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Story of Navagraha Rahu

Rahu is one of the Navagraha (nine planets) in Hindu astrology. Rahu is a shadow planet and in astrology he is considered inauspicious. He is the king of meteors and causes eclipses. The story of Rahu begins with Mohini Avatar of Vishnu distributing the Amrit or Ambrosia that came out after the churning of ocean or Samudra Manthan.
Rahu was the son of Viprachitti and Simhika. When Amrit appeared at the end of the churning of the ocean, there was fight between Devas and Asuras as to who will first consume it.
Vishnu, then appeared as damsel Mohini, and promised to equally share the Amrit.
Amrit was first severed to Devas by Mohini. Rahu felt something fishy about the whole episode. He disguised as a Deva and sat in between Surya (sun god) and Chandra (moon god).
As soon as he had drunk Amrita, Surya and Chandra recognized Rahu and alerted Mohini. The head of Rahu was cut off using the Sudarshana Chakra.
As he had drunk amrit, he had become immortal. So his head and body was placed …

Herath 2017 dates – Shivratri of Kashmir Pandits in 2017

The Mahashivratri festival is observed as Herath by Kashmiri Pandits and it celebrates the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Uma. Herath festival 2017 begins on the first day of Phalgun Krishna Paksha (February 11, 2017) and ends on the Amavasi day in Phalgun (February 24, 2017). In between there are numerous auspicious days like Hur Ashtami (February 19, 2017). The main rituals of Herath festival begins in 2017 on February 19. Wager Bah ( February 20, 2017). The important pujas are  held on the Shivratri day (Shiv Chaturdashi) (February 24, 2017). The pujas culminate on the Amavasi day which is known as Doonya Amavasya ( February 26, 2017).

Walnuts, whose shape represents the universe, play an important part in Herath rituals. Walnuts are filled in earthen pots and it is then filled with water. The water is changed every day of the festivals.

A big earthen pot, two medium sized earthern pot, two small earthern pot, clay modeled to the shape of elephant trunk and seven bowls are us…

Marathi Vivah Muhurat in 2016 – Vivah Muhurat Dates in Maharashtra in 2016 as Per Marathi Calendar

Marathi Vivah Muhurat based on Marathi Panchang and Calendar 2016 is given below. Please note that these are Vivah Muhurat dates for 2016 in Maharashtra and is not applicable in other parts in India.
January 2016 – Marathi Vivah Muhurat – January 1, 2, 3, 4, 17, 20, 21, 26, 28, 29, and January 31.
February 2016 – February 1, 2, 3, 5, 11, 13, 16, 17, 22, 24, 25, 27 and February 28
March 2016 – March 1, 3, 5, 6, 11, 14, 15, 20, 21, 25, 28 and March 31
April 2016 – April 1, 2, 4, 16, 17, 19, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29 and April 30, 2016
May 2016 Marathi Vivah Muhurat – May 1, 2016
June 2016 – no dates due to shukra astha
July 2016 – July 7, 10, 11, 12 and July 13
August 2016 – No dates due to Chaturmasya
September 2016 Marathi Vivah Muhurat – No dates due to Chaturmasya
October 2016 - No dates due to Chaturmasya

November 2016 - November 16, 21, 23, 25 and November 26

December 2016 - December 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 14, 18, 19, 20 and December 24

Mangalnath Temple Live Online Darshan – Ujjain Mangalnath Temple Live Streaming Online on Mobile and Internet

MangalnathTemple located at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh is dedicated to Shiva. The government of Madhya Pradesh is now offering on live darshan from Mangalnath Mandir. The live streaming is available on internet. You can also view on mobile.
Link – Mangalnath Temple Live Online Darshan

Swami Vivekananda Thoughts on Ojas

The Yogis claim that of all the energies that are in the human body the highest is what they call "Ojas". Now this Ojas is stored up in the brain, and the more Ojas is in a man's head, the more powerful he is, the more intellectual, the more spiritually strong.
One man may speak beautiful language and beautiful thoughts, but they, do not impress people; another man speaks neither beautiful language nor beautiful thoughts, yet his words charm. Every movement of his is powerful. That is the power of Ojas.
Now in every man there is more or less of this Ojas stored up. All the forces that are working in the body in their highest become Ojas. You must remember that it is only a question of transformation.
The Yogis say that that part of the human energy which is expressed as sex energy, in sexual thought, when checked and controlled, easily becomes changed into Ojas, and as the Muladhara guides these, the Yogi pays particular attention to that centre. He tries to take up a…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 6, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, February 6, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon till 8:05 AM on February 6. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the dark phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 1:16 AM. Then onward it is Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Phalgun Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during waning phase of moon in Phalgun 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 – Magh Krishna Paksha Dwitiy…