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Mahashivratri March 2011

Mahashivratri as the name indicates is the night of Hindu God Shiva and the most important day dedicated to Siva in a Hindu lunar calendar. Mahashivratri 2011 date is March 2. Fasting and Vrat is from March 2 sunrise to March 3 sunrise. All pujas are held during the night of March 2 to early hours of March 3, 2011. In US and Canada the day is marked on March 2. In Australia and New Zealand, Mahashivratri is marked on March 3. Shivaratri is observed on the night before Amavasi or no moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun (February – March) as per traditional calendar followed in North India. The corresponding month in other regions is Magh month.
Note- Confusion in 2011 regarding in Shivratri date. Shivratri is observed on Chaturdashi Tithi. In 2011, Chaturdasi Tithi ends early on March 3 in India - before midnight. Therefore Shivratri is observed on March 2. But some communities and Ashram stick to Chaturdasi Tithi and they will be observing Shivratri in India only on March 3. Unlike other…

Donkey as Vahana or Vehicle in Hindu Tradition

Donkey is the Vahana, or vehicle, of Goddess Kalaratri and of Goddess Shitala in Hindu tradition. The vahana, or vehicle, concept is unique to Hinduism and often has hidden symbolism. Goddess Kalaratri is one among the nine goddesses worshipped during Navratri. She is believed to ride on a donkey at night. She is also associated with the angry form of Goddess Shakti.

Fish Found in Ganga River Could Cure Heart Diseases

Zebrafish that lives in the GangaRiver, the holy river in Hinduism, could trigger a revolution in the treatment of heart disease – which could lead to the end of heart-transplant surgery. Medical researchers working with the British Heart Foundation are claiming to have discovered a small protein molecule in zebrafish that appears to play a critical role in orchestrating the repair of damaged cardiac muscle. Zebrafish is a tiny tropical fish found in the GangaRiver. It is also today widely found in aquariums. Mother Nature Network reports Zebrafish can regenerate damaged cardiac tissue at an incredible rate. In just a week's time, a zebrafish can repair as much as 20 percent of its heart muscle. Now medical researchers working with the British Heart Foundation hope that insight into the fish's amazing ability could lead to the development of new treatments that will one day allow the human heart to heal itself too. "Scientifically, mending human hearts is an achievable goal …

Janaki Jayanthi in North India

Janaki Jayanthi is the birthday of Sita Devi, who is also known as Janaki. Janaki Jayanthi 2018 date in North India is on February 8. King Janaka adopted Janaki; after he found her while, he was ploughing his field. The festival is observed on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) of Phalgun month (February – March).

It must be noted here that Janaki Jayanti in Phalgun month is more famous with Hindu communities in northern parts of India. In Western India it is observed on Vaishakh Shukla Paksha Navami day (April – May).

Janaki is an embodiment of purity and wifely devotion and is the consort of Lord Ram. Her abduction by Ravana and her subsequent rescue by Lord Ram, Lakshman, Hanuman and Vanar Sena is the central theme of the Ramayana. She is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and is worshiped in temples dedicated to Lord Ram.

Swami Visharadananda Quotes

It is our attitude that makes us happy or unhappy. Attitude, in turn, is dependent on how we view things. If our view is based on a limited view of life, then we quickly become upset. We should think well before we jump to a conclusion. There is no one who is happy all through his life nor is anyone unhappy all his life. Even Lord Rama and Krishna were no exceptions. Rama had to weep like an ordinary person. Even after he became the king of Ayodhaya, Rama had to banish Sita to the forest, and later undergo mental suffering. Sri Krishna too did not have continuously happy situations. How many times he had to fight the demons and adversaries! And then he had to be a part of the great war of Mahabharata. This understanding makes a person a tapasvi — a man of introspection and forbearance. Swami Visharadananda (Source – Book titled – Human Values by Swami Visharadananda)

Today in Hindu Calendar – February 2, 2011

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on February 2, 2011 – Today is Amavasya – no moon or new moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. Amavasya Tithi from 0625 hrs (6:25 AM) on February 2. Before 0625 hrs it is Chaturdasi Tithi. All time based on India Standard Time. Note – Amavasya Tithi is also marked on February 3, 2011 – This is because during Sunrise it is Amavasi Tithi in most regions. Paush Amavasya or no moon day in Poush month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Magh Amavasya or no moon day in Magha 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 – Makar Rasi. Nakshatra – Uttiradam or Uttara Shada Nakshatram till 1240 hrs (12:40 PM). Then onwards it is Uttiradam or Uttara Shada Nakshatra. 19th day of Thai Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. 19th day of Makara Masam i…