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Soma Pradosham 2016 dates – Soma Pradosham Vratam 2016 Dates on Monday

Pradosham is dedicated to Shiva and Parvati and it falls on the 13th day of a lunar fortnight. Soma Pradosham is observed when Pradosham fasting day falls on a Monday. Soma Pradosham 2016 dates are given in detail below.
Soma Pradosham Vratam 2016 Dates August 15 August 29 December 26 Monday is dedicated to Shiva.  So when Pradosham falls on Monday it is considered highly auspicious day to offer pujas and prayers to Shiva.
Pradosham as the name indicates is a period just before sunset and after sunset. Roughly, the Pradosha period is between 1.5 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset. It is said that Lord Shiva and Parvati are in a happy mood during Pradosha period and they shower blessings on devotees.
Shiva devotees fast on the Pradosham day and the fast is broken after evening pujas.

Kripacharya in Mahabharat

Kripacharya is the first teacher of Kauravas and Pandavas in the Mahabharata. In the Kurukshetra war, he fought on the side of the Kauravas. He was one of the few warriors who returned alive from the war. He is also one of the Chiranjeevi – one of the seven long living people in Hindu Scriptures. He was an honorable member of the royal court of Hastinapura.
Kripa and Kripi, the brother-sister twins of Brahmin parentage had been left in the forest. They were later looked after by Shantanu, king of Hastinapura.
Kripacharya was loyal to Duryodhana and functioned as one of the eleven commander-in-chief of the Kaurava army.
He entered the war on all days and confronted all great warriors.
At the end of the war, on the night of the 18th day, Kripacharya stood as guard as Ashwattama slaughtered sleeping warriors on the side of Pandavas. He killed all those who tried to escape. This is the darkest deed of his life.
Young Prince Parikshit was left to the care of Kripacharya when Pandavas left…

How to observe Margashirsha Laxmi Puja? – How to do Fasting on Margashirsh Lakshmi Puja

Margashirsha Lakshmi Puja is observed on Thursdays in the month of Margashirsh (November – December). This puja is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi, the Hindu Goddess of fortune and prosperity. Fasting from sunrise to sunset Thursday in the month is considered highly meritorious. Here is a simple explanation on how to observe Margashirsha Laxmi Puja.

The Lakshmi puja and fasting (Vrat) is performed by both men and women. Married couples perform it together.

The most important aspect on the day is cleanliness. Home and premises should be kept neat and clean.

The fast begins after morning bath. Prayers are offered to Ganesha and Lakshmi in the morning hours after bath.

Fasting is from Sunrise to sunset.

People eat fruits, banana and milk while observing the fast on the day.

Those observing the Margashirsh Lakshmi puja invite seven married and seven young girls on the first day of the puja offer them fruits, haldi kumkum and a book containing the Mahalakshmi Vrat Katha.

Mahalakshmi puja is obs…

Pezhum Thuruthu Devi Temple Festival – Pezhum Thuruthu Bhadra Bhagavathy Temple Festival

Pezhum Thuruthu Devi Temple festiva is observed annually in Makaram month. Pezhum Thuruthu Bhadra Bhagavathy Temple is located near Kollam in Kerala. Pezhum Thuruthu Devi Temple Festival 2016 date is January 22.

The shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.
The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine for ritual bathing on the final day. Caparisoned elephants and melam are part of the ritual.

Vaniyambadi Temple – Athitheeswarar Temple at Vaniyambadi

Athitheeswarar Temple at Vaniyambadi is dedicated to Shiva. The shrine is located on the Vellore – Ambur – Krishnagiri road and is around 62 km east of Vellore in Tamil Nadu. The shrine is believed to be more than 1000 years old.

Shiva is worshipped here as Athitheeswarar. Mother Goddess is worshipped here as Perianayaki. Vilwa or Bilwa is the tree associated with the shrine. The sacred pond in the shrine is Shiva Tirtha. The murti worshipped in the shrine sits atop Nandi Bull. One of the hands of the murti is in Chinmudra.

The most important festivals in the temple are Shivratri and Thiruvathirai Nakshatra in Margazhi month. The annual temple festival, or Brahmotsavam, is held in Chithirai month.

The temple is also associated with Punarpoosam Nakshatra born people. Those born in the birth star will get wishes fulfilled after offering prayers here.  Those people born in Punarpoosam star having trouble in horoscope will get relief after doing pujas here. Athitheeswarar Temple Pooja T…

Chandi Sthan at Munger in Bihar – Munger Chandi Temple Famous for Eye Cure

Chandi Sthan at Munger in Bihar is believed to be one of the 52 Shaktipeethas in India. It is believed that when the body of Goddess Sati got decimated, the left eye of her fell at Munger and the place is since then a place of worship of Chandi. The temple is famous for eye cure.
The main temple is located inside a small cave, it is said that the cave was built after inverting a big vessel or karahi.
Legend also suggests that Ma Chandi Sthan is also known as Vikrama Chandi. It is said King Vikrama, an ardent devotee of Ma Chandi, got his wish of being associated with Her fulfilled and thus the deity came to be known as Vikrama Chandi.
The most famous festival observed here is the Navratri (September / October) festival.
Puja and rituals are offered to the eye of Goddess Sati. There are also murtis of various forms of Goddess Shakti here.
Devotees who have various eye ailments find relief after visiting the Munger Chandi Sthan.

Shirdi Sai Baba on Purva Karma

If you care for child or (some other desire) and come to me for that, you are mistaken. You need not come to me for these. These are not in my power. These (that is, birth of child and death of relatives) are dependent on Purva Karma. Even the great god, who has created the world, cannot alter these. Do you think He can tell the sun or the moon: rise some 2 yards farther away from your usual or appointed place? No, He cannot and will not do that. That would produce disorder, chaos.
What you can account for, as the result of your present effort, is the result of present Karma. What you cannot trace, is due to your past Karma. Results accrue differently to two person doing the same acts; that difference may be put down to the difference in their Purva Karma.
Inexplicability of unforeseen and unforeseeable results may disappear in view of purva karma. So do not go on exulting or being dejected; nor should you blame others. Recognize the existence of the Moral Law as governing results. T…