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Jyeshta Gauri Avahana 2017 Date – Gowri Puja in Maharashtra

Jyeshta Gauri Avahana is held on the first day of Jyeshta Gowri Puja in Maharashtra. Jyeshta Gauri Avahana 2017 date is August 29. This Gowri Puja is held on the third day during the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi puja. A special idol of Jyeshta Gauri is installed along with Lord Ganesh idol. Avahan puja is on August 29. 
Jyeshta Gauri Puja is on August 30, 2017 and Jyeshta Gauri Visarjan is on August 31.

Jyeshta Gauri who comes in search of Lord Ganesh is believed to bring in auspiciousness and prosperity. Jyeshta Gauri Avahana involves bringing of two idols of Gauri and special pujas are performed on the day to welcome Gowri.

The puja is held on the next day. Special decorations are done and women invite neighbors to participate in the puja. Haldi Kum Kum ceremony is an important event on the day.

You can get more details of the three-day Jyeshta Gauri Puja in this article.

The festival is also observed as Gowri Ganesha in some regions of Maharashtra.

Taraka Mantra

Taraka Mantra is associated with Shiva. It is believed that Shiva chants the Taraka mantra into the ear of a dying person in Varanasi or Kashi. In Benaras, the mantra is also referred as the ferry boat mantra.
By the power of the Taraka Mantra, the dying person is believed to be illumined with the knowledge of Brahman – the Supreme Truth without a second – the ultimate truth in Hinduism. Thus, the dying person is ferried across cycle of birth and death with the help of the mantra.

Dasaswamedh Ghat in Varanasi – Dashashwamedh Ghat in Kashi

Dasaswamedh Ghat in Varanasi is one of the famous Ghats and is located near the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. It is believed that taking holy dip in Dashashwamedh Ghat in Kashi is equal to going on a pilgrimage Prayag.
Legend has that Brahma conducted ten Ashwamedha or horse sacrifices here. Hence the name Dasaswamedh Ghat.
Every evening the famous Ganga Aarti dedicated to Ganga River, Lord Shiva, Agni and Surya is performed here.

Garutman in the Vedas

Garutman is a bird with beautiful and strong wings and is a powerful deity mentioned in the Vedas. The Rigveda mentions the Sun as the celestial bird, or Garutman. He is also known Suparna, which means the strong-winged one. As per Mahabharata, Garuda, the Vahana or Vehicle of Bhagvan Vishnu, is same as Garutman.
The Vedic altars had the shape of Garutman owing to the belief that He can soar up to the Heavens carrying the offerings.
The word garutman means 'winged' or 'praised' ("garutman garanavan paksavan va ").
As per Shatapatha Brahmana, Garutman personify courage.
A verse in Rig Veda refers to the bird as a supreme god equal to Indra, Mitra, Varuna, Yama, and other Vedic gods.
Garutman is also the name of a Rishi in the Atharva Veda.

Book – Our Heritage Revisited: A glimpse into ancient Indian texts

The book titled Our Heritage Revisited: A glimpse into ancient Indian texts is written by Anju Saha. As the title suggests the book is a journey through the Hindu scriptures. In the journey, important aspects of Hindu philosophy and culture are revealed. The book is an attempt to help all those people who complain that they do not know where to begin studying Hindu scriptures and culture. The book is an excellent guide as the author has attempted to clear many such doubts. It is basically a good primer.



The book touches upon Vedas, Samhitas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas, Upanishads, Agamas, Puranas, Darshanas and many other aspects of Hindu culture. The book is easy to read and is useful for all age groups.
The book inspires us to learn more about our culture.
BookOur Heritage Revisited: A glimpse into ancient Indian texts Pages – 135 Author - Anju Saha Price – 350/-
Available online at Amazon both kindle and paper back

How Prayag Became Allahabad?

Prayag is one of the holiest places in Hinduism. Prayag is now popularly known as Allahabad. Here is how Prayag became Allahabad.
Prayag means ‘place of sacrifice’ after Lord Brahma performed the first sacrifice here. For centuries, the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati was known as Prayag.
Mughal Emperor Akbar first changed the name in 1572 AD when he built a massive fort here. He named it Illahabas.
Emperor Shah Jahan again changed the name to Allahabad during the 17th century.

Bhai Panchami – Raksha Bandhan Festival of Maheshwari Community

The popular Raksha Bandhan festival which is observed on the Shravan Purnima day by most Hindu communities is observed around twenty days later by the Maheshwari community. In 2017, the date of the Raksha Bandhan festival of Maheshwari community is August 26. It is also known as Bhai Panchami and is observed on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha of the Bhadrapad month.

Maheshwari community mainly worships Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Some of the festivals and rituals of the community differs from the normal Hindu rituals and festivals.

Bhai Panchami is the day when sisters tie Rakhi on the hands of brothers and brothers pledge to protect her. Badi Teej is observed a day before Bhai Panchami and women observe fast for the wellbeing of their husbands.

Navratri Quotes – Navaratri Thoughts and Messages

These Navratri Quotes and thoughts were written by various Swamijis during the last couple of years.
The theme of the entire Vedas is reflected in the Navaratri festival: Purify the mind and remove all negativities; cultivate positive virtues; gain spiritual knowledge and transcend limitations. This is the real victory – the dance of joy – ritualistically performed at night, to signify our spiritual awakening. At Navaratri time, the Rasa dance (dance of joy) of Sri Krishna and the gopis is also performed. As the mind becomes purer, calmer quieter, and more cheerful and greater understanding is gained, do we not feel happier? Similarly, the Rasa dance is the dance of joy and realization. Swami Tejomayananda

During Navratri festival, for the first three days Goddess Durga, for the next three days Goddess Lakhsmi and for the last three days Goddess Saraswati are worshipped. "Durga sarva Durg', meaning Durga removes all obstacles and defects (durgunas). Lakshmi bestows the int…

We must keep our mind constantly open to all helpful suggestions – Swami Chinmayananda

What we regularly encourage and consistently cultivate in our mind – this determines our character formation, and ultimately, our destiny. Evidently, an intelligent choice of thought changes the character pattern in us – placing, thus, the entire destiny of our life in our own hands.
We must keep our mind constantly open to all helpful suggestions. There are always rich mines of healthy ideas lying broadcast throughout life’s fields; only we ignore them, refusing to explore them fully.
We must, as the most important thing, discover in ourselves an expectant, helpful, unselfish attitude towards the world of beings and happenings around us.
Confidence in oneself, quietness within, serenity in the mind, poise in the being, and a ready willingness to serve others moulds the healthiest personality.
Related All great people have become great because of their love for others – Swami Chinmayananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 18, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, September 18, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth 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 7:26 PM on September 18, 2015. 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 September 18, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good day.
Nakshatra – Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra the entire day on Sept 18 and till 12:44 AM on September 19. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi till 6:20 PM. Then onward it is Vrischika Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Rishi Panchami. Sam Pancham in Gujarat.
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month in North Indi…