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Chaitra Month Tuesdays at Taratarini Temple at Berhampur in Orissa

The Tuesdays in Chaitra Month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Orissa is of great importance at the famous TaratariniTemple at Berhampur in Orissa. This is the most important festival observed at the Tara Tarini Pitha – one of the important Goddess Shakti Temples in India. In 2018, the auspicious dates are March 6, March 13, March 20, and March 27.

More than a million devotees visit the temple during the Chaitra Month. More than 200,000 devotees alone visit the shrine on the four Tuesdays in the month. The highlight of the festival is the offering of hair to the deity by many devotees. Special arrangements are made for this and nearly 1000 barbers work overtime during the period.
The popular belief is that breast of Goddess Sati fell here and thus making it one of the most powerful Shakti Peetah in the country.
Goddesses Tara-Tarini is the presiding deity in most houses in Southern Orissa.
This important and famous Shakta Pitha is situated atop a hill at a distance of …

Story of Revati, wife of Balarama

Revati is the wife of Balarama, the elder brother Krishna. There is an interesting story that narrates the marriage of Balaram and Revati. Revati was born when human beings on earth were of huge size. Reva, father of Revati, wanted the best groom for his daughter. For this purpose, both father and daughter went to Brahma, the creator. The journey, the meeting and the return journey took thousand years. It must be noted here that one human year is one day for the Devas.

Reva and Revati returned to earth and found that the earth has undergone sea change. Human beings were no longer of giant size. The father and daughter found themselves odd amongst human beings of shorter stature.
No man was ready to marry Revati. This made the father and daughter unhappy. The father and daughter moved away from civilization and started leading a rustic life. It is said that Revati used to wrestle with animals and drink large amount of wine.
Balarama too was a huge figure and he was also not happy to m…

A Quiz based on the Holi Festival

Today – March 8, 2012 – is Holi – Dhuleti or Dhulandi

Today, March 8, 2012, is Holi festival when people play with colors. Yesterday was Holika Dahan. The play with colors today is known as Dhulandi or Dhuleti or Dhulivandan. Holi festival is largely associated with Lord Krishna and it is said that in his childhood and teenage, Krishna played the festival with Gopas and Gopis in Vrindavan.

For many, Holi might have narrowed down to playing with colors but in rural India it is still a harvest festival. Holi is celebrated during the spring season, when all the trees and plants are filled with flowers of various hues. There is a sweet smell everywhere. Nature’s beauty is at its best during this period. And these natural Holi colors give new hope and joy to life.
You may also like to read Reason for celebrating Holi in Hindu Scriptures Dangers of chemical colors during Holi festival How to make natural Holi colors at home?

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 8, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on March 8, 2012 – Purnima Tithi orthe full moon day inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day till 3:32 PM on March 8, 2012. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 7:27 PM on March 8, 2012. Then onwards it is Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Holi – Purnima. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Jayanti.
Phalgun Purnima or full moon day in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Phalgun Purnima or the full moon day in phalgun month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
25th day of Maasi Masam in Tamil Calendar follow…