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Gujarati Calendar 2016 Online – Download Traditional Calendar of Gujarat 2016 - Vikram Samvat 2072 - 2073

This Gujarati Calendar 2016 followed in Gujarat in India is provided for free by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. The 2016 Gujarati Calendar contains important festivals in Gujarat and uses Gujarati language to mention tithi, fasting, festival details and Sud and Vad Paksha in a traditional Gujarati Month. This Gujarat calendar of 2016 is not in pdf format. But you can save the webpage and use it.
Please note that this calendar is as per Gujarat Vikram Samvat 2072 – 2073.

You can download it here at the official website of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.

How to Avoid Health Problems While Climbing to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple?

Pada Balam Tha…Deha Balam Tha... (Ayyappa give strength to our feet and body to reach your abode) is a popular chant used by devotees climbing the hill to reach the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. Most modern day Ayyappa devotees who are not used to walking and doing physical work need all the blessings of Lord Ayyappa to reach his abode and return safely. Heart Attack is one of the most common health risks that pilgrims face while climbing the Sabarimala hill.
Here are few tips to Avoid Health Problems While Climbing to SabarimalaAyyappaTemple
Devotees who have coronary heart disease should consult a doctor before deciding to climb the Sabarimala hill. It would be ideal, if all Ayyappa devotees aged above forty consult a doctor a week before starting the journey to SabarimalaAyyappaTemple.
Unusual panting (breathing heavily) while climbing steps – this is a clear warning signal and such people should consult a doctor before deciding on the journey.
Only use boiled water. Majority of the di…

Panchamrit Recipe for Puja

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

It is 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 Panchamritam in the famous Palani Temple in Tamil Nadu in South India is made using an entirely different set of ingredients.

Govatsa Dwadashi 2017 - Nandini Vrata Legend

Govatsa Dwadashi, also known as Nandini Vrata, is observed on the 12th day of the Krishna Paksha of Ashwin month in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Govatsa Dwadashi 2017 date is October 16 in Maharashtra. The day is mainly dedicated to the worship of Cows – Divine cow Nandhini is worshipped on the day.

According to Bhavishyapurana, Govatsa Dwadashi is associated with the story of divine cow Nandhini and her calves. Hence this day is also referred to as Nandhini Vrata. The idols of cows and calves made of mud are worshipped on this day. Nandini is believed to fulfill the wishes of her devotees.
On Govatsa Dwadashi day, images of Cow and Calf are made and are adorned with turmeric and kumkuma.

Offerings such as sprouted moong and gram are made to cows who are representatives of Nandhini on earth.

In some regions, it is strictly prohibited to drink cow milk, ghee and curd on this day.

This day is also known as “Guru Dwadashi”.

It is termed as “Vagh” in…

Understanding Jnana and Karma

Ancient Hindu Scriptures taught Sankhya and Yoga. Sankhya is knowledge (jnana). Yoga is action (karma). Many men separate the two. But the true yogi does not divide them. The two are inseparable.
Jnana and karma are in harmony: there is no conflict between the two. There is only a question o discipline. One man has the discipline of jnana: another has the discipline of karma. Those who follow the discipline of jnana are called Sankhyas. Those who follow the discipline of nishkama karma (selfless action) are called Karma yogis.
Jnana Yoga is also called Sanyasa Yoga because true jnana leads to sanyasa. Adi Shankaracharya in his commentary on Gita urges that a true jnani must be a sanyasi. But to be a sanyasi does not mean to be homeless. The Gita teaches that true sanyasa is not outer but inner renunciation of desires. Raja Janaka lived in a palace, but was non-attached. He was a jnani and practiced sanyasa.
Jnana Yoga, sanyasa yoga and sankhya yoga are synonymous. The terms are inter…

How to celebrate Dhan Teras or What to do on Dhanteras?

Dhanteras or Dhantrayodashi is observed two days before Diwali in North India, Maharashtra and Gujarat. The day is dedicated to Dhanvantari, the physician of the gods. Lakshmi Puja in the evening is an important ritual on the day. There is no straightforward answer to what to do on Dhan Teras or how to observe Dhanteras, as the rituals and celebrations vary from region to region. Here is a general idea of what people do on Dhanteras.
Diwali Shopping is Completed Dhanteras is observed differently by different communities. It is considered to be highly auspicious day to do new purchases and investment. Most people complete the Diwali shopping on the day. The first lamps of Diwali are lit on the day. People hang up paper lanterns with festoons and sends out the message of the arrival of Diwali.
Get-Together of All Family Members Dhanteras is not all about material wealth it is also a time to develop spiritual wealth and family bonding. All family members arrive at ancestral home on the day.…

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, November 7, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha EkadasiTithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of the moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of the moon till 1:58 PM on November 7. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of the moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is November 7, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good day.
Nakshatra – Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 3:20 AM on November 7. Then onward it is Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 9:56 AM. Then onward it is Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ekadasi Fasting.
Vagh BarasGovatsa Dwadasi. Vasubaras
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Kartik Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of the moon in Kartik month in North India - D…