ritual in the month. The second day of the Kartik month is also dedicated Bhai Dooj.

Sankashti Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Ganesha in Kartik Mahina is on November 26 – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 9:03 PM – Indian Standard Time.

Kartik Mahina Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Kartik Mahina 2018 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from November 8 to November 23, 2018. Kartik Month 2018 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from November 24 to December 7, 2018.

Purnima or full moon in Marathi Kartik Mahina in 2018 Kartik Pournima or Full moon day is on November 23, 2018. The Purnima begins at 12:53…

Nirguna Manasa Puja Teachings – Adi Shankaracharya

Disciple – Where is the invocation (avahana) of the Fullness, and the seat (asana) of the All-supporting, how is there washing of the feet (padya), offering of water (arghya) and sipping (achamana) for the limpid and Pure One? Disciple doubts how he can perform puja and other rituals to the formless Brahman. Guru clears his doubts by explaining the symbolisms in rituals. Guru – I worship the symbol of the Self (atmalinga) shining like a jewel and situated in the heart-lotus within the city of illusion, with the ablutions (abhisheka) of the unsullied mind from the river of faith, always, with the flowers of samadhi, for the sake of non-rebirth. ‘I am the One, the Ultimate’. Thus one should invoke (avahayet) Lord Siva. Then one should prepare the seat (asana) that is thinking of the self-established Self. I have no contact with the dust of virtue and sin. Thus should the wise one offer washing of the feet (padya) that is such knowledge destroying all sins. One should pour forth that handf…