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Pradosham in March 2011 – Shiva Pradosh Fasting Dates

Pradosham, or Pradosha Vratam, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva on the 13th day of every lunar fortnight in traditional Hindu calendar. . The dates of Pradosham in March 2011 are March 2, March 17 and March 31. Shiva devotees undertake a fasting from sunrise to sunset on the Pradosham day. The Pradosh puja is performed during the twilight period. Pradosham as the name indicates is a period just before sunset and after sunset. The Pradosham period is between 1.5 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset. Some people only observe fasting on anyone Pradosham day in a month. There are staunch Shiva devotees who observe fast on the both the days in a month. Special pujas are performed in Shiva temples during the period. It is said that Lord Shiva and Parvati are in a happy mood during Pradosham period and they shower blessings on devotees. You may also like to read How to observe Pradosham? Story of Pradosham

Durga Ashtami March – April 2018 date and time during Chaitra Navratri 2018

Durga Ashtami during Navratri and is one of the most auspicious days during the nine-day festival. Durga Ashtami 2018 date during Chaitra Navratri is March 25. It is observed on the Shukla Ashtami or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra Month (March – April). Fasting dedicated to Goddess Durga is observed on the day by a large number of Hindus, especially in North and Eastern parts of India.

On the day, Mahashtami, Mahanisha Puja and Annapurna Parikrama held in Shakti Temples in North India. The day is also known as Chaitra Ashtami. Tara Ashtami rituals are also held on the day.

Ashokashtami is an important ritual held on the day in Orissa.

The next day is observed as Mahahavami and Ramnavami.

Brahma Kund at Haridwar – The Importance and Spiritual Significance of Brahmakund at Haridwar

Brahma Kund, located at Hari ki Pauri, is one of the holiest spots to take bath or holy dip at Haridwar. The popular legend is that Amrit pot attained after churning of ocean spilled at Brahmakund when Devas and Asuras were fight for it. The spot got the name after a king Shwetha did intense Tapas (penance) on the spot and pleased Brahma. As Brahma appeared here, the place got the name Brahma Kund.

It is widely believed that taking a dip or performing holy bath at the Kund will help in cleansing of the sins of all birth. The holy dip here is seen as an important step in attaining Moksha.

Another legend has it that son of King of Bhagiratha, Swetha, impressed all the Devas at the spot with his austerities and they gave him the boon that Brahmakund at Haridwar will be always blessed with the presence of Trimurtis – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

Numerous temples are located on the banks of Brahma Kund at Hari ki Pauri in Haridwar.

Traditional Breakfasts in India and Its Nutritional Value

Gobar Times in its January 15, 2011 edition has published an extensive study on the traditional Indian breakfasts and their nutritional value. Gobar Times is an environment magazine for kids. They have explored the important breakfast dishes in India like Aloo Paratha from Punjab, Sheermal from Jammu and Kashmir, Pitha, Luchi and Cholar Dals from eastern parts of India, Poha from Maharashtra, Khachori from Rajasthan, Dhokala from Gujarat, Pesarattu, Uthappam, Puttu from south India and Chiru, rice from northeastern India.
The article also suggests a perfect breakfast which is a combination of various breakfasts from different parts of India. You can read this informative and interesting article here at Gobar Times.

Holi in Nandgaon in 2018 – Second day of Lathmar Holi Festival in Mathura

Holi Festival in Nandgaon is famous for the Lathmaar Holi. It begins on the tenth day (dasami) of the shukla paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Phalgun month. In 2018, Lathmar Holi in Nandgaon is on February 27. Holi in Nandgaon is the return visit of the Gopas of Barsana to play Holi with the Gopis of Nandgaon. On the previous day, the men of Nandgaon village had gone to Barsana to play the famous Lathmar Holi with the females there. Now the men folk come to play holi in Nandgaon.

The men folk of Barsana carry a flag from their village to the Shriji Temple in Nandgaon. The men and women of Nandgaon try to stop them.

Colors are thrown on all the people around. The occasion is marked by singing of devotional and folk songs. Women also fend off the men folk of Barsana with bamboo sticks.

Nandgaon is around 30 km from Mathura and is on the way to Barsana.

Bhartrihari - Words to Ponder

Undivided by space, time or qualities, whose form is nothing but endless consciousness, measurable only by his own awareness, tranquil and splendid, to him obeisance.

By bad advice is a king ruined,
By attachment an ascetic is ruined,
By indulgence a son is ruined
By lack of study a Brahmin is ruined
By a bad son a family is ruined
By association with rogues good conduct is lost,
By recklessness modesty is lost,
By lack of attention agriculture is lost
By absence from home familial love is lost
By lack of affection friendship is lost
By carelessness prosperity is ruined
By extravagant generosity wealth.

If true, there is no need for austerities.
If pure in mind what matters pilgrimage?
If kind, there is no need to bother about followers
If generous, there is no need of any adornment
If truly learned what matters wealth?


Today in Hindu Calendar – February 16, 2011

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on February 16, 2011 – Today is Shukla Paksha Trayodashi – 13th day of Shukla Paksha in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi till 2040 hrs (8:40 PM) on February 16. After 8:40 PM it is Chaturdashi Tithi. All time based on India Standard Time. Magh Shukla Paksha Trayodashi or13th day of waxing phase of moon in Magha monthin calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Magh Shukla Trayodasi or 13th day of waxing phase of moon in Magha monthin 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 – Kark Rashi. Nakshatra – Punarpusam or Punarvasu or Punirtham till 1020 AM on Feb 16, 2011. Then onwarads it is Pusam or Pushya or Pooyam Nakshatra. 4th day of Maasi Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. 4th day of Kumbha Masam in Malayalam Calendar in K…