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Somvati Amavasya August 2014 – No moon day on Monday – Somavati Amavasi Date and Time in August 2014

When Amavasya, or no moon day, in a traditional Hindu calendar falls on a Monday it is known as Somvati Amavas. The Amavasya in August 2014 is on August 25, Monday and it is Somavati Amavasya – Time is from sunrise to 6:48 PM on August 25. Therefore many regional calendars have marked it as Somavati Amavasya. This is the Bhadrapad Amavasi in North Indian Calendars and it is the Shravan Amavasya in calendars followed in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
Somavati Amavas is considered holy and auspicious and millions of people take a holy bath in sacred Rivers like Ganga and Yamuna on the day. Married men and women also perform different pujas and rituals and also undertake Somavara Amavas Vrat.
There is also a popular belief the soul of ancestors will rest in peace if children and relatives take a holy dip in the sacred rivers on Somvati Amavas.
The day is of great importance in Khandoba Temples in Maharashtra.
The importance of Somvati Amavas was narrated to Yudhisht…

2014 August – Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious days in August 2014

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in August 2014– based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and auspicious days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST). You can also find good dates in August 2014 for various purposes including house warming, joining job, buying car or house, moving into new rented home etc in various other posts in the blog.
August 1, 2014 – Nag Panchami August 2 – Kalki Jayanti August 3 – Aadi Perukku in Tami Culture August 4 – Shravan Somvar Vrat August 5 – Mangala Gouri Puja August 7 – Ekadasi Fasting August 8 – Varalakhsmi Puja August 8 – Pradosh Vrat August 10 – Purnima August 10 – Raksha Bandhan

Dakshin Mukhi Hanuman – About Dakshinamukhi Hanumanji

The south facing form of Hanumanji is known as Dakshin Mukhi Hanuman and is worshipped by people who are suffering from constant fear, troubles, and do not have peace in life.  Dakshinamukhi Hanumanji helps such devotees. As per Hindu belief, Kaal or Yama, the god of death, resides in the South (Dakshin), and Hanumanji has the blessings of Yama.
Again Kaal is under the control of Bhagvan Shiva and Hanuman is an incarnation of Shiva.
Therefore offering prayers to this form of Hanumaji will help in removing all fears associated with death.
It is also believed that hanging picture of Dakshina Mukhi Hanuman in homes which have the main door towards south will help in alleviating Vastu Dosh.
Related Hanuman and Yama

Dying in Kashi – Why is it considered holy or auspicious to die in Kashi or Varanasi?

In Hindu religion it is considered auspicious to die in Kashi or Varanasi. Dying in Kashi is holy and many persons arrive here and stay in dharmashalas or ashrams till death. By why is it considered holy to die in Kashi?
In Hinduism, Kashi is the only Mahashmashan, the great cremation ground.
It is believed that those who die in Kashi would get moksha. Shiva would give the dying person the tarak mantra which will bestow the person to achieve moksha or liberation.
The dying persons in Kashi also wish to get cremated at Manikarnika Ghat. It is believed that Shiva resides at Manikarnika Ghat along with Goddess Parvati.

Simian – black-and-white graphic novel Based on Ramayana from Hanuman’s Point of View

Book titled ‘Simian’ is a black and white graphic novel based on Ramayana. The epic is retold is narrated from Hanuman’s point of view. Simian is written by Vikram Balagopal. From the flyer of the book 
When Bhima chances upon an ailing monkey blocking his path in the forest, little does he realize that he is meeting his brother Hanuman, one of the greatest heroes of his time and Ram's closest ally. As the brothers settle in for a night of exchanging stories and notes, Hanuman tells a surprising tale: of the great war between Ram and Ravan, through his eyes.  In the twilit world of war, things are not what they seem and this chance encounter between a warrior and a great legend will destroy a myth. Vikram Balagopal’s black-and-white, gritty re-imagining of the Ramayana brings to life the scars - physical, moral and spiritual - borne by Hanuman, for his is a life full of questions that cut and gnaw at him, questions that have no answers unless history itself is replayed.  Raw and …

Bagnath Mandir – Bhagnath Shiva Temple on the Confluence of Sarayu and Gomati Rivers at Bageshwar in Uttarakhand

Bagnath Mandir at Bageshwar is dedicated to Shiva. This ancient temple is located on the confluence of Sarayu and GomatiRivers in Uttarakhand. The mandir is around 90 km from Almora. Bhagnath Mandir story is associated with Sage Vasishta escorting SarayuRiver on earth. But the journey of the river was blocked by Sage Markandeya who was meditating on Shiva.
Sage Vasishta took the help of Shiva to overcome the crisis caused by a Shiva devotee.
Shiva appeared before Sage Markandeya in the form of a tiger and attacked a cow. The sage came out of his meditation to save the cow. Sarayu was able to take its course now.
Sage Markandeya who realized that it was the leela (divine play) of Shiva prayed to Him to stay at Bageshwar. Bholenath Shiva never disappoints his devotees and readily agreed to reside there as Bagnath.

The present day shrine was built in 1450 AD by King Lakshmi Chand of the Katyuri Dynasty.
Seven kalash hangs on top of the Shivling which is placed in a six feet circumferen…

Just think of any negativity that comes to you as a raindrop falling into the ocean of your bliss – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Just think of any negativity that comes to you as a raindrop falling into the ocean of your bliss.
Never think of failure, for what we think will come about.
The important thing is this to be able, at any moment, to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
We don’t base our lives on the opinions of others.
Responsibility can never be given. It can only be taken.
No action can be performed successfully without a clear result in view. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 30, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithior the third day during the waxing phase of moon till 8:55 AM on July 30. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatra the entire day on July 30 and till 1:29 AM on July 31. Then onward it is Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Hariyali Teej. Madhushrava Tritiya. Aadi Pooram in Tamil Culture
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Shravan Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day of the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgar…