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Maharishi Naval Swami Jayanti – Sat Guru Naval Maharaj Jayanti

Maharishi Naval Swamiji worked for the upliftment of the downtrodden and for the unification of low caste Hindus. Sat Guru Naval Maharaj Jayanti is the birth anniversary of the pious soul and is held in the Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Maharishi Naval Swami Jayanti 2018 date is September 3.
From a very young age Sat Guru Naval Maharaj showed inclination towards spirituality. He was born when the whole world was celebrating Sri Krishna Janmashtami.
Throughout his life he fought against various inequalities in the society.
Sat Guru Naval foundation and various other organizations conduct numerous programs and philanthropic activities on the day.

Seemolanghan during Dasara - Simolanghan Ritual during Vijayadasami

Semmolanghan is observed during Dasara and it held great significance during ancient times. Seemolanghan 2018 date is October 18. Seema is ‘limit or confines’ and langhan means ‘to defy or to cross.’ Earlier, villagers who were confined to a particular area were allowed to break the barriers and visit villages that were out of bounds during the other periods. Simolanghan Ritual during Vijayadasami is famous in some temples in Maharashtra.
Today too people make use of the day to do things that are not done usually during other periods. Some people go on trekking to tough mountains on the day.
Seemolanghan is observed on Ashwin Shukla Paksha Dasami or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon.

Kalaratri Saptami

Kalaratri Saptami is observed on the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month. Kalaratri Saptami 2018 date is October 16. It is observed on the seventh day of Navratri. Goddess Kalratri is worshipped on the day.
Goddess Kalaratri is the one of the fiercest forms of Durga and her appearance itself evokes fear.
Kalaratri is depicted as having four hands and her vehicle, or mount, is a donkey. She can curse and bless and is known to create havoc. This form primarily depicts that life also has a negative side – Tamas.
Tantric followers perform special puja on Kalaratri Saptami. Pujas are held during the night.
Kalaratri Saptami puja is held on Ashwin Shukla Paksha Saptami or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu lunar calendar.

Yajnavaraha Form of Vishnu – Yajna Varaha Murti

Yajnavaraha is an important murti form of the Varaha or Boar Avatar of Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu. The Yajnavaraha form is white in complexion with four arms. The unique aspect of this murti form is that both Bhudevi and Lakshmi Devi are found on the left and right side of Varaha murti.
Yajnavaraha is always depicted as sitting on a simhasana - throne.
The murti has four hands and holds Sankha and Chakra.
The right leg of the murti hangs down and the left leg rests on the throne.
The murti is always adorned with yellow garments and various ornaments.
Goddess Lakshmi sits on the right side and she has golden yellow color. Her right leg hangs down and the left leg rests on the throne. Her one hand rests on the throne and the other carries a lotus.
Goddess Bhudevi sits on the left side and she has a dark complexion. Her right leg rests on the throne and the left leg hands down. Her right hand holds a nilotpala flower (blue lotus). The right hand rests on the throne. The face of the godde…

Shradh Tarpan And Other Death Rituals For Those Committed Suicide

The rites and rituals on the fourteenth day during the Pitru Paksha fortnight is also offered to those people who committed suicide. The day is known as Ghat Chaturdashi in some regions. Observed in Ashwin month, the Shradh and tapan date for those committed suicide is on October 7, 2018.
There is a popular belief among some devout Hindus that the souls of those people who had an unnatural death wander around and do not rest in peace. Hindus perform special pujas, rites and rituals for the dead person’s soul to rest in peace.
Pitru Paksha fortnight Shradh rites and rituals observed during the Krishna Paksha of Ashwin month are considered apt for giving peace to the souls of all types of unnatural deaths.
All Shradh rituals are best performed with the help of knowledgeable elderly person or a qualified priest.

Mana Chaturti

Mana Chaturthi is observed in Ashwin month mainly in Bengal, Orissa and other Eastern states of India. Mana Chaturti 2018 date is October 12. This is observed during the Navratri and Durga Puja period.
This ritual is observed during the Ashwin Shukla Paksha Chaturthi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month.

Receive Prasad from Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Mahakaleshwar Mandir Via India Post in Shravan Month

Indian postal department has tied up with the management of KashiVishwanathTemple and Mahakaleshwar Mandir to send Prasad from the temples to the homes of devotees via the speed post service of India Post in Shravan month. Special pujas are conducted in both the temples during the Shravan month. Times of India reports  Director, postal services, Allahabad region, Krishna Kumar Yadav that as per an agreement between Kashi Vishwanath Mandir Trust and department of posts, it has been decided to make available prasad from the temple to devotees. The devotees need to send a money order of Rs 60 addressed to senior superintendent of post office, Varanasi (East). In return, they will get 'bhabhuti' (ash), rudraksh, laminated photograph of Lord Shiva and Shiv Chalisa. The prasad will be send by Kashi Vishwanath Mandir Trust.  Prasad from Shri Mahakaleshwar Jyotirling Mandir in Ujjain can also be ordered by post.
To avail this facility, a devotee will have to send a money order of Rs 1…

Anandeshwar Mandir – Shiva Temple at Parmat in Civil Lins in Kanpur

Anandeshwar Mandir located at Parmat in Civil Lines in Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh is a famous ShivaTemple in the region. The Shivling worshipped in the temple appeared on its own. Hundreds of bells and the rare 12 window main gate make the temple unique. The present structure of the temple was built during 18th century.
Legend has it that a cow named Anandi used to shed its milk at a particular place. The owner of the cow one day discovered this activity and soon found that the cow was shedding milk on a Shivling.
People tried to move the Shivling to a better place but they could not find the end of the Shivling after several hours of digging. Then they built a small temple and started worshipping the Shivling.
There are murtis of several Hindu gods in the temple including Ganesha, Annapurna, Kartik, Kaal Bhairav, Kali and Goddess Parvati.
The main Shivling in the temple is north facing. Gangajal constantly falls on the Shivling from a silver pitcher tied on the ceiling.
Nearly 300,00…

A noisy and pushy mind leads one to a state of unhappiness – Swami Sukhabodhananda

The mind is a bundle of thoughts. More than heart attacks, we suffer from thought attacks.
Thought can make you; thought can break you.
Take lessons from nature. It never allows anything to cling to it. What comes has to go. Learn this lesson.
Let thoughts come and go. Remain detached.
A noisy and pushy mind leads one to a state of unhappiness.
Uncertainty is not the problem – how you deal with it is.
Mind creates misery by its desires, expectations, anger and jealousy stimulated by unnecessary comparisons. Swami Sukhabodhananda

Dakor Mela – Temple Festival and Fair at Dakor Temple in Gujarat

Dakor Mela, also known as Dakorji Mela, is observed on the Ashwin Purnima day. Dakor Mela 2018 date is October 24. Dakor Festival after Holi will be observed from March 3. The mela which includes a fair and festival attracts thousands of devotees. DakorTemple is dedicated to Sri Krishna.
The Purnima or full moon day is considered highly auspicious day in the temple. It is believed that on the Ashwin Purnima day arrived at Dakor as Ranchodrai.
Another important mela in the temple is observed during the Phalgun month after Holi.