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Kamandalu or Water Pitcher in Hindu Religion – Making of Kamandalam from Pumpkin

Kamandalu or Water Pitcher is a symbol that is associated with Hindu Gods and Sanyasis. A Kamandalu is constantly seen along with the image of Shiva. Hindu saints or Sanyasis always carry the traditional water pitcher. Original Kamandalam is made from dry pumpkin and it attaches deep symbolism. The process of making of Kamandalu also holds spiritual significance. Note – traditionally Kamandalu is also made from coconut shell. Today, the water pitcher is also made using metals like copper, steel, silver etc. A ripe pumpkin is chosen for making a Kamandalu. It is then plucked from the pumpkin plant. The fleshy part of the pumpkin is then carefully scooped out or removed. It is then cleaned and the hollow pumpkin skin is then left to sun dry – just to remove the moisture content. Once the moisture content is removed, the pumpkin is cut into the shape of a Kamandalu – a pitcher to hold water and a handle attached to it. The Kamandalu of Shiva is believed to hold nectar. Traditional stories s…

Solar Eclipse January 2011 in India – Surya Grahan on January 4, 2011 – Partial Solar Eclipse Time in India

A partial solar eclipse, Surya Grahan, will take place on January 4, 2011. It is visible in the northwestern parts of India. As per NASA, the Partial eclipse will be visible in most parts of Europe, North Africa and Central Asia. In India, the Grahan will be taking place in Delhi, Jaipur, Dehradun, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Shimla and Srinagar from 14:37 hrs (2:37 PM) to 16:17 hrs (4:17 PM). The eclipse is not visible in other places in India. In Delhi the partial eclipse is from 15:12 hrs to 15:51 hrs. Hindu calendars and Panchangs in India have ignored this Surya Grahan and therefore there is no need to follow any rituals or Niyamas. The partial eclipse will be visible in Dubai, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and other regions in Middle East. In Dubai the partial eclipse is from 12:09 hrs to 14:32 hrs on January 4, 2011 (Local Time) The eclipse will also be visible in most parts of Europe including UntiedKingdom. In Britain the partial eclipse time is from 08:09 hrs to 09:30 hrs.
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Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Current Information Website by Kerala Police

To help Ayyappa devotees to have a hassle free darshan of Ayyappa at SabarimalaTemple, the Kerala Police has launched a website that carries all the current information and status at Pampa and SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. The website which is available in English, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu provides information about the Queue status for the darshan of Ayyappa, Parking Space remaining at Pampa, weather at Sabarimala and also all important telephone numbers. Another highlight is the detail information regarding how to receive SMS on your mobile regarding important information. You can view the Sabarimala website of Kerala Police here – Sabarimala Kerala Police. You may also like to read Official Website of SabarimalaAyyappaTemple

Margashirsha Purnima – Margashirsh Month Full moon day

Margashirsha Purnima is the full moon day in the Margasira or Margashirsha month (December – January) in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Margashirsha Purnima in December 2017 is on December 3.

It is the last day of the Margashirsha month in the calendar followed in North India.

Fasting from sunrise to sunset is observed by some Hindus on the day.

Sri Datta Jayanti is observed on December 3.

Annapurna Jayanti is observed on December 3.

Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati Mahaswamiji Quotes

It is true that in the world of practical life you cannot do without wealth. But do not attach more importance to money than it deserves. Never forget that money is only a means of happiness and not happiness itself. Happiness is a state of mind and does not depend on the quality or quantity of external possessions. A person may be the lord of all the three worlds and yet be unhappy. Another may be the poorest of beggars and yet be the happiest man in the world. Wealth and happiness are not related to each other as cause and effect. An attempt to secure happiness by securing wealth is as futile as it is absurd. All religious conflicts and quarrels arise because a devotee is unable to disassociate his conception of God from a particular name and form. We have the ability to learn. Materials for knowledge are available to us. Teachers are available for teaching us. Yet man willingly prefers to live in darkness of ignorance. Within man exists an ocean of bliss. Yet he willingly prefers to li…

Today in Hindu Calendar – December 13, 2010

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on December 13, 2010 – Today is Shukla Paksha Ashtami or eighth day of waxing phase / light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. Ashtami Tithi begins only at 06:12 hrs (06:12 AM) on December 13. Till then it is Saptami Tithi. Ashtami Tithi is from 06:12 hrs on December 13, 2010 to 0842 hrs on December 14, 2010. All time based on India Standard Time. Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Ashtami or eighth day of Margashirsh month in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Shukla Paksha Ashtami or eighth day of Margashirsh month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir. Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rasi. Nakshatra – Sadhayam or Satabhishak or Chathayam till 0426 hrs on December 13. Then onwards it is Poorvabhadra or Puruttathi. 27th day of Karthigai Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. 27th …