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Krishna River Festival at Karad – Krishna Nadi Utsav in Maharashtra

Krishna River festival is annually held in Shravan. It is mainly observed at Karad in Maharashtra. Koyna River joins Krishna nadi at Karad. Krishna River festival 2023 date is September 9. Karad lies at the confluence of Koyna River and the Krishna River. The rivers meet exactly head on at Karad. Their confluence is called ‘Preeti Sangam’, meaning confluence of love. It is the fourth longest river in India. Also known as, Krishnaveni, it is nearly 1,300 kilometers long. The festival is observed during the monsoon season. Krishna River Festival is observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Dasami tithi or 10th day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Mallikarjuna Yatra at Yedenipani near Sangli in Maharashtra

Yedenipani Mallikarjuna Yatra is held in Shravan month. It is an important fair and festival at Mallikarjuna Temple dedicated to Shiva at Yedenipani near Sangli in Maharashtra. Yedenipani Mallikarjuna Yatra 2023 date is September 11. The yatra is organized on the Mondays in Shravan month. The most important date is the last Monday of Shravan month. Hundreds of devotees participate in this annual fair and festival. The Shivling is worshiped with water, bilva leaves and milk on the day. Yedenipani Mallikarjuna Yatra is observed on the last Monday during the Shravan Krishna Paksha or waning phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Syamantaka Mani Story

Syamantaka Mani story is found in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. As per Hindu scriptures, Satrajit, a vassal king of Dwaraka, received the Syamantaka Mani – a precious stone that ushers in prosperity.  Satrajit did not share the wealth received from the precious stone with his people. So Krishna asked Satrajit to allow him to make proper use of the precious Syamantaka Mani. Satrajit declined. One day, Prasena, brother of Satrajit, went hunting wearing the Syamantaka Mani. A lion killed Prasena. Jambavan, the famous bear in the Ramayana who is also a Chiranjeevi, saw this incident killed the lion and retrieved the Syamantaka mani. He then presented the precious stone to his only daughter, Jambavati. Now Satrajit and other people accused Krishna of killing Prasena for the Syamantaka Mani. Balarama, the eldest brother of Krishna, happened to hear about the scandal. He immediately asked Krishna to find the Syamantaka Mani and clear his name. Krishna then s

Someshwar Yatra at Karanje near Baramati in Maharashtra

Someshwar Yatra is observed in Shravan month. It is yatra and festival in Sawan month in Someshwar Temple at Karanje near Baramati in Maharashtra. Someshwar Yatra 2023 date is September 11. Someshwar Yatra is held on all Mondays in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra. The most important day is the one observed on last Monday of the month. The main ritual involves pouring of water, bilva leaves and milk on the Shivling here. Devotees arrive from early morning to observe the ritual. Someshwar Temple is the most famous temple in this region and attracts thousands of devotees. 

Goddess Tukai – Information about Hindu Goddess Tukai

Goddess Tukai is widely worshipped in Maharashtra and parts of north Karnataka, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh. She is also the family deity of many communities in Maharashtra. There are two beliefs regarding Goddess Tukai – one is that she is another name of Goddess Tuljabhavani. Another belief is that she is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Durga, who annihilated demon Mahishasura. There are numerous small shrines dedicated to her in rural Maharashtra. Annual yatra to the shrines are observed with great pomp. In some rural areas, animal sacrifices were offered to the deity. She is worshipped for peace and prosperity. Couples offer prayers to her for healthy children. She is also worshipped before harvest and also at the start of a new farming season.

Kaundinya – Founder of the Hindu Kingdom of Kambuja, modern Cambodia

It is believed that Kaundinya was the founder of the Hindu Kingdom of Kambuja, modern Cambodia. As per legend, he married Soma, a naga princess, and founded the kingdom in the 1st or 2nd century AD. Soma, the naga princess, used to rob merchant ships passing through her territorial waters near port of Funan. It is believed that she was a fierce and powerful pirate who commanded a fearful group of people. Once, Soma attacked the ship of Kaundinya. He overpowered her with a divine spear, which was gifted to him by Ashwattama, son of Dronacharya in the Mahabharat. As per the treaty entered, Soma was obliged to marry Kaundinya. The accounts of the foundation of the Hindu kingdom of Kambuja are preserved in the Sanskrit inscriptions discovered from modern Cambodia. There is also reference to another Kaundinya who in early 5 th century AD introduced laws and customs found in Vedas in Cambodia. He left a powerful lineage of kings who ruled until 7 th century AD.

Tirupati Laddu Enters its 300th year

Tirupati Laddu, the popular Prasad at the world famous Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple, enters its 300th year. The laddu Prasad at Tirupati Balaji Temple was introduced on August 2, 1715. The New Indian Express Reports No pilgrimage to the world's richest Hindu temple is complete without the laddu, made from flour, sugar, ghee, oil, cardamom and dry fruits. The mouth-watering sweet is the most sought after prasad after prayers to Lord Venkateswara.  Although the temple offers various types of 'prasad', the laddu is more popular among pilgrims.  According to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the affairs of the hill shrine, about ninety million laddus were given away to pilgrims in 2014.  The normal price of a 300 gram laddu is Rs.25. The TTD says that use of quality ingredients makes it costly but it sells laddu at a highly subsidised rate.  As a privilege to pilgrims, two laddus are issued at a further subsidized rate of Rs.10 each. 

Bhaja Govindam in Tamil – Download Bhaja Govindam Lyrics in Tamil pdf

Bhaja Govindam is composed by Adi Shankaracharya and is a popular devotional song in Hinduism. Now you can download the Tamil translation of Bhaja Govindam in pdf format. The Tamil lyrics is the translation from the original Sanskrit version. Each word in Bhaja Govindam is pregnant with meaning and the composition is a sort of short synopsis of the teachings of Santana Dharma. This Tamil translation of Bhaja Govindam is provided by the prapatti website. Link  –  Download Bhaja Govindam Lyrics in Tamil

Hanuman Kavacham Malayalam – Hanuman Kavach in Malayalam in pdf

Chanting Hanuman Kavacham is considered highly meritorious. Below is the link to Hanuman Kavacham lyrics in Malayalm in pdf. It can be can be chanted on all days. The text is in Malayalam language. Chanting the mantra on Hanuman Jayanti is highly meritorious. It is chanted by Hanuman devotees on all days. 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 Kavacham on Saturday. Link – Hanuman Kavacham Lyrics in Malayalam

Hanuman Kavach Lyrics in Kannada– Hanuman Kavach in Kannada in pdf

Chanting Hanuman Kavach or Anjaneya Kavach is considered highly meritorious. Below is the link to Hanuman Kavach lyrics in Kannada in pdf. It can be can be chanted on all days. The text is in Kannada language. Chanting the mantra on Hanuman Jayanti is highly meritorious. It is chanted by Hanuman devotees during Hanumanth Vratam in Margashirsh 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. Link – Hanuman Kavach Lyrics in Kannada