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Waist Band in Hindu Religion Worn by Women – Why Hindu Women Wear Waist Band Made of Gold?

Waist band, also known as Kardhani, is an ornament worn only during marriage or during important functions by Hindu women. It is not an essential ornament in Hindu religion. It is also associated with menstrual cycle of women.
The ornament is worn on the waist by women. It is usually made of gold. Some Hindu women in south India used to wear it regularly like other ornaments. But today it is confined to important functions. It is now mainly worn by the bride on marriage day.
It is believed that gold waist band or Kardhani helps in controlling menstrual cramps. It is also believed in helping in having a smooth menstrual cycle. Indirectly it is related to conception – to help the women in conceiving easily.
Very rarely silver waist bands were used in ancient times. It is believed that it helped in controlling belly fat. It was also used after pregnancy to keep the stomach tight.
Warrior women are believed to have hid swords in the form of waist band.


Margashirsh month in traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India is observed as Gopmaas in Braj, Vrindavan and by several Krishna sects especially Pushtimarg. Gopmaas 2018 is from November 24 to December 22. The month is considered dear to Sri Krishna.
Staunch Krishna devotees offer daily prayers in Krishna Temples.
A unique feature of the month is the taking care of domestic animals especially cow and ox.
Margashirsh is the ninth month in a traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.

Sri Katyayani Vrata in Margashirsh Month - Sri Katyayni Vrat 2018 Date

Sri Katyayani Vrat is unique ritual dedicated to Goddess Katyayani and is observed in the Margashirsh or Margasar Month (November – December) as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India and Orissa. Sri Katyayani Vrata begins on November 24, 2018 and ends on December 22, 2018.

The popular belief is that Gopis in Vrindavan and Braj offered prayers to Goddess Katyayani to get Sri Krishna as their love. It is said that Gopis were able to get the divine love Sri Krishna after performing the vrat and pujas for a month.

Gopis observing the Sri Katyayani Vrat woke before sunrise bathed in the KalindiRiver and made an image of Goddess Katyayani with the clay found on the river bank and offered prayers to the Goddess to be blessed with the divine love of Sri Krishna.

Today this vrat is performed by people for the fulfillment of various desires. Some people perform it to attain Moksha and merge in the divine love of Krishna.

The same vrat is observed as Pavai Nombu or Margazli No…

Goddess Bishohori – Information about Serpent Goddess Bishohori

Goddess Bishohori is the serpent goddess and is worshipped in the northeastern parts of India. She is also known as Monosha. Bishohori literally means one who takes away poison.

It is believed that Goddess Bishohori protects people from snake bites. She is also a fertility goddess who blesses devotees with healthy children. Today, she is also worshipped for happy and peaceful life. She is also worshipped for good agriculture.
The Goddess is quite similar to the famous Mansa Devi worshipped in Bengal.
The most famous temple dedicated to Goddess Bishohori is located at Nartiang in the Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya.
Worship area of the goddess can also be found in the homes of devotees.
The most important festival dedicated to the Goddess is held during Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha.

Morya Gosavi Puniyatithi at Chinchwad in Maharashtra

Morya Gosavi was a great saint in the Ganapataya Sect – worship of Ganesha. His Punyatithi or death anniversary is annually observed in Margashirsh month. Morya Gosavi Puniyatithi 2018 date is December 27. The day is of great significance at Chinchwad in Maharashtra.
Legend has it that Morya who was ardent devotee of Ganesha had darshan of Him. Lord Ganesh promised that He will appear in Chinchwad for Morya’s worship. A temple was built by Morya at Chinchwad where Ganesh appeared.
It is believed that Morya Gosavi took Sanjeevani Samadhi – burying himself in his tomb.
Hundreds of people arrive on the day at the Samadhi and GaneshTemple at Chinchwad.
Morya Gosavi death anniversary is observed on the Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Sashti tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsha month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Baba Maharaj Arvikar Mahanirvan Din at Machanur near Solapur in Maharashtra

Baba Maharaj Arvikar was a popular saint of modern era in Maharashtra. The death anniversary or Mahanirvan Din is an important event at the Samadhi Stal of the great saint at Machanur near Solapur in Maharashtra. Baba Maharaj Arvikar Mahanirvan Din in 2018 is December 22. It is annually observed in Margashirsh month.
Baba Maharaj Arvikar believed that all people can attain moksha through devotion.
Thousands of people arrive on the day at the Samadhi of Baba Maharaj Arvikar to offer prayers. Special satsangs are organized on the day.
Baba Maharaj death anniversary is observed on the Margashirsh Purnima day or the full moon day in Margashirsha month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Datta Janmutsav at Devgad near Newasa – Dattatreya Festival at Devgad Datta Temple

Datta Janmutsav is the most important festival at the DattatreyaTemple at Devgad near Newasa in Ahmednagar District in Maharashtra. It is observed in Margashirsh month. Datta Janmutsav 2018 date is December 22.
Dattatreya Festival at DevgadDattaTemple celebrates the birth anniversary of Lord Dattatreya. Thousands of people participate in this annual festival.
DevgadDattaTemple is located about 70 km from Ahmednagar on the Nagar – Aurangabad Road.
Dattatreya Festival is observed on the Margashirsh Purnima day or the full moon day in Margashirsha month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Devnath Maharaj Punyatithi at Anjangaon Surji near Amravati

Devnath Maharaj was a great saint in the Bhakti tradition of Maharashtra. His Punyatithi, or death anniversary, is annually observed in Margashirsh month. Devnath Maharaj Punyatithi 2018 date is December 20. The day of immense importance at his mutt at at Anjangaon Surji near Amravati.
Hundreds of devotees arrive here on the day to pay respect to the pious soul. The 17th century saint is closely associated with Hindu God Hanuman.
Devnath Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on the Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Mutthiganj Kalibari Temple Replaces Goat Sacrifice with Sugarcane

MutthiganjKalibariTemple attracts thousands of devotees during Diwali. The puja of Goddess Kali on Diwali day is very important in the temple. Earlier goats were sacrificed on the day. But from 2014, the temple committee stopped the practice of goat sacrifice. Instead of goats, the goddess was offered sugarcane, pumpkin and coconuts – sugarcane with roots were cut and offered to Goddess. Times of India reports Allahabad Kalibari Maintenance Society secretary Arun Kumar Bannerjee said, "A decade back, mass sacrifice of goats was an integral part of Kalibari ritual. Rituals cannot be changed overnight in any religion and the sacrifice tradition was no exception. It took a few years to stop mass sacrifice."  "Following consultations with renowned and noted priests, the animal sacrifice was replaced with sugarcane as part of the tradition," he said.  "The offering of sugarcanes with roots and leaves, pumpkin and coconuts are offered as sacrifice on the night,"…

Evil and good are eternally conjoined – Swami Vivekananda

Evil is everywhere; it is like chronic rheumatism. Drive it from the foot, it goes to the head; drive it from there, it goes somewhere else. It is a question of chasing it from place to place; that is all.
…, to try to remedy evil is not the true way. Our philosophy teaches that evil and good are eternally conjoined, the obverse and the reverse of the same coin. If you have one, you must have the other; a wave in the ocean must be at the cost of a hollow elsewhere.
Nay, all life is evil. No breath can be breathed without killing some one else; not a morsel of food can be eaten without depriving some one of it. This is the law; this is philosophy. Therefore the only thing we can do is to understand that all this work against evil is more subjective than objective. The work against evil is more educational than actual, however big we may talk. This, first of all, is the idea of work against evil; and it ought to make us calmer, it ought to take fanaticism out of our blood. The histor…