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Women Can Now Perform Puja Inside the Sanctum Sanctorum of the Sri Mahalakshmi Temple in Kolhapur

Women were never allowed to enter the Garbha Griha or Sanctum Sanctorum of the 7th century SriMahalakshmiTemple in Kolhapur in Maharashtra. Only men were allowed to perform the puja inside the Sanctum Sanctorum. But after protests from various women organizations, now the authorities have changed the age-old tradition and women can now perform puja inside the Sanctum Sanctorum of the MahalaxmiTemple. Note – Many people from South India will be surprised reading this news as only priests are allowed inside the Sanctum Sanctorum of Temples in South India. This is a practice strictly followed in most temples in South India. But in many temples in north and western parts of India devotees are allowed inside the Garbha Griha and they can touch and offer prayers and offerings to the murti directly. The Hindu reports
Kolhapur Collector Laxmikant Deshmukh and Maharashtra Minister of State for Home Satej Patil on Friday announced that women would henceforth be allowed to enter the sanctum sancto…

Uma Chaturthi Vrat 2018 date in Bengal and Orissa

Uma Chaturthi Vrat is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, who is also known as Uma. The vrat is more popular in eastern parts of India especially in Orissa, Jharkhand and Bengal. Uma Chaturti Vrat 2018 date is May 17. It is observed on the fourth day during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Jyeshta month as per calendars followed in Orissa.

Uma Chaturthi vrat is based on the tough austerities undertaken by Goddess Parvati to get Shiva as her husband. It must be remembered that Shiva had forsaken the world after Sati’s death. Goddess Sati appeared again as Parvati but Shiva did not show any interest in marrying her and led a life of ascetic. Parvati then performed severe austerities to get Shiva as husband.

Women perform the rituals for the welfare of the family and for a happy and peaceful life. The ritual is quite similar to the famous Hartalika Vrat observed in North India.

He who is not vigilant will repent later in vain – Thirukkural Teachings

When wealth is neither enjoyed by oneself nor given to deserving persons, the possessor becomes a disease to society. Quickly moving away from wrong and improper actions is one of the essential elements of good character. It is better to be without friends than to depend on friends who when you face trouble desert you. Man of true knowledge knows beforehand what will befall. Thereby, he escapes even stunning grief. He who is not vigilant will repent later in vain.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 16, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on April 16, 2011 – Today is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi – thirteenth day of the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi till 1:23 PM. Afterwards Chaturdasi or fourteenth day starts.  All time based on India Standard Time. Nakshatra – Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 4:29 pm on April 16, 2011. Afterwards it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram. Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rasi Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Chaitra Shukla Trayodasi or 13th day of the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Chaitra Shukla Trayodashi or 13th day of the waxing phase of moon in Chait month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir. 3rd day of Chithirai Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil …