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Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Punyatithi 2023

Mahatma Jyotiba Phule was a social reformist in Maharashtra who fought against all forms of social oppression. Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Punyatithi is the death anniversary of the great social reformer. It is annually observed on November 28. In 2023, it is the 133rd death anniversary of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule. Mahatma Jyotiba Phule concentrated on education (especially education of girls), agriculture, removal of caste system, women and widow upliftment and removal of untouchability.  He fought against all forms of social oppressions. He formed the Satyashodhak Samaj (Society of Seekers of Truth) to help people realize the Truth and fight against all forms of social injustices. Mahatma Jyotiba Phule April 11, 1827 to November 28, 1890.

Khandoba Yatra at Bahiram in Amravati in Maharashtra – Khandobachi Yatra at Bahiram in Amravati

Khandoba Yatra is annually held during the Margashirsh month at Bahiram in Amravati near Maharashtra . It is dedicated to Khandoba, a manifestation of Shiva. Khandobachi Yatra 2023 begins on December 18. The pilgrimage is undertaken to a hill shrine dedicated to Khandoba. Apart from the puja and rituals, a grand fair is held during the period. The main attraction here is the food cooked especially non-vegetarian food. The food is cooked in clay pots using wood from the region in the open. Large number of devotees from nearby regions arrive for the annual festival in the Margashirsh month (December - January). A month long fair is held during the period. Khandoba Yatra is observed yearly on Margashirsha Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth  day during the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra. The festival continues for a month.

Bharat Bhet Yatra at Tahala near Akola in Maharashtra

Bharat Bhet Yatra is annually observed in Margashirsh month at Tahala near Akola in Maharashtra . Bharat Bhet is the place where Bhagvan Sri Ram and his brother Bharat had met in the Ramayana. Bharat Bhet Yatra 2023 date is December 13. The annual journey attracts hundreds of people from the region. Bharat Bhet Yatra is observed on Margashirsha Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra .

Yatus In Hinduism – Yatudhanas

Yatus or Yatudhanas in Hinduism are evil spirits having supernatural powers. They can take any form and are mentioned in the Puranas and Mahabharata. They did have an independent existence but were later clubbed with demons and Rakshasas. They usually dwell in forests and lonely places. As per Vayu Purana there are twelve Yatus. Their parents are Sage Kashyapa and his wife Surasi. In the Mahabharata it is mentioned that Yatudhanas attack sages and disturb their yajnas. They also take away materials collected for sacrifices and domestic animals. 

14 million cans of Aravana Payasam to Be Produced at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala

One of the most important Prasadam at the world famous Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala is the Aravana Payasam. The temple which opens on November 17, 2014 for the two month Mandala Makaravillaku season will be producing 14 million cans of the Aravana Payasam. NDTV reports  Temple executive officer V.S. Jayakumar said the production of prasadam, called aravana, will commence Oct 27.  "This season we expect to produce a record 14 million (250 ml) cans of aravana. When the temple opens for this festival season, we will have with us close to three million cans of aravana ready," Jayakumar told IANS.  The main ingredients of the aravana are rice, ghee, jaggery and spices.  Pilgrims can book the prasad in advance online or at all branches of Dhanalaksmi Bank or through coupons from temples run by the Travancore Devaswom Board.  "This is to avoid the rush once they come to Sabarimala, where they can collect their prasadam," Jayakumar said.  He said

Margashirsha Mahina 2023 in North Indian Hindu Calendars - Margashirsha Mahina in Hindi Calendar 2023

Margashirsha Month is the ninth month in a traditional Hindu calendar followed in  North India . Margashirsha Month 2023 begins on November 28 and ends on December 26. Mokshada Ekadasi, Dattatreya Jayanti, and Gita Jayanti are observed in this month. This calendar is followed mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana,  Bihar  and Chhattisgarh and other North Indian states. A month in these regions is calculated from the day after Purnima or full moon to the next Purnima. The current year in the Hindi Calendar is Saka 2080. Chaturthi Vrat or Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi  in Margashirsha Month 2023 is on November 30. The Chandrodaya or Moonrise time as per North Indian calendars is 7:39 PM. Margashirsha Month 2023  Krishna  and Shukla Paksha Margashirsh Month Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) is from November 28 to December 12. Margashirsha Month Shukla Paksha (waning phase of moon) is from December 13 to December 26, 20