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How to observe Skanda Shasti Vratam or Fasting?

Skanda Shasti, or Kanda Sasti, Vratam is an important observance dedicated to Lord Muruga. It is observed in the Tamil month of Aippasi and most devotees fast during the 6-day period. There is no common method of Skanda Shasti fasting. Different devotees observe it differently. But there are some basic rules followed by all the devotees.

Non-vegetarian food is completely avoided during the period.Some people also avoid garlic and onions.Those who are observing the fast make it a point to read scriptures related to Lord Muruga or recite the Kanta Shasti Kavasam or Subramaniya Bhujangam.Most devotees also visit Skanda temples during the period.When it comes to Kanda Shasti fasting, some devotees only take a single meal a day.Some take the meal at noon and others at night.Some devotees confine to fruits and juices during the 6-day period. There are several Skanda devotees who see the Vratam as an opportunity to clean the body and get rid of unwanted toxic elements. Such devotees confine …

Onam Pookalam 2014

Onam Pookalam 2014 photos published in various newspapers and other websites. 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 2014 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). 
These above images are from an Athapookalam competition held in Kerala 2014. The first three were prize winners.

Onam Pookalam Photos 2013

Diwali in Andhra Pradesh

Diwali in Andhra Pradesh is spread over five days and begins on Ashwin Krishna Paksha or Bahula Trayodasi as per traditional Hindu Lunar calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh. Diwali in Andhra Pradesh in 2017 is from October 17 to October 21.

On the first day, prayers are offered to Ganesha, Kubera and Goddess Lakshmi. The day is known as the Dhanteras day. Worship is also offered to Kuber Yantra. Yama Deep Daan or special lights are offered to Yama in the evening. This is to prevent any untimely death in the family.

Second day is observed as Naraka Chaturdasi. Images of Narakasura are taken around the village and towns. It is then burned in an appropriate place.

The third day is known as Kaumudi Utsav. Special delicacies are made from urad dal on the day. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi resides on Til oil on the day. Til or Sesame oil is rubbed on the body. Lamps are light in homes and in important places. Special Lakshmi puja is also conducted on the day. The fourth day is observ…

Information on Official Website of Sabarimala Queue Booking System – Online Queue Booking in at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala

For smooth and hassle free darshan at SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in pilgrim season, Kerala police have created an official website for booking for a place in the queue in the Nadapanthal. Virtual Queue booking is currently available. The devotee who registers online will be given a coupon which contains date and time to join the separate queue. The print out of the coupon in pdf format has to be taken out by the devotee.

The coupon will be verified with relevant id cards and the person will be allowed in the separate queue.

There is a police verification point and information center for directing virtual queue devotees at Pampa.
Link - You can do online queue booking here at the official website from the first week of October  – Official Website of Sabarimala Queue Booking System.
Virtual Queue Help Line Numbers are - 0471 324 3000, 324 4000, 324 5000

By booking for standing in the queue, a devotee is not assured with Darshan at Sabarimala. However this entitles you to join the separate q…

Lakshmi Puja Time in 2017 – Good Time or Muhurt for Laxmi Puja on Diwali 2017

On Diwali day the most important puja performed is the Lakshmi Puja. In 2017, Lakshmi Puja is on October 19. Laxmi Puja is performed during the Shubh Time - below is mentioned the best time for pooja as mentioned in North Indian, Gujarati and Marathi calendars and Panchang. The best Muhurat, or Good time, to perform puja is during evening. But in some regions the puja is also performed during a specific period in the morning and afternoon.

Diwali Tithi is from 11:33 PM on October 18 to 11:42 PM on October 19, 2017

Majority of the calendars and Panchangs in India have given the best time to perform Lakshmi Puja is between 5:40 PM to 11:14 PM on October 19, 2017 in North Indian, East and South India Calendars.6:11 PM evening to 8:40 PM in Calendars in western parts of India (Maharashtra, North Karnataka and Goa)Gujarati Calendar Time for Lakshmi Puja on October 19, 2017
6:39 AM to 8:05 AM 10:58 AM to 3:16 PM 4.42 PM to 9:28 PM Note: There is also a popular belief that the entire Diwali d…

Akashdeep – Oil Lamps Dedicated to Dead Ancestors in Kashi in Kartik Month

Akash Deep, or Aakasha Deepas, is a unique Hindu ritual observed during the Kartik month, or Kaartik Mahina, in North India, especially in Kashi (Varanasi) and along the banks of GangaRiver. In 2017, Akash Deep is from October 6 to November 4. Akasha Deep is the lighting of oil lamps during the twilight period and night in Kartik month. It is believed that the lights from the traditional oil lamps lit in Kartik Maas (month) will lighten the path for the souls of dead ancestors to reach heaven. Thousands of Hindus participate in this month-long ritual dedicated to dead relatives and ancestors.

Symbolically, Akash Deep is the light that leads to divinity. Legend has it that people first lit Akash Deep in honor of dead soldiers of the 18-day Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharata.

Akash Deep ends on Kartik Purnima (November 4, 2017), which is also the Dev Diwali day, with elaborate rituals and ceremonies.

Today, many people pay rich tributes to Indian soldiers who died defending the Natio…

All the objects of the universe are held together by an organic tie of harmony – Swami Krishnananda

All the objects of the universe are held together by an organic tie of harmony, which in Vedanta philosophy is called the Virat.
Every wave in the ocean is different from every other wave in the ocean, but at the bottom all the waves are connected by a single mass of water, so if we manipulate the bottom of the water, we are manipulating all the waves.
Though a chair is different from a table and a table is different from a desk, a bench, a door, and so on, yet they have an undercurrent of commonness among them that is timber or wood. Therefore, if we scratch the principle of timber, we have caught a table, a chair, and every blessed thing made out of it.

Suppose one wave in the ocean wants to control other waves; what will it do? It has to go back to its own source. It has to dive into its own bottom. And what is that bottom? It is the ocean. So the wave ceases to be a wave the moment it enters the bottom of itself, and it becomes the ocean. The moment it becomes the ocean, it is t…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 8, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, November 8, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha DwadasiTithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of the moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of the moon till 4:04 PM on November 8. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of the moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is November 8, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day till 4:00 PM.
Nakshatra – Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 5:50 AM on November 8. Then onward it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Guru Dwadashi
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Kartik Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of the moon in Kartik month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Prades…