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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 2017 – Kartik Month in Maharashtra Calendar in 2017

Kartik Mahina is the eighth month in a traditional Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra. Kartik Mahina 2017 in Marathi calendar is from October 20 to November 18. Various pujas dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu are performed in the month. Kartik Ekadasi Pandarpur Yatra (October 31) is observed in this month. Tulsi Vivah and puja (October 31 to November 4) 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 7 – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 9:07 PM – Indian Standard Time. As it is Tuesday, there is Angarak Yog.

Kartik Mahina Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Kartik Mahina 2017 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from October 20 to November 4, 2017. Kartik Month 2017 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from November 5 to November 18, 2017.

Purnima or full moon in Marathi Kartik Mahina in 2017 Kartik Pournima or Full moon day is on November …

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…