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Gopinath Mahadev Temple at Patan in Gujarat

GopinathMahadevTemple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is located at Patan in Gujarat. This shrine is located around 110 km from Gandhinagar. This small shrine has a Shivling in the sanctum sanctorum. The shrine also has other murtis (deities).
This is a small but well preserved shrine. The shrine attracts hundreds of devotees during special occasions.
PatanGopinathMahadevTemple is around 105 km from Ahmedabad.

Regular Puja time is followed.
6 AM to 10 AM and 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Time is extended during festivals, rituals and auspicious occasions.

Smashan Kali – Goddess Kali of the Crematorium

Smashan Kali is the fiercest form of Goddess Kali. Smashan means Crematorium or burial ground. She is wild and she is uncontrollable. She is never part of the society and cannot be controlled. The image of Smashan Kali is quite similar to other Kali images but on close scrutiny there is a huge difference.

Smashan Kali steps on Shiva with her left foot. She holds the sickle in right hand – in raised form.
Bhadra Kali steps on Shiva with her right foot. She holds the sickle in the left hand – in raised form.
It is Smashan Kali that brings an end to the creation and prepares the universe for the next cycle of creation. 
Smashana Kali is the embodiment of the power of destruction.
With her left foot atop Shiva, she performs the dance of destruction.

Shiva Chaturdasi Dates in 2018 – Shiv Chaturdashi Fasting Dates in 2018

Shiva Chaturdasi falls on the Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi of each traditional Hindu lunar month. Below are the monthly Shiva Chaturdasi fasting dates in 2018. ‘Krishna Paksha’ is the dark fortnight of a lunar month. It is the 14th day after full moon (Purnima) or more easy calculation one or one day before Amavasi. Shiva devotees observe the day with vrat, special prayers and pujas. Some devotees also keep vigil all night as in Mahashivratri.

Shiva Chaturdasi Dates in 2018 (Indian Standard Time)

January 15, 2018 February 13, 2018 – Mahashivratri March 15, 2018 April 14, 2018 May 13, 2018 June 12, 2017 July 11, 2018  August 9, 2018 Shravan Shiva Chaturdasi
September 8, 2018 October 7, 2018 November 6, 2018 December 5, 2018

Sant Kejaji Maharaj Utsav at Taroda near Wardha

Sant Kejaji Maharaj Utsav or annual festival is held on Paush Amavasi day. The day is of great significance at at Taroda near Wardha in Maharashtra. Sant Kejaji Maharaj was a saint in the Bhakti Tradition in Maharashtra. Sant Kejaji Maharaj Utsav 2019 date is February 4. 
The festival and fair take place at Sant Kejaji Maharaj Mandir at Taroda. The temple attracts hundreds of devotees on the day.
Sant Kejaji Maharaj Utsav is annually held on Paush Amavasi day or no moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Nityanand Mohite Maharaj Punyatithi at Akola in Maharashtra

Nityanand Mohite Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Paush month. It is the death anniversary of Sant Nityanand Mohite – a pious soul who spread teachings of humanity, truth and love. Nityanand Mohite Maharaj Punyatithi 2018 date is January 14. The day is of importance at Akola in Maharashtra.
Temple and sacred place associated with Nityanand Mohite Maharaj is located in Akola. Hundreds of followers attend various ceremonies on the day.
Nityanand Mohite Maharaj Punyatithi is observed on Paush Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

On Hollywood Movies Inspired by Hinduism

The philosophy behind a couple of super hit movies in Hollywood is based on Hinduism. Nirpal Dhaliwal looks into the plots of some of the movies that he believes is based on Vedic teachings. He gives examples of Hollywood movies like Interstellar, Matrix and Star Wars. The idea that propels the plot of Interstellar – there is a universal super-consciousness that transcends time and space, and in which all human life is connected – has been around for about 3,000 years. It is Vedic.  When the film’s astronaut hero, declares that the mysterious and all-knowing “they” who created a wormhole near Saturn through which he travels to save mankind – dissolving his sense of material reality in the process – are in fact “us”, he is simply repeating the central notion of the Upanishads, India’s oldest philosophical texts. These hold that individual human minds are merely brief reflections within a cosmic one.  You can read the complete article in The Guardian