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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 2017 date is August 17.
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 2017 date is August 14.
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, Satrajita, a vassal king of Dwaraka, received the Syamantaka Mani – a precious stone that ushers in prosperity. 
Satrajita did not share the wealth received from the precious stone with his people. So Krishna asked Satrajita to allow him to make proper use of the precious Syamantaka Mani. Satrajita declined.
One day, Prasena, brother of Satrajita, 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 Satrajita and other people accused Krishna of killing Prasena for the Syamantaka Mani.


Balrama, the eldest brother ofKrishna, happened to hear about the scandal. He immediately asked Krishna to find the Syamantaka Mani and clear his name.
Krishna then set out in search of the preci…

Goddess Mangala Chandika – About Goddess Mangalachandika

Goddess Mangala Chandika is an aspect of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is also one of the twenty four aspects of Goddess Kali. Mangalachandika is kind and loving form of Goddess Kali.
Mangala Chandika always does good to her children. She is patient and forgives the mistakes of her children.
It is said that at the beginning of the cycle of a creation she is kind and loving and as a cycle of creation nears its end, she becomes fierce and destructive. Symbolically it suggests that when there is Dharma, She is good and when Adharma dominates, she becomes all devouring Mother.
As per one school of thought, Goddess Mangalachandika is born from the face of Mulaprakriti. Those who follow dharma and worship her are blessed with healthy children, wealth, reputation and welfare.

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 Tempe at Karanje near Baramati in Maharashtra. Someshwar Yatra 2017 date is August 14.
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.

Basaveshwar Yatra at Shirgaon near Chikodi in Belgaum District

Basaveshwar Yatra is annually observed in Shravan month. It is the important fair and festival at the Basaveshwar Tempe here at Shirgaon near Chikodi in Belgaum District in Karnataka. Basaveshwar, also known as Basavanna or Sri Basaveshwara, is the founder of Lingayatism or Lingayat Sect or Veerashaivism. Shirgaon Basaveshwar Yatra 2017 date is August 17.
The annual yatra attracts hundreds of devotees to the village. It is an important event here. Special offerings and prayers are offered during the period.
Basaveshwar Yatra at Shirgaon is observed on Shravan Krishna paksha dasami tithi or the 10th day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka.

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.

Story of Kausalya, mother of Sri Ram in the Ramayana

Kausalya was the first wife of Dasaratha, king of Ayodhya and father of Sri Ram. She was the daughter of the King of Uttara Kosala. A daughter named Santa was born to Dasaratha by Kausalya. After this, no sons or daughters were born to Dasaratha for a long time.
Kausalya was also the chief wife of Dasaratha. The king had two other wives named Kaikeyi and Sumithra.
When no children were born to the king, he performed putrakameshti yajna. Thus, Sri Ram was born to Kausalya.
She rejoiced at the decision to make Sri Ram crown prince but plunges into grief when she hears that Sri Ram will not become crown prince but will go on exile for fourteen years.
She offers to go with Sri Ram but he does not agree to it.
One of the noble characters in the Ramayana, she breaks down and accuses the king of destroying his kingdom, when she hears the report of Rama’s journey into forest from his charioteer, Sumantra.
Soon she gathers her composure and forgives the king when he seeks forgiveness.
Nothing…

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 5th century AD introduced laws and customs found in Vedas in Cambodia. He left a powerful lineage of kings who ruled until 7th 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.  The temple a…

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.

LinkHanuman 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

Good Dates in August 2017 for Flat – Land – Property Registration – Auspicious days in August 2017 For Registration in Hindu Calendar and Panchang

Good Dates in August 2017 for Flat – Land – Property Registration is based on Hindu calendars and Panchang followed in India. Majority of Hindu look for auspicious dates for flat, Villa, house, land and property registration. These are the good dates for such purpose in August 2017.
Good Dates in August 2017 for Flat – Land – Property Registration
August 1 is good after 12:20 PM August 2 is good till 3:15 PM August 4 is good after 5:55 PM
August 5 August 6 August 9 August 10 is good till 12:40 PM
August 11 August 12 August 13
August 14 is good after 8:40 AM August 16
August 17 is good after 12:45 PM
August 18 August 22 August 23 August 24
August 25 August 26 August 27 is good till 5:40 PM

August 2017 Engagement – Good date for engagement in August 2017

Engagement is one of the most important ceremonies before marriage. Here are the good dates for engagement in August 2017. The entire day is auspicious for the purpose. Please note that the dates are based on Hindu calendar and Panchang.
Good date for engagement in August 2017

August 1 is good after 12:20 PM August 2 is good till 3:15 PM August 4 is good after 5:55 PM
August 5 August 6 August 9 August 10 is good till 12:40 PM
August 11 August 12 August 13
August 14 is good after 8:40 AM August 16
August 17 is good after 12:45 PM
August 18 August 22 August 23 August 24
August 25 August 26 August 27 is good till 5:40 PM

Swami Chinmayananda on Mind and The Man

Our mind receive impulses from the external world and we respond directly without the guidance or control of the intellect which is the officer in charge within our body politic.  Consequently, there is confusion and chaos within, leading naturally to dissatisfaction and discontentment in life.
The mind is defined as a flow of thoughts, just as a river is a flow of water. The banks of the river guide and direct its flow and when the banks are not firm, the water runs amuck. So too, when the intellect of man is not firm and determined, the mind functions as it wants and man is tossed hither and thither by the vicissitudes of his environment and circumstances. To keep the intellect firm and determined and to be constantly guided by the dictates of such an intellect is the training imparted by religion.
Swami Chinmayananda

Source - The Art of Living by Swami Chinmayananda

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, August 7, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon till 12:34 AM on August 7. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during waning phase of moon till 10:31 PM on August 7. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 7, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is an average day – neither good nor bad.
Nakshatra – Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 12:28 AM on August 7. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram till 11:13 PM. Then onward it is Krittika or Karthigai or Kartika Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Shravan Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day durin…