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Simple Prayer for Surya – the sun god – in Hindi

Prayers are offered to Surya – the sun god in Hinduism – in the morning and evening. Here is a simple prayer dedicated to Surya in Hindi text. You can chant it daily. Prayer to Surya is done for removing bad luck and also for curing skin ailments.

Mandar Sashti Vrat in Magh Month for Sin Removal and Fulfilment of Desires

Mandar Sashti Vrat is observed in Magh month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. It is performed for removal of sin and wish fulfilment. Mandar Sashti 2018 date is January 23. It is believed that observing this Vrat dedicated to Surya will help in fulfilment of desires. 
The person observing the vrat should eat moderately on the previous day of the fasting. On the fasting day, prayers are offered to Surya Bhagavan. It is a complete fast till next day morning.
On the night of the fasting day, the person eats Mandar flower and sleeps.
The person should offer prayers to the rising sun and setting sun on the day. He should look into all eight directions and offer prayers. The mantra chanted is “Om Suryaya Namah.”
Flowers, fruits and other usual puja routine are followed on the day.
Chanting of Gayatri Mantra is highly meritorious.
The vrat is completed after offering prayers to rising sun on the Saptami day – the next day morning.
Mandar Sashti can be observed on…

Abadhak Vrat in Jyeshta Month to Remove Bad Luck

Abadhak Vrat is observed in Jyeshta month (May – June) as per traditional Hindu calendar in North India. Abadhak Vrat 2018 date is June 26. The popular belief is that observing this vrat will help in removing all sort of bad luck. It is also performed for removing foul or bad smell from the body.
Abadhak Vrat is dedicated to Surya, the sun god.
On the morning of the vrat a person takes bath in river, pond or in home. Then prayers are offered to Ganesha and rising sun. The person then offers prayers to Shwet Aak Tree or Rakta Karveer Tree or Nimba Tree.
The fasting is observed on the day from morning or evening till the setting of sun.
It is believed that a person who performs the vrat will have a clean and healthy body and lady luck will smile on him.
The vrat is observed on the Jyeshta Shukla Paksha Trayodasi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon.

Story of Koothandavar

Koothandavar is the deity worshipped in the famous KoothandavarTemple at Koovagam village in Villupuram in Tamil Nadu District. The story of Koothandavar is from the Mahabharata and is associated with the Pandava victory in the 18-day battle. Koothandavar is the deity worshipped by transgenders or eunuchs.
Koothandavar is known as Aravan in the Mahabharat.
In the Mahabharata, Koothandavar, son of Pandava prince Arjuna, agreed to become the human sacrifice so that the Pandavas can win the Kurushetra battle against the Kauravas.
However, Koothandavar wished to get married before being offered as a sacrifice.
But no woman was ready to marry the prince who was to die the next day. All women dreaded the widowhood which awaited them soon after the marriage.
As no woman was ready, Bhagvan Sri Krishna took the Mohini avatar (female incarnation) and married Koothandavar.
The next day, Sri Krishna as Mohini grieved the loss of Koothandavar by removing her thali (sacred thread tied by the gr…

Dashaphal Vrat in Shravan Month – Dasafal Vrata

Dashaphal Vrat, or Dasafala Vrata, is observed in the Shravan month mainly in North India. Dashaphal Vrat 2017 date is July 17. Sri Krishna is worshipped on the day, especially Gopalkrishna form.
People observing the vrat ties ten threads on the hand. Puja is performed with ten Tulsi leaves.
The vrat is observed by some devotees for ten years on the same day in Sawan month.
There is no fasting on the day. Vegetarian food is eaten.
It is highly meritorious to perform food donation or annadanam on the day.
Dashaphal Vrat is observed during the Shravan Krishna Paksha Ashtami – the eighth day during the Shravan month. Ashtami Tithi should be present during sunrise to observe the vrat.

Harkali Puja – Har Kali Puja

Harkali Puja is annually held in Shravan month. It is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti. Harkali Puja 2017 date is July 17. The rituals of Har Kali are annually held in eastern parts of India. It is closely associated with Tantric and adivasi or tribal worship.
On the day same day Kher Puja is organized in Tripura and northeastern parts of India.
Har Kali Puja is held on the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month – this is the Shravan Krishna Paksha Ashtami.

