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Shani Pradosham 2017 dates – Sani Pradosham Vratam Dates in 2017 - Shiva Pradosham on Saturday

Shani Pradosham is observed when Pradosham vrat dedicated to Shiva falls on Saturday. Sani Pradosham Vrat dates in 2017 based on Hindu Panchang and calendars are given below. Pradosham fasting is dedicated to Shiva and falls on the 13th day (during the waxing and waning phase of moon) in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar.

Shani Pradosham in 2017:
March 25
April 8
August 5
August 19 and
December 30
Saturday is dedicated to Shani is one of the Navgrahas. Shani is widely believed to be a troublemaker in people’s horoscopes and it is believed that fasting and praying on Pradosham day will help in keeping the harmful effects of Shani away.

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Chaudas in 2017 – Chaudas Fasting and Puja Dates in 2017

Chaudas falls on the Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi of each traditional Hindu lunar month. Below are the monthly Chaudas fasting dates in 2017. ‘Krishna Paksha’ is the dark fortnight of a lunar month. It is the 14th day after full moon (Purnima) or more easy calculation one or one day before Amavasi. Shiva devotees observe the day with vrat, special prayers and pujas. Some devotees also keep vigil all night as in Mahashivratri.

Chaudas Dates in 2017 (Indian Standard Time)

January 26, 2017 – Chaudas February 24, 2017 – Chaudas - Mahashivratri March 26, 2017 – Chaudas  April 24, 2017 – Chaudas May 24, 2017 – Chaudas June 22, 2017 – Chaudas July 21, 2017  – Chaudas August 20, 2017 – Chaudas September 18, 2017 – Chaudas October 18, 2017 – Chaudas November 16, 2017  – Chaudas December 16, 2017  – Chaudas

Chunakkara Thiruvarur Mahadeva Temple Festival

Chunakkara Thiruvarur Mahadeva Temple is located near Kayamkulam in Kerala. The shrine is located around 12 km from Kayamkulam and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The annual festival is observed in Makaram month. Chunakkara Thiruvarur Mahadeva Temple Festival 2017 date is from January 30. The festival ends with Arattu on February 8.

The temple 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 weeklong festival ends with Arattu on the final day.
The festival is observed in such a way that it ends with Arattu on Thiruvathira Nakshatram in Makaram month

Hindu Festivals 2016 - Hindu Festival Calendar in 2016

This is a list of important festival dates in Hinduism in 2016 based on various regional Hindu calendars. The same festival might be celebrated a day earlier or later in different parts of India. Hindu Festivals 2016 based on Hindu traditional calendar - India Standard Time.

January 2016 Makar Sankranti – 15th January, 2016 Pongal – 15th January, 2016
Sankranti – 15th January, 2016
Thai Pusam – January 24

Mupliyam Madapillikavu Temple Festival

Mupliyam Madapillikavu Temple is located in Thrissur District. The shrine is dedicated to Devi – Mother Goddess Bhagavathy. The annual festival is observed in Makaram month. Mupliyam Madapillikavu Temple festival begins on January 30, 2016. The temple is located around 27 km from Thrissur.

The temple 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 weeklong festival ends with Arattu on the final day.

Pongini Pullimalamma Temple Festival - Pongini Sree Bhadrakali Paradhevatha Pullimalamma Temple Festival

Pongini Sree Bhadrakali Paradhevatha Pullimalamma Temple is located at Kalpetta in Wayanad, Kerala. The annual temple festival is observed here in Makaram month. The shrine is dedicated to Mother Goddess Bhadrakali. Pongini Pullimalamma Temple festival 2016 beginning date is January 31.

The temple is located around 15 km from Kalpetta.

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

Music and traditional arts forms are performed during the festival period.

The utsava murti of the deity is taken out on the final day for arattu.
Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

In the Ramayana – Why Kumbhakarna Sleeps for Six Months?

Kumbhakarna continuously sleeps in the Ramayana. He only wakes up for a day after six months of continuous sleep. But why does he sleep for such long periods. As per Ramayana, Kumbhakarna was a giant. He roamed around the universe creating havoc. He caused damage to Devas and humans. Kumbakarna once performed intense austerities dedicated to Brahma at Gokarna along with Ravana. The tapasya continued for several years. Devas were worried that Kumbakara might become even more powerful and destroy the earth and heaven.

Soon the Devas realized that Kumbhakarna was planning to ask extinction of Devas as boon. Devas took the help of Goddess Saraswati to thwart the evil designs of the huge demon. She promised to help them.

Finally, Brahma appeared before Kumbhakarna and as boon wanted to ask nirdevata – extinction of Devas. Just as he was about to ask the boon, Goddess Saraswati influenced his speech and he asked nidravata – sleepiness. Brahma immediately granted it. Thus Kumbhakarna sleeps…

Rokadai Devi Yatra at Malegaon in Madha Solapur

Rokadai Devi Yatra at Malegaon is observed in Paush month. It is the annual fair and festival at Rokadaidevi Temple at Malegaon in Madha in Solapur District, Maharashtra. Hundreds of people participate in the annual jatra. Rokadai Devi Yatra 2018 date at Munge is January 2. Munage Rokadai Devi Temple is located around 47 km from Madha.

The shrine is decorated beautifully for the occasion with lights and lamps.

Various rituals are observed during the period.
Rokadai Devi Yatra at Malegaon is observed on Paush Purnima day or the full moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Mudapilavil Thunoora Kuttichathan Temple Tira Festival

Mudapilavil  Thunoora Kuttichathan Temple is located at Mudapilavil in North Kerala. The annual Tira festival is observed in Makaram month. Mudapilavil Thunoora Kuttichathan Temple Tira festival 2016 date is February 3.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals including Theyyam.

Thousands of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.
The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

Thalikulam Puliparambil Bhagavathy Temple Festival in Thrissur

Thalikulam Puliparambil Bhagavathy Temple is located near Triprayar in Thrissur District. The temple is around 5 km from Thriprayar. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and the annual festival is observed in Makaram month. Talikulam Puliparambil Bhagavathy Temple festival 2016 date is January 23.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

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

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

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

The festival ends with Arattu. 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.
Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

Budha Ashtami – Budhashtami

Budha Ashtami is a unique ritual observed when Ashtami or eighth day in a Hindu lunar calendar falls on Wednesday. The ritual is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. The ritual is performed for redemption of sins.

It is said in the Brahmanda Purana that the performance of the ritual helps in removing sins performed in previous births too.

In some regions people who observe the vrat only take eight handfuls of food on the day.

Trunk of Gansesh Murti (idol) Turning to Right Side – Significance of Ganesha Trunk Pointing to Right

The Trunk of the Ganesh Murti (idol) comes in two forms either pointing right side or pointing left side. The elephant-headed Hindu God Ganesha is worshipped in all Hindu homes and all auspicious events take place after his permission.

When the image of Ganesha has the trunk pointing to the right, it is used for worship – for performing pujas, prayers and rituals (Ganesha's right). The direction right side symbolizes the path to Moksha or liberation – the ultimate goal in Sanatana Dharma. The trunk pointing to left side is associated with material gains. It is the direction of success in the world. But this success does not last for long. Symbolically, it represents achievements, gains in worldly life, desires etc, and is not used for worship. Such images are used to adorn homes or to be kept in vehicles etc.

Kavalappara Subrahmanyan Temple Pooyam Festival near Shoranur

Kavalappara Subrahmanyan Temple is located at Kavalappara and is around 6 km from Shoranur in Kerala. The annual pooyam ritual organized in the temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga. Kavalappara Subrahmanyan Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10.

Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple.

Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.

Some people enter into trance and dance wildly during the procession.

On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled. 
Melam, various types of colorful Kavadi and fireworks are part of the festival.

Itkhori Temple – Ma Bhadrakali Mandir at Itkhori near Chatra in Jharkhand

Itkhori Temple, or Ma Bhadrakali Mandir, is located on the confluence of Mahane and Baksha River at Itkhori near Chatra in Jharkhand. It is widely believed that Sri Ram, Lakshman and Mata Sita resided in the area during their exile period in the Ramayana. The shrine is located around 38 km northeast of Chatra.
It is also believed that Pandavas performed puja here during their exile period.
The murti of Goddess Bhadrakali is installed on a raised platform. Only priests are allowed to perform puja. Devotees are not allowed to touch the murti.
To the right of the Bhadrakali murti there are murtis of Vishnu and Shiva in the form of Gaurishankar. To the left there are again two murtis of Vishnu. Below the main murti one can see Ridhi and Siddhi.
Chaturbhuj Devi, Surya and Gaurishankar are also worshipped near the sanctum.
Murtis of Ganesha, Shiva-Parvati, Bhairav, Buddha, Saraswati Devi and Vishnu are installed on the walls of the shrine.
Nandi, Panchamukhi Hanuman and a huge Shivling ha…

Ariyittu Vaazhcha at Thiruvarattukavu Devi Temple in Attingal in Kerala

Ariyittu Vaazhcha is a unique ritual observed at the Thiruvarattukavu Devi Temple in Attingal. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The festival is observed on the ninth day of Makaram month. Attingal Ariyittu Vaazhcha 2016 date is January 23. Thiruvarattukavu Devi temple is located at Kizhakkupuram and is around 4 km from Attingal town.

