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Harihara Procession at Ujjain Mahakal Temple – Harihar Milan

Harihara procession is a unique ritual held at the Mahakaleshwar temple dedicated to Shiva at Ujjain. It is observed on the fourteenth day of the Shukla Paksha of Kartik month. Harihar Milan 2018 date is November 22. Hari is Vishnu and Har is Shiva and the procession is dedicated to their meeting.

Harihara Milana is observed on the Vaikuntha Chaturdasi day.

There is also special procession of Mahakaleshwar on all Mondays in Kartik month at the UjjainMahakalTemple.

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Brahmanand Swami Punyatithi at Digras near Washim in Maharashtra

Brahmanand Swami Punyatithi is the death anniversary of Sant Brahmanand Swami and is an important event at Digras near Washim in Maharashtra. Brahmanand Swami Punyatithi 2018 date is December 14. A seven day long spiritual program is organized during the period and it ends with a palkhi procession.
A temple dedicated to Brahmanand Swami is located here. Hundreds of people arrive on the day her to offer prayers.
Brahmanand Swami Punyatithi is observed annually on Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Rangnath Maharaj Punyatithi at Navha near Jalna in Maharashtra

Rangnath Maharaj was a great scholar and saint in Maharashtra and he is believed to be a manifestation of Lord Dattatreya. Rangnath Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Kartik Month at Navha near Jalna. Rangnath Maharaj Punyatithi 2018 date is December 5.
The Samadhi of Rangnath Maharaj is located at Navha near Jalna in Maharashtra. Thousands of people arrive on the day here to pay their respects to the pious soul. Special spiritual programs are organized on the day.

Rangnath Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on the Kartik Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the 13th day during the waning phase of moon in Kartik month as per traditional Hindu Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Tulja Bhavani – About Goddess Tulja Bhavani

Tulja Bhavani is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti and she is worshipped in this form in the famous TuljaBhavaniTemple in Tuljapur in Maharashtra. She is also known as Tvarita, Tulaja, Turaja, Turaza and Amba. She was the patron goddess of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. She is the family deity or Kuldevata of the Marathas.
The name of Tulja Bhavani and importance of her temple is found in many scriptures starting from 12th century AD.
In murti form Tulja Bhavani has eight arms and holds trident, dagger, arrow, disc, conch, bow, and bowl. The lowermost left hand grips the knot of the hair of Mahishasura, who is under her.

The vehicle of goddess is a lion.
This is a fierce form of Goddess Shakti.

Kaundinyapur Yatra to Vitthal Rukmini Temple at Kaundanyapur near Amravati in Maharashtra

Kaundinyapur Yatra is annually held in the Kartik Month to the VitthalRukminiTemple at Kaundanyapur around 45 km from Amravati. Kaundinyapur Yatra 2018 date is November 23. The annual festival attracts thousands of devotees to the temple which is a Shree Kshetra. Legend has it that Rukmini had eloped with Sri Krishna at the Amba temple at Kaundinyapur.

Kaundinyapur Yatra is annually held on the Kartik Purnima day and is quite similar to the annual Pandarpur Yatra (June – July).
The belief is that Kaundinyapur is the maternal home of Goddess Rukmini, consort of Lord Vitthal (Sri Krishna). She returns to her maternal home in Kartik Month.
Thousands of devotees from Vidarbha region converge on the day at Kaundinyapur to participate in the annual pilgrimage to the KaundinyapurVitthalRukminiTemple located atop a hill. The temple overlooks the WardhaRiver.
The pilgrimage is held for two days.
Devotees walk to Kaundinyapur in large groups wearing the traditional Marathi caps. They chant and…

Kartik Festival at Panduranga Swamy Temple at Chilakalapudi in Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh

The annual festival at the PandurangaSwamyTemple at Chilakalapudi in Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh is observed in the holy Kartik Month as per Telugu Calendar for five days. The annual Panduranga Swami festival in 2018 is from November 19 to November 23.
Thousands of devotees arrive during the festival to have darshan of Panduranga Swamy – Lord Vitthal of Pandarpur (a manifestation of Sri Krishna). The devotees perform holy bath in Bay of Bengal at ManginpudiBeach and have darshan of the deity.
The most important puja is held on the Kartik Shukla Paksha Ekadasi day.
The procession deity is taken around the streets in the evening during the festival.
The festival concludes on the Kartik Purnima day.