Bhauma Amavasya

Amavasya or no moon day falling on Tuesday is considered highly auspicious in Hinduism. It is known as Bhauma Amavasya. The Amavas on March 28, 2017 and September 19, 2017 falls on Tuesday.
The popular belief is that taking bath on the day in sacred waters is equal to taking holy bath during millions of Surya Grahan or Solar Eclipse.
The day is also beneficial for those having trouble in the horoscope related to Mangal Grah.
It is also an ideal day for propitiating Shiva.
Bhauma is one of the names of Mangal or Maras one of the Navgrahas.

Durgakund Mela at Varanasi – Durgakund Temple Fair and Festival

Durgakund Mela is annually held in the Shravan month. The fair and festival organized near the DurgaTemple in Varanasi attracts thousands of devotees. Durgakund Mela 2017 date in Varanasi is on July 10.
Swayambhu murti (divinely formed) of Goddess Durga is worshipped in the temple. The temple is noted for its red color.
Durgakund is a big rectangular pond in front of the temple. The mela is annually held on the first day during the Shravan month in North India calendar – Shravan Krishna Paksha Pratipada.

Oman – Lunar Eclipse April 4, 2015 Time in Oman – Chandra Grahan Timing in Oman in April 4, 2015

A Total lunar eclipse, Chandra Grahan, taking place on April 4, 2015 in India will not be visible in Muscat and other places in Oman. The time of the eclipse in Oman is not needed as the April 4, 2015 is not visible in the region. This is a minor partial eclipse and takes place in Hasta Nakshatra and in Kanya Rashi.
You don’t need to follow this Chandra Grahan if you are living in Oman.
Please note that pregnant woman need not worry about this Lunar Eclipse. Please keep cool and remain calm. There is nothing to worry.
You may also like to read Pregnant Women and Lunar Eclipse as per Hindu Tradition
Story of Lunar Eclipse in Hindu Religion

Declining Water in Panchaganga River in Kolhapur in Maharashtra Reveal Ancient Murtis and Temples

PanchagangaRiver in Kolhapur in Maharashtra is currently under the impact of drought in western part of India. The water levels have receded revealing ancient temples, ghats and murtis (idols). The temples and murtis revealed are more than 1000 years old. An important Ghat on the banks named Mayur Ban is now visible.
People who are living in the region are now cleaning and sprucing up the ancient temples and murtis.
The residing water has also revealed some sati stones. Times of India reports Some sati stones have also been found in the water. Sati, the ancient Indian tradition of forceful immolation of a widow on her husband's funeral pyre, was banned in 1829. Though veergals are known to this part of south Maharashtra, sighting Sati stones, carvings in the memory of the widow who was burned alive, has surprised experts. Malekar, along with senior researcher Umakant Raninga and A N Damle, secretary of Itihas Sankalan Samiti, Kolhapur visited the ghats and tried to identify the pl…

We will only be able to make others free when we free ourselves first – Dadi Janki

If my friends and relations do not choose to accompany me on my spiritual path, why should I chase after them trying to get them to change? They won’t listen to me anyway, no matter what I say. A better approach is to focus on my own change process. A river doesn’t need to urge people into drinking its water. People are naturally drawn to it, provided its waters are pure, free-flowing and sweet. In the same way, become so attractive through your spiritual efforts that everyone will want to join you, naturally.
We are hindered in this by attachments, which tend to make us forget that our well-being is not dependent on others at all, that we each have the capacity to flow and sparkle in our own unique way. Having forgotten this, we developed the habit of turning to others to feel good about ourselves. Using other people in this way is a deceptive source of well-being, and this deception leads to a great deal of pain. We can change this habit by keeping an eye on our aim. If we don’t, o…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 8, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithior the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:56 AM on July 8. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithior the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra till 10:56 PM. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi till 4:47 PM. Then onward it is Vrischika Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ekadasi Fasting in majority of regions except in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Devashayani Ekadasi. Chatur Mas begins. Toli Ekadasi.
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