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Ganpati Visarjan or Nimajjan 2017 after Ganesh Chaturthi Puja– Vinayaka Immersion dates in 2017

Ganesh Chaturthi festival ends with the immersion or Nimajjan of Ganapati idols in water known as Ganesh Visarjan or Vinayaka Nimajjan. Ganpati Visarjan 2017 date is on September 5 – the Ananta Chaturadsi day. But Ganesha is also immersed in water after one and half day and also on the 1.5 days, 3rd, 5th, 7th or the 10th day.

Ganesha Visarjan 2017 Dates One and half day Ganesh Visarjan – August 26Three days Ganpati Visarjan – August 27Five Days Ganesh Visarjan – August 29Seven Days Ganesh Visarjan – August 31Ten days Ganesh Visarjan – September 3Ananta Chaturdashi last day of Ganesh Visarjan – September 5 There are no hard and fast rules for Ganesh Visarjan, it usually depends on family tradition and on the availability of family members.

The symbolic meaning of Ganesh Chaturthi festival is that Lord Ganesha comes and stays among us. The immersion symbolizes his return from the earth after removing the obstacles and unhappiness of his devotees.

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Saraswati Gayatri Mantra in Hindi

Saraswati Gayatri Mantra is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. There are two versions of the mantra and you can read and save them in Hindi. This Gayatri mantra is chanted for blessings of Goddess of learning. Students should chant the mantra daily before starting their lessons. The mantra is also chanted by artists and poets.
Saraswati Gayatri Mantra 1:

Saraswati Gayatri Mantra 2:

A devotee can chant anyone of both the mantras.

Story of Varaha Narasimha Swamy

Story of Varaha Narasimha Swamy is associated with the intense and unwavering devotion of Prahlad. Varaha and Narasimha are two incarnation of Srihari Vishnu. But in temples in Andhra Pradesh there are murtis with both the images of Varaha (Boar) and Narasimha (half man half lion). Vishnu had shown both the avatars in a single form to Prahlad.

Hiranyakasha who had seized the earth and carried it into another region was killed by the Varaha incarnation of Vishnu. Hiranyakasipu, brother of Hiranyakasha, wanted to take revenge on Vishnu. He banned all forms of worship dedicated to Vishnu.
But his son Prahlad was an ardent devotee of Vishnu. Hiranyakasipu tried all means to change the ways of Prahlad but he failed. Finally he decided to annihilate Prahlad.
He tried numerous means to kill Prahlad but each time Vishnu came to the rescue of the young boy.
Hiranyakasipu once ordered soldiers to throw Prahlad into sea and place a mountain on the spot so that he can never escape.
As ordered, t…

Guruvayur Anayottam 2018 date at Guruvayur Temple in Kerala - Elephant Race

Guruvayur Anayottam 2018 date based on official Guruvayur Temple Calendar and Panchang. Anayottam is the running race of elephants held annually in the GuruvayurTemple in Kerala. Guruvayur Anayottam 2018 date is February 27.
The event takes place at GuruvayurSreeKrishnaTemple and marks the beginning of GuruvayurTemple festival.
The winner of the event will get the opportunity to carry the utsava murti (Thidambu) at the GuruvayurTemple for one year.
GuruvayurTemple houses one of the largest numbers of elephants in the country.

Ashwini Star Temple – Ashwini Nakshatra Temple

AshwiniStarTemple is the famous Thiruthuraipoondi temple located in Tiruvarur District in Tamil Nadu. The shrine is known as MarundeeswararTemple and popular belief is that Ashwini Nakshatra people find relief after offering prayers here. Thiruthuraipoondi town is around 30 km from Tiruvarur
Ashwini is the first among the 27 stars. Those having education, marriage and career related problems associated with Ashwini Nakshatra can offer prayers at this temple get relief.
MarundeeswararTemple is dedicated to Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Shiva is worshipped as Marundeeswarar. Goddess Parvati is worshipped here as Periyanayaki.
There is a popular belief that the Ashwini Kumars worship in the temple daily.
Ashwini Nakshatra born people can perform Dhanvantri Puja in the temple for health related problems.
Those suffering from Shani related problems can perform the Shanishwara homa in the temple.

Special worship is also offered to Mars or Chowwa or Angaraka in the temple.

Ardhanarishvara Stotram mp3 Audio – Download Ardhanarishvara Stotram Hindu Prayer for Free

Ardhanarishvara Stotram is a popular Hindu prayer dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. This is the mp3 audio version of the prayer and you can download it for free. The Stotram is provided by Veda Mantiram website. Ardhanarishvara is a unique form as it clearly shows that Shiva and Shakti are inseparable.

Link - Ardhanarishvara Stotram mp3 (right click and use save link as option)

Greatness of Visiting Ahobhilam and Listening to story of Narasimha

There is a belief that for getting from redemption one only needs to go to Ahobhilam – a sacred place associated with Narasimha incarnation of Vishnu. It is also said that listening to the story of Narasimha is greater than visiting sacred places and offering 1000 cows with horns tipped with gold.  The Hindu writes But listening to the story of Narasimha on a full moon day or a new moon day is superior to this. When Lord Srinivasa and Padmavathy marry in Tirupati, the Lord asks Brahma to worship Lord Narasimha at the Ahobilam shrine before the divine wedding. Ahobilam is considered superior to a 1,000 yuga sojourn in Varanasi.  Eighteen Puranas mention the Narasimha avatara. To be rid of one's sins, one goes to Prayag, Gaya and Kasi. But all this is not needed, if one goes to Ahobilam, abode of Lord Narasimha, said Kidambi Narayanan. A day in Ahobilam is equal to many years of visit to other places. Donating 1,000 cows, with gold tipped horns in Kurukshetra, is supposed to confer …

Prahlada on Bhakti the only way to Reach Narayana and other teachings

Young Prahlada addressing Narasimha in the Bhagavad Purana

My Lord you are inaccessible to Brahma and Devas: to the rishis who sit in meditation for eons of time: to wise people whose words flow like water and who are very great and good men: all these are unable to have a glimpse of your form and yet, low born ausra as I am, how can I have been blessed by the sight of you? In your infinite love for me, you have shown yourself to me. I am the most fortunate of all beings.
They say twelve qualities are dear to you. Ashtanga Yoga is greater than the twelve qualities as they lead straight to you.
But you have shown me and the world that Bhakti, mere love of you is enough and, in fact, all these other things stand in the way of reaching you. Even the twelve qualities and Ashtanga Yoga are far inferior to Bhakti. I am sure of it.
The Lord, I know is pleased only with Bhakti.
When Bhakti is firm the first thing which goes is ego and with the ego will vanish all the qualities associated with…