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Shani Dosha Parihara – How to overcome bad effects of Shani in Horoscope?

Shani Dosha is the bad effects caused by the positioning of Shani in a person’s horoscope. Shani dosha parihara include various prayers, pujas and rituals performed by people affected by it. The most widely practiced pariharas are Saturday fasting, prayers to Hanuman, Ganesha and Shiva. Ayyappa is also worshipped in South India to overcome difficulties of Shani.
Visit to Hanuman, Shani and Ganesha temples on Saturdays is highly effective in keeping a check on Shani Dosha.
The offerings that can be made are black clothes and black Til (sesame seeds). Feeding hungry people is also considered highly meritorious.
One must not think that all troubles are caused by Shani. The other Grahas can also cause trouble. There are also stories of people attaining peace and prosperity during Shani Dosha period.
Related Saturday Fasting for Shani Hanuman and Shani

Vavu Bali 2011 in Kerala – Karkidaka Vavu Bali on July 30

Vavu Bali, or Karkidaka Vavu Bali, is a ritual dedicated to dead ancestors performed by Hindus in Kerala in the Malayalam month of Karkidakam. Vavu Bali 2011 date is July 30. Vavu Bali will start at 3 am on July 30, 2011, Saturday and will last till the evening. Dead parents, grand parents, relatives and ancestors are remembered on the no moon day (Karutavavu) in Karkidaka Masam and ‘Shraddham’ for them is performed on the seashore and on riverbanks. The ritual performed for the souls of dead is referred as ‘Bali’ in Kerala and Vavu is Amavasi or no moon day.

The importance of Vavu Bali is that it is the first Amavasya during the Dakshinayana period or the Southern Transit of sun. This is also the night time of Devas. The belief is that souls will achieve moksha as a result of the bali ritual performed by sons, daughters or relatives. 
More details about the ‘Bali’ ritual in Kerala and the temples and places where the ritual is performed can be read in this article.

Swami Kriyananda Sayings

Whether we serve God outwardly in some way, or inwardly in meditation, we still serve Him by offering our thoughts and energy into His river of love. Both are matters of self-giving.
Our work should be a conscious, loving service to the Lord. It should be a devotional offering to Him.
That person alone who understands the path in terms of self-offering can attune himself to God’s grace. For grace, too, is a self-offering, on God’s part, of love. By giving of oneself, the heart’s chalice becomes emptied and cleansed, making it possible thereby for God to fill it. Swami Kriyananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 29, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on July 29, 2011 – Today is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi or fourteenth day of the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi from 1:40 AM on July 29 till 1:02 AM on July 30, 2011. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Ardra or Arudara or Thiruvathirai Nakshatra till 7:22 AM on July 29, 2011. Afterwards it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Monthly Shivratri Fasting. Shiv Chaturdasi Vrat.
Ashada Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi or 14th day of the dark phase of moon in Ashad month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.
Shravan Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi or fourteenth 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, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.…