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Sant Bagade Baba Punyatithi at Tapovan near Pandharpur

Sant Bagade Baba Punyatithi is held in Bhadrapad month. It is the death anniversary of Sant Bagade Baba. The day is of great significance at Tapovan near Pandharpur. Sant Bagade Baba Punyatithi 2017 date August 27.
He taught the lessons of self realization among people of the region.
Sant Bagade Baba Samadhi is located at Tapovan.
Hundreds of people participate in the various spiritual activities organized here.
Sant Bagade Baba Punyatithi is annually observed on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Sashti tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Tasgaon Rathotsav – Tasgaon Ganpati Chariot Festival

Tasgaon Rathotsav is held in Bhadrapad month. It is the chariot festival associated with the famous Ganpati Temple here. Tasgaon is located in Sangli District in Maharashtra. Tasgaon Rathotsav 2017 date is August 26.
The trunk of Ganesh murti worshipped here has its bend towards right. Thus, this is a unique temple. Thousands of people participate in the annual Rathotsav. The procession starts in the afternoon for the immersion of a special prepared Ganpati for the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Ganpati is kept here only for one and a half day.


The Ganesh is carried on a 30 feet wooden ratha or chariot. It is specially decorated and is pulled to the nearby river. The tradition of pulling chariot began in 1785.
Tasgaon Rathotsav is observed on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Panchami tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Shripad Shri Vallabh Jayanti at Pithapuram

Shripad Shri Vallabh Jayanti is held in Bhadrapad month. It is the birth anniversary celeberations of Shripad Shri Vallabha, who is the first avatar of Lord Dattatreya in Kali Yuga. Shripad Shri Vallabh Jayanti 2017 date is August 25. The day is of great significance at Pithapuram and Kurvapur.
It is believed that Shripad Shrivallabh appeared to spread the teachings of Guru Dattatreya. He was born at Pithapuram in Andhra Pradesh. He then settled at Kuravpur in Raichur District in Karnataka to spread the immortal teachings of Guru Dattatreya.


Dattatreya devotees around the world conduct various spiritual programs on the day.

Shripad Shri Vallabh Jayanti is annually observed on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Pandurang Sutar Maharaj Punyatithi at Karanjkhol Mahad

Pandurang Sutar Maharaj Punyatithi is held in Bhadrapad month. It is the death anniversary of Pandurang Sutar Maharaj. The day is of great importance at Karanjkhol Mahad in Raigarh District in Maharashtra. Pandurang Sutar Maharaj punyatithi 2017 date is August 24.
Hundreds of people participate in the various spiritual activities organized at Karanjkhol. Pandurang Sutar spread the teachings of Bhakti based on the great gurus in the Bhakti tradition in Maharashtra.
Pandurang Sutar Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Shivlingeshwar Festival at Madan Hipparga near Aland in Gulbarga District

Shivlingeshwar Festival at Madan Hipparga near Aland is observed in Bhadrapad Month. The festival is known as Shivlingeshwar Attpalkhi. In 2017, the date of the festival is August 23.
Shivlingeshwar Festival is one of the most important religious event at Madan Hipparga near Aland in Gulbarga District. Hundreds of people participate in the annual event.
Shivlingeshwar Festival at Madan Hipparga is annually held on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha dwitiya tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka.

Organ Donation in Hinduism

Does Hindu religion approve of Organ Donation? Yes it does. As per Hinduism, body is only a temporary residence of the Supreme Soul. The Supreme Soul is unaffected by changes – it is neither born nor it dies. Therefore, there is nothing wrong in giving parts of the temporary residence (human body) to help another body.
Moksha or liberation is not associated with the body. It is purely associated with that energy or soul that drives the body. Moksha or liberation has to be attained here on earth while living. It is not something that should happen after death.
It is wrong to associate liberation with body and death.
True liberation is realizing while living on earth that am not this body.
The most famous story about organ donation in Hinduism is associated with hunter Kannappa offering his eyes to Shiva. There is also the story of Sage Dadhichi giving his bones to Devas so that they can use his bones to prepare a powerful weapon to annihilate demon Vritasura. For this, Sage Dadhichi p…

Sampatti Devi – About Goddess Sampatti Devi

Sampatti Devi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is the divine consort of Ishana form of Shiva. She is the Shakti of Ishana Deva.
She is worshipped for attaining physical well being. The popular belief is that she helps in mental well being of a person.
Apart from this Sampatti Devi is propitiated for escaping from poverty. She grants her devotees with wealth and pleasure.
Another aspect of the Goddess is that she showers boon which helps in overcome hunger. She nourishes her devotees and keeps them healthy.

Why most villages in South India have a Mariamman Temple?

Mariamman is an incarnation of Mother Goddess and is worshipped in majority of villages in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and other neighboring regions. She is known by numerous names including Goddess Mari, Maramma, Masanamma, Yellamma, Chaudi, Kali, Karali etc. But what is the reason that each village has a MariammanTemple?
There are numerous legends associated with Goddess Mariamman. But one of the most popular legends is that of Renuka Devi, Mother of Parashurama – sixth avatar of Vishnu.
Legend has it that Renuka Devi, the wife of Sage Jamadagni, was famous for her devotion and chastity. It is said that her chastity was so powerful that she had the divine power to collect water even in unbaked pots.
But once she happened to see a king making love to his wife on the riverbank and she had adulterous thoughts. She lost her divine powers and her husband Sage Jamadagni came to know about this.
The sage had five sons and in anger he ordered them to cut the head of Renuka. Four …

Khadga or Sword in Hinduism

The Khadga or Sword in Hinduism is a broad, parallel-sided sword, having two sharp edges and a pointed end. It must be noted that the shape of sword has undergone numerous changes. Today, artists create swords depending on their imagination.
As per Puranas, Brahma first created sword to free earth from asuras or demons. Brahma gave it to Shiva and he gave it to Vishnu. It was then passed on to sages. Finally, Sage Vrishabha handed it over to Indra to fight the demons.
The sword was fifty thumbs long and four thumbs wide and was always carried on the left side.
The sword is widely associated with Goddess Durga and with the fierce forms of Shiva.
It is also believed that the sword is a symbol of enlightenment and it destroys ignorance.

Tonsuring or Removal of Hair in Temples – Why Do Hindus Shave Hair at Sacred Places or Temples?

It is a Hindu religious practice to remove hair on head in temples and sacred places. But why do Hindus shave or tonsure hair at sacred places? There is a prevalent belief that one’s sins stick to one’s hair and are exterminated by the removal.

The ritual procedure is to take the razor in the hand along with the darba grass and cut the hair on the right side first, then a little from the front, and then from the whole head.

Removal or Shaving of Hair in Hinduism

Removal or shaving of hair in Hinduism is an important ritual in Hinduism. It is performed after birth, during Upanayana, Godana and during antyeshti or funeral rites. The hair is not completely removed – a tuft of hair is left on the crown.
The tonsuring of hair is known as Chaula.
The first tonsuring is carried out in the house at the first or third year of the birth of the child. This rite is one of the forty purificatory rites a Hindu should undergo. In some regions, it is performed before the family deity.
During the upanayana ritual facial hair and hair on the front part of the head is removed. In some communities the entire hair is removed except for the tuft of hair on the crown.
Godana or Kesanta consists of shaving the head and other body parts before marriage. This is restricted to few Hindu communities.
When parents or a relative dies, one has to remove the hair on the tenth day after the death.
Apart from this, people remove hair when visiting holy places and temples.
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Tripura Rahasya in pdf – Tripura Rahasya Text in English with Meaning

Tripura Rahasya is an important text in Hinduism that explores the Advaita philosophy. Below is the link to Tripura Rahasya in English with meaning. The text is in pdf format and is free for download.
Hindu Shiva originally taught the Highest Truth through Tripura Rahasya to Vishnu, who in turn taught Brahma in the celestial regions. Later Vishnu incarnated on Earth as Sri Dattatreya, the Lord of the Avadhutas (the naked sages), and taught it to Parasurama.
LinkTripura Rahasya in pdf

Govindashtakam in Tamil in pdf – Govinda Ashtakam Lyrics in Tamil

Govindashtakam is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna. The prayer sings the glory of Krishna. Below is the link to Govinda Ashtakam lyrics in Tamil in pdf format. The prayer is chanted for blessings from Krishna. Those couples who are looking to have a child also chant it. It was composed by Adi Shankracharya.
The pdf document is credited to Prapatti.

LinkGovindashtakam in Tamil in pdf

Gayatri Ramayanam in Telugu in pdf – Gayatri Ramayanam Lyrics in Telugu

Gayatri Ramayanam contains twenty four shlokas from the Ramayana. The shlokas are taken in such a way that first letters of the 24 slokas form the Gayathri mantra. Gayatri Ramayanam lyrics in Telugu in pdf is given below.

The file was created by Sundar Kidambi of Prapatti website.
LinkGayatri Ramayanam Lyrics in Telugu

Good Date for Travel in November 2015 – Good and Auspicious Dates for Journey in November 2015

Some Hindus look for good date for travels, especially long distance journey, foreign travel, while traveling on plane, train etc. Here are the good and auspicious dates for journey in November 2015 for travels.
November 7 November 8 November 13 November 18 November 22 November 23 November 26 November 27 November 30

What you are looking for does not exist – U G Krishnamurti

What you are looking for does not exist. You would rather tread an enchanted ground with beatific visions of a radical transformation of that non-existent self of yours into a state of being which is conjured up by some bewitching phrases. That takes you away from your natural state – it is a movement away from yourself.

To be yourself requires extraordinary intelligence, you are ‘blessed’ with that intelligence; nobody need give it to you, nobody can take it away from you. He who lets that express itself in his own way is a natural man.
What is necessary for man is to free himself from the entire past of mankind, not only his individual past. That is to say, you have to free yourself from what every man before you has thought, felt and experience – then only is it possible for you to be yourself. The whole purpose of your talking to people is to point out the uniqueness of every individual. Culture or civilization or whatever you might call it has always tried to fit us into a frame…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 20, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, August 20, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 4:23 AM on August 20. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 20, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day.
Nakshatra – Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatra till 1:39 PM on August 20. Then onward it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 12:28 AM. Then onward it is Tula Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Kalki Jayanti. 
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Shravan Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Ha…