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Hanuman Vrats – Fasting dates dedicated to Lord Hanuman

In Hindu religion, upvaas, or fasting, dedicated to Lord Hanuman is very popular. Devout Hindus observe various Hanuman Vrats to get over difficulties, for peace and to achieve success in life. In a week, Tuesday is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and devotees offer special prayers at temples and observe fast. Fasting on Tuesday dedicated to Lord Hanuman is popular in North India.
Another day that is dedicated to Lord Hanuman in a week is Thursday. This is more popular in South India.
Some devotees also observe Hanuman Vrat on Saturday. People who are under the bad influence of Lord Shani observe fast on Saturday. It is believed that Lord Shani does not trouble those people who are worshipers of Lord Hanuman.
In a year, Hanuman Vrat is observed mainly on Hanuman Jayanti day which falls on the full moon day in Chaitra month (April – May), especially in North and Western parts of India.
In Andhra Pradesh, Hanuman Jayanti is marked by a 41-day deeksha which begins on Chaitra Poornima day. T…

Vyatipata Yoga and Journey – Vyatipata Yog Good or Bad for Travel

If you believe in astrology and follow it strictly then Vyatipata Yoga is not good for journey. Most people do not start journey when there is Vyatipata Yog. All kinds of travel are avoided as the time period is bad. Some astrologers suggest nothing good should be done during the period of Vyatipata Yoga.
Please note that Vyatipata Yoga is looked while deciding various muhurtas. All auspicious events are avoided.
Again there are Hindu communities that ignore Vyatipata Yoga; such people go on journey.
If it is urgent to travel during the time period, then you can always proceed after offering prayers to Ganesha.

Vyatipata Yoga is present for nearly 24 hours once in a month.

How to observe Sabarimala Mandala Vratham? - 41-day Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Vratam

Lord Ayyappa devotees who wish to go to SabarimalaTemple observe vratham or follow certain austerities for one mandalam season that is 41 days. The main aim of the Mandala Kala Vratam is to purify the mind and soul. The Mandalam season begins in the Malayalam month Vrichikam and ends in the middle of Dhanu month.

The Mandala Vratham is also observed by many devotees who don’t intent to go to SabarimalaTemple.
Austerities followed during Mandala Vratham Waking up early and having a bath. Many people visit a nearby shrine or pray at home. Most devotees take food only after bath.Non-vegetarian food is totally avoided during the 41 day period.Devotees try to consume freshly cooked vegetarian food.Evening bath and visiting a shrine or puja at home is performed.Most devotees observe Brahmacharyam (no sex or celibacy) during the vratham period. Those devotees going to the Sabarimala temple apart from observing the austerities wear a mala made from Rudrakhsam or Tulsi beeds. This ritual is k…

Vishnupathi Punya Kaalam – Vishnupada Parva Punyakala

Vishnupathi Punya Kaalam is an auspicious period dedicated to Lord Vishnu. In 2015, the first Vishnupathi Punya Kaalam is on February 13. There are four Vishnupada Parva Punyakala days in a traditional Hindu calendar and this is more closely associated with Tamil Vaishnava culture. A particular period on the day is considered highly auspicious for worshiping Narayana (Lord Vishnu).

The belief is that Lord Vishnu performed numerous divine actions essential for the welfare of the universe during the Vishnupada Parva Punyakala. Some people also believe that the prayers and pujas offered during period helps in attaining Moksha. The period of Vishnupathi Punya Kaalam usually occurs the first day of particular Tamil months.

Bhagavad Gita on Threefold Happiness

That happiness one learns to enjoy by practice, By which one comes to the end of pain. That happiness is Sattvika. Which is born from enlightenment or self realization, And which is said to be poison in the beginning, But which becomes sweet like nectar in the end.
That happiness, pleasure and exultation is Rajasika, Which arises from the contact between the senses and objects, And which is said to be sweet like nectar in the beginning, But which turns into bitter gall in the end.
That brutal pleasure and excitement is Tamasika, Which results from excessive sleep, lethargy, and miscomprehension, And which keeps the Atman deluded from the beginning till the end.
(Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18 – Verses 36 to 39)

Subrahmanya Sashti 2018 date in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh – Margashirsh Subrahmanya Shashti 2018 date

Subrahmanya Shashti on the sixth day of the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month (November – December) is observed mainly in Karnataka and parts of Andhra Pradesh. Subramanya Shashti 2018 date is December 13 as per Telugu and Kannada calendars.

Legend has it that Subrahmanya killed Demon Tarakasura on this day.
It is believed that if one visits Subrahmanya temple on the day and offers prayers and performs bath and give alms one will be freed from all sins.
If a devotee performs Subrahmanya Sashti prayers, then the person will be relieved from Sarpa Doshas (troubles related to snakes) and skin diseases. The devotee will also be blessed with children.
Subramanya Swami is worshipped in the form of five- hooded snake. The puja on the daily is mainly offered to Shankapaala, one of the serpents.
Brahmacharis or celibates are offered food on the day as Subrahmanya is believed to be a celibate by some Hindu communities.
Subrahmanya, also known as Kartik, Skanda, Muruga and is the son of…