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Pongal in Tamil Nadu - Thai Pongal

Pongal is one of the most important Tamil festivals and is an agrarian festival dedicated to Lord Surya. Pongal 2018 date is January 14. 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. It must also be noted that Pongal is also now officially celebrated as the Tamil New Year.

Pongal falls in the Tamil month Thai (January - February) and its origin is traced to the Sangam Period (Before 200 BC). Pongal is a four day festival. The first day is Bhogi Pongal. The second day is Pongal or Thai Pongal or Perum Pongal and is the most important day.The third day is Mattu Pongal. The fourth and final day of celebration is Kaanum Pongal. The main auspicious ceremony on the Pongal day is the cooking of Pongal dish. It is done during the auspicious moment when the Thai month begins. The Pongal dish is prepared in a fr…

Sage Narada – Wise Words on Bhakti

The path of devotion is the easiest path to attain God.
Bhakti is intense love for God.
In its intrinsic nature this divine love is immortal bliss.
By attaining It, a man becomes perfect, immortal and satisfied forever.
On attaining That a man does not desire anything else; he grieves no more, is free from hatred or jealousy; he does not take pleasure in the vanities of life; and he loses all eagerness to gain anything for himself. Sage Narada

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 16, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on February 16, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:03 PM on February 16. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra– Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 7:38 AM on February 16. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Shitala Sashti. Muruga Sashti Monthly Fasting.
Magh Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moonin Magh month calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Magh Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya …