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How to Observe Ashada Month Gauri Vrata in Gujarat by Unmarried Women?

Gauri Vrata is an important ritual observed for five days by unmarried women and young girls in the month of Ashada (July – August) mainly in Gujarat. Here is a brief account on how to observe Gauri Vrata?
The Vrata is observed for a good husband and is dedicated to Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Daily purification rituals include bathing in early morning.
Those observing Gauri Vrata grow corn or wheat in a small pot. Sun and the tender corn shoots are worshipped on all day along with Goddess Parvati and Shiva.
The vrat is observed for five days – vegetarian food is eaten on the day.
During the five days salt is strictly avoided.
Food consumed is mainly made of wheat flour, ghee and milk.
Different types of fruits are also eaten during the period.
On the last day of the vrat, the shoots are eaten and given as Prasad to family members, relatives and friends.
The corn pot is retained and the mud and the remaining parts of corn are to be put under a tree.

Urmila in Ramayan – Character of Urmila in Ramayana

Urmila was the daughter of King Janaka and wife of Lakshman in Ramayan. Urmila silently suffered separation from her husband for 14 years. She was the epitome of virtue, patience and sacrifice. Urmila’s character was always the shadow of Mata Sita. She goes unnoticed in Ramayana. But Bhagvan Sri Ram recognized her sacrifice.
In the Rama – Ravan war in the Ramayana, Lakshman falls down injured after hit by arrows of Meghanand (also known as Indrajith) – son of Ravana. The army of Ravana attempts to carry away an unconscious Lakshman but they are unable to lift the body due to its weight.
It is said that later when Lakshman regained consciousness, Sri Ram told him that the army of Ravana was not able to lift his body because of weight of the sacrifice and virtue of Urmila had entered it.
It is believed that Bhagvan Sri Ram had given Urmila a boon that she will be worshipped in Kali Yuga as the Mahaprasad in PuriJagannathTemple. (You can read the story of Puri Jagannath Mahaprasad here

Darpana in Hindu Murtis and Sculptures

Darpana means a mirror. Darpana is not glass mirror. It is highly polished metal plates of various designs and they served the purpose of modern day mirrors. Darpana style mirrors are still made in South India especially at Aranmula in Kerala. There are also rare murtis of Hindu Gods that hold a darpana.
Even today, glass mirrors are not used in many temples in South India especially in Kerala. There are Darpana (speculum mirrors) as large as three feet by two feet. One can have darshan of the main murti in the temple through it.
In Hindu sculptures the darpana is in circular or oval form and is mounted on a well-wrought handle. The most famous sculpture with darpana is the Darpana Sundari (beauty with mirror) at the ChennakesavaTemple at Belur in Karnataka.

Darpana sundari sculpture can be found in many temples in South India.

Thiruverkadu Temple Timings

Thiruverkadu Temple Timings in detail is given below. ThiruverkaduTemple – SriKarumariammanTemple – is a popular temple dedicated to Goddess Karumariamman. It is located near Chennai.
Thiruverkadu Temple Darshan Timing The temple is open from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM without any break.
Details of Abhishekham Timing: Sunday 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM Tuesday 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM Friday 01:30 PM to 02:30 PM
Others Day 10:30 AM to 02:00 PM
Thiruverkadu Temple Contact Details ArulmiguDeviKarumariammanTemple Sannathi Street, Thiruverkadu - 600077. Thiruperumputhur. Phone : 044 – 2680 0880, 2680 0430 E-Mail ID :[email protected]

How to do Diwali Puja? - How to Perform Diwali Puja?

Diwali is not all about celebrations, revelry and merry making. It is also a time for contemplation, self introspection and an opportunity to remove spiritual darkness created by ignorance and ego by remembering the victory of good over evil mentioned in the Hindu scriptures. Hindus also conduct important Diwali pujas and rituals like Lakshmi and Ganesh Puja, Kuber Puja, Chopda Puja and Sharda Pujan. The main Diwali Puja date in 2017 is October 19.
New Beginning:Diwali is the time for a fresh and new beginning. People forget and forgive misdeeds and resolve to live in peace, harmony and purity by observing dharma.
Personal discord and family conflicts are forgiven and unity and harmony is welcomed. Diwali Pujas: All pujas and rituals on Diwali day begin after praying to Lord Ganesh.
Special prayers are also offered to Lord Hanuman on Diwali day. Sindhur and oil are offered to Hanuman.
To welcome Goddess Lakshmi women and girls make a 'Rangoli' at the entrance or near the door…

Mariamman Temple at Irukkankudi near Sattur in Tamil Nadu – Irukkankudi Mariamman Kovil

