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Kali Yuga 5116 begins on March 31, 2014 – Current Kaliyuga Year is 5116

Kali Yuga is the fourth and last of the four Yugas in Hinduism. Current Kaliyuga year is 5116. It began on March 31, 2014. Kali Yuga 5116 began on March 31, 2014, as Hindu lunar calendar followed in most regions – Chandra Mana New Year. It begins on April 14, 2014 as per Solar Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Bengal – as per Saura Mana New Year.
Kali Yuga is started with the disappearance of Sri Krishna from earth. Sri Krishna was not seen on the earth from the first day of Kali Yuga.
The duration of Kali Yuga is 432,000 years.
Kali Yuga is believed to have started in 3102 BC.
Kali has numerous meanings – anger, suffering, grieve, hurt, confound and confuse. We can find all these characteristics dominating the earth currently.
The only way to attain moksha in Kaliyuga is by chanting the name of God.
Related Places Where Kali Resides in Kali Yuga

Goddess Varahi and Lalitha Tripurasundari

Goddess Varahi in Shaivite tradition is associated with Goddess Lalitha Tripurasundari. As per this belief, Goddess Varahi is dandanayika, the goddess who punishes those who follow Adharma. She also rewards those devotees who follow Dharma.
It is believed that Varahi stands by the side of Goddess Lalita. She takes commands from her and implements them.
It must be noted that in Vaishnava tradition, Goddess Varahi is the female counterpart of Varaha, the boar incarnation of Vishnu.
She is also worshipped as one of the Saptamatrikas.
Goddess Varahi is also known as Kalamukhi Vartali.

What is the name of Shaivite Musicians who sing in Shiva temples?

Shaivite Musicians who sing in Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu are referred as Oduvar. They chant the Tevaram and are part of the Panar tradition. Panar are musicians in ancient Tamil Society.
The Oduvars have kept the tradition of Tamil music and culture alive for thousands of years.
Panars are believed to be among the four ancient tribes of the Tamil Country.
Today Tevaram is performed in all important Shiva Temples in Tamil Nadu and also in Shiva Temples across the world that are maintained according to Tamil Culture.

Today – March 31, 2014 – Chaitra Navratri Begins – Vasant Navaratri

Chaitra Navratri, also known as Vasant Navratras or Basant Puja or Ram Navratri, is the festival of nine dedicated to Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati in the spring season in India (March – April). In 2014, Chaitra Navratri begins on March 31, 2014 and ends on April 8, 2014. As it is observed from the first day of the Chaitra month, it is known as Chaitra Navratra and since it is observed in the spring season, some people call Spring Navratri or Vasant Navaratri.
The good time for Ghatasthapana on March 31, 2014 is from 6:39 AM to 10:42 AM.
The nine days of festival is also known as Ram Navratri as the festival ends on the Ramnavami day.
The Vasant Navratri is more popular in North India, especially in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and other northern states. Temples in this hill states conduct elaborate festivals and melas during the period.
Read more about Chaitra Navratri
The First day begins with Ghatasthapana - installation of pot with grains.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 31, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on March 31, 2014 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day till 12:17 AM on March 31. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:00 PM. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Uttara Bhadra or Uthrittathi Nakshatra till 1:42 AM. Then onward it is Revathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rasi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Chaitra Shukladi – Vikram Samvat 2071 begins in North India calendar. Ugadi – New Year – in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Gudi Padwa – New Year in Maharashtra. Sansar Padwa in Goa. Chaitra – Ram Navratri Begins.
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of…