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Holi Bhai Dooj 2018 – Bhai Duj after Holi Festival

Bhai Dooj is an important Hindu festival in which sisters display their love for their brothers. In 2018, the date of Bhai Dooj after Holi is March 2. Bhai Duj comes twice in a year one after Holi and another after Diwali. The name of the festival ‘Dooj,’ or Duj, denotes that the festival falls on second day after full moon. ‘Bhai’ means brother.

It must be noted here that the Bhai Duj after Diwali is given more prominence by many Hindu communities.

Both married and unmarried women participate in Bhai Duj. The most important event on the day is the application of teeka or tilak (Vermilion Dot) on brother’s forehead by the sister. She then performs an arati. Usually, the sister visits the brother to do the Holi Bhai Dooj puja.

The puja thali consists of coconut, batashas, mithai (sweets), fruits, seven paans, roli and a little rice. The sister lights the Puja lamp and does a small puja. She then applies tika on the forehead of the brother and gives him sweet, other eatables and a pie…

Ma Chausatti Devi – About Goddess Chausath

Goddess Chausatti Devi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is associated with the 64 yoginis. Goddess Chausath is regarded as 64 yoginis and she is their swarupa. It is believed that Ma Chausatti Devi represents the combined form or the combined energy of the 64 goddesses.
The concept of sixty four Yoginis or Chausath Yoginis is very popular in eastern parts of India especially in Orissa.
They are the divine female attendants of Goddess Kali and Bhairava form of Shiva.
One of the popular temples dedicated to Ma Chausatti Devi (in single form) is located in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
She is worshipped for overcoming fear of enemies and darkness.

Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple Festival 2017 – Ezharapponnana and Arattu in 2017

Ettumanoor MahadevaTemple is one of the most famous Lord Shiva Temples in Kerala. The ten-day annual festival held in the Malayalam Kumbham month is famous for the display of the ezharapponnana (seven and a half gold elephants) - this is on March 5, 2017. In 2017, Ettumanur Mahadeva Temple Festival is from February 26. The Arattu will be held on March 7.

The ezharapponnana (seven and a half gold elephants) display takes place on the eighth day of the EttumanurTemple festival. These elephants were gifted to the ShivaTemple in 1759 AD by the then ruler Karthika Thirunal Maharaja of the erstwhile TravancoreKingdom. Actually there are eight elephants but it is known as seven and a half gold elephants because seven elephants are two feet high and the last one is one foot high.

Ettumanur Shiva Temple Arattu is held on the night of the tenth day of the festival. Ten caparisoned elephants accompany the Murti or idol of Lord Shiva in a procession to a pond nearby for Arattu (holy bath).


How to Make Natural Holi Colours at Home?

It is said that Lord Krishna used play Holi with bright-orange Tesu flowers. Earlier, many people used to make natural colours for Holi at home. Today, most people might not be aware of this fact as we are used to ready made chemical colors. Often these chemical colours are harmful and we tend ignore it during the fun. But if you have time, then you can make your own natural colours at home.
Dry Red Colour: You can use red sandal wood powder. Powder of dry red hibiscus flowers mixed with any flour will give natural red colour.
Wet Red Colour: Mix turmeric powder in water and add few drops of lemon juice. Within seconds, you will get bright red colour. Dry Yellow Colour: Mix two spoons of turmeric powder with four spoons of besan for bright yellow color.
Wet Yellow Colour: Mix Two spoons of turmeric in four liters of water and stir well. Wet Orange or Saffron Colour: Peel around 12 large onions and boil in half liter water. Remove the onion peels. Now you will get an orange color with a …

Ancient Ganesh Murti Found While Carrying Out Works for Building a Temple

A 12 century Ganesh Murti was discovered on the premises of KCP Sugars and Industries Limited at Laxmipuram in Krishna District in Andhra Pradesh. The Ganesha Murti was found while carrying out works for building a temple on the premises of the sugar factory. The murti belongs is carved as per Chalukyan style of carving and is made of granite stone with trunk on the left side. The murti is 3-feet high. The Hindu reports

As part of its plans to build Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi temple, the factory management started works at north-east corner using an earthmover. While the earthmover operator was digging, he heard a sound and stopped operating the machine for a while. A few minutes later, he resumed the work only to find a stone structure. When the operator slowly removed the soil, he found a three-foot high Ganesh idol in a sitting posture, said CEO G. Venkateswara Rao.  As the news of the discovery spread fast, people from nearby villages thronged the company and performed puja. Archaeolog…

Dola Purnima in Orissa

Dola Purnima is one of the most popular festivals in Orissa. It coincides with the Holi festival but is celebrated for six days. It begins six days – on Falgun dasami day – before Poornima (full moon) in the month of Falgun (February – March). In 2018, Dola Purnima is on March 1.
Worshipping of Radha and Krishna in the swing festival is the main event during the six-day long festival. The festival is also known as Dola Yatra or Dola Jatra.
From the Falgun Dasami day, the idol of village deities, especially that of Krishna, are carried to all the homes in the villages. People carrying the idols and those following it are semared with Abira, a violet color powder. The idols are carried on a decorated palanquin, known as Vimana, and the procession is accompanied by singers and musicians. In each house the deity is offered Bhog – sweets made from the recent harvest and fruits. In return, the deity distributes different powdered colors for the Holi festival.
This daily round of deity con…

Chettikulangara Kumbha Bharani Festival 2017 date

The temple festival held on the Bharani Nakshatram day in Malayalam Kumbham Month at ChettikulangaraTemple in Kerala is famous for its unique rituals like the Kuthiyottam and Kettukazhcha. Chettikulangara Kumbha Bharani 2017 date is March 3, Friday.

ChettikulangaraBhagavathyTemple is located near Kayamkulam in Alleppey District in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Shakti and is considered highly powerful. It is also one of the richest temples in Kerala.

The highlight of the Kumbha Bharani Festival is the display of huge decorated forms of temple cars known as ‘Kuthiras.’ Therus (Chariots) and two huge idols of Bhima and Hanuman complete the Kettukazhcha which is a visual spectacle which attracts people from different parts of India and around the world. The temple cars are as high as three-storied buildings (70 to 75 feet) and are pulled to the Temple grounds by the people of the respective villages from late afternoon on Kumbha Bharani day. Late at night Goddess Bhagavathy…

Prayer is the voice of the soul – Sudhanshuji Maharaj

Only the feelings arising from the deepest core of the heart can compel God to shower his blessings, love and kindness.
Prayer is the voice of the soul.
Prayer is power as it illumines the soul, strengthens the mind and purifies the heart.
During times of utter distress, when the heart sinks deep into sorrow and all doors of help seem to close, the key of prayer unlocks the door of the lord and provides anchor to the sinking ship of life.
Prayer unfolds layers of ignorance that conceal the true potential of a person.
When the innermost feelings of a person find divine expression, they originate in the form of a prayer.
Sudhanshuji Maharaj

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 24, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon till 5:37 PM on February 24. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the light phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 12:13 AM. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram till 11:22 PM. Then onward it is Kartika or Krithigai or Krittika Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Sashti Fasting
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Phalgun Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing 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.