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Oriya Calendar 2016 in PDF format – Download Odiya Panji - Orissa Calendar 2016

This Oriya Calendar 2016 is provided by Kohinoor press and is published by the website nuaodisha. You can download the Odiya Panji for free. The calendar contains important festivals in Orissa and uses Oriya script for numbers. The months and weeks are also written in Odia or Oriya language. The calendar of 2016 is in jpeg format but you can convert it into pdf format.
You can visit the nuaodisha website and download it here – Oriya Calendar 2016

Kubera Puja during Diwali

Kubera Puja is performed during Diwali Lakshmi Puja in some regions by some Hindu communities. Kubera is considered to be the treasurer of Gods. In some Hindu scriptures he is also mentioned as the brother of Goddess Lakshmi. Kubera Puja is thus done for attaining wealth and prosperity. Kubera Puja 2018 date is November 7.

In some regions in South India, it is observed on Dhanteras day it is on November 5, 2018.

Lord Kubera is depicted with a golden mongoose in his hand and it is said that the mongoose spits out gems.

Strangely Lord Kubera is depicted as riding on man – symbolically it shows who how wealth corrupts human mind and finally man becomes slave of wealth.

Kubera Puja is performed along with Goddess Lakshmi Puja on Diwali day.

Why Are Firecrackers Used During Diwali? - Reason For Playing With Crackers

Diwali is a festival of light and no where in Hindu Scriptures is mentioned of cracker usage. But today for many people Diwali celebration is unimaginable without firecrackers. But there are people who relate the play with firecrackers to the killing of demon Narakasura by Lord Krishna and Sathyabhama. The firecrackers are regarded as the effigies of Narakasura who was killed on the day. Thus firecrackers symbolize the victory of the good over evil and restoration of Dharma.
A couple of years ago while explaining the significance of firecrackers during Diwali, Sri Sri Ravishankar said – Watching the firecrackers gives a relief to the explosive tendencies inside. When the explosion happens outside, the explosion inside is diffused.

Why Diwali is Observed a Day Earlier in Tamil Nadu?

In some years Diwali is observed a day earlier in Tamil Nadu. The reason for this is that Diwali in Tamil Nadu is dedicated to Sri Krishna annihilating Narakasura and it falls on the 14th day of the waning phase of moon (Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi). Diwali in rest of India is observed on the Amavasya day or no moon day which falls the next day.
But in some years Chaturdasi Tithi and Amavasya Tithi will be on a single English day (The auspicious time for both the festival will fall on a single day as per Gregorian calendar). Then Diwali is observed on the same day in Tamil Nadu and rest of India.
Diwali in North India is dedicated to the return of Sri Ram to Ayodhya. In South India, it is dedicated to Sri Krishna annihilating Narakasura.
Lakshmi Puja which is the most important puja during the period is observed on the same day in Tamil Nadu and rest of India – on the Amavasya day.
Related Difference between Diwali in North India and South India Story of Naraka Chaturdasi

Story of Adi Sesha

Adi Sesha is the king o Nagas or serpents and his story is found in the Mahabharata, Vishnu Purana and Devi Bhagavatam. Adi Sesha was the son of Sage Kashyapa and Kadru. He was not happy with the his mother attempting to deceive Vinata, another wife of Sage Kashyapa. So he left his mother and brothers and performed intense austerities in Pushkara, Gandhamadana Mountain and Badari for several years.
At the end of the austerities, Lord Brahma appeared before him and asked him to move to netherworld and support the earth on his hoods.
Thus Adi Sesha dwells in the netherworld wearing the whole earth as a crown.

Danda Nata Ritual in Orissa – 21-day Meru Yatra Associated with Danda Nata Ritual

Danda Nata ritual is observed for 21 days and concludes on Mahavishubha Sankranti day – April 14/15. The ritual observed in Danda Kali temples in Berhampur in Orissa is also known as Meru Yatra. The ritual is observed mainly at Danda Kali temples at Panigrahi Pentha, Diamond Tank Road, Bijipur, Ambapua and Ananda Sarani in Berhampur.
Danda Nata is an unusual ritual. New Indian Express reports  The ‘Pata Bhaktas’, who lead the ‘Danda Nata’ troupes, offer their blood as ultimate penance to the Goddess during the ritual.  The Danduas, who led a life of extreme austerity for three weeks and became members of ‘Danda Nata’ troupes, ended their penance on the day.  The rituals that mark the final performance began with a ritualistic bath by the ‘Pata Bhaktas’. Then they were taken in procession to the Danda Kali temples by other ‘Danduas’. The ‘Pata Bhaktas’ were blind-folded and smeared with a paste made of turmeric and herbs. In the blind-folded state they were hung above a pit of fire up…

Skanda Sashti Kavacham Song Lyrics in Tamil – Download for free in PDF format

Skanda Sashti Kavacham is one of the most famous bhajans dedicated to Lord Murug or Skanda. The Kanda Sashti Kavacham is read and sung by devotees of Muruga especially during the Skanda Sashti Vratam. This Skanda Sashti Kavacham Lyrics in Tamil is in PDF format and is free for download.
This is a version of Skanda Sashti Kavacham Lyrics which was once available in This is in PDF format.
Link – Download Skanda Sashti Kavacham Song Lyrics in Tamil

Sadhu Vaswani - Collection of Wisdom - Thoughts - Wise Sayings

True renunciation is not reached by a sudden wrench of the will, but by progressive surrender of the self or the ego at the feet of God. It is the ego, the personal self, which is the seat of desire and attachment. This personal self is an ever changing flux of experience: it is a whirlpool, and must go! It must be totally eliminated, annihilated.
The mind and the senses must be purged of likes and dislikes, must be cured of all impurities and longing for enjoyment, before the man is prepared to tread the path of knowledge or wisdom.
Under the influence of the delusion of separateness, the jivas think they are the doers of actions. When this delusion goes, the jignasu passes through the inner door of the heart and enters a sphere where wisdom shines, the wisdom of the One Atman. There the jignasu feels he is one with the All and to him is revealed the Supreme, the Nameless Eternal.

Wisdom may lead to rigid isolation in a cave or forest, when what is needed is not outer but inner deta…