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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?