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Float Festival 2018 at Tirupati Venkateswara Temple - Boat Ride of Deities on Temple Pond

Float Festival is the boat festival annually held at Tirupati Balaji Temple. The processional deity of Sri Venkateswara in various guises seated on a boat takes ride in the holy waters of Swami Pushkarini for five days.  The annual Float Festival at Tirumala is scheduled to take place from February 26, 2018 to March 1. Also known as ‘Boat Festival’ or ‘Teppotsavam’, it is one of the important annual festivals being performed in Tirumala Balaji Temple. It is celebrated for five consecutive days in the evenings at around 6 pm with religious fervour.

The processional deities are taken in a boat (Teppam), in the temple tank, together with chanting of hymns and the playing of nadaswarams.
On the first day, the processional deity in the form of Sri Rama takes the boat ride along with Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman.
On the second day, Lord as Sri Krishna takes ride along with Goddess Rukmini.
On the last three days, Sri Malayappa Swami (Balaji) flanked by his two consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi mo…

Why Hindus keep black pots outside the house?

It is a practice among some Hindus to keep a black pot outside the house. This is not followed by majority of Hindu communities. The practice is followed to ward off someone casting an evil eye on the house or the members that live in the house.
The belief is the black pot pulls the negative energy created by casting of evil eye.
Is there any truth in such practice? No there is no truth is such practice and is not based on the teachings of Hinduism.
Such practices are region or community based and stems out of fear and lack of confidence in one’s abilities. Some people simply follow it because someone in the family used to follow it.

Download Bhagavad Gita text in Russian in pdf for free

Bhagavad Gita text in Russian in pdf for free is provided by Shri Swami Adgadanandji of Yatharthgeeta website. Each chapter of Bhagavad Gita is presented in a separate pdf file. You can download all the eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita in Russian but only separately not as a single book.

You can download the Bhagavad Gita in Russian in pdf format here at theYatharthgeeta website.

You fail only when you think you are weak – Swami Vivekananda Thoughts

There is one thing which is the world and another which is God; and this distinction is very true. What they mean by world is selfishness. Unselfishness is God. One may live on a throne, in a golden palace, and be perfectly unselfish; and then he is in God. Another may live in a hut and wear rags, and have nothing in the world; yet, if he is selfish, he is intensely merged in the world.

The only true teacher is he who can convert himself, as it were, into a thousand persons at a moment’s notice. The only true teacher is he who can immediately come down to the level of the student, and transfer his soul to the student’s soul and see through the student’s eyes and hear through his ears and understand through his mind. Such a teacher can really teach and none else.’

All power is within you. You fail only when you think you are weak. If you think you are weak, weak you will be. And if you think you are strong, strong you will be. Swami Vivekananda

Related Simple truths – Swami Vivekananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 17, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on February 17, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Dasami and Ekadasi orthe tenth and eleventh day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Dasami tithi till 7:43 AM on February 17, 2012. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi. All time based on India Standard Time.

Note - It is marked as only Ekadasi in calendars followed in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa
Nakshatra – Triketta or Kettai Nakshatra till 1:23 AM on February 17, 2012. Then onwards it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rasi till 1:23 AM. Then onwards it is Dhanu Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days– Smarta Ekadasi fasting. (Most people will be observing Ekadasi fasting tomorrow).
Magh Krishna Paksha Dasami and Ekadasi or the tenth and eleventh day during the dark phase of moon in Magh month in calendars followed in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Magh Krishna Paksha Ekadasi or the eleventh day during the dark phase of moon i…