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Khairatabad Ganesh 2014 – Pictures of Khairatabad Ganesh Idol in 2014 for Vinayaka Chaturthi Festival

Hyderabad Khairatabad Ganesh Idol 2014 is in the form of five-headed Ganesha and is called Sri Kailasa Vishwarupa Maha Ganapati. As the Khairatabad Ganesh Utsav Committee is celeberating 60 years of formation. The murti will be of 60 feet. Ganesh Vigraha or Murti made during Ganesh Chaturthi festival at Khairatabad near Hyderabad are famous for its huge size. The Ganesha murti in 2014 is flanked by Narasimha and Goddess Durga.
Vinayaka Chaturthi festival in 2014 begins on August 29, 2014.

This is the 60th year of the Khairatabad Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

Veda Vrat Dedicated to Vedas – Chatur Ved Vrat

Veda Vrat is dedicated to Vedas – the four Vedas (Chatur Ved). The rituals associated with this Vrat begin in the Chaitra Month. Veda Vrat 2018 beginning date is March 2 – the first day of Chaitra Month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.
Rig Veda is read or heard during Chaitra, Vaishakh and Jyeshta months.
Yajur veda is read or heard during Ashada, Shravan and Bhadrapad months.
Sama Veda is read or heard during Ashwin, Kartik and Margashirsh months.
Atharva Veda is read or heard during Paush, Magh and Phalgun months.
After completion of each Veda the devotee should perform food donation.
The popular belief is that performing the Veda Vrat will help in attaining moksha while living on earth.
Some people observe the vrat for 12 years.
During the vrat period only vegetarian food is eaten. Alcohol, smoking and other such bad habits should be completely avoided.
Sex with wife is allowed during the period.
You can offer prayers to your personal deity for a year…

Virupaksha Vrat Dedicated To Shiva for Curing Of Illness and Prosperity

Virupaksha Vrat is observed in Paush month. It is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. Virupaksha Vrat 2018 date is January 1. Observing the vrat will help a person overcome fear of enemies. It helps in curing many illnesses. It is also ushers in prosperity.
The vrat is observed on the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month.
The devotee keeping the vrat observed complete fast on the day. He offers water and bel leaves to Shiva.
The person observing the vrat should do prayers to Shiva for a year. Daily morning prayers to Shiva.
After one year, the person donates food and clothes to poor people.
Virupaksha Vrat is observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi – fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month.

Vrisha Vrat in Kartik Month – Vrish Vrat

Vrish Vrat is observed in Kartik Month and is dedicated to Shiva. Vrisha Vrat 2017 date is November 4. The rituals and fasting associated with the vrat is observed on Kartik Purnima.
The popular belief is that those observing the vrat will get opportunity to reside in Kailash near the feet of Shiva.
On Kartik Purnima day, the devotee offers prayer to Shiva in the morning and evening. The person fasting only takes a single meal on the day.
Performing food donation on the day is a must.
The vrat is observed on Kartik Purnima – the full moon day in Kartik Month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.

Goddess Mangaladevi – Story of Goddess Mangaladevi

Goddess Mangaladevi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti and is mainly worshipped in South India. In some regions, as Mangala Devi is the goddess of auspiciousness – she is the mother that nourishes and protects her children. In Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Mangaladevi is closely related to Kannagi.



Goddess Mangaladevi is believed to be Kannagi, the heroine of famous Tamil poem Silappathikaram - the Epic of the Anklet.
The story has it that Kannagi’s husband Kovalan was unjustly put to death by the ruler of Madurai for stealing the anklet of the queen. Kannagi proves the innocence of her husband at the court and in anger sets the entire Madurai city on fire. She then leaves the Madurai city.
She is believed to have disappeared at the Mangaladevi temple located inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve on the Kerala – Tamil Nadu border.
In Karnataka, Mangaladevi temples are centres of Shakti worship. Here she is the kind divine mother who looks after her children on earth.

Yugavatar Vrat in Bhadrapad Month

Yugavatar Vrat is observed in Bhadrapad month and partaking the vrat is equal to performing Shradh at Gaya. Yugavatar Vrat 2017 date is August 19. A special bath is performed by the devotee performing the fasting.
On the day of the vrat during early morning hours, the person observing the vrat will rub cow dung, urine of cow (go mutra), mud and durva grass on the body. The person then takes bath. This bath has medicinal properties.
Then prayers are offered to Vishnu in a temple or at home.
Some religious scholars are of the view that Treta Yug began on the day.
Yugavatar Vrat is observed on the Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi – the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon.

Bhogavapti Vrat in Ashada Month

Bhogavapti Vrat and fasting is observed mainly in Rajasthan and nearby regions in Ashada month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India. Bhogavapti Vrat 2018 date is from June 29 to July 1. The vrat is observed during the first three days of Ashada month as per purnimat calendar followed in North India.
Prayers dedicated to Vishnu are performed for three days.
Person observing the vrat will be blessed with peace and prosperity.
On all three days pujas dedicated to Vishnu are performed in the morning and evening. The person only eats vegetarian food.
Performing annadanam or food donation during the period is considered highly meritorious.
Bhogavapti Vrat is observed from Ashada Krishna Paksha Pratipada to Tritiya – first day of the waning phase of moon in Ashada month to the third day.

Anand Ramayan in Hindi in pdf

Anand Ramayan is the story of Bhagavan Sri Ram. The holy book is the form of a conversation between Hindu God Shiva and Goddess Parvati. You can download the Anand Ramayan in Hindi in pdf format at the vedpuran website for free. It is in single file and the size is nearly 294 MB. So it is advisable that you have look at the first few pages before deciding to download the entire book.
You can download – Anand Ramayan in Hindi in pdf here.
There are some major differences between the Anand Ramayan and Valmiki Ramayana. There is no one opinion regarding the other of the Anand Ramayan.

On The Greatness of Gayatri – Sri Balakrishnananda Saraswathi

Gayatri is essentially a Maha Mantra. It is a prayer and an object of meditation. Gayatri is a mantra shakti, not just a deity.
All Devis have their avatar, but not Gayatri. Gayatri is Atman, Atman is Gayatri.
Surya cannot be described, but he is the Maha Shakti who infuses life into every living being. The power behind Surya is Gayatri.
Surya is avinashi, eternal. That is why the word varenyam in the Gayatri Mantra is loaded with meaning.
Gayatri is jnana, knowledge. She is jnana svarupini, embodiment of knowledge. It is jnana that leads one to moksha, liberation.
Gayatri is not an ordinary prayer, a prayer meant for seeking material and worldly gains. It is a mantra for the wish fulfillment of a different kind. Men and women reach higher levels of awareness by meditating on the Gayatri Mantra.
The japa of this mantra leads the chanter in proper and virtuous direction.
Contemplation and meditation on the Gayatri Mantra helps us in understanding the mysteries of the universe a…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 9, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithior the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:09 AM on July 9. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithior the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:55 PM. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithior the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra till 10:28 PM. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Trikketa Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ekadasi Fasting in Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat. Ashadi Ekadasi – Pandharpur Yatra.
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Ashada Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashada month in North India - Delhi…