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Bhoot Chaturdashi – Bhut Chaturdasi during Diwali

Bhuta Chaturdashi is observed on the 14th day of the Krishna Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month. The corresponding period in North Indian Hindu calendars is the 14th day of the Krishna Paksha of Kartik Month. Bhoot Chaturdashi 2018 date is November 6. On the day unsatisfied spirits are worshipped.

In some regions people offer food – cooked rice and til to the Bhootas.

The rituals coincide with the popular Yama Chaturdasi and Naraka Chaturdasi rituals.

This particular ritual is of importance in eastern parts of India.

Roop Chaturdashi during Diwali

Yampanchak – Yama Panchak 2018 Date

Yampanchak is a five-day festival which coincides with the Diwali and is mainly observed in Nepal. Yama Panchak 2018 is from November 5 to November 9. It is observed from the 12th day of the Kartik Krishna Paksha or waning phase of moon to the second day of Kartik Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon as per traditional Hindu calendar based on Purnimata System. Yama Panchak is not only dedicated to Hindu Gods but also to animals and plants.

The first day of the festival is dedicated to crow, who is the messenger of death. This day is known as Kag Parva

The second day of the festival is dedicated to Dog and is known as Kukur Tihar.

The third day of the festival is the popular Diwali day and on the day cow is worshipped. Special Lakshmi puja are also held on the day.

The fourth day is known as Bahar Puja. Newar community observes the New Year on the day. Govardhan Puja is also observed on the day.

The fifth day of the festival is dedicated to the relationship of brother and sister. Th…

Onam Pookalam 2011

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 2011 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). 
First Prize Winners in certain Onam Pookalam competitions in 2011 - below

Related Onam Pookalam 2010

Goddess Rajni

Goddess Rajni is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. It is one among the numerous names of Goddess Khir Bhavani in Kashmir. Goddess Rajni is also worshipped along with Surya, the sun god.
When worshipped along with Surya, Goddess Rajni is his consort as per one school of thought. 
Another school of thought suggests that Goddess Rajni who is dark complexioned probably indicates that the sun in spite of his being the god of light is inseparably wedded to night and its darkness. Goddess Khir Bhavani, manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti, is popularly referred as Goddess Rajni. As Goddess Rajni she blesses devotees with good qualities.
Hanuman and Goddess Shyama – Khir Bhawani

Panchamrit for Shivling

Panchamrit abhishek is a unique Hindu ritual dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. Food items are offered to deity in the ritual. In Panchamrit for Shivling, five puja items are poured on the Shivling in small quantities.

The five items that are used in Shivling Panchamrit are Milk Yoghurt Honey Ghee and Sugar (rock kandy or mishri) (some people use sugarcane juice)

The best offering to Shiva is small amount of water and bilva leaves.

Diwali and Pollution – How Hindus can help in reducing pollution during Diwali?

Does Diwali cause pollution? Yes like any festival other festival in the world, Diwali too causes pollution especially noise pollution. We Hindus can do a lot in reducing pollution during Diwali. The huge amount of plastic waste generated during the festival is another major area of concern as it results in environmental pollution. Avoid throwing Diwali Lakshmi puja materials in rivers, ponds and lakes.

Avoid high decibel firecrackers that cause noise pollution. Do not encourage children to buy such cheap crackers.
Make sure the crackers are disposed properly and they do not end up in rivers, ponds and other water bodies. Animals are the most affected due to high decibel crackers. Make sure crackers are extinguished properly as they might cause fire and hurt children and animals.

Try to minimize the use of plastic during Diwali. Use paper and other recycle materials while giving gifts. Encourage use of recycle materials during Diwali among friends, relatives and neighbors. Be the cha…

Diwali Amavasya 2018

Diwali is observed traditionally on Kartik Amavasya or the no moon day in Kartik month in North India. The corresponding period in other regions is the Amavas in Ashwin month. Diwali Amavasya 2018 is November 7. Time is from Time – Amavas begins at 10:06 PM on Nov 6, 2018 and ends at 9:19 PM on Nov 7, 2018. In Tamil Nadu, it is the Aippassi Amavasi.

The most important puja on the day is the Lakshmi Puja.

Legend has it that Diwali Amavasya is one of the darkest night in a year. Goddess Lakshmi arrives on earth and lits it up with her brilliance. Her glow envelops the whole world and she showers blessing of prosperity on all living beings.

Other rituals that are observed on the day include Abhyanga Snan, Sharda Pujan, Kuber Puja and Chopda Pujan.
Kali Puja is observed on the day in eastern parts of India.

Neer Thumba Habba – Cleaning and venerating Water a day before Deepavali in Karnataka

Neer Thumba Habba, or Neer Thumbo Habba, is a unique cleaning ritual performed a day before Deepavali (Diwali) by some communities in Karnataka. ‘Neeru’ means water and the ritual is a sort of physical and spiritual cleaning. The cleaning is to remove all dirt, evil and inauspicious things before the arrival of Goddess Lakshmi on the next day. In 2018, the date of Neer Thumba Habba is on November 7.

Neer Thumba Habba is observed on the 13th day during the waning phase of the moon in the month of Ashvija.

Toilets, wash areas, bath areas etc are cleaned thoroughly. Water containers, vessels are emptied and cleaned. All buckets and mugs are scrubbed and cleaned. Those still using huge urns decorate them with turmeric and kumkum dots. Rangolis or kolams are drawn before wash areas and before huge vessels.

Lines are also drawn on bronze and silver vessels with red paint or red mud and also using paste of gypsum.

Related Narak Chaturdasi

Goat Sacrifice at Dhading Temple in Nepal – Basaha Mandali Temple in Nepal Dhola VDC

Basaha Mandali Temple in Dhola VDC at Dhading in Nepal is famous for goat sacrifice. Although sacrifice of living animals is against the teachings of Hinduism, it is practiced in many temples in Nepal and India.
Goats are sacrificed at the shrine for wish fulfilment and for good luck and prosperity.
Basaha Mandali Temple is also infamous for other practices like not allowing women to worship and not allowing them to consume the meat of the goat. E Kantipur reports  People who throng the temple located about 10 kilometres west of the district headquarters Dhading Bensi sacrifice around 20,000 female goats every year, according to the Temple Management Committee (TMC).  Temple authorities said devotees who come to celebrate “religious feasts” on the banks of the local Dhola River sacrifice goats. A local teacher, Keshav Duwadi, said tradition dictates that women be barred from entering the temple premises and are also not allowed to consume the meat of the goat sacrificed at the temple.…

Emotions of the mind run through your person like water in a river – Swami Parthasarathy

Besides dealing with the mind’s infatuation to the senses the intellect has also to battle with a variety of emotions which the mind hosts. These emotions, when not controlled and direction properly by a discerning intellect, could turn wild and destroy the person.
The common emotions that a human being falls a prey are love, hatred, greed, anger, jealousy, envy etc.
Emotions of the mind run through your person like water in a river. While your intellect act as its two banks. If the banks of a river are not firm the water flowing would inundate and devastate the fields on either side. And when the banks are strong the water flows properly to enrich the fields.
So when your intellect is strong the emotions of your mind would be controlled properly to enrich your life. But with a weak intellect the flood of uncontrolled emotions could devastate your personality.

Source - The Holocaust of Attachment By A. Parthasarathy