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Achala Saptami 2018 date – Achhala 7

Achala Saptami, also known as Achhala 7, is observed on the seventh day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Magh month. Achala Saptami 2018 date is January 24.  Achala Saptami is dedicated to Surya, the Sun God in Hinduism. The ritual is popularly known as Ratha Saptami.

Those observing the Achala Saptami only take a single meal on the previous day. On the Saptami day, they take bath during sunrise and chant gayatri mantra. It is believed that observing this vrat will help in attaining prosperity. It is also observed for removing skin related diseases.

Saptami, or seventh day, in a fortnight in a Hindu lunar calendar is usually dedicated to Surya. Bhanu Saptami is another similar festival observed during different periods in a year.

Prayers dedicated to Surya like the Aditya Hridayam is chanted on the day.

Somvati Amavasya 2017 Dates

Somvati Amavasi, or Somavati Amavasya, is no moon day that falls on a Monday (Somvar) in traditional Hindu calendar. Somavati Amavasya 2017 dates are given below. - March 27, August 21 and December 18, 2017. It is considered a highly auspicious day and millions of people take a holy dip in sacred Rivers like Ganga and Yamuna on the day. Married men and women also perform different pujas and rituals and also undertake Somavara Amavasya Vrat.

Somvati Amavasya 2017 Dates

9:33 AM on March 27 to before sunrise on March 28
1:31 AM on August 21 to 11:51 PM on August 21
sunrise to 11:09 AM on December 18

The Significance of Somvati Amavas was narrated Yudhishtra by Bhisma in the Mahabharata. It is said that who ever takes a bath in the sacred rivers on the day would be prosperous, free of diseases and would be free from grief and sorrow. There is also a popular belief the soul of ancestors will rest in peace if children and relatives take a holy dip in the sacred rivers.

Married women take t…

Abhayeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Abhayeshwar Form of Shiva – 48th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Abhayeshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that worshipping Abhayeshwar Form of Shiva will help in attaining peace and prosperity. The person worshipping Abhayeshwar Shivling will lead a peaceful and happy life and finally merge with the Supreme Truth.

The temple dedicated to Abhayeshwar Mahadev is located near Dani Darwaja or Dani Gate behind Porwal Dharmashala in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with the belief that Shiva gives refuge to anyone who offers prayers to Shivling.

Abhayeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 48th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Abhayeshwar Mahadev When one cycle of creation ended, Surya and Chandra also disappeared. Brahma was worried about the next cycle of creation. When he was thus thinking two tears rolled down his eyes.

As soon as the tears touched earth, they turned into two demons…

Attukal Temple Kuthiyottam Ritual – Attukal Bhagavathy Temple Kuthiyotta Vratam

Kuthiyottam is an important ritual held during the annual temple festival and Pongala at Attukal Bhagavathy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Boys below the age of 12 perform Kuthiyottam ritual. The ritual is performed to please the Goddess and get her blessings. Attukal Temple Kuthiyottam Vratam begins on March 5, 2017.

Bookings for participating in the ritual begin well in advance.

The young boys represent the wounded soldiers of Goddess Mahishasura Mardini.

On the third day of the annual temple festival these young boys receive the prasadam (offering) from the temple priest and start a seven day penance to purify their body and mind.

For the Kuthiyottam ritual they have to pass through rigorous physical and mental discipline such as sleeping in mat, observing strict diet restrictions, staying in the temple etc.

Besides these, the boys have to undergo such disciplines like prostrating 1008 times before the deity after their morning and evening oblations.
The Kuthiyottam is of…

Shruti Gita

Shruti Gita is part of the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. It is found in the 87th chapter of the tenth book of Srimad Bhagavad Purana. Shruti Gita consists of twenty verses. It was sang by Shruti (sruti personified) to wake Narayana from his cosmic sleep (Yoga Nidra) at the begging of the kalpa – (a day of Brahma or 432 million human years).

As per Srimad Bhagavad Purana, King Parishit wants to know what the Vedas says about the nirguna parabrahman.

Sage Suka then narrates a story. Once, Sage Narada had the same doubt. He went to Sage Narayana in Badarikashrama and asked the same question.

Narayana then quoted what Sanandana Rishi had told him on the subject.

As per Sanandana Rishi, Vedas sang the praise of Nirguna Parabrahman at the beginning of creation even before Brahma had appeared.

Thus Shruti Gita extols the glory of nirguna parabrahman.

Few verses from Shruti Gita: O Lord, You’re the only One who can overpower the beginningless maya which keeps the rest of the world under its spell.

Saraswati Puja 2017 dates – Saraswathi Pooja 2017 during Navratri and Basant Pancahmi

Saraswati Puja is observed mainly during Basant Panchami and Navratri in a year. Saraswati Puja 2017 during Basant Panchami is on February 1 and during Navratri it is from September 27 to September 30, 2017. Saraswati Puja is the worship of Hindu goddess of learning. In Kerala, Saraswati Puja is known as Vidyarambham and it is observed on the Vijaya Dasami day and in 2017, it is on September 30.

Saraswathi Puja on Basant Panchami – February 1, 2017Saraswati Puja on Basant Panchami (January - February) day is observed annually in North and Eastern parts of India. The main event on the day is the initiation of children into the world of letters and knowledge. Children are taught to read and write for the first time on this day. The day is considered to be the most auspicious day in a year to initiate children into the world of learning. Education institutions organize special Saraswati puja on this day.
Saraswathi Puja During Saran Navratri- Saraswati Puja is also observed during Navratr…

The term Brahman stands for the totality of Reality, physical and not physical – Swami Ranganathananda

Just as the different branches of the physical sciences are but different approaches to the study of one and the same reality; and just as all such branches of study ultimately tend to mingle and merge into a grand science of the physical universe, into a unified science of the without of nature, so the science of the ‘within’ and the science of the ‘without’ mingle and merge in a science of Brahman, the total Reality. This is how Vedanta views Brahma-vidya, the science of Brahman – the term Brahman standing for the totality of Reality, physical and not physical.
When the significance of this ‘within’ of things is recognized in modern science, the scientific “background material” will undergo a spiritual orientation and thus come closer to Brahman, the “background reality” of the Vedanta. The synthesis of the knowledge of the ‘within’ and the ‘without’ is philosophy; and it is what India achieved in her Vedanta ages ago as samyak-jnana, comprehensive or perfect knowledge of total Real…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 8, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, February 8, 2016 (Today) – Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day till 8:53 PM on February 8. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is February 8, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
Nakshatra – Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatra till 5:49 PM on February 8. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Amavasya. Mauni Amavasya. Thai Ammavasi in Tamil Nadu. Somavati Amavas as it is Monday. Magh Mela important bathing date.
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Magh Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day in Magh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Oris…

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