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Somvati Amavasya April 2014 date and time – Somavati Amavasi – No moon day on Monday, April 28, 2014

Somvati Amavasi, or Somavati Amavasya, is the no moon day that falls on a Monday or Somvar. Somvati Amavasya April 2014 date is April 28. Somvati Tithi time is from 12:01 PM on April 28. Please note that the Amavasya is marked on April 29 but the tithi starts on April 28. Shradh should be performed on the morning of April 29.
Monday is considered to be the day to worship Shiva as per Hindu Astrology.
Amavas falling on Monday is considered one of the auspicious days to propitiate Shiva.
What to do on Somvati Amavasya?
Take holy dip in holy rivers, ponds, lakes and other sacred water bodies.
Offer prayers to Ganesha and Shiva.
Do Annadanam or food donation to poor children and elderly.
Somvar Vrat – fasting dedicated to Shiva on Somvar (Monday) is highly auspicious. One meal without salt or opt for fruit diet. Fast is from sunrise to sunset. It is believed that by observing Somvar Vrat one will get good life partner.

Kanyakumari Temple Timings - Opening and Closing and Darshan Time at Kanyakumari Devi Temple

KanyakumariTemple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavati Amman – a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Kanyakumari Temple Timings in detail is given below. The opening and closing darshan time of the temple will be extended during festival and auspicious days. KanyakumariTemple Timings Morning Darshan Time 4:30 AM to 12:15 PM
Evening Darshan Time 4 PM to 8:15 PM
There will be extended darshan during Car festival (May / June) and Navratri (September / October).
The temple will be closed for a certain period when there is grahan or eclipse in South India.

Sound of Shankh – Why Conch or Shankh Is Blown In Hindu Homes during Pujas?

Shankadvani is the sound made using conch or shankh during pujas, rituals and other auspicious occasions in Hindu homes. But why is conch blown during pujas and other rituals. Presence of Shankh in home suggests prosperity.
Every evening a family member must blow the conch while performing pujas and prayers. Conch is associated with Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. It is also considered a holy item and is present in a Hindu home and is worshipped like a deity.
The sound of Shankh is used announce auspiciousness. It is also a welcome signal to the gods. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi visits the home from where the sound of the Shankh is heard. This is one reason why some communities equate Shankh to Goddess Lakshmi.
Conch is blown during child birth, nuptial ceremonies, annaprashna and upanayana.
The sound of Shankh is the sound of auspiciousness, hope and positive signal.
Related Dakshinavarti Shankh or Conch – Right-Turned Conch
Panchajanya Conch of Sri Krishna

Tula Rashi Rudraksha – Which Rudraksha Should Tula Rashi Born People Wear?

Tula Rashi born people should wear Rudraksh with six and seven faces. Wearing of which will bring in all round success to Tula Rashi or Libra Zodiac. Each Rashi born people as per Hindu Astrology should wear a particular face Rudraksha for success, love, peace and prosperity.
The deity associated with six face Rudraksha is Kartik or Muruga
The deity associated with four face Rudraksh is Kamdev.
One wearing six face will have the blessing of Surya. The devotee who wears seven face will also have the blessing of Shani.
Along with wearing of the Rudraksh one should practice self control, worship of personal deity and good thoughts.
Performing food donation and distributing clothes after the wearing the Rurdraksh is highly meritorious for Tula Rashi People.
It is believed that wearing the above said Rudrakshas by a Tula Rashi person will remove all worries and problems. And it ushers in peace and prosperity.

Pushya Nakshatra Colour – Which is the Lucky Color of Pushya Nakshatra?

Pushya Nakshatra is the eighth birth star among the 27 Nakshatras in Hindu Astrology. The lucky colors associated with Pushya Nakshatra are white and silver. As per Hindu astrology a particular type of color is dedicated to a certain Nakshatra which is lucky for the birth star.
Pushya Nakshatra is housed in Karka Rashi or Cancer Zodiac
Wearing white or silver color dress for interviews and other competitions are lucky for those people born in this Nakshatra.
The colors to be completely avoided are deep blue and ash color.

Vamana Avatar Temple at Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu - Ulagalanda Perumal temple Dedicated to Vishnu

Vamana Avatar is the fifth incarnation of Vishnu and temples dedicated to Vaman Avatar are very rare. One such rare Vamana Avatar temple is the Ulagalanda Perumal temple at Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. The Vamana murti worshipped in the temple is 35 feet – with left leg lifted high and the right leg resting on the head of King Bali.
Ulagalanda Perumal temple is one the 108 Divya Desham Temples.
The main murti worshipped in the temple is made of sand and lime. Two fingers of the left hand and one finger of the right hand is in raised position – as if stating I have measured with two steps the sky and earth and where should I put my third step. (You can read story of Vamana Incarnation here)
The Utsava murtis (processional deities) of Vishnu along with his consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi are found in the main shrine.
Apart from the Vamana murti, the temple is also home to three are other murtis of Vishnu. Each of these four murtis are counted as a separate Divya Desham.
The murti worshipped…

Simplicity is the secret of true beauty – Sadhu Vaswani

Let your thoughts dwell on the invisible, for thoughts are internal forces.
Simplicity is the secret of true beauty.
To defend the weak, to guard those that are below us in the scale of evolution, is to grow in the nobility and strength of life.
Stand up with faith in Him who leads us on, out of storm into calm, out of darkness into Light!
Every day, man must be, for some time at least, alone with God.
Sadhu Vaswani

Every passion is a distraction – Sadhu Vaswani

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 23, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on April 23, 2014 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon till 9:34 PM on April 23. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatra till 2:57 PM. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rasi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Vaishakh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Jayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1936 – Chaitra Krishn…