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How to do or observe Somvar Vrat? – Monday Fasting Procedure Dedicated to Shiva

Somvar Vrat, or Monday Fasting, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Somvar takes its name from Soma or Chandra – the Hindu moon god. Fasting on the day is done by many to appease Lord Shiva and get prayers and wishes fulfilled. It is believed that observing Somavar Vrat will help in getting good husbands. It is also believed to help in attaining prosperity and peaceful family life.
Somavar Vrat begins from sunrise on Monday. Usually those devotees observing the Vrat visit a Lord Shiva temple in the morning and in the evening. If this is not possible prayers are offered at home.
White color dress is worn by those observing the fast. White flowers are also offered to the Shivling.

Durga Ashtothram Lyrics in Tamil – Download Durga Ashtothram Text in Tamil Language

One of the popular prayers dedicated to Goddess Durga is the chanting of the Durga Ashtothram. Below is Durga Ashtothram lyrics in Tamil. It is in picture format. You can download the Tamil language file and save it for future use.
Chanting the Durga Ashtothram on Tuesdays and Fridays is considered highly auspicious. The mantra is chanted on all days in Tamil Aadi month. It is also chanted during the Navratri.
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Surya Ashtottara Shatanamavali in pdf - 108 names of Surya – The Sun God – for Praying

Surya Ashtottara Shatanamavali is the 108 names of Surya Bhagvan. You can download the prayer in pdf format for free from the below link. Surya Ashtottara Shatanamavali is chanted for propitiating Navgraha Surya. Chanting the 108 names while praying to Surya, or the sun god, is considered highly meritorious. Those suffering from skin related diseases will get relief after chanting the 108 names.
The prayer can be chanted daily morning and evening or on Sunday.
Blessings of Surya will help a person in conquering all forms of fear. It also helps in success in all ventures.
LinkSurya Ashtottara Shatanamavali in pdf

The most unique is the most universal – Dr S Radhakrishnan

The deeper one goes into one’s own experience, facing destiny, fighting fate, or enjoying love, the more does one’s experience have in common with the experiences of others, in climes and ages.
The most unique is the most universal.
We are ordinarily imprisoned in the wheel of time, in historicity and so are restricted to the narrow limits of existence.
Our aim should be to lift ourselves out of our entanglement, to an awareness of the real, which is behind and beyond all time and history, that which does not become, that which absolute, non-historical being itself. We cannot think it, enclose it within categories, images and verbal structures.
We know more than we can think and express it in historical forms. The end of man is to become aware by experience of this absolute reality.
Source - Living with a Purpose By Dr. S Radhakrishnan Page 9 to 14

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 9, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, November 9, 2014 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon till 1:53 AM on November 9. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Rohini Nakshatra till 3:43 PM on November 9. Then onward it is Mrigashira or Makayiram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moonin Margashirsh Month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Jayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1936 – Kartik Krishna Paksha…