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Dada Than Than Pal Maharaj Anantotsav

Dada Than Than Pal Maharaj Anantotsav is annually observed in Chaitra month. It is dedicated to Dada Than Than Pal Maharaj, a great saint and philosopher who lived in present day Madhya Pradesh. Dada Than Than Pal Maharaj Anantotsav 2018 date is March 18.
It is the most important annual festival for the devotees of Dada Than Than Pal Maharaj.
Numerous spiritual functions are observed during the period.
Dada Than Than Pal Maharaj Anantotsav is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Madhya Pradesh.

Rani Avantibai Lodhi Balidan Diwas – Death Anniversary of Rani Avantibai Lodhi

Rani Avantibai Lodhi Balidan Diwas is annually observed on March 20. It is the death anniversary of the Brave Queen Avantibai Lodhi. She was the wife of Vikramaditya Singh, ruler of Ramgarh in present day Madhya Pradesh.
Vikramaditya Singh had no heir. So the British attached the kingdom and did not allow Rani Avantibai Lodhi to succeed the throne.
Rani Avantibai Lodhi, who belonged to the Lodhi warrior clan, vowed to fight the British to regain her land and her throne. She raised an army of four thousand and personally led it against the British in 1857.
On March 20, 1858, facing imminent defeat, she killed herself with her own sword

Puthanamoksha Parayanam – For Children’s Good Health reading of the episode of Poothana and Lord Krishna

Puthanamoksha Parayanam is the reading of the episode related to the demon Poothana and Hindu God Krishna from the Srimad Bhagavad Purana or the Bhagavatham. It is believed that the reading of the chapter will help in curing illness or diseases of children. Parents usually read the chapter and the child listens to it. After this they make offerings to Lord Ganesha and Krishna.

Demon Puthana tried to kill Gopal Krishna (Child form of Krishna) by rubbing poison on her breasts. Little Krishna drank the poisoned milk from the breast but it had no effect on him. Krishna continued drinking the milk and finally blood started oozing out of Puthana’s breast and she was finally killed.
Puthana in her earlier birth was a pious lady and had become demon as a result of a curse. By getting killed by Krishna she was relieved of the curse and she attained Moksha.
There is a belief among many Hindu communities that reading this episode which contains the leela (divine play) of Krishna will help in c…

Budhwa Mangal dedicated to Hindu God Hanuman

Budhwa Mangal is dedicated to Hanuman and is observed on Tuesday or Mangalwar in certain months as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Budhwa Mangal is observed on the last Tuesday in the Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. The day is also known as Bada Mangal. Next Budhwa Mangal is on March 21, 2017.

Generally, in North India Mangalvar or Tuesday in a week is dedicated to the worship of Hanuman.

Special pujas and rituals are observed on the Budhwa Mangal day with thousands of people visiting Hanuman Temples. People also chant the Hanuman Chalisa on the day.

It must be noted that one of the popular Budhwa Mangal is observed on the Tuesday falling after Holi festival.

Please note that Bada Mangal is also referred to Tuesdays dedicated to Hanuman  in Jyeshta month (June - July) in Lucknow and other nearby regions in Uttar Pradesh.

Attahasa Form of Shiva

Attahasa is one among the numerous forms of Shiva. Information about this form of Shiva is found in the Vayu Purana and Linga Purana. The apocalyptic laughter of Shiva is also referred as Attahasa. Some scholars are of the view that this a future manifestation of Shiva.
As per Vayu Purana, Shiva took the form of Attahasa in a mountain in the HimalayanRange. It is stated that the sons of Shiva will also reside in the Attahasa mountain range in the 20th yuga.
As per Linga Purana,
When the twentieth cycle of a yuga occurs, then I shall be known by the name Attahasa, the loudly launghing one – a form that people will adore. – (Linga Purana 1.24.94 – 95)