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Saraswati Puja February 2011 – Vasant Panchami Saraswathi Puja in Magh Month in 2011

Saraswati Puja observed in Magh Month (January – February) is of great significance in Eastern and Northern Parts of India. Saraswati Puja in February 2011 is on February 8. The day is also observed as Basant Panchami and Sri Panchami. Some Hindu communities believe that Goddess Saraswathi, the goddess of learning and music, appeared on this day on earth. The day is also known as Boi Puja (book worship). Elaborate Saraswati puja is held on this day in houses, temples and in educational institutions. Yellow color dress is preferred on this day as it stands for prosperity and knowledge. Children are introduced to the world of letters on this day. Elders or pundits make youngsters write ‘Om.’ Educational institutions conduct special poojas and students in large numbers participate in these poojas. Saraswati Puja is held throughout the country on this day except in certain parts like Kerala, where it is held in October during Navratri and Vijaya Dasami.

Study Mahabharata and Ramayana Online at Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS)

The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS) is a Recognized Independent Centre of the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. The centre provides various courses in Hinduism online and the next session of the Mahabharata and Ramayana Online course starts on January 16, 2012 and you can enroll now.
Course cost is £110 fully inclusive. All study materials are delivered via the web. The tutor will always be available by email. You will also be able to communicate online with your fellow students.

The course will have a broad study of the stories and characters represented in the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.

You can find more details about the course structure and how to enroll here at the official website of Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS).

Earlier Online Course on Bhagavad Gita from OCHS

Swami Chidananda Sayings and Thoughts

Spirituality means growing into the form of your Divine ideal. It is the transformation of your nature from human to Divine. This is brought about by Abhyasa, spiritual practice of Sadhana and Vairagya leading to renunciation. You have this great blessedness of having a dual awareness – a lesser awareness which is an error, and a greater awareness which is the truth, the correct awareness. And this wonderful fact grants you the privilege of being in a position to make yourself an instrument, not merely of the limitations, finitude and imperfections of your temporary, fleeting human personality, but choosing, on the other hand, to make yourself an instrument for the expression and manifestation of all the perfections that comprise your true, essential divine nature. Choose always to be the best, the highest. Choose to be what you really are. Choose to be the source of blessedness. Swami Chidananda

Today in Hindu Calendar – January 13, 2011

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on January 13, 2011 – Today is Shukla Paksha Navami – the ninth day of the waxing phase / light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. Navami Tithi from 0600 hrs (06:00 AM) to 0740 hrs (7:40 AM) on next day. All time based on India Standard Time. Please note that before 6:00 AM it is Ashtami or eighth day. Paush Shukla Paksha navami or 9th day of Poush month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.  Paush Shukla Paksha Navami or 9th day of Poush 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 – Mesha Rasi. Nakshatra – Aswini or Ashvini or Ashwati Nakshatram till 2330 hrs (11:30 PM) on January 13, 2011. Then onwards it is Bharani Nakshatra. 29th day of Margazhi Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. 29th day of Dhanu Masam in Malayalam Ca…