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Diwali Holidays 2016

Diwali Holidays 2016 will begin on the last week of October 2016. Schools will be closed a week earlier in India. Diwali 2016 date is October 30 as per Hindu Calendar - India Standard Time. In 2016, the Diwali holiday dates are – Dhanteras on October 28. Deepavali in South India - October 29. Diwali in west, north and east on October 30. Lakshmi Puja on October 30. Diwali Padwa and Gujarati New Year on October 31 and Bhai Dhooj on November 1.
The most popular Hindu festival Diwali literally means ‘an array of lamps.’ The festival signifies the victory of good over evil – where the good and the evil are present in us. 
Diwali holidays are the much-awaited time of the year. Filled with fun and frolic, people use the holidays to visit parents, friends and relatives. Most people also use the opportunity to go on a vacation to exotic locations as the climate is highly favorable.

Complete 2016 Diwali Calendar

Perform Upakarma 2014 in Chennai in Tamil Nadu

If you are looking to perform Upakarma in Chennai on August 10, 2014, here is an opportunity to perform it under a learned Vedic scholar and priest. Upakarma is a ritual associated with Hindu Brahmin community especially in South India and it is the day the sacred thread worn by Brahmins known as ‘Yagnopavitam’ is changed.
This particular information was provided by Sarma Sastrigal, Vedic scholar, priest and author of several Hindu spiritual books.

How Kubera Became the King of Yakshas and Kinnaras?

Kubera, the treasurer of Gods, is also the king of Yakshas and Kinnaras. He was the elder brother of Ravana – the demon King in the Ramayana. Here is story as to how Kubera became the lord of Yakshas and Kinnaras.
Sage Vaishravana had three sons – Kubera, Ravana and Vibhishana. Kubera was the king of Lanka. But he was defeated by Ravana. The demon king also took away all the wealth of Kubera including the aerial vehicle, Pushpaka Vimana.
The displaced king roamed around the world and years later he reached Kashi. Here he offered prayers to Shiva for several years.
Shiva always helped those whom the world shuns. Kubera was short, with a big potbelly and had only one eye. The world was not kind to him but Shiva was.
Shiva gave him several boons and made him the treasurer of wealth of gods. He asked Kubera to go and live in the city of Alakapuri in the Himalayas.
He then made kubera the king of Yakshas and Kinnaras.

Yakshas and Kinnaras are semi diving beings in Hinduism.

Bihar Lunar Eclipse Time on January 31, 2018 – Chandra Grahan time in Patna on January 31, 2018

A Total lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Bihar on January 31, 2018. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Purnia, Darbhanga and other towns from 5:18 PM on January 31 to 8:41 PM on January 31, 2018 – as per Indian standard time.
The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.
Detail Timing of Lunar Eclipse in Bihar Eclipse begins 5:18 PM on January 31Mid Eclipse is at 7:00 PM on January 31Eclipse ends at 8:41 PM on January 31

Baba Baidyanath Live Darshan – Online Live Darshan from Deoghar Baba Dham Live Video

BabaBaidyanathTemple, dedicated to God Shiva, is one of the Jyotirlinga Temples in India. The Deoghar Baba Dham is now offering live darshan. You can view the live video online for free. The live darshan from Baba Baidyanath temple was started recently. There are many cams installed. Rarely do we get to view the main Shivling worshipped in the temple.

You can find the live darshan here at the official website.

Gopeshwar Mandir near Chamoli – Rudranath or Gopinath Temple in Uttarakhand

Gopeshwar Mandir, also known as Rudranath or GopinathTemple, is an important Shiva shrine and is located at Chamoli on the ancient routine between Badrinath and Kedarnath. The temple was built by Katyuri dynasty between ninth and eleventh century. The temple is around 10 km from Chamoli on the way to Ukhimath.

Legend has it that Rati, wife of Kamdev, meditated here after her husband was burned into ashes by Shiva. Pleased with the devotion of Rati, Shiva appeared before her at Gopeshwar and gave her the boon that Kamdev will reappear. Some religious scholars believe Shiva reduced Kamdev to ashes at Gopeshwar.
Another legend has it that a trident of Parashuram was broken into three parts to calm him when he was annihilating Kshatriyas. A part of the trident can be found in the temple.
The main square sanctum sanctorum enshrines a swayambhu Shivling named as Gopinath. Nandi and Shiva Parviar can be found in this main sanctum.
The temple complex has murtis of Ganesha, Hanuman, Vishnu, B…

Chandrasekara Saraswati Swamigal of Kamakoti Teachings on Desire

When we intensely desire an object we try to get it by fair means or foul. It is deadly enemy, desire: it eggs us on to commit sin.
While desire fulfilled leads to further desire, desire frustrated turns into anger, like the rebound of a ball thrown at a wall.
A person in the grip of desire loses his reasoning power and consequently all this actions will be in the wrong directions.
Desire flares up like fire. The more it is fed the more it becomes hungry. Indeed desire blackens your mind. When a desire is gratified there is joy for the moment, but soon it goes in search for more ‘food’ and in the process we lose our peace of mind and happiness and become victims of sorrow and anger.
If you wish to be free from the evils of desire you ought to free yourself of thought that you are the body and this should happen when you are in this world.
Chandrasekara Saraswati Swamigal