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Mahanavami 2016 Date in Canada and United States – Durga Puja Navami 2016 in USA Time Zones

Mahanavami is the last day of the nine-day Navratri festival and is the penultimate day of Durga Puja. Durga Puja Navami Date in 2016 in United States and Canada is different from India. Durga Puja Navami is marked on October 9, 2016 in Hindu calendars followed in United States and Canada. All time zones in USA are observing it on October 9, 2016.
Mahanavami in India is marked on October 10, 2016
Maha Navami day is also observed as Ayudha Puja. In South India and parts of western India, people offer puja to books, farm implements and other tools.
In Bengal, Goddess Durga is worshipped in the form of Aparajita on the day. Sandhi puja is performed on the day. It is followed by Maha Arati which marks the end of the important rituals and prayers during Durga Puja.
There is a major Bhog on the day known as Navami Bhog – favorite food items of Goddess Durga are offered to her. This is then distributed as Prasad.
Kumari Puja is performed today in many regions.

Mysore Chamundeshwari Temple Photos – Mysore Chamundeshwari Images

Chamundeswari temple is located atop the Chamundi Hill. Below are some Mysore Chamundeshwari Temple Photos. The images include that of Chamundeswari Devi, Festival, the temple, Mahishasura and the famous Nandi. The temples are copyrighted to the official website of the MysoreChamundeshwariTemple.
Click on the image for a larger view.

Mother of Sita in Ramayana – Who is the Mother of Sitaji in Ramayan

Mother of Sita in Ramayana is a perplexing question. There is no straightforward answer to the question as to who is the mother of Sitaji. In Ramayan, Mata Sita is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and appeared on earth with the sole purpose of being the wife of Bhagvan Sri Ram, the incarnation of Vishnu.
Sita was found by King Janaka while ploughing the field. As she came up from earth, it is widely believed that Mother Earth of Bhumi Devi is the mother of Sitaji.
It must noted that some folklores and stories in certain communities suggest that Sita was the daughter of Mandodari, wife of demon king Ravana.
Sita as Daughter of  Mandodari

Kalratri Devi – About Goddess Kalratri Mata

Kalratri Devi is a fierce manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Goddess Kalratri Mata is worshipped on the seventh day of the Navratri (September – October). She is also worshipped during the Paush Month (December – January). She gets the name Kalratri as she is dark in color.
Kalratri Devi has disheveled hair which is spread out. She wears a garland made of shining material. Fire emits from her eyes and nostrils. She rides a donkey. Her upper part of the body is covered with a red cloth and lower part is covered with skin of a tiger.
Kalratri Mata is four armed and two of her hands are in Varada Mudra (blessing) and Abhaya Mudra (protection). One hand holds a sickle. Sometimes in one hand she holds the head of an Adharmic person – at other times the hand holds a trident.
The popular belief is that worshipping Kalratri Devi will provide relief from fear of darkness, ghosts, fire and water. Constant worship of her helps in defeating the enemies.
The Goddess might look fierce but …

Duryodhan Temple in Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand

One of the largest temples dedicated to Duryodhan in the Mahabharata is found at Oslo in Uttarkashi District in Uttarakhand. Duryodhan is the main villain in the Mahabharata and one who practiced Adharma. So why is there a temple dedicated to Duryodhan in Oslo?

The popular belief is that the soldiers and people who supported Duryodhana escaped from the Kurukshetra and took refuge in this area of Uttarkashi. They built temples in memory of Duryodhan and Karna here.
Today they are the protecting deities of the region.
A couple of temples dedicated to Duryodhan can be found in the region at Saur, Sarnaul, Gangar and Datmir.
Oslo village is on the way to Har Ki Doon, a popular location with trekkers. From Mussoorie one has to travel through YamunaBridge, Naugaon, Purola, Saur and Sankri to reach Osla.
Related Duryodhana Temple in Kerala
Ravana Temples in India

Siddhivinayak Timings – Opening and Closing Time - Siddhivinayak Temple Mumbai Daily Darshan Timings

SiddhivinayakTemple at Prabhadevi in Mumbai attracts millions of devotees in a month. Siddhivinayak Timings are given below. The temple daily darshan timings are in India Standard Time. Opening and closing time of the temple may sometimes change depending on local conditions. Siddhivinayak Timings Wednesday to Monday Temple is open from 5:30 AM to 9:50 PM
Tuesday Temple is open from 3:15 AM to next day 12:30 AM (Wednesday early hours)
Sankashti Chaturthi Timing (4th day after full moon) Temple is open from 4:30 AM to 90 minutes after moonrise.
Monthly Vinayaki Chaturthi Timing (4th day after no moon) Temple is open from 5:30 AM to 7:30 AM Devotees are not permitted in the main Temple are from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM Temple is open from 1:00 PM to 9:50 PM
Wednesday to Monday Details of Pujas and Timings Kakad Aarti - The early morning prayer: at 5.30 AM to 6.00 AM Shree Darshan - morning at 6.00 AM to afternoon 12.15 PM Naivedhya - afternoon at 12.15 PM to afternoon 12.30 PM Shree Darshan - afternoon…

Wisdom from Taittiriya Upanishad

[The person of Self-knowledge] obtains sovereignty; he attains the lord of the mind; he becomes the ruler of speech, the ruler of eyes, the ruler of ears, the ruler of knowledge. Over and above all these he becomes Brahman, which is embodied in akasha, which is identifi ed with the gross and the subtle and has truth as its real nature, which revels in the vital forces, under whose possession the mind is a source of bliss, which is enriched with peace and is immortal. Thus, O Prachinayogya, you worship.  (Taittiriya Upanishad, 1.6.2)
annam na nindyat; do not insult food. (Taittiriya Upanishad, 3.7.1.)

‘That (Brahman) having created entered into that very thing. And having entered there, It became the formed and the formless, the defined and the undefined, the sustaining and the non-sustaining, the sentient and the insentient, the true and the untrue. Truth became all this that there is. They call that (Brahman) Truth.’ (Taittiriya Upanishad, 2.6.1.)

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 10, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on October 10, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the light phase of moon till 8:46 PM on October 10. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the light phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 12:35 PM. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rasi till 12:34 PM. Then onward it is Dhanu Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Navratri sixth day. Durga Puja Sashti.
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Ashwin Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi orthe sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kas…