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Sant Nivruttinath Jayanti

Sant Nivruttinath Jayanti is annually observed in Magh month. It is the birth anniversary of Sant Nivruttinath, elder of brother of the famous Marathi Saint Dnyaneshwar, who wrote the famous Dnayaneshwari – Marathi Bhagavad Gita. Sant Nivruttinath Jayanti 2018 date is February 1.
Hundreds of people participate in various programs organized on the day. Prayers and satsangs are the most important events. Main rituals are held at Trimbakeshwar in Nashik.
Sant Nivruttinath Jayanti is observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.
Related Sant Nivruttinath Yatra at Trimbakeshwar in Nashik in Maharashtra

Anumati – Vedic Goddess

Anumati is the name of a Vedic Goddess. Her name means ‘the favor of the gods.’ In the Vedas she is the goddess of love and is the goddess worshipped for healthy children. Her name is found in the Rig Veda and Atharva Veda.
In post Vedic scriptures, she is the daughter of Sage Angiras and is worshipped as a lunar deity.
In Puranas, She is the wife of Dhata, one of the Adityas. She is also mentioned as the mother of Purnima.
In some Puranas is also a personification of Goddess Shakti.

Alobanath Palki Utsav at Satave – Alobanath Temple Festival

Alobanath Palki Utsav is annually observed in Magh Month. The Palki Utsav is the main festival at the AlobanathTemple located at Satave near Panhala (which is around 20 km from Kolhapur). Alobanath Palki Utsav 2018 date is January 31.
Hundreds of people follow the Palki of Alobanath on the day. Special pujas and rituals are observed on the occasion.
Alobanath Palki Utsav is observed on Magh Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Official Websites of Tamil Nadu Hindu Temples to begin E-sales

Nearly 12 famous Tamil Nadu temples under the control of HR and CE Department of Government of Tamil Nadu will begin e-sales. The official websites on these temples will be selling pictures, diaries, calendars, prasadham and religious books.  The Hindu reports
The world famous Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple in Madurai will be the first temple to commence the service in the next few weeks.
“The technical work is on. Soon, the website will have a separate link for e-sales,” said an official at the MeenakshiAmmanTemple.
“The products that we intend to sell are only available within the temple premises now. With this new launch, people can buy it sitting at any corner of the world,” he added.
However, the temple’s signature product ‘Meenakshi Amman Kungumam’ (vermillion) will not be available online. “Some countries do not allow Kungumam. We are studying on that,” a HR and CE official said.
In the next six months, twelve temples would offer e-sales.
“Every temple has something unique and we wan…

Magh Saptami at Konark Sun Temple in Orissa – Saptami Holy Bath

Magh Saptami is dedicated Surya, the sun god in Hinduism and is a highly auspicious date at the famous KonarkSunTemple in Orissa. Magh Saptami at KonarkSunTemple in 2018 date is January 24. Annually more than 500,000 people take holy dip in the confluence of ChandrabhagaRiver and the Bay of Bengal.

Hindu Devotees, including elderly men and women, take holy bath and offer prayers on Magh Saptami as it is believed that it would cleanse them of diseases and wash away their sins.
Legend has it that Sri Krishna’s son Samba was cured of leprosy after a holy dip at the ChandrabhagaRiver. This river once flowed towards the Bay of Bengal through the present day area of the Sun Temple of Konark in Puri District in Orissa. Today, the river no longer exists. What is left is a large pond.
The place where Samba is said to have meditated and worshiped Surya for 12 years after bathing has become a sacred spot and devotees believe it has curative properties.
The day is popularly observed as Ratha Sapt…

Anecdote – Rabindranath Tagore

Once I met two ascetics of a certain religious sect in a village of Bengal.
“Can you tell me,” I asked them, “wherein lies the special features of your religion?”
One of them hesitated for a moment and answered. “It is difficult to define that.”
The other said, “No, it’s quite simple. We hold that we have first of all to know our own soul under the guidance of our spiritual teacher, and when we have done that we can find him, who is the Supreme Soul, within us.”
Why don’t you preach your doctrine to all the people of the world?” I asked.
“Whoever feels thirsty will of himself come to the river,” was his reply.
“But then, do you find it so? Are they coming?”
The man gave a gentle smile, and with an assurance which had not the least tinge of impatience or anxiety, he said, “They must come, one and all.”
Rabindranath Tagore
SourceSadhana the Realization of Life By Rabindranath Tagore