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Gayatri Navratri

Gayatri Navratri, or Maa Shakambari Devi Navratra, is observed during the Ashada or Ashara Month (June – July). In 2018, Gayatri Navratri festival begins on July 13 and ends on July 21. This Navratri is popularly known as Gupt Navratri or Ashada Navratra. The nine-days are dedicated to the worship of the various forms of Goddess Shakti.
Ashada Navratri is mainly dedicated to the worship of Goddess Varahi, one of the Sapta Matrikas (Seven Mothers). This Navratri festival is more popular in North India and in certain parts of Andhra Pradesh.
Goddess Gayatri is also worshipped during this Navratri. But she is not worshipped during the Sharan Navratri (September/October).
Ashada Navratri is celebrated as Guhya Navratri in Himachal Pradesh. 
The nine-day festival of Ashada Navratri is of importance at the KanakaDurgaTemple in Vijayawada and in the BadrakaliTemple in Warangal. The festival here is known as the Shakambari Navratras.

November 2015 Hindu Auspicious Marriage Dates in North India– Vivah Dates in November 2015 in North India

These are the Hindu auspicious marriages dates for November 2015 for various regions in North India based on Hindu Panchang and calendar – Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir. You must be aware that marriage dates are based on calendars followed in various regions and there is no uniformity. Below are the marriage dates in northern parts of India in November 2015.
The Hindu Marriage dates in North India for November 2015
November 22 November 23 early morning hours November 26 and November 27
No marriage dates in the first fortnight of November 2015 due to Chaturmas in Hindu Lunar calendar.

Story of Lord Vithal at Pandarpur – Story of Panduranga Vittala

Lord Vithal, or Panduranga Vittala, is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is worshipped in the world famous PandarpurRukminiVithalTemple at Pandarpur in Maharashtra. There is an interesting story that explains about the incarnation of Lord Vithal at Pandarpur.
Once a devotee named Pundalik was traveling to Kashi and reached the Ashram of Saint Kukkut. He asked the sage the way to Kashi. Kukkut Rishi said that he did not know the way to Kashi and he had never been there.
Pundalik made fun of Kukkut Rishi for not knowing the way to Kashi and said that a holy man like him should have already visited Kashi. Kukkut Rishi kept quiet and did not bother to answer Pundalik. During the course of the night Pundalik heard the voice of women in the ashram. 
He came to out to look what was happening and saw that three women were sprinkling water on the Ashram and cleaning it.
On enquiry, Pundalik found out that the three women were Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswathi and they had come to clean the Ashram…

Five Jagannath Murtis (Idols) Worshipped in Puri Jagannath Temple

In the PuriJagannathTemple there are five Jagannath Murtis (or idols) that are worshipped. The main murti is found in the Ratnavedi in the main sanctum sanctorum at Puri Jagannath temple. There are four other Murti worshipped in the Jagannath temple.
Two of the murtis are found in the inner compound of the main temple and two are found in the outer compound. All the four murtis have a story, history and religious reason for being in the temple.
Patitapaban Jagannath – This murti is found in the entrance – Simhadwar – of the temple. This murti is for all those people who cannot enter the main temple due to various reasons.
Tirtheswar of Puri – This murti is found in the western part of the main temple. The temple is known as Charidham Mandir or Rameswar Mandir. The murti here is the representation of murtis worshipped at Badrinath, Rameshwar and Dwaraka. Worshipping the four together is equal to visiting the four dhams.
Neelamadhab – This murti is located in the inner compound. This murt…

The secret of success is conviction and persistence – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower, and draws all good things toward you.

Go to the absolute ultimate reality, and all levels of relativity will cease to be a burden. Be illumined, and life will ever be in freedom and fullness, away from the darkness of ignorance.

Naturalness is the basis of effectiveness.

Do not pay attention to every leaf in your orchard. Water the root, and enjoy the fruit.

Responsibility can never be given. It can only be taken.

The secret of success is conviction and persistence.

We must take situations as they are. We must only change our mental attitudes towards them. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Today’s Hindu Calendar – June 21, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, June 21, 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 Tithior the ninth day during the waning phase of moon till 1:37 PM on June 21. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithior the tenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Uttarabhadra or Uthrittathi Nakshatra till 1:51 AM. Then onward it is Revathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Dakshinayana begins
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Ashada Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Ashada 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 – Jyeshta Krishna Paks…