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Banjara Teej

Banjara teej is a nine-day ritual and festival observed by Banjara community especially in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Maharashtra. Banjara Teej in 2018 begins on August 25. The festival ends on September 3 on Sri Krishna Janmashtami day.

The main ritual during the period is the sowing and growing of wheat saplings in a small basket made of bamboo. This basket with growing wheat shoots is known as Teej. It symbolizes prosperity.

Young girls who participate in the ritual pray to Lord Seva Lal for their well-being.

During the nine day rituals, groups of young girls sing and danced with the teej on their heads, seeking prosperity for the village and the community.

On Janmashtami day, the Teej is carried on the traditional phuliagan on the head of the girls.

The girls, who reach nearby river or pond singing songs, immerse Teej in the water.
Banjara Teej begins on Shravan Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi and ends on Shravan Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi as per traditional Hindu …

Maruti Yatra at Chande Khurd near Karjat

Maruti Yatra is observed in Shravan month. It is the annual fair and festival at Maruti Temple at Chande Khurd near Karjat in Maharashtra. Maruti Yatra 2018 date is August 26.

Hundreds of devotees visit the Maruti Temple on the day. A small fair is organized as part of the festival. The maina attraction is the local delicacies and farm products.

The annual fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees. It is an important event for the nearby villages.
Maruti Yatra is annually observed on Shravan Purnima or the full moon day in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Santnath Yatra at Vairag near Barshi – Sant Nath Yatra

Santnath Yatra is observed in Shravan month. It is the annually fair and festival at Santnath Temple at Vairag near Barshi in Maharashtra. Santnath Yatra 2018 date is August 26.

Hundreds of devotees visit the Santnath Temple on the day. The pious soul performed numerous miracles during his lifetime.

Some of the impotant activities on the day include

SatsangPrayer meetingsFood donationCommunity pujaFood prepared for the village. Santnath Yatra is annually observed on Shravan Purnima or the full moon day in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kanifnath Palkhi Prasthan at Moshi near Pimpri Chinchwad

Moshi Kanifnath Palkhi Prasthan is observed in Shravan month and is dedicated to Kanifnath, one of the nine Mahayogis of Navnath Sampradaya. Moshi located near Pimpri Chinchwad in Maharashtra houses a sacred place dedicated to the great saint. Kanifnath Palkhi Prasthan 2018 date is August 23.

Kanifnath is believed to be an incarnation of Prabuddha Narayan and is mentioned in the Bhagavad Purana.

Kanifnath Palkhi Prasthan is annually held on Shravan Shukla Paksha Dwadasi tithi or the 12th day during the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.
The Kanifnath Palkhi or carrying of the palanquin attracts hundreds of followers of the Navnath Sampradaya.

Rani Durgavati Jayanti

Rani Durgavati Jayanti is annually observed in Ashwin month. It is the birth anniversary of Rani Durgavati (October 5, 1524 – June 24, 1564). She was born in the Chandel Dynasty. She is associated with the sculptures in Khajuraho and Kalanjar Fort. Rani Durgavati Jayanti 2018 date is October 5. After the death of her husband, Rani Durgavati took over the reins of Gond kingdom as her son was just five years old.

She fought Mughal invaders successfully several times. She finally lost her life in 1564 defending her kingdom.

The brave queen is remembered for her strong administrative powers and the bravery she displayed in the battlefield.

When many kings of her era surrendered before the Mughal Empire, she bravely and successfully defended her kingdom.

In the final battle, she was serious injured and she committed suicide before she was captured.
Rani Durgavati was keenly interested in art and architecture and this is evident from sculptors that were created during her period.

Spiritual life is neither life merely inside the world nor life simply outside it – Swami Sivananda

Spiritual life is neither life merely inside the world nor life simply outside it. It is life in the transcendental Being, the Spirit which is immanent in all beings, the Self which is the Supreme Lord of everything, inside and outside. Spiritual life can be lived “in” the world, but it is “beyond” the world, for it is not of the world.
The experience of the glory of spiritual life is preceded by the negation of the narrow life in the body and the mind. Therefore, transform yourselves completely, transfigure your entire being through service, through devotion, through meditation, through knowledge. Pierce the veil of delusion, go beyond the dark picture of Maya, through recognising in all the resplendent basis of Brahman upon which the drama of the universe is staged.

Service breaks the ego, opens the heart, expands the consciousness and deepens the spirit. Love softens the hard personality, melts the mind and takes you to God. Dhyana burnishes you, exalts you to the amanava sthiti, …