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Anantha Padmanabha Vrata

Anantha Padmanabha Vrata is observed on the 14th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Bhadrapad month. Anantha Padmanabha Vrata 2018 date is September 23. It is widely believed that Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Anantapadmanabha (the Ananta Sayana form of Lord Vishnu or reclining on Ananta) on this day.
A fast from sunrise to sunset is observed on the day by Vishnu devotees and it is known as Anantha Padmanabha Vrata. The importance of the Vratam was narrated by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira. Lord Krishna advised the eldest of the Pandavas to observe Anantha Padmanabha Vrata for 14 years to get back his lost kingdom.
A unique ritual on the day is the tying of Ananta Dhara, a sacred thread of 14 knots, on the hands by devotees after special pujas and rituals.
In Maharashtra and in parts of Andhra Pradesh, Ananta Chaturdasi is popular as the last day of Vinayaka Chaurthi festival – Ganesh Visarjan.

Pitru Paksha Shradh Starting Date and Time in 2013

There is a confusion regarding Pitru Paksha Shradh starting date and time in 2013 as Hindu tithi starts early. Below are the detail beginning time regarding Pitru Paksha in 2013.

Pitru Paksha Shradh Purnima Tithi Starts from 4:43 PM on September 19 as per North Indian, Kannada and Telugu calendars. But Shradh is not performed on the day as the day as per traditional Hindu calendars is Chaturdasi Tithi.
Purnima Shradh is performed on September 19 before 4:43 PM.
Pitru Paksha Shradh Pratipada Tithi starts at 4:43 PM on September 19 as per North Indian calendars.
Pitru Paksha Pratipada Shradh is performed on the morning of September 20
In Marathi and Gujarati Calendars
Purnima Shradh is performed on September 19 morning.
Pitru Paksha Pratipada Shradh is performed on the morning of September 20
Please note common people do not observe Purnima Shradh and they begin Shradh rituals with Pratipada Shradh.
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Renugambal Temple Timings – Opening and closing time of Padavedu Renugambal Temple in Tamil Nadu

RenugambalTemple located at Padavedu near Vellore is an important temple dedicated to Goddess Renuka – Shakti worship. Below are the detail temple timings of RenugambalTemple. The opening and closing time are extended during festivals and other auspicious dates
RenugambalTemple Timings: Morning – 6:30 AM to 1:00 PM Evening – 3:.00 PM. to 8:30 PM During festival days from 5.00 A.M. TO 9.00 P.M
The important morning puja is usually held at 8:30 AM
The important noon puja is at 11:00 AM
The important evening puja is at 6:00 AM

Srikalahasti Temple Timings – Opening and Closing Time of Srikalahasti Temple in Andhra Pradesh

SrikalahastiTemple is located at Srikalahasti near Tirupati is a famous shrine dedicated to Shiva. Srikalahasti Temple Timings are given below. The closing and opening time of the temple vary when there are festivals especially during Shivratri.
The usual Srikalahasti Temple opening and closing time is given below: Saturday to Monday 6.00 AM to 9.30PM
Tuesday to Friday
6.00 AM to 9.00 PM
Abhishekam is performed in the Morning: 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 10: 30am; Evening: 5:30 pm everyday.
On Fridays, Abhishekam in the evening is from 4:30 pm onwards

Basavanna Dodda Ganapathi Temple Darshan Timings – Opening and Closing time of Dodda Ganapati Temple in Bangalore

DoddaGanapathiTemple, also known as BasavanagudiGanapatiTemple, is dedicated to Ganesha and is located in the Basavanagudi area in Bangalore in Karnataka. The details temple timings are given below. The temple has extended darshan and closing and opening timings during festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi and other important temple days.
DoddaGanapathiTempleTemple Timings: Morning: 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Evening: 5:45 PM to 9:00 PM

Ganesha Chathurthi Day:
3:00 AM in the morning to midnight
During festivals and special days the timings vary.
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Panachikkadu Saraswati Temple Timings in Kerala

PanachikkaduSaraswatiTemple is located at PanachickaduVillage near Kottayam in Kerala. This is one of the rare temples dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. The temple timings follow the regular pattern followed in Kerala Temples. Detail time is given below: the templedarshan time might change during Navratri period and also during the temple festival.
PanachikkaduSaraswatiTemple Timings Morning: 05:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Evening: 05:00 PM to 7:30 PM
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How to Apply Vibhuti or Bhasma along with Sandalwood Paste and Saffron?

Vibhuti or Bhasma is applied along with Sandalwood Paste (Chandan) and saffron by many devotees. A doubt many people have is, after applying Bhasma paste on the forehead, can sandalwood paste and saffron also be applied? The answer is yes, but not over the vibhuti – the three lines of vibhuti should not be touched. Sandalwood and saffron can be applied as dots just below the vibhuti.

The article originally written and contributed by Sarma Sastrigal. It is found in the book titled ‘The Great  Hindu Tradition’ written by Sarma Sastrigal.
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Niralamba Upanishad Quotes

Jnana is the realization by direct cognition of the fact that in this changing universe there is nothing but Chaitanya (the one life) that is Consciousness, that if of the form of the seer and the seen, pervading all things, that is the same in all that is not subject to changes like pt, cloth etc. This realization is brought about by means of the subjugation of the body and the sense, the serving of a Good Guru, the hearing of the exposition of Vedantic doctrines and constant meditation thereon.
Caste cannot refer to the skin, the blood, the flesh or the bone. There is no caste for Atma; caste is only conventional.
Happiness is a state of being of the nature of bliss, having cognized through experience the Reality of Sachchidananda – that which is be-ness, consciousness and bliss.
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