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Why Green and Leafy Vegetables are not consumed in Shravan or Sawan Month?

Many Hindus do not eat green and leafy vegetables during Shravan or Sawan Month (July - August). Why is palak, amaranth, mooli, methi etc avoided in Shravan month? It is not superstition but there is a scientific reason behind this.
Hindu scriptures have strictly prohibited the eating of leafy vegetables in Shravan. This is because the amount of bacteria in the vegetables and leaves increases as it is rainy season. The green leaves and other vegetables that are available in the market are often filled with mud and dirt. So it is advised to avoid green and leafy vegetables in the month.
It also believed that body’s immunity power reduces in this month as sun is always behind dark clouds.
Stomach and skin related ailments increase in Shravan month if one consumes leafy vegetables daily.

Dried vegetables and dals are to be consumed in Shravan month.

What If I Could Not Perform or Do Shradh During Pitru Paksha Period?

If you could not perform or do shradh during pitru paksha period then you can do it before Kartik month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.
Shradh occurs during Ashwin Krishna Paksha in North India calendar. The corresponding period in other regions is the Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha.

If you could not perform the Shradh during the pitru paksha period, then you can perform it before Kartik Month ends.

Patteeswaram Temple – Patteeswaram Durga Temple

PatteeswaramDurgaTemple is located around 8 km from Kumbakonam and is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The main temple is dedicated to Shiva but is famous as DurgaTemple. The temple is noted for its ornate rajagopuram.
Goddess Durga worshipped here is Shanta Swarupi – peaceful form. The murti in the temple is seated on her vehicle lion and her foot rests on demon Mahishasura. She has eight hands and holds conch, discuss, bow, arrow, sword, shield and a parrot. One hand is in blessing posture. Goddess here is three-eyed.
An unusual aspect in the murti is that lion on which she is seated is seen facing left side instead of right side.
People having trouble with Rahu and Ketu worship Durga during Rahu Kalam to attain relief.
The important dates of worship in the temple are Tuesday, Friday, Sunday, new moon day, full moon day, Ashtami and Navami.
The main temple is known as DhenupureeswararTemple. The goddess is named Gnanmbikai.
Legend has it that Mother Goddess Shakti wanted to perform au…

Now Book Onavillu Online from Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Kerala

Onavillu is a unique offering made in the SreePadmanabhaSwamyTemple at Trivandrum in Kerala during Onam festival. Onavillu is a bow – tapering on both sides – painted with pictures of Ananthasayanam, Dasavatharam, Srirama Pattaabhishekam, Sri Krishna Lila, Sri Sastha and Mahaganapathi.
Now you can book Onavillu online through the SreePadmanabhaSwamyTemple in Kerala.
Onavillu is priced at Rupees 1700/-

The bows are consecrated on the Onam day. The bows will be removed on the third day after Onam and distributed to devotees. The bow is considered to be a symbol of prosperity.
You find more details and how to book online here at the official website of the temple.
Please note that the Onavillu has to be physically collected from the temple.

Hindu God Vaidyanath – Shiva as Vaidyanathan

Vaidyanath, or Vaidyanathan, is one among the numerous names of Hindu God Shiva. Vaidyanath means the supreme physician. Shiva got the name after he restored the luster of Chandra – the moon god. Chandra was cursed by Daksha Prajapati to lose his luster.

Legend says that Daksha, the master of civilization, gave twenty seven of his daughters – the Nakshatras, lunar asterisms or birth stars – in marriage to Chandra. But the moon god was enamored by the beauty of Rohini Nakshatra and ignored the other Nakshatras.

The other angry and jealous wives of Chandra went to their father and informed about Chandra’s favoritism for Rohini. This behavior of Chandra infuriated Daskha. He cursed Chandra that his body of which he was so proud will lose its luster and will fade away.

Soon the body of Chandra started loosing its luster and this caused upheaval on earth. Several plants and herbs need the moonlight to survive.

Chandra then approached Srihari Vishnu who directed him to Shiva who as Vaidya…

Karkidaka Vavu Bali

Karkidaka Vavu Bali or Vavubali Tharpanam is an important ritual observed by Hindus in Kerala in the month of Karkidakam (mid July to mid August). In 2017, the date of Karkidaka Vavu Bali is July 23. People offer ‘bali’ to the departed souls of ancestors on this day.

The ‘bali’ – a form of ritualistic homage – is offered on the first Amavasi of Dakshinayanam. This is the no moon day in the month of Karkidakam. On this day, thousands of people gather on the riverbanks and beaches to offer ‘bali.’ Temples and religious organizations make elaborate arrangements for the ritual. It is believed that the souls of dead ancestors attain ‘moksha’ when ‘Vavu Bali’ is offered.

The Vavu Bali is performed under the guidance of an elderly person or priest. Darbha (a type of long grass), pavithram (ring made of darbha grass), sesame (Ellu), cheroola (a special herb), ellu (sesame), cooked rice, water and banana leaves are the important accompaniments needed for performing bali ritual. A lot of flex…

On the term Hinduism – Karan Singh

The religion that has come to be known as Hinduism is certainly the oldest and most varied of all the great religions of the world. The word ‘Hinduism’ itself is a geographical term based upon the Sanskrit name of the great river that runs across the northern boundaries of India, known as the Sindhu. For those living on the other side of the this river, the entire region to the south-east of the Sindhu, which the Greeks called the Indus, came to known as the land of the Hindus, and the vast spectrum of faiths that flourished here acquired the generic name Hinduism.

In fact, Hinduism calls itself the Sanatana Dharma, the eternal faith, because it is based not upon the teachings of single preceptor but on the collective wisdom and inspiration of great seers and sages from the very dawn of Indian civilization.
The Sanskrit word for philosophy is Darshana or seeing, which implies that Hinduism is not based merely on intellectual speculation but is grounded upon direct and immediate perc…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 6, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on August 6, 2013 (Today) – Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 12:55 AM on August 6. Then onward it is Amavasya Tithi or no moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Pushya or Pooyam or Pusam Nakshatra till 8:14 PM. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Amavasya. Hariyali Amavas. Deep Puja. Aadi Amavasya in Tamil Nadu. Karkidaka Vavu Bali in Kerala. Bheemana Vrata in Karnataka.
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Shravan Amavasya Tithi or no moon day in Shravan 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.
Vijayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1935 – Ashada Ama…