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Kanifnath Yatra 2018 at Madhi near Ahmednagar – Kanifnath Fair and Festival

Kanifnath Yatra is dedicated to Kanifnath, also known as Kanhoba. He is one of the nine Mahayogis of Navnath Sampradaya. The annual fair and festival dedicated to Kanifnath is observed in Phalgun month. Kanifnath Yatra 2018 date is March 6. Samadhi of Kanifnath is located at Madhi near Ahmednagar.
Kanifnath is believed to be an incarnation of Prabuddha Narayan and is mentioned in the Bhagavad Purana.
Kanifnath Yatra is annually held from Phalgun Krishna Paksha Panchami to Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada (Gudhi Padwa). The most important day is Phalgun Krishna Paksha Panchami or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month as per traditional lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.
More than 500,000 people visit the Samadhi Sthal or the final resting place of Kanifnath.

Lakshmi Devi Yatra at Hasurchampu near Kolhapur – Lakshmi Devi Temple Festival at Hasurchampu

Lakshmi Devi Yatra is annually held at HasurchampuVillage near Kolhapur in Maharashtra. It is observed in Phalgun month. It is the annual temple festival at the LakshmiDeviTemple located here. Hasurchampu Lakshmi Devi Yatra 2018 date is March 6.
LakshmiDeviTemple at Hasurchampu is famous for its sculptures. This is a beautiful temple in the Kolhapur region of Maharashtra.
The annual festival of the temple is referred as jatra or yatra and it attracts scores of devotees. Palkhi, chariot and other rituals are held on the day.
Lakshmi Devi Yatra is observed on Phalgun Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during waning phase of moon in Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Savitribai Phule Punyatithi – Death Anniversary of Savitribai Phule

Savitribai Jyotirao Phule was a social reformer in Maharashtra. Savitribai Phule Punyatithi is her death anniversary and it is annually held on March 10. She was died on 10 March 1897. She along with her husband, Mahatma Jyotirao Phule, played an important role in women’s education and widow remarriage in Maharashtra. She ably supported her husband in his social reforms. She is also a pioneer of the modern Marathi Poetry.
She was the first female teacher of the first women’s school in Maharashtra.
She opened school for Untouchable girls in 1852.
She openly supported widow remarriage and opened a home to help orphaned widows and children.
During the plague of 1857, she and her son opened clinic and helped thousands of plague victims.
She was born on January 3, 1831.

Girikshit – Bhagvan Vishnu is referred by This Name in the Rig Veda

Girikshit is one among the numerous names of Bhagvan Vishnu. In fact, this name is found in the Rig Veda. Girikshit means mountain dwelling or one who resides in the mountain. Some scholars are of the view that the name is strange as Vishnu is normally associated with pastoral or water or society and never with mountains.
But some scholars are of the view that it was a reference to a future incarnation of Vishnu. Balaji or Srinivasa or Venkateswara – the deity who blesses and offers relief in the dark age of Kali Yuga.
Vishnu appeared as Balaji or Srinivasa or Venkateswara in the Tirumala Hills. He resides there surrounded by seven hills. In fact he is one of the most popular deities in Hinduism in Kali Yuga.
Girishtha is also a name used to refer to Bhagvan Vishnu.

Putra Ganapati Vrata in Andhra Pradesh – Vratam performed by Married couples to beget children

Putra Ganapati Vrata is an auspicious day in Telugu Hindu culture dedicated to Lord Ganesha and it falls on the Chaturthi day in Falgun month during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha). It is an observance performed for children and married couples without children perform this Vratam to beget children. In 2018, the date of Putra Ganapati Vrata is February 19.

It is popularly believed that pujas, prayers and rituals dedicated to Lord Ganesha on the day will help in getting children. Some devotees observe a fast from sunrise to sunset on the day.

Satam Maharaj Punyatithi at Dhanoli near Sawantwadi

Satam Maharaj was a great saint the Bhakti tradition in Maharashtra. His punyaithi or death anniversary is annually observed in Phalgun month. Satam Maharaj Punyatithi 2018 date is March 3. The day is of importance at Dhanoli near Sawantwadi in Maharashtra.
Satam Maharaj performed numerous miracles during his life time. He also spread the teaching of love, humility and truth. His living style while on earth itself was a great lesson.
 Satam Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Phalgun Krishna Paksha Dwitiya tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra by Government of India to have New Route through Nathu La in Sikkim

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra conducted by Government of India is usually through LipulekhPass in Uttarakhand. From 2015, Government of India has started a new route which will be through Nathu La in Sikkim.
Yatris have the option of choosing their journey through LipulekhPass in Uttarakhand or Nathu La in Sikkim.
5 batches of 50 members each with total duration of about 23 days per batch will be allowed through Nathu La in Sikkim.
The estimated cost of journey per person through Nathu La in Sikkim is 170,000.
You can find more details about the journey here.

Our highest joy is in the losing of our egoistic self and in uniting others - Rabindranath Tagore

Man’s poverty is abysmal, his wants are endless till he becomes truly conscious of his soul. Till then, the world to him is in a state of continual flux – a phantasm that is and is not.
For a man who has realized his soul there is a determinate center of the universe around which all else can find its proper place, and from thence only can he draw and enjoy the blessedness of a harmonious life.
To know our soul apart from the self is the first step towards the realization of the supreme deliverance. We must know with absolute certainty that essential we are spirit. This we can do by winning mastery over self, by rising above all pride and greed and fear, by knowing that worldly losses and physical death can take nothing away from the truth and greatness of our soul.

Our highest joy is in the losing of our egoistic self and in uniting others. Rabindranath Tagore