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Narasimha Temple at Balapet in Bangalore – Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

LakshmiNarasimhaSwamyTemple located at Balapet in Bangalore is dedicated to Hindu God Narasimha, an incarnation of Vishnu. The murti installed at the temple is known as Shri Prasanna Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. The murti is more than 3 feet in height and is made of Shaligram Stone. The murti has four hands and holds Shankh and chakra. One hand is holding Goddess Lakshmi and the other hand is in abhayahastha. Murti of Garuda is also part of the main murti.
Opening and Closing time: Morning 7:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Evening 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location The temple is located about 1 km from the Bangalore city center (Kempe Gowda Main Bus Stand). 
The most important festival at the temple is the Narasimha Jayanti in May month.

Ganesh Sahasranamavali Prayer in pdf format – Ganesha Sahasranama

Ganesh Sahasranamavali is the 1000 names of Ganesha. The prayer is chanted during important prayers dedicated to Ganpati. This particular Ganesha Sahasranama is in pdf format and you can download it for free. The prayer is chanted daily by millions of Hindus. It is also an important prayer chanted during Ganesh Chaturthi and also during monthly Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi vrat.
Link Ganesh Sahasranamavali Prayer pdf
You will need pdf reader installed to read the prayer.

Somvati Amavasya October 2012 – No moon day on Monday, October 15, 2012

Somvati Amavasi, or Somavati Amavasya, is the no moon day that falls on a Monday or Somvar. Somvati Amavasya October 2012 date is October 15. Tithi time is from 7:47 PM on October 14 to 6:01 PM on October 15, 2012. Monday is considered to be the day to worship Shiva as per Hindu Astrology. The day is doubly auspicious as it is the Mahalaya PitruPaksha Amavas – the day dedicated to making offerings to dead ancestors, parents and relatives.
Amavas falling on Monday is considered one of the auspicious days to propitiate Shiva.
All pujas and rituals should be completed before 6:01 PM on October 15, 2012
What to do on Somvati Amavasya? Offer prayers to Ganesha and Shiva. Do Annadanam or food donation to poor children and elderly. Somvar Vrat – fasting dedicated to Somvar. One meal without salt or opt for fruit diet. Fast is from Sunrise to sunset. It is believed that by observing Somvar Vrat one will get good life partner.

Today – September 18, 2012 – is Swarna Gouri Vrat – Gowri Habba

Today – September 18, 2012 – is Swarna Gouri Vrata or Gauri Habba and as the name indicates is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. Gowri Habba and its rituals are of South Indian origin and is observed mainly in Karnataka. Swarna means ‘gold’ and in the ritual a golden image of Goddess Parvati is worshipped along with Shivling.
It is believed that unmarried women performing Swarna Gauri Vratam will get good husbands and married women will have a peaceful and happy married life.
There is an interesting legend involving Swarna Gowri Vratam and Ganesh Chaturthi. It is believed that Goddess Parvati comes to earth to answer the prayers of married and unmarried women during Swarna Gauri Vratam. Gowri Vrat day is followed by the Ganesh Chaturthi day. Hindus believe that Lord Shiva sends Ganesha to fetch his mother from earth.
Read more about Swarna Gouri Vrat – Gowri Habba and its origin
Related How to observe Swarna Gouri Vrata?

Today is Hartalika Teej Vrat – September 18, 2012

Today – September 18, 2012 – is Hartalika Teej Vrat, an important fasting and ritual performed by Hindu women. The ritual is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and is observed in Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. In some places, the Vrat is a three day affair but nowadays many women only observe the Vrat on a single day. In Nepal, this Teej is of great significance and is observed for three days and ends with the Rishi Panchami pooja.
By observing the Hartalika Teej Vrat, unmarried women believe that they will get a husband like Lord Shiva. Married women believe they will be blessed with a good family life.
Read more about Hartalika Teej Vrat
Related How to observe Hartalika Teej Vrat

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on September 18, 2012 – Shukla Paksha TritiyaTithi or the third day of waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 4:43 AM on September 18. Then onwards it is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Hasta or Atham Nakshatra till 2:08 AM. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rasi till 1:27 PM. Then onwards it is Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Hartalika Teej. Swarna Gowri Vrat. Varah Jayanti.
Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha TritiyaTithi or the third day of waxing phase of moon inBhadrapad month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha TritiyaTithi or the third day of waxing phase of moon inBhadrapad month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasth…