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Swami Swarupanand Punyatithi at Pawas near Ratnagiri in Maharashtra – Death Anniversary of Swami Swaroopanand at Pavas

Swami Swarupanand punyatithi is observed in Shravan month. It is the death anniversary of Swami Swaroopanand and is of great importance at Pawas near Ratnagiri in Maharashtra. Swami Swarupanand punyatithi 2017 date is August 19.
Swami Swarupanand samadhi mandir is located at Pavas. Annually thousands of devotees visit the place.




Swami Swaroopanand was a follower of Warkari tradition. He has written numerous books on the important religious traditions associated with warkari.
His teachings are based on Jnaneshwari.
Thousands of devotees visit the Swami Swarupanand samadhi mandir and offer prayers and participate in the satsangs and other spiritual programs organized on the Punyatithi.
Swami Swarupanand Punyatithi is annually observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Tukai Yatra at Itkare near Kagal in Kolhapur District

Tukai Yatra at Itkarae is observed in Shravan month. It is one of the most important fair and festival to the Tukai Temple located at Itkare near Kagal in Kolhapur District. Tukai Yatra 2017 date is August 18.
Hundreds of people participate in the annual yatra. Several different types of offerings are made to the Goddess on the day.
Tukai Yatra is annually observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Ekadashi Tithi or eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Khairatabad Ganesh 2015 – Pictures of Khairatabad Ganesh Idol in 2015 for Vinayaka Chaturthi Festival

Hyderabad Khairatabad Ganesh Idol 2015 is in the form of five-headed Ganesha and is called Trishaktimaya Moksha Ganapati. The Khairatabad Ganesh Utsav Committee is celebrating 61 year of formation. The murti will be nearly 60 feet. Ganesh Vigraha or Murti made during Ganesh Chaturthi festival at Khairatabad near Hyderabad are famous for its huge size. The Ganesha murti in 2015 is flanked by Gajendra Moksha and Goddess Bhadrakali of Warangal.


Vinayaka Chaturthi festival in 2015 begins on September 17, 2015.
This is the 61st year of the Khairatabad Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

Bhavani Yatra at Vahnali Village near Kagal in Kolhapur District

Bhavani Yatra at Vahnali Village is observed in Shravan month. The yatra is the most important fair and festival at the Goddess Bhavani temple at Vahnali near Kagal in Kolhapur District. Vahnali Bhavani Yatra 2017 date is August 18.
Hundreds of people participate in the festival. People make various kinds of offerings during the period.
Bhavani Yatra is annually observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Ekadashi Tithi or eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Story of Dhanapala and Surya in the Brahma Kanda of Bhavishya Purana

Story of Dhanapala shows the importance devotion. He was an ardent devotee of Surya, the sun god. His story is found in the Brahma Kanda of Bhavishya Purana.
Dhanapala was a trader who lived in the city of Ayodhya. He built a temple dedicated to Surya in the city. He then appointed a scholar to read Puranas aloud in the temple. He also gave the scholar his wages for a year in advance.
After six months Dhanapala died. The piety acquired by him through his devotional acts made Lord Surya arrive in his chariot and carry Dhanapala to his palace.
Surya placed Dhanapala on his seat and paid respects to him.
Later Dhanapala attained Brahmaloka.
Symbolically, the story suggests that people who follow Dharma and perform devotional acts without considering its fruits will attain bliss here and in the next world.

Kanwariya Trek from Haridwar to Pura Mahadev Temple in Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh in Shravan Month

Kanwariya Trek in the Shravan Month (July 10 to August 7, 2017) from Haridwar and Rishikesh to PuraMahadevTemple at Baloni in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh. It is estimated that more than 100,000 Shiva devotees undertake the trip. The pilgrims known as Kavadias or Kanwarias carry holy Ganga water from Haridwar, Rishikesh and Gomukh to bath the Shivling in the PuraMahadevTemple.
PuraMahadevTemple is located on the banks of HindanRiver at Baloni in Baghpat. Also known as Shiv Puri, the temple was founded by Parashuram. Here Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Shivling. The temple is close to the Baghpat – Meerut Highway – around 30 km from Baghpat and 36 km from Meerut. The temple is 4.5 km from Baloni.
Shravan month is an auspicious month dedicated to Shiva. It is believed that offering Ganga water to cool Shiva in this month is highly auspicious.
The pilgrims travel on foot and in vehicles. They are known to play loud music and chant Bol Bom.
The name Kanwarias because they carry a pole ca…

Aandi Vesham of Muruga in Palani Murugan Temple

Aandi Vesham of Muruga is the form in which Muruga appears before devotees at 6:00 AM in the famous Muruga Temple in Palani. In the Aandi Vesha, Muruga is clad in a simple loincloth as a monk. The word aandi means monk or beggar or mendicant.



Aandi Vesham is the most popular form of Muruga in Palani. Muruga took the form when he left the abode of his father in Mount Kailash. He gave all the riches and comfort of his father’s home. It is believed that he appeared in this form in South India.

In this avatar, Muruga’s big ears are visible. Devotees believe that in this form with his wide-open ears Muruga will heed their prayers.
Aandi Vesham ends at 8:00 AM.

Story of taking Kavadi to Palani Murugan Temple

Story of taking Kavadi to Palani Murugan Temple is associated with Sage Agastya, Muruga and Idumban.

Legend has it that Sage Agastya commanded his disciple Idumban to take two hills from the Himalayas down South. Idumban balanced the two hills on either end of a stick —this ended up being the Kavadi that devotees carry for Muruga.

When Idumban reached Palani, he was tired and decided to take rest and set down the two hills.

After a while, when Idumban decided to lift the hill he could not do so. Soon he discovered that a small boy was sitting atop one of the hills.

Muruga then appeared in front of Idumban and told him that he now owned hills.

Idumban disagreed and a battle ensued between them.

Muruga killed Idumban, whose dying wish was that anyone who carried a Kavadi and walked up to Palani should be granted whatever they wished for.
Muruga agreed to the wish of Idumban and this is the reason why devotees carry Kavadi to Palani Murugan Temple.

Name of the hill on which Palani Murugan Temple is located

Palani Murugan Temple, dedicated to Lord Muruga, is located atop a hill —150m above sea level. Have you ever wondered what is the name of the hill on which Palani Murugan Temple is located?
To reach the temple, we have to climb 693 stone steps or take the winding ‘elephant footpath’ through sacred groves.
The temple stands atop a hill called Siva-giri, meaning ‘Shiva’s hill’. The one beside it is called Shakti-giri, or Shakti’s hill.

How Garuda Became the Vehicle or Vahana of Vishnu?

Ever wondered how Garuda became the vehicle or vahana of Lord Vishnu? Garuda became the vehicle of Lord Vishnu because of his integrity. To save his mother and him from slavery of Kadru and her naga sons, Garuda went to heaven fought with the Devas and got Amrita or elixir of life to earth.

When Garuda was flying through the sky with Amrita Lord Vishnu saw him. Vishnu noticed that Garuda had not swallowed even a drop of Amrita which could have made him immortal.


Pleased with his integrity, Vishnu asked Garuda to become his Vehicle or Vahana. He also asked him to remain stationed on this chariot’s flag.
The Amrita, which was carried by Garuda, got the release of his mother and him. But Kadru and her naga sons could not taste the Amrita as it was carried away by Indra, the king of Devas.

Dewri Mandir at Tamar near Ranchi in Jharkhand

At Dewri Mandir at Tamar, Goddess Durga is worshipped as Solahbhuji – Mother Durga with sixteen arms. Dewri Mandir is located on Ranchi – Jamshedpur National Highway 33 in Jharkhand and is around 70 km from Ranchi. Another unique aspect of the shrine is that Mother Goddess is seen sitting on a lotus and not on a lion. In the temple, tribal priests offer prayers along with Brahmin priests. The two communities conduct the rituals together.



According to a legend, an erstwhile king of Tamar saw a dream. The goddess told him that there was a temple in Dewri, where she must be worshipped. Villagers, as directed by the king, cleared a forested patch to find a small temple with a stone murti of Mother Goddess. Ever since, the deity is worshipped here. 
Belief is that Lord Vishwakarma, the divine architect, constructed the original temple. The present structure was built around 8th century AD.
A narrow entrance lead to the sanctum sanctorum, in which Mother Durga is seen sitting with sixteen…

Hanuman Kavacham Lyrics in Tamil– Hanuman Kavacham in Tamil in pdf

Chanting Hanuman Kavacham or Anjaneya Kavach is considered highly meritorious. Below is the link to Hanuman Kavacham lyrics in Tamil in pdf. It can be can be chanted on all days. The text is in Tamil language. Chanting the mantra on Hanuman Jayanti is highly meritorious. It is chanted by Hanuman devotees Moolam nakshatram day and during Anjaneya Jayanti in Margazhi month. It is highly auspicious to chant the mantra on Tuesday and Saturday.
It is chanted for gaining self confidence and for peace and prosperity.
Those facing problems related to Shani Bhagavan in life will get relief by chanting the Hanuman Kavach on Saturday.
LinkHanuman Kavacham Lyrics in Tamil

Hanuman Kavach Mantra in Hindi– Hanuman Kavach in Hindi in pdf

Chanting Hanuman Kavach Mantra is considered highly meritorious. Below is the link to Hanuman Kavach in Hindi in pdf. It can be can be chanted on all days. The text is in Hindu language text. Chanting the mantra on Hanuman Jayanti is highly meritorious.
It is highly auspicious to chant the mantra on Tuesday and Saturday.
It is chanted for gaining self confidence and for peace and prosperity.
Those facing problems related to Shani Bhagavan in life will get relief by chanting the Hanuman Kavach on Saturday.

Link Hanuman Kavach Mantra in Hindi

Hanuman 108 names in Malayalam– Hanuman 108 Namavali in Malayalam in pdf

Chanting 108 names of Hanuman is considered highly meritorious. Below is the link to Hanuman 108 Namavali in Malayalam in pdf. The names can be chanted on all days. You can also select one particular name from the list and chant daily. The text is in Hindu language text. Chanting the mantra on Hanuman Jayanti is highly meritorious.
It is highly auspicious to chant the mantra on Tuesday and Saturday.
It is chanted for gaining self confidence and for peace and prosperity.
Those facing problems related to Shani Bhagavan in life will get relief by remembering the names of Hanuman on Saturday.

Link Hanuman 108 names in Malayalam

May the tree of our life be firmly rooted in the soil of love – Mata Amritandamayi Devi

In our haste, we forget the greatest truth of all – that the source of all problems is to be found within the human mind.
Since war is born from the mind of human beings, it is in the mind of human beings that we must erect the castle of peace.
Along with an understanding of the outer world, it is essential that we also get to know the inner world. Love has no limitations such as religion, race, nationality, or caste.
May the tree of our life be firmly rooted in the soil of love.
Love is the only religion that can help humanity rise to great and glorious heights. And love should be the one thread on which all religions and philosophies are strung together. Mata Amritandamayi Devi

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 6, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, August 6, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon till 2:50 AM on August 6. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 6, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day after 9:30 AM.
Nakshatra – Revati Nakshatra till 1:57 AM on August 6. Then onward it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi till 1:57 AM. Then onward it is Mesha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Shravan Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the dark phase of moon in Shravan month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal P…