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Pradosham April 2016 dates – Monthly Shiva Pradosham Fasting in April 2016

Pradosham is a monthly fasting dedicated to Hindu God Shiva in a Hindu lunar month on the 13th day of a fortnight. In April 2016, the dates of Pradosham are April 5 (Tuesday) and April 19, 2016 (Tuesday). On the day, prayers are offered during the twilight period to Shiva and Parvati. Fasting from sunrise to sunset is observed on Pradosham day.

There are two Pradoshams – one during the waxing phase (Shukla Paksha) of moon and another during the waning phase (Krishna Paksha) of moon. It is said that Shiva and Parvati are in a happy mood during Pradosham period and they shower blessings on devotees.
Pradosham begins around 1.5 hours before sunset and end one hour after sunset. Most Shiva devotees mainly spend this time at a Shiva temple. If at home devotees chant any of the mantras dedicated to Lord Shiva or read the Shiva Purana.
There are staunch Shiva devotees who fast on both the Pradosham. Some people only observe one Pradosham in a month.
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Widows in Vrindavan Play Holi – Welcome Change Initiated by Sulabh International

A larger number of widows from various parts of North and Eastern parts of India today live in Braj near Vrindavan – a minority of them voluntarily arrive to live in the ashrams here but majority of them are forced to leave their villages and families and live in Braj without any economic support from the family. The stay away from festivities of all kind. But this Holi, the widows of Vrindavan played Holi - threw flowers at each other and played with gulal. Thanks to the much needed change initiated by Sulabh International

Times of India reports
These widows of the holy town — tragic icons of institutionalized oppression against women — have been observing Holi for decades. But it had always been a quiet affair, within the confines of their ashrams. They would enact scenes from Krishna's 'Raas leela', shower each other with flowers and occasionally use a bit of gulal. "We would watch men and women play Holi from the windows of our ashram. The celebrations of the tow…

Rama Gita Quotes

For the purpose of warding off this course of worldly life, removal of ignorance is the only means. Knowledge alone is capable of destroying this ignorance.
When that knowledge which destroys the notion of separation of the Supreme Self from the embodied self arises in the purified internal organ, then Maya together with its off-shoots, which give rise to birth, rebirth and action (karma), forthwith disappears.
When it has been destroyed by realized knowledge which is pure and without duality, how shall ignorance ever again arise?
The self never dies nor is born, nor is it subject to increase or decrease. It is never new (or old), beyond all additions to its greatness, of the nature of bliss itself, self-illumined, all pervading and without a second. Rama Gita

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 25, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on March 25, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 4:08 PM. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon.

Nakshatra – Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 9:39 AM.  Then onward it is Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Phalgun Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the 13th day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Phalgun Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the 13th day during the waxing phase of moon in in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chh…