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Read the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda Online

The web version of the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda is provided by Belur Math and Advaita Ashrama. Divided into nine volumes, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda contains articles, lectures and conversations of Swamiji.

Many of us might be not prepared to attempt to read the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda as it is huge running to thousands of pages. There is a solution, read page daily or read a page when you are free. The effort will transform you positively.
You can read the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda here.

You can also read the Complete Works here at the Advaita Ashrama website

Samadevi Utsav at Belgaum – Samadevi Temple Fair and Festival

Samadevi Utsav is observed in Magh month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Santubai Devi Temple at Belgaum in Karnataka. Samadevi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Samadevi Utsav 2018 date is January 28.

The fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees.

Special puja and abhisheks are performed on the day. The shrine is decorated traditionally with lamps, lights, flowers and leaves.
Samadevi Utsav is annually held on Magh Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka.

Krishnamai Utsav at Panchwad in Maharashtra

Krishnamai Utsav is annually observed in Magh month. The annual utsav attracts hundreds of devotees to Panchwad near Wai in Maharashtra. Panchwad Krishnamai Utsav 2018 date January 28. Panchwad is located around 15 km from Wai.

Krishnamai Utsav was started by Chhathrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It is dedicated to Krishna River. Murti of Krishnamai is anointed during the occasion. The shrine is decorated with flowers, lamps and lights.
Panchwad Krishnamai Festival is annually observed on Magh Shukla Paksha Ekadasi tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Lakshminarayan Utsav at Khatav near Satara – Khatav Lakshmi Narayan Temple Festival

Lakshminarayan Utsav is observed in Magh month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Lakshminarayan Temple at Khatav near Satara in Maharashtra. Lakshmi Narayan Utsav and fair 2018 date is January 28.

The fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees.

Special puja and abhisheks are performed on the day. The shrine is decorated traditionally with lamps, lights, flowers and leaves.
Lakshminarayan Utsav is annually held on Magh Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Santubai Devi Yatra at Kagwad in Karnataka

Santubai Devi Yatra is observed in Magh month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Santubai Devi Temple at Kagwad in Karnataka. The shrine is located around 39 km north of Athani. Santubai Devi Yatra 2018 date is January 27.

The fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees.

Special puja and abhisheks are performed on the day. The shrine is decorated traditionally with lamps, lights, flowers and leaves.
Santubai Devi Yatra is annually held on Magh Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka.

Ghughuti or Kale Kauva – Makar Sankranti in Uttarakhand

The Makar Sankranti festival that is observed on January 15, 2019 in India is famous for a unique ritual in Uttarakhand. Makar Sankranti is known as Ghughutia, or Kale Kauva, here and it welcomes birds back from the winter migration. In fact Ghughuti itself is the name of a bird exclusive to Uttarakhand. Uttarayani, which marks the beginning of the northward journey of sun or Surya, is noted for the return of migratory birds to the hills of Uttarakhand.
Makar Sankranti is also known as Kale Kauva means ‘black crow.’ People make Deep-fried sweets from sweetened flour (flour and gur) and shape them like drums, pomegranates, knives, swords and are strung into a necklace.
On the morning of Ghughutia, or Kale Kauva, children wear the deep fried sweets as necklaces and sing a folk song associated with Kale Kauva to attract black crows and other birds and offer them pieces of the deep fried sweets.
This is to welcome the birds back from their migration.

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Borpadle Chandratai Devi Yatra – Chandratai Temple Yatra at Borpadle in Maharashtra

Borpadle Chandratai Devi Yatra is observed in Magh month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Chandratai Temple at Borpadle in Maharashtra. The shrine is located around 25 km north of Kolhapur in Maharashtra. Borpadle Chandratai Devi Yatra 2018 date is January 25.

The fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees.

Special puja and abhisheks are performed on the day. The shrine is decorated traditionally with lamps, lights, flowers and leaves.
Borpadle Chandratai Devi Yatra is annually held on Magh Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eight day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kashi and Shiva – How Kashi or Varanasi is Associated Shiva?

