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Gujarati Vivah Muhurat 2013 Date and Time in Gujarat – Shubh Vivah Muhurt

Gujarati Vivah Muhurat dates and time 2013 based on Panchangs and calendars followed in Gujarat. Shubh Vivah Muhurt date and time is strictly based on India Standard Time. It must be noted that the calendar and Panchang followed in Gujarat is different from that followed in North India.
Gujarati Vivah Muhurat 2013 Date and Time - India Standard Time
Gujarati Vivah Muhurat January 2013 Date and Time January 1 January 16 - evening from 06:24 January 17 January 18 from 1:00 PM to 4:24 PM and after 11:14 PM upto next day before sunrise January 19 up to 9:47 PM January 22 January 23 January 28 from 5:47 PM up to next day before sunrise January 29 from sunrise up to 6:41 PM January 30 from 7:13 PM to next day before sunrise January 31 full day
Gujarati Vivah Muhurat February 2013 Date and Time February 2 from sunrise to 6:48 PM February 4 after 4:48 PM till midnight February 5 from up to 3:19 PM February 6 after 1:33 PM February 7 Up to 11:35 AM February 13 up to 8:15 PM February 14 after 8…

Understanding Kumbh Mela Festival – Thoughts and Quotes on the Greatest Festival on the Banks of Ganges

Millions of people will be performing holy bath at Prayag – Sangam (Allahabad in India) on the banks of GangesRiver starting from January 14, 2013. These millions arrive on the banks of Ganga without any persuasion, advertisement or force. They arrive on their own. The only force that draws them to the Sangam is Moksha or Liberation – to merge with the Supreme Truth and escape from endless birth and death.

Sangam is the confluence of River Ganga, Saraswati and Yamuna. Sanagm or Prayag is the holiest place in Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). All Hindu scriptures talk about the greatness of Sangam.

Why Hinduism does not fit into the definition of religion set by western scholars is answered best during Kumbh Mela? Thousands of traditions, groups, rituals, prayers, practices, sects; different language, clothes, food, - it’s a festival of unity in diversity. Thousands of traditions arrive to become ONE at Sangam. The core teaching that brings them to banks of Ganga is that – there is only Tha…

Today is Makaravilakku – January 14, 2013 – Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Makara Jyothi

Makaravilaku – Makara Jyothi the most important and the last festival in the two-month Mandala Pooja – Makaravilakku Kalam at the famous Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala. In 2013, the date of Sabarimala Makaravilakku and Makarajyothi Festival is January 14. Legend has it that after defeating demon Mahishasura, Ayyappa merged with the Dharma Shastha idol on the Makarajyothi day.

In 2013, the Sankramana puja will take place when the transition of Sun will be taking place as per Malayalam panchangam and astrology. This is the time when Dakshinayana ends and Uttarayana begins.
The evening deeparadhana is the most important event on the day. On the day for deeparadhana, Lord Ayyappa appears before the devotees fully attired in the Thiruvaabharanam – gold ornaments – which is specially brought from the PandalamPalace.
Before the evening deeparadhana, an eagle hovers over the SabarimalaTemple. Next the Makara Star appears on the sky – Makarajyothi is the star that appears on the sky on th…

Makar Sankranti Quotes and Thoughts from Hindu Blog

Makar Sankranti is all about light that removes darkness. Who is worshipped on Makar Sankranti – Sun (Surya)? Who is Surya? – Pratyaksha Brahman or the Visible God. We are offering prayers to that Sun whose physical presence is responsible for all life on earth. It is sort of a thanksgiving after the long and harsh winter.
Makar Sankranti and Moksha
By bathing on Makar Sankranti day in holy rivers we are not going to attain moksha. For attaining moksha we have to remove the darkness which is stopping us from realizing the truth in us – the truth present in all animate and inanimate.
When we realize that there is only Truth we attain moksha. Liberation is not after death but it has to happen while living on earth. And it can only happen when we realize that there is no second – only Brahman. When this happen desire, anger, ego, jealousy, competition drops and we become one with Brahman.

