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Why do we draw Rangoli?

Rangoli is an important part of Hindu festivals and celebrations. But ever wondered why do we draw Rangoli. It symbolizes happiness and prosperity. It is a welcome sign for Goddess Lakshmi.
Rangoli are basically a sign of welcome – part of Aditi Devo Bhava – guests are equal to god.
The popular belief across India is that Rangoli invites Goddess Lakshmi into the home.
It also stands for cleanliness.

Karthigai Vratam 2013 – Kartigai Vritham Dates in 2013

Karthigai Vratam is dedicated to Muruga and the Vritham is observed in a month when there is Kartigai Nakshatram is found. Karthigai Vratam 2013 dates is given below. Krittika or Karthigai is one among the 27 birth stars. Legend has it that the importance of the Vratam was narrated to Sage Narada by Ganesha.

Kartigai Vritham Dates in 2013 based on India Standard Time:
Monday, January 21, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
Friday, June 7, 2013
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013

Lessons from Bhagavad Purana

By going on looking at all beings as the Lord Himself, the impurities of the mind i.e.  jealousy, competition, contempt etc. along with the ego will all vanish.  (Bhagavad Purana XI-29-15).

A person should do his work all the time remembering God mentally, with his entire heart and mind surrendered to Him and full of love for the disciplines imposed on the path of devotion. (XI-21-9)
The mind of a person thinking of worldly objects gets attached to them. Similarly the mind thinking of the Lord continuously will get dissolved in Him. (XI-14-27)
From all the directions happiness pours on a person who is self–controlled, who is free from the sense of all possessions and whose entire mind is happy with thoughts of God alone. (XI-14-13)

Source - Gems from Srimad Bhagavatam  (An ancient Hindu Scripture) 
Author: Swami Shantananda Puri  of Vasishtha Guha, Uttarakhand, India

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 15, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on January 15, 2013 – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:25 PM January 15, 2013. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Shatabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatra till 8:32 PM on January 15. Then onward it is Purvabhadra or Pooradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Mattu Pongal. Kanuma Festival in Andhra Pradesh. Vinayaki Angarak Ganesh Chaturthi.
Paush Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Paush Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush mo…