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Paksha in Hinduism – a fortnight of a lunar month in Hindu Calendar

A lunar month in Hindu calendar has two fortnights – Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha. Shukla is waxing or light phase of moon and Krishna is waning or dark phase of moon. Shukla Paksha starts after Amavasi or no moon day. Krishna Paksha starts after Full moon or Purnima. Shukla Paksha starts after new moon or Amavasya.
Each paksha has 15 tithis.
Each tithi has a name starting from Amavasya Pratipada Dwitiya Tritiya Chaturthi Panchami Sashti Saptami Ashtami Navami Dasami Ekadasi Dwadasi Trayodasi Chaturdasi Purnima
Earlier each tithi of the Krishna Paksha and Shukla Paksha had separate names but now it has been discontinued. Krishna or Shukla is prefixed to demarcate the tithis during each fortnight.
Krishna Paksha is mainly used for conducting ceremonies dedicated to dead ancestors.
Shukla Paksha is mainly preferred for conducting auspicious ceremonies.

Brahma Paribartan Ritual of Lord Jagannath during Nabakalebara 2015 to take place on June 15, 2015

Brahma Paribartan is one of the most important rituals during Nabakalebara 2015 in PuriJagannathTemple. It is the transfer of Brahmam from old murtis to new murtis which will be carved out in 2015. The Brahma paribartan is a highly secretive ritual and it will take place on June 15, 2015.  Business Standard reports
During the Brahma Paribartan, the old Pati Mohapatra priest of the temple shifts the Brahma from old idol to the new ones. After Brahma Paribartan, the new idols get lives and are adorned with "Pata Bastra" and gold ornaments known as "Saptabharan or Banaklagi, said Rabindra Narayan Mishra, a scholar in Jagannath Cult.   'Brahma Paribartan' is the most important ritual of Nabakalebara Festival which is being held after a gap of 19 years. "Brahma Paribartan of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Sudarshan will be held in the mid night of June 15," an official of SJTA said after the meeting.  The old idols of the Lords will be bu…

Form and formlessness belong to one and the same Reality – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

The essence of the Gita is what you get by repeating the word ten times. The word becomes reversed. It is then “tagi”, which refers to renunciation.
Absolute reality is like a vast expanse of water and ice. The water in cold regions freezes into blocks of ice. Similarly, through the cooling influence of divine love, God assumes forms for the sake of the devotees. Then the sun of knowledge rises and melts the ice form of the personal god. But mark this: form and formlessness belong to one and the same Reality.

Gather all information and then plunge in. Suppose a pot has dropped in a certain part of a lake. Locate the spot and dive there. One should learn the essence of the scriptures from the guru and then practice Sadhana. If one rightly follows spiritual discipline, then one directly sees God. The discipline is said to rightly followed only when one plunges in. What will a man gain by merely reasoning about the words of the scriptures? Ah. The fools! They reason themselves to death…