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Shravan Month in Gujarat – Importance of Sawan Mahina in Hindu Gujarati Culture

Shravan (July – August) is one of the holiest months in a traditional Hindu calendar. Each region in India considers this month as holy and numerous vrats and rituals are performed during the period. In 2018, Shravan Month in Gujarat begins on August 12 and ends on September 9. Shravan is the 10th month in a traditional Gujarati calendar and numerous Vrat and rituals are observed in the month.

In Gujarat, Shravan is the month of Vrats and the Vrat cycle for many Hindu communities commences in Shravan. There are people who only take a single meal during the Shravan month. Strict vegetarian diet is followed by many. Some people read a particular holy scripture during the month.

Mondays in Shravan month is dedicated to Lord Shiva and devout Hindus perform the Shravan Somvar Vrat and continue it on all Mondays in Sawan. Some people observe it for years on the Shravan month. Usually, Shravan somwar Vrat is observed to get a good husband or for the welfare and long life of husbands and for…

Godha Jayanti in Vishnu Temples

Godha Jayanti, also known as Andal Jayanti, is dedicated to Andal, an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. This unique festival in Tamil month Aadi celebrates the birth of Godha Jayanti in Vishnu Temples. Godha Jayanti 2017 date is July 26. It is observed on the Pooram or Puram birth star, which is one among the 27 Nakshatras in Hindu astrology.
Godha is renowned for her steadfast devotion for Sri Ranganatha (Lord Vishnu) and for the unparalled literary compositions of Thiruppavai and the Nachiyar Thirumozhi.
There are numerous legends in Tamil folklore which clearly indicates that Godha is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. Even her birth is wrapped in mystery. You can read about an important legend here.
Godha Jayanti is of great significance in Vishnu Temples in Tamil Nadu.

Vishwanath Mandir at Uttarkashi – Famous Shiva Temple at Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand

Vishwanath Mandir at Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand is dedicated to Shiva and is one of the famous temples in the region. The temple is also referred as ShriKashiVishwanathTemple. Information about the temple is found in the Kedar Khand of the Skanda Purna. Shiva mentions in it that Uttarkashi is the Kashi of Kaliyuga, the present age.

The swayambhu Shivling in the temple is very unique as it leans towards the south. This makes the Vishwanath Mandir holy and it is mentioned in some scriptures that the temple is as holy as all the 12 jyotrilingas put together.
Some legends suggest that it was on this Shivling that young Markandeya held on to escape from Yama. Shiva appeared and chastised Yama for attempting to take the life of a Shiva devotee.
The temple has a shrine dedicated to Ma Shakti. A 19.5 feet Trishul is found in the temple. As per local legend the trident has the combined power of Vishnu’s Sudarshana Chakra, Shiva’s trident and Parashuram’s axe.
There are murtis of Ganesha, Dund…

The wise grieve neither for the living nor the dead – Bhagavad Gita

People today, because they are driven by insatiable desires, have become tightly bound by scheming and anger. They spend their lives grabbing for riches and amassing wealth. Stuffed until choking with pride and conceit, drunk with their own affluence and assets, they have given themselves to the dark forces of insolence and cruelty. Thus they sing deeper into their despondency.
The wise grieve neither for the living nor the dead.
There was never a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor any of these rulers of men; nor will we ever cease to be hereafter.
Contacts of the senses with objects produce cold and heat pleasure and pain. They come and go and are impermanent. Bear with them. The person who these cannot afflict, who is the same in pleasure and pain, wise, he is fit for immortality.

This Self cannot be cut, cannot be burnt, cannot be made wet, cannot be dried up. It is eternal, all-pervading, stable, immovable and primeval. Bhagavad Gita