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Bhanu Saptami

Bhanu Saptami, also known as Surya Saptami, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Surya. Lord Surya, or the Sun God, is an important deity in Hinduism and is worshipped daily and on Shukla Paksha Saptami (the seventh day during waxing phase of moon in a traditional lunar calendar). Bhanu is one of the numerous names of Lord Surya.

Bhanu Saptami is observed in Magh Month (January – February), Falguna month (February - March), Jyeshta Month (June – July), Kartik month (November - December) and also in Margashirsh Month (December - January) by different Hindu communities.

The main Bhanu Saptami is held in Magh month and is known as Magh Saptami or Ratha Saptami. Bhanu Saptami in Jyeshta month is only held in some regions.

It must be noted that Bhanu Saptami is traditionally believed to be the birthday of Lord Surya (or the first time Sun God made his appearance).

Special prayers and rituals are held on the day in temples. The day is also known as Vivaswat Saptami.

It is also observed w…

Flowers and Leaves offered to Lord Krishna during Pujas and Prayers

Tulsi, or Tulasi leaves is the most important leaf and flower used in pujas and prayers dedicated to Lord Krishna. Tulsi acts both as a flower and leaf and in most temples it is also offered as ‘prasad.’ It is also known as Krishna Tulsi – a dark variety of the plant. It is holy basil in English and in most Indian languages it is known as Tulsi or Thulasi.
Nandhyavattai is another flower is used in South India.
Another important flower that is used in some regions is the Parijatha or coral flowers.
Usually all local flowers that are used pujas and prayers are used in worshipping Lord Krishna.
It is always said by elders that the greatest offering to Lord Krishna is a Tulsi leaf.
Flowers that are avoided during Krishna Puja include hibiscus, milkweed and angel’s trumpets.
Related Flowers and Leaves used in Ganesh Puja Flowers and Leaves offered to Goddess Lakshmi

Mata Kalavati Devi Aai Punyatithi at Belgaum

Mata Kalavati Devi Aai (1908 – 1978) was a popular saint from the North Karnataka region in India. Mata Kalavati Devi Aai Punyatithi is the day when she left her physical body and merged with the Brahman (supreme truth). Mata Kalavati Devi Aai Punyatithi 2018 date is January 18. It is believed that Mataji’s father had a dream before her birth that Goddess Durga will be born to him.

From a very young age Mata Kalavati Devi Aai showed deep spiritual inclination and love and caring attitude for all living beings.

She got married at the age of fifteen but marriage did not last long as her husband died soon. She faced the hardships alone through intense devotion.
Shri Siddharudh Swami spotted her and realized the divinity her. Swamiji invited her to do satsang and she used mesmerize people with her words.
She then conducted satsang in many parts of the country. Finally she decided to settle at Angol in Belgaum and here she built Shri Harimandir. She compiled bhajans and teachings of nume…

Bhishma Dwadasi – Bheeshma Dwadashi

Bhishma Dwadasi, or Bhishma Dvadasi, is observed on the 12th day in the month of Magha (January – February) during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon). In 2018, the date of Bhishma Dwadasi is January 28. Bhisma Dwadasi is also known as Magh Shukla Dwadasi. It is widely believed that Pandavas performed the last rites of Bhishma, the son of King Shantanu and Ganga in Mahabharata, on this day.

It is popularly believed that Bhisma who was mortally wounded and was lying on a bed of arrows chose to leave the earth 58 day after the beginning of the Great War in Mahabharata. Bhishma was blessed with a boon that he can choose the day of his death. It is believed that he chose Magh Shukla Ashtami day to leave the earth and merge with Brahman.

On the Bhishma Dwadasi day, Pandavas performed the last rites of Bhishma Pitamah on the banks of Ganga.

There is a popular belief that offering Tarpan and Shradh on the day to ancestors is highly beneficial.

Some people also perform Tarpan in the na…

Yellamma Devi Yatra at Arag in Miraj – Yellamma Devi Festival at Arag

Yellamma Devi Yatra is annually held in Paush month. The day is of importance at Arag in Miraj in Maharashtra. The fair and festival attracts thousands of people. Yellamma Devi Yatra 2018 date is January 4.
The annual yatra is held at the ancient YellammaDeviTemple at Arag. The festival is attracted by large number of women devotees.
Yellamma Devi Yatra is annually observed on Paush Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Those who know him become immortal. Others remain in the depths of misery – Svetasvatara Upanishad

The one absolute, impersonal Existence, together with his inscrutable Maya, appears as the divine Lord, the personal God, endowed with manifold glories. By this divine power he holds dominion over all the worlds. At the periods of creation and dissolution of the universe, he alone exists. Those who realize him become immortal. (Svetasvatara Upanishad 3:1)
The Lord is One without a second. Within man he dwells, and within all other beings. He projects the universe, maintains it, and withdraws it into himself. (Svetasvatara Upanishad 3:2)
O Lord, clothed in thy most holy form, which calm and blissful, and which destroys all evil and ignorance, look upon us and make us glad. (Svetasvatara Upanishad 3:5)
Though he fills the universe, he transcends it. He is untouched by its sorrow. He has no form. Those who know him become immortal. Others remain in the depths of misery. (Svetasvatara Upanishad 3:8–10)
Svetasvatara Upanishad

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 17, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, January 17, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon till 12:41 AM on January 17. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon till 11:59 PM on January 17. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the dark phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Anuradha or Anusham or AnizhamNakshatra till 5:26 AM on January 17. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or TrikettaNakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Til Dwadasi
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Magh Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, J…