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Samudreshwar form of Shiva

As Samudreshwar, Shiva is the lord of the seas. The popular belief is that Shiva as Samudreshwara helped Sri Ram in crossing the sea and reaching Lanka. This form of Shiva is mainly worshipped by people who make a living from the sea, especially fishermen.
One of the most popular temples dedicated to Samudreshwar form of Shiva is located in Mumbai. It is located at the jetty of Manori in Mumbai.
Another shrine is located in Varanasi. There is also a SaptSamudreswarMahadevTemple in Haridwar.
The greatness of Samudreshwar Shivling is mentioned in the Kashi Khanda of Skanda Purana.
Devotees propitiate Samudreshwar Shivling for attaining knowledge and liberation.

Angarak Ganesh Chaturthi or Angaraki Sankashta Chaturti - Ganesh Fasting on Tuesday

Angarak Ganesh Chaturthi is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha in a traditional Hindu calendar. In 2017, there are three Angarak Ganesh Chaturthi - February 15, June 13 and November 7, 2017 Angaraki Chaturthi is observed when the monthly Sankashti Chaturthi falls on a Tuesday. The day is then considered highly auspicious. Sankashta Chaturthi Vrata is observed on the fourth day during the waning phase of the moon (Krishna Paksha) or fourth day after the full moon.

Angarak, or Angaraka, means fire and the name because Tuesday or Mangalwar is governed by Hindu God Mangal.

Anagarak yog is considered highly auspicious. The fast performed on the day is meritorious. It helps in fulfilling wishes and in alleviating financial problems. Above all prayers and contemplation on the day helps a devotee to remove ignorance and attain moksha.

Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat is from sunrise up to the sighting of moon in the evening. Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat is also known as Sankatahara Chaturthi.

Shivratri at Kashi Viswanath Temple in Varanasi

Shivratri is the most important festival at the famous KashiViswanathTemple in Varanasi. In 2017, it will be observed on February 24, 2017. It is believed here that Shiva married Goddess Parvati on the Shivratri day. The belief is that Shiva resides permanently at Kashi and therefore the marriage anniversary is annually held with numerous rituals.
Shivratri at KashiViswanathTemple is divided into two parts. First is fasting or Upavas dedicated to Shiva. And next is the Darshan of Shiva.
The fast here is for whole day and night. It begins at sunrise on Shivratri day and ends next day at sunrise.
Shiva darshan includes visit to the temple, offering of water and offering food and donations to poor children and old people.
The marriage anniversary rituals are held at night.

Adi Shankaracharya – Few Thoughts

If the mind ever so slightly strays from the ideal and becomes outgoing, then it goes down and down, just as a play-ball inadvertently dropped on the staircase bounds down from one step to another.
There are three things that are rare indeed, a human birth, the longing for liberation (freedom from reincarnation), and the protecting care of a perfected sage.
Upasana, or meditation, means approaching an object of meditation as presented by the scriptures, making it an object of one’s own thought, and dwelling on it uninterruptedly for long by continuing the same current of thought with regard to it— like a stream of oil poured from one vessel to another.
Adi Shankaracharya

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 17, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on February 17, 2014 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or second day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:54 AM on February 17. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the dark phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 5:01 AM. Then onward it is Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 11:22 AM. Then onward it is Kanya Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Phalgun Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Falgun month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Vijayanama Samvatsa…