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Why is Kumbh Mela Held in India?

There are two important reasons why Kumbh Mela is held in India. One is based on stories in scriptures and another is a practical reason. The practical reason is that Kumbh Mela is meant for the great minds in Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) to meet and discuss and share knowledge for the welfare of the living beings. Decisions and new findings in philosophy and science taken during the Kumbh Mela are then carried by the saints to different parts of the world.

Reason in Puranas

The most important and widely accepted reason in scriptures is found in the Bhagavad Puran. Puranas are filled with wars between Devas (demigods) and Asuras (demons). The Devas always have the upper hand but occasionally due to some curse or misdeeds the Devas lose this upper hand. Lord Indra, the king of Devas, was once cursed by Sage Durvasa and as the result of this curse, Demons overpowered the Devas.
To find a solution the Devas approached Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu advised them to obtain Amrut - ‘the nectar of i…

Siddarameshwara Jayanti of Bhovi Guru Peetha

Siddarameshwara Swami is the spiritual guru of the Bhovi Community in Karnataka. Siddarameshwara Jayanti is the birth anniversary of the guru and in 2019 it will observed on January 30. The day is of great significance to the Bhovi community.

The Bhovi Guru Peetha, inspired by Guru Siddarameshwara, works for the betterment of the Bhovi community.
The spiritual guru is a guiding light in various matters associated with community.
The community follows the teaching of Lord Basavanna.

The jayanti is observed usually on Paush Krishna Paksha Dasami as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Karnataka.

Hindu Navgraha Mantra Android Apps

Hindu Navgraha Mantra Android apps including Hanuman and Gayatri Mantra is created by Dilip Bhatt. The Apps are available on Google Play. These are paid apps and are not free.
The author of the apps claim:
The apps come with a soothing audio clip of the mantras and is pronounced exactly the way the Vedic Rishis have suggested it to be done. You would be able to pronounce the mantra exactly without any mistakes, just as a learned Indic or Vedic scholar would.

The repetition is traditionally done in a set of 'number presets' (usually 7000 times for Sun God) that is usually thought to invoke the right amount of energy sustainable by the human mind. The application comes with these preset numbers that can be selected depending on how much time you have to spend during each session.You can get more details about the Navgraha Mantra apps and how to download other details here.

Kumbha Masam 2018 – Malayalam Kumbham Month in 2018

Kumbha Masam, or Kumbham, is the seventh month in a traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Kumbha Masam in 2017 begins on February 13, 2018 and ends on March 14, 2018. Auspicious days in the month include Attukal Pongala, Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti, Tirunavaya Ekadasi, Kumbha Bharani, Chottanikara Makam and Tiruvilamala Ekadasi.

Mahashivratri is on February 13.

The month is of great significance in Bhagavathy Temples in South Kerala. Temple festivals are held in this month. Festivals in all most all the important temples are held during the period.

Full Moon and No Moon Day Veluthuvavu or full moon day (Purnima) – March 1Karthuvavu or Amavasi – February 15. Ekadasi fasting dates - February 26 and March 13
Pradosham Fasting is on February 13, February 27 and March 14

Sashti Fasting - February 21
Festivals and auspicious days include: TempleFestival at EttumanurMahadevaTemple begins on February 16Ezhara Ponnana Darshan is on February 23Tirunavaya Ekadasi – February 26Temple fest…