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Aranya Chandi – About Goddess Aranya Chandi

Aranya Chandi is a powerful manifestation of Goddess Shakti. She is mainly worshipped in Bengal and eastern parts of India. Information about Aranyachandi is found in songs collectively found in the Chandimangala.
Goddess Aranya Chandi is the fearless one and is the savior of the oppressed.
She resides in the forest.
The popular belief is that she is the protector of those that venture into the forest. She protects them from the wild animals and demons.

Udyapan for Pradosh Vrat – How to do Udyapan of Pradosh Vrat or Fasting? - Udyapan Vidhi For Fasting Dedicated to Shiva

Udyapan is the ritualistic ending of a vrat. Udyapan of Pradosh Vrat is observed after the completion of the Pradosh fasting. Here is a brief description of Udyapan Vidhi for Pradosh Vrat.
After the completion of the fast, on the Udyapan day prayers are offered to a Kalash filled with water. This water is then taken to a sacred spot or Shiva temple and poured on the Shivling.
Prayer at home involves chanting of ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ as much times as you can 51 or 108 or 1008 times.
You can also offer Bilva leaves to a Shivling along with water.
As Prasad you can prepare a sweet or offer fruits. This after the puja can be shared with family members, friends, relatives and neighbors.
To complete the Udyapan of Pradosh Vrat, you should perform Annadanam or food donation to poor children and old people. This can be performed on the day of Udyapan or on a later date.

2014 May – Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious days in May 2014

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in May 2014 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and auspicious days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST). You can also take help through the comment section on good dates in May 2014 for various purposes including house warming, joining job, buying car or house, moving into new rented home etc.
May 1, 2014 – Parashuram Jayanti in western parts of India May 2 – Akshaya Tritiya May 2 – Basava Jayanti May 2 – Parashuram Jayanti in North India May 4 – Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti May 4 – Ramanuacharya Jayanti May 6 – Ganga Saptami May 8 – Sita Navami May 8 – Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti May 10 – Ekadasi Fasting – Mohini Ekadashi May 12 – Pradosh – Som Pradosh May 13 – Narasimha Jayanti May 14 – Purnima – Full moon day May 14 – Purnima Vrat May 14 – Kurma Jayanti May 15 – Jyeshta Month begins in calendars followed in North India May 15 – Edava Masam begins in Malayalam Calendar May 15 – Vaig…

Somayaga 2014 in Kerala – Somayagam at Kozhikode in Kerala From February 13, 2014

Somayagam is an important Vedic ritual and it will be conducted in 2014 by the Kasyapa Veda Research Foundation at Kozhikode in Kerala. Somayaga will be held from February 13 to February 19, 2014.
Somayagam is a vedic ritual which is more than 6000 years old and the sole purpose of the yajna is the welfare of Mother Earth and all living beings.
Acharya M R Rajesh, founder of Kasyapa Veda Research Foundation, talks about the yajna in The New Indian Express So, what in general is the purpose of conducting a Somayagam? ‘’Somayagam is one of the most important constituents of the spiritual practices of the Vedas.  The yagam is a demonstration of the fundamental laws of the universe. The yagasala is conceived to be the body of both the human being and the universe. It has been taught and prescribed in the Vedic texts by Vedic scholars that the yagasala has several parts representing the different parts of the body. The yagam is an offering for the entire good of this body or rather for t…

One ounce of practice equals tons of theory – Swami Sivananda

This world is your best teacher. There is a lesson in everything. There is a lesson in each experience.
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. This is the secret of success.
Forget like a child any injury done by somebody immediately. Never keep it in the heart. It kindles hatred.
The divine light and grace will descend only upon the Sattvic or the pure mind, because only a pure mind can receive it.
One ounce of practice equals tons of theory.
Swami Sivananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 24, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on January 24, 2014 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon till 5:07 PM on January 24. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatra till 12:05 AM. Then onward it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatram till 11:56 PM. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Magh Krishna Paksha Ashtami or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Magha month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
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