Kashi, or Varanasi, is of great importance in Hinduism as it is one of the holiest cities. It is believed that God Shiva founded that Varanasi city. As per Skanda Purana, Kashi rests on the point of his trident. It is His permanent earthly abode and He is always present here.
The spiritual importance of Kashi is found in the Kashi Khanda of Skanda Purana. In the chapter, Shiva tells his son Skanda, or Kartik, that the three worlds form one city of mine and Kashi is my royal place in the city.
When there is an end to one cycle of creation through pralaya or great deluge, Kashi is the place from where the next cycle of creation begins.
The most important temple dedicated to Shiva, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, is located on the banks of Ganga in Kashi.
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Narsinhwadi Krishnaveni Temple Festival – Narsobawadi Krishnaveni Mandir Utsav

Narsinhwadi Krishnaveni Mandir Utsav is observed in Magh month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Narsinhwadi Krishnaveni Temple in Maharashtra. The shrine is located around 22 km from Sangli inMaharashtra. Narsinhwadi Krishnaveni Temple Festival beginning date in 2018 is January 24.

The fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees.

Special puja and abhisheks are performed on the day. The shrine is decorated traditionally with lamps, lights, flowers and leaves.
Narsinhwadi Krishnaveni Temple festival is annually held on Magh Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Ghosarwad Siddheshwar Yatra at Ghosarwad near Shirol in Maharashtra

Siddheshwar Yatra at Ghosarwad is annually observed in Magh month. It is dedicated to Siddheshwar. The temple dedicated to Siddheshwar is located at Ghosarwad near Shirol in Maharashtra. Ghosarwad Siddheshwar Yatra Yatra 2018 date is January 24. Ghosarwad is located around 27 km south of Shirol.

The fair and festival attracts thousands of followers Siddheshwar.

On the special puja and abhishek are performed. The shrine is decorated traditionally with lamps, lights, flowers and leaves.
Ghosarwad Siddheshwar Yatra is annually held on Magh Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kadakkal Thiruvathira Utsavam – Kadakkal Devi Temple Tiruvathira Festival

Kadakkal Devi Temple Thiruvathira festival is observed on the Tiruvathira Nakshatram day in Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and is located around 12 km from Kilimanoor. Kadakkal Thiruvathira Utsavam 2017 date is March 7. Kuthira Ezhunnallathu is the major highlight of the festival.

Three traditionally crafted gigantic pageants known as Kuthira is carried by devotees on shoulders to the shrine.

Apart from this various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.

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

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

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

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.

Pattazhy Devi Temple Kumbha Thiruvathira Festival

Pattazhy Devi Temple Kumbha Thiruvathira festival is observed on the Tiruvathira Nakshatram day in Kumbham month. Pattazhy Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and the shrine is located around 18 km from Adoor in Kerala. Pattazhy Devi Temple Kumbha Thiruvathira Festival 2017 date is February 8.

Various rituals and pujas are observed on the day.
It is considered highly meritorious to take the blessings of Mother Goddess on the day.

Malayalapuzha Temple Utsavam – Annual Temple Festival at Malayalapuzha Devi Temple

Malayalapuzha Devi Temple is located around 8 km from Pathanamthitta. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The annual festival or utsavam is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. The festival begins on February 25, 2018. Malayalapuzha Dev Temple Arattu is on March 7, 2018.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.

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

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

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

The festival begins on Thiruvathira Nakshatram in Kumbham month and ends on Chothi Nakshatram.

On Shiva – The Adiyogi or the first Yogi

In Yogic culture, Shiva is Adiyogi or the originator of Yoga. Sadhguru Shares his wisdom about Shiva, the originator of Yoga in this article in the Huffington Post. According to the yogic lore, over fifteen thousand years ago, Shiva attained to his full enlightenment and abandoned himself in an intense ecstatic dance upon the Himalayas. When his ecstasy allowed him some movement, he danced wildly. When it became beyond movement, he became utterly still.
People saw that he was experiencing something that nobody had known before, something they were unable to fathom. Interest developed and people came wanting to know what this was. They came, they waited and they left because the man was oblivious to their presence. He was either in intense dance or absolute stillness, completely uncaring of what was happening around him. Soon, everyone left...Except for seven men.  These seven people were insistent that they must learn what this man had in him, but Shiva ignored them. They pleaded and…

Swami Sivananda – Wisdom

The fire is burning. You can see its light at a distance, but you cannot feel its warmth when you are away from the fire. Go near the fire. You will enjoy its warmth in winter. Even so, you can understand ‘sat’-aspect through the study of scriptures, but you can actually feel the bliss-aspect if you approach Brahman through constant meditation and if you realize the Self through direct intuitive perception.
Those householders who are endowed with dispassion and who are practicing daily meditation are not affected when they lose their near and dear ones or property. From all these you can clearly understand that pain and pleasure are mental creations only.
When the mind is attached to the body, there is pain. When the mind is withdrawn from the body there is no pain. Swami Sivananda