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Quiz on Navagrahas or Nine Planets in Hinduism

Navgraha quiz is based on the Navagrahas or nine planets in Hindu tradition. Nav means ‘nine’ and Graha means ‘the one that grasps you or in whose influence you are possessed.’ It must be noted that Graha does not mean a planet in the modern sense. Navagrahas are the nine influences over the life of human beings.

Navgrahas are installed in Hindu temples as subsidiary deities and there are also temples dedicated exclusively to Navagrahas.
The quiz might not be easy as most people have limited knowledge of Navgrahas. The aim of the quiz is to provide some basic knowledge regarding Navgraha.

Paramahamsa Prajnanananda Quotes

In Hinduism, the beauty and power of creation are represented through the dance of Shiva and Shakthi, Consciousness and Energy.

Just as the sun and its energy are one, Brahman and the elements are also one.
The Vedas declare that whatever is seen in the Cosmos can also be seen inside the human body.
The Jnana Sankalini Tantra teaches us that the vast magnitude of the entire universe resides within the relatively small human body.
Spiritual experience is not a degree or a diploma. When words and the world disappear, you experience the play of Consciousness everywhere.
Related Paramahamsa Prajnanananda Thoughts

Today is Karkidaka Vavu Bali – July 18, 2012 – in Kerala

Today – July 18, 2012 – is Karkidaka Vavu Bali in Kerala. Karkidaka Vavu Bali is an annual ritual dedicated to the dead – ancestors, grand parents, parents, husbands, wives, sisters, brothers and other relatives performed by Hindus in Kerala in the Malayalam month of Karkidakam. Thousands of Hindus reach the nearest river or seashore to offer this annual ritual.
The ritual performed for the souls of dead is referred as ‘Bali’ in Kerala and Vavu is Amavasi or no moon day.
Offering Bali on the Karutavavu day in Karkidaka Masam is considered highly meritorious.
You can find more details about Karkidaka Vavu Bali in thisarticle.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 18, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on July 18, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the 14th day during waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi tithi or the 14th day during the dark phase of moon till 8:24 AM on July 18. Then onwards it is Amavasya Tithi or the n0 moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatra till 9:36 AM on July 18, 2012. Then onwards it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Aadi Amavasi in Tamil Nadu. Karikaka Vavu Bali in Kerala.
Ashada Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the 14th day during the dark phase of moon in Ashada month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Shravan Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the dark phase of moon in Shravan month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jhark…