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Sadananda Brahmachari Maharaj Punyatithi at Chandurbazar near Amravati in Maharashtra

Sadanand Brahmachari Maharaj was a great saint in the Bhakti tradition of Maharashtra. His Punyatithi or death anniversary is annually observed in Kartik month. Sadananda Brahmachari Maharaj Punyatithi 2018 date is November 24. The day is of great significance at Chandurbazar near Amravati in Maharashtra.
Satsangs and special prayers and meetings are organized on the day.
Sadananda Brahmachari Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on the Kartik Krishna Paksha Dwitiya or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Kartik month as per traditional Hindu Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Pandurang Ratha Yatra at Dhapewada near Nagpur in Maharashtra

Pandurang Ratha Yatra at Dhapewada near Nagpur in Maharashtra is observed annually on Guru Purnima day and in Kartik Month. The Ratha Yatra on Guru Purnima is on July 27, 2018. Kartik month Pandurang Ratha Yatra 2018 date is November 24. The yatra is organized to the DhapewadaTemple, which is dedicated to Lord Vithoba and Rukmini.
DhapewadaTown is known as the Pandharpur of Vidarbha region. The main ritual involves the carrying of the palkhi. The annual fair is a great period when people from nearby village visit the place.

The first yatra is organized on the Guru Purnima day.

Pandurang Ratha Yatra is observed on the Kartik Krishna Paksha Dwitiya or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Kartik month as per traditional Hindu Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kartikeswar Puja 2018 in Orissa – Kartikeswar Yatra

Kartikeswar Puja is observed in Orissa from Kartik Purnima for five days. Kartikeswar Puja 2018 date is from November 23 to November 27. Monday in Kartik month in Orissa is highly auspicious and people consume food without onion and garlic. The festival is also referred as Kartikeswar Yatra.
Special sarvajanik pandals are created during the period. The murti of Kartikeswar is installed and worshipped for five days and is immersed on the final day.
Kartikeswar is the son of Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He is popularly known as Kartik, Muruga, Skanda, and Subrahmanya.
Legend has it that he appeared to annihilate demon Surpadman, who had become invincible. He led the army of the Devas – celestial beings. Kartikeswar is the handsome god and is widely worshipped in South India.
The puja and yatra commemorates the victory of Kartikeswar over the demons.

Jamadagni Rishi – Story of Sage Jamadagni

Jamadagni Rishi is considered to be one of the Sapta Rishis and father of Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of Bhagvan Vishnu. He was a great sage in the lineage of Rishi Bhrigu. He was the son of Sage Richika and Satyavati. He married Renuka and had five sons, Rumanvat, Sushena, Vasu, Vishavasu and Parashurama.
The most popular story associated with Jamadagni Rishi is of him being killed by the sons of king Kartavirya. In response to this cruel murder, Parashurama annihilated the Kshatriyas 21 times.
Another story associated with Jamadagni Rishi is that of him ordering his sons to kill his wife who he believed had become unchaste. Four of his sons disagreed but Parashuram killed his mother but later got her back to life by the boon he received from Jamadagni Rishi.
As per some accounts, Jamdagni who was killed by the sons of king Kartavirya was restored to life after a couple of days.
There is a popular shrine dedicated to Jamadagni Rishi is located at Malana in Himachal Pradesh. H…

Tulshiche Lagn Festival in Goa and Maharashtra

Tulshiche Lagn is observed in the Kartik Month in Goa and Maharashtra. It is the marriage ceremony of the Tulsi Plant and Bal Krishna – Little Sri Krishna (Bhagvan Vishnu). Tulshiche Lagn Festival 2018 date is November 20 (for those observing it on Kartik Shukla Dwadasi). November 19 (for those observing it on Ekadasi). The festival is also observed on Kartik Purnima (November 23, 2018). The festival is popularly referred as Tulsi Puja or Tulsi Vivah.
The murti Krishna or Bhagvan Vishnu is lavishly decorated and then carried to the place where the Tulsi plant is grown, and there the marriage is ritually solemnized. The marriage takes place with the chanting of holy hymns known as mangalashtakas.
Vishnu is also represented by a ‘jino badi’.
Sugarcane represents the best man (dhedo) and tamarind stalk the bride’s maid (dhedi).
The puja is performed by husband or wife.
After the puja and ritual ‘hari jagar’ – a mixture of puffed rice (chirmulyo), sugarcane pieces, green tamarind piece…

On Vedic Maths – Is Vedic Mathematics Real or Not? - Is it Part of Vedas?

Two articles published in The Hindu Newspaper one for and one against Vedic Mathematics gives new insight into the Vedic Maths techniques. The first article titled “Nothing Vedic in Vedic Maths” by C K Raju states that Vedic mathematics has no relation whatsoever to the Vedas. The second article is titled “Everything Vedic in Vedic Maths” by James Glover states that Vedic Maths is concerned with a universal structure of Maths revealed through a personal approach to problem-solving and other fields of human activity. Vedic Maths does not advocate the sole use of blanket methods through which students can reduce problems to merely mechanical responses to given stimuli. Instead, it encourages an intelligent and holistic approach — one that engenders reason and develops strategic thinking.
Both the authors do agree that Vedic Maths helps mathematics students. The debate is about whether it is part of Vedas or not.
You can red the articles here in The Hindu
“Nothing Vedic in Vedic Maths” by…

Thiruttani Murugan Temple – One of the Six Shrines of Muruga in the Arupadaiveedu Temples in Tamil Nadu – Tiruttani Temple

ThiruttaniMuruganTemple, is located 84 km north of Chennai, and is one of the six Arupadaiveedu Temples in Tamil Nadu. It is believed that after the ferocious battle against Demon Soorapadman, Muruga rested and cooled down at TiruttaniTemple. The divine love story of Muruga and Valli also happened here.
As the anger of Muruga subsided here, the hill is known as Thanigai Malai – the hill where his anger was subsided. The divine marriage of Valli and Muruga is also believed to have happened here.
The popular belief is that praying to Muruga here brings good luck.

365 steps lead to the TiruttaniMuruganTemple. The temple pond is located at the foot of the hill.
The murti of Murugan worshipped in the temple is tall. One hand holds spear and the other rests on the thigh.
A unique aspect of the murti is a small hole on the center of the chest. It is the impression made by the Sudarshana Chakra of Vishnu. The hole is filled with sandalwood paste during pujas and is later distributed to the d…

And it came to pass…– Dadi Janki

With peace, with faith, create such a loving atmosphere that whatever comes, it will easily go away. This is the wisdom shown by the ancient story tellers when they wrote “And it came to pass…”
What gives this kind of stability? You must have seen a tower – to reach so high, it has a deep foundation. You need to become introverted, to do deep inside, and make yourself so strong that even if the whole world fluctuates, you remain stable.
This power comes from within, from your inner being. When your motives are pure and positive, and based on love and truth, there will be this power of peace.
Truth means much more than information which we may think, speak, read or write about. It means the power to remain silent and peaceful. Not even to think. Not to listen to a great deal, but to keep the essence of your being, your human qualities, in your intellect and awareness. To merge everything else that happens inside or outside, as an ocean absorbs rivers, so that here is calm.
Dadi Janki

Malayalam Budhan Mantra – Prayer Dedicated to Budhan Planet or Nava Graham in Malayalam

Budhan is one of the Navgrahas as per Hindu astrology and Malayalam jyothisham and prayers are offered to it to avoid troubles in horoscope. Budhan Navgraha Mantra in Malayalam is given below in picture format. Budhan Planet or Nava Graham is one of the nine navgrahas and prayers are daily offered to Budhan by those having trouble due to the bad positioning of it in the Jatakam.

Budhan is generally considered as a safe planet and it helps in education and is associated with intelligence.