The annual festival at Thiruvaarattukavu Devi Temple begins on Makaram 1 and continues for 10 days.

On the 10th day Valiyavilakku is observed.

The members of the Travancore royal family perform the Ariyittuvaazhcha ritual on the 9th day of Makaram month. Before the ceremony, the royal family members escort the deity atop a caparisoned elephant.

The priest who officiate the ritual comes from Kattumadam Mana in North Kerala.

On the day evening, the sword of Goddess Bhagavathy is installed on a platform. The priest from Kattumadam Mana invokes the deity worshiped in the temple on the sword.

Rice is offered to the deity invoked on the sword. T…

Peruman Pezhumthuruthu Devi Temple Gajamela near Kollam - Munroe Island

Peruman Pezhumthuruthu Devi Temple is located at Perumon (Munroe Island) near Kollam. The small but beautiful shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The temple is around 14 km from Kollam. Peruman Pezhumthuruthu Devi Temple Gajamela 2017 date is February 8.

Gajamela festival in Kerala temples is note for the display of caparisoned elephants. The number of elephants displayed depends on the financial capacity of the temple. Some temples display more than a dozen elephants.
The annual fair and festival attracts hundreds of people.

It is annually observed on the Thiruvathira Nakshatram day in Makaram month.

Kalabham Ritual and Annual Festival Nedumudi Kottaram Sree Bhagavathy Temple

Kalabham Ritual at Nedumudi Kottaram Sree Bhagavathy Temple is observed in Makaram month. Nedumudi Kottaram Temple is located at Nedumudi in Alappuzha District in Kerala. Kartika Pongala 2016 date at Nedumudi Kottaram Sree Bhagavathy Temple is January 19. The annual festival or Utsavam begins on March 10, 2016.
The annual Kalabham ritual observed in Makara Masam attracts hundreds of devotees.
The main ritual involves anointing the murti of Goddess Bhagavathi with Kalabham.
Several other rituals are held on the day.
Witnessing the ritual is considered highly meritorious.
The temple is located around 11 km from Alappuzha.

Nedumudi Kottaram Sree Bhagavathy Temple Annual Festival in Kumbham Month

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.
Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.
Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.
The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers…

Chowara Chidambareswara Temple Festival near Aluva

Chowara Chidambareswara Temple is located on the Aluva – Kalady route. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is around 15 km from Aluva. The annual festival in the temple is observed in Makaram month. Chowara Chidambareswara Temple festival 2017 date is February 8. The festival ends with Arattu on February 15.

Various rituals are performed during the period.

The weeklong festival is noted for traditional performing arts, music and other cultural activities.

The shrine is decorated traditionally with flowers, leaves, coconut fronds, plantain, lamps and lights.
The festival concludes with Arattu on the final day.

The annual festival begins on the Thiruvathira Nakshtram in Makaram month.

Mathira Thiruvathira - Thalappoli Festival at Mathira Devi Temple near Palode in Kerala

Mathira Thiruvathira is observed on the Thiruvathira Nakshatram day in Makaram month at the Mathira Devi Temple near Palode in Kerala. The shrine is located around 12 km from Palode. Mathira Thiruvathira Thalappoli festival 2017 date is February 8.

Thalappoli is a unique feature of temple festival in Kerala. Girls, unmarried women and married women carry lighted lamps and move in a procession to the temple. It is performed for peace and prosperity.

Thousands of people from nearby villages and towns arrive to witness the festival which is also famous for processions.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and is an important Shakti Shrine in the region.

The ritual is annually observed on the Thiruvathira Nakshatram in Makaram month.

Spiritual Aspirant Undergoes Changes in His Attitude to God

The way a spiritual aspirant adores God depends upon his attitude towards himself. In other words, his level of consciousness determines his conception and adoration of God.

In his spiritual journey a spiritual aspirant undergoes changes in his attitude to God corresponding to the different degrees of purity of his mind, and finally reaches the culmination of spiritual life: oneness with God.

A verse attributed to Hanuman brilliantly describes this important spiritual principle: ‘When I think of myself as a body, I am the servant and You are my Master; when I think of myself as a jevatman, I am a part and You are the Whole. When I know I am the Spirit, I am Thou – this is my firm conviction!’
Source Prabudha Bharata Editorial January 2002

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Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 22, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the light phase of moon till 9:13 PM on December 22. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the light phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 22, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day till 4:00 PM.
Nakshatra – Bharani Nakshatra till 3:28 PM on December 22. Then onward it is Kartika or Karthigai or Krittika Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi till 9:08 PM. Then onward it is Vrishabha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Mukkoti DwadasiVyanjan Dwadashi
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