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Hanuman and Shani – The story of why worshipping Hanuman will help in Shani Dosha or Sade Sati

There is a popular belief that worshiping Hindu God Hanuman will help in removing the hardships caused by Shani Bhagavan or Saturn. People worship Hanuman on Saturdays to remove the malefic influence of Sani in their horoscope. As per Hindu Astrology, bad positioning of Shani results in a difficult period in life. There is an interesting story regarding why worshipping Hanuman will help in overcoming Shani Dosha or Sade Sati.

Dhumraketu Incarnation of Ganesh – Dhumravarna Avatar of Ganesha

Dhumraketu, also referred as Dhumravarna, is the incarnation of Hindu God Ganesha that will appear at the end of the Kali Yuga. The Ganesha Purana and Mudgala Purana mentions about this avatar of Ganesh which has striking similarities with the Kalki Avatar of Vishnu. This final avatar of Ganesh is yet to take place. Ganesha Purana states that he will appear to annihilate the demon named Abhimanasura. Symbolically the demon represents the pride and attachment in the human beings.
This is believed to be a fierce form of Ganesha and he will ride on a blue horse. In this form he will bring an end the Kali Yuga and will clean up the universe for the next cycle of creation.

Sarbasammat Ekadashi in Orissa

Sarbasammat Ekadasi is observed on the 11th day (Ekadashi) during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha or bright phase) in Phalgun month (February – March). Sarbasammat Ekadashi 2017 date is March 8. The day of great significance in Lord Vishnu and LordJagannathTemples in Orissa.

As the Ekadasi falls on a Thursday it is considered highly auspicious. Special prayers and rituals are held in Jagannath Temples.

Fasting on the day and keeping vigil at night is performed by many Hindu devotees. The day after Sarbasammat Ekadashi is the Phalgun Shukla Paksha Dwadashi and it is considered auspicious by many.

The Ekadasi during Phalgun Shukla Paksha is popularly known as Amalaki Ekadasi.

Goddess Ambika

Goddess Ambika is one of manifestations of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is the divine homemaker. As Goddess Ambika, she runs the family. When Mother Goddess appeared as Goddess Parvati, she found Shiva, Her husband, to be out of the family ways. He continued to be a hermit – immersed in meditation, not bothered about the materialistic world – even after marriage.

This carefree attitude of Shiva angered Goddess Parvati. But then she realized that Shiva could not be changed through anger. To make him a family man she had to run the household.
Goddess Parvati then became Goddess Ambika – Goddess of household, of marriage, motherhood and family.
As Goddess Ambika, she brought order in society. There was peace in universe. She was able to mollify Shiva.

It must be noted that is a term used in later Vedic texts. Thus she is popular from the Vedic period.

Kunj Ekadashi

Kunj Ekadashi is associated with Shri Thakurji (Lord Krishna) and is part of the Dol Utsav and Holi festival. Kunj Ekadashi 2018 date is February 26. It is observed on the 11th day during Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Phalgun month (Fagun Sud 11). Kunj means garden and the belief is that Lord Krishna visits the garden prepared for the Dol festival.

The colorful festivities of Dol and Holi from Kunj Ekadashi day are observed during the evening also. From today onwards there is no difference between god and devotee – the conversation enters into friendly talks including foul words are used.

Kunj Ekadashi is of great significance at Nathdwara.

The day is observed as Amalki Ekadasi in other regions. The day is also known as Anwla Ekadashi in BankeBihariTemple in Vrindavan.

Body is holy Pandharpur and the soul is Vithala and Panduranga alone dwells in this shrine – Sant Tukaram Maharaj

For self realization you must turn to the Guru. Cling to his feet. Only the Guru can make you identical with himself.
Worldly people are so blind and ignorant that they have forsaken true divinity and have resorted to worshiping imaginary gods.
The body is holy Pandharpur and the soul is Vithala. Panduranga alone dwells in this shrine.
As I meditated on the Lord, my mind and body were transformed. What can one say about the state? My sense of  ‘I’ – ness has become the Lord. As my mind subsided, it became pure Consciousness, and I saw the entire creation as the Lord’s own form. What can I say? There is only one, only one. My only thought is for Him. Sant Tukaram Maharaj

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 7, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, March 7, 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 Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon till 1:09 AM on March 7. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 1:35 PM on March 7. Then onward it is Hasta or Atham or Hastam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – HoliBhai Dooj. Sant Tukaram Beej
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Chaitra Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Chaitra month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
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