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Gambling or Playing of Cards during Diwali

There is a tradition of playing of cards (Jua) or gambling during Diwali in many regions by several communities. Playing of cards and gambling are seen as an attempt to know the luck during the coming year. Diwali also marks the end of a financial year and beginning of the next financial year in some regions. So people test their luck by playing cards or using other gambling methods.
Legend also has it that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati used to play the cards. There are several incidents mentioned in the Puranas of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati playing cards.
Playing of cards by betting money is a bad precedent and should be discouraged. Stories from scriptures are taken out of context to defend such bad habits. Gambling should never be encouraged and it is a very bad habit.
Playing cards for fun by family members and friends during festivals does not cause much damage. But parents and elders should always advice youngsters not to play cards with money or gamble.

Story of Origin of Saffron or Kesar in Hinduism

Story of origin of saffron or kesar in Hinduism is associated with the Trimurtis. The legend is mentioned in the Matsya Purana. Shiva the formless took a form for the first time and appeared before Vishnu and Brahma as a huge pillar of fire known as Lingodabavamurti.
Saffron was produced from the saubhagya or fortune that rested on the chest of Vishnu. The saubhagya melted due to the heat generated by the appearance of Shiva. Saffron appeared from the melted saubhagya.
This legend is found in Matsya Purana (60.9).

Lakshmi Puja 2017 during Diwali

Lakshmi Puja is one of the most important puja and ritual during Diwali festival. During Mahalakshmi puja, Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of fortune, wealth and prosperity, is invoked and worshipped. Lakshmi Puja 2017 date is Thursday, October 19.

On the day, Goddess Lakshmi visits homes and she is propitiated along with Ganesha and Lord Kubera.

In some regions, special time or muhurats are chosen to perform Lakshmi puja.
Lakshmi Puja during Diwali is an important event for business establishments. In some regions, new account books are opened by shops and other establishments. Business people and shops also make it a point to do some transactions on day.
Diwali Lakshmi Puja is widely observed in North India, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

You may also like to read How to perform Lakshmi Puja during Diwali?

Dhanishta Nakshatra 2015 date and time – Sravishta Birth Star dates and timing in 2015

Dhanishta Nakshatram, also known as Dhanishtha or Avittam in South India, is the 23rd Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Dhanishta or Sravishta Nakshatra date and time in 2015. The astrological prediction of the birth star Dhanishtha as per Moon Sign is that of Makara Raasi and Kumbha Rashi. The first two quarter of Dhanishta is in Makara or Capricorn Zodiac and the last two quarters are in Kumbha or Aquarius Zodiac. Lord Shani or Saturn is the Lord of Makara Rashi and Kumbha Raasi. The color of Dhanishta is silver grey.
Dhanishta Nakshatra Days in 2015 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)
January 22, 2015 Time is from 10:13 PM on January 21 to 7:28 PM on January 22
February 18, 2015 Time is from 9:27 AM on February 18 to 6:27 AM on February 19
March 18, 2015 Time is from 8:15 PM on March 17 to 5:38 PM on March 18
April 14, 2015 Time is from 4:46 AM on April 14 to 2:55 AM on April 15
May 12, 2015 Time is from 10:56 AM on May 11 to 9:38 AM on May 12, 2015
June 8, 2015 Time is fr…

Hindu Temple Inscription Reveal that South India had Elected Judiciary Before 9th Century AD

Inscriptions found at the SriAmbalavanaSwamyTemple at Manur near Tirunelveli, and the SriBakthavatsalaPerumalTemple at Tiruninravur in Tamil Nadu clearly indicates that these regions in South India had elected judiciary before 9th century AD. The Hindu reports Tamil Nadu had an elected judiciary more than 1,200 years ago, with rules stipulating that the judges should have sterling character (su vrittaraiai iruppar), should have passed examinations in legal treatises (Dharma Sastras), should rely only on written evidence (lekhya pramanas) and so on.  While the Manur inscription belongs to the Pandya king Maranjadayan of eighth century CE, the inscription at Tiruninravur is dated 930 CE, the period of Parantaka Chola I, according to R. Nagaswamy, former Director, Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department. Dr. Nagaswamy said the Tiruninravur inscription talks about how the great village assembly (mahasabha) met during the 27th regnal year (930 CE) of Parantaka Chola I and passed a resolution pre…

Quality of our lives depends more on what we are inside than outside – Swami Sukhabodhananda

The quality of our lives depends more on what we are inside than outside.
Hell and heaven are just two states of being.
Grace, the diving blessing, never makes anyone egoistic. One feels very humble and blessed through grace.
Windows of our mind have to be kept clean to see God’s blessings wonder.
Life is more of a journey than a destination. It is not static but dynamic. It is dancing towards the unknown
Swami Sukhabodhananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 10, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, October 10, 2014 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon till 1:16 PM. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Ashwini or Ashwathi Nakshatra till 8:04 AM on October 10. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Kartik Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Kartik month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Jayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1936 – Aswhin Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi o…