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Amar Das Baba Punyatithi at Risod in Washim District – Sant Amardas Baba

Amar Das Baba Punyatithi is annually held in Bhadrapad month at Risod in Washim District in Maharashtra . Amar Das Baba Punyatithi 2023 date is September 16. This is the death anniversary of Sant Amar Das Baba. Amardas Baba was a pious saint in the great Bhakti tradition. He was noted for his spiritual teachings and philanthropic activities. Amardas Baba Mandir is located at Risod in Washim District. Satsang and Jatra are held on the occasion of the Punyatithi. Amar Das Baba Punyatithi is annually held on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Pratipada or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Marathi calendar in Maharashtra .

Sant Sena Maharaj Punyatithi

Sant Sena Maharaj was an ardent devotee of Lord Vitthal and Rukmini. His punyatithi or death anniversary is annually held in the Shravan month. Sant Sena Maharaj Punyatithi 2023 date is September 11. Sri Sena Nhavi – popularly known as Sant Sena Maharaj – was a barber by occupation. It is said that he was immersed in the worship of Lord Vitthal that one day he had acquired the wrath of a local king. To pacify the king and rescue Sri Sena Nhavi it is said that Lord Vitthal himself appeared. The great Lord appearing as a barber to rescue his devotee impressed Sant Sena Maharaj who then became a Bhakti saint in the tradition of Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj and Sant Tukaram Maharaj. Sant Sena Maharaj Punyatithi is annually held on the Shravan Krishna Paksha Dwadasi – the 12 th day during waning phase of moon as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra .

Durga Saptashloki mp3 prayer – Download Saptashloki Durga Stotra in mp3 for free

Durga Saptashloki is a prayer dedicated to Goddess Durga. This Saptashloki Durga prayer in mp3 audio format is provided by Kamakoti Ashram and you can download it for free. Chanting this prayer is considered an easy way to please Goddess Durga. It is believed that daily chanting of prayer helps in fulfilling one’s wishes. Link – Durga Saptashloki mp3 – (current the site is not providing the download) in the link right click on the audio click to play and use the save link as option.

108 Names of Muruga with meaning in English in pdf format

The 108 names of Muruga were first chanted by Sage Viswamitra and is found in the Skanda Purana. You can download the 108 names with meaning in English in pdf format below. It is believed that those who recite the 108 names of Muruga become courageous, contented, and happy. Those pregnant women who reads or hears the 108 names would be blessed with a son of virtue and fortune; and if unmarried girls read they are sure to secure ideal husbands. Link - 108 Names of Muruga in pdf format

Jhula Teej – Hariyali Jhoola or Swing Teej in Shravan Month

Jhula Teej is observed on the third day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Shravan month. Jhula Teej 2023 date is August 19. The ritual is also popularly known as Hariyali Jhula Teej and is the first of the three important Teej festivals in  North India . Jhula Teej is dedicated to Shiva and Goddess Parvati. On the day, women pray for the welfare of their husbands and for a happy married life. In some regions in  North India , Jhula Teej is dedicated to the eternal love of Lord Krishna and Radha. Some Hindu communities worship Chand or Chandra – the moon god - on the day. The day is also of great importance in Vrindavan. Numerous fairs and festivals are also observed on the day in many parts of  North India , especially in Rajasthan where color processions of the idols of Goddess Parvati are taken out. Numerous fairs and festivals are also observed on the day in many parts of  North India , especially in Rajasthan where color processions of the idols of

Story of Origin of Kusha Grass Involving Bhagvan Sri Ram and Mata Sita

There are numerous stories regarding the origin of Kusha Grass. One interesting story involves Bhagvan Sri Ram and Mata Sita. Legend has it that Mata Sita decided to return to Mother Earth. Earth opened up to receive her daughter. Sita entered into the opening. Bhagvan Sri Ram attempted to pull her back. However, He could only grab a few strands of hair of Mata Sita. The hair of Mata Sita took the form of Kusha grass. Some of the other stories associated with the origin of the Kusha Grass claim that it was born from Brahma and Vishnu. Another story indicates that demon Jayanta who carried away the pot of elixir (Amrita) after Samudra Manthan kept it in four places and Kusha Grass grew in the places where the pot was kept. Kusha Grass garlands are widely offered to Ganesha in South India. Today Kusha grass is widely used in medicines meant to cure indigestion and other stomach ailments. Seat made of Kusha Grass is used by Vedic pundits.

Goddess Chatpati Mata – Information about Chatpati Mata

Chatpati Mata is a regional deity worshipped mainly in Varanasi or Kashi. Goddess Chatpati Mata is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. People offer worship to her for quick recovery from fever. Chatpati means quickly or instantly. Such deities are formed when there is a great epidemic. The belief is that Mother Goddess Shakti takes new forms every time when her children are in distress. Goddess Chatpati Mata is mainly worshipped in Benaras or Varanasi . 

Sarada Ashram at Ulundurpet in Tamil Nadu Grows 150 Varieties of Traditional Paddy and Herbal Plants

Sarada Ashram at Ulundurpet in Tamil Nadu is associated with the Ramakrishna Mission. The Sarada Ashram is dedicated to the upliftment of women. One of the praiseworthy activities of the ashram is agriculture – 150 varieties of paddy and numerous herbal plants are cultivated on the lands belonging to the Sarada Ashram. The Ashram has also adopted 150 villages. The Hindu reports These traditional paddy varieties have unique properties. For example, Neelachamba and Kuzhiyadichaan help increase lactation in nursing mothers. Diabetics who take Maapillai Samba are able to reduce their insulin dose. If you thought that grains that can be harvested quickly are a recent phenomenon, think again. Arubataamkuruvai and Kaattuyaanam can be harvested in 60 and 180 days respectively. Kalarpaalai can be grown where water is scarce and the soil is bad. Vaadansamba does well where the soil is good, but water is scarce. Madumuzhangi is for areas prone to flooding. Hundred and fifty

Alakhnath Mandir – Shiva Temple at Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh

Alakhnath Mandir, located in Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, is dedicated to Shiva. Alakhnath Shiva Temple is an important center of Anand Akhara of the Naga Sadhus. A unique aspect of this mandir is that it is never closed. The temple is always open. There are numerous small shrines in the huge compound of the temple. The puja details of the main Shivling is a secret and is only revealed to an apt student who is a Naga Sanyasi. The main Shivling worshipped in the temple is located in a small trench. It is nearly 1 foot high. The temple is routinely visited by Ash smeared Naga Sadhus. The temple complex also has numerous ash pits. A major highlight of the temple is a huge 51-feet sindhoor colored Hanuman murti. A very old Vat Vriksha is found in the temple complex with huge bells tied on it. Naga Alikhiya Baba, also known as Alakh Giri, attained Samadhi here. The spot can be seen in the temple. There is a pond in the temple with floating rocks brought from Rame