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Goddess Ishwari

Ishwari is the term used to refer to the Supreme Mother Goddess. When the term is used independently – Goddesss Ishwari – is The Goddess Shakti (Mother Goddess). When it is used as a suffix – as in Maheshwari, Parameshwari, Vishveshwari etc – it is used to refer to the female energy of the different manifestation of Shiva.

The earliest reference of the use of the term Ishwari is found in the Sri Suktam. Here Shri is referred to as – Ishwari Sarvabhutanam – Mother of all living and nonliving.
Ishwari is also used as suffix to explain the various manifestations of Goddess Shakti as in Goddess Sarveshwari, Goddess Akhileshwari etc.

Guruvayur Ekadasi – Spiritual Significance mportance of Ekadashi at Guruvayoor Sri Krishna Temple in Kerala

Ekadashi is a highly auspicious day dedicated to Lord Vishnu on the eleventh day of every lunar fortnight in traditional Hindu calendar. In 2017, the date of Guruvayur Ekadasi is November 30. There are 24 Ekadasis in a year and the Ekadashi that falls in the waxing phase of moon in the Malayalam month Vrishchikam (November – December) is observed as Guruvayur Ekadasi in the world famous Guruvayoor Sri Krishna Temple in Kerala – the abode of Guruvayurappan.

Lord Guruvayurappan is the owner of the largest number of elephants in India and on the Ekadashi day there are special elephant processions.

One of the most important rituals associated with Guruvayur Ekadashi, is the lighting of Ekadasi Vilakku (lamps). It starts a month before the actual Ekadasi day.

The temple does not close the doors of the Sanctum Sanctorum on Ekadasi day. The temple doors which opens on at 0300 hrs on Dasami, the day before Ekadasi, is only closed at 0900 hrs on Dwadasi Day – the day after Ekadashi.

A highlig…

Time of Moonrise in India on November 2 for Karva Chauth 2012 – Chandrodaya Timing

The fasting on Karva Chauth on November 2, 2012 ends after the sighting the moon. In most regions in India the moon will be visible fully between 7:30 PM and 8:45 PM. Below are the timings of Moonrise in various important cities like Chandigarh, Delhi, Pune, Gujarat, Mumbai, Amritsar, Bhopal, Jaipur on November 2, 2012. The moonrise will first take place on the eastern parts of India.

Delhi – 8:06 PM Chandigarh – 8:06 PM Mumbai – 8:41 PM Pune – 8:42 PM Amritsar – 8:12 PM Surat, Gujarat – 8:41 PM Ahmedabad – 8:40 PM Lucknow – 7:57 PM Jaipur – 8:18 PM Bangalore – 8:15 PM Bhopal – 8:26 PM Indore - 8:27 PM Kolkata - 7:34 PM

Fake Websites Selling Kumbha Mela Accommodation in Tent Cottages Owned by UPSTDC

Uttar Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (UPSTDC) claims that fake websites are selling Kumbha Mela accommodation in tent cottages in Kumbh Mela area. UPSTDC claims that no one has right to sell accommodation inside the Kumbh Area.
Times of Indiareports  Officials in the Uttar Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation have come across a number of private operators, agencies and institutions have rented out tents that belong to the UPSTDC for the 2013 Mahakumbh. The transactions have been made through certain unauthorised websites which have been identified by the Kumbh Mela office in Allahabad.  Director general tourism, Manoj Singh said, "We have sounded an alert, while the mela officer has asked the inspector general Allahabad zone to examine the matter and register a case against the people or organisations behind these websites." Mela officer, Mani Mishra said that the way in which these websites have packaged their deals could lure anyone. For instance, o…

Teachings from Aghamarshana Suktam

That Supreme Light which projected Itself as the universe like a soaked seed which sprouts – I am that Supreme Light.
I am that supreme light of Brahman which shines as the inmost essence of all that exists.
In reality I am the same infinite Brahman even when I am experiencing myself as a finite self owing to Ignorance.
Now by the onset of knowledge I am really that Brahman which is my eternal nature.

Today – October 23, 2012 – is Navami – Durga Puja Mahanavami

Today – October 23, 2012 – is Navami. Mahanavami is the last day of the nine-day Navratri festival and is the penultimate day of Durga Puja. Maha Navami day is also observed as Ayudha Puja. In South India and parts of western India, people offer puja to books, farm implements and other tools.
In Bengal, Goddess Durga is worshipped in the form of Aparajita on the day. Sandhi puja is performed on the day. It is followed by Maha Arati which marks the end of the important rituals and prayers during Durga Puja.
There is a major Bhog on the day known as Navami Bhog – favorite food items of Goddess Durga are offered to her. This is then distributed as Prasad.
Kumari Puja is performed today in many regions.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 23, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on October 23, 2012 – Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or eighth day of waxing phase of moon till 12:24 AM on October 23. Then onwards it is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or ninth day of waxing phase of moon till 11:00 PM. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravanam Nakshatra till 9:34 PM. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Avittam Nakshatram
Rashi or Moon Sign –  Makar Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Navratri ninth day. Durga Puja Navami Rituals. Mahanavami.
Ashwin Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the light phase of moon in Ashwin month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Ashwin Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi  or the ninth day during the light ph…