MariammanTemple at Irukkankudi near Sattur in Tamil Nadu attracts thousands of devotees daily. The number of devotees visiting Irukkankudi Mariamman Kovil increases in Aadi month especially on Fridays. The last Friday in Aadi month is highly auspicious in the temple – the utsava murti – the murti (idol) used for festival purposes - is taken on Vrishaba Vahanam (Devi mounted on bull) from the village side to the main temple located in between the two rivers of Arjuna and Vaippar.
Worship at the temple is considered highly meritorious. The belief is that Goddess Mariamman cures physical illness and provides good health. Thousands of people with eye-ailments have found relief here.
Murti of Mariamman Temple is Unique
Usual murtis of Mariamman is in sitting posture with left leg folded and right leg hanging. At Irukkankudi Mariamman Kovil the right leg is folded and left leg is hanging. She is in sitting posture.
Legend of Irukkankudi Mariamman Kovil The two rivers - Arjuna and Vaippar - ar…

Navratri March – April 2017

Vasant Navratri, also known as Vasant Navratras and Ram Navaratri, is the festival of nine nights dedicated to Hindu Goddess Durga, Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati. In 2017, Vasant Navratri begins (date) on March 29 and ends on April 5. This Navaratri is also known as Chaitra Navratras or Spring Navratri as it is observed during the Hindu month of Chaitra (March – April).

Please note that this year Vasant Navratri or Chaitra Navaratri occurs early and therefore it is full observed in March and not in April as usual.

Most Hindus associate Navratri with the celebrations that take place in the Hindu lunar month of Ashwni (September – October). But there are four Navratri in a traditional Hindu year. The second most famous Navratri is celebrated in the lunar month of Chaitra (March – April) and ends with Ram Navami. The other two Navratris are known as Gupt Navratri and Magh Navratri.

The Vasant or Spring Navratri is more famous in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal), Punja…

Aadi Pandigai in Aadi Masam – Festivals in Aadi Month in Tamil Nadu

There are numerous festivals (Pandigai) that are observed in Aadi Masam. Aadi month is dedicated to the worship of Mother Goddess – Amman. Aadi marks the beginning of the festival season in Tamil Nadu.
The first day of Aadi is referred as Aadi Pirappu or Aadi Pandigai. The day begins with the making of huge kolams (Rangoli designs) in front of the home. The kolam is drawn on all days of the month. The kolams are bordered with red color – Kaavi. Doorways are decorated with mango leaves. The day begins with pujas and visit to temple. There will be a feast on the day with special delicacies include payasam, vadai, boli etc.

On the first day of Aadi, married women change the yellow thread in their Mangalsutra or thali.. 
Dakshinayanam, Sun’s transits from the northern hemisphere to the Southern hemisphere, happens in Aadi month.
The important festivals include Aadi Perukku, also known as Padinettam Perukku, is observed on 18th day of the month. It is a water ritual observed by women.
An…

Swami Chinmayananda On Anger

Swami Chinmayananda On Anger Anger comes to us when our desires or expectations are disturbed, defeated. Anger is nothing but desire of attachments, expectations or hope is obstructed. Again when you meet such occasion, at least after the wave of anger has subsided, reconsider the entire situation and try to mentally live and relive a hundred times the same situation—all the time see that you keep yourself smiling.

After all, another has an equal right to be bad, mischievous, foul-mouthed, dirty, undisciplined as you have right to be good, cheerful, clean and even peaceful. "Give the devil its due", accept this as a policy—anger will not rise.

Also flood the mind with unreserved love for all—always: you will have no occasion to be angry. Swami Chinmayananda 

Ramayana Masam Begins Today July 17, 2013 in Kerala – Karkidakam Month in Kerala

Masam in Kerala is observed in the Malayalam month Karkidakam (July – August). In 2013, the Ramayana Masam begins on July 17 and ends on August 16. On all days in the month, the Epic Ramayana is read in traditional Hindu homes and in temples dedicated to Vishnu. The reading of the Ramayan begins on the first day of the month and is completely read by last day of the month. The famous Malayalam Version of the Ramayana titled Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilippattu written by Thunchath Ezhuthachan is the one recited in the month.
Read more about Ramayana Masam
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Aadi Masam begins Today – July 17, 2013 – Aadi Pirappu - Aadi Month in Tamil Calendar

Aadi Masam begins today – July 17, 2013 in Tamil Calendars. Aadi Masam is the fourth month in Tamil Calendar. Aadi is dedicated to the worship of Amman – Mother Goddess. Aadi Pirappu means the first day of Aadi or the beginning of Aadi. Some communities consider the month as inauspicious or bad as Dakshinayana Punyakalam, the night time of Gods, begins in the Aadi month. But numerous unique Tamil rituals and festivals are also observed during Aadi month so many people consider it as auspicious.
Varalakshmi Puja (August 16, 2013) is held in this month.
The Amavasi or no moon day (August 6, 2013) is dedicated to dead ancestors.
Other important festivals and rituals include Aadi Krithigai, Aadi 18 Peerukku and Aadi Pooram.
Tuesdays and Fridays in the month are highly auspicious and dedicated to Mother Goddess.
Aadi Masam ends on August 16, 2013.
Read more about Aadi Masam.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 17, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on July 17, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:40 PM. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 4:31 PM. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Bhadali Navami. Aadi month begins in Tamil Calenars. Ramayana Masam begins in Kerala.
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 - Ashada Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashada month in calendars followed in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir…