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Sankataharana Ganapati – one of the 32 forms of Ganesha

Sankataharana Ganapati as the name indicates is the one who removes the sorrows. This is one among the 32 forms of Ganesha. Sankataharana Ganapati mantra is Balakarunakantih Vaame, Balam Vahashranke! Lasadindi varahastam gowrangee ratna Shobhaddyam!! Daksheankuksha vardaanam vame pasham cha paayasam patram! Neelanshu kalashamaanah peethe padarune tishtan Sankataharanah payata sancta poogadra janano nityam!!
Sankataharana Ganapati is depicted as seated on a red lotus flower. He holds a bowl of sweet (payasam), a goad, and a noose. The fourth hand is in boon granting posture.
The four-armed Sankataharana Ganapati is always depicted with a Shakti.
Constant mediation on Sankataharana Ganapati helps in removing sorrows and impediments on the path to progress. He removes all hardships and protects those who follow the path of Dharma.

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Tussar – Ahimsa Silk – No killing of Silkworms by Boiling

Tussar is a form of silk that is produced without killing the silk worms and hence the name Ahimsa Silk. It is estimated that nearly 10,000 silkworms are killed to produce a single silk sari. Tussar is a type of wild silk and is obtained from the cocoon after the silk worm larva has left it. No boiling of silk worms alive.
Forest and sericulture departments have jointly planned to introduce Antheraea Pernyi genes of worms in Indore District to extract the Ahimsa Silk. Daily Bhaskar reports
Tussar known by its Sanskrit name kosa is valued for its texture and natural gold color. It is a type of wild silk as it is obtained from silk worms. Its cocoons are collected from trees such as sal arjun and saja. It is called Ahimsa ( non violent) silk as it is extracted from the cocoon after the silk worm larva has left it. Chief conservator of forest (territorial), PC Dubey said that a proposal for tussar silk production unit has been prepared under Vanya scheme over a 950 hectare area in Indore c…

Sankat Chauth November 2011 date – Monthly Sankat Nivarini Chaturthi Vrat for Ganesha

Sankat Chauth, or Sankat Nivarini Chaturthi, is a monthly fast dedicated to Ganesha in a Hindu lunar month. Sankata Nivarini Chaturti Vrat November 2011 date is November 14. Chandrodaya or Moonrise is at 8:49 PM.
A day-long fasting is observed by Ganesh devotees on the day. The fast begins at sunrise and ends after evening puja or after sighting of the moon. Ganesha Temples conduct special pujas on the day.
Observing Sankata Nivarini Chaturthi is said to bring wealth, peace, happiness and fulfillment of desires.
You may also like to read How to observe Sankashta Chaturti Vrat?

One can know oneself only with one’s own eye of knowledge – Sri Ramana Maharishi

The mind will always be wandering. Just as when a chain is given to an elephant to hold in its trunk, it will go along grasping the chain and nothing else, so also when the mind is occupied with a name or form, it will grasp that alone.
As thoughts arise, destroying them utterly without any residue in the very place of their origin is non attachment – just as the pearl diver ties a stone to this waist, sinks to the bottom of the sea and there takes the pearls, so each one of us should be endowed with non-attachment, dive within oneself and obtain the self-pearl.
One can know oneself only with one’s own eye of knowledge, and not with somebody else’s. Sri Ramana Maharishi

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Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 17, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on October 17, 2011 – Krishna Paksha Panchami or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Panchami tithi till 2:54 PM on October 17, 2011. After 2:54 PM on Oct 17, it is Krishna Paksha Sashti or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Rohini Nakshatra till 3:52 AM on October 17, 2011. Afterwards it is Mrigasira or Makayiram or Mrigashirsham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishaba Rashi till 4:34 PM. Then it is Mithuna Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Ashwin Krishna Paksha Panchami or the fifth day of the waning phase of moon in Ashwin month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
Kartik Krishna Paksha Panchami or the fifth day of the dark phase of moon in Kartik month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttara…