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Sonaji Maharaj Yatra – Sonaji Rath Yatra at Sonala near Buldana in Maharashtra

Sonaji Maharaj Yatra is dedicated to Shri Sant Sonaji Maharaj of Sonala near Buldana in Maharashtra. The Sonaji Rath Yatra is annually held in Kartik month. Sonaji Rath Yatra 2018 date is November 24.
On the Sonaji Maharaj Yatra day, thousands of devotees pull a huge rath or chariot dedicated to the great saint through the village roads.
A dahi handi festival is also organized on the day.
Sonaji Rath Yatra 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.

Story of Dhrishtadyumna in the Mahabharat

Dhrishtadyumna in the Mahabharat was the son of King Drupada of Panchala and was the brother of Draupadi. He had always supported the Pandavas. Story of the birth of Dhrishtadyumna is associated with the rivalry between Drupada and Dronoacharya.
Guru Drona had defeated and usurped half the kingdom of Drupada. To avenge the defeat and insult, Drupada performed a huge sacrifice and Dhrishtadyumna appeared from the sacrificial fire.
As he appeared from the sacrificial fire, he is believed to be an amsha-avatar of Agni – an incarnation of Agni, the fire god.
Dhrishtadyumna learned warfare under Guru Drona, who knew his student was born to kill him.
In the Mahabharata war, Dhrishtadyumna was the leader of the Pandava Army. He killed Guru Drona in the Kurukshetra.
Dhrishtadyumna was killed at night while he was sleeping by Ashwattama, son of Drona.

Fourth Day of Chath Puja – Chhath Sooryodaya Argh - Morning Prayers

On the fourth and final day of Chath Puja, the Chhath Sooryodaya Argh (prayers and puja to rising sun (Surya) in the early morning hours) is performed. Devotees repeat the rituals performed on the third day evening for rising sun. Chath Sooryodaya Argh in 2018 is on November 14.
Men and women who are undertaking the Chhath fast take a ritual bath in a nearby river, pond or sea and offer prayers to Surya.
Devotees offer ‘Argh’ to rising sun (Lord Surya) along with ‘soop.’ ‘Argh’ and ‘soop’ are offerings and consists of flowers, fruits, bananas, sprouted grains, dry coconut, sugarcane, white radish, sweets and khajurees. The offering is made to Surya by standing in knee-deep water.
The Chath puja fasting comes to an end after the puja. The offerings made to Surya are shared as Prasad and the Chath Puja comes to an end.

Nanaji Maharaj Punyatithi at Kapashi near Wardha in Maharashtra

Nanaji Maharaj was a great saint in the Bhakti tradition of Maharashtra during the 18th century. His Punyatithi or death anniversary is annually observed in Kartik month. Nanaji Maharaj Punyatithi 2018 date is November 25. The day is of great importance at Kapashi near Wardha in Maharashtra.
Satsangs and special prayers and meetings are organized on the day. Saint Nanaji Maharaj had built a beautiful temple of Lakshmi Narayan in 1890 in Kapashi. Scores of people arrive on the day here to pay respects to this great saint.
Nanaji Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on the Kartik Krishna Paksha Tritiya or the third day during the waning phase of moon in Kartik month as per traditional Hindu Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Skanda Sashti Festival and Soorasamharam at Thiruchendur Murugan Temple in 2016

Skanda Sashti Festival at ThiruchendurMuruganTemple is highly auspicious especially the sixth day of the festival Soorasamharam. In 2018, Skanda Sashti Festival and Soorasamharam is from November 8 to November 14. Soorasamharam is on November 13. Legend has it that Skanda killed Demon Surapadma (Soorasamharam) on the sixth day of a battle with his ‘Vel’ or lance at the spot where the ThiruchendurMuruganTemple is located. The festival ends the next day with Thirukalyanam – Muruga wedding Devasena.
ThiruchendurMuruganTemple is one of the six important temples in Tamil Nadu – it is the second of the Arupadaiveedu Temples.
After the annihilation of demon Surapadman, Muruga desired to worship his father Lord Shiva. He summoned Mayan, the divine architect, who built the TiruchendurTemple.  
Soorasamharam at ThiruchendurMuruganTemple attracts thousands of people.
The main events in the war between Muruga and Demon Soorapadman are depicted on the seashore in the evening of the Soorasamharam d…

Vhadli Diwali in Goa – End of Diwali Festival

Vhadli Diwali, which marks the end of Diwali festival, is observed during the Kartik Shukla Paksha Ekadasi to Kartik Purnima – from the eleventh day to the full moon day during the waxing phase of moon in Kartik Month. In 2018, it is from November 19 to November 23. The most important ritual during the period is the Tulshiche Lagn or the Tulsi Vivah.
Another important festival that is observed during the period is Tripurari Purnima. Lamps are lit on the day which falls on the full moon day in Kartik Month.
The marriage season commences after this period in all regions in western parts of India.

Chardham Yatra to the Winter Abodes of Deities Worshipped in Kedarnath and Badrinath to Start from This Year

Every year after Diwali the deities worshipped in the Chardham – Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri, and Gangotri – in Uttarakhand are transferred to their winter abode - temples in lower altitudes. These are temples located in Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Uttarkashi districts of Uttarakhand. Now the government of Uttarakhand is planning to conduct Yatra to the temples that are home to the deities in winter.
The Shiva murti from Kedarnath is shifted to Ukhimath in Rudraprayag district during winter.
The Vishnu murtis from Badrinath is shifted to Pandukeshwar in Chamoli district
The murtis worshipped in Gangotri and Yamunotri are relocated to Mukhba and Kharsail in Uttarkashi district.  Hindustan Times reports
The deities from the holy Char Dham temples are shifted to alternate locations during the winter months, once the portals to the four holy spots close in mid-October. This is because the snow renders their original abodes in the higher reaches of the mountains inaccessible. The idols are…

Chhath Sandhya Argh – Chath Dala Evening Puja - Third Day of Chath Puja

One of the most important pujas during Chhath festival is the Chhath Sandhya Argh – the evening prayers dedicated to Lord Surya which is observed on the third day of Chath Puja. In 2018, Chath Dala Evening Puja is on November 13. Men and women who are undertaking the Chhath fast worship the Sun God and take a ritual bath in a nearby river, pond or sea. Popular Chhath songs and bhajans and Chhat pooja prayers fill the entire area. Ritual regional folk songs are also sung on the occasion. Chhath Sandhya Argh is mainly performed along the banks of GangaRiver and Koshi in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, other parts of eastern India and Nepal and attracts millions of devotees.

The entire family accompanies the person who has undertaken the fasting to the riverbank. Chhath Sandhya Argh attains a carnival atmosphere. Besides the worshipers, there are elders, friends, family, onlookers and numerous volunteers to help the people.

Some of the songs and bhajans that are rendered during the Chhath Sandhy…

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

PazhamudircholaiMuruganTemple, also known as SolaiMalaiMuruganTemple, is located near Madurai in Tamil Nadu and is one of the six shrines of Subrahmanya in the Arupadaiveedu Temples. The temple is unique as Muruga appears with his consorts – Devasena and Valli – in the sanctum sanctorum. Legend has it that it was at Pazhamudir Cholai Tamil poetess Avvaiyar had darshan of Murugan.

Story of Pazhamudircholai Murugan Legend has it that once Avvaiyar stopped to rest in a forest during her travel. A tired Avvaiyar was happy to see a fruit tree nearby. She asked a boy who was sitting on the tree to shake down some Jamun (Naaval or njaval Pazhams).
To the surprise of grandmother Avvaiyar, the boy asked whether she wanted cold or hot fruit – in some stories it is Sutta Pazham (cooked fruit) or Sudadha Pazham (uncooked fruit).
Avvaiyar was amused by the question. She did not understand what the boy meant. So she asked the boy to give her some hot fruits.
The boy shook down the fruits.
Avvaiyar …

One who hears my words with full faith soon vanquishes all misery – Bhagavad Gita

One who hears my words with full faith soon vanquishes all misery.
Whatever you know of this world and whatever is in this world has all come out of me.
Little by little, through patience and repeated effort, the mind will become stilled in the Self.
Whatever you know of this world and whatever is in this world has all come out of me.
It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection.
When you feel the suffering of every living thing in your own heart that is consciousness.
The best type of yogi is he who feels for others, whether in grief or pleasure even as he feels for himself.  Bhagavad Gita