Today – January 14, 2013 – is Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka

Today – January 14, 2013 – is Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Sankranthi is an important festival observed by Telugu speaking people in January and is dedicated to Surya. In Andhra Pradesh on the Sankranthi day, ‘Pongali’, a dish prepared from the recent rice harvest is offered to Sankranthi Lakshmi.
Read more about Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh

Sankranthi, or Makara Sankranti, is a harvest festival in Karnataka as is the case in other parts of India. Sankranthi is celebrated when sun transcends from Sagittarius to Capricorn (Makara) during the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. Sankranthi means ‘change of direction’ and is based on solar event and it also marks the arrival of Spring Season. In Kannada culture, Sankranthi is synonymous with ellu (sesame-jaggery mix), sugar candies and sugarcane.
Read more about Sankranti in Karnataka

Today is Makar Sankranti – January 14, 2013

Today – January 14, 2013 – is Makar Sankranti dedicated to the worship of Surya, Sun God. The day is dedicated to worship of Surya – Pratyaksha Brahman or the Visible God. Sankranti is based on the movement of the Surya (sun) and is the day when the sun enters into the zodiac Capricorn or Makara. The day also marks the beginning of Uttarayana Punyakala – the day time of Devas.

In Bengal, Makar Sankranti is noted for the Ganga Sagar Mela and Pithey parban.

Bhogali Bihu is celebrated on the day in Assam.

Makar Mela is observed in Orissa.

In North India, it is the time of Lohri and Khichadi.

In Central India, it is Sankranti.

In Tamil Nadu, Makar Sankranti is observed as Pongal.

In Andhra Pradesh, it is known as Sankranthi.

In Karnataka - Sankranthi

In Maharashtra it Makar Sankranti and Til Gul

In Kerala, the famous Sabarimala Pilgrimage comes to an end with sighting of the Makaravilakku.

In Gujarat and Rajasthan, it is known as Uttarayan and is noted for the kite flying event.

In 2013, …

Today – January 14, 2013 – is Pongal – Thai Pongal

Today – January 14, 2013 – is Pongal. It is one of the most important Tamil festivals and is an agrarian festival dedicated to Surya – the sun god – and is observed in Thai Month. The festival symbolically represents the pot of plenty and this is depicted by the boiling over of the cooking rice and lentils. Each Pongal is celebrated with the hope that the new harvest will bring fortune and prosperity to all.
The four day festival falls in the Tamil month of Thai (January – February). It celebrates the harvest, especially the rice crop, and is considered to be an ancient form of thanksgiving. The festival is named after the rice pudding or Pongal prepared on the festival day.
Pongal is an ancient festival and its origin can be traced back to the Sangam Era (200 BC – 300 AD).
The first day of the festival is known as Bhogi Pongal. The second day is the Suryan Pongal or the Perum Pongal (January 14, 2013). The third day is the Mattu Pongal or the Pongal of cattle. The fourth day is the K…

Kumbh Mela Begins Today – January 14, 2013

Today – January 14, 2013 – is the first Shahi Snan date in the Kumbh Mela 2013. It coincides with the Makar Sankranti. Millions of people from India and around the world are expected to start the holy ritualistic bath at 5:00 AM on January 14, 2013. Holy men from different sects will be converging on the banks of Ganga during the 55-day festival.

Kumbha Mela 2013 in Numbers - Facts
Understanding Kumbh Mela Festival

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 14, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on January 14, 2013 – Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon till 8:20 PM January 14, 2013. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatra till 8:49 PM on January 14. Then onward it is Shatabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi till 9:07 AM. Then onward it is Kumbha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Makar Sankranti. Pongal. Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Makara Vilakku at the famous Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. First Shahi Snan During Kumbh Mela 2013.
Paush Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Prade…