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Importance of Amavasya Vrat

Amavasya, also Karutha Vavu, Amavas or Amavasi or Ammavasai, is the no moon day in a Hindu Calendar. Amavasya Vrat is observed for the welfare of dead ancestors, parents and other relatives. People observing fast on the day only take a single meal. It is believed that by observing the vrat family will attain peace and prosperity with the blessings of ancestors.

The popular belief is that Pitrus (dead ancestors) receive the light of the moon on Amavasya night. Therefore the day is ideal for performing Shradh, Tarpan and Tila Tarpan. Bathing in holy rivers and performing the rituals is highly meritorious.

The rituals on Amavasya day is dedicated to all dead people in the family.

When Amavasya falls on Monday it is known as Somavara Amavasi and Hindus should perform vrat, holy bath and Daan (charity). Devotees also should do pradakshina (going around) of Peepal Tree for 108 times on the Somvar Amavasi day.

The single meal on Amavasya day is usually taken after sunset.

The fast should be perfo…

Vikram Samvat 2068 Calendar Online – Gujarati 2011 - 2012 Calendar

Vikram Samvat, or Hindu Vikram New Year, is the New Year Day in Gujarat and the first day of the financial New Year in North India. Samvat 2068 or Vikram Year 2068 begins on October 27, 2011 – the first day of Kartik month. This Gujarati calendar in English is not for download and is not in pdf you only read it online. The calendar is from October 27, 2011 to November 13, 2012.
This calendar is also known as Vikram Calendar and a month is calculated from next day of no moon to no moon.
You can view the Vikram Samvat 2068 Calendar here - View Vikram Samvati 2068 calendar online.

Hindu Teachings on Humility

There is nothing stronger than a humble man, because a humble man, renouncing self, yields to God.
He whose heart is pure and in who there is no pride, he who is humble, constant and simple, who looks upon every creature as upon his friend and loves every soul as his own, he who treats every creature with equal tenderness and love, he who would do good and has abandoned vanity – in his heart dwelleth the Parabrahma – Lord of life.
Beautiful are the words of the prayer: “Come and dwell in us.” All is comprised in these words. Man has all that he requires if God comes to dwell in him. So that God may dwell in us, we must do only one thing: diminish ourselves in order to give place to God. As soon as man has diminished himself, God enters and dwells in him. Therefore in order to have all that is needful to him, man must first humble himself.
The more deeply man penetrates into self, and the more insignificant he appears to himself, the higher he rises towards God.
He who worships the Al…