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Sri Andal Ashtothram in pdf – Download in Tamil and English

Andal Ashtothram is a popular prayer dedicated to Sri Andal, who is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Bhu Devi. Sri Andal Ashtothram consists of the 108 names of Sri Andal. You can download the prayer in both English and Tamil. Andal during her lifetime penned several verses singing the praise of Sri Ranganatha. Thiruppavai and the Nachiyar Thirumozhi are the famous compositions of Andal.
Link - Sri Andal Ashtothram in pdf in English
Link - Sri Andal Ashtothram in pdf in Tamil
You may also like to read Aadi Pooram – Celebrating the Birth of Andal

Shravan Month begins Today – July 16, 2011 – in North India

Shravan Month, or Sawan Mahina, in the traditional Hindi calendar followed in North India is dedicated to Shiva. Special prayers and rituals are performed in Shiva temples and in sacred places associated with Shiva. In 2011, Shravan Mahina is from July 16 to August 13 in traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Somvar or Mondays in the month is considered highly auspicious for the worship of Shiva. Kanwarias travel to the origin of GangaRiver to collect holy water, or Gangajal, to bath the Shivling at their homes or in villages.
Note - In Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Shravan month begins on July 31, 2011 and ends on August 29.
Read more about the importance of Shravan month.

Satapatha Brahmana Teachings

In the next world, they place good and evil deeds in a balance whichever of the two shall outweigh the other that He shall follow, whether it is good or evil. Now whosoever knows this places himself in the balance in this world and is freed from being weighted in the next world, it is by good deeds and not by bad that his scale outweighs.

Purification with water is necessary before any holy activity because man is impure on account of speaking or practicing untruth. Through water internal purification is achieved.
Sinful work of past is erased with righteous work of present. Satapatha Brahmana

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on July 16, 2011 – Today is Krishna Paksha Pratipada or first day of the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Pratipada till 11:15 AM on July 16. After 11:15 AM it is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi or the second day of the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 9:39 AM. Afterwards it is Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ashoonya Sayana Vrat. Holy Shravan Month begins in North India
Ashada Krishna Paksha Pratipada or first day of the dark phase of moon in Ashad month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.
Shravan Krishna Paksha Pratipada or first day of the dark phase of moon in Shravan month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand…