Skip to main content


Showing posts from December 26, 2011

Lagna Vidhi, Vishwas ane Virasat – Book on Gujarati Marriage Ceremony

The book tilted ‘Lagna Vidhi, Vishwas ane Virasat’ – Marriage ceremony, faith and tradition – is written by Ashok Patel, lecturer at SUG, a B Ed college in Ahmedabad. He has documented 72 rituals associated with Gujarati Marriage ceremony. The book explains the reason behind various customs and rituals held during the marriage. Times of India reports
Patel studied four Vedas, vedic literature and Manusmruti to document this book on wedding titled Lagna Vidhi, Vishwas ane Virasat ( Marriage ceremony, faith and tradition). "This book explains the logic behind the rituals. And understanding the link between the two enables the youth to respect our customs, rituals and tradition," said Patel.  "I planned to write the book to explain the process of marriage to my future daughter-in-law and son who live in Australia," he added. An NRG has ordered 1,500 copies of the book as it ably captures the Hindu wedding ceremony with its 72 rituals and many of the expatriates would …

Kurma Dwadashi Vrat 2017 date

Kurma Dwadashi Vrat is dedicated to the Kurma or tortoise incarnation of Hindu God Vishnu. Kurma Dwadashi 2017 date is December 30. The popular belief is that observing this Vrat helps in redemption of sins and also helps in the path of Moksha. It is observed on the 12th day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar – Poush Shukla Paksha Dwadashi.
The fasting associated with Kurma Dwadashi is observed on the previous day or Ekadasi day.
On Dasami or the 10th day the devotee performs purification rituals and prepares for the vrat next day.
Pujas and worship are dedicated to Kurma Avatar of Vishnu.
The fast is broken on the 12th day morning.
As the previous day is Ekadasi most people combine both fast. The only difference is the additional worship of the Kurma form of Vishnu.

S Radhakrishnan Thoughts on a True Religious Man

We may start with austerity; austerity will lead to tolerance; tolerance will lead to respect and we will respect what other people hold sacred. Such should be the attitude of a truly religious soul. If you have hatred in your heart, if you have ignorance in your mind, if there is superstition in the dark spaces of your heart, take it from me that you are not a religious man but pretending to be a religious man. A truly religious man will be filled with light, joy and compassion for the whole of humanity.
There is a secret dwelling place in each man’s heart, where the Divine is to be felt, is to be touched and experienced. This is what we should do. Prayers, meditations and spiritual exercises are all methods which are devices for helping us to know the deepest in us. This is what the purpose of all true religion is.
This does not mean that we should retire into monasteries or go to mountain tops, lacerate our bodies, torture our minds and give up the world. People who do so are not tr…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 26, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on December 26, 2011 – Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithitill 9:10 PM on December 26, 2011. After 9:10 PM it is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or third day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 7:39 AM on December 26. Then onwards it is Uttarashada or Uthradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rasi till 2:48 PM. Then onwards it is Makar Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Poush Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the light phase of moon in Poush month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Paush Shukla Paksha Dwithiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punj…