Kartika Pournami – Full Moon Day in Kartika Month in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh – Karthika Pournami

Kartika Pournami is the full moon day in Karthika month in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The day is of great significance in all temples dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu. Kartika Pournami 2018 date is November 23. Taking holy dip on the day in holy rivers and sacred water bodies are considered highly meritorious.
Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi and Chandra, the moon god, appeared on this day during the Samudra Manthan or Churning of the ocean.
Shiva destroyed the three cities of Asuras (demons) on the day and therefore the day full moon day is also known as Tripurari Pournami.
Srikalahasti and Srisailam temples attract large number of devotees on the day.
Dharmapuri Sri Laxmi Narasimha Swamitemple in Telangana is famous for the 5000 lamps lit on the holy pond on the day.
SriRajaRajeshwaraSwamyTemple in Vemulawada, Sri Kalahastheeswara Swamy Devasthanams in Kaleshwaram in Karimnagar district and NarasimhaSwamyTemple in Yadagarigutta in Telangana also observe special rituals on the da…

Ohio Toledo Museum of Art to Return Hindu God Ganesha murti (Idol - Sculpture) to India

Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio will return a 1000-year-old murti (Idol or Sculpture) of Hindu God Ganesha to India. The murti was stolen from Tamil Nadu in India by Subhash Kapoor, who is currently awaiting trial in India on charges of illegal exportation, criminal conspiracy and forgery.  Artfixdaily reports

Research conducted by the Museum, with the assistance and cooperation of the Indian Consulate General,Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, and the Ambassador of India, Dr. S. Jaishankar, and their respective representatives, led Museum Director Brian Kennedy to recommend the return to the Museum’s Art Committee. That committee voted on Aug. 21 to deaccession the Ganesha from the collection and facilitate its return. “Although there is an ongoing investigation of Mr. Kapoor’s alleged illegal activities being conducted , in the case of the Ganesha the evidence provided by Indian authorities was convincing. We believe this sculpture was stolen from a temple in Tamil Nadu province sometime before 2006…

Kartik Swami Darshan on Kartik Purnima Day in Maharashtra

Kartik Swami Darshan is an important annual ritual held on the full moon day or Purnima in Kartik Month (October – November) in temples dedicated to Kartik – son of Shiva - in Maharashtra. Special rituals are observed on the day in temples dedicated to Kartik in Maharashtra. Kartik Swami Darshan 2018 date is November 23.

It is widely believed in this region by some Hindu communities that one should have darshan of Kartik only on the Kartik Purnima day. Marathi Hindu women have darshan of Kartik only on this day.

Women devotees believe that having darshan of Karik Swami on the day will help in having a long and prosperous married life. Darshan on any other day will bring calamity in the family.

Legend has it that if you seek Lord Kartik's blessing on Kartik Poornima day, your husband will have a long life. But if you pray on any other day of the year to Lord Kartik, you will suffer widowhood for the next seven births. It is said that Kartik remained unmarried because he said that …

Kurma Purana Quotes

They who know that the soul from its essential nature is always the same, immaterial, and exempt from modification, perceive that this universe, through consisting, in appearance of an endless variety of mutable forms, is in reality but a manifestation of the one self existent and supreme spirit; for, as when a red flower place within a pure crystal vase, the vase retains its purity, though it assumes a red color; thus does the soul though invested with various forms, still remain unaffected and unchanged.
The supreme soul, therefore, is immaterial, pure, all-pervading, immutable, and eternal.
Those who desire final beatitude ought to meditate continually on the real nature of the soul. For whoever, steadfast in faith, has by means of abstract contemplation become acquainted with it, he is completely liberated from the bonds of Maya; and that knowledge affords the only real remedy for all the pains and miseries attendant on transitory existence.
Since, soon as a man is enlightened w…