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Vaikunta Chaturdasi 2017 date – Vaikunta Chaturdashi Upvaas

Vaikunta Chaturdasi is observed on the 14th day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Kartik Month. Vaikunta Chaturdasi 2017 date is November 3 in North India. The popular belief is that on Vaikunta Chaturdasi day Srihari Vishnu received the Sudarshana Chakra from Shiva.
Special pujas and rituals are held on the day by certain communities to Shiva and Vishnu.
You can read the story of Vaikunta Chaturdasi here in this earlier article. 

Vaikunth Chaturdashi at Srinagar Kamleshwar Mahadev Temple in Uttarakhand
Manikarnika Ghat Snan in Varanasi in Kartik Month
Harihara Procession at Ujjain Mahakal Temple – Harihar Milan

Kaisika Ekadasi

Kaisika Ekadasi is observed on the Shukla Paksha Ekadasi day or the waxing phase of moon in Kartik month and is of great significance in Vishnu temples in South India. Kaisika Ekadasi 2017 date is October 31. It is believed that on this day Bhagvan Vishnu proved to the world through Nampaduvan and a Brahma Rakshas that birth and caste are mere physical and what matters is devotion and adherence to truth. Kaisika is the name of a Ragam or Tune.
The greatness of Kaisika Ekadasi is found in the Kaisika Puranam which is part of the Varaha Purana.
Nampaduvan was born in a Chandala family, a low class family. But he was an ardent devotee of Vishnu. He used to daily sing praise of Vishnu in a temple. Once on Kartika Shukla Ekadasi, while he was going for his daily prayer, he was stopped by a Brahma Rakshas (fierce ghostly form). The Rakshas had not eaten food for several days.
The Rakshas wanted to eat Nampaduvan immediately. Nampaduvan was ready to offer himself as food but he wanted to c…

Kaisika Dwadasi - Only Day When Ugra Srinivasa is Taken Out in Tirupati Balaji Temple

Kaisika Dwadasi is observed in the Kartik month and is of great significance in Vishnu temples in South India, especially TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple. Kaisika Dwadasi 2017 date is November 1.
The Kaisika Puranam, which is part of Varaha Purana, is read in certain Vishnu temples on the day in South India.
The festival is of great significance at the TirupatiBalajiTemple, the murti of he Ugra Srinivasa is brought out of the main sanctum sanctorum only on this day in a year. It is then taken out in a grand procession around the mada streets on a golden palanquin flanked by his consorts Bhudevi and Sridevi. The murti returns to the main sanctum sanctorum before sunrise.
Hundreds of devotees arrive at Tirumala to witness this once in a year darshan of Ugra Srinivasa – fierce form of Balaji.

Kaisika Dwadasi is observed on the Shukla Paksa Dwadasi or the 12th day during the waxing phase of moon as per traditional Hindu calendar.

Utthana Ekadasi – Dev Prabodhini Ekadashi

Utthana Ekadasi, or Prabodhini Ekadashi, is observed during the waxing phase of moon in the month of Kartik (October – November). In 2017, the date of Utthana Ekadasi or Dev Prabodhini Ekadashi is October 31. The importance of Dev Prabodhini Ekadasi narrated to Sage Narada by Brahma. The divine conversation is found in the Skanda Purana. Observing this Ekadasi is believed to help in getting rid of the guilt associated with sins committed and is also a path to liberation (Moksha). Ekadasi is an important fast dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Importance of Utthana Ekadasi

Lord Vishnu goes into sleep on the Ashada Shudha Ekadasi (July – August). He remains in deep slumber during the period and this is known as the Chaturmasa period. He wakes up on the Kartik Shukla Ekadasi and this day is also observed as Dev Uthani Ekadasi.
Utthana Ekadasi is thus when the gods (devtas) wake up after a four-month slumber. During the four-month period some Hindu communities avoid performing auspicious ceremonie…

Swami Vivekananda – We have to learn distinction between essentials and nonessentials in everything

There are two sorts of truth we find in our Shastras, one that is based upon the eternal nature of man — the one that deals with the eternal relation of God, soul, and nature; the other, with local circumstances, environments of the time, social institutions of the period, and so forth. The first class of truths is chiefly embodied in our Vedas, our scriptures; the second in the Smritis, the Puranas, etc.
We must remember that for all periods the Vedas are the final goal and authority, and if the Puranas differ in any respect from the Vedas, that part of the Puranas is to be rejected without mercy. We find, then, that in all these Smritis the teachings are different. One Smriti says, this is the custom, and this should be the practice of this age. Another one says, this is the practice of this age, and so forth. This is the Achara which should be the custom of the Satya Yuga, and this is the Achara which should be the custom of the Kali Yuga, and so forth. 
Now this is one of the mos…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 21, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, November 21, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:02 PM on November 21. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is November 21, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date.
Nakshatra – Purvabhadrapada or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 1:33 PM on November 21. Then onward it is Uttarabhadrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rashi till 7:57 PM. Then onward it is Meena Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Kartik Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Kartik month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya…