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Panchak 2016 date and time in Hindu Calendar and Panchangs

Panchak is a period of five days in a month in a Hindu Lunar calendar which is considered inauspicious. Panchak 2016 time and dates based on Hindu Calendar and Panchang is given below. As per astrologers and Panchangs, it is the transition of Moon from Kumbha Rashi (or Aquarius Zodiac) and Meena Rashi (or Pisces Zodiac).

Panchak time and dates in 2016

January 12, 2016 starts at 9:11 PM and ends at 2:43 AM on January 17, 2016

February 9, 2016 starts at 5:05 AM and ends at 10:46 AM on February 13, 2016

March 7, 2016 starts at 12:59 PM and ends at 6:53 PM on March 11, 2016

April 3, 2016 starts at 8:57 PM and ends at 3:03 AM on April 7, 2016

Starts at 4:54 AM on May 1, 2016 and ends at 11:13 AM on May 5, 2016

12:54 PM on May 28, 2016 and ends at 7:30 PM on June 1, 2016

8:55 PM on June 24, 2016 and ends on 3:44 AM on June 29, 2016

4:55 AM on July 22, 2016 and ends on 12:02 PM on July 26, 2016

12:53 PM on August 18, 2016 and ends on 8:16 PM on August 22, 2016

8:42 PM on September 14, 2016 a…

Champa Shasthi 2017 date

Champa Shasthi is a festival observed on the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in the Margasheersh month. The festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Champa Shasthi 2017 date is November 24. The day is of great significance in Maharashtra especially at KhandobaTemple at Jejuri near Pune.

In Champa Shasthi festival, Lord Shiva is known as Martand or Malhari or Khandoba or Kanderao. It is believed that he took the form of Martand and Malhari to kill demons Mani and Malla.
Legend has it that Lord Shiva fought Mani and Malla for six days and defeated them on the Champa Sashti day.

After the battle with the demons, Lord Shiva appeared in the form of a Swayambhu lingam at KhandobaTemple.

You can find more details of Champa Shasthi in this earlier article.

How earth got the name Prithvi? – Story in Hindu Tradition

Prithvi is one among the numerous names of Earth. There is an interesting story in the Puranas, which narrate how earth got the name Prithvi. In the lineage of King Dhruva, there was a popular king called Rajan Anga. As old age approached, the King took Vanaprastha and made his son Vena, the next king.

Vena was an arrogant king and he abolished all yajnas and prayers in his kingdom. He only looked after his welfare. Saints and wise men tried to reason with him but he was not ready to listen to them.
Fed up with his rule, Vena was killed by people with the guidance of saints.
Vena’s mother out of love for her son started to protect his body.
As there was no one to take over the kingdom, dacoits and thieves began to loot people. There was utter lawlessness.
The saints thought it was their responsibility to find a ruler.
They then took the body of Vena and churned it while chanting mantras. From it appeared a human couple. The male was a partial incarnation of Vishnu and the female wa…

Nearest Railway Station to Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple

Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple, a popular Shakti shrine in South India, is located in Thrissur District in Kerala. Thousands of devotees from various parts of India especially from Tamil Nadu travel to the shrine by train. The nearest railway station to Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple is the Irinjalakuda Railway Station on the Ernakulam – Thrissur Route.

Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple is located around 13 km from Irinjalakuda Railway Station.

Thrissur Railway Station is around 45 km from the temple.
Ernakulam North Railway station is around 40 km from the temple.

Story of Arunagirinathar who wrote Thiruppugazh – famous Tamil Verses on Muruga

Thiruppugazh literally means ‘praise of the lord’ and is dedicated Lord Muruga or Subramanya Sway. Arunagirinathar composed the famous Thiruppugazh Tamil verses. The story of Arunagirinathar is one of a person converting to spiritual life after realizing the futility of hedonistic life.

Arunagirinathar led a wanton life. Although married, he frequented whorehouses. He spends all his wealth on prostitutes. His wife abandoned him due to his this behavior. He was financially bankrupt.
Numerous attempts by his elder sister to correct him were ignored.

Finally, he led the life of helper at whorehouse.

One day his elder sister confronted him about his unjustifiable lifestyle. During the argument, Arunagirinathar tried to justify his action by putting blame on other people’s behavior. In a fit of rage, the elder sister asks Arunagirinathar to fulfill his sexual desire on her and not outside.

In that moment, Arunagirinathar realized the folly of his lifestyle. His source of pleasure became …

Ranganathaswamy Temple Srirangapatna in Karnataka

Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangapatna in Karnataka is located on an island formed by two branches of Cauvery River. The presiding deity worshipped in the temple is known as Ranganathaswamy – Vishnu in reclining position. The temple is around 13 km north of Mysore.

Legend has it that Sage Gautama worshipped Sri Ranganatha here.

The oldest inscription regarding the temple dates back to 894 AD. It is believed that Tirumalaya, a subordinate king of the Ganga dynasty, built the shrine and named the town Srirangapura.

Additions to the temple were made during the successive centuries by Hoysala kings, Vijayanagara rulers and Wodeyars of Mysore.

Ranganathaswamy Temple is built in Dravidian style and faces east. A seventy foot tall gopura envelopes the gateway.

The main murti worshipped in the temple is that of Sri Ranganathaswamy in a reclining posture on the coils of seven-hooded serpent Ananta. Goddess Lakshmi, who is known as Ranganayaki, sits near his feet.

There are two huge dwarapalak…

Poovattoor Bhagavathy Temple Pongala

Poovattoor Bhagavathy Temple is located in Kollam District and is a kilometer off the Adoor – Kottarakkara MC Road from Puthumukku. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi, a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Poovattoor Bhagavathy Temple Pongala 2016 date is January 11.

'Pongala' ritual comprises of preparing ‘prasad’ for the deity outside the shrine. Women cook rice and jaggery in earthen pots and they offer it to the Goddess. They also cook different type of sweet dishes – called ‘mandaputtu,’ ‘appam,’ ‘therali’ – made out of rice powder and jaggery. Coconut tree fronds are used to cook the ‘prasad.’

This annual ritual attracts hundreds of devotees to the temple.
The temple is decorated during the period with natural materials.

Vazhenkada Narasimhamoorthi Temple Festival

Vazhenkada Narasimhamoorthi Temple is located at Vazhenkada Village. The shrine is dedicated to the Narasimha Avatar of Mahavishnu. The temple is located around 13 km southeast of Perinthalamanna. Vazhenkada Narasimhamoorthi Temple festival begins on January 11.

The temple is traditionally decorated during the period with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The annual festival is noted for various annual rituals and pujas.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period. Kathakali, Chakiyarkuthu and Thayambaka are part of the performances.
Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

Online Virtual Tour of Sabarimala – View Pictures of Sabarimala and nearby holy places in 360 degree

SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala attracts millions of devotees during the two month Mandala-Makaravilakku season (November – January). Leen Thobias of has created an online virtual tour of SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala, India. In the virtual tour you can view 15 pictures of AyyappaTemple and holy places nearby 360 degree.

There are images of ErumeliTemple, Pampa, PampaGanapatiTemple, Neelimala, Appachimedu, Sabaripeedam, Marakootam, Malikappuram, NagarajaTemple, Bhasma Kulam etc.

You can watch Online Virtual Tour of Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple here.

Thiruvazhiyode Thiruvarakkal Temple Thalapoli

Thiruvazhiyode Thiruvarakkal Temple is a small but beautiful shrine located at Thiruvazhiyode near Cherpulassery in Palakkad District of Kerala. The temple is around 10 km from Cherpulassery. The annual Thalapoli festival is a period when hundreds of devotees arrive in the shrine. Thiruvazhiyode Thiruvarakkal Temple Thalapoli 2016 date is January 10.

Thalapoli is a unique ritual in Kerala. In the ritual, women and young girls carry thalam in their hands. Thalam is filled with rice, flowers and a lighted lamp. It is a symbol of prosperity.
The temple is decorated during the period with lamps, lights, plantain, coconut leaves and other natural materials.
The Thalapoli at Thiruvarakkal Temple is observed in Dhanu Masam.

Thiruvambady Vela – Thiruvambady Bhagavathi Temple Vela Festival

Thiruvambady Temple near Thrissur in Kerala is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi (Mother Goddess Shakti). The shrine is around a km from Vadakumnathan Temple. The annual Vela held in the shrine is an important festival. Thiruvambady Vela 2017 date is January .

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, is performed as part of the Thiruvambady Vela. It attracts thousands of melam enthusiasts.

Caparisoned elephants are another attraction of the festival.

Vela is the celebration in certain temples in Thrissur and Palakkad District of Kerala after harvest season.
The utsava murti, or Thidambu, of Thiruvambady Bhagavathi is taken atop a caparisoned elephant during the evening puja to the accompaniment of traditional temple music.

Savlaj Yatra at Savlaj Village near Tasgaon

Savlaj Yatra is observed in Paush month. It is held at Savlaj Village near Tasgaon in Maharashtra. This fair and festival is organized to the Siddheshwar Temple located here. Savlaj Yatra 2017 date is December 22. Savlaj is around 25 km from Tasgaon.

Hundreds of devotees participate in this annual fair and festival.

Siddheshwar Temple here is a famous and important temple in the region.
Savlaj Yatra is annually observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kuvalekar Maharaj Punyatithi at Devrukh

Kuvalekar Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Paush month. It is the death anniversary of Kuvalekar Maharaj and is of importance at Devrukh near Sangameshwar in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Kuvalekar Maharaj punyatithi 2017 date is December 22.

Kuvalekar Maharaj taught lessons of Bhakti, truth, and dharma.

Hundreds of devotees participate in the various programs organized on the day by followers of Kuvalekar Maharaj.
Kuvalekar Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Harikaka Gosavi Punyatithi at Hattaragi near Hukkeri in Belgaum District

Harikaka Gosavi punyatithi is observed in Paush month. It is the death anniversary of Harikaka Gosavi and is of great importance at Hattaragi village near Hukkeri in Belgaum District. Hari Mandir dedicated to the pious soul is located in the village. Harikaka Gosavi Punyatithi 2017 date is December 22.

Hundreds of followers of the saint assemble in the temple and offer prayers. Satsang, prayer meetings, and charity works are done on the day.
Harikaka Gosavi Punyatithi is annually observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Vithal Rakhumai Jatra at Devbag near Malvan

Devbag Vithal Rakhumai Jatra is annually observed in Paush month. It is held at Devbagh near Malvan in Maharashtra. This fair and festival is organized to the Vithal Rakhumai Temple located here. Vithal Rakhumai Jatra 2017 date is December 20. The shrine is located around 20 km from Malvan.

Hundreds of devotees participate in this annual fair and festival.

Varkharis from other parts of Maharashtra and nearby regions arrive to participate in the festival.
Devbag Vithal Rakhumai Jatra is annually observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Dwithiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sun Temple at Handiya in Nawada in Bihar – Surya Narayan Temple at Nawada in Bihar

Sun Temple at Handiya in Nawada in Bihar is popularly known as Surya Narayan Temple and is believed to have been constructed in the Dwapara Yuga, when Sri Krishna was present on earth. Handiya Surya Narayan Temple is located around 6 km southwest of Rajgir. The temple has numerous ancient murtis and a sacred pond.
It is the believed that the original shrine was constructed by Jarasandha during the Dwapara Yuga. It is said that daughter of Jarasandha was cured of leprosy after taking holy dip in the pond near the Sun Temple.
The murti worshipped in the temple is of Surya on a chariot with seven horses attached to it. There is also a small shivling in the sanctum sanctorum.
The dome of the temple is noted for a Surya Chakra and three kalasha of brass.
The most important day in the temple is Sunday. Thousands of people who are afflicted with leprosy visit the shrine on the day. The take holy dip in the pond and then offer prayers in the temple. They again return to the pond, take bath, …

Spirit of giving and sharing – Swami Vivekananda

None is there but will be compelled, in the long run, to give up everything. And the more one struggles against this law, the more miserable one feels.
It is because we dare not give, because we are not resigned enough to accede to this grand demand of nature, that we are miserable.
The wood is gone, but we get heat in return.
The sun is taking up water from the ocean, to return it in showers.
You are a machine for taking and giving: you take, in order to give. Ask, therefore, nothing in return; but the more you give, the more will come to you.
The quicker you can empty the air out of this room, the quicker it will be filled up by the external air; and if you close all the doors and every aperture, that which is within will remain, but that which is outside will never come in, and that which is within will stagnate, degenerate, and become poisoned.

A river is continually emptying itself into the ocean and is continually filling up again. Swami Vivekananda 

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 4, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, December 4, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the dark phase of moon till 3:17 AM on December 4. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the dark phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 4, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day.
Nakshatra – Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 10:40 AM on December 4. Then onward it is Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 5:16 PM. Then onward it is Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the dark phase of moon in Margashirsh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryan…