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Swasthani Brata 2018 in Nepal

Swasthani Brata, also known as Swastani Katha, is a popular ritual observed in Nepal in the Magh month (January – February) during winter. Swasthani Brata 2018 period is from January 2 to January 31. The ritual mainly involves month long telling of stories dedicated to Goddess Swasthani. The month long telling of the tales are dedicated to the Goddess and the stories that are mainly narrated are those of Swasthani Devi, Lord Shiva other Gods.

Goddess Swasthani is a Goddess known to grant wishes of her devotees. During Swasthani Katha, Hindu married women observe brata or fasting for the wellbeing of their husbands and unmarried women observe the Vrata in order to get a good husband.

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Saptagirisha – One of the names of Lord Venkateswara – Tirupati Balaji

Saptagirisha is one of the names of Venkateswara – the Lord who resides as Balaji at Tirupati. Saptagirisha means the Lord of Seven Hills. Balaji resides at Tirupati and is surrounded by seven hills. The Saptagirisha are:
Seshadri, (Seshachala) Neeladri, (Vedachala) Garudadri, (Garudachala) Vrishabhadri, (Vrishabhachala) Narayanadri (Narayanachala) Anjanadri (Anjanachala) Venkatadri (Venkatachala) – the Venkateswara temple is located on this hill.
As he resides on the seven hills, Venkateswara is also known as Saptagirinivasa Sri Venkateshwara Swami.

Good date in March 2015 for Joining Job – Starting Work Auspicious Dates and Time in March 2015

There are certain auspicious or good date and time for joining job or starting work in March 2015 as per Hindu calendar and panchang. You should avoid Rahu Kalam (which is there daily) while joining new job in March 2015. The dates are based on India Standard Time.
Good dates in March 2015 for Joining Job
March 1, 2015 – auspicious after 2:00 PM March 2 March 3 March 4 March 7 March 8 March 10 March 17 March 21 March 25 March 26 March 27 auspicious after 1:10 PM March 28 March 29 March 31 auspicious after 11:40 AM
Bad dates in March 2015 – You should avoid these dates for Joining Job –  March 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24 and March 30

Rudraksha Tree Found only in the Palani Hills in Tamil Nadu Face Extinction

Rudraksha Tree species ‘Elaeocarpus Blascoi Weibel’ is confined to the Palani Hills in Tamil Nadu and is now facing extinction. Currently only one tree group survive in Palani Hills which is the abode of Lord Muruga and is also home to numerous rare herbs and trees. The New Indian Express reports In a study published in the "Journal of Threatened Taxa," in the October 26 issue, the authors Dr Raju Ramasubbu and Felix Irudhayaraj with GandhigramRuralUniversity say that "if urgent conservation measures are not undertaken, the species could become extinct due to threats and unknown limiting factors." They warned that the conservation status indicates that it is critically endangered and not just endangered as the assessment showed.  The study on the rudraksha tree species of E blascoi was conducted by the Dindigul based varsity's researchers throughout Palni Hills from July 2012 to May 2014. The results from the study confirmed that there was "only one mature…

Symbolism of two wives – Maitreyi and Katyayani – of Yajnavalkya

Maitreyi is the symbol of real student and Katyayani is grounded in reality of this world. The writers of this Upanishad purposefully gave the Acharya Yajnavalkya two wives. The two wives simply represent two parts present in a person - the part that seeks knowledge (Maitreyi), and the part that is grounded in reality of this world (Katyayni).

The talks of renunciation, non-attachment, love-your-self, etc are great and help us learn a lot, but we should not forget that we do all this contemplation while being present in this world. THAT is what Kaatyayni is reminding.
Everything that Katyayni asked and said in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad needs to be given as much importance in our quest for understanding as the remarks and questions of Maitreyi. Only then can we have a complete spiritual understanding of our connection with things worldly and non-worldly. Only then we can truly understand how to balance the two, and how to interact with the two.
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Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 5, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, January 5, 2015 (Today) – Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day till 9:15 AM on January 5. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathirai Nakshatra till 8:59 AM on January 5. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Purnima. Shakambari Purnima.
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Paush Purnima Tithi orthe full moon day in Paush 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 – Paush Purnima Tithi orthe full moon day in Paush month in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, …