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Mahashivratri on February 20, 2012 – Monday – Highly Auspicious

Mahashivratri in 2012 is on February 20 and as it is a Monday it is highly auspicious. Monday or Somvar is dedicated to Shiva. Shivratri falling on a Monday is very rare and this makes it doubly auspicious in 2012. Mahashivratri as the name indicates is the night of Hindu God Shiva and the most important day dedicated to Siva in a Hindu lunar calendar. Fasting and Vrat is from February 20 sunrise to February 21 sunrise. All pujas are held during the night of February 20 to early hours of February 21.

Shivratri is observed on the night before Amavasi or no moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun (February – March) as per traditional calendar followed in North India. The corresponding month in other regions is Magh month.

Unlike other festivals associated with Hinduism, Mahashivratri is a night dedicated largely to prayers and not to celebrations. Of course, when Lord Shiva is worshipped there is bliss all around but that bliss is of self realization.

The popular belief is that Shiva, the f…

Narayani Shila Temple – Haridwar

Narayani Shila Temple Haridwar is an important sacred spot on the banks of Ganga at Haridwar. The temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu and is located near the famous Ganesh Ghat. The most important ritual performed at Narayani Shila is Pinda Dan to ancestors, parents and relatives. Those people suffering from Pitru Dosh also perform rituals here. Those dead relatives who are suffering in Preta Yoni get moksha when relatives perform puja here.
Pitru Moksh japa and Yajna and Shradh rituals are also performed here. Those people who are troubled by spirits also come here and get relief.
Inside the temple there is a half shila and murti of Vishnu. There is also a murti of Vishnu outside the temple. Thousands small mounds can be seen in the vicinity of the temple – these are created by relatives for the peace of the dead in their family.
The legend associated with Narayani Shila is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. It is believed that when Vishnu defeated Gayasura, he split into three pa…

Hanuman and the ring of Sri Ram, the story of Hanuman discovering thousands of rings of Sri Ram

Hanuman who went in search of Mata Sita in Lanka finds her and in the process also burns Lanka giving an indication to Demon King Ravana what is in store in future. Mata Sita returns the ring of Sri Ram that Hanuman had carried with him as a proof. Mata Sita also gives Hanuman her hair band as a proof that they met.

When Hanuman was about to return from Lanka, all the gods appeared in the sky to bless Hanuman. Hanuman was happy and proud about what he had achieved.
On reaching the mainland from Lanka, Hanuman felt thirsty and landed at an ashram. A Saint was meditating there. Hanuman kept the ring and the hair band near the Saint and went to drink water.
Suddenly a monkey appeared and took the ring and put in the pitcher (Kamandalu) before the Saint.
On returning Hanuman found the ring missing and asked the Saint what happened to it. The Saint narrated what had happened.
Hanuman put his hands in the Kamandalu but to his surprise there were thousands of rings. Hanuman asked the Saint …

Tallest Shivling in Rudraksh at Dharampur in Valsad during Mahashivratri 2012

Batuk Vyas, a Shiva devotee and rudraksha expert, from Dharampur taluka in Valsad district in Gujarat has been creating Shivling from Rudraksh for the past several years. He has been increasing the size of Rudraksh Shivling each year and for Mahashivratri 2012 he has created a 31.25 feet Rudraksh Shivling from 2 million Rudraksha beads.

The Shivling will be inaugurated on February 19, 2012.

Times of India reports  The 31.25 feet tall Shivling, which took more than 25,000 hours for erection, has been set on steel structure with the help of threads in vertical lines.  For Vyas, who started by making an 11-inch Rudraksha Shivling in 2000, there is no looking back. In 2008, the 15 feet tall Rudkrash Shivling got an entry in Limca Book of Records and he broke his own record by erecting 21 feet tall Shivling in 2010.  Last year, during the Mahashivratri festival Vyas had erected 25 feet tall Shivling using more than 15 lakh rudraksha.  "Last year, more than 2.5 lakh devotees from south…

Prayers offered from the fullness of your heart find an echo in the Universal Mind – Shirdi Sai Baba

Distance lends enchantment to the view. It is not so in spirituality. The nearer you come to God, the greater becomes your joy and happiness. You pass from the mundane to the spiritual plane of existence. It is a ladder, a bridge to eternity.
Be spiritual. Forget self. Immerse yourself in the ocean of universality. Give up individuality and become impersonal. It is only then the gulf between your mundane world and our spiritual world of eternal bliss can be bridged. Make God the target of your life, the summum bonum of your aspirations, the goal of your victory.
Pray to Him day and night. Prayers offered from the fullness of your heart find an echo in the Universal Mind. They create waves after waves of divine power bringing in you a new life, a new impulse, a new light, a healing of wounds, which nothing else can cure or heal. Prayers are a sovereign remedy for all ills the body is heir to. They remedy, the purify, they exalt, they illumine the heart, mind and soul.
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Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 14, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on February 14, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Saptami orthe seventh day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Saptami tithi till 2:11 PM on February 14, 2012. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 5:31 AM on February 14, 2012. Then onwards it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rasi till 10:47 PM. Then onwards it is Vrischika Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Magh Krishna Paksha Saptami or the seventh day during the dark phase of moon in Magh month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Phalgun Krishna Paksha Saptami or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa an…