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Nirjala Ekadasi June 19 or June 20 – Date confusion of Nirjala Ekadashi Fasting in 2013

In 2013, there is a confusion regarding the date of Nirjala Ekadasi as the Tithi starts on May 19 early and ends on June 20, 2013. Most calendars have marked the Ekadasi fasting on June 20. Only certain calendars followed in Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have marked the Ekadasi on June 19. All devotees should fast on June 20. If you are following any mutts then take advice from them as some communities and mutts in Tamil Nadu are following it on June 19.
Why Two Dates?
The general rule is that Dasami Tithi should not be present while observing Ekadasi Fasting. Depending on the end time of tithi, some regions observe the fasting a day earlier.
Nirjala Ekadasi Importance
Nirjala Ekadashi is very popular Ekadasi fasting and it is performed by many Hindus without even drinking water. Nirjala Ekadasi fasting is very tough and different from the usual Ekadasi fasting method. Devotees do not drink water on the day. Neither do they eat anything for the entire day.

The popular belief is that ob…

Teachings from Aparokshanubhuti

Aparokshanubhuti is a text credited to Adi Shankaracharya
Just as light is required to see an object; one attains knowledge only through the means of enquiry.
The self alone is permanent; all that is seen here is transient – such a settled conviction is truly known as discrimination.
Concentration of the mind on the one Reality [Brahman] is regarded as Samadhana.
Who am I? How is this world created? Who is its creator? Of what material is this world made? This is the way of that enquiry. I am neither the body, a combination of the five elements of matter, nor am I an aggregate of the senses; I am something different from these. This is the way of that enquiry.

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on May 25, 2013 (Today) – Purnima Tithi or the full moon day inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day till 9:29 AM. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra till 9:19 PM. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Purnima. Kurma Jayanti
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 - Vaishakh Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Vaishakh month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Vijayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka1935 - Vaishakh Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Vaishakh month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Mah…