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Google Logo for Makar Sankranti and Uttarayan Festival in 2011 – Google Joins in Sankranti Festival

The Google search logo on January 14, 2011 sports the kite festival observed during Makar Sankranti and Uttarayan in India. In 2010 too Google had joined tin he Makar Sankranti and Uttarayan festival.
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Today is Uttarayan in Gujarat – January 14, 2011

Uttarayan is the northern transit of Sun or Lord Surya and sun enters the Makar Rashi or Capricorn. Uttarayan 2011 date is January 14. The term Uttarayan is popularly used in Gujarat. The transition of sun, or Surya Sankranti, into Makar or Capricorn is considered highly auspicious and meritorious. According to Saint Jaimini, 12 hours and 46 minutes pre-and-post Sankranti is considered sacred. During this period making donations and helping poor is believed to bring merit to the donor. Symbolically, the northern path is considered to be the path of Moksha. In Gujarat, special food is cooked on the day using grains from fresh harvest. Special food is also offered to domesticated animals. Uttarayan is also popularly known for kite flying festival in Gujarat. Thousands of kites takes to the sky during the period and kite flying competitions are also held in many regions. Note – Makar Sankranti in Puja in Maharashtra and North India will be observed only on the morning of January 15, 2011.

Kalaratri Navratri – Goddess Kalratri Navratra

Goddess Kalarartri is a manifestation of Goddess Shakti and it is one of the fiercest form of Mother Goddess. During paush month (December – January) special rituals are held in some regions. Kalaratri Navratri is from December 31, 2017 to January 2, 2018. Although the festival and rituals are named as Navratri, it not observed for nine days and is only held for a couple of days.

The rituals are observed from the Paush Shukla Paksha Trayodashi (13th day of waxing phase of moon in Poush month) to Paush Purnima (full moon day in poush month).

Kalaratri is depicted as having four hands and her vehicle, or mount, is a donkey. She can curse and bless and is known to create havoc. This form primarily depicts that life also has a negative side – Tamas.

Symbolically, the form of the Goddess exhorts a devotee to get rid the Tamasic qualities (bad, evil and negative tendencies).

Kalaratri is also one of the forms of Goddess Shakti that is worshipped during the nine days of Navratri in Septem…

Today is Makaravilakku – January 14, 2011 – Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Makara Jyothi

Makaravilaku – Makara Jyothi the most important and the last festival in the two-month Mandala Pooja – Makaravilakku Kalam at the famous Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala. Legend has it that after defeating demon Mahishasura, Ayyappa merged with the Dharma Shastha idol on the Makarajyothi day. In 2011, the date of Sabarimala Makaravilakku and Makarajyothi Festival is January 14. In 2011, the puja will take place at 6:44 PM in the evening when the transition of Sun will be taking place as per Malayalam panchangam and astrology. This is the time when Dakshinayana ends and Uttarayana begins.
The puja today is also of great importance because Deeparadhana, evening puja, and Sankramanna Puja will be taking place at the same time in evening nearly after 50 years.
The evening deeparadhana is the most important event on the day. On the day for deeparadhana, Lord Ayyappa appears before the devotees fully attired in the Thiruvaabharanam – gold ornaments – which is specially brought from the Pa…

Today is Bhogi Pongal – January 14, 2011

Bhogi Pongal, Bogi festival, is the first day of Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu and is also the first day of the Telugu Sankranti celebrations in Andhra Pradesh. Bhogi Pongal 2011 date is January 14. The day is popularly meant for cleaning – all things that are bad and of no use are burned on the day. Earlier only agricultural waste used to burned on the day. On the Bhogi day people, decorate their homes, buy new vessels, other utensils and food items needed for the Pongal and Makar Sankranti celebrations. You may also like to read What to do on Bhogi Pongal day? Bhogi Pongal and Pollution

Sant Jnaneshwar Thoughts on the ways of an Ignorant Person

Understand that what is not Knowledge automatically becomes ignorance. I shall tell you some of its main signs. An ignorant person lives for status. He eagerly awaits honor and is pleased by felicitations.
He who is stiff with pride and does not bend should be considered as the abode of ignorance. He brags about his religious actions and makes a big noise about his learning. He makes public announcements of his good deeds and all his actions are for getting prominence and greatness. He deceives his followers by external appearances by applying ash, sandal-paste etc. to the body. Understand that such a person is a mine of ignorance. Sant Jnaneshwar

Today in Hindu Calendar – January 14, 2011

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on January 14, 2011 – Today is Shukla Paksha Dasami – the tenth day of the waxing phase / light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. Dasami Tithi from 0740 hrs (07:40 AM) on January 14 to 0845 hrs (8:45 AM) on next day. All time based on India Standard Time. Please note that before 7:40 AM it is Navami or ninth day.
Note - Makar Sankranti takes place at 12:45 AM midnight. Therefore pujas and rituals are held on the morning of January 15. Paush Shukla Paksha Dasami or 10th day of Poush month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.  Note in some calendars followed in Maharashtra and other regions – the day is marked as Shukla Paksha Navami as the tithi during sunrise is Navami. Paush Shukla Paksha Dasami or 10th 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 …