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Guru Dwadashi

Guru Dwadashi is observed on the 12th day during the waning phase of moon (Krishna Paksha) in the month of Ashwin as per traditional calendar followed in Gujarat and Maharashtra. The corresponding month in North Indian calendar is Kartik. Guru Dwadasi 2018 date is November 4.

Popular belief is that Shri Vallabha an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya left the earth on the day.

The day is also observed as Vaghbaras and Govatsa Dwadashi in certain years depending on the period of titihi.

Why do we Hindus offer Gold and large amount of money at Tirupati Balaji Temple?

TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple is the richest temple in the world. The amount of gold, silver, money and other valuables that offered to Lord Venkateswara (Hindu God Sri Hari Vishnu) the presiding of TirupatiTemple is mind boggling. There are thousands of Sri Vari devotees who start business in partnership with Tirupati Balaji and every year without fail the devotees offer His share of profit at the temple.
There is an interesting story which explains why devotees offer such large amounts of valuable to Tirupati Balaji.
Goddess Lakshmi, also referred as Shri, once had a fight with Lord Vishnu and left Vaikunta. She came and settled on earth in disguise.
Lord Vishnu soon arrived on earth searching for Goddess Lakshmi. 
But He failed to trace Shri and settled on Tirumala hills in form of a forest gatherer and continued his search. During the search, Lord Vishnu met a beautiful girl named Padmavati who was the daughter of the King of the seven hills in Tirumala. They both fell in love and …

Onam Pookalam 2006

Talk about Onam in Kerala and one of the first images that come to mind is that of the flower bed or floral (designs) arrangements known as Pookalam or Athapookalam. Onam Pookalam year 2006 designs are given below. The traditional Onapookalam usually consists of ten rings indicating the ten day ritual during the ten day celebrations of Onam which begins on Atham and ends on Thiru Onam in the month of Chingam (August – September).

Onam 2006 Pookalam Photos

Onam Pookalam 2005

Panchamrut Recipe

Panchamrut is a unique offering made for Gods especially by Hindus during important puja, festivals, and rituals like Diwali etc. Here is a brief recipe of Panchamrut prepared by Marathi and Hindi speaking people.

The recipe prepared using equal quantity of honey, ghee, sugar, yogurt and milk.

The above said five ingredients are mixed properly. It is first offered as Prasad or naivedya to deities worshipped in home. Later it is distributed among family members, friends and neighbors.
Please note that the Panchamrut in the famous Palani Temple in Tamil Nadu in South India is made using an entirely different set of ingredients.

Sakharpuda Muhurat 2016 – Good Dates and Time in 2016 to Conduct Sakharpuda – Ceremony before Engagement in Marathi Calendar in Maharashtra

Sakharpuda Muhurat 2016 based on Hindu Marathi calendar and Panchang followed in Maharashtra. The ceremony is mainly held in Maharashtra. It is one of the important ceremonies before engagement.

Sakharpuda Muhurat 2016

January 2016 – January 1, 2, 3, 11, 12, 17, January 20 after 11:00 AM, January 21, 26, 28, 29 and January 31, 2016

February 2016 – February 5, 9,13, Feb 22 after 11:20 AM, February 27 and February 28

March 2016 – March 1, 3, 5, 11, 16, 21, 25 and March 31.

April 2016 – April 4, 11, 12, 19, 22, 27 and April 30, 2016

May 2016 – May 1, 8, 9, 14, 16, 18, 22, 26 and May 27.

June 2016 – June 1, 2, 6, 10, 15, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27 and June 28, 2016

July 2016 – July 10, 12, 13, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27 and July 30

August 2016 – August 4, 7, 9, 12, 16, 18, 22, 23 and August 26

September 2016 – September 3, 4, 6, 11 and September 15

October 2016 – October 10, 11, 17, 20 and October 25

November 2016 – November 2 till 5:30 PM, 4, 6, 8, 12, 21 and November 25, 2016

December 2016 – Decembe…

Javal Muhurat dates in 2016 – Good dates and time for Javal in 2016

Javal Muhurat is the auspicious ritual in which a baby’s head is shaved to remove the hair for the first time. Below are the good dates – Javal Muhurat (first hair cutting) – in 2016. The ceremony is performed for the long life of the baby. Javal Muhurat 2016 dates are based on Hindu calendar and panchang followed in Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat.

Javal Muhurat dates in 2016 All dates are based on Indian Standard Time.

January 2016 – January 3, 11, 21, 29 and January 31 February 2016 – February 10, 19 and February 28 March 2016 – March 6, 11, 17, 18 and March 25 April 2016 – April 4, 11, 15 and April 22 May 2016 – May 1, 9, 11, 16, 18 and May 27 June 2016 – June 2, 6, 9, 15 and June 24 July 2016 – July 5, 6, 10, 13, 21 and July 30 August 2016 – August 7, 18, 19, 22 and August 23 September 2016 – September 2 after 1:30 PM, September 4 and 5 October 2016 – October 13, 17, 20 and October 23 November 2016 – November 9, 18, and November 25 December 2016 – December 4 after 9:25 AM, December …

Sravana Vratham Dates for 2017 – Sravana Vratham 2017

Sravana Vratham is observed by certain Vaishnava communities in South India. The Vratham is dedicated to Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu. The fasting on the day is similar to Ekadasi. Here are the Sravana Vratham 2017 dates:

Sravana Vratham Dates for 2017 January 28 February 24 March 24 April 20 May 18 June 14 July 11 August 7 September 4 October 1
October 28 November 25 December 22

Diwali Decoration Ideas and Tips

The festival of light, Diwali, is one of the biggest festivals of India. Celebrated in the Kartik Month (October – November) every year, it remains that time of the year when everyone irrespective of his or her busy schedule, takes out time to clean the whole house, and decorate it in a manner so that it looks fresh and beautiful.

There is no denying the fact that the whole process of giving a facelift to the house is a time consuming task. However, if you are too tied up with your work and don't have the time to renovate the home before the festival, here are some of the tips to quickly make your home look special and sparkling new.
One at a Time… Cleaning every corner of the house before Diwali makes one feel good, however it needs lots of effort and time. Taking up one room everyday can lessen this hassle. Just take out little time from your schedule and clean one division of the home everyday. This will reduce the exertion and on the Diwali you can just concentrate on decorati…

Diwali Messages and Sayings

Popular Diwali messages and sayings:
This Diwali let us give thanks for all we hold dear: Our health, our family, our friends and to the grace of God which never ends.Let us release our grudges, anger and pains, for these are nothing but binding chains.Let us vow to live each day in the most pious, God-conscious way.Let us vow to serve all who are in need, regardless of race, caste, gender or creed.Let us vow to keep Lord in our heart, to chant His name each day at the start.Let us vow to lead the world from darkness to light, from falsehood to truth, and from wrong to right.And let us vow to remember that we are all one, embracing all, discriminating against none.May this Diwali be filled with prosperity and peace, and love and joy which doesn't cease.May you have success in all you do. And may God's blessings be showered upon you.

Jiddu Krishnamurti on Happiness and Gratification

What is it that most of us are seeking? Probably most of us are seeking some kind of happiness, some mind of peace; in a world that is ridden with turmoil, wars, contention, strife, we want a refuge where there can be some peace.

Now, is it that we are seeking happiness or is it that we are seeking gratification of some kind from which we hope to derive happiness? There is a difference between happiness and gratification. Can you seek happiness? Perhaps you can find gratification but surely you cannot find happiness.

Happiness is derivative; it is a byproduct of something else. So, before we give our minds and hearts to something which demands a great deal of earnestness, attention, thought, care, we must find out, must we not?, what it is that we are seeking; whether it is happiness, or gratification. I am afraid most of us are seeking gratification. We want to be gratified, we want to find a sense of fullness at the end of